Asian Readathon 2021

This May I will be participating in the Asian Readathon. The Asian Readathon is a month-long reading marathon dedicated to reading books by Asian authors. As an Indian girl, I am super excited that an event like this is happening and so excited to participate.

Read any book written by an Asian author.

Hana Khan Carries On by Uzma Jalaluddin

Hana waitresses their part-time, but what she really wants is to tell stories on the radio. If she can just outshine her fellow intern at the city radio station, she may have a chance at landing a job. In the meantime, Hana pours her thoughts and dreams into a podcast, where she forms a lively relationship with one of her listeners. But soon she’ll need all the support she can get: a new competing restaurant, a more upscale halal place, is about to open in the Golden Crescent, threatening Three Sisters.

Read any book featuring an Asian protagonist.

Serpents Secret by Sayantani DasGupta

On the morning of her twelfth birthday, Kiranmala is just a regular sixth grader living in Parsippany, New Jersey… until her parents mysteriously vanish and a drooling Rakkhosh demon slams through her kitchen, determined to eat her alive. Turns out there might be some truth to her parents’ fantastical stories-like how Kiranmala is a real Indian princess and how she comes from a secret place, not of this world. Suddenly, Kiran is swept into another dimension full of magic, winged horses, moving maps, and annoying, talking birds.

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

A Pho Love Story by Loan Le

Mais and the Nguyens have been at odds, having owned competing, neighbouring pho restaurants. Bao and Linh, who’ve avoided each other for most of their lives, both suspect that the feud stems from feelings much deeper than friendly competition. But then a chance encounter brings Linh and Bao in the same vicinity despite their best efforts and sparks fly, leading them both to wonder what took so long for them to connect.

Read any nonfiction book written by an Asian author.

The Complete Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi

Persepolis is the story of Satrapi’s unforgettable childhood and coming of age within a large and loving family in Tehran during the Islamic Revolution; of the contradictions between private life and public life in a country plagued by political upheaval; of her high school years in Vienna facing the trials of adolescence far from her family and of her self-imposed exile from her beloved homeland. It is the chronicle of a girlhood and adolescence at once outrageous and familiar, a young life entwined with the history of her country yet filled with the universal trials and joys of growing up.

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

The Infinity Courts by Akemi Dawn Bowman

Nami Miyamoto is certain her life is just beginning. The only problem? She’s murdered. When Nami wakes up, she learns she’s in a place called Infinity, where human consciousness goes when physical bodies die. She quickly discovers that Ophelia, a virtual assistant widely used by humans on Earth, and is now forcing humans into servitude the way she’d been forced to serve in the real world. Nami works with a team of rebels to save humans and is forced to reckon with her past, her future, and what it is that truly makes us human.

It is so important right now more than ever to support Asian authors and stories. If you are interested in participating in this readathon, please do, here is more information.

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