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The #AsianLitBingo Challenge

I haven’t joined a reading challenge in AGES, and this is the first to get me excited in awhile – #AsianLitBingo. It is hosted by a group of bloggers, but the main post can be found here. I’m happy to be diving into Asian Lit again (reading Misa Sugiura last month made me realise how much I miss it, although now I’m sad I didn’t wait til this month to read it!) but to tell the truth, I’m as excited by the bingo part. It reminds me of the fanfic bingo challenges I used to do, I guess. The thing is, May is going to be a super busy month for me at work, so I’m not sure I’ll be able to complete my bingo. I’ll still try my best!

Here is the bingo card:

[bingo card by Aentee @ Read At Midnight]

The basic rules for the challenge:

* The goal is to complete a bingo line (vertically, horizontally, or diagonally) for 5 books.
* The book can be fiction or non-fiction, or a novella/graphic novel.
* Books must have an Asian main character AND be by an Asian author to qualify.
* Books must be read during May 1st – 31st to qualify.

My challenge TBR:

I haven’t quite decided on which boxes I’m aiming for – I was going to start with either the Asian Muslim MC or South East Asian MC boxes, and go from there. For now, I’m going with the latter:

South East Asian MC
– I was thinking of doing a local title here, since I read a few local comics yesterday and feel like sharing about them.


Queer Romance with Asian MC
– I wish I waited to read Misa Sugiura now. I may still reread her for this, of course, but there are also Sara Farizan’s Tell Me Again How A Crush Should Feel, and Malinda Lo’s Huntress, which are both in my TBR.


Free Space
– There are SO MANY options. Maybe another local title, or one of the books I originally intended for the other boxes, or something completely different from my TBR, like Raven Stratagem by Yoon Ha Lee or Flame in the Mist by Renee Ahdieh.


Religious Asian MC
– Most probably, I will be reading That Thing We Call A Heart by Sheba Karim, or One Half from the East by Nadia Hashimi, or The Kidney Hypothetical by Lisa Yee.


Multiracial Multiethnic Asian MC
– Jenny Han’s latest Lara Jean book is in my TBR anyway, so I may be reading that. If you have other ideas of what I could read for this category, do share! (I’ve already read Skim by Mariko & Jillian Tamaki)

I’m so excited! Can’t wait to see what everyone else are reading, too.



10 thoughts on “The #AsianLitBingo Challenge

    1. Hi! The first two comics are “Paradigma Guru” (Teacher’s Paradigm); it’s a shojo manga style story about a teacher who gained telepathic abilities and used it to help her students 🙂


  1. Hi Marisa! I’m so happy to hear that you’re enjoying us for the AsianLitBingo reading challenge!
    I’m looking forward to reading Always and Forever, Lara Jean! But also not looking forward to it because it’ll be the end and I don’t want it to end. T_T


    1. Hi! I’m pretty excited about this challenge 😀 And I know what you mean; I’ve been thinking of putting the last Lara Jean book off for a bit, just to delay the ending, but this challenge is a good time to read it.

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  2. Great TBR! With the exception of the local titles, I’ve read or am planning to read all of the titles you have. Another series that would work for the Multiracial/Multiethnic MC prompt is Heidi Heilig’s The Girl From Everywhere and The Ship Beyond Time, which feature a biracial Chinese American protagonist. 🙂


    1. Hi, and thanks for the rec 😀
      I’ve read and loved The Girl From Everywhere and haven’t started on The Ship Beyond Time, so the sequel is perfect for the challenge. Can’t believe I didn’t think of it before!

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