Year of the Asian Reading Challenge Sign-Up, TBR + Update Post


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. badge_tapir.png

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.



Keep the Faith by Ana Tejano
Heroine Complex by Sarah Kuhn
Exo by Fonda Lee
Seven Ways We Lie by Riley Redgate


Toxic by Lydia Kang
Final Draft by Riley Redgate
The Island at the End of Everything by Kiran Millwood Hargrave
North to You by Tif Marcelo


A Beautiful Poison by Lydia Kang
The Girl in the Broken Mirror by Savita Kalhan
Lucy and Linh by Alice Pung
Ignite the Stars by Maura Milan


I’m OK by Patti Kim
Star-Crossed by Pintip Dunn
Outrun the Moon by Stacey Lee
Mirror in the Sky by Aditi Khorana


Love Hate & Other Filters by Samira Ahmed (currently reading)
Written in the Stars by Aisha Saeed
Since You Asked by Maurene Goo
Interim Goddess of Love by Mina V. Esguerra


Jade City by Fonda Lee
Here to Stay by Sara Farizan
Everlasting Nora by Marie Miranda Cruz
The Library of Fates by Aditi Khorana


Start Here by Various Authors
One Half from the East by Nadia Hashimi
Escape from Aleppo by N.H. Senzai
It Ain’t so Awful, Falafel by Firoozeh Dumas



The Downstairs Girl by Stacey Lee
Ruse by Cindy Pon
There’s Something About Sweetie by Sandhya Menon
Small Town Hearts by Lillie Vale


Patron Saints of Nothing by Randy Ribay
The Gilded Wolves by Roshani Chokshi
Fake It Till You Break It by Jenn P. Nguyen
I Love You So Mochi by Sarah Khun


The Love & Lies of Rukhsana Ali by Sabina Khan
Symptoms of a Heart Break by Sona Charaipotra
Somewhere Only We Know by Maurene Goo
The Battle by Karuna Riazi


Come Drink With Me by Michelle Khan
No More Heroes: Hell or High Water by Michelle Khan
Here and Now and Then by Mike Chen
Firestarter by Tara Sim


All the Ways Home by Elsie Chapman
Love From A to Z by SK Ali
Rogue Heart by Axie Oh
Our Wayward Fate by Gloria Chao
The Light at the Bottom of the World by London Shah

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.


  1. No More Heroes by Michelle Khan
  2. The Storyteller by Traci Chee
  3. Rebel Seoul by Axie Oh
  4. Love, Hate and Other Filters by Samira Ahmed
  5. Seven Ways We Lie by Riley Redgate
  6. Outrun the Moon by Stacey Lee
  7. Exo by Fonda Lee
  8. Cross Fire by Fonda Lee
  9. Ruse by Cindy Pon
  10. There’s Something About Sweetie by Sandhya Menon
Some Thoughts on the Bookish Community and Loneliness

11 gedachtes over “Year of the Asian Reading Challenge Sign-Up, TBR + Update Post

  1. iamrainbou zegt:

    This is such an amazing tbr Laura! I have read and loved (so much!) the Start Here collection (so delightful!) and Heroine Complex (oh these characters!). And I’m reading The Love & Lies of Rukhsana Ali right now and so in love!

    Happy reading!! And best of luck for you 🙂

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  2. Marie zegt:

    I’m so happy you’re participating in this challenge, Laura, I LOVE your TBR! I can’t wait for you to read Riley Redgate’s books, I loved them all so very much and I think you might too, fingers crossed 🙂 I also want to read Fake It Til You Break It and I love You So Mochi, both books sound amazing! 🙂
    Happy reading ❤

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  3. Lori @ Betwined Reads zegt:

    I am going to bookmark this page for the next time I’m book browsing. It’s not often that I reach for a contemporary book, but when I’m in the mood it’s because I want something that feels completely fresh. ❤


  4. Lydia Tewkesbury zegt:

    Wow! This is an amazing list! That 21 books feels like a realistic goal for you is quite something in itself. I wish I read in such large numbers, but sadly the lure of Netflix means I am not the book blogger I could be.

    I am so excited for Ruse too! I loved Want – it’s not often I read Dystopian fiction that feels genuinely relevant to the times that we’re living in, but Want really did in a way that was quite chilling.

    I have not read many of the books on your list, but I can confirm that Love, Hate & Other Filters is really really good. I loved the MC of that book. It’s such a great contemporary read that’ll give you all the feels – both good and very bad.


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