Asian Readathon 2021 Wrap Up

May has almost come to an end and so has the Asian Readathon! I loved participating this year as I ended up reading so many amazing books (and some duds) from a variety of ethnicities! I had a whole Asian Recommendations + TBR post but I also added many books to my TBR after posting that so lets get on to the wrap up!

White Tears/Brown Scars by Ruby Hamad

  • Author’s ethnicity: Lebanese-Syrian
  • A non-fiction book discussing the representation of women of color in media.
  • Rating: 4/5 stars

Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi

  • Author’s ethnicity: Iranian
  • A memoir in graphic novel format that portrays the author’s experience of growing up in Iran during the Islamic Revolution.
  • Rating: 4/5 stars

A Pho Love Story by Joan Le

  • Author’s ethnicity: Vietnamese-American
  • A Romeo-and-Juliet-esque YA romance about two Vietnamese-American teens falling in love and working through their families’ feud over neighboring restaurants.
  • Rating: 4/5 stars

The Flight Attendant by Chris Bohjalian

  • Author’s ethnicity: Armenian-American
  • A mystery following a flight attendant who is an alchoholic, wakes up in a hotel room to find herself lying beside a dead guy and trues to piece together the events of the previous night which have blacked out from her mind.
  • Rating: 2/5 stars

How to Pronounce Knife by Souvankham Thammavongsa

  • Author’s ethnicity: Lao
  • A short story collection about culture and values and the limits of language.
  • Rating: 3.5/5 stars

The Decagon House Murders by Yukito Ayatsuji

  • Author’s ethnicity: Japanese
  • An Agatha Christie inspired mystery follows university students part of a mystery club go to an island and end up getting killed one by one.
  • Rating: 5/5 stars

The Right Swipe by Alisha Rai

  • Author’s ethnicity: Indian
  • A contemporary romance following two rival dating-app creators who end up partnering in an unexpected way.
  • Rating: 4/5 stars

Orange Series by Ichigo Takano

  • Author’s ethnicity: Japanese
  • A manga series following Naho who recieves a letter from herself ten years in the future. The letter tells her to watch over the new transfer student, Kakeru to save him from a terrible future.
  • Rating: 5/5 stars

If I Had Your Face by Frances Cha

  • Author’s ethnicity: Korean
  • A contemporary novel following four women living in Seoul and focuses on impossible beauty standards for women.
  • Rating: 3/5 stars

Girl Gone Viral by Alisha Rai

  • Author’s ethnicity: Indian
  • A contemporary romance following a girl with a traumatic past and her bodyguard who she starts developing feelings for.
  • Rating: 3/5 stars

Amal Unbound by Aisha Saeed

  • Author’s ethnicity: Pakistani-American
  • A powerful middle grade set in rural Pakistan that shines light upon the importance of education.
  • Rating: 4/5 stars

The Travelling Cat Chronicles by Hiro Arikawa

  • Author’s ethnicity: Japanese
  • A wholesome story that follows Nana the cat who is on a road trip with his owner, Satoru and doesn’t know where he’s going.
  • Rating: 5/5 stars

Take It Back by Kia Abdullah

  • Author’s ethnicity: Bangladeshi-British
  • A courtroom drama about Jodie who has accused four Muslim boys on sexual assault and how the truth comes out in the courtroom.
  • Rating: 2/5 stars

The Poppy War by R. F. Kuang

  • Author’s ethnicity: Chinese
  • A fantasy that follows Rin, a war orphan, who aced the Keju test that got her into the Sinegard Academy to train as a soldier with other students and what she learns there.
  • Rating: 4/5 stars

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And that’s it! I enjoyed taking part in the Asian readathon and I definitely look forward to the next one! Did you take part in the readathon and did you read any good books? If you have any thoughts feel free to share them in the comments below! Have a great day!

Book Review #80: The Travelling Cat Chronicles

Title: The Travelling Cat Chronicles

Author: Hiro Arikawa

Genre: Contemporary

Number of Pages: 288

About: Nana the cat is going on a road trip with his beloved owner, Satoru but he doesn’t know the purpose of the trip. They meet Satoru’s various friends during the road trip and Nana soon finds out the reason why…

Characters: This book had a unique narration as it is told from the cat’s perspective and I enjoyed that a lot! Nana is just a hilarious cat and I loved his POV so much. Satoru is the kindest person ever and we get to know him solely through his cat’s and his friends’ perspectives who we meet on the road trip.

Feelings: This book had so much EMOTION! I never thought I would love reading from a cat’s perspective, but it was amazing how the author captures a pet’s emotions. By the last part of the book I was sobbing because it was truly emotional what Satoru and Nana were going through. The writing was just so funny and beautiful. I’ve never owned a pet and I still wholeheartedly enjoyed this book.

Recommendation: Yes! If you love pets or if you’ve ever had a pet or if you ever want a pet, then this book is for you.

Favorite Quote:

“As we count up the memories from one journey, we head off on another.”

Rating: 5/5 stars.

To everyone who got this far, thank you for reading and have a wonderful day! Also, feel free to share your thoughts, comment or tell me anything 🙂

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Book Review #79: The Decagon House Murders

Title: The Decagon House Murders

Author: Yukito Ayatsuji

Genre: Mystery/Thriller

Number of Pages: 224

About: The university students of a mystery club decide to visit an uninhabited island which was a site for an unsolved mass murder and end up getting killed one by one in this Agatha Christie inspired novel.

Characters: This book had some amazing characters. The seven students were interesting to read about and the mystery club they were a part of was very intriguing with some great characters.

Feelings: Being the biggest Agatha Christie fan, I was so excited for this book and it did not disappoint! Isolated setting is my favorite mystery trope and And Then There Were None is my all-time favorite book so this was an absolute delight to read. The alternating parts of the book between the island and the mainland was a great choice of writing and it had me gripped throughout the book.

Recommendation: Yes! I think every mystery reader should read this, it was really fun!

Rating: 5/5 stars.

To everyone who got this far, thank you for reading and have a wonderful day! Also, feel free to share your thoughts, comment or tell me anything 🙂

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