I actually knew about this challenge the day the four lovely hosts (CW, Lily, Shealea and Vicky) announced it over Twitter. Just like everyone else, I was super hyped to join the challenge, especially since I started a book club with Lili called Diverse Divers where our main goal is to support diverse authors and books. I think this challenge is an exceptional way to also support diversity which focusing on Asian literature. So then, I took a mental note that I will join and make a sign-up post as soon as possible and before I knew it, it’s February already and here we are. 😅 Oh well, but anyway! If you have no idea about this reading challenge, let me tell you about it real quick!
What is Year of the Asian Reading Challenge?
Year of the Asian Reading Challenge 2019 – or YARC for short, is a reading challenge focusing to celebrate Asian literature and Asian authors. It’s a year-long challenge, starting from January 1, 2019 – December 31, 2019. There will be also monthly link-up where you can share your monthly update/wrap-up post regarding your reading process and this will be counts as a submission for a giveaway at the end of the year! To make the challenge more excited, there will be badges for each level based on the number of books that you read! Since I’ll also be using this post as a tracker, I’ll put my current badge at the end of this post, just to keep things neat. For more details, you can head over to the original posts from each lovely hosts or follow YARC2019 on Twitter (@YearOfTheAsian):
Now, here comes the fun part. I’m going to share a list of books that I’m the most excited to read for this challenge, both backlist books and new release books. Since I’m also going to use this challenge to push myself to read more Indonesian books, there will be a special section for Indonesian authors too. However, it doesn’t necessarily mean that I’ll only read these books! I might read other books that I found throughout the challenge.
- A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara (Published March 10, 2015)
- Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage by Haruki Murakami (Published August 12, 2014)
Emergency Contact by Mary H.K. Choi (Published March 27, 2018)
- Girls of Paper and Fire by Natasha Ngan (Published November 6, 2018)
- Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng (Published September 12, 2017)
- Love, Hate and Other Filters by Samira Ahmed (Published January 16, 2018)
- Starfish by Akemi Dawn Bowman (Published September 26, 2017)
- The Bone Witch by Rin Chupeco (Published March 7, 2017)
- Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake (Published September 20, 2016)
- To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before (Published April 15, 2014)
- Blood Heir by Amélie Wen Zhao (Published June 4, 2019)
- Descendant of the Crane by Joan He (Published April 2, 2019)
Here and Now and Then by Mike Chen (Published January 29, 2019) The Weight of Our Sky by Hanna Alkaf (Published February 5, 2019)
- Bumi Manusia (This Earth of Mankind) by Pramoedya Ananta Toer (Published 1975)
- Cantik Itu Luka (Beauty is A Wound) by Eka Kurniawan (Published December 12, 2002)
- Rainbirds by Clarissa Goenawan (Published March 6, 2018)
- Tidak Ada New York Hari Ini (There is No New York Today) by M. Aan Mansyur (Published April 28, 2016)
Tracker + Current Badge
So, here is a list of books that I’ve read for this challenge so far. It’s a mix of previous list and impulse decision making whenever I read a book by a particular author and interested to read more of their works. 💁♀️
- Love and Misadventure by Lang Leav (Read on January 21, 2019) | Rating: 2/5
- Lullabies by Lang Leav (Read on January 22, 2019) | Rating: 1/5
- Memories by Lang Leav (Read on January 22, 2019) | Rating: 2/5
- The Universe of Us by Lang Leav (Read on January 23, 2019) | Rating: 2.5/5
- Love Looks Pretty on You by Lang Leav (Read on January 25, 2019) | Rating: 3.5/5
- Here and Now and Then by Mike Chen (Read on January 29, 2019) | Rating: 5/5 [Full Review]
- The Weight of Our Sky by Hanna Alkaf (Read on February 3, 2019) | Rating: 4.5/5 [Full Review]
Based on these numbers, my current badge/level is this smol Philippine Tarsier!
Are you joining #YARC2019? Is there any book that you think I should discover and read for this challenge? Share them below!
Image credit: Clay Banks