May Wrap-Up ft. #AsianReadathon & #StanAsianAuthors Reads

Twelve books might not be my batting average number per month, but these 12 books were very rewarding and provided a great reading experience due to their quality content. So here’s a run down of the things I’ve consumed for the past month!

#AsianReadathon & #StanAsianAuthors Wrap-Up

Prompts: Read any book written by an Asian author & a Fantasy Book

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The Tangleroot Palace by Marjorie Liu

I received an e-ARC of this book, and I really reserved it just for this readathon even though I really wanted to read it as soon as I got it on my kindle. This collection of Marjorie Liu’s short stories were a wild mix of fantasy, post-apocalyptic science fiction, and alternative history. This book will be out on June 15th, 2021, and I’m really excited for people to love this as much as I did.

Rating: 4/5 stars. Full review to follow.

Prompts: Read any book featuring an Asian protagonist & A book set in East Asia

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Soul Lanterns by Shaw Kuzki

Set in around 1970s at Hiroshima, Japan, this middle grade historical fiction novel that follows the events of the devastating Hiroshima bombing during WWII was a very surprising shock to me because I expected it to be light and fun, but it was the total opposite. This book was also highly recommended to me by a dear friend, and I have no regrets picking this up, and I would also recommend it to other readers no matter what age they are.

Rating: 4/5 stars. Check my full review here.

Prompts: Read any book written by an Asian author that is not US-centric & A translated book

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Before the Coffee Gets Cold by Toshikazu Kawaguchi

This very quirky and whimsical novel featuring a coffee shop in Tokyo, Japan that not only offers coffee and pastries, but also provides time travelling services was another recommendation by a couple of my friends from bookstagram and book twitter. It was really short and sweet, but I really enjoyed the intricacies of the time travelling aspects of this novel. I’m definitely going to read the sequel books soon.

Rating: 4/5 stars. Check my full review here.

Prompts: Read any book written by an Asian author in your favorite genre & A book with an animal on the cover

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Orchestra of Treacheries by J.C. Kang

Yes, I do consider a dragon as an animal, and this majestic fire-breathing creature on the cover counts. Orchestra of Treacheries is the second book of The Dragon Song Saga series, and it just wow-ed me so much further than its predecessor. I got even more excited when the author saw my brief review on bookstagram, and sent me a complimentary e-copy of the third book! I cannot wait to delve back into this massive world full of fierce characters, music, and of course, a huge and strong dragon.

Rating: 4/5 stars. Full review to follow.

Prompts: Read any book written by an Asian author in your favorite genre & A book by your favorite Asian author

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Jade War by Fonda Lee

Yes, I do consider a dragon as an animal, and this majestic fire-breathing creature on the cover counts. Orchestra of Treacheries is the second book of The Dragon Song Saga series, and it just wow-ed me so much further than its predecessor. I got even more excited when the author saw my brief review on bookstagram, and sent me a complimentary e-copy of the third book! I cannot wait to delve back into this massive world full of fierce characters, music, and of course, a huge and strong dragon.

Rating: 5/5 stars. Check out my full review here.

Aside from my picks above, I’ve also managed to squeeze in a hodge podge of books that I’ve been really excited to read, and finally got to. I also noticed that I’ve been picking up a bit more science fiction than usual, so I’m thinking I might be slowly going into the sci-fi mood – finally.


June TBR

The only carry-over book I’ll be focusing on finishing is The Wolf of Oren-Yaro by K.S. Villoso, as I’m currently 30% into it now. Aside from that, I don’t really have a concrete list of books I want to read, so I’m mostly relying on my mood-reading abilities and the scheduled buddy reads I have with my friends. I’m just lucky that these buddy reads are here, because it pressures me more to read books with other people so i don’t have to slack off. It’s also a huge plus that some of our picks are in line with Pride Month (yay!)


How many books did you read last month? What were your favorites?

8 thoughts on “May Wrap-Up ft. #AsianReadathon & #StanAsianAuthors Reads

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