#1KBE A Thousand Beginnings and Endings Reading Challenge [Book Tag]

So this is OBVIOUSLY not a Book Tag, but I don’t have an appropriate category SO THIS WILL HAVE TO DO.

From the 10th of June till the 1st of July I am going to take part in the #1KBE reading challenge by Aentee at Read At Midnight! Everyone who signs up for this challenge is eligible to win a hardback copy of the anthology, A Thousand Beginnings and Endings edited by Ellen Oh and Elsie Chapman.

I have been SALIVATING for this anthology since I heard about it in December last year as it features retellings of myths and legends from East, South and South East Asia!

If you know me you know that I am a born and bred Ang Moh-Singaporean, which means I am just as wary of Pontianak as I am of Sirens… What I’m saying is diversity is the spice of life and South East Asia is the best spice. FIGHT ME.

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ANYWAY I’m also, as of writing this post, very deep in a horrible, terribad reading slump and this feels like the perfect thing to kick my ass as I can read short stories AND articles as well as books if I want!

This post shall serve as an entry for the challenge and a reminder to myself of my bingo choices!

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I’ve marked my bingo line with the little stacked books emoji, and listed the books/articles for each choice here:

📚 RENEE AHDIEH – The Wrath and the Dawn

📚 PREETI CHHIBBER – How to Kill Off Characters / Asian Representation in Hollywood / Brown Bodies in White Spaces: On Meeting Riz Ahmed

📚 ALYSSA WONG – Hungry Daughters of Starving Mothers (The New Voices of Fantasy)

📚 ROSHANI CHOKSHI – Aru Shah and the End of Time

And since I am attempting to restart my reading mojo, I might as well try to knock a few books off of my to-read list as well! So If I have the time, before the end of the challenge, I’ll try and tackle these too:

📚 RAHUL KANAKIA – Excess Light (Upside Down: Inverted Tropes in Storytelling)

📚 CINDY PON – Beautiful Venom/Without the Evil in the World, How Do We See the Good? (Because You Love to Hate Me)

📚 ALIETTE DE BODARD – The Tea Master and the Detective

📚 E.C. MYERS – The Observer Effect (Where the Stars Rise: Asian Science Fiction and Fantasy)


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Asian Lit Bingo [Book Tag]

At the beginning of May I saw Aentee’s post about this month long event called, Asian Lit Bingo. Which is AMAZING, being from Singapore I’m always trying to find more books, especially SFF, written by Asian authors as well as books that ARE Asian in content in someway.

Instead of participating because my reading has been a bit stagnant as of late, I decided to find a book for each of the squares and make a rec list instead!! In retrospect I probably should have posted this earlier, but whatever. Better late than never. 😎

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Trope Talk: The Chosen One [Thinky Talky Thoughts + Book Master Training]

NB: This was previously locked as it was an assignment for my Masters course, but since marking is over now I will unlock it! Also cause I got good feedback from it so why not. 😎

The Chosen One. The one who will save us all.

The one who will vanquish the demons.

The one who is EVERYWHERE.

A cliché or just badly utilized? And has it gotten any better?

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