Looking Ahead: What’s Up in May Featuring My #AsianLitBingo TBR

Ok my pandas, this might be a long post, but bear with me here. This month is going to be super jam-packed because I have three main topics I have to cover: my YallWest wrap-up, the #AsianLitBingo along with accompanying shenanigans, and of course, my BLOGIVERSARY!!!! I can’t believe this blog is already almost one year old; how time flies!!! However, more on that and YallWest later. I will say though that all these things happening all in the month of May means that my blog schedule is going to be super jam-packed. Not only will I be posting everyday, you might even see two posts on one day: a review and either another type of post or another review. I’ll try to space it all out, but I make no promises. And of course, I chose to do this all during AP exam season. Ain’t I brilliant?

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Anyway, let’s focus on today’s big announcement: the #AsianLitBingo! The amazing Shenwei has all the official rules and such on their blog, so please click here for all the official rules and such! This is going to be so much fun, from author interviews to Twitter chats, to of course, prizes. I will be reviewing all the books I read for this challenge this month and I will try to make as many posts centered around Asian rep as possible. Ooh and shout out to Aentee for creating all the gorgeous graphics! Speaking of gorgeous, here’s the bingo sheet:

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Being the ambitious Hufflepuff that I am, I’m going to try and do a blackout of this. Keyword: try. You never know though! Anyway, keep reading for my TBR. (I will try to keep this updated throughout the challenge by bolding the ones I’ve read.) Let’s go!

East Asian MC: Flame in the Mist by Renee Ahdieh

Asian Refugee MC: Lucy and Linh by Alice Pung

Asian Immigrant MC: Girl in Translation by Jean Kwok

Asian MC With Disability: A Time to Dance by Padma Venkatraman

Multiracial Multi-ethnic Asian MC: The Secret of a Heart Note by Stacey Lee

LGBTQIAP+ MC: Not Your Sidekick by C.B. Lee

West Asian MC: Tell Me Again How a Crush Should Feel by Sara Farizan

Asian Muslim MC: The Gauntlet by Karuna Riazi

Religious Asian MC: Under a Painted Sky by Stacey Lee

Poor or Working Class Asian MC: Noteworthy by Riley Redgate

SFF with Asian MC: Silver Phoenix by Cindy Pon

Historical Fiction with Asian MC: Outrun the Moon by Stacey Lee (May 1, 8.5 stars)

Free Space: Always and Forever, Lara Jean by Jenny Han

Retelling with Asian MC: Prophecy by Ellen Oh

Contemporary with Asian MC: I Believe In a Thing Called Love by Maurene Goo

Graphic Novel with Asian MC: American Born Chinese by Gene Luen Yang

Queer Romance with Asian MC: Seven Tears at High Tide by CB Lee

Romance with POC/Indigenous Love Interest: When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon

Central Asian MC: The Secret Sky by Atia Abawi

Translated Work By an Asian Author:  A Thousand Moon on a Thousand Rivers by Hsiao Li-Hung

Southeast Asian MC: Rich People Problems by Kevin Kwan

Asian Superhero MC: The Epic Crush of Genie Lo by F.C. Yee

Asian Transracial Adoptee MC: Lucky Girl by Mei-Ling Hopgood

Non-fiction by Asian Author: Mao’s Last Dancer by Li Cunxin

South Asian MC: Enter Title Here by Rahul Kankia

If I’ve inspired you to participate, then please check out Shenwei’s original blog post! They have a master list with tons of amazing recs. Hope you can join us for this celebration of Asian American Heritage Month!

If you’ve made all the way down here, congrats for sticking with me! I now deem you an honorary Hufflepuff for all the hard work you put into reading this whole thing. May is going to be such a crazy and wonderful month with everything going on, but I can’t wait to dive in! Here’s to an amazing month and May the Fourth be with you! (I’m sorry, I had to. I couldn’t resist.)



10 thoughts on “Looking Ahead: What’s Up in May Featuring My #AsianLitBingo TBR

  1. aentee @ read at midnight says:

    Good luck with the blackout challenge, I know I can never read fast enough to do it. But it sounds like there’s loads of excellent titles on your list so you should smash through it all in no time!

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  2. Rana says:

    Lol, you ARE a Hufflepuff! Good luck on your TBR. P.S. I’m a HS ELA teacher, so if you ever have questions etc. feel free to pop by. (From the looks of things, though, you probably don’t need help.)


  3. The Shenners says:

    High five for being ambitious and going for blackout! I’ve read the majority of these and will be following your reviews as much as I can.
    Flame in the Mist, Tell Me Again How a Crush Should Feel, I Believe in a Thing Called Love, When Dimple Met Rishi, A Thousand Moons on a Thousand Rivers, and Mao’s Last Dancer are the ones I haven’t read, and they’re all on my general TBR. I’m actually really interested in A Thousand Moons on a Thousand Rivers because my dad told me he read the original Chinese language version while he was a college student in Taiwan, which is where the author is from. I think it’s considered a modern classic in Taiwanese literature. 🙂


    • The Book Pandas says:

      Oh thank you so much! I’m definitely really excited to read all the books you mentioned, especially since I’ve heard a great deal do good things about them. I’m also pretty excited to read A Thousand Moons on a Thousand Rivera because I’ve read hardly any translated novels, so this should be interesting! Good luck with your blackout as well!

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