I’m back today talking about Year of the Asian Reading Challenge, or YARC. This is a year-long challenge organized by CW, Shealea, Vicky, and Lily. Back in February, I wrote my sign up post with a tentative TBR. My first goal was 24 books, I figured that I easily could manage two books a month by an Asian author or artist. And I did quite well because as of today, I have read 44 books. Yes! I surpassed my own goal so now I have set up a new one, one that my overachiever heart treasures and dreads; 60 books to get the Bengali tiger.
I wanted to do like a mini updated about the challenge, what books I have been reading and what books I’m planning to read next.
Yes! 44 books, bitches!
Of those 44 books, 12 are romance novels or novellas, 16 are graphic novels or mangas, and 10 are YA science fiction/fantasy novels. It’s a very nice variety of genres and tropes going through everything I like to read. I’m quite happy that I decided to reread Ms. Marvel this year and super happy that I finally started Sidekick Squad series by C.B. Lee. I’ve been tackling so many books from my tbr and it makes me so happy!
Favorite Books So Far
Definitely as a highlight; The Bone Witch by Rin Chupeco, Sidekick Squad by C.B.Lee, Kiranmala and the Kingdom of Beyond by Sayantani DasGupta, Outrun the Moon by Stacey Lee, The Astonishing Color of After by Emily X.R. Pan, and Ash by Malinda Lo.
This year I’m finishing The Bone Witch series, I have to. Book one was one of my favorite reads in 2017 and now that I reread it, I’m also counting it for this year. The rich world, the complex characters, the dreadful adventures, the air of mystery, I just love how the story alternates between past and present in such a masterfully way. Hands down to Rin, seriously.
I won book one of the Sidekick Squad like two years ago? And I have had it there, sitting on my shelf all this time. And the worst thing is, I knew I would really really loved it. Finally read it and I want to kick myself because yes! I LOVED IT. A sapphic superhero story? Sign me up! Book two was also super delightful and fun and sweet. I seriously adore everyone and I can’t wait to finally read book 3 about my fave character, Emma.
I feel like I’ve been talking nonstop about Kiranmala and the Kingdom of Beyond, but this series is just so good! I need everyone having it on their radar, please. Full of friendship, adventures, astronomy facts, puns and a kick ass heroine. The series gets to be fun and tackle heavy and important themes at the same time. Sayantani is truly a wonderful writer.
Stacey Lee is becoming one of my all time favorite authors. Last year I listened and fall in love with Under a Painted Sky. Outrun the Moon has also a sympathetic character, delightful female friendship, a heartwarming romance and a very hopeful message. I just trust Stacey to give me a very hard book that it will have the perfect and most satisfying ending ever.
The Astonishing Color of After was a very hard book to read, but it just so beautifully written that I couldn’t quite put it down. The story has these little moments of hope and love that help with the grief, sense of loss and pain that Leigh is going through. I really think this book was a journey that I needed to take. Emily broke my heart and put it back together.
Ash is another book that explorers loss and mourning. A sapphic Cinderella retelling that broke my heart in ten thousand pieces. It just so unfair and infuriating the way Ash is treated and she deserves so much better. It’s not an action-packed/adventure type sort of book, more of a character-driven book. It’s quiet and slow-paced, but just so perfect for the story that it tells. I really appreciated what Malinda Lo did here.
What I am Reading Next
I’m currently reading two books for this challenge; 29 Dates by Melissa de la Cruz and Heroine Complex by Sarah Kuhn. The first one is a delightful rom-com with a Korean MC who falls for the wrong guy in her one year-exchange student program in San Francisco. Sarah’s book is my reread project for one of my favorite series, I’m having such a fun time with the superhero adventures, slowish burn romance, the heartwarming found family and all the demon mysteries.
Some books that I have in mind to read in the next weeks;
- Aru Shah and the End of Time by Roshani Chokshi
- Descendant of the Crane by Joan He
- Somewhere Only We Know by Maurene Goo
- Wicked Fox by Kat Cho
- Saving Luna by Carla de Guzman
- Wrong to Need You by Alisha Rai
What should I read next?