As every good Asian blogger is wont to do, I squealed with excitement when the Year of the Asian Reading Challenge was announced by the wonderful hosts – Vicky, Shealea, CW and Lily. I also started Stars and Sorcery, a book club on Twitter, with the express wish to read more sci-fi and fantasy by authors of colour. My co-hosts Shruti, Charvi and Aditi are hatching plans with me to bring back Indian Lit Readathon around the same time this year too. 2019 will definitely turn out to be the Year of the Asian for me because of these three reasons but if you’re also looking forward to doing that, I wanted to give you a little nudge in the right direction by putting together a list of recommendations. I’d mentioned in my post about reading challenges a few weeks back that I’d do recommendations for all the challenges and here is the first one in the series. I have teamed up with 9 amazing Asian book bloggers to help you achieve the highest attainable level in this reading challenge – the Bengali Tiger. Please note that I’ve mentioned the rep wherever possible – I’ve only mentioned the main character’s Asian identity, and in some cases, the author is Asian but hasn’t written about Asian characters, so I have left those intentionally blank.
2018 had been a good blogging year for me but I decided to take my content up a notch in 2019, which meant doing things that scared me. One of those was to write to authors I adore with all my heart to see if they’d be interested to do a Q&A on my blog. Roshani Chokshi, one of my favourite authors of all time, has a book coming out on January 15th for which I’m very excited, so I decided to send out an email and see what transpires. To my absolute delight, I heard back soon and she was sweet enough to take time off from touring, writing, wedding planning and celebrating the holidays with her family to answer a few questions. If you’ve read my December wrap-up post, you’ll know that The Gilded Wolves is on the list of my most anticipated January releases. I haven’t stopped shouting about my love for the Aru Shah series, which made it to my best of 2018 and yearly wrap-up post! I also raved about A Crown of Wishes, the companion to The Star-Touched Queen on my blog back when it had a much smaller audience. My point is that it’s no secret that I love Roshani’s writing, so I’m deeply grateful for the opportunity to chat with her! With that gushy introduction aside, let’s dive in to the Q&A part!
Can you believe how fast December is flying by? I feel like it started just yesterday and yet here I am talking about my plans for 2019! I had a bit of a struggle as to what to write in this post because it mainly functions as an announcement for two very exciting things that I’m officially launching in 2019. Talking about what I want to accomplish next year struck me as the logical extension of the core idea and hence the lengthy, weird title. Without further ado, let me go through my five main goals for Unputdownable Books that will give you an insight into what kind of content to expect next year. The announcements are the end and you can scroll to the bottom if you’re especially interested in that.
I can’t believe how lucky I am to have snagged an interview with an author whose book is one of my all-time favourites! If you’d been around for my January Wrap-Up, this name would probably be familiar to you. I read Gloria’s debut novel, American Panda, in February and I loved it as much as I hoped I would. I cannot seem to shut up about it and even made a friend on Twitter when I was raving about it once. Even though Gloria has been busy chasing deadlines for her next book, she took the time off to respond to me and I cannot express my gratitude enough for this wonderful opportunity! With that little introduction aside, let’s dive in to the Q&A part.
Some quick information about the special guest for today –
Gloria Chao is an MIT grad turned dentist turned writer. She currently lives in Chicago with her ever-supportive husband, for whom she became a nine-hole golfer (sometimes seven). She is always up for cooperative board games, Dance Dance Revolution, or soup dumplings. She was also once a black belt in kung-fu and a competitive dancer, but that side of her was drilled and suctioned out. American Panda is her debut novel, and Misaligned is forthcoming fall 2019.
Most of the times, you read a book, really enjoy it and write up a glowing review, which is swallowed up by the Internet void. Some other times someone with similar reading tastes notices it and you become the best of friends online until the end of time. And then there are those few rare ones that get you an interview from the author!