Update

May TBR | Wyrd & Wonder | Asian Readathon

Hi, hello! I decided to write up a quick May TBR since I already had my list made up, so I might as well share it and maybe glean some extra motivation.

May means time for Wyrd & Wonder, a whole month of celebrating fantasy! I don’t have any posts or content lined up but plan to just be along for the ride this time. And, as usual, a good portion of my TBR is fantasy without me even trying. This event is particularly exciting for me as it marks a year since I first joined the online book community.

Asian Readathon

The other event I plan to join in on this month is readwithcindy‘s Asian Readathon, a month-long reading marathon dedicated to reading books by Asian authors. There are five prompt which can be doubled or tripled up as desired, the only caveat being that each book you read has to feature a character or author of a different Asian ethnicity.

I’ve picked out three books that work together to fulfill the five prompts. The first two prompts, any book written by an Asian author and any book featuring an Asian protagonist are basically freebies which all three of these books fulfill.

The Wolf of Oren-Yaro by K.S. Villoso | 417 pages | Filipino

The third prompt is any book written by an Asian author in your favorite genre. My favorite genre, in case you couldn’t guess, is fantasy! I have a special signed self-pubbed version of this one (it has since been picked up by Orbit) and no excuse not to have read it yet considering how amazing it sounds, so this is as good an opportunity as any.

Disability Visibility by Alice Wong | 240 pages | Chinese

The forth prompt is a nonfiction book by an Asian author, for which I chose this anthology of first-person stories “on the joys and challenges of the modern disability experience.” It reminds me of a book I read in college Show Me All Your Scars which was an anthology of true stories about living with mental illness that opened my eyes to a lot I hadn’t considered about others’ experiences.

The Silence of Bones by June Hur | 336 pages | Korean

The final prompt is a book written by an Asian author that’s not US-centric. I chose this historical fiction mystery since it’s set entirely in Korea, written by a South Korean Canadian, and has been on my TBR for a while.

ARCs

I have two self-published eARCs the authors have been kind enough to send me for books being published this month, both of which are sequels to books I really enjoyed.

Scars of Cereba by Rachel Emma Shaw | publishing May 10th | 240 pages

The second book in the Memoria Duology, a fast-paced fantasy series that explores the connection between memory and identity. I absolutely loved the first book (you can find my review here) and it just won 5th place in SPFBO 6, so this is one you should keep an eye out for!

Mother Pig by Travis M. Riddle | publishing June 1st | 482 pages

The second book in the Houndstooth trilogy, an adventure fantasy with animal characters. So far, the pace and tone of Riddle’s books tend to make them almost comfort reads for me (despite some horror adjacent elements), and I’m really looking forward to digging into this one. (Also, I got a sneak peak at the cover and it’s once again gorgeous, so you should be looking forward to that!) Here’s my review of the first book, Flesh Eater, if you’re interested.

Readalongs

There’s a few other readalongs I’d like to join in on if I have time, several of which are hosted by the fantasy subreddit.

The Unbroken by C.L. Clark | 464 pages | Space Sirens Book Club

I’ve been looking forward to this book for months and finally got my hands on a copy through my library! North-African inspired military fantasy with a sapphic dethroned princess x grumpy soldier pairing, what’s not to love?

Song of Blood & Stone by L. Penelope | 528 pages | r/fantasy HEA

The first book in a romantic epic fantasy series I keep seeing around. I actually started it yesterday and got almost a third of the way through. Nothing super special so far, but enjoyable nonetheless.

Gods of Jade and Shadow by Silvia Moreno-Garcia | 384 pages | r/fantasy FIF

Historical fantasy featuring Mayan Gods, a journey across Mexico, and an author whose work I’ve already enjoyed. I’m expecting this one to be a bit more slow-paced than a lot of the others on this list.

Rosewater by Tade Thompson | 432 pages | r/fantasy Goodreads BOTM

I was planning to use this scifi set in Nigera for last year’s r/fantasy book bingo but never got around to it, so I’ve lined it up for this year’s instead. I have to be in a particular mood to really want to read scifi though, so we’ll see if that happens this month or not.

Shows

I’m 7 of 50 episodes into The Untamed which so far is very entertaining with absolutely beautiful cinematography. I’m planning to kind of take my time with this show, so I doubt I’ll finish it in May, but that’s okay. The Shadow & Bone adaptation is also on my radar to pick up at some point.

I’ve been keeping up with and loving the Thai show Lovely Writer as each episode comes out. Unfortunately, we’re approaching the end with only two episodes left. I Promised You the Moon, the sequel to the masterpiece that is I Told Sunset About You, is scheduled to begin airing on May 27th and I can’t wait, though I wouldn’t be surprised if it tries to break my heart.

Games

I’m currently about 13 hours into Control and enjoying it a lot. I could see myself finishing at least the main storyline this month. Lately I’ve been wanting to go back to Skyrim, so maybe I’ll start a new run, though the problem with that is that once I start I’ll probably sink my whole day into it. I’ve also been playing a little bit of unranked Valorant with my brother on the weekends, which is always fun.

Featured image credit: Wyrd and Wonder, Pegasus images by Svetlana Alyuk on 123RF.com

5 thoughts on “May TBR | Wyrd & Wonder | Asian Readathon”

  1. Hallo, Hallo Nat,

    I borrowed “The Unbroken” from my local library as I was quite happily surprised they purchased a copy — this was when I thought this was going to be W&W’s RAL selection. However, Imyril kindly surprised me with a copy of #BoneShardDaughter which allowed me to still be actively involved this year for my first W&W RAL. I’m on the fence if I want to read both this month but part of me is hoping I can — but I think its due back at the library sooner than later which puts a wench in that goal. The premise is appealling though as I love diverse reads and I especially love diverse characters in the genres I’m reading. I also regularly read LGBTQ+ and would love to see this explored in Fantasy as I think its the one genre I haven’t yet read LGBTQ+ as often as other genres.

    I’m thrilled to bits the Wyrd And Wonder community has left such a strong impact on you and of course, how important it is for you to be celebrating your 1st Year as a Book Blogger! 🙂

    I’ve been having a low yield of surfacing on #JLASblog this 2021 myself — I’ve had moments of awesome activity over these past eight years and also periods of inactivity. Sometimes some years / months are just more adverse than others — I always find a way back into both my blog and my readerly life which lifts my spirits the most because prior to blogging I went through a reader’s rut which lasted 10x years! 😦 Glad those days are behind me!!

    However active you are, always remember to be kind to yourself and give yourself the time/space you need to find your rhythm. In reading, in life and in being socially bookish.

    And, I am especially happy you’ll be following along with us on this fourth adventure!

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    1. I hope you do get the chance to read The Unbroken. And enjoy Bone Shard Daughter as well, I read it around when it was published and really liked it!

      I think (hope) I’ve gotten to the point where I’m able to accept that since reading and blogging are my hobbies, they simply won’t be super consistent. I do hope to avoid another reading slump as long as the one when I was in college, but it’s freeing not to expect to be constantly active on my blog because then when I do feel like engaging, it’s exciting rather than beating myself up for not doing more. Self-kindness is really one of the most important things to learn, and I’m not great at it yet but doing my best.

      Thanks for all the work you put into Wyrd and Wonder and other ways that you support the book community! It’s been a very welcoming space for me, which I’m grateful for.

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  2. Great TBR!
    I picked 5 books for the Asian Readathon, but between those, 3 r/fantasy book club reads and the Hugo Readalong reads I have 9 novels, 1 novella, 1 graphic novel and the hugo shorts on my TBR this month and I’m starting to think that’s maybe not realistic. I might have to accept that and combine some books for the Asian readathon.

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  3. I’m reading The Unbroken right now and loving it! Hope you enjoy it.

    I also have The Wolf of Oren-Yaro and Rosewater on my radar. I had no idea The Wolf of Oren-Yaro was originally self-published! I’m definitely jealous of your signed, self-pubbed copy. I won’t get to those books this month, but I’m excited to see your thoughts!

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