Year of the Asian Reading Challenge sign up// ft. A bucket-load of Asian books I NEED right now

Year of the Asian, a 2020 Reading Challenge. Hosted by CW, Lily, Shealea, and Vicky

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!

Divider1.pngMy Goal


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!!

Divider1.pngThe Asian TBR – Backlist books:

Shadow of the Fox (Shadow of the Fox, #1)   A Very Large Expanse of Sea Starfish The Tiger at Midnight (The Tiger at Midnight Trilogy, #1)  A Match Made in Mehendi Rebel of the Sands (Rebel of the Sands, #1)

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!

Divider1.pngThe Asian TBR – 2020 books:

Loveboat, Taipei (Loveboat, Taipei, #1) Yes No Maybe So Star Daughter We Free the Stars (Sands of Arawiya, #2)

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!

Divider1.pngReading Updates:

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!


40697008.jpgA 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 SaidAll 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 SagaSteel 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.  ⭐⭐⭐


Chat With Me

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!


Kerys xx

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12 thoughts on “Year of the Asian Reading Challenge sign up// ft. A bucket-load of Asian books I NEED right now

  1. We’re sharing the challenge AND the goal, whoohoo! This will be so much fun! And ohh, please tell me what you think of Rebel of the Sands when you read it, I couldn’t get into it when I read it and was thinking of giving it another try 😭

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    1. Yes Arina!! Good luck to both of us! I am so excited about this challenge! I’ll definitely let you know about it! What’s on your TBR for this challenge? Thank you for reading! ❤


  2. Good luck with this challenge! I wanted to join it last year but didn’t because I had a lot going on but somehow read a lot of Asian authors anyway so yay.
    Very much looking forward to The Shadow of the Fox!

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      1. Probably not because I have a lot of other challenges going on and one of my goals is to read more books already in my physical TBR and I don’t think I have many that would qualify. But if it’s run again next year after my book buying ban is over then I’ll totally participate. 🙂

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  3. Best of luck on this challenge!! I am aiming for the Indian Cobra as well!! I hope we can find loads of amazing book this year!!
    I’ve heard a lot of amazing things about A Large Expanse of Sea too and I really hope I get to read it soon!!
    The Tiger At Midnight sounds like another amazing story!!
    I’m so excited to read We Free the Stars too! It is going to be SO good to see the characters again!! ❤

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    1. Thank Sophie! I hope we both read loads of brilliant diverse books!
      Let me know what you think if you read any of these!! yess!! can’t wait for We Free the Stars!! Thank you for reading this! ❤

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  4. This post has made me even more excited to be participating in YARC this year! I’m also aiming for the Indian Cobra. There are so many awesome titles on your list that are also on my TBR! Good luck with the challenge 🙂

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