Hispanic Heritage Month Readathon

National Hispanic Heritage Month started on September 15th as a way to celebrate histories, cultures, and contributions of American citizens whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean, and South America. Five Latin American countries (Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, and Nicaragua) gained independence on the 15th, while Mexico and Chile celebrate their independence days on the 16th and 18th.

One of my reading goals for the last few years has been to read more books by BIPOC authors or about BIPOC characters, and I have to admit, they’ve been some of the best books I’ve read lately. The Hacienda and Mexican Gothic are definitely in my top 10 for recent years. There’s something so refreshing about learning more about different cultures and histories, and for me personally, there’s something comforting in reading books with the Spanish language in it.

This month, from September 15 to October 15, I’m going to aim to read eight Hispanic novels. Eight seems like a high number considering I’ve been in a reading slump most of the year, but I’ve been highly anticipating a lot of these stories for a long time and can’t wait to finally get to them! As always, I’ll do a wrap-up at the end of the month and review everything I’ve read.

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Asian Readathon 2022

I decided to participate in the Asian Readathon this year for Asian Heritage Month! Reading stories by or about POC, especially Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAIP), is one of my reading goals this year and every year, so why not have more fun with it by partaking in a readathon.

There’s more information on the YouTube video where Cindy explains the challenge in more details. There’s also a Google Doc with information about book clubs and a directory of Asian books for any guidance!

This year’s challenge is loosely themed around ‘Everything Everywhere All At Once’ and is meant to be easy, accessible, and open to interpretation.

Read a book written by an Asian author.
Read a book featuring an Asian character who is a woman AND/OR older.
Read a book by an Asian author that has a universe you would want to experience OR a universe that is totally different from yours.
Read a book by an Asian author that has a cover worthy of googly eyes. 👀
Read a book by an Asian author that has a high rating OR was highly recommended.

These challenges can be combined if you want to make it even easier!

The twist:
You can combine challenges and read in any order; however, EACH book you read should feature a character or author of a different Asian ethnicity. This is to encourage cultural diversity.