Year of the Asian Reading Challenge

Hello there!

If you aren’t dying under the list of bookish challenges you’ve taken up for this year then here’s one you really need to get going with.

Year of the Asian Reading Challenge 2019 or YARC for short is a year long reading challenge where readers aim to read as many books as possible by Asian writers. All books started and finished within 2019 count and you can join at any time of the year!

There are many other fun twists and challenges within YARC monthly prompts and recommendations, twitter chats, and monthly link-ups and giveaways too! There are several levels to this challenge and I am going for the Giant Panda Level where I’ll try to read 31-40 books by Asian authors.

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Only recently have books by Asian authors gaining some importance and acknowledgement in the community and being Asian myself I couldn’t be happier to see it. I’m already very hyped up for the numerous Asian books being released this year so yeah I have a huge selection of books to read. I’m not making a TBR because god knows I’m never able to keep up with them thanks to me being a mood reader. But here are a few books by Asian authors that I desperately want to read this year.







This challenge is co-created by Vicky, Shealea, Lily and CW so you can check out other details on their blogs as well as find the sign-up forms.

So what are you waiting for? Go sign-up right now!


Are you taking part in YARC? Tell me about your TBR! Do you find that we have any books in common? Have you read any of the books I have listed? If so what are your thoughts? And what do you think about the rise of Asian books in the community?

27 thoughts on “Year of the Asian Reading Challenge

  1. I have sign up for this challenge too but I don’t think I’ll aim as high as you did… too much of a mood reader 😜😜😜
    Great list on your tbr… I hope to read some of them myself and this year seems to have so many more wonderful releases …

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  2. Wow, You have chosen Panda. Good luck with that. I think I would go with the lowest level 😜 Some of these are on my TBR too and hope we can buddy read a few. I haven’t made any TBR either and I am yet to write the sign up post πŸ™ˆ Hopefully I will share some of my anticipated reads there and we can find some common books to read together 😊

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  3. Hi Charvi!
    Yay! I’m thrilled that you’re going to be joining us for YARC. I LOVE your TBR, and hope that you enjoy reading Asian lit this year! I especially hope that you enjoy DARIUS THE GREAT IS NOT OKAY by Adib Khorram – it was one of my favourite books of 2018, and I love it so so much. (I’d also love to see the reviews of the books you write for YARC, so please tag me in them!! 😍)
    Good luck with YARC and I hope you have lots of fun! πŸ’›

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    • Hi! I’m equally thrilled πŸ˜„
      Ah thank you! Darius is especially high on my list because I started it kast year but had to leave it in between. Of course, would love to tag you in the reviews πŸ˜ŠπŸ’•


  4. YAY Charvi!!! So excited you’re participating and there are so many awesome reads ahead of you! (also I found out about a match made in mehndi recently and like YES OMG GIVE IT TO MEEEEEEE)

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  5. This is a great TBR! I also really want to read Darius The Great and A Match Made in Mehendi, they both sound amazing πŸ™‚ I’m excited to see American Panda and An Ember in the Ashes on your list, I hope you’ll love both of them πŸ˜€
    Happy reading and best of luck with the challenge! πŸ™‚

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  6. Charvi, Charvi, Charvi this post just reminded me I really want to read American Panda and An Ember in the Ashes (also I’d totally be down to buddy read these with you at some point). I may have a snoop at this challenge, just to see but I don’t know if I’ll sign up since I’m still battling a reading slump ❀

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  7. Written in the Stars is a phenomenmal book. It made me feel all the feels. And I am so excited to get my hands on a copy of The Love & Lies of Rukhsana Ali because it’s basically lesbian and Bangladeshi Written in the Stars.

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