Joining the Year of the Asian Reading Challenge #YARC2019 // You can never read too many Asian books

Hey everyone!! โœจ

I’m incredibly excited to announce that I’ll be joining my very first reading challenge: the Year of the Asian Reading Challenge (#YARC2019)!! The purpose of this challenge is toย read as many books by Asian authors as you can, which is such a great goal. ๐Ÿ˜

This challenge is hosted by four of the most wonderful bloggers ever: Shealea @ Shut Up Shealea, CW @ The Quiet Pond, Lily @ Sprinkles of Dreams, andย Vicky @ Vicky Who Reads. (Click on their names to visit their respective posts and learn more about YARC, as well asย sign up for this challenge!) And don’t forget to follow theย YARC Twitter!!

Reading challenges haven’t usually appealed to me because I’m the biggest mood reader ever, haha; I honestlyย cannot stick to structured TBRs for the life of me. ๐Ÿ˜ฉย But since YARC is so flexible (as it will be going on throughout all of 2019), I decided to join! Plus, as an Asian American, I love reading Asian books that represent and celebrate my culture. โค๏ธ

yarcThere are six challenge levels, ranging from the Philippine tarsier to the Bengali tiger. I decided to aim for theย Philippine tarsierย level (1 to 10 books), as I don’t want to put too much pressure on myself. Of course, I’ll still try to read more than 10 Asian books this year! My #YARC2019 Goodreads shelf already has way more than ten books lol

CWย drew all the badges for YARC, and they’re honestly so cute. Look how adorable this Philippine tarsier is!ย ๐Ÿ’–

Now, without further ado, let’s get into my (ever-growing) TBR for this challenge! ๐ŸŒŸ

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Summer Bird Blue: As you all should know by now, I absolutely adored Akemi Dawn Bowman’s debutย Starfish, and I won’t be surprised if I fell in love with her sophomore novel too. I’ve heard this book is extremely emotional and tear-inducing, and I’m so (not)ย ready.ย ๐ŸŒŠ๐Ÿ’™

The Astonishing Color of After: I’ve never properly read magical realism before, but I’m excited to dive into the genre with The Astonishing Color of After. I’ve heard it’s a beautifully written debut about depression, grief, and loss, and I can’t wait to fall in love with this. ๐Ÿ•Š๐Ÿ’—

Legend: After readingย Warcrossย andย The Young Elitesย trilogy by Marie Lu, I’m so excited to read this sci-fi series! Marie Lu’s books are always so action-packed and intriguing, and I hopeย Legend is the same. Also,ย Legend is one of the few books that my friends in real life have actually read and loved. i was so shook when they told me lmao, because my friends don’t usually like to read ๐Ÿคท๐Ÿปโ€โ™€๏ธย Anyway, I’m trying to read more SFF this year and Marie Lu has definitely been helping me out with this goal.ย โ˜€๏ธ๐Ÿ’›

Little Fires Everywhere: Celeste Ng’sย Everything I Never Told Youย completely blew me away and literally brought tears into my eyes. ๐Ÿ˜ญย It explored racism against Asian Americans and misogyny in the 1960-70s, and so much more. Her writing is so quietly beautiful and exquisite, and I’m very much looking forward to reading more of it inย Little Fires Everywhere. ๐ŸŽ‡๐Ÿ’™


Emergency Contact: I actually just startedย Emergency Contact a few days ago, and one of the main reasons I picked it up was because ofย Marie‘s love for this book. We both adore so many of the same fluffy contemporaries, since we’re both marshmallows, hehe. So I’m really excited to fall in love with this contemporary as well!ย ๐Ÿ“ž๐Ÿ’“

Want: I’ve seen so much love for this book lately, especially since the sequel,ย Ruse, is coming out in March!ย Want is set in a futuristic Taipei that is suffering under the effects of climate change and pollution. It sounds so fascinating and terrifyingly real, since global warming is such an urgent and prominent issue today. And may I just add, that cover is absolutely amazing ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ™

Darius the Great Is Not Okay: I love the title of this book so much, and I’m sure I’ll love this book too, since so many of my friends and fellow bloggers did. This book has Persian and depression rep, family, and friendship, and ahhh it sounds so good already. ๐Ÿตโค๏ธ

Spin the Dawn: So many incredible Asian books are coming out this year, and this is one of them. This Chinese-inspired fantasy has been marketed as Project Runway meets Mulan, which sounds so interesting (even though I haven’t watched Project Runway, haha). And the cover is absolutely gorgeous, oh my gosh!! ๐Ÿ˜ย Very excited for this one. ๐Ÿ‘—๐Ÿ’™

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Aaaand here areย a few more books that are on my #YARC2019 Goodreads shelf!! which you should check out, btw ๐Ÿ˜‰


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I’m so excited to read all (or most) of these amazing books this year!! I hope y’all enjoyed this post, and hopefully I convinced you to add one (or two, or three) Asian books to your TBR (since you can never have enough Asian books). ๐Ÿ˜Œ๐Ÿ’“

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Have you signed up for YARC 2019? Are you participating in this challenge too? (You totally should!!)

What Asian books have you read and loved? What’s on your TBR for this challenge? Do we have any books in common? What Asian books are you SUPER excited to read?

Feel free to leave some Asian book recs in the comments!!



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66 thoughts on “Joining the Year of the Asian Reading Challenge #YARC2019 // You can never read too many Asian books

  1. Good luck with this challenge Dezzy, ๐Ÿ™‚ I hope you manage to read all the books on your TBR list and even more on top! Youโ€™ve got some great books to start off with though. Marie Lu is one of my favourite authors, I loved her Warcross duology, and Darius the Great is Not Okay ended up being one of my favourite reads of 2018 so Iโ€™m sure youโ€™ll love it too. ๐Ÿ™‚
    Great post, and happy reading. โค๏ธ

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  2. Ahh best of luck for this challenge, Dezzy! You have so many great books to read here, I am so excited to hear your thoughts on The Astonishing Color, I really, really loved this one โค And Emergency Contact ahh, you know my love for this book knows no bounds haha, I hope you'll adore it just as much as I do โค
    I also have Darius, Want and Girls of Paper and Fire on my TBR, can't wait to read all of these books! ๐Ÿ˜€
    Happy reading and best of luck for this challenge โค

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    • Ahhh thank you so much, Marie!! I’m so excited to read The Astonishing Color of After and finish Emergency Contact; I’ll definitely let you know my thoughts on them โ˜บ๏ธ Oohh yay! I can’t wait to read Darius, Want, and Girls of Paper and Fire too – we should totally buddy read one of them if you want haha โค๏ธ

      Thank you!! Wishing you the best of luck for this challenge too ๐Ÿ˜Š I loved your YARC TBR post!

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  3. Ah I’m going to re-read The Astonishing Color of After this year for YARC and so if you want to buddy read it, that’d be so cool! I can’t wait to read SBB so much because I love Starfish a lot! Also Girls of Paper and Fire is SO GOOD and beautiful and agh I’m a mess thinking about it!

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  4. So many amazing looking books on this TBR! I loved The Astonishing Color of After and Girls of Paper and Fire, and I’m really excited to read Darius the Great Is Not Okay and Summer Bird Blue ๐Ÿ˜€ Good luck with your reading, and I hope you love all of these!

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  5. dezzy this is SUCH a great list, i’ve been looking through books bc i NEED to find all the asian authors and read their works. but wow i hope you love these books bc there are so many great ones on here. i can’t WAIT to hear your thoughts on little fires everywhere bc it slayed me, i love it so much

    happy reading and i hope your challenge does amazing โค โค

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  6. i don’t know how to express the amount of love I have for this post, YARC, you, and just… I can’t. oh, just realized I haven’t been commenting on your beautiful blog lately, how could I ๐Ÿ˜ญyou’ve got some spectacular books up there, and I am wishing you the absolutely best for this challenge! I hope that you’ll find some new favs, and enjoy reading them all. Especially TACOA, I live for authentic Taiwanese rep in books, especially YA – I hope you’ll love it! I’m actually currently reading Summer Bird Blue ~ Starfish is an absolute masterpiece ๐Ÿ™‚

    lovely post (as always), happy reading, and good luck ๐Ÿ’—

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    • AWWW KIMBERLY I can’t express the love I have for you either ๐Ÿ˜ญ๐Ÿ’ž๐Ÿ’ž you’re honestly the SWEETEST, thank you!! Ahhh I’m so happy to hear that you loved TACOA, and omg, I hope you’re enjoying Summer Bird Blue ๐Ÿ’™ Thank you again!! Happy reading to you too ๐Ÿ˜Š

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  7. aahh these are all such amazing books, I love your TBR!! I’m hoping to reread the Legend trilogy this year (plus so many other books lmao) so I can prepare for the fourth one coming out in the fall and I’m not ready to be destroyed again! And I’ve heard so many great things about Little Fires Everywhere, and having loved Everything I Never Told You, I’m super excited to read it! I hope you love Darius, SBB, and Girls of Paper and Fire — you know just how much I love all three of those books and I truly hope you love them as much as I do! โค Good luck on hitting your goal, I'm cheering you on!!

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    • Ahhh thank you so much May!! Omg I honestly can’t wait to read the Legend series hahah; it sounds so good, and I’m glad you love it too ๐Ÿ˜Š And I’m so happy you loved Everything I Never Told You!! It’s such a beautifully written book ๐Ÿ˜ญ Thank you so much for this sweet comment, May! I’m truly so excited to read all these books, and your support means the world to me ๐Ÿ’– Same to you!


  8. Dezzy!! Thank you so much for joining us in YARC this year – so excited to have you!! ๐Ÿ’›๐Ÿ’›
    I love love love your TBR, and I’m THRILLED to see that WANT by Cindy Pon is on your list – I love that book so much, and hope you get the chance to read it!
    Good luck with the challenge, and I hope you have lots of fun!

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    • Aww of course, CW! This is such a wonderful challenge that you’re co-hosting, and I’m honored to participate โ˜บ๏ธ I’m very excited to read Want, and your love for it is actually one of the main reasons I added it to my TBR, haha ๐Ÿ’“ Thank you so much!!


  9. AHH I LOVE THIS LIST SO MUCH DEZZYโค๏ธ I immediately got excited when I saw Summer Bird Blue as the first one because I realllly want to read that now after falling in love with Starfish omg! And Legend is so good. SO SO SO GOOD. hehe I canโ€™t wait for you to read itโ˜บ๏ธ

    Ooh Iโ€™m also looking forward to Darius the Great is Not Okay and The Weight of Our Sky (especially bc those two also have mental health rep yayayay!) and Emergency Contact! OOOH and Girls of Paper and Fire. okay I basically just want to read all of these๐Ÿ˜‚ lol I hope you end up enjoying these books Dezzy and good luck with the challenge! ๐Ÿ’•๐Ÿ’•๐Ÿ’•

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    • AND I LOVE YOU SO MUCH BRIANNA ๐Ÿ˜‰ Omg yes you don’t know how happy I am that you loved Starfish aahhh ๐Ÿ˜ญ๐Ÿ’œ And we should totally buddy read Summer Bird Blue sometime, haha.

      Ahhh I’m so incredibly excited to read Legend, especially knowing that you love it!! Marie Lu is amazing, honestly ๐Ÿ˜ And omg yes, mental health rep is so important and I can’t wait to read Darius and The Weight of Our Sky!! LOL I’m glad you basically want to read all of these too ๐Ÿ˜‚ Thank you so much, Brianna!! Your support means the world ๐Ÿ’–


  10. Iโ€™m joining YARC2019 too!! And Iโ€™m also aiming for the Philippines Tarsier, though I hope deep inside Iโ€™ll reach the Indian Cobra hehe ๐Ÿ˜†

    Iโ€™ve been meaning to read Emergency Contact since Iโ€™m a *sucker for contemporaries* but I havenโ€™t had the chance to get it yet. I hope you enjoy your read! ๐Ÿ’–

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  11. Thanks for all these great recommendations. Everything I Never Told You and Darius are already on my TBR. Too many books too little time.

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  12. Aaah Iโ€™m so excited to read Emergency Contact and Spin the Dawn! They both sound so amazing. ๐Ÿ˜ Girls of Paper and Fire was SO GOOD (and heartbreaking aaaah), I hope you enjoy it! โค๏ธ This is such a great challenge, and you have so many lovely books on here ๐Ÿ™‚ Great post!

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  13. Nice TBR. And yes, we have so many books in common. Can’t wait to read Astonishing Color and Darius the Great. I wanted to read these since last year but wasn’t able to because of the prices ๐Ÿ˜ฆ
    I am trying for the first level too ๐Ÿ˜€ I too want to keep my goal easier. Good luck!

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    • Yay I’m so happy to hear that!! And omg I’m very excited to read the Legend series; I’ve heard nothing but great things about it and I’m glad that you love it too โ˜บ๏ธ Thank you so much, Tiffany!! Good luck with YARC as well ๐Ÿ’“


  14. Good luck!! Hopefully you’ll enjoy all the books you end up reading ๐Ÿ™‚ Almost all of the books on your tbr are on my tbr too haha (in general, I’m not participating in the challenge as I suck at reading challenges haha). I read Summer Bird Blue last year and um be prepared?? It definitely broke me in a very quiet way

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    • Aww thank you so much, Michelle! Haha omg that’s great; I hope that we’ll both enjoy all of these books ๐Ÿ’– Oh I suck at reading challenges too, so I totally get it ๐Ÿ˜‚ And oohh thank you for the warning about SBB! Akemi Dawn Bowman definitely has a way with words ๐Ÿ˜ญ๐Ÿ’™

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  15. Dezzy, this post was legendary, you’re going to absolutely slay the challenge (I’m no prophet but I’m pretty sure this prediction will be correct hehe. No pressure though ahaha)

    I LOVE your TBR for this! The Astonishing Colour of After, Legend, the Weight of Our Sky and GOPAF were sO GOOD AHHHHHHH!! I hope you love them.

    Summer Bird Blue, Darius the Great Is Not Okay, and Spin the Dawn are on my TBR – they all sound so great and I’ve heard great things about them. I have to say, great minds think alike ๐Ÿ˜Ž

    Happy reading!! Can’t wait for all the goodness these Asian books will bring! โค

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    • Haha AWWW thank you so much, Taasia!! I definitely appreciate your support & faith in me ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ’ž Ahhh I’m so happy to hear that you loved those books!! I’m even more excited to read them now. And yesss great minds definitely think alike ๐Ÿ˜‰ I hope we’ll both love those books too!!

      Thank you again, happy reading to you too!! Wishing you the best of luck for YARC ๐Ÿ’“

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  16. I love this TBR so much, wonderful post!๐Ÿ’›
    An Astonishing Color of After and Summer Bird Blue are both books I have checked out from the library right now, and I want to read them so much but am simultaneously afraid because I know there’s a chance they will utterly break my heart.
    AHHH, DARIUS! *cries forever* I really feel like you will enjoy this one, and I hope you do! It’s just so good.๐Ÿ˜ญ
    Again, lovely post!

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