Year of the Asian Reading Challenge 2019: Sign-Up, Progress Tracker, my tentative TBR (feat. interactive polls + more!)

I love Asian books.

Shockingly, this comes as a surprise to … no one, lmao.

There have been so many great Asian books as of late, and even though I’ve been (in my opinion) really good at keeping up with the Asian books I want to read, there are still quite a few I still want to read.

So when I saw this challenge centering around reading books by Asian authors hosted by Shealea @ Shut Up Shealea, CW @ the Quiet Pond, Lily @ Sprinkles of Dreams and Vicky @ Vicky Who Reads (all of whom are amazing humans who you should all totally follow), I knew I had to participate.

This post is going to serve as three things: my sign-up post, my progress tracker and a tentative list of books I would like to read for this challenge. I was initially going to make this part of my 2019 Reading Challenges page, but I figured since this is a reading challenge near and dear to my heart, that it should get a separate post of its own.

I’m aiming for the Malayan Tapir level, which is reading 21-30 books. Look at that graphic! CW is so talented (also yay for fellow Malaysian bloggers!) I’d love to go higher, but since I’ve read the majority of the Asian books on my radar/TBR, it makes going higher even more ambitious. I was going to aim for the Giant Panda (31-40 books), but I think it’s pretty unrealistic (part of me wanting to aim for that was because of that adorable panda and my love of pandas, ngl. As I’m writing this, I’m already doubting my ability to achieve this.

This is so cute.

Look at it.

I’m obsessed.

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Here is where I will (try) to keep the books read for this challenge (book, author, rating, link to review (?) etc.) updated in list form. Click the little toggle button to see the books, as I want to keep this post to a reasonable size.

I’ll be posting links for reviews that I have for these books as hyperlinks, when applicable.

[To be filled out/filled out throughout the year]

Books Read
  1. Starfish by Akemi Dawn Bowman ★☆☆ (4.5)
  2. Final Draft by Riley Redgate ★☆☆
  3. Summer Bird Blue by Akemi Dawn Bowman ★☆ (4.5)
  4. If The Dress Fits by Carla de Guzman ★☆☆ (4.5)
  5. Imagine Us Happy by Jennifer Yu ★☆
  6. As Kismet Would Have It by Sandhya Menon ☆☆ (3.5)
  7. The Gilded Wolves (The Gilded Wolves, #1) by Roshani Chokshi (DNF)
  8. A Girl Like That by Tanaz Bhathena ★☆☆ (3.75)
  9. The Beauty of the Moment by Tanaz Bhathena
  10. Darius the Great Is Not Okay by Adib Khorram

Also! If you’re into Sheets, Kaleena @ Reader Voracious (aka the queen of bookish spreadsheets) as well as Kate @ Your Tita Kate (and a diversity championing queen) have made some great spreadsheets for you to track these challenges!

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Even though I’ve been a lot better at keeping to my TBRs lately (I’m doing so great on my January TBR, should I check in with that even though I haven’t posted it?), I’m not so great at keeping up with them in the long term.

And also because I’m in love with the idea of organizing (even though I’m not the best at it, I’m categorizing my TBR into separate sections: firstly, my priority TBR (which are basically anticipated Asian releases (or just books by Asian authors) of 2018 which I didn’t get to, secondly, some amazing 2019 Asian anticipated releases, which I have already talked about in two posts. *screeches in Asian*

Finally, I also have some Asian books that are on my radar, which I will talk about and which you will get to vote on which ones you think I should read/prioritize! The top 3 books will be the books that I will do my best to get read, or perhaps bump up to my priority TBR!

Without further adieu, here is my (tentative) TBR! I’ll be checking off this TBR throughout the year

Books On My Priority TBR

  1. Two Dark Reigns by Kendare Blake
  2. Empress of All Seasons by Emiko Jean
  3. Smoke in the Sun by Renee Ahdieh

2019 Releases

These are organized in order of publication date, and you can find me screaming about them here.

  1. The Red Scrolls of Magic by Cassandra Clare and Wesley Chu
  2. There’s Something About Sweetie by Sandhya Menon
  3. Somewhere Only We Know by Maurene Goo
  4. I Love You So Mochi by Sarah Kuhn
  5. Hungry Hearts edited by Elise Chapman and Caroline Tung Richmond
  6. Fake It Til You Break It by Jenn P. Nguyen
  7. Spin the Dawn (Spin the Dawn, #1) by Elizabeth Lim
  8. Our Wayward Fate by Gloria Chao
  9. All the Ways Home by Elsie Chapman
  10. The Beauty of the Moment by Tanaz Bhatena ✔️

On My Radar

These are books that have peaked my interest or I’ve heard good things from other people in the community.

  1. Four Weeks, Five People by Jennifer Yu
  2. Imagine Us Happy by Jennifer Yu ✔️
  3. The Gilded Wolves (The Gilded Wolves, #1) by Roshani Chokshi ✔️
  4. Final Draft by Riley Redgate ✔️
  5. Starfish by Akemi Dawn Bowman ✔️
  6. Love, Hate and Other Filters by Samira Ahmed
  7. Darius the Great Is Not Okay by Adib Khorram ✔️
  8. The Poppy War (The Poppy War, #1) by R.F Kuang
  9. The Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan
  10. Love and War (Alex and Eliza, #2) by Melissa de la Cruz
  11. Pachinko by Min Jin Lee
  12. Descendants of the Crane by Joan He
  13. A Girl Like That by Tanaz Bhatena ✔️
  14. Summer Bird Blue by Akemi Dawn Bowman ✔️

Be sure to recommend me more Asian (especially if it’s contemporary) novels you think I should add to this list! Obviously, I’m not sure of every Asian book out there, so it’d be great to know more!

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Sooo, are you participating in this challenge? (Please say yes). If so, what level are you aiming for? What Asian books are on your TBR and what do you think about the books on my TBR? Do you have any Asian recommendations for me (especially written by Asian authors!)

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24 thoughts on “Year of the Asian Reading Challenge 2019: Sign-Up, Progress Tracker, my tentative TBR (feat. interactive polls + more!)

  1. Aah I love this challenge! A huge YES for all these Asian books!! ❤ I've totally been meaning to read Smoke in the Sun as well! I remember really loving the first book, but the release of the second book just went over my head. I'm also SO excited for There's Something About Sweetie and Spin the Dawn, and all the others ones aaaah. I hope you enjoy all the books you read for this challenge! ❤

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    1. This challenge is amazing, right? Are you going to be participating? I NEED to figure out whether I want to read Smoke in the Sun soon! The first book was enjoyable enough, but I’ve heard pretty mixed reviews so I don’t know? Ahhh There’s Something About Sweetie and Spin the Dawn sound so great, Asian releases ftw :)) Thank you, I have some high hopes! (By the way, you should totally participate :))


  2. I’m so happy you are joining this challenge, YAY! Very excited about it, I hope you’ll read some awesome books, but you have such a great TBR 😀 I would love to read Spin The Dawn, I Love You So Mochi, Fake It Til You Break It, Smoke in The Sun and Darius The Great Just as well.
    I loveeeeed The Gilded Wolves and Final Draft ahhh, I hope you’ll love them too! And STARFISH, that one was amazing as well!! ❤
    Happy reading and best of luck 😀

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    1. I’m so glad you’re doing the challenge too, Marie! This is going to be awesome, and I’m so hyped! They all sound so good and I’m just here casually screaming, haha.

      Ahhhhh so good to know that you loved the Gilded Wolves and Final Draft! It makes me even more excited to read it 🙂

      Happy reading and best of luck to you too! You’re definitely going to hit your goal :))

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  3. This is such a great TBR, Taasia! I’m so glad you’re participating in YARC; I recently posted about joining this challenge, too, haha. I’m SO excited for you to read Starfish because I love that book with all my heart – the Asian and social anxiety rep was incredible. 😭💓 Wishing you luck on this challenge! I hope you love all (or at least most) of these books! 😊

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    1. Thanks so much, Dezzy! I’m so excited to make it through this TBR, because all of them sound awesome! I’ve been so behind on interacting as of late, but I’ll definitely make the time to check our your sign up post! I’ve heard amazing things about Starfish so far, and I’ve already reserved a copy at the library, so hopefully that’s coming in soon! Wishing you the best of luck on this challenge to you too! Happy reading with all the Asian lit!!


  4. aaaaahhhh i can’t wait to watch you get through all these amazing books and to hear your thoughts!! you’re going to do so amazing (i can sense it!!) prioritizing books is like the hardest thing ever for me, WHERE DO I START

    good luck taasia

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    1. i can’t wait to read them ahhhhhh and actually review them properly lmao. wait ARE YOU DOING THIS CHALLENGE? (please say yes). i literally just prioritize books by my mood and what i feel like, so i don’t have a system! also i CANNOT WAIT FOR OUR BR OF SUMMER BIRD BLUE YAY


    1. Ahhhh you should totally join, Melanie! Asian rep ftw, and 2019 is going to be great! I’ve heard mixed things about the Girl King, so I don’t think I’ll pick it up, and I’ve heard so many good things about Descendant of the Crane! Happy reading!


  5. Good luck on this challenge! The Poppy War was one of my favourite reads of last year and I cannot wait for the sequel! And I read The Gilded Wolves this month and loved it so much, I really hope you enjoy both these books as well!

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  6. me: very happy Descendant of the Crane is winning
    ALSO YAY FOR SIGNING UP I AM SO HAPPY THANK YOU FOR PARTICIPATING!!! you have so many awesome ones on your TBR and please hmu if you ever need more recs wink wink <333

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    1. ahhh i’ve heard so many amazing things about descendant of the crane and i need to pick it up this year, haha.

      this challenge was just calling my name so ofc i had to sign up, thank you to you, cw, shealea and lily for doing this! so much appreciation for all of youuu 💘💘 i would definitely need more recs, and obviously you are the asian rec queen so ofc!

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  7. I was on a hiatus, so I’m only now getting around to officially joining the challenge, but I’m soo excited because YARC is such a great challenge 😊 and I love all the adorable graphics 😍 I really hope you end up liking Empress of All Seasons, it definitely surprised me in a positive way 🙂


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