#AsianLitBingo: A May 2017 Reading Challenge

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Hey booknerds,

I’m sure you’ve seen the #AsianLitBingo floating around the Twitterverse this past week. It’s a challenge created by the amazing Shenwei (if you’re not following them or their blog already you need to fix that now). In the U.S., the month of May is Asian American Heritage Month, so a bunch of us Asian bloggers are choosing to showcase Asian authors this month via this challenge. Along with the bingo, we’re planning to have a bunch of discussion posts, author interviews, listicles, etc., so keep an eye out for those as well!

The Rules:

  1. Book must have an Asian main character (can be one of several main characters) and be by an Asian author to qualify. It does not have to be #ownvoices, but #ownvoices is strongly encouraged.
  2. Book can be a novel, short story collection, or comic book/graphic novel.
  3. Book must be read during May 1st through May 31st to qualify.
  4. Review link-up will close end of June 1st at midnight PST. The extra margin is to give people the opportunity to write up a review for a book they might have finished late May 31st. We’ll follow the honor system assuming you didn’t read the book on June 1st.

The Bingo Sheet:

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Personal TBR: 

I’ve got a bunch of things happening this month, and I’ll be travelling to the States next week, so I’m going to be realistic and attempt to definitely complete one Bingo line. Anything else I read that qualifies for a square, I’ll try and review by June 1st.

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LGBTQIPA+ Asian MC: Shikhandi and Other Stories They Don’t Tell You by Devdutt Pattanaik

West Asian MC: The Turtle of Oman by Naomi Shihab Nye

Asian Muslim MC: Saints and Misfits by S. K. Ali

Religious Asian MC: A Time to Dance by Padma Venkatraman

Poor/Working Class Asian MC: Pachinko by Min Jin Lee

There will also be a twitter chat (tentatively May 27th), review link up, and chances to win prizes, all the details of which are available on Shenwei’s master post. Don’t forget to check it out for all the details and link up your sign-up/TBR posts. If you need recs for any of the squares, we’ve compiled a non-exhaustive list of titles to choose from. 

Please consider participating, or at least attempting to read more Asian voices this month. Tag anything related to the challenge using #AsianLitBingo across all social media platforms. If you’ve got a TBR planned, please share a link below, I’d love to see what everyone is reading. 

Good luck!

-J

Dewey’s Readathon: Spring 2017 Edition

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Hey friends,

I know, it’s been a while. A long while. My sincerest apologies. I just cannot seem to get a handle on this life thing. We’ve moved and I’m still adjusting. It’s been weird. Also yes, I’ve had to change the blog format, for reasons (that are mostly financial). Apologies if that’s throwing anyone off.

I’ve been a little off the blogosphere and bookternet in general recently- minus yelling on twitter. Nothing outside of YA has been grabbing my attention lately, so this edition of Dewey’s could not have come at a better time. I’m more than ready to hunker down for some uninterrupted reading and bookternet time (and yes, of course, will be going grocery shopping because what is a readathon without the snack really?) It’ll be interesting because I’m in a completely different timezone this time, so my readathon is from 5.30 p.m. Saturday evening to 5.25 p.m. Sunday evening. This is going to be very interesting. Somehow, 7 to 7 doesn’t feel quite as long. I’m not sure if I’ll be awake all 24 hours this time, but really I’m just looking forward to being in the zone and have a good time. 

I’ve been particularly absent this time around- I usually like to help Andi and Heather out with writing a warm-up post or hosting a twitter chat- and the reasons are mostly along the lines of me flailing at life in general. I’ll spare you the boring details. However, I managed to spend some time yesterday catching up on the official blog, and this beautiful tribute to our dear friend Heather from Bits and Books left me teary-eyed. Please check it out. 

I will probably do one quick midway update on here and a wrap-up post at the end, but I will be active on Twitter, Instagram (Amanda aka nerdybookgirl is hosting an IG challenge), and Litsy (@theshrinkette). Use the hashtag #readathon to find your peeps!

Whether you read 2 hours or 20, make yourself sick on too many cookies, or just lounge about in your pajamas reading one book, it’s still an amazing thing to be a part of for a whole 24 hours. Don’t miss it. I’ll be there doing my thing: 

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-J

January 23rd, 2017: It’s Monday, What Are You Reading?

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It’s Monday, What Are You Reading? is a weekly meme currently hosted by The Book Date. It’s a place to meet up and share what you have been, are and about to be reading over the week, and add to that ever-growing TBR stack.

Hey friends! I hope everyone had a great time participating in #24in48. I managed to read a fair bit, mostly YA, and it was fun participating on Litsy for the first time! ICYMI, #DiverseAThon started yesterday, and will go on till the 29th. Here’s what I plan to read this week for it: 

Not much else on my end, hope everyone else is doing well. As always, I’d love to know what you’re reading!

Until later,

-J

Diverse-A-Thon is Back!

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Hey ho, it’s that time again! So remember a few months ago when that trashfire video resulted in a weeklong readathon dedicated to boosting marginalized voices? Well, they’re back! That’s right, Diverse-A-Thon is happening from January 22nd to the 29th, which means I get to spend this weekend participating in two readathons. My body is ready. 

This ‘thon is hosted by the wonderful Joce, Christina Marie, Monica Watson, and Simon Savidge. They are all booktubers, but there are participants from all over all varieties of social media. For example, I learned from Joce’s announcement video that Naz and Mara will be joining the hosts to promote Diverse-A-Thon across both Instagram and the blogging platforms. 

The great thing about this ‘thon is that it’s a super low stress one- there are no reading challenges or specific prompts involved. Participants can read one, two, or ten books within the space of the week. There will be daily twitter chats, which are very interesting, and give you an opportunity to discuss a lot of key issues surrounding diversity in publishing, as well as get a ton more books recommendations. The group book selected this time is The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead. This is one hundred percent optional, and will not detract from your readathon participation if you don’t choose to read it. 

Personal note: I’m not sure if the challenge specifies this, but I’d like everyone to keep in mind that promoting diversity in reading is about boosting marginalized voices and experiences. So if you’re choosing to only read books by white/cis/het/able authors who’ve included marginalized characters in their story, then that isn’t really the same thing. If we are to change the landscape of publishing, then we need to support authors and experiences that are of a wide range and a variety of intersections. I don’t intend to police anyone’s reading choices, but I’d just like to gently remind everyone why these events are being organized in the first place. 

If you need more incentive: Naz is letting everyone that participates and creates a sign-up post with a TBR submit that post to earn 1 point towards a badge for #ReadDiverse2017 (Yes yes that definitely motivated me to create one instead of simply participating in the ‘thon). 

Alrighty, since I’m still in my YA/light books zone, here’s potentially what I’d like to read during the week: 

Meanwhile, let me know in the comments if you’re participating. This is such a cool initiative and I’m glad to be participating. Know that I’m a social media junkie that will be cheerleading you through the week if you need a boost. I am also linking the announcement videos by Joce, Simon, and Christina Marie if you’re looking for more information, or just really cool booktubers. Be sure to follow the official Diverse-A-Thon twitter account for the latest updates!

-J

 

 

#DAReadathon TBR

I have several issues with the lack of diversity in the world of Harry Potter, especially with the kind of crap JKR has been putting us through this year. But I think you’ve known me long enough to know I can’t resist a readathon, especially one that is focused on promoting diverse books. I’ve been mulling over my reading goals for 2017, and it only seems fitting to kick it off with a readathon highlighting diverse books, organized by an awesome blogger. The details are right here, and I’m excited to be repping team Slytherin!

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Aentee has given us eight awesome prompts, and I’ve picked one book each in order to rack up some sweet house points:

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I haven’t read a lot of books repping ace characters, and it is totally for lack of trying. I’m making more of an effort and have found quite a few titles, so I’m reading one that has been recommended to me the most from all corners of the interwebz. 

 

 

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It’s safe to say that I’ve discovered plenty of gaps in my reading, so many that I’m not actually sure I’ll get to all of them in my life, but I’ll be damned if I don’t keep trying. So for this category, I’ve picked this highly acclaimed title which hits both titles by Non-US/European authors and features lesbian characters. 

 

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This book has been sitting on my shelf for months; I only bought it because the premise sounded interesting. A quick scroll through Goodreads indicated that this is highly acclaimed, so I’m using this readathon as an excuse to crack this beauty open. 

 

 

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You guys, my body is so ready for this movie. I can’t explain what it means to see women of colour nerds on screen. It is going to be glorious, and you bet your bottom dollar I need to read the book before I go see it on screen. 

 

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I keep picking this book up and I’m never in the right mood to read it, but I’m thinking having a print copy will help me this time. I know it’s a slow burn and there’s a ton of world building, but I have mad respect for the author and I’d really like to finally be hooked along with the rest of you. 

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It’s really simple, my library hold finally came through, and I need to read it because the holds list is a mile long. Also, I’ve heard so many good things and I’m having serious FOMO. THAT COVER IS EVERYTHING. *heart eyes for days*

 

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This book has been recommended to me by both Naz and Bina, which made it the perfect pick for this prompt. I’m knee deep in my need for intersectional feminist works, so this automatically made the list for that as well.

 

 

 

 

Right, those are my picks. Looking for more options? Allow me to direct you to Naz’s blog, where he gives us more than 60 awesome options for the readathon prompts. Excited to see everyone’s picks, and looking forward to start off the year reading fantastically inclusive books! 

-J

 

 

 

 

 

#DiversityDecBingo TBR

As I’d mentioned earlier this week, I’m participating  in #DiversityDecBingo, which starts tomorrow! I’d like to thank the awesome bookstagrammers/bloggers that are hosting this, because it such a great way to promote reading diversely. I’m being atypically realistic and not attempting to complete all the squares in the bingo card, mostly because I’m travelling for the next couple of weeks and won’t have a lot of time to read. Also, my TBR is out of control as it is, and I just requested a bunch of ARCs because I’m a masochist like that, so I need to reign it all in.

After a ton of hemming and hawing, my sister intervened and picked this column for me.  (I can’t decide anything to save my life.)

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TBR:

Chronic pain sufferers                    Non-Western setting                         PoC/Interracial M/M

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Pansexual MC                                                 Asexual/Aromantic MC

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The best part about these are that they’re all either ebooks I own or digital copies from the library, which means I can probably try and knock them out while I’m travelling. Five books in two weeks, I think I can handle it.

I’m also super excited to see what everyone else is reading, because I’d love to read more books in all of these categories. Meanwhile, if you have any suggestions for any of the categories on the bingo card, I’d love to hear about them!

-J

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

September 12th, 2016: It’s Monday, What Are You Reading?

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It’s Monday, What Are You Reading? is a weekly meme currently hosted by The Book Date. It’s a place to meet up and share what you have been, are and about to be reading over the week, and add to that ever-growing TBR stack.

Holy hellcats we’re now in the middle of September! U.N.B.E.L.I.E.V.A.B.L.E. Someone please tell me which black hole is sucking in all our time because I do not get it.

Books, books. Let’s see, it’s DiverseAThon week!

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Following the shit show with Certain White Author on Twitter, followed by Certain Racist Trash video on Youtube, a group of booktubers got together to create a weeklong readathon focused on diversity in publishing and celebrating own voices. Needless to say, I am stoked. Especially after the last book I read by a white dude with the whole teacher-seduced-by-student narrative that turned out to be based on his own life and experiences with a former student. Gah, men. Anyway, I’m here for this celebration and happy to dive into the glory of some great books by own voices.

On the roster:

Ooh, also, there’s no sign-ups on anything, so feel free to join in using the hashtag #diverseathon. There’s also a bunch of twitter chats that will be happening over the course of the week, scheduled as follows:

 

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Also, I might be getting on a plane  in a few hours, if the airline issues me a boarding pass- there’s some weird regulations with visas and such (as is my life), to visit some relatives with my parents for a few (Not-so-secretly hoping they don’t let me board because that means four days alone at home with all of the books). 

Meanwhile, I’m finally on Litsy! IT’S SO MUCH FUN YOU GUYS I LOVE IT SO MUCH. If you’re on there, I’m @theshrinkette on there. YAY BOOKS!

More later,

-J