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

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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!

Book Review ​: The Winters by Lisa Gabriele

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Synopsis:  An addictively suspenseful new novel set in the glamorous world of the New York Hamptons, about secrets that refuse to remain buried and consequences that cannot be escaped.

After a whirlwind romance, a young woman returns to the opulent, secluded mansion of her new fiancé Max Winter – a wealthy senator and recent widower – and a life of luxury she’s never known. But all is not as it appears at the Asherley estate. The house is steeped in the memory of Max’s beautiful first wife Rebekah, who haunts the young woman’s imagination and feeds her uncertainties, while his very alive teenage daughter Dani makes her life a living hell. 

As the soon-to-be second Mrs. Winter grows more in love with Max, and more afraid of Dani, she is drawn deeper into the family’s dark secrets – the kind of secrets that could kill her, too.

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Delia Owens has written a masterpiece, ​called “Where the Crawdads Sing”

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"Never underrate the heart, Capable of deeds The mind cannot conceive. The heart dictates as well as feels. How else can you explain The path I have taken, That you have taken The long way through this pass?" – Delia Owens, #wherethecrawdadssing ° ° #minireview #littlebrownbookgroup #netgalley #advancedreaderscopy Where the Crawdads Sing is a beautifully written book, and I want to read it a million times. It is a story of survival, hope, love, loss, loneliness, prejudice and resilience. The story is told in two different timelines – the 1950s and 1960s. In the 1950s, we see Kya growing up in the marsh, and being abandoned by her family. She lives alone, shunned by most of the townspeople who should have helped her. In the 1960s, we see two kids discover the dead body of a young man known as Chase Andrews. What happened to Chase? Is Kya and Chase's death connected? The setting is incredible, and the writing is vivid, poetic, and atmospheric. I loved Kya's character, her relationship with the marsh. I rooted for her till the end and what an end it was! I would HIGHLY recommend this book, and Delia Owens has just become my auto-buy author. I even voted for it in the Goodreads Choice Awards 2018 after reading it. Thanks to @netgalley for an eARC of this spectacular book! #QOTD : Have you ever judged someone by their appearance? AOTD : I used to do that and I am ashamed,to say the least. #bookblogger #beautifulbooks #ilovereading #vimage #vimageoftheday #vimageapp #bookphotography #bookstoread #reesewitherspoonbookclub #booksofig #bookstagramfeature #unitedbookstagram #igreads #readersofinstagram #fiction #booksandshares #bookrecommendations #awkwardedit #bookishlove #bookstagramindia #bookquotes #goodreadschoiceawards #bookaesthetic #bookwormforlife

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Synopsis: For years, rumors of the “Marsh Girl” have haunted Barkley Cove, a quiet town on the North Carolina coast. So in late 1969, when handsome Chase Andrews is found dead, the locals immediately suspect Kya Clark, the so-called Marsh Girl. But Kya is not what they say. Sensitive and intelligent, she has survived for years alone in the marsh that she calls home, finding friends in the gulls and lessons in the sand. Then the time comes when she yearns to be touched and loved. When two young men from town become intrigued by her wild beauty, Kya opens herself to a new life – until the unthinkable happens.

Perfect for fans of Barbara Kingsolver and Celeste Ng, Where the Crawdads Sing is at once an exquisite ode to the natural world, a heartbreaking coming-of-age story, and a surprising tale of possible murder. Owens reminds us that we are forever shaped by the children we once were, and that we are all subject to the beautiful and violent secrets that nature keeps.

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October wrap-up and November TBR

Hello everyone ! This is my wrap-up post for October(I am a li’l late, I KNOW) and I will also be presenting my tentative November TBR.

*I also want to thank all of you for following me! It means a lot to me *

October Wrap-up :

I have read a total of 12 books this month and they are a mix of hardcovers, ebooks, audiobooks, and paperbacks. Some of these books are advanced reader copies, some are bought while some are borrowed. You’ll notice that I have linked their reviews as well. I have a rating system just like Goodreads and here are my October twelves (get it ?! )

📜My Plain Jane by Cynthia Hand,Jodie Meadows,and Brodi Ashton⭐⭐⭐
📜Fight or Flight by Samantha Young ⭐⭐⭐⭐
📜The Mermaid and Mrs Hancock by Imogen Hermes Gowar⭐⭐⭐
📜 Cut and Run by Mary Burton⭐⭐⭐⭐
📜Athena’s Champion by David Hair and Cath Mayo⭐⭐⭐⭐
📜The Witch of Willow Hall(audiobook) by Hester Fox⭐⭐⭐⭐
📜Eliza and her Monsters⭐⭐⭐⭐1/2
📜The Star Touched Queen ⭐⭐⭐1/2
📜Eve Of Man by Giovanna and Tom Fletcher⭐⭐⭐
📜My Sister,the Serial Killer⭐⭐⭐⭐
📜An Enchantment of Ravens⭐⭐
📜 Boneless Mercies by April Genevieve Tucholke⭐⭐⭐⭐

If you want to buy any of these books, then here are the links to Amazon. in. (Yes, these are affiliate links but I would receive a smol monetary compensation if you buy using my links!)


November TBR :

These are the books I have planned for November :

1.) Muse Of Nightmares (Finally! Thanks to Samantha@Fictionally Sam )

2.) The Survivors by Kate Furnivall (ARC)

3.) The English Patient by Michael Ondaatje(planned for readathon on Instagram)

4.) The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller(planned for readathon as well)

5.) Unspeakable by Elisabeth Naughton(ARC)

6.) Romanov by Nadine Brandes(ARC)

This is all the books I have planned to read in this month. I have already finished reading The Survivors and it is a brilliant book . I can’t wait to write a full review of it.

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An Enchantment of Ravens by Margaret Rogerson | Book review

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Synopsis: A skilled painter must stand up to the ancient power of the faerie courts—even as she falls in love with a faerie prince—in this gorgeous debut novel.

Isobel is a prodigy portrait artist with a dangerous set of clients: the sinister fair folk, immortal creatures who cannot bake bread, weave cloth, or put a pen to paper without crumbling to dust. They crave human Craft with a terrible thirst, and Isobel’s paintings are highly prized. But when she receives her first royal patron—Rook, the autumn prince—she makes a terrible mistake. She paints mortal sorrow in his eyes—a weakness that could cost him his life.

Furious and devastated, Rook spirits her away to the autumnlands to stand trial for her crime. Waylaid by the Wild Hunt’s ghostly hounds, the tainted influence of the Alder King, and hideous monsters risen from barrow mounds, Isobel and Rook depend on one another for survival. Their alliance blossoms into trust, then love—and that love violates the fair folks’ ruthless laws. Now both of their lives are forfeit unless Isobel can use her skill as an artist to fight the fairy courts. Because secretly, her Craft represents a threat the fair folk have never faced in all the millennia of their unchanging lives: for the first time, her portraits have the power to make them feel.

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