Alas it is August – also now apparently known as the perfect time to sign up to year long reading challenges. The Year of the Asian reading challenge, YARC 2019, is something I’ve been meaning to sign myself up to since I heard of it around month ago. However, with Augvocacy happening as well this month, I thought it appropriate for me to finally stop procrastinating and get writing, so here it is.
YARC was created by Shealea from Shut up, Shelea with the co-hosts of CW @ The Quiet Pond, Lily @ Sprinkles of Dreams and Vicky @ Vicky Who Reads (I’ve linked up their intro posts there if you want to read them).
The aim of the challenge is to read as many books by Asian authors as you possibly can, setting yourself a goal for how many you think you’ll be able to achieve. I’ve decided to aim for the “Indian Cobra” category, 11-20 books, which may be a bit challenging as I’m only starting now but we’ll see. Luckily, any book started and finished in 2019 counts and you can sign up at any time so I’ve already got 2 down: The Poppy War and The Kiss Quotient.
This challenge is super close to my heart, as I’m half Chinese, and I hope that YARC will give exposure to many more amazing Asian authors who don’t get the hype they deserve!
The Poppy War, R F Kuang –✨✨✨✨✨
I LOVED this book, I know there’s so much hype over it but in all honestly I think it still deserves more. Around a quarter of the way in it does a full 180 and goes from a cute, classic “I want to go to university and prove myself” trope to a badass novel which keeps you guessing every second.
Also, bonus points as it’s based on real Chinese history.
The Kiss Quotient, Helen Hoang – ✨✨✨ (3.5/5)
Sweet romance story and an enjoyable read, nothing groundbreaking but good enough to add the next one in the series to my TBR.
To All The Boys I Loved before, Jenny Han – ✨✨✨
Felt like the usual YA romance although marginally better than I was expecting as my friends hadn’t liked it much themselves. A good, fun read.