Year of the Asian 2019 (#YARC2019) Reading Challenge: Sign Up Post, TBR & Updates

Hello beautiful bloggers! I’m finally making this official. When I knew about this reading challenge, I’m so sure I’m going to participate it but then again, I’m not too sure how many Asian authors’ books I’ll be able to read since I’m really struggling with my life at this moment. However, we’ll never know if we don’t try right? So, here I am, posting my #YARC2019 sign up post. (Better late than never, righhhtt?) Also, through this reading challenge, I’m hoping to read more Asian literature this year and also to read more Asian-related historical fictions. If you don’t know what Year of the Asian Reading Challenge 2019 is, let me tell you a bit about it.

#YARC2019 Introduction

The aim of this challenge is to read as many books written by Asian authors as you can! These books can be back-listed titles, new releases, and ARCs. The books could be of any genre, any format, and any length. There are a few levels represented by some cute badges that you could try to attempt for this challenge (so no pressure!).

In order for a book to count, you must start and finish it within 2019. The challenge started on the 1st of January 2019 and will end on the 31st of December of this year. There would be monthly prompts and recommendations, plus Twitter chats for all the participants to take part. There is also monthly link-ups, where you could share the links on your progress and each link submitted would be entered in a mysterious grand giveaway, which will be drawn once the year ends.

The official tag for this challenge is #YARC2019. You could also follow the official Twitter account: @YearOfTheAsian or the hosts’ blogs for announcements, surprises, and more bookish fun.

  1. CW @ The Quiet Pond
  2. Lily @ Sprinkles of Dreams
  3. Shealea @ Shut Up, Shealea
  4. Vicky @ Vicky Who Reads

Here’s my take on the challenge. I’ll be attempting to read 11-20 books written by Asian authors. However, I do hope I could go higher than this amount, but for now my badge would be the very cute yet sassy Indian Cobra. p/s: Idk why I said that lol, is that a normal way to describe a Cobra?


So, obviously, I’ve missed this month and tbh, I didn’t read any book by Asian author in January. So, let’s hope I’ll do better in February!


In February, I’m hoping to read at least 3 books written by Asian authors.

  • Tuesday by Amal Nadiah Ghazali

    This is a book written by a local author in Malaysia and this is her second book. I am so honored to get the chance to read and review her book for the second time. This book is about Paris, relationships and life lessons. Overall, I really enjoyed reading this one.
    4.5 / 5 star!
    For full review, you may click here. 
  • The Weight of Our Sky by Hanna Alkaf

    This is yet another book written by a Malaysian author. She has made every Malaysian proud of this one, which is about the riot that once happened in Malaysia and it also has representation of OCD and anxiety. This will be a reread for me and thank you so much to Pansing @definitelybooks for providing me a copy of The Weight of Our Sky.
    *Rating is coming soon* 
  • The One World Schoolhouse: Education Reimagined by Salman Khan

    *Description is coming soon*


*under construction*










That’s it for now! I’ll build up the rest of my TBR and books that I’ve read for this challenge from time to time and let’s hope, this attempt of mine doesn’t flop! *fingers crossed*

Oh, do let me know, if you’re attempting this challenge too and what books you’re planning to read, maybe we could buddy read? :p

7 thoughts on “Year of the Asian 2019 (#YARC2019) Reading Challenge: Sign Up Post, TBR & Updates

  1. Oh wow! I have so many books from Asian authors, I kinda wanna do this challenge too! Would you be interested in buddy reading The Joy Luck Club? It was one of the first Hollywood movies featuring an all Asian cast and I think it would be good to read it.

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  2. Yayyyy Jess is finally officially joining 😍 I’m actually impressed you’re aiming for the Indian Cobra even though you’re not sure how many books from Asian authors you’ll get to read and of course, struggling with life too. I’m only aiming for the Philippines Tarsier which is really low hahahaaa because I’m not too sure with my financial situation 😅 But anyway, I hope we’ll get through it and read moreeeee this year💖


    1. I knowwww, but I think I have some Asian authors’ books on my shelf (I think) haha so I don’t necessarily have to buy new ones. I’m always a little bit extra. Idk if I can do it though but we’ll see hehe


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