May read-a-thon tbrs

I don’t know about you, but I’m loving participating in read-a-thons lately! Sometimes they’re not for me, but nowadays I like having set tbrs for the month, it just helps me with my reading. In May, I’m going to partake in not one, but two read-a-thons! One is my absolute favourite, Asian read-a-thon by Cindy, and the other one is Armydathon, which is created by Kat. You check out both of the announcement videos HERE and HERE! So here are my tbrs for both! I’m hoping to finish all of the books because I’m feeling ambitious! Fingers crossed I can actually manage that. What also shows that I’m not kidding around this time, is the fact that I didn’t combine any of the challenges.

Asian read-a-thon


🌸 May 1 – May 31
🌸 five prompts
🌸 you can combine challenges
🌸 each book you read should feature a character or author of a different Asian ethnicity

Read any book written by an Asian author

The Kite Runner: Graphic Novel by Khaled Hosseini (Afghan American author) ➽ I’ve wanted to read this book for so long, but I always procrastinated. But then today I found out that there’s a graphic novel version, so I won’t wait longer!

Read any book featuring an Asian protagonist

The Love & Lies of Rukhsana Ali by Sabina Khan (Bangladeshi author) ➽ It’s been a while since I last read a sapphic story! I don’t know what to expect from this story, but I’m looking forward to reading it.

Read any book written by an Asian author in your favourite genre

A Very Large Expanse of Sea by Tahereh Mafi (Iranian American author) ➽ Ever since 2020, contemporary became my favourite genre. I’ve never read anything by Tahereh Mafi before, and this is the only book of hers I’m interested in.

Read any nonfiction book written by an Asian author

How to Do Nothing by Jenny Odell (Filipino American author) ➽ Ever since I’ve seen this book in a video, I’ve wanted to read it, but I have a hard time picking up nonfiction, though I’ve definitely become better at it. I hate hustle culture, so I’m looking forward to reading this!

Read any book written by an Asian author that’s not US-centric

Almond by Sohn Won-pyung (South Korean author) ➽ Not gonna lie, I haven’t heard about this book before until I’ve seen that Namjoon and Yoongi from BTS have both read this! I have no clue what it’s about, but I will read it nonetheless.

Collage of the five book covers for the Asian read-a-thon



πŸ’œ May 1 – May 31
πŸ’œ eight prompts
πŸ’œ BTS themed
πŸ’œ reading books by Asian authors are encouraged

Borahea: Read a book that has at least 50% purple colour on the cover

Miss Meteor by Tehlor Kay Mejia and Anna-Marie McLemore ➽ I put this book in my Mythothon Round 4 tbr post, but I know I won’t be able to read it in April, so let’s try again in May!

RM – Seoul: Read a book that is set in your home country

Love & Olives by Jenna Evans Welch ➽ Well, this one is not set in my country, because I live in Hungary, and this is set in Greece, but I currently don’t have any book written by a Hungarian on my tbr, so I decided to go with one that’s set in my continent. I really enjoyed the trilogy’s first two books (they are not connected, so you can read whichever you’d like), so I’m looking forward to this one!

Jin – Epiphany: Read a book that has the word ‘me, myself, my or I’ in the title

While I Was Away by Waka T. Brown (Japanese American author) ➽ If you follow me for a while, you know how much I like reading memoirs. They are my favourite kind of nonfiction because I am fond of reading about other people’s lives. This one is a middle grade memoir about the author, who gets sent to Tokyo to her grandmother.

Suga – Shadow: Read a scary book (thriller, mystery, horror or any genre that will give you a scare)

Grown by Tiffany D. Jackson ➽ I also had this in my Mythothon tbr, but my library hold hasn’t come in yet, so this has to be postponed to May. This a thriller/mystery, so chances are it will spook me, as I’m a scaredy-cat.

Collage of the first four book covers for the Armydathon

J-Hope – Mama: Read a book about a mother or about anyone who plays the role of a mother (grandmother, relative, single mother, queer parents, etc.)

Before the Coffee Gets Cold by Toshikazu Kawaguchi (Japanese author) ➽ Same as with Miss Meteor, I won’t be able to get to it in the remaining days of April. This prompt was the hardest to fulfil, I only had this and another book on my tbr that features a mother’s story.

Jimin – Serendipity: Read a romance book

Honey Girl by Morgan Rogers ➽ I’m so excited to read this book in May! My library hold came in yesterday, even though the waiting list was ten weeks before! (Maybe my library bought more copies, who knows?) Everyone raves about this book, all of my bookish friends adored it, so my hopes are really high!

V – Sweet Night: Read a book that a moon or star on the cover or in the title

Starfish by Akemi Dawn Bowman (Japanese American author) ➽ I think everyone and their mother already know at this point that one of my favourite books is Summer Bird Blue, so Akemi’s debut novel is on my tbr ever since I read SBB last year. I couldn’t find Starfish on Libby or Scribd, so I decided to buy the e-book version. (I rarely buy books, and e-books even more rarely.) I was super lucky, as it was on sale, so it was out of the question to waste that opportunity.

Jungkook – Begin: Read a debut book by an Asian author

Emergency Contact by Mary H.K. Choi (South Korean author) ➽ I’ve seen the author’s books a lot when I still watched booktube regularly, and out of her three novels, this one attracts me the most.

Collage of the second four book covers for the Armydathon

Are you participating in any read-a-thons in May? What books will you read by Asian authors? Have you read any of these?


12 thoughts on “May read-a-thon tbrs

  1. These look like some great books! Grown and Emergency Contact are two books at the top of my TBR, so I look forward to hearing your thoughts on them :))

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  2. this is such a great tbr!! i’m also really excited to read honey girl, miss meteor, and grown, hopefully sometime this year — i’ve heard only amazing things about them all. i’ve seen such mixed things about emergency contact so i’ve always been a bit hesitant about picking it up, i hope you love it! good luck on completing both these readathons πŸ’•

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  3. Good luck with the Readathons,I hope you have fun! πŸ₯° I’ve read A Very Large Expanse of Sea and loved it so much! It’s such an emotional story and really drew me in! I also hope to read Honey Girl, though I’m still waiting for my library hold to come in πŸ™‚

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