Year of the Asian Sign-Up Post & TBR

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Hi everyone! Today I’m sharing with you my sign up post for the Year of Reading Asian Reading Challenge, as well as some of the books I’m planning to read!

The goal of the challenge is to read as many books written by Asian authors as you can in 2019 and is co-hosted by CW @ The Quiet PondLily @ Sprinkles of DreamsShealea @ Shut Up, Shealea, and Vicky @ Vicky Who Reads.


I’m aiming to reach the Malayan tapir level, which means I need to read 21 to 30 books. I already read a book this year that counts towards the challenge and it’s The Astonishing Color of After by X.R. Pan (full review).


I decided to focus on books that are already out and that I own already, as a way to reduce my tbr pile. I’m hoping to read most of these books plus some of the 2019 releases with Asian main character and by Asian authors.

Let’s start with the Fantasy and Sci-Fi books I want to read:

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The Poppy War by R.F. Kuang | The Library of Fates by Aditi Khorana | Want by Cindy Pon | The City of Brass by S.A. Chakraborty| Shadow of the Fox by Julie Kagawa| Forest of a Thousand Lanterns by Julie C. Dao | The Gilded Wolves by Roshani Chokshi | Ignite the Stars by Maura Milan 

Now, these are the Contemporary books I’m hoping to get to:

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From Twinkle, With Love by Sandhya Menon | Love, Hate & Other Filters by Samira Ahmed | Girls Burn Brighter by Shobha Rao | Darius the Great Is Not Okay by Adib Khorram | I Believe in a Thing Called Love by Maurene Goo | My So-Called Bollywood Life by Nisha Sharma | P.S. I Still Love You by Jenny Han

And lastly, an assortment of books from different genres that I want to read:

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Beginners’s Guide: Love and Other Chemical Reactions by Six de los Reyes | The Ghost Bride by Yangsze Choo | Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng | China Rich Girlfriend by Kevin Kwan | The Map of Salt and Stars by Jennifer Zeynab Joukhadar

Are you participating in #yarc2019? if so, which level are you aiming for? What books are you excited to read? have you read any of the books I mentioned?

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19 thoughts on “Year of the Asian Sign-Up Post & TBR

    1. I know! I have signed up for 3 different challenges + I have a 2019 tbr of books I want to read, so my monthly tbr is getting a bit out of hand. But this challenge sounded so amazing that I couldn’t resist! I hope you read some amazing books if you end up joining this! 💛

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  1. This is such a great challenge!! I’ve recently gotten back from an unexpected hiatus and I had no idea what challenges were going on, but I think I’ll stay out of it this time. I need to focus on reducing my TBR first haha But there are definitely some books there I wanna read! Good luck ❤

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  2. Nice TBR! I haven’t signed up because I’m cutting back on buying new books this year and I don’t own most of the ones everyone is putting on their TBR (or I already read them, e.g. ignite the stars or the poppy war), but I’m considering going through my owned books and see how many Asian authors I have there.

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    1. That’s what I did! I just went through the books I had and chose from there, it just that I haven’t been good lately about reading books on my ‘own tbr’ and that’s why I have so many books to read for this challenge. If you want to participate I think there’s no need to read the books everyone is reading, just read the ones you own, have fun and support Asian authors and books 😊

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      1. It’s also difficult sometimes because if I don’t know the author then I don’t know if they’re Asian, and it’s a pain checking that for 300+ books 😀

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  3. i’m really excited for the asian challenge and i have been scrounging my tbr for asian authors and i NEED this!!! i hope your challenge goes awesome and you have an awesome time reading these books ❤

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  4. Sofia! Thank you so much for joining us at YARC2019! I love this post and I absolutely love the books that you’ve featured as part of your TBR! Totally excited for you to read IGNITE THE STARS and WANT, which are two books I absolutely adore.
    I hope you have fun reading Asian lit this year! 💛

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