Year of the Asian Reading Challenge 2019 (#YARC2019): Sign-Up Post, TBR + Tracker

I actually knew about this challenge the day the four lovely hosts (CW, Lily, Shealea and Vicky) announced it over Twitter. Just like everyone else, I was super hyped to join the challenge, especially since I started a book club with Lili called Diverse Divers where our main goal is to support diverse authors and books. I think this challenge is an exceptional way to also support diversity which focusing on Asian literature. So then, I took a mental note that I will join and make a sign-up post as soon as possible and before I knew it, it’s February already and here we are. 😅 Oh well, but anyway! If you have no idea about this reading challenge, let me tell you about it real quick!

What is Year of the Asian Reading Challenge?

Year of the Asian Reading Challenge 2019 – or YARC for short, is a reading challenge focusing to celebrate Asian literature and Asian authors. It’s a year-long challenge, starting from January 1, 2019 – December 31, 2019. There will be also monthly link-up where you can share your monthly update/wrap-up post regarding your reading process and this will be counts as a submission for a giveaway at the end of the year! To make the challenge more excited, there will be badges for each level based on the number of books that you read! Since I’ll also be using this post as a tracker, I’ll put my current badge at the end of this post, just to keep things neat. For more details, you can head over to the original posts from each lovely hosts or follow YARC2019 on Twitter (@YearOfTheAsian):

Now, here comes the fun part. I’m going to share a list of books that I’m the most excited to read for this challenge, both backlist books and new release books. Since I’m also going to use this challenge to push myself to read more Indonesian books, there will be a special section for Indonesian authors too. However, it doesn’t necessarily mean that I’ll only read these books! I might read other books that I found throughout the challenge.



Indonesian Authors

Tracker + Current Badge

So, here is a list of books that I’ve read for this challenge so far. It’s a mix of previous list and impulse decision making whenever I read a book by a particular author and interested to read more of their works. 💁‍♀️

Based on these numbers, my current badge/level is this smol Philippine Tarsier!

Philippine Tarsier: 1-10 books read

Are you joining #YARC2019? Is there any book that you think I should discover and read for this challenge? Share them below!

Image credit: Clay Banks


  1. We’re both at Tarsier level! I didn’t know Starfish was Asian hehe now I get to add that and Summer Bird Blue to my reading list. The Weight of our Sky is another. Celeste Ng is an author I’ve been very interested in.

    I absolutely adored The Bone Witch, so I hope you enjoy it!


    1. YAY!! Good luck for both of us, Cam!

      TWOOS is such a beautiful historical fiction and I can’t recommend it enough! 😭 And YES! I’m excited to read the whole series! Thanks, Cam!


  2. Love love love your graphics, Vinny! 😍
    And wow, you already read SEVEN BOOKS from Asian authors?! Cool! I’ve only read two so far hahaa 😅
    I’m SO happy to see Emergency Contact in your list! I’ve been wanting to get my hands on it since last year but still haven’t had the chance *sobs* but I will get it. I’m sure :’) And ugh I’m jealous you already read The Weight of Our Sky 😩


    1. Thank youuu Sha!
      And it’s pretty much an accident! I want to read Leav’s previous works before I read her new one, so that’s that, LOL.

      I read Emergency Contact a few weeks ago and it’s not really my cup of tea. I ended up DNFing around 15% in. But maybe you’ll feel different about it, so don’t let my commentary affect you! 😂 And YES! I still can’t believe it sometimes that I got to read TWOOS this early! 😭


  3. Vinny! 💛 First of all, your blog is gorgeous and so soothing to visit. I love it so much.

    I also loved your TBR for Year of the Asian!! What an incredible list and I’m excited for you. I’ve read Starfish, TATBILB, Emergency Contact, The Bone Witch, and am currently reading Descendant of the Crane, and I can confidently say that you have a great reading year ahead! I’m excited for you.

    I’m also pretty excited to read Here and Now and Then by Mike Chen! I’ve heard mixed things, but the premise sounds like something I’d enjoy.

    Happy reading Vinny, and I hope you enjoy the books you read for YARC! 💛


    1. Thank you for coming over, CW! And thank you for hosting this challenge with the others too! I’m excited to join and read more of Asian lit. 🙋‍♀️

      I can’t recommend Here and Now and Then enough! It’s my first 5 stars read of this year, so personally, it’s a bit special for me. If you’re into detailed time-travel plot and a fan of Dr. Who + Star Trek, I’m sure you’ll enjoy it!


  4. So glad to see you joined the challenge, I’ll be doing YARC this year as well! I’m excited for this challenge especially since I’ve been really enjoying the Asian literature I’ve been reading in the last few years and have wanted to pick up more, so this only gives me more incentive to do so. You have a mighty long list of books! It reminds me of some that I need to pick up as well. Good luck with your challenge this year!


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