#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

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

#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

 

 

 

 

 

#BOTNBingo: Because I needed one more reading challenge

Well, yeah, I have a problem. Since discovering the bookternet, I’m all about the reading challenges. I’m pretty sure serious Readathon withdrawal (Andi, Rachel, ya hear me?) is the reason I jumped on this bandwagon as soon as I saw Shaina talk about it on twitter:

Yes, reaction GIFs are my favorite method of communication. 

So I’ve jumped on the bandwagon, and just in time. The #BOTNSBookBingo, organized by the lovely folks at Books On The Nightstand. It goes from Memorial Day Weekend (May 28th, 2016) all the way up to Labor Day (September 1st, 2016). Basically, a summer of reading glory, all mapped out for you! If you haven’t yet, go build yourself a card: http://tinyurl.com/BOTNSBingo2016

Note: The website is set up to generate a new card each time you refresh the page, so make sure you save/print yours as soon as it has been generated!

Here’s mine:

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This is a pretty good mix of things I usually enjoy reading, and things I’d never considered, like nature writing or a fiction set during a plague. Couple of categories, like a book about art or an artist, or a ghost story, are not types of books I gravitate towards (I read everything, so this statement is probably more anecdotal than empirical), so it’s a good mix. My goal is to truck along with #readmyowndamnbooks with this one, but I suspect with the unusual categories I might have to reach out to the library for support.

I’ve talked before about how I thought my rate of success is pretty low with longer reading challenges, but I have a feeling that having specific tasks will help me focus better. All I need to do now is organize what I want to read and that should prevent the slump from setting in. 24 specific books in the span of 3 months seems totally doable. 

If anyone out there is participating, let me know in the comments and we can compare cards!

-J

 

#SmashYourStack: Read Your Own Books In May 2016

Hey booknerds!

So I was doing semi-decently with my book-buying ban in April, until I went to sidewalk sale the day after readathon and it all kinda went to hell (I bought 6 books). Proceeds were going towards literacy programs, so how could I not?

As always, Andi is here to the rescue, and has a solution for people like me with all the well-meaning intentions and none of the self-management success. She and Melissa (another one of my internet faves) are hosting this next month:

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Once again, they have fairly easy and self-made options to work with:

  • Set a percentage of your own books to read for the month
  • Pick a number!
  • Go hard and read ALL your own books!

I am going to be realistic, and say, between digital and print, I will commit to reading 15 of my own books in May. Seems fairly realistic. Dewey’s Readathon helped me get a few out of the way, and I just rearranged my bookshelf, so we have some momentum going.

If anyone else out there needs a challenge like this to make progress with books you own, let’s be stack-smashing buddies! I love cheering people with whatever reading goals they want to achieve, and I know I could use some of that encouragement. Join me, won’t you?

-J

Dewey’s Readathon (4/23/2016): Halfway Mark

Heyo,

As predicted, this readathon is FANTABULOUSSSSSSS!

Here are my responses to the mid-event survey:

1. What are you reading right now?

  1. The Vegetarian by Han Kang
  2. The Jungle Book by Rudyard Kipling (on audio)
  3. The Bad-Ass Librarians Of Timbuktu: And Their Race to Save the World’s Most Precious Manuscripts by Joshua Hammer (on audio)

2. How many books have you read so far? Four.

  1. Margaret The First by Danielle Dutton
  2. The Sorrow Proper by Lindsey Drager
  3. What Is Not Yours Is Not Yours by Helen Oyeyemi
  4. Study Hall of Justice (DC Comics: Secret Hero Society #1) by Derek Fridolfs, Dustin Nguyen (Illustrations)

 

3. What book are you most looking forward to for the second half of the Read-a-thon?

  1. The Moor’s Account by Laila Lalami
  2. The Lonely City: Adventures in the Art of Being Alone by Olivia Laing

4. Have you had many interruptions? How did you deal with those?

I had put my phone on silent when I started the readathon so I only took scheduled breaks and it was going fine. I’m noticing that as the day is progressing I’m checking my phone more frequently. It is stressing me out but I’m also telling myself that it’s okay to take a break, so I might actually end up watching an episode of a TV show or even taking a 20 minute nap or something at some point when my eyes start hurting.

5. What surprises you most about the Read-a-thon, so far?

The sheer number of people that are dedicating the day to reading. It gives me joy to know that there are more folks like me out there. Most people I know in real life don’t understand how or why I would read so much or even participate in such an event, but looking at everyone else online wholly participating in it and sharing my excitement and enthusiasm makes me feel good.

Other data I’m taking (behavior analyst= data nerd. It comes in handy):

Reading time: 9:50:17

Page count (including audiobook guesstimate): approx. 1197

Meet-up: A few of us Chicago readathoners met up at Brü Chicago, and it was actually really nice to sit together and read in silence. Going to coordinate group silent reading time more often for sure. 

Cheerleading: I have spent about 35 minutes cheering on twitter so far. GO TEAM PENGUIN!

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Mini-challenges: I haven’t been stressing out about these, mostly because all the books I’ve been reading today are so good that I haven’t been able to put them down to do much else other than tweet and ‘gram. I think I’ve participated in 3 so far. 

Okay, getting more snacks and back to reading! Hope everyone else is having as much of a blast as I am! RahRahReadathon!

-J
 

Dewey’s Hour Zero (4/23/2016)

GOOD MOOOOOORNNIIIIIIINNNNNGGGGGG FOLKS!

Hope everyone is having an excellent start to the day!

I didn’t sleep very well last night, and woke up this morning from a very realistic dream of getting fired. Isn’t that fun? Anyway, THE DAY IS FINALLY HERE! Since I’m up, I figured I’d start off with the Hour Zero post:

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1) What fine part of the world are you reading from today? Chicago, Illinois.
2) Which book in your stack are you most looking forward to? Margaret The First by Danielle Dutton and What Is Not Yours Is Not Yours by Helen Oyeyemi
3) Which snack are you most looking forward to? Cheese and crackers, and the chocolate chip cookies. ALWAYS the cookies.
4) Tell us a little something about yourself! To make this quick, I’m cheating and just throwing my blog bio in here: Born in India, raised in the Middle East, currently in Chicago. Booknerd, Behavior Analyst, intersectional feminist, Whovian, recluse, and Scotch pundit. Pronouns she/her. Cantankerous. Fledgeling member of the bookternet. Always reading.
5) If you participated in the last read-a-thon, what’s one thing you’ll do different today? If this is your first read-a-thon, what are you most looking forward to? This is my first readathon, and I’m so excited that I’m worried I might not read from the excitement. I’m going to have to pace myself with the social media stuff for sure. The feeling of community and sense of belonging with the bookish internet, and being given the chance to interact with so many bookish people I admire via this readathon, is definitely a giant plus for me.

Okay friends, off to shower. Be back for bookish shenanigans in approximately 40 minutes, aaaaaaaaannnnd BREAK!

-J