We interrupt our regular schedule to bring you this post.

I usually keep myself from taking part in reading challenges. I can never keep up, I go into reading slumps, things just spiral out of control and I find myself disheartened and stressed and anxious for failing at them.

But this one.


You guys, it speaks to my soul.

A challenge, for reading Asian-inspired novels? By Asian authors?

It’s like a challenge specifically created for me.

On top of that, there are levels of targets to hit, so obviously I’ve signed up for the lowest. If I read more than that, great! If not, well, that’s okay too. No stress.

What is #YARC2019 exactly?

It is the Year of the Asian Reading Challenge hosted by Shealea @ Shut Up, Shealea, CW @ The Quiet Pond, Lily @ Sprinkles Of Dreams and Vicky @ Vicky Who Reads. The challenge is to read as many books written by Asian authors as you can within the year of 2019. These books can be backlist books, debuts or ARCs. So long as it is written by an Asian author, and you have started and completed the book in 2019, you can add it to your list.

As I mentioned above, there are TARGET LEVELS and the badges are adorable. I’ve chosen the lowest target, which is the Philippine tarsier, anywhere from 1 to 10 books.

yarc badge

This post will also be used to track my progress for the challenge, with links to appropriate book reviews. I also have started a thread on Twitter so everything will be linked there as well.

Ara’s Year Of Asian Reads, let’s do this!

  1. review; descendant of the crane
  2. review; empress of all seasons
  3. review; mirage
  4. review; as kismet would have it
  5. review; quests and quandaries
  6. review; empire of sand
  7. review; my fate according to the butterfly
  8. BLOG TOUR; The Never-Tilting World ft. Book Review & Graphics
  9. BLOG TOUR; The Sword Of Kaigen ft. Book Review & Post
  10. review; milk and honey
  11. BLOG TOUR; Of Curses And Kisses ft. Book Review & Playlist


I’m Ara, a Southeast Asian writer who someday hopes to have published a novel, and who is currently losing herself in the worlds created by others. I love books and food and television and blogging and I get distracted and sidetracked easily.


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