Year of the Asian Reading Challenge 2019


Did I just decide to take part in another reading challenge for this year? Why yes. Along with the Audiobook Challenge, I have decided to take part in th Year of Asian Reading Challenge, also known as YARC 2019. This challenge is hosted by Lily @ Sprinkles of Dreams, CW @ The Quiet Pond, Shealea @ Shut Up, Shealea, and Vicky @ Vicky Who Reads.

The aim is simple: read as much books by Asian authors as you can! I will keep track of my reading progress on a new shelf on Goodreads, and obviously in my monthly reading wrap ups.

As it turns out, one of my first reads of the year was Starfish by Akemi Dawn Bowman, and it matches the challenge perfectly! The January prompt is family, which is one of the theme of Starfish from my point of view. This book was an emotional roller coaster, and I absolutely loved it. I will have a review coming up soon. [TW: abuse]

In addition to monthly prompts, you can attempt to reach a level by the end of the year:

  • Philippine tarsier: 1 to 10 books read
  • Indian cobra: 11 to 20 books read
  • Malayan tapir: 21 to 30 books read
  • Giant panda: 31 to 40 books read
  • Asian elephant: 41 to 50 books read
  • Bengali tiger: More than 50 books read


I’m aiming for the cobra level. Considering the amount of books I read per year (something between 80 and 100 these past few years), that seems like something I can reach!

The challenge will also host events as the year goes by, and I guess I’ll figure it out as I go!

21 thoughts on “Year of the Asian Reading Challenge 2019

  1. Good luck with this challenge! I am also going for a cobra level. Thanks a lot for introducing me to “Starfish” by Akemi Dawn Bowman. I have just read the synopsis, and this is something I will definitely want to read.

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  2. Best of luck for the challenge! I’ve been considering participating just as well, it sounds like a fun challenge 🙂 and YAY for reading Starfish, I loved this one SO much, it was such a great book ❤

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  3. Hi Clémence! Thank you so much for joining us in the challenge! I’m super excited that you’ll be reading Asian lit with us this year, and I hope you have fun. Good luck!!
    Also, would love to see any reviews or your progress throughout the year, so please don’t hesitate to tag me in your posts! (I’d love to read them!) 💛

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  4. yay omg thank you so much for participating! I’ve heard so many good things about starfish and need to read it soon–I feel so behind ahaha. good luck with the challenge!!! <333

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