One of my overall reading goals is to continue to read diversely and use my voice to boost these stories, so when I saw that four of my blogging faves created the Year of the Asian Reading Challenge, I knew that I had to take part!
The goal of the YARC is to read as many books written by Asian authors as you can in 2019 and is co-hosted by CW @ The Quiet Pond, Lily @ Sprinkles of Dreams, Shealea @ Shut Up, Shealea, and Vicky @ Vicky Who Reads. The challenge was created to celebrate Asian literature and Asian authors, and I am so excited to be taking part!
KAL’S YARC TBR
I decided to focus on the books on my owned TBR that are written by Asian authors, which is currently at thirteen titles! I know that I will be tempted by more books as the year continues, so my overall challenge goal will be Malayan tapir: 21 to 30 books read.
- Flame in the Mist by Renee Ahdieh
- Want by Cindy Pon
- Forest of a Thousand Lanterns by Julie C. Dao
- Girls of Paper and Fire by Natasha Ngan
- Warcross by Marie Lu
- The Poppy War by R.F. Kuang
- The Book of M by Peng Shepherd
- Ignite the Stars by Maura Milan
- Empire of Sand by Tasha Suri
- Jade City by Fonda Lee
- Descendant of the Crane by Joan He
- City of Brass by S.A. Chakraborty
- Here and Now and Then by Mike Chen
- The Gilded Wolves by Roshani Chokshi
- A Spark of White Fire by Sangu Mandanna
Note: I read digital ARCs for The Gilded Wolves and A Spark of White Fire in 2018 but plan on reading both of the finished copies this year. I originally was going to include A House of Rage and Sorrow on this list because it is one of my most anticipated releases for the year, but the cover hasn’t been revealed.
It should come as no surprise that I made a spreadsheet specifically for this challenge. I just really like data and tracking things, okay? If you want to check my progress on the challenge you are welcome to check out my spreadsheet!
I mainly wanted to track my progress on my YARC TBR because I know myself and will probably get distracted by other books down the road! I sincerely want to prioritize these 15 books on my owned TBR to the best of my ability, and at the end of the year I want to track breakdowns on author gender, countries represented, and my genre reading directly related to this challenge.
Will you be participating in the Year of the Asian Reading Challenge? If so, what books are you most excited to read this year?!