Better Late Than Never // The Year of the Asian Reading Challenge 2019
The Year of the Asian Reading Challenge 2019
Announcement & TBR
In case you didn’t know, the Year of the Asian Reading Challenge is a reading challenge created to bring awareness and encourage the reading and publication of books by Asian authors! It’s hosted by the lovely Lily, Shealea, Vicky and CW, and the aim is to read as many Asian authored books as you can in 2019.
You can find the original post with all the details right HERE, where you can also find the official sign up form!
So, I’m a little late…but that’s okay! You can apparently start anytime during the year and now is any of a good a time as any. Thanks to Kat for inspiring me to join into this reading challenge, Kat is amazing and deserves all the love.
There are different little challenge levels you can choose to aim towards that correspond to a cute Asian animal badge and this year I’m aiming for the small Philippine tarsier which is to read 1 to 10 books. I love being ambitious but I have to be realistic and I’m super busy this year. So this little challenge level is perfect for me (and my bank account).
This is the adorable badge:
To keep track of my progress for my TBR (I’ll get into that in a second), I got my designing skills mode on and used the YARC2019 badge and created this tracker that is now in my blog sidebar:
The aim is to obviously read all 10 books to get to the pretty fully coloured button with the badge on the right! I have currently already read one book that counts in this Reading Challenge so it’s not fully black and white already, 9 more books to go!
My YARC2019 TBR:
It was a little tricky to create this TBR because I sadly don’t own a lot of Asian-authored books in my library at home, so this is will be a little bit of an investment for me. Obviously, it’s extremely worthwhile to be supporting these authors, and I’m also looking into borrowing some of these books from my local library (books are just so expensive guys, and it sucks when you don’t have the disposable income to buy tons of them – thank god for the library).
See the crossed out books or edits to find out what I’ve read towards this challenge throughout the year!
Emergency Contact by Mary H.K. Choi (I already read this in January, so it’s totally counting! Find my review right here)MY REVIEW HERE
2-4. The Bone Witch Trilogy by Rin Chupeco – I have been wanting to read this series since the first book so I really want to get around to buying this book.
5. The Astonishing Colour of After by Emily X.R. Pan
The Bride Test by Helen Hoang – I loved The Kiss Quotient so I hope this one is just as amazing!RTC
7. The Secret Science of Magic by Melissa Keil
8. Five Dark Fates by Kendare Blake – one of my highly anticipated releases for 2019!
9. Monstress by Marjorie Liu
10. Exhalation by Ted Chiang
Small Disclaimer: I understand that others may not think this TBR isn’t diverse enough because I can see that it is mostly composed of East and South East Asian represented books, but please be aware that I will commit to reading books I own or have already/will plan to buy because I have limited funds as a student. If I could get all types of diverse Asian books in my library, I’d read them all. There is no discrimination of any sort in what I choose to read, other than if the book simply doesn’t interest me in its plot or description.
Are you participating in YARC2019? What will you be reading? What are you aiming for?
I’m always up for a chat!
PS: The BLACKPINK comeback is soon, icymi they’re my fav so I’m extra excited for this as well.
Until next time,