I’m Participating in the Year of the Asian Reading Challenge 2019!


After looking at all the books I’ve read in 2018, I realized that the majority are by white authors. While I still did enjoy their books, I also realized that I enjoyed the books with diversity and representation far more. #OwnVoices books make up most of my top books list and this year, I want to read more. To be specific, I want to read books written by Asian authors more.

I think it’s a shame that stories representing billions of people often go untold. In Asia alone, the number of ethnicities and culture mean that there is a multitude of stories and different experiences that can be committed to story, to paper. In publishing, their voices have been unheard for so long. It’s why I was so happy to see many Asian authors publishing books slated for 2019 and beyond. Not all of them are from my culture and certainly not all of them will represent me, but I will read them nevertheless. Call it Asian solidarity, maybe.

When I heard that CW from The Quiet Pond, Lily from Sprinkles of Dreams, Shealea from Shutup Shealea, and Vicky from Vicky Who Reads have created this reading challenge, I knew I just had to do it. The goal is to read as many books by Asian authors as you can and because of my NetGalley tbr and the impending possibility of going to law school in a few month’s time, I’m not really sure how many I can read.

Still, I’m going to aim for the Malaysian tapir which means I want to read about 21-30 books. Will I be able to reach it? I don’t know but I sure will try!


Check out the hosts’ YARC posts here (You can also sign-up there!):



Here are the books I’ve read so far:

  1. Descendant of the Crane by Joan He (E-ARC)
  2. Want by Cindy Pon
  3. A Spark of White Fire by Sangu Mandanna
  4. Flipping the Script by Danice Mae Sison (E-ARC)
  5. The Citadel of Weeping Pearls by Aliette de Bodard
  6. Shadow of the Fox by Julie Kagawa
  7. Enlightenment by Reno Ursal (E-ARC)
  8. Jaeth’s Eye by K.S. Villoso
  9. The Descent of Monsters by J.Y. Yang
  10. The Wolf of Oren-Yaro by K.S. Villoso
  11. My So-Called Bollywood Life by Nisha Sharma
  12. Girl Gone Viral by Arvin Ahmadi
  13. Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan
  14. Stealing Luna by Carla de Guzman
  15. No Two Ways by Chi Yu Rodriguez
  16. The Bride Test by Helen Hoang
  17. China Rich Girlfriend by Kevin Kwan
  18. Rich People Problems by Kevin Kwan
  19. Patron Saints of Nothing by Randy Ribay
  20. Jade War by Fonda Lee
  21. Ignite the Stars by Maura Milan
  22. The Ascent to Heaven by JY Yang
  23. A House of Rage and Sorrow by Sangu Mandanna
  24. Mooncakes by Suzanne Walker and Wendy Xu

I will be adding to this list as I read more books and I will also be linking the reviews once they’re up.

7 thoughts on “I’m Participating in the Year of the Asian Reading Challenge 2019!

  1. Diana @ Thoughts on Papyrus

    Good luck with your challenge! I myself am going for the Indian Cobra level. I think you put it very right that “stories representing billions of people often go untold” and Asian “voices have been unheard for so long”. So many people stick with their favourite authors and in their comfort zones, and even if there is this amazing book published by an Asian author, they just do not pick it up. It is time to change that.

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  2. Indeed! I’ve been reading a lot of diverse books lately and they’re so good. I think that we could all benefit from more books written by Asian authors as there’s such a wide range of cultures and ethnicities who can tell so many stories. As an Asian myself, this is a very exciting year for Asian YA books. And good luck with your challenge too!

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