Year of the Asian Reading Challenge 2019 [Sign-up post + Progress Tracker]

FINALLY! I have already read two books by Asian authors and never could find the time to write up this post . After watching so many blogger friends putting up their sign-up posts, I decided to kick my procrastination’s ass. *Phew! That was a wordy sentence(I think)*

Since I am an Asian, I have vowed to read more books by Asian authors this year. Anyone can participate, really. The books you will read for the challenge doesn’t have to be new releases or ARCs; you can read backlist titles( released in 2018 or earlier). You can also read in any format, any genre or any length you like! Of course, there is a prize but it shall remain a mystery.

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Now, there are badges too! There are different badges in relation to the number of books each person chooses to read, and I’m going with the Giant Panda (cutie pictured above ), which means I have to read 31-40 books. If you want to sign up , you can use this link over here.

This wonderful reading is hosted by  CW from The Quiet Pond Lily from Sprinkles of Dreams Vicky from Vicky Who Reads and Shealea from Shut up Shealea

So, let’s have a look at all the books I’ve already read and the ones I am planning to (hopefully, this year). I will include links to my blog and/or Goodreads review as well.

Progress Tracker

BOOKS I HAVE READ

The Rose and The DaggerDecendant of the CraneNewcomers

 

       Review links:

BOOKS I HAVEN’T READ a.k.a MY YARC TBR

Spin the DawnTiger at MidnightTha Candle and the flameWe hunt the flameGirls of PaperMiragePoppy warBride TestTahereh MafiSonali DevNatali TanLove from AZ

The BeautifulGilded wolvesFlame in the mistDragonsAstonishing colorTahereh Mafi

Thank you (2)

I will be updating my progress here (if I can manage it as captions). I have also made a YARC 2019 shelf on Goodreads and I’ll add a link soon.


Are you participating in #YARC2019? What challenge level are you aiming for? How many books in this list have you read so far? Do you have other books you want to recommend me? I would love to know your answers in the comments below!

My Sister, ​The Serial Killer by Oyinkan Braithwaite | Book Review

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Synopsis: “Femi makes three, you know. Three and they label you a serial killer.”

Korede is bitter. How could she not be? Her sister, Ayoola, is many things: the favorite child, the beautiful one, possibly sociopathic. And now Ayoola’s third boyfriend in a row is dead.

Korede’s practicality is the sisters’ saving grace. She knows the best solutions for cleaning blood, the trunk of her car is big enough for a body, and she keeps Ayoola from posting pictures of her dinner to Instagram when she should be mourning her “missing” boyfriend. Not that she gets any credit.

Korede has long been in love with a kind, handsome doctor at the hospital where she works. She dreams of the day when he will realize that she’s exactly what he needs. But when he asks Korede for Ayoola’s phone number, she must reckon with what her sister has become and how far she’s willing to go to protect her.

Sharp as nails and full of deadpan wit, Oyinkan Braithwaite’s deliciously deadly debut is as fun as it is frightening.

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Want to read a Japanese Fantasy?​ Try Empress Of All Seasons

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Empress Of All Seasons by Emiko Jean

Synopsis: Each generation, a competition is held to find the next Empress of Honoku. The rules are simple. Survive the palace’s enchanted seasonal rooms. Conquer Winter, Spring, Summer, and Fall. Marry the prince. All are eligible to compete—all except yōkai, supernatural monsters and spirits whom the human emperor is determined to enslave and destroy.

Mari has spent a lifetime training to become Empress. Winning should be easy. And it would be if she weren’t hiding a dangerous secret. Mari is a yōkai with the ability to transform into a terrifying monster. If discovered, her life will be forfeit. As she struggles to keep her true identity hidden, Mari’s fate collides with that of Taro, the prince who has no desire to inherit the imperial throne, and Akira, a half-human, half-yōkai outcast.

Torn between duty and love, loyalty and betrayal, vengeance and forgiveness, the choices of Mari, Taro, and Akira will decide the fate of Honoku in this beautifully written, edge-of-your-seat YA fantasy.

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