Hello there! I hope you’re doing great in the year of 2019 so far. July is nearing to an end. So, I’m here to present to you my long overdue Year of the Asian 2019 Challenge update.
I’m sucks at updating my progress on this challenge, there’s nothing new but so far, I have managed to read 13 books by Asian authors, which I consider pretty good. I mean 13 out of 28 books I have read so far in the year of 2019 is pretty good right? And I have actually achieved the Indian Cobra (11-20 books) just like I aimed for when I started this challenge!
I am so excited that I get to explore different Asian cultures as well as relate to a lot of the things mentioned in the books I’ve read. Let me break it down for you what are those books in case you haven’t gone through my reviews on each of them.
- Books by Malaysian authors/ local books (Malay language)
In the past year or so, I tried reading more Malay language books by Malaysian authors. However, it always ended up with a book or two but this year I managed to read 4 (so far) and it’s a great achievement. Also, thank you PBAKL 2019, a local book event, for making me buying all these books. I wish to support more local authors and understand the stories local authors have to deliver. It’s not easy being a fluent speaker and always look at Malay books with a very analytical outlook. I feel bad but I wish not to only support them, at the same time, I hope to make the local publishing industry a better one and really help the publishers to improve their books, especially in terms of the editing process, as in what to look out for, language mistakes and so much more. Down below if you click each title, you’ll be directed to my reviews on these books and they are freaking long because I tend to look out for every single detail in them. I hope you enjoy them!
Entiti by Syafiq Aizat
Psikik by Husna Rosli
Aku by Shaz Johar
Nikina by Nadia Khan
- Books by Malaysian author (English language)
This year I am lucky to be able to read some of Malaysian authors’ works that are in English language. I found out about The Night Tiger through Quercus Books and I was so excited to read a book about the myth of the Harimau Jadian. It’s a bit like the werewolf in the U.S but in Malaysia, it’s a tiger. However, is the story entirely about The Tiger? Well, you could read my review AND read the book by yourself. 😉
The Night Tiger by Yangsze Choo
Next, I was honoured to read Amal’s second book and attended her launch of Tuesday. Reading Tuesday was a very pleasant and relaxing experience. It made me crave for croissants and wish I was in Paris. I fell in love with the way she wrote this book and I’d definitely be reading her upcoming books.
Tuesday by Amal Nadiah Ghazali
- Books by Filipino authors
Last year, I got to read a book by a Singaporean author and this year, I am very lucky to get to read books by Filipino authors. I got to ‘travel’ to the Philippines and enjoy the food, meet the the people and listen to their language in my head. It is an honour to be able to read these books. Thank you so much for sharing the stories based in your country with us, the readers.
Stay A Little Longer by Dawn Lanuza
My Fate According to the Butterfly by Gail D. Villanueva
For Natalie Tan’s Book of Luck and Fortune, it is more of a book about the Chinese. The food, relationship, the neighborhood and strong bond between the characters. This book brought so much warmth and my heart was full reading it. A lot of things mentioned was very relatable as a Chinese myself. It actually made me tear up and not to mention, it’s a really good book.
Natalie Tan’s Book of Luck and Fortune by Roselle Lim (Filipino-Chinese)
- Book by Indian author
Another children book full of lessons and very delightful to be read. Guess what? Yes, it showcases the Indian culture and Indian characters. Reading this book helped me learn so much and I’d definitely love to read more work by Chitra Soundar and highly recommend it to the every kiddo out there.
Mangoes, Mischief and Tales of Friendship by Chitra Soundar
- Books by American Asian authors
Last year, American Panda by Gloria Chao really stole my heart and that stays till right at this moment. However, I’m truly contented to be able to discover more gems this year. I really enjoyed reading all of these books. Wicked Fox with the k-drama elements. It felt as if I was watching a k-drama in my head and I absolutely adore it!
Gumiho: Wicked Fox by Kat Cho (Korean American)
Stronger Than a Bronze Dragon with the feminism approach and so many familiar Mandarin words. “Ta ma de” 他妈的! still remains as my favourite Mandarin curse words till now.
Stronger than a Bronze Dragon by Mary Fan
I’ve read Celeste Ng’s Everything I Never Told You and it didn’t feel that great but Little Fires Everywhere surprisingly was captivating and I really love the story yet I hate it for making me wanting more in the end.
Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng
Basically these are the books I have read so far for now and I’ll be posting another #YARC2019 post on the Books by Asian Authors I Would Love To Read by the End of 2019. Please check out this space because it’s coming soon!