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I had other ideas for today’s post, but I came across WithCindy’s video on Youtube about the Asian Readathon she’s created. May is Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month and I believe it’s so important to broaden our reading and support the BIPOC and Asian communities.

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I’ve followed Cindy for a while and love her wit and ideas so I’m definitely excited to spread the idea all month long. I’ll be recovering from surgery so I’ll have time to tackle a different book for each part of her challenge.

The rules are simple. You’re to read up to five books hitting the challenge criteria:

  • 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.

Cindy goes into detail about what countries would be considered Asian (because we have to branch outside of Japan, Korea, and China) and gives readalong options from various gclubs if you want to read in a group.

I’m going to have a blast reading and have already picked out my books with a help from her StoryGraph Challenge.

  • The Duchess War by Courtney Milan
  • Loveboat, Taipei by Abigail Hing Wen
  • We Hunt the Flame by Hafsah Faizal
  • Sorry I’m Late, I Didn’t Want to Come by Jessica Pan
  • The Silence of Bones by June Har

If you want to read poetry as part of this challenge I highly recommend PM. She’s been a guest blogger on this site before, talking about her love of poetry and she just came out with her new poetry audiobook which you can check out here.

I’ve included so many links in this post so if it’s confusing I’d recommend checking out her video on the #asianreadathon and follow the @asianreadathon twitter.

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Let me know in the comments below if you’re going to take part and which books do you recommend! I’ll gladly read more than five books. It was hard to pick just five in the first place!

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