Year of the Asian Sign-Up Post & TBR!

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.ย The challenge was created to celebrate Asian literature and Asian authors, and I am so excited to be taking part!

KAL’S YARC TBRbadge_tarsier

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.

yarc tbr - books

  • 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.

yarc stats sheet

Will you be participating in the Year of the Asian Reading Challenge? If so, what books are you most excited to read this year?!


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Hi! Iโ€™m Kaleena: book lover, runner, wanderer, and philanthropist. Life is an adventurous gift: through the outdoors and books. I run Reader Voracious Blog, where I post spoiler-free book reviews of science fiction, fantasy, speculative fiction, and mystery & thriller.

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

  1. Cool. I hadn’t heard about this reading challenge, but I’m trying to focus on diversity in my book reviews so this is terrific. One question: do the authors have to currently reside in Asian countries, or can they be of Asian descent? For example, I recently finished The Widows of Malabar Hill by Sujata Massey. According to her bio, her parents are from India and Germany, but she was born and raised in the U.S. This counts, right?

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  2. This is a great lost! Seeing A Spark of White Fire and Empire of Sand there makes me so happy! When I found out about the Indian rep in these books I was so excited! It was such an amazing feeling to read about my culture and its myths. Happy reading!

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  3. Ooooh those books look amazing (and their covers are gorgeous!!)

    Iโ€™m not doing YARC this year because Iโ€™m doing my own personal challenge – Iโ€™m trying to read more South East Asian books by authors from and living in SEA (I donโ€™t know why, but a lot of Asian books I see are by Asian diaspora, which means the themes they end up dealing with are fairly similar and not as relatable to me). Finding Singaporean books are easy now that Iโ€™m back but Iโ€™m having problems finding books from authors round the region :p Gotta check out the books you mentioned and see if they fit!

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  4. I love this so much! I, too, want to read more diversely this year. I don’t know if I can afford reading new releases exclusively but I do have some backlist books that are by marginalized groups. Ugh. I love that you made spreadsheets. Perfection.

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    1. Yea mostly my list is actually made up of backlist titles I already own, most I nabbed during Kindle sales! I wanted to approach my TBR for the challenge in a way to help me tackle my owned TBR a bit, so this was perfect for me!


  5. I’m keeping this list bookmarked since there are lots of titles here I’d love to read for myself, especially the ones in the first and last lines. ๐Ÿ˜‰ I’ve already read Warcross (fabulous, although I’ve heard not-so-great things about the sequel and have been putting it off), Ignite the Stars (just fine), and The Gilded Wolves (beautifully complex, but can be confusing). GOOD LUCK, LOVELY! โ™ฅ

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  6. Yay, spreadsheets! I thought about join6this challenge too since I already have quite a few books by Asian authors in my TBR pile and list of coming books for this year. But knowing me I would get hypercompetitive and neglect all my other reads haha. Have fun with this one and good luck!

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  7. Oooooo you’re in for a treat with Want and Forest of a Thousand Lanterns! I think I mentioned FoTL drags before it gets to the good and dark part with much blood and evilness, though. I also see Ignite the Stars and I may wink wink nudge nudge that I have a copy of the book and we can definitely BR the book together. ๐Ÿ˜‰

    I’m personally not participating simply because I feel it will be too much on my part and it will likely result in me abandoning the challenge. But there are LOTS of great Asian releases this year and I have ARCs to some of them, so I am EXCITEDTH and will attempt getting my bookwyrm claws on them from the library. *promptly puts a hold on a book that’s releasing in May because DIBS*

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  8. queen of spreadsheets ๐Ÿ‘‘ these covers are all gorgeous and I’ve heard the contents are too! I haven’t officially committed to YARC because the new semester has me just a bit stressed out with everything I want to do, but almost all of these books are on my TBR (and obviously gotta support Asian authors since I’m Asian-American myself!) so I may end up sliding in later this year to claim some of those adorable badges ๐Ÿ˜

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  9. I’m going to unofficially participate since nobody knows how much I’ll be able to read – let alone Asian authors – but I did add a column in my [your, haha] spreadsheet to check whenever I read a book by an Asian author so there’s that! ๐Ÿ˜€
    Already have two ticked off – YAY.

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      1. Hahah, I already succeeded! YAY ME!
        I might end up making it official anyway. If only so I can post a list with all the books by Asian authors I still have on my TBR and such. :’) We’ll see! The moment my pregnancy leave starts, I’ll end up in blog prep mode and be all over things like this.. Probably.. Knowing me..

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  10. I’m participating too! A lot of the books I want to read are on your TBR as well ๐Ÿ˜Š
    I don’t have an official TBR but like a semi-official list of books I want to read since I’m such a huge mood reader ๐Ÿ˜

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  11. This is such a great TBR and we have books in common! I can’t wait to read Want and Girls of Paper and Fire, and I’m so curious about City of Brass as well ๐Ÿ˜€
    Happy reading and best of luck for the challenge ๐Ÿ˜€

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  12. Oh this sounds awesome! I actually just got a copy of The Gilded Wolves and there are still a few books in my bookcase by Asian authors. Definitely going to give it a try!

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  13. THIS SOUNDS AMAZING! I personally wont be doing the challenge simply because I don’t think I will have enough time this year to get to all of them, but I am certainly going to participate from the sidelines at my snail pace! Can’t wait to see your thoughts on all of these amazing books!

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  14. Hello Kaleena!
    You just reminded me that Girls of Paper and Fire is a book that I really need to read for the YARC challenge as well. Looking forward to hearing your thoughts about that one. I also really enjoyed Warcross- Hope that you will like this book as well ๐Ÿ™‚

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