Announcement and Sign-Up Post for the Year of the Asian Reading Challenge

I meant to join this reading challenge last year but never got around to signing up for it, so this year I am actually Doing the Thing. This reading challenge is hosted by CW (blog: The Quiet Pond, Twitter: @artfromafriend), Lily (blog: Sprinkles of Dreams, Twitter: @sprnklsofdreams), Shealea (blog: Shut Up Shealea, Twitter: @bookshelfbitch), and Vicky (blog: Vicky Who Reads, Twitter: @vickycbooks). You can find the sign-up and detailed information page here.

Basically the reading challenge encourages everyone to read books by Asian authors year-round throughout 2020. You set a goal for a number of books you want to read and earn a badge featuring an Asian animal for hitting certain targets. I’ve decided to be ambitious and aim for the highest tier, 50+ books, which makes my goal the Bengali tiger:


This post will serve as the place where I update which books I’ve read and link any reviews I write for the books I read for the challenge.

As a matter of fact, I’ve already read a few books by Asian authors this year, so I have a list already. Here’s my list:

  1. I’m Ok by Patti Kim
  2. The Vanderbeekers of 141st Street by Karina Yan Glaser
  3. The Vanderbeekers and the Hidden Garden (The Vanderbeekers #2) by Karina Yan Glaser
  4. Aru Shah and the Song of Death (The Pandava Series #2) by Roshani Chokshi
  5. Mindy Kim and the Yummy Seaweed Business by Lyla Lee
  6. The Descent of Monsters by JY Yang
  7. The Ascent to Godhood by JY Yang
  8. The Serpent’s Secret by Sayantani DasGupta
  9. Game of Stars by Sayantani DasGupta
  10. Scavenge the Stars by Tara Sim
  11. The Long Ride by Marina Budhos
  12. Midsummer’s Mayhem by Rajani LaRocca
  13. The Iron Will of Genie Lo by F.C. Yee
  14. The Best at It by Maulik Pancholy
  15. Shadow of the Fox by Julie Kagawa
  16. Soul of the Sword by Julie Kagawa
  17. After the Shot Drops by Randy Ribay
  18. Checked by Cynthia Kadohata
  19. The Weight of Our Sky by Hanna Alkaf
  20. This Light Between Us by Andrew Fukuda
  21. This Time Will Be Different by Misa Sugiura
  22. Spirit Hunters: The Island of Monsters by Ellen Oh
  23. Girl Gone Viral by Arvin Ahmadi
  24. The Night Diary by Veera Hiranandani
  25. Patron Saints of Nothing by Randy Ribay
  26. Fake It Till You Break It by Jenn P. Nguyen
  27. Somewhere Only We Know by Maurene Goo
  28. Dark Chapter by Winnie M. Li
  29. I Love You So Mochi by Sarah Kuhn
  30. The Leavers by Lisa Ko
  31. Mindy Kim and the Lunar New Year Parade by Lyla Lee
  32. Where the Stars Rise: Asian Science Fiction and Fantasy edited by Derwin Mak and Lucas K. Law
  33. We Hunt the Flame by Hasfah Faizal
  34. P.S. I Still Love You by Jenny Han
  35. Searching for Sylvie Lee by Jean Kwok
  36. Turtles Under Ice by Juleah del Rosario
  37. Wicked Fox by Kat Cho
  38. b, Book, and Me by Kim Sagwa
  39. Internment by Samira Ahmed
  40. Prairie Lotus by Linda Sue Park
  41. Laura Dean Keeps Breaking Up With Me by Mariko Tamaki and Rosemary Valero-O’Connell
  42. Wicked As You Wish by Rin Chupeco
  43. Of Curses and Kisses by Sandhya Menon
  44. The Candle and the Flame by Nafiza Azad
  45. Other Words for Home by Jasmine Warga
  46. Cilla Lee-Jenkins: The Epic Story by Susan Tan
  47. Pippa Park Raises Her Game by Erin Yun
  48. Almost American Girl by Robin Ha
  49. I Hope You Get This Message by Farah Naz Rishi
  50. The Light at the Bottom of the World by London Shah
  51. The Tiger at Midnight by Swati Teerdhala
  52. The Beautiful by Renee Adhieh
  53. Anna K by Jenny Lee
  54. Stronger Than a Bronze Dragon by Mary Fan
  55. The Twelve by Cindy Lin
  56. Seven Deadly Shadows by Courtney Alameda and Valynne E. Maetani
  57. Mimi Lee Gets a Clue by Jennifer J. Chow
  58. The Beast Player by Nahoko Uehashi
  59. Silverworld by Diana Abu-Jaber
  60. Yes No Maybe So by Becky Albertalli and Aisha Saeed
  61. When You Trap a Tiger by Tae Keller
  62. House Rules by Ruby Lang
  63. The Empress of Salt and Fortune by Nghi Vo
  64. Brown Girl Ghosted by Mintie Das
  65. A Wish in the Dark by Christina Soontornvat
  66. Malice by Pintip Dunn
  67. Night of the Dragon by Julie Kagawa
  68. The Henna Wars by Adiba Jaigirdar
  69. I’ll Be the One by Lyla Lee
  70. We Are Totally Normal by Rahul Kanakia

Current Badges Earned: Philippine Tarsier (1-10 books), Indian Cobra (11-20 books), Malayan Tapir (21-30 books), Giant Panda (31-40 books), Asian Elephant (41-50 books), Bengali Tiger (50+ books)

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