After a quiet January on the blog, I now finally have the chance (and headspace) to participate in a reading challenge I’ve been super excited for!
The Year of the Asian Reading Challenge is a year long challenge which aims to o celebrate Asian literature and Asian authors. YARC 2019 is hosted by Vicky @ Vicky Who Reads, Lily @ Sprinkles of Dreams, Shealea @ Shut Up, Shealea, and little Xiaolong @ The Quiet Pond.
Originally, I wanted to play it safe and stick to around 1 to 10 books for the challenge. But I felt a bit uncomfortable with this because I felt that if I stuck to my comfort zone I wouldn’t ever push myself to look for Asian literature beyond the books I owned! With that in mind, whether I succeed or not, my goal is to be as cute as the Indian Cobra.
For February, I decided to sticky with fantasy books I already own.
The Shadow of the Fox by Julie Kagawa
Following the recommendation by our YARC2019 host, The Shadow of the Fox by Julie Kagawa has been added to my reading list. I have heard so many good things about Julie Kagawa and although I haven’t read any of her earlier books, I wanted to pick up this particular one because it features a kitsune, dragons, and a samurai! My little Asian heart is trembling.
Girls of Paper and Fire by Natasha Ngan
Firstly: Asian F/F romance. Need I say more?
Girls of Paper and Fire by Natasha Ngan caught my eye with its stunning cover. I was immediately drawn to the Asian court setting and political intrigue. I read that this book touches on some darker subjects which is something that actually look for in any YA book I read. Also, I have to admit that I admire the author from their Twitter.
The Poppy War by R.F. Kuang
I’ve been meaning to read The Poppy War by RF Kuang ever since its release in 2018. However, the idea of reading it on my Kindle Paperwhite just felt unsatisfying to me. I’m not sure if this is just a weird habit of mine but there are certain books that I seem to enjoy better when experienced on a paper page.
I’m really excited to be taking part in the Year of the Asian Reading Challenge as not only do I want to find more Asian books, but I know that with YARC I’ll be finding many more friends. Of course, this is also a chance for me to educate myself. Any book I read during this challenge, I plan to do so with a critical mind. As a WOC writer I’m taking this challenge to understand better how I can effectively write Asian books in such a way that it benefits my community.
ARE YOU JOINING THE YEAR OF THE ASIAN READING CHALLENGE? WHICH BOOKS ARE ON YOUR TBR FOR FEBRUARY?