JM Joins #YARC2019! // BFR’s Year of the Asian Reading Challenge Sign-up Post + TBR & Most Anticipated 2019 Books by Asian Authors


Hi, y’all! So in efforts to read (a lot) more diversely this 2019, I’m signing up to be a part of the 2019 Year of the Asian Reading Challenge as hosted by some of the lovely people from the book blogging community: Lily from Sprinkles of DreamsVicky from Vicky Who Reads, Shealea from Shut Up, Shealea, and CW from The Quiet Pond! This will serve as my official sign-up post, and on here, you’ll find my reading goal, and immediate TBR! So let’s get this post started, a’ight?

The Goal?


I’m aiming for the level of the Malaysian tapir which means I’ll be trying to read at least 21 to 30 books written by Asian authors and/or about Asian characters. I’m ambitious, but not bordering unrealistic and so I chose a fairly neutral tier. My Goodreads goal is actually to read at least 80 books, and so I hope I could hit two birds with one stone by joining this reading challenge. As the months go by, I’ll try to re-assess my standing and decide whether or not I should adjust my goal depending on how well I do on the first few months of the challenge.

The Prompts

The hosts came up with a few prompts to help participants choose their books to read. I’m not entirely sure, but I believe you’re not at all required to take part in these challenges. They’ll just serve as a guide. Anyway, here are the prompts from January to March:

For the month of January, read a book that’s about FAMILY.

Some of my personal recommendations for this prompt include the Crazy Rich Asian trilogy by Kevin Kwan, Starfish by Akemi Dawn Bowman, When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon, and Everlasting Nora by Marie Miranda Cruz. All are great reads, no doubt!

For the month of February, read a book that follows a certain TROPE/S.

For this prompt, I highly encourage y’all to check out #romanceclass books because I personally feel like a lot of them follows certain tropes. My go-to recs include Keep The Faith by Ana Tejano (office romance), Waiting in The Wings (love triangle), and Like Nobody’s Watching (age-gap romance) both by Tara Frejas, and If The Dress Fits (friends to lovers) by Carla De Guzman.

For the month of March, read a book that involves a CHALLENGE.

Warcross and Wildcard by Marie Lu, All of This Is True by Lygia Day Peñaflor, Outrun The Moon by Stacey Lee, and Down and Cross by Arvin Ahmadi are some that I would no doubt suggest that you check out for this prompt because all these titles certainly challenged me, one way or another. (And no, I don’t just mean that in a literal sense, haha!)

Now, onto the TBR!

For those who know me well, you’d know that I’m known for being a mood reader and I almost always fail at following a specific TBR. It’s hard for me to read books in a specific pattern, and so instead of requiring myself to read the following in order, I’ll just vow to try and read ALL of these before the end of the challenge, hopefully before July. But anyway, I’m not setting anything in stone. I just hope I’ll be able to follow through with this!

  1. American Panda by Gloria Chao
  2. Si Janus Silang at ang Tiyanak ng Tabon by Edgar Calabia Samar
  3. The Bride Test by Helen Hoang
  4. Spin The Dawn by Elizabeth Lim
  5. A Thousand Beginnings and Endings edited by Ellen Oh and Elsie Chapman
  6. The Tiger at Midnight by Swati Teerdhala
  7. Summer Bird Blue by Akemi Dawn Bowman
  8. There’s Something About Sweetie by Sandhya Menon
  9. China Rich Girlfriend by Kevin Kwan
  10. Flipping The Script by Danica Sison
  11. Keep The Faith by Ana Tejano (Re-read)
  12. Fall Like Rain by Ana Tejano

Shoutout to Adarna Publishing, Penguin Random House International, HarperCollins International, and Simon & Schuster Asia for sending me review copies of several titles found in this list! I’ll be sure to put them to good use. *winks*

And lastly, here’s my most anticipated 2019 books by Asian authors!

In no particular order, here are my most anticipated book releases of 2019 featuring Asian / Asian-American characters written by Asian / Asian-American authors:

  1. Natalie Tan’s Book of Luck and Fortune by Roselle Lim (!!!)
  2. Descendant of The Crane by Joan He
  3. Blood Heir by Amélie Wen Zhao
  4. Patron Saints of Nothing by Randy Ribay (!!!)
  5. Somewhere Only We Know by Maurene Goo (!!!)
  6. Color Outside the Lines edited by Sangu Mandanna
  7. Faker by Sarah Smith (!!!)
  8. Love From A to Z by S.K. Ali (!!!)
  9. Hungry Hearts edited by Elsie Chapman and Caroline Tung Richmond (!!!)
  10. My Fate According to The Butterfly by Gail D. Villanueva (!!!)
  11. Other Words for Home by Jasmine Warga
  12. We Hunt The Flame by Hafsah Faizal (!!!)

Okay, so you’ve reached the end of the post! Thanks for sticking around, and please wish me luck, okay?

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Are YOU planning on signing up for the Year of the Asian Reading Challenge? If so, what level are you aiming for and what 3 books are you planning on reading first? Let me know via the comments section down below!

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5 thoughts on “JM Joins #YARC2019! // BFR’s Year of the Asian Reading Challenge Sign-up Post + TBR & Most Anticipated 2019 Books by Asian Authors

  1. Yay I’m thrilled you are participating in this challenge as well, this is great! I love the titles you have here so much:I can’t wait to hear your thoughts on American Panda, I really liked that one. I can’t wait to read Spin The Dawn, Blood Heir and We Hunt The Flame, these books sound AMAZING 😀
    Happy reading!! 😀


  2. I love your lists, I hope you get to read them all! I’ve signed up for the lowest target, and I’ve already read my first book! I’ll be starting Empress Of All Seasons tonight, hopefully.


  3. I love your sign up post, JM! And nice to e-meet you. I believe we’re both on House Vanth for The Gilded Wolves ST? 😀 Just followed you on Twitter and your blog – looking forward to reading more of your posts!


  4. I am also thinking about joining YARC, and I think your choices were amazing! American Panda was my first read of 2019 and I loved it. It was a very pleasant surprise, as I didn’t think I’d be as emotionally invested as I did. Summer Bird Blue is also in my TBR – mostly because the cover is gorgeous and very blue, which I appreciate, hahah. Wishing you luck on the challenge!


  5. I’m so happy you decided to join the reading challenge, JM 🙂
    I don’t really do challenges, so I’m still on the fence about signing up but I’ve somehow managed to read 4 books written by Asian authors in January in anycase.

    I recently read American Panda and I loved it! The Taiwanese culture was really interesting to me and I loved Mei, she was a really great main character. I also recently read Starfish and I loved it too, I am definitely looking forward to reading her second book Summer Bird Blue.

    I hope you have a great time with this challenge and good luck x


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