Spot the Asian who’s super hyped about the Year of the Asian Reading Challenge!! (spoiler alert i’m over here)
I absolutely love Asian books and I’m really excited to take part in a challenge supporting them! The Year of the Asian reading challenge is hosted by 4 brilliant bloggers: Lily from Sprinkles of Dreams, Shealea from Shut Up Shealea, Vicky from Vicky Who Reads and CW from The Quiet Pond! This is a yearlong reading challenge in which you have to try and read as many Asian books as possible. There are cute badges and prompts and challenges. What’s not to love?! Find out more and sign up over here!
This post is a bit of everything. It’s my sign-up to the challenge, a reading tracker and for now, just a TBR since I’ve not read any books by Asian authors yet! Stick around to end up adding a lot more books to your TBR!
Sidenote: I did not create this gorgeous feature image because my art skills? non-existent. I took it from the official challenge posts!
I’ve decided to aim for the ‘Indian cobra’ level (11-20 books) partially because I want to be sure I can find Asian books and partially because I’m Indian (let’s be real that’s totally the main reason!).
I did the maths and if I read 15 Asian books; that would be 20% of my reading goal of 75 which isn’t that bad considering how few Asian books I read last year! And it would be brilliant if I could read more and get all the other adorable badges!!
The Asian TBR – Backlist books:
I have heard so much about the Shadow of the Fox series by Julie Kagawa! It sounds so good and I desperately need a new fantasy series to fall in love with! Also, the final book will be coming out on the 2nd of April so I won’t have to wait long for an ending! Could it get any more perfect than this?
A Very Large Expanse of Sea by Tahereh Mafi is a book I heard about a lot last year! It sounds incredible and I’m really excited about it! A lot of my friends love Tahereh Mafi so I have really high expectations for this!
Starfish by Akemi Dawn Bowman sounds like a beautifully written story and I’m really looking forward to it! Kiko seems wonderful and sweet and I love that there’s anxiety representation in Starfish as well as a diverse cast!
The Tiger at Midnight by Swati Teerdhala is a book that I was super hyped up for last year but I never got around to reading! It has Hindu mythology and sounds incredible! ‘A broken bond. A dying land. A cat-and-mouse game that can only end in bloodshed.’ oooh
A Match Made in Mehendi by Nandini Bajpai sounds amazing and I love the idea of upturning the social hierarchy of schools! This sounds like such a fun and adorable book and I am really looking forward to this one! (+ it has Indian rep!!)
Rebel of the Sands by Alwyn Hamilton has such a gorgeous cover! I am super intrigued by the story and I feel like the worldbuilding will be really good! Amani sounds like a great protagonist and I’m super curious as to what happens in the book!
The Asian TBR – 2020 books:
Loveboat, Taipei by Abigail Hing Wen also sounds incredible! Asians free of their parents with the opportunity to go wild??
i wish That definitely means there’s going to be a whole lot of fun and I am so excited for it!
Yes No Maybe So by Becky Albertalli and Aisha Saeed sounds so good!! And the cover is so cute. I feel like there are a lot of Asian contemporaries which is great because I’m in a very cheesy mood and I am so here for all the cute, romantic fluffiness!
Star Daughter by Shveta Thakrar sounds incredible!! I am so excited for this to be released because Asian fantasy?! and it has Hindu mythology?! yes yes YES. The whole story sounds amazing and I’m genuinely hooked!
I read We Hunt the Flame last year and it was soo good!! I can’t wait to read the sequel, We Free the Stars by Hafsah Faizal. Zafira and Nasir were amazing in the last book and I really can’t wait to see how they develop! The cover is also gorgeous!
last updated 04/05/20
I will keep updating this section when I read books by/with Asians! Hopefully, I’ll also review them… but knowing me, we’ll have to see!
TOTAL BOOKS READ: 3
A Match Made in Mehendi is a light-hearted fun book with so much diversity in! It’s a cute, fluffy book about an Indian teen who uses an app to matchmake (does that make sense?) her classmates. All the Desi references got to me and i loved reading this! find my review here ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
All the Things We Never Said gave me all the feels! This book has Muslim, LGBT+ and disability representation. It talks about intense topics like sucide and mental health really welll and in an incredibly hopeful way. This beautiful book left me a sobbing mess. find my review here ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
Steel Crow Saga is an Asian-inspired fantasy with beautiful worldbuilding. This book also has lots of queer rep and a captivating plot! Objectively this is a brilliant book but, for me, it was missing something and I didn’t connect with it. Because of that, this book gets 4 stars. ⭐⭐⭐⭐
Are you going to take part in the Year of the Asian reading challenge? (you should!) Do you have any Asian recs for me? I have a very tiny TBR! What are your favourite own voices books? DIVULGE YOUR SECRETS!