Hi everyone! This year, the super lovely and incredible CW, Lily, Shealea & Vicky are hosting the Year of the Asian; a year long reading challenge dedicated to reading books written by Asian authors. They’re also doing fun prompts, twitter chats and even a giveaway! If you want to know more about this and maybe participate in this challenge yourself, you can check the sign-up post here.
I’ve been thinking about participating in this challenge ever since it was first announced but I wasn’t too sure about it until I saw more and more of my friends joining, and I thought it might be fun to do it as well. (You know, peer pressure and stuff.) Besides that, I also noticed that I had already read three books by Asian authors this year and I’m currently working my way through another, and that both my backlist TBR and my anticipated 2019 releases list are filled with amazing books by Asian authors. So, why not?
This post will also serve as my update post, so whenever I read another book for this challenge I will add it to the “books I’ve read” section at the end of this post.
The lovely hosts have created different challenge levels and adorable little badges that go along with these goals, and I’ve decided to go for the Malayan tapir (21-30 books). I kind of wanted to go for the giant panda but I thought I maybe shouldn’t stress myself out too much. Plus, I’d rather set a smaller goal for myself and succeed, than set a big goal for myself and fail.
Also, look at how incredibly cute this tapir is? I kind of want to give him a name, hmm… Maybe Jason after Jason Zhou from Want by Cindy Pon? I’ll think about it.
We all know by now that I’m incapable of creating a normal TBR and I always go for a ridiculous, over-the-top TBR, so of course that’s what happened here, too. I mean, when you look at the fact that there are 36 books on my TBR and that my challenge is to read around 30 books it doesn’t sound that bad, but when I look at it myself it just feels super overwhelming. (Never mind this, before posting this I added 12 more books so… it’s definitely incredibly over-the-top now. Sigh, why do I do this to myself?)
Anyway, I’m not really seeing this as a set TBR but more of a “these are books I’m excited about and could possibly read”-list, because who knows? Maybe I’ll suddenly lose interest in one of these, or I find a bunch of other books I’m more interested in. Or maybe Shealea will post another one of her threads with amazing Kindle deals and I’ll read a bunch of those books. We’ll see.
To keep it a little more clear for me, I split up my TBR into two different categories: backlist books and 2019 releases.
I’ve also made a Goodreads shelf where I’ll keep adding more and more possible reading options for this reading challenge, and in case you’re interested you can find that here.
- No More Heroes by Michelle Khan
- The Storyteller by Traci Chee
- Rebel Seoul by Axie Oh
- Love, Hate and Other Filters by Samira Ahmed
- Seven Ways We Lie by Riley Redgate
- Outrun the Moon by Stacey Lee
- Exo by Fonda Lee
- Cross Fire by Fonda Lee
- Ruse by Cindy Pon
- There’s Something About Sweetie by Sandhya Menon