Year of the Asian (YARC) TBR

Wicked Fox (Gumiho, #1)I’ve seen several people put up their TBRs for the Year of the Asian challenge recently. At first I was unsure about participating, because I want to buy fewer books this year and read my owned books instead, and I don’t own most of the 2018-2019 releases that are on everyone’s TBRs. Plus, I’m already participating in 3-4 different yearly challenges and also have my own personal goals, so do I REALLY need another one?

Then I thought, I probably have tons of books on my owned TBR by Asian authors (or at least some), I just maybe don’t even know they are by Asian authors. So I decided to do some research and collect the books I own that qualify for the challenge. Some of these books are on my other challenge TBRs as well, which is good because I definitely couldn’t do this many without at least some overlap.

Green and blue award badge with a Indian Cobra in the center, and with two gold stars above the award.The Year of the Asian challenge has both monthly prompts, and challenge tiers. I don’t think I’ll actively participate in the monthly prompts, but maybe I’ll manage to do it at least a few times. As for the tier, I’m in love with the bengali tiger badge but there’s no way I’m going to read more than 50 books by Asian authors. 😦 I’ll be aiming for either the Indian Cobra (11-20 books) or the Malayan Tapir (21-30 books).

The Kiss QuotientFebruary’s prompt is tropes, which is good, because I might actually have a book for that one: The Kiss Quotient by Helen Hoang, which has the “practice relationship” trope. Based on the blurb, it doesn’t quite sound like fake dating, but I think it definitely counts as a trope.

January: Family
February: Tropes
March: Challenge

This Twitter thread of cheap books by Asian authors is also pretty helpful!

This post will keep getting updated as I finish more books.

Already read in 2019:

  1. Polyamorous: Living and Loving More by Jenny Yuen (January)
  2. Angelfall by Susan Ee (February)

Books I own (including ARCs, and anthologies where not all authors are Asian):

  1. Blood Heir by Amélie Wen Zhao
  2. The Kiss Quotient by Helen Hoang
  3. The Girl From Everywhere by Heidi HeiligGreen and blue award badge with a Malaya Tapir in the center, and with three gold stars above the award.
  4. The Djinn Falls in Love & Other Stories (anthology)
  5. Ash by Malinda Lo
  6. Huntress by Malinda Lo
  7. American Panda by Gloria Cho
  8. The Girl King by Mimi Lu
  9. No More Heroes by Michelle Kan
  10. Like Nobody’s Watching by Tara Frejas
  11. His Cocky Valet by Cole McCade
  12. Deadline by Stephanie Ahn

Books I MIGHT find in my library/borrow/get for free (legally):

  1. When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon
  2. Saints and Misfits by S.K. Ali

New releases/sequels I MIGHT break my buying ban for:

  1. Wicked Fox by Kat Cho
  2. The Dragon Republic by R.F. Kuang
  3. Ruse by Cindy Pon
  4. Not Your Backup by C.B. Lee
  5. Tell Me How You Really Feel by Aminah Mae Safi

~ Alexa



5 thoughts on “Year of the Asian (YARC) TBR

  1. I hope the reading challenge goes well! The Kiss Quotient and American Panda are ones I want to read someday too. When Dimple Met Rishi is on my shelf waiting for me, along with Angelfall. Hopefully I’ll be able to read them soon.

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    1. Confession: I read an extended excerpt of American Panda and I really didn’t like it 😦 but I won an ARC of it in a giveaway (that also had another book, so I didn’t just enter it for a book I disliked :D), so I decided to give it another chance. Last time I read it, it ended just when her brother appeared, and I love sibling relationships, so I might actually like it more if I get to finish it.

      I already finished Angelfall. I liked it, although I didn’t love it as much as I hoped. Still, it was a well-written angel novel 😀 But the mother’s mental illness was treated badly I think.

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