I was supposed to be working last night but I needed to create my TBR for the Asian Readathon hosted by Cindy (withcindy). I was suddenly reminded of the Asian readathon while scrolling through my feed. (I know, I know…that’s not work either.) This is my first year participating in it, and I’m excited. (Look at me branching out and doing more readathons! Woohoo!) You can watch Cindy’s announcement video or access the Google doc for more information.
The goal of the readathon is to encourage reading more books by Asian authors and what better month than May, Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month to do it in! While challenges can be combined, the twist is that books should feature a character or an author of a different Asian ethnicity. If one book features a Japanese character, then the next book read should a character of a different ethnicity/nationality for it to fulfill any remaining challenges. I really like the push for diversification.
Read any book written by an Asian author.
Read any book featuring an Asian protagonist.
Read any book written by an Asian author in your favorite genre.
Read any nonfiction book written by an Asian author.
Read any book written by an Asian author that’s not US-centric.
I know that I’m not as productive when school/work is in session, but hopefully I can get these done. The most difficult one for me will be reading a nonfiction book. ACK! Unless it’s something I HAVE TO read, I tend to stay away from nonfiction because I use books for escapism…
This has already undergone multiple transformations because the diversity twist that seemed fun was a bit harder than expected. This is the final planned TBR–keyword is planned. Heh…
Start Date: March 01, 2021 End Date: March 31, 2021 Completed: 14/16 Prompts Switched: 4/14 Books Points: I forgot to keep track
Alas, Trope-ical Readathon has come to an end. I only got to participate in a few sprints on Twitter because my schedule didn’t always align and then I’d forget as well. The sprints are helpful and allow interaction between participants. The madlibs were fun to partake in as well. I’m thankful to all the hosts for taking their time to help participants in obtaining their reading goals! I know they helped me complete a few of the books on here.
What I Hoped vs. How It Went
I’m disappointed I wasn’t able to complete all the prompts, but I learned that a readathon during the school year is harder than it looks. I’m surprised I completed as many as I did.
I’ve been trying to read Cinderella is Dead for the longest time, and it has continued to evade me! Argh!!
I was really excited about my buddy/group read. So what actually happened? No one was really motivated to read it so luckily another friend reached out during the beginning of the month. He invited me to attend a virtual book club, and I’m so glad he did because I friggin’ loved Ninth House. I’m still trying to complete the review so I can gush about how I much I enjoyed it.
We Free the Stars was a tome. It was wonderful! I’m still trying to put into words how much I liked it. When I finished it, I had to hug it and sigh multiple times.
I read additional books and did some rereads, but they didn’t fit the prompts. I hit a reading slump in the beginning/middle of the month due to work and other things, so rereading was helpful.
Final Trope-ical Readathon TBR March 2021
I had so much fun and am already looking forward to August!If you participated in the readathon, I’d love to hear about your experience.Or, if you know there are some more interesting readathons out there, let me know about them too! I’d love to participate in some more.
Start Date: March 01, 2021 End Date: March 31, 2021
I was ecstatic to find out that Jen and Rob decided to do two rounds of the Trope-ical Readathon. The readathon doesn’t begin until March 1 so there’s still a lot of time to sign up! This is one of the most organized readathons I’ve been a part of. Here are some things I like about it:
You can change the books on your TBR.
If you’re having trouble finding something to fit the prompts, they provide recommendations. It’s posted on the readathon page.
If you’re competitive, the leaderboard is automatically updated as people start entering points into a Google form. Not only does it help keep track of how the teams are doing but it also highlights the top contributor on each team.
You get points for every page you read even if it’s not a book on your TBR, so if you’re a mood reader like me, this means you still get points for your team if you deviate from the prompts.
I’ve been trying to read Cinderella is Dead for the longest time. Here’s hoping this is the time I finally read it.
I’m really excited about the buddy/group read that I’m doing with my IRL friends (gasp!). One of them decided her new year’s resolution would be to finish one book this year. Then we all decided to help each other with our resolutions–mine was to blog more and more consistently.
We Free the Stars totally counts because it’s being adapted. So it definitely counts!