Year of the Asian Reading Challenge #YARC2019

I never do reading challenges beyond trying to read a certain number of books per year. I’m a mood reader, I read a lot less than I used to (adult life takes up not only time but brain space) and for me personally, it would take the fun out reading. This one, I could do.

Some Background Info

Created by some Amazing Asian™ bloggers – Vicky, CW, Lily & Shealea – this challenge gives you a whole year and has levels that even I can keep up with. My identity is multifaceted; I’m South Asian, I’m Pakistani, I’m a Londoner. However, I don’t see myself (at least not positively) in a lot of media. My media is filled with the same kind of protagonists. As someone who works in publishing, I find that my industry is filled with the same kind of authors. And that, my friends, results in the same kind of stories. But Asian authors are out there and I want to boost them, I want to read more diversely, I want to see myself on the page, I want to learn about other Asian cultures.

What are the rules?

  • The challenge is to read as many books written by Asian authors as you can
  • Any genre, format, or length is acceptable (yessss!)
  • You must start and finish it in 2019
  • You can join in at any time in the year!


Twitter (@YearOfTheAsian) will have announcements, surprises, and more bookish fun. Official hashtag is #YARC2019

Full details from Vicky’s blog can be found here!

My Challenge

There are different levels and badges to aim for and as my Goodreads goal this year is 35 books, I’m aiming for Philippine Tarsier of 1 to 10 books which seems the most doable.

phillipine tarsier
Look how adorable this is!

An Optimistic TBR

I’m going to start with the books I already own: Run, Riot by Nikesh Shukla, The Poppy War by R. F. Kuang and Ignite the Stars by Maura Milan.

A Thousand Beginnings and Endings – Edited by Ellen Oh and Elsie Chapman

The Library of Fates – Aditi Khorana

An Ember in the Ashes – Sabaa Tahir

Internment – Samira Ahmed

Monstress Volume 1 by Marjorie M. Liu (Writer), Sana Takeda (Artist), Rus Wooton (Letterer, Designer), Yoshi Yoshitani (Illustrator), Jennifer M. Smith (Editor)

The Star-Touched Queen – Roshani Chokshi

Spin the Dawn – Elizabeth Lim

Progress Tracker

February: Monstress Volume 1

March: Ignite the Stars

I’ve got a lot more books by Asian authors on my goodreads TBR but these are the top of my list. What do you think? Have you read any of these? Any recommendations? Will you be doing the challenge? Let’s chat!

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