I find it ironic that it’s taken me a while to sign up for the reading challenge that I myself am co-hosting, but also . . .
I have a very busy blog schedule, okay? And nobody wants nine straight days of posts from me that is absurd (but happening in February so SORRY).
Anyways, I finally have time to declare my participation and goals for YARC! I am so so excited for this reading challenge as it’s going to help me specifically monitor my diverse reading more closely, which I am all for!
I’m aiming for the Giant Panda (31-40 books), but someone also mentioned in the signup post that the highly sought after Bengali Tiger would mean only 4 books a month?
And well . . . that honestly sounds feasible.
So even though I’m saying I’m aiming for the panda, I’m secretly aiming for the tiger. *wink wink*
Anyways, I’m very excited for ALL the amazing Asian authors’ novels, and an declaring a tentative TBR for the first 2/3 of the year! I’m putting 4 slots in each month and writing the backlist Asian novels I own at the bottom, so if you have one of the backlists and would want to buddy read, let me know!
Outrun the Moon by Stacey Lee ★★★★★ AMAZING. I loved this book so so much, and Mercy is one of my new favorite MCs ever. She has so much spunk and initiative and this historical YA is such a wonderful read.
Circle of Shadows by Evelyn Skye ★★✰✰✰ Ummm, yeah. I’m just going to point out that I found this book to be mediocre, and the rep/culture in it is very questionable. Like, six white characters in a Japanese-inspired fantasy, questionable.
Here and Now and Then by Mike Chen ★★★★✭ I cried . . . multiple times because of this book. It’s a problem, but a good one to have. This book was glorious and I love love loved reading!
The Bride Test by Helen Hoang ★★★★✭ Amazing, as expected! I found out this was Read Now so I downloaded it and then sat down and read the whole thing till in 2.5 hours and it was so worth it because I love this book so much!
The Deceivers by Kristen Simmons ★★★★✰ I really enjoyed this one! Kristen Simmons does a great job of writing really entertaining and diverse stories, and I find her books super enjoyable! Well worth the time, and I wanted to devour this book!
Ayesha at Last by Uzma Jalaluddin ★★★✰✰ I thought the plot was a bit jumpy but the romance was cute! I think this was a lot of plot to take on, and I wasn’t necessarily expecting there to be that many tangible antagonists in this story.
The Beauty of the Moment by Tanaz Bhathena ★★★★✭ I really enjoyed this one! It definitely turned out a lot better than I expected, and Bhathena’s portrayal of the new girl/bad boy trope was really fresh (and not at all dominating/aggressive like the early 2010s versions). Loved this romance!
Jade City by Fonda Lee ★★★★✰ I am so mad at Bero like HE IS THE LITERAL WORST everybody please scream with me!!! I just want Anden and Shae and everyone to live happily every after *sobs*
Ruse by Cindy Pon ★★★★✭ I can’t believe this series is over but it was so so nice getting to read all of my favorite characters again and I love how it takes place in Shanghai this time! We get so many more heists and big corporation take downs and I am living for this series (and v sad that it is over).
Internment by Samira Ahmed ★★★★✭ I love Samira’s books and found Internment to be just as wonderful and powerful as I expected it to be! Definitely a book I’d recommend, and I really loved all the commentary in this.
Fake It Till You Break It by Jenn P. Nguyen ★★★✭✰ I didn’t really click with Mia, the protagonist–she felt a little bit too forced to try and be cool and relatable with teens, and in the end she felt more like a cliché Wattpad protagonist than I wanted her to be. But it’s still definitely a cute concept!
29 Dates by Melissa de la Cruz ★★★✰✰ I started reading this in JANUARY. January. It was like pulling teeth trying to read this book, and I checked it out three times from my e-library (sorry library for wasting your money) and although it wasn’t bad . . . it wasn’t good either and really dragged for me.
As Kismet Would Have It by Sandhya Menon ★★★✰✰ I love Dimple and Rishi and I was so excited to read more from them, but honestly this novella was just a lot of things packed into a few dozen pages, and it felt a little crammed to me. I did love seeing Dimple and Rishi again, though!
500 Words or Less by Juleah del Rosaria ★★★★★
The Tiger at Midnight by Swati Teerdhala ★★★★✭
Love from A to Z by S.K. Ali –
We Hunt the Flame by Hafsah Faizal –
Somewhere Only We Know by Maurene Goo –
The Candle and the Flame by Nafiza Azad –
For a Muse of Fire by Heidi Heilig – (buddy read with May @ Forever & Everly)
One Dark Throne by Kendare Blake – (buddy read with Vinny @ Artsy Draft)
Natalie Tan’s Book of Love and Fortune by Roselle Lim –
Tell Me How You Really Feel by Aminah Mae Safi –
This Time Will Be Different by Misa Sugiera –
Hungry Hearts by Elsie Chapman and Caroline Tung Richmond –
Stronger than a Bronze Dragon by Mary Fan –
Spin the Dawn by Elizabeth Lim –
The Best Lies by Sarah Lyu –
Song of the Abyss by Makiia Lucier –
Books I Own that I Need to Read
Please let me know if you want to buddy read!!! I am 100% on board for the extra motivation, and some of these are series too so yay!
- Exo by Fonda Lee
- Legend by Marie Lu (I don’t own the other books but I would obtain them!)
- Rosemarked by Livia Blackburne
- The Heart Forger by Rin Chupeco
- The Reader by Traci Chee (will obtain sequels)
- A Reaper at the Gates by Sabaa Tahir
- A Thousand Beginnings and Endings by Ellen Oh and Elise Chapman