YARC2019: Year of the Asian Reading Challenge

As an Asian American myself, it means a lot to me to see my culture and identity represented in the books that I read so you can imagine my excitement when some of my favorite bloggers banded together to create #YARC2019. πŸ’– One of my goals this year (and for life) is to read more diversely and champion books with Asian representation.

2019 is the year where we shower all the amazing and sometimes underrated Asian books and authors with complete love and adoration, and I couldn’t be more excited to participate in this challenge reading challenge! πŸŽ‰


What is #YARC2019?

The Year of the Asian Reading Challenge, or YARC, is hosted by Shealea from Shut Up, Shealea, Lily from Sprinkles of Dreams, CW from The Quiet Pond, and Vicky from Vicky Who Reads. Ultimately, the goal is to read as many books written by Asian authors throughout 2019. You can find more information about the challenge by visiting the introductory post on each host’s blog.

To make the challenge even more fun, there are different levels you can try to reach by reading a certain number of books, and the hosts will also be creating link-ups and giveaways each month. 🌟 Follow the official Twitter account to stay up to date on monthly prompts and see everyone else who is participating in the challenge.

Tiffany’s Goal

In an ideal world, I would want to reach the Bengali Tiger level by reading 50+ books, especially since I was born in the year of the Tiger. 🐯 However, since my Goodreads goal is 50 books total and I want to be realistic, my personal goal for this challenge is to read 21 to 30 books. In other words, I want to reach level Malayan Tapir…LOOK AT HOW CUTE IT IS!!

I’ve already mentioned some of the books I’m hoping to read this year in my Most Highly Asian Fantasy Releases for 2019 post, but here are more books I’m hoping to read throughout this challenge. If you have any recommendations for me, please let me know so I can add them to my TBR! I genuinely want to make sure that these amazing authors get the support they deserve. AGHHH AREN’T THEY BEAUTIFUL?! 😭❀

Post Updates

If you want to stay updated on my progress for this challenge, you can add me on Goodreads where I will be updating my YARC2019 shelf. I’ll also be updating my progress as well as any other relevant information on Twitter:

However, this section of my post will serve as a master list for any relevant blog posts I write related to this challenge, and at the end of the year, I’ll also hopefully write a full wrap-up highlighting the books I read and my overall experience.


Will you be participating in #YARC2019? What are some books you’re excited to read? Let me know in the comments! πŸ’•

32 thoughts on “YARC2019: Year of the Asian Reading Challenge

  1. I am a fellow participant! Let’s crush this challenge! Good luck with it tooo btw xD you picked my country’s animal, the cutey patootey Tapir πŸ˜„πŸ˜„ I had to choose a lower goal because I am a slow reader and my goodreads goal is 12 books πŸ˜†
    Do you have any recommendations for asian lit books that are published before 2019/2018? I am more interested in reading those, because they can be a gem (and they’re cheap πŸ˜†)

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  2. I FINALLY JOINED IT! There are some of my anticipated books in your list and I can’t wait to read them! 😍 Good luck for the Malayan Tapir! ugh I wish we have a tapir emoji…

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      1. I’M EXCITED TOO!! I’m going for the Philippine Tarsier!!! All these books from Asian authors is making me so happy 😭 And yesss we NEED Asian emojis!

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  3. what a great post, tiffany! i’m so glad this exists, and i can’t wait to see how it all turns out. i hope you love the weight of our sky! it was a great read and an important one too. i honestly can’t wait for i love you so mochi, somewhere only we know and there’s something about sweetie! a thousand beginnings and endings was such a fresh read, and it was super cool. i’ve been hearing so much great things about the gilded wolves, so now i want to pick it up. best of luck for achieving the malayan tapir (it’s so cute though oml), and happy reading!

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    1. Yay!! I’m so happy you liked it Taasia ❀ I've heard just amazing things about The Weight of Our Sky, and it's also one of my most highly anticipated reads this year so I can't wait πŸ™‚ I love that we have so many books in common with our TBR. Are you also participating in the challenge??

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  4. This is such a great TBR and I am so happy you’re participating in this challenge as well ❀ I'm so excited to read Blood Heir and Spin The Dawn, as well as I love you so mochi, Wildcard and Darius The Great, they're all on my TBR as well, yay! πŸ˜€
    Happy reading and best of luck for the challenge! ❀ ❀


  5. Awesome! I’m going to unofficially participate, I think. Although maybe I should just make a sign-up post simply to boost the challenge? [I should totally do that, no excuses.]

    I’ve already read The Gilded Wolves and To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before, so that’s two reads already! I do have a bunch of other books on my TBR that’ll fit this challenge so.. we’ll see how it goes. πŸ˜€

    [Yup, definitely need to make a post so I can add a list of the books I already own that fit..]

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    1. Yes!! If you feel like making one, you totally should πŸ™‚ I want to see some of your TBR!!

      YAYYY You’re already slaying the challenge ❀ What level are you aiming for? I still need to read The Gilded Wolves and I saw that it just hit the NYT Bestsellers :O I definitely need to read it now!

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      1. I’m going to try and do it this weekend! Try.. Haha. At least it’s on the “to do” now, so it’ll happen eventually!

        OH. YES. READ IT.
        I think I’m going with the lowest one and up it as I go? I don’t want to put any pressure on myself since I have no clue how much I’ll be able to read once the little one is born. πŸ˜›

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  6. I’m going for the tarsier (the first goal of 1-10 books), and some of the books on my tbr are The Gilded Wolves, The Star Touched Queen, An Ember in the Ashes, A Very Large Expanse of Sea and The Poppy War. Good luck with your reading and I hope you love all these books!

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  7. TIFFANYYY I’m SO excited that you’re going to be joining us in YARC2019, and I love that you’re aiming for the Tarsier! πŸ’› I absolutely love the selection of books that you’re planning to read this year – I see some of my favourites like DARIUS THE GREAT IS NOT OKAY and THE WEIGHT OF OUR SKY. 😍
    Good luck!! And I can’t wait to see any reviews or posts that you do for YARC. πŸ’›

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