Year of the Asian Reading Challenge 2019


Hello Everyone !!!! I didn’t think I would be joining in for anymore reading challenges this year, but when I saw this floating around Twitter, there was no way I could resist.

As an Indian reader living in the US, I obviously tend to read mostly western authors because they are the most accessible, but with many wonderful Asian and diaspora authors getting published these days, it feels like I will get to see so much more of myself represented on the page. And that’s why this Year of the Asian Reading Challenge is going to be so much fun to participate in.

yarc challenge level

This challenge is co-created by VickyShealeaLily and CW so you can check out the details on their blogs as well as find the sign-up forms. There are also going to be recommendations, monthly link-ups and twitter chats to make all of this more exciting. There are also challenge levels and I have decided to aim for the Malayan Tapir (21-30 books) and I hope I really will be able to achieve this goal.

I’m not usually one to make TBR lists, but I do have a lot of books on my radar that I would love to read this year and below are some of them. I will also keep updating all the books I read for this challenge at this page.

ARCS I Have to Read


Books Already Published


Upcoming Releases in 2019


Let’s see how many I will actually read…!!!!!

Have you already read any of these books? Do you have more recommendations for me? Please feel free to share your thoughts and recommendations with me in the comments below.


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  1. I can’t believe I didn’t know about Balli Kaur’s next book The Unlikely Adventures of the Shergill Sisters. How can I miss it? Thank you so much for putting it on my radar since I loved Erotic Stories so much.
    Ther are so many other books here which are on my TBR too. I hope we get to read them 😀

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  2. I’m glad you’re doing this challenge..all the best! Some of these books are on my TBR too but a lot of them are new to me.
    I also thought it’s funny that you yearn for books written by Indian authors or set in India or with Indian protagonists because you can get your hands only on the western authors in US , whereas my current state is that I’m finding it really hard to get all the western YA books into my library in a good condition via amazon! Hahah .. my copy of Circe never arrived, I’ve ordered it again and the copy of a gathering of shadows had its cover completely destroyed 🙄

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    1. Haha I would always yearn for the western authored books because we are used to it and they are great and I’m sure I’ll feel exactly like you if I come to India… but I definitely want more books set in the west with Indian characters because our populations are quite significant but I never see them in contemporaries….
      and fantasy based on Indian mythology or history is pure indulgence 😍😍😍

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      1. I agree.. there’s this Indian booktube channel that I discovered recently called ‘books on toast’ and I find them to be quite entertaining and relevant. They’ve given me some good indian book recommendations but overall even they say that we still have to catch up in utilising our rich mythology and creating good fantasy out of it😊 I’ll be looking forward to some of your reviews

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        1. Thank you Prachi… we are definitely losing out on so much of our mythology… all western based fantasy use the same concepts over and over again… ours is so unique and has so much story that can be retold…
          Have you read A Spark of White Fire… it’s based on Mahabharata and it was such a fun read ….


          1. It’s YA and set in space but feels a lot like fantasy.. it’s a very very interesting take on the mythology… I keep talking about it a lot because I want everyone to read it 😃😃😃

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