year of the asian reading challenge #yarc2019

As an Asian reader, it makes me sad and ashamed to say I haven’t been more active in seeking out Asian stories and to have read more of them. This year, I promised myself that I’d read (and also buy!) more books by Asian authors and/or books that are set in Asia — especially books from my home country (#SingLitFTW). It’s a kind of personal reading project I’ve laid out for myself this year and I was going to do an entire post about it, but life got in the way.

(I will still have the post out sometime, though, I promise.)

Earlier today, I came across this Year of the Asian Reading Challenge hosted by CW from The Quiet PondShealea from Shut Up, ShealeaVicky from Vicky Who Reads and Lily from Sprinkle of Dreams. 

And I mean … how can I not want to sign up for it when it aligns perfectly with my own goal of reading more Asian lit?

The YARC2019 challenge is to read as many books written by Asian authors during the entire year of 2019. That is, you have to start and finish it within the year. There are different challenge levels indicated using animals (that I’m pretty sure are native to Asia, how cute and smart!) Since I clock in a pretty high amount of books read each year, I am going to go all out and go for the Bengali tiger level, which is 50+ books.

(And I mean, I’ve already 4 books this year so I’m well on my way! I’m already nearly halfway through Level 1, yay)

(If you are interested, I have a review up for one of the books here. And another mentioned on my Instagram.)

There are some pretty interesting and fun challenges mentioned in the introduction page here so be sure to check it out so you can join in the fun! You can sign up for it here.

That’s all from me for now. Let me know if you’re taking part too, how many books you’re planning on reading and if you have any great recommendations for me!


4 thoughts on “year of the asian reading challenge #yarc2019

  1. omg yay thank you so much for signing up!!! we are so happy to help you reach that goal + give a little bit of a push!

    what books have you read already?!

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    1. Thank you for creating such a fun (yet very important!) challenge! I’ve read The Kinship of Secrets by Eugenia Kim, The Tusk That Did the Damage by Tania James, The Nakano Thrift Shop by Hitomi Kawakami, It’s Not Like It’s A Secret by Misa Sugima and more recently, The Years, Months and Days by Yan Lianke ^___^

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  2. The #singlitftw post sounds brilliant– looking forward to your post about it (whenever you choose to publish it, of course.) I’m not participating in this challenge directly but it is my personal goal to try to read books that are already on my shelf and those include a lot of ‘local’ books (i.e. asian.) I might not reach the Bengali tiger level but it’ll be something 😀


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