Bingo! ~ #AsianLitBingo 2018

Even though I signed up for this challenge last year, I failed to achieve bingo. That’s why I was very keen to get to Bingo! this year. I really didn’t think I’d make it as I didn’t see the announcement until the middle of May. But, good books really do help you wanting to read & finish reading! What I love especially is being able to connect personally in one way or another with all these books but most especially culturally (I mostly mean the food, of course, lol)

Here are some quick summaries of my reads & related bingo squares.

East Asian MC: Rainbirds by Clarissa Goenawan

An Indonesian-Singaporean author wrote this Japanese book (100% set in Japan & MC is Japanese). From what I’ve of Jap lit, this book seems to fit within the parameters but I’m not Japanese so I can’t tell you whether it sounds authentic. On another note, an enjoyable, mysterious, & quirky read (as you’d expect from Japanese fiction).

You can find my full review, here.

LGBTQIAP + Asian MC: The Black Tides of Heaven (Tensorate #1) by J.Y. Yang

A mind-breaking read; you can everything in this book: evil mother, twins, LGBTQIAP characterS, love (f/m, m/m, etc), betrayals, magic (interestingly called ‘Slackcraft’), explosions, poisons, et cetera, et cetera, et cetera

You can find my full review, here.

#ownvoices noting author identifies as being queer & non-binary.

SFF with Asian MC: The Poppy War by R.F. Kuang


A fantasy rooted in true historic events. Fantastic intricate world & brilliant characterisation, you will regret NOT reading it. A side note of warning: possible trigger due to violence & graphic description thereof.

You can find my full review, here.

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

3 disparate & alternating short stories which were then smoothly drawn together to form a punch in the gut resolution. Must read for all ABCs (teens & adults, all)

You can find my full review, here#ownvoices 

South East Asian MC: Ponti by Sharlene Teo

3 alternating perspectives in 3 different time settings and all spoke of the struggles of being a young female. Female relationships fraught with emotional upheavals (hormones!), unspoken thoughts, and hurtful glances.

Again, I must ask… Is ‘chendol espresso martini’ real? I cannot find an image of it on Google 😦

You can find my full review, here#ownvoices 

My deepest thanks to the team running this challenge! I must need be more purposeful in my Asian Lit reading.

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