This month throughout May, I will be participating in Asian Readathon Month which was created by the widely known blogger and book YouTuber, Cindy Pham from @readwithcindy. I love participating in themed reading challenges, albeit with a dominant leaning towards picking up any particular book on any given occasion i.e. mood reading as it is affectionately termed.
As well as using this occasion to re-read some of my favourite contemporary books, I thought it was a brilliant initiative to incite conversations that eliminate stigma unfairly being levelled towards Asians, particularly individuals of Chinese descent, in light of the global spread of coronavirus. But also how those at the very centre of such gross discrimination are themselves espousing the same level of intolerance towards Africans in parts of China.
So in today’s post, I will be sharing with you some of the books I intend to read specifically for Asian Readathon Month. Please also check out the video below where I go into a bit more explanation as to my reading choices and share a superb recommendation that you all ought to read expediently.
- Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng
Published in 2017 by Penguin Press, this book is about a political clash over the custody of an abandoned Chinese baby that threatens the seamless order of a picture perfect community. Click the picture to read my full review!
2. Convenience Store Woman by Sayaka Murata
Keiko Furukura has been working in the same convenience store for the last 18 years and seems content to continue doing so despite external pressures from friends and family. Little do they realize though, that Keiko’s job is her only means of knowing how to respond to almost any social interaction. Convenience Store Woman was published in 2018 by Portobello Books.
3. The Refugees by Viet Thanh Nguyen
The Refugees was published in 2017 by Corsair and is a collection of short stories, all relating to the lives of Vietnamese individuals in pursuit of some form of refuge. A beautifully written set of stories. To see the full review, click the photo (pictured left)
4. Norwegian Wood by Haruki Murakami
Published in 1987 by Kodansha Ltd, Norwegian Wood is the abstract and symbolic story about Toru Watanabe who hears the song, Norwegian Wood aboard a flight and is transported back to his disillusioned past, full of loss and longing.
Are you reading anything in particular for Asian Readathon Month or taking part in any other reading challenge? Please let me know in the comments!