May TBR + Asian Readathon

Hey guys! As I say every time I post on here, I’m going to try to get back into blogging! Let’s see if I actually do that this time?

I hope you’ve all had a good April so far given the circumstances—I know I have despite everything! And I’ve even more looking forward to May because finals will be over after a week and I should be able to get lots and lots of reading done!

May is Asian Heritage Month, so I’m going to participate in the Asian Readathon!

The Prompts:

  1. Read a Book by an Asian Author: Wicked As You Wish by Rin Chupeco! I recently ordered this book from my favorite indie bookstore and it’s headed my way now (so it’ll probably be a mid-May read). I’m super excited to read this book because it has Filipino rep from and I haven’t read many books with Filipino main characters! I’m also so happy to support Rin Chupeco after some *coughs* lovely racist reviews and that *coughs* lovely author signing her books…
  2. Read a Book Featuring an Asian Character or by an Author Similar to You: Snow Flower and the Secret Fan by Lisa See! This book is Chinese historical fiction by a female author (like me) and I’m super excited to read it! It’s been on my physical TBR for awhile after my mom gave it to me for Christmas a year or so ago. I know it’s going to be an emotional read, but I’m here for it!
  3. Read a Book Featuring an Asian Character or by an Author Different from You: Aru Shah and the End of Time by Roshani Chokshi! The author of this middle-grade mythological fantasy is Filipino and Indian and the author of one of my absolute favorite books The Gilded Wolves! I don’t own this book, but I’m happy that my library has the book as an ebook! I don’t read middle-grade often, but I’m excited for the fun and light-heartedness of the genre!
  4. Read a Book Recommend by an Asian: Picture Us in the Light by Kelly Loy Gilbert! This one was recommended by May @ Forever and Everly in her recent blog post about books by POC and I’m super excited for it! It also takes place in California, which I’m really excited about as a California native 🙂

Of course I would love to read so many more books by Asian authors in May, but I’m limited to what’s on my TBR at home or what’s available at my library in ebooks. Unfortunately, so many good ones are on my shelf at college, so alas, I’m not able to read some of the ones I’d really, really love to read for Asian Heritage Month. (Jade City and Descendent of the Crane, I’m coming for you in the fall.)

Anyway! I’m currently reading Foundryside and will be unlikely to finish it by May 1st, so that’ll probably be the first book I finish in the month of May.

Amongst my other May plans, I’m hoping to read Wayfarer by Alexandra Bracken (ordered from Barnes and Noble) and reread the first two books of the Great Library series by Rachel Caine and the third: Ash and Quill. There are two more books after that, but I’m going to order them as I go so I don’t hurt my wallet too much at once.

On my NetGalley TBR, I have Surrender Your Sons by Adam Sass, which seems like it’s going to be really hard-hitting and powerful, and A Song Below Water by Bethany C. Morrow, which sounds wonderful and fun! I’m not sure I’ll get to both of them in May, but I’m nevertheless looking forward to reading them!

If I get to more than these books this month, I’m hoping to reread Red Queen (and maybe more of the series) in preparation to finally (FINALLY!) read War Storm and say I’ve actually read this whole series. And then, if I read anything else, they’ll probably be mood reads off my physical TBR since I’d like to give myself some freedom.

Let me know what you’re reading in May in the comments!

-Book Hugger

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