Year of the Asian Reading Challenge

I was so excited when I first saw The Year of the Asian Reading Challenge! This challenge, like it sounds, is all about reading books by Asian authors. Not only is it hosted by some of my favorite book bloggers, but there are VERY! CUTE!! GRAPHICS!!!

Anyway, I love participating in challenges, and the amazing thing about this challenge is how simple and fun it is at the same time! Read as many books by Asian authors in 2019! I have a whole year to read as many Asian books as possible??? YAY!!!

This challenge is hosted by the very lovely Lily, VickyShealea, and CWYou should definitely check out their posts so you, too, can sign up for this challenge!

Any other details???

Oh! There is a twitter account, so be sure to follow along there. I mean, there’s going to be bookish chats and reading prompts, which are all VERY exciting!

And remember those very cute graphics I mentioned? In order to keep track of how many Asian books you’ve read in 2019, you can choose a level to aim for!

I’m aiming for the Giant Panda level, because A) Giant Pandas are absolutely adorable and B) 30 to 40 Asian books is a lot of books but I really want to read many, many diverse books this year!

Asian Reading Recommendations

These are Asian books that I’ve read and HIGHLY recommend!


Astonishing Color of After – this book is so good! It’s a lovely exploration of grief, interwoven with Taiwanese culture. 10/10 recommend.

➣ The author of this book is Taiwanese!

The Poppy War – One of my favorite books of 2018! This story is part Harry Potter, part Game of Thrones. It’s brutal, but sweeping. I could not put it down! And I can’t wait for the sequel, The Dragon Republic sometime in 2019!

➣ The author of this book is Chinese!

The Star-Touched Queen – I loved this story! It’s based in Indian folklore and it’s rich and poetic.


Girls of Paper and Fire – This is a sweeping, diverse fantasy that I could NOT put down! It’s as beautiful as the cover and I highly recommend!

The author of this book is Malaysian!

American Panda – A very fun, college age contemporary! This story follows Mei, a freshman at MIT and her adventures finding herself. Did I mention that it’s set in COLLEGE? Also, lots of dumplings.

➣ The author is this book is Chinese!

Saints and Misfits – A hard hitting contemporary that covers so many important topics!

➣ The author of this book is Indian!

My Year of the Asian TBR!


Shadow of the Fox – I’ve been meaning to read this book for a long while, especially since it came in my Owlcrate box in October!

Empress of All Seasons – I have heard amazing things about this book!

Dragon Pearl – I haven’t read any of Rick Riordan Presents, and I’m very excited to start picking these books up! The Dragon Pearl looks very fun, and it’s based in Korean mythology!


Descendant of the Crane – I’m so excited about this book! The cover looks aaahhh-maaazzzing. And I was blessed with an ARC, and I’m very excited to just be swept up in this story!

Spin the Dawn – I’m pretty sure this is a Mulan retelling? And I am here for #ownvoices fantasy retellings!

We Hunt the Flame – I LOVE this cover and I’ve heard incredible things about this book! I can’t wait to read it soon!


Blood Heir – Just look at that fierce cover! 👀 I can’t wait for this book and I want to be totally surprised by this story!

The Weight of Our Sky – Do I know what this book is about? NO CLUE! But the cover looks gorgeous and contemporary and PERFECT!

Aru Shah and the End of Time – Another Rick Riordan presents! From Indian mythology! And it’s MG fiction and I just really, really want to read it!


Love from A to Z – Isn’t this cover so cute? I read the first chapter snippet and ahhh, I’m in love! I just know this story is going to be perfect and I can’t wait for May and this book release!!!!

The Love and Lies of Rukhsana Ali – This book looks so fun!!! I want to be surprised by this story so I’m avoiding reviews and I can’t wait to read it soon!

The Gilded Wolves – I wasn’t sure about putting this book on this list? The author is Indian-American and I really hope there are Asian characters in the story. (please!) 

There’s so many great books on my TBR list, and ummm, I’m looking for MORE great Asian reads. Because as you can probably tell, there’s not 30 or 40 books on this current list.

So, on to achieving that Giant Panda sticker. And of course, if I don’t quite read 30 or 40 Asian reads, there are some other very cute levels. Like the Malayan Tapir level. So cute!

I mean, isn’t he the cutest?

lets chat

Are you participating in the Year of the Asian reading challenge? Do you have any recommended Asian reads for my TBR? Have you read any of the books on my reading list? 



  1. January 20, 2019 / 2:54 pm

    I’m creating my tbr for the challenge now! I’m aiming for the first badge because I’m horrible at sticking to tbrs, but I figured I could try to read one book a month towards the challenge!

  2. CG @ Paper Fury
    January 21, 2019 / 6:10 am

    Eeep this is an amazing challenge and it’s such a good idea too!! I hope you get to your goal.💛Also am IN LOVE with so many of these books afjdkslad particularly The Astonishing Colour of After, Girls Of Paper and Fire and The Weight Of Our Sky! I also just finished Gilded Wolves and can attest it has a Filipino and Indian characters in it (PLUS IT’S SO MAGICAL).

    • January 27, 2019 / 8:40 pm

      Isn’t it amazing?! I can’t wait to read The Gilded Wolves, I keep hearing AMAZING things!

  3. January 21, 2019 / 1:47 pm

    I’m so excited for you!! Cannot wait to see your reviews.

    • January 27, 2019 / 8:40 pm

      Oh, no! People are expecting reviews??? *hides*

      • January 28, 2019 / 6:16 am

        Hahahahaha! I love reading reviews!

  4. January 21, 2019 / 2:21 pm

    Yay! SO happy you’re joining the challenge Elizabeth, I hope you’ll have tons of fun reading these books! I also want to read Blood Heir, Spin The Dawn and We Hunt The flame, these books sound amazing. I read The Gilded Wolves and I really loved it, I hope you will, too! And to answer your question, there is a spanish-filipino main character and an indian main character in that one 😀
    Happy reading!! 🙂

    • January 26, 2019 / 8:54 pm

      I think I’ll have lots of fun reading these books! I can’t wait to read The Gilded Wolves, I’m so excited because now I know there’s lots of diversity and everyone’s raving about how fantastic it is, too!

  5. January 23, 2019 / 6:30 pm

    This is so awesome! I’m definitely joining in – a lot of these books were on my TBR anyways, so this’ll help me get to them!

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