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 ★★★★★ Amazing. I hadn’t had a chance to pick this up last year, but I was so moved and loved reading this so much. The verse was really moving and it really helped capture a lot of things I was feeling, so thank you, Juleah, for this wonderful book.
The Tiger at Midnight by Swati Teerdhala ★★★★✭ Probably my favorite new release of April, The Tiger at Midnight was so so spicy and fun! Not only was it rich and lush in the world, but the character dynamics were FIRE and I adored Esha and Kunal so much. Read it read it read it.
Love from A to Z by S.K. Ali ★★★★✰ This was ADORABLE. I thought Adam and Zayneb were the best and I looooved Zayneb’s spitfire nature. She was the best, and I think some of the lessons in here were amazing, as well as the sweet romance. Definitely recommend!
Somewhere Only We Know by Maurene Goo ★★★✭✰ The end was fantastic, but I was definitely a little shaky on Lucky and Jack for the first half of this book. I feel like I wanted a little more from them, but eventually we got to see this really cute picture of both, so I’m not complaining!
The Candle and the Flame by Nafiza Azad ★★★★✭ This honestly felt almost like an adult fantasy with the way Azad used the point of views, but I still LOVED Fatima (Ghazala) and the world and City of Noor was so rich. It wasn’t just about Fatima, but the whole cast of characters, which I really enjoyed!
For a Muse of Fire by Heidi Heilig ★★★✭✰ (buddy read with May @ Forever & Everly) I am the worst and this took me forever to read because I was busy with school, but I did end up reading For a Muse of Fire! I really enjoyed the way it explored colonialism and complicated rebellion-associated politics, inspired by French colonization of Southeast Asia, although I do recognize that the pacing can be slow at times and that this book is just not the book for everyone.
We Hunt the Flame by Hafsah Faizal ★★★★✰ Although this was a bit shaky to start, I ended up really loving the zumra (squad of characters) and the adventures they went on to save their kingdom. Nasir is totally a brooding MC, and I loved Zafira a lot! Overall, would recommend to fantasy lovers!
This Time Will Be Different by Misa Sugiura ★★★★★ THIS WAS SO GREAT. Not only did I love CJ’s social justice struggles, but her own emotional struggles with jealousy and friendship were so relatable and so well done and I cried a little reading this book, because her story is so well-rounded and developed. Would recommend to everyone!
Trouble Is a Friend of Mine by Stephanie Tromly ★★★★✰ This was SUCH a breath of fresh air, and I really think we need more YA comedies and books that are just fun. This made me laugh and giggle out loud and wear a goofy grin on my face while reading, and that was honestly such a good feeling, I’m excited for book 2!
Tell Me How You Really Feel by Aminah Mae Safi ★★★✭✰ Although I did not like one of the protagonists for around half the novel, I did think the romance was really cute and Safi did a good job of using the deadlines. Plus, it’s f/f!
Stronger than a Bronze Dragon by Mary Fan ★★★★✰ This had a slow start, but the last half definitely made it worth it and I thought Anlei was such a fierce protagonist! Magic and spirits and steampunk bronze dragons, this promises action, adventure, and lots of fighting!
Natalie Tan’s Book of Love and Fortune by Roselle Lim –
Wicked Fox by Kat Cho –
I Love You So Mochi by Sarah Kuhn –
One Dark Throne by Kendare Blake – (buddy read with Vinny @ Artsy Draft)
Hungry Hearts by Elsie Chapman and Caroline Tung Richmond –
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