Asian Readathon 2021 // tbr & recommendations

Its been a long while since ive done a month long readathon but I’ve always wanted to do this one and this year i finally have the time to participate!

Basically this readathon takes place this month (May 2021) and has 5 simple prompts.

For more info check out Cindy’s announcement video or Asian Readathon twitter account.

I have a small tbr in mind however I’m keeping some back up books to read because I’m a mood reader 🤪

Here are the prompts, my tbr and recommendations i have for you!!


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Prompt: Read any book written by an Asian author.

• The remains of the day by Kazuo Ishiguro 

adult • literary fiction 

In the summer of 1956, Stevens, the ageing butler of Darlington Hall, embarks on a leisurely holiday that will take him deep into the countryside and into his past . . .

A contemporary classic, The Remains of the Day is Kazuo Ishiguro’s beautiful and haunting evocation of life between the wars in a Great English House, of lost causes and lost love.

Prompt: Read any book featuring an Asian protagonist.

• Saints and misfits by S.K Ali

young adult • contemporary 

 

There are three kinds of people in my world:

1. Saints, those special people moving the world forward. Sometimes you glaze over them. Or, at least, I do. They’re in your face so much, you can’t see them, like how you can’t see your nose.

2. Misfits, people who don’t belong. Like me—the way I don’t fit into Dad’s brand-new family or in the leftover one composed of Mom and my older brother, Mama’s-Boy-Muhammad.

Also, there’s Jeremy and me. Misfits. Because although, alliteratively speaking, Janna and Jeremy sound good together, we don’t go together. Same planet, different worlds.

But sometimes worlds collide and beautiful things happen, right?

3. Monsters. Well, monsters wearing saint masks, like in Flannery O’Connor’s stories.

Like the monster at my mosque.

People think he’s holy, untouchable, but nobody has seen under the mask.

Except me.

Prompt: Read any book written by an Asian author in your favorite genre.

• Kololo hill by Neema Shah 

adult • historical fiction

 

Uganda 1972

A devastating decree is issued: all Ugandan Asians must leave the country in ninety days. They must take only what they can carry, give up their money and never return.

For Asha and Pran, married a matter of months, it means abandoning the family business that Pran has worked so hard to save. For his mother, Jaya, it means saying goodbye to the house that has been her home for decades. But violence is escalating in Kampala, and people are disappearing. Will they all make it to safety in Britain and will they be given refuge if they do?

And all the while, a terrible secret about the expulsion hangs over them, threatening to tear the family apart.

From the green hilltops of Kampala, to the terraced houses of London, Neema Shah’s extraordinarily moving debut Kololo Hill explores what it means to leave your home behind, what it takes to start again, and the lengths some will go to protect their loved ones.

Prompt: Read any nonfiction book written by an Asian author.

• Home body by Rupi Kaur

poetry 

 

Rupi Kaur constantly embraces growth, and in home body, she walks readers through a reflective and intimate journey visiting the past, the present, and the potential of the self. home body is a collection of raw, honest conversations with oneself – reminding readers to fill up on love, acceptance, community, family, and embrace change. Illustrated by the author, themes of nature and nurture, light and dark, rest here.

Prompt: Read any book written by an Asian author that’s not US-centric

• Before the coffee gets cold by Toshikazu Kawaguchi 

adult • magical realism

 

In a small back alley in Tokyo, there is a café which has been serving carefully brewed coffee for more than one hundred years. But this coffee shop offers its customers a unique experience: the chance to travel back in time.

In Before the Coffee Gets Cold, we meet four visitors, each of whom is hoping to make use of the café’s time-travelling offer, in order to: confront the man who left them, receive a letter from their husband whose memory has been taken by early onset Alzheimer’s, to see their sister one last time, and to meet the daughter they never got the chance to know.

But the journey into the past does not come without risks: customers must sit in a particular seat, they cannot leave the café, and finally, they must return to the present before the coffee gets cold . .


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I am hoping (quite desperately 🙏) that i stick to my tbr and actually beat this challange! But most of all i want to have fun and read some good asian books 💗

 

Are participating in the asian readathon? Whats on your tbr?

 

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