In May, I prioritised AAPI content to celebrate AAPI Heritage Month but I did get other readings/ viewings done. I didn’t really have an extensive TBR and watchlist but I’m quite satisfied with what I got in. Overall it was a good month though it started off a bit slow. Here’s what I read and watched:
Asian readathon wrap up
My Asian readathon went as well as I hoped. I read 6 of my 8 planned books:
Empire by Devi Yesodharan – I liked this one more than I expected. There were a few plot holes though and the book felt incomplete. Though I don’t see any news of it I’m hoping there’s a sequel in the works to tie things up.
The Perilous Life of Jade Yeo by Zen Cho – This is a short but enjoyable read. It’s also my first Zen Cho book and I hope to read more from her.
Penance by Kanae Minato – I binged this one in a night. I won’t confirm this as yet, but Asian set/ written thrillers might be the best. There were a few things I didn’t understand about the plot but overall, a good read.
Know My Name by Chanel Miller – This was one of the most impactful books of this month. I’ve always heard of this case and it was definitely an experience reading from Chanel’s perspective.
The Stationery Shop of Tehran by Marjan Kamali – This was May’s tearjerker for me. I had a soft spot for all the characters in this book and liked the relationships they had whether good or strained.
Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan – I liked this more than expected. The overall vibe this book has is enjoyable.
Ninth House by Leigh Bardugo – May’s buzzword is “house” so this was my automatic pick. The first 100 or so pages of this were a but difficult to get through but after that all is well. I have no strong feelings about the characters, but the plot and worldbuilding is solid.
Persuasion by Jane Austen – This is on par with the previous two Jane Austen books I read. I good read, but didn’t stand out in any way for me.
Augustown by Kei Miller – No doubt the best book I read this month. Everything about this book is just perfection. Thank you rebelwomenlit for making it this month’s pick :), and if you’re reading this and haven’t read this book, please do (I’m also writing this post in June which is #ReadCaribbean month – so this is perfect).
Genesis Begins Again by Alicia D. Williams – I read this for the Syd and Jordy Get Lit book club.
Crossfire by Staceyann Chin – I would recommend listening to this on audio. The author narrates it and wow, what an experience. I’m definitely not a poetry person but this one was really good, I would reread and recommend.
I Wish I Was An Alien by L.W. Abela – mostly a prompt and space filler to be honest, but also I want to engage with more picture books.
In May, I watched 27 films which were mostly 4+ stars 🙌. Here are my top watches (↩️ = rewatch)
- Hancock (2008) ↩️ – ⭐⭐⭐⭐
- The Farewell (2019) – ⭐⭐⭐⭐ .5
- Crazy Rich Asians (2018) – ⭐⭐⭐⭐
- Portrait of a Lady on Fire (2019) ↩️ – ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
I watched one of my anticipated 2021 releases – The Woman in the Window and was very disappointed. It felt too rushed and was missing what I thought were key details to the plot. I gave it ⭐⭐⭐ since the overall plot was at least faithful to the books and watchable.
I also watched a few AAPI films (check out my recommendation post) and the Bollywood adaptation of Pride and Prejudice – Bride & Prejudice (2004) which really doesn’t get enough props honestly. I gave it ⭐⭐⭐⭐.