The Asian Readathon is an annual event created by YouTuber withcindy to challenge readers to explore more Asian books. It takes place in May to to coincide with Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month.
You can find all the challenges, readalongs, book clubs, giveaways, and other resources, including book recommendations, on the Google Doc Cindy created. To get updates and connect with other participants, follow @asianreadathon on Twitter and use #asianreadathon on all the socials.
(I’m stealing these straight from the Doc, but I’m pretty sure Cindy doesn’t make ad revenue from that so it’s probably fine.)
- 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.
We are allowed to fulfill multiple challenges with the same book.
However, only one book per author/character Asian ethnicity can count towards the challenge. For example, I plan to read Last Night at the Telegraph Club by Malinda Lo for challenge 2, so I cannot use The Wall of Storms by Ken Liu to fulfill any of the remaining challenges.
Books I Plan to Read
Will I review any of these books? Will I even read them? No one knows!
Challenges 1, 2 & 3 : Any Asian Author, Any Asian Protagonist & Favorite Genre –
A Crown of Wishes by Roshani Chokshi
The Wolf of Oren-Yaro by K. S. Villoso
Thorn by Intisar Khanani (Click to see my review!)
Challenge 4: Nonfiction –
The Collected Schizophrenias by Esme Weijun Wang
Challenge 5: Not US-Centric –
Home Fire by Kamila Shamsie
Other Asian Books I Want to Read Eventually
Struggling with your own list? Pick one of these and tell me how it is.
Chop Suey Nation by Ann Hui
The Beauty of the Moment by Tanaz Bhathena
The Downstairs Girl by Stacey Lee
The Fisherman King by Kathrina Mohd Daud
The Ones We’re Meant to Find by Joan He (available May 4)
The Poppy War by R. F. Kuang
There’s Something about Sweetie by Sandhya Menon
To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han