Year of the Asian Reading Challenge! #YARC2019

I said I wasn’t going to sign up for any more challenges — clearly I am a lying liar who lies, because here we are. (What a way to start the lunar new year!) Though in my defense, I was already planning to read lots of Asian authors this year, so really I’m just adding the step of collecting the list here.

This reading challenge is co-hosted by Vicky Who ReadsCW @ The Quiet Pond, Lily @ Sprinkles of Dreams, and Shealea @ Shut Up Shealea; you should absolutely check them all out because they’re amazing bloggers and amazing people! There’s even a YARC Twitter and corresponding hashtag.

Anyone who knows me at all will know that I’m a chronic overachiever, so we’re all in and aiming for the Bengali tiger (51+ books by the end of the year)! But as to how many I’ll actually manage, we’ll have to wait and see 😅

Current Progress: 2/51 books

Current Badge: Philippine tarsier


✔ Good Talk: A Memoir in Conversations by Mira Jacob | 🔥🔥🔥🔥 [RTC]
✔ City of Ash and Red by Hye-Young Pyun | 🔥 1/2


✔ Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng | [Currently Reading]

If you’ve recently read any especially good books by Asian authors, whether backlist or new releases, I’m always open to recommendations! And for those of you also participating in YARC 2019, I’d love to know what level you’re aiming for and how you’re doing so far!


39 thoughts on “Year of the Asian Reading Challenge! #YARC2019

  1. All the best! I’m not participating this year because of school and well, let’s be honest if I started I’d want to achieve the Bengali Tiger Badge as well.
    You’ve made good progress and hope you are able to read 51 books by Asian Authors this year.
    Btw, have you read Crazy Rich Asians? If not, I’ve heard it’s amazing! I just started listening to its audiobook.

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    1. I mean … my general outlook for YARC is “no matter what, at least I can claim some of those adorable animal badges” 😜 and for challenges in general, I like being able to switch my focus throughout the year so that I don’t feel confined by a single reading list!

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  2. I have been seeing so many fellow bloggers doing this challenge and I hope it goes well for you all x I really loved Little Fires Everywhere and read your review on Goodreads. I am glad you were enjoy it too x

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  3. Oooooo go Izzy! Read all the books and get all the badges! To be fair, the badges look really cool and I like making lists…and keeping track of things. But wow…I’m still of my reading game atm >.> So I may join in later on in the year, until then I’m going to cheer you and everyone else on from the sidelines!

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  4. “I said I wasn’t going to sign up for any more challenges — clearly I am a lying liar who lies, because here we are.”

    This is a big freaking mood. I am so glad that you decided to be a lying liar and sign up for YARC though, and happy reading – you’re off to a great start!

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