Year of the Asian 2019

Image credit to the hosts of YARC

Shealea of Shut Up, Shealea, Vicky of Vicky Who Reads, CW of The Quiet Pond and Lily of Sprinkles of Dreams are hosting the 2019 Year of the Asian reading challenge aka #YARC2019, a year-long reading challenge to read books written by asian authors. Books do not have to be published in 2019, however they must be read (or re-read) in 2019 for them to count for this challenge. Being an asian myself, I admit that I haven't read very many books by asian authors until the past couple of years, and this challenge is a wonderful motivation to read as many books by asian authors as possible this year. This post will serve as my sign up post as well as my progress tracker.

For more info, full guidelines, fun monthly prompts, recommendations and incentives regarding this challenge, check out the hosts blogs to find out more if you're interested in participating. 

My goal is the Indian Cobra level (11-20 books).

Indian Cobra
11-20 books


Read in January:


Heartstruck by Angeli E. Dumatol ★★★☆☆
The Gilded Wolves by Roshani Chokshi ★★★★☆
Mango Summer by Agay Llanera ★★★☆☆
We Are Displaced by Malala Yousafzai ★★★★★

Tracker/# read in January: 4
January prompt: Family


Read in February:


The Love & Lies of Rukhsana Ali by Sabina Kahn ★★★★☆
Waiting in the Wings by Tara Frejas ★★★☆☆
Marcos Martial Law: Never Again by Raissa Robles ★★★☆☆
I Am Yours: A Shared Memoir by Reema Zaman ★★★☆☆

Tracker/# read in February: 4
February prompt: Tropes


Read in March:


Flipping the Script by Danice Mae P. Sison ★★★☆☆
The Weight of Our Sky by Hanna Alkaf ★★★★☆
What Makes You Beautiful by Bridget Liang ★★★☆☆

Tracker/# read in March: 3
March prompt: Challenge


Read in April:


Enlightenment by Reno Ursal ★★★☆☆
No Two Ways by Chi Yu Rodriguez ★★★☆☆
Stealing Luna by Carla de Guzman ★★★★☆
Come Drink With Me by Michelle Kan ★★★★☆
Love From A to Z by S.K. Ali ★★★★☆

Tracker/# read in April: 5
April prompt: Power


Read in May:


You, Me, U.S. by Brigitte Bautista ★★★★☆
The Beauty of the Moment by Tanaz Bhathena ★★★☆☆
Somewhere Only We Know by Maurene Goo ★★★☆☆
We Hunt the Flame by Hafsah Faizal ★★★★☆
The Candle and the Flame by Nafiza Azad ★★★★☆
The Key to Happily Ever After by Tif Marcelo ★★★★☆

Tracker/# read in May: 6
May prompt: Relationships


Read in June:


Love Looks Pretty On You by Lang Leav ★★★☆☆
The Filipino Heroes League: Sticks and Stones by Paolo Fabregas + Budjette Tan ★★★☆☆
The Unlikely Adventures of the Shergill Sisters by Balli Kaur Jaswal ★★★★☆
He's Dating the Transgender by Art Sta. Ana ★★★★☆
After Lambana by Eliza Victoria + Mervin Malonzo ★★★☆☆
Halina Filipina by Arnold Arre ★★★★☆
Ligaw-Tingin: Kalipunang Komix ng Pagmamahalang Marilag by Emiliana Kampilan, Patricia Ramos, Joanne Cesario, Michele Bacabac, Jasmin Sambac, Betina Continuado, Nikki de Chavez, Trisha Sanijon ★★★★☆
Patron Saints of Nothing by Randy Ribay ★★★★★

Tracker/# read in June: 8
June prompt: Pride


Read in July:


Ayesha At Last by Uzma Jalaluddin ★★★★★
The Marriage Clock by Zara Raheem ★★★★☆
Keep the Faith by Ana Tejano ★★★☆☆
Dream Jungle by Jessica Hagedorn ★★★☆☆
Manga Tutul a Palapa: Palapa Stories, Recipes and Memories from Ranao by Assad Baunto, Nash Tysmans + Ica Fernandez ★★★☆☆
In the Country by Mia Alvar ★★★★☆
Monstress by Lysley Tenorio ★★★★☆
Dwellers by Eliza Victoria ★★★☆☆
The Mythology Class: A Graphic Novel by Arnold Arre ★★★☆☆
My Fate According to the Butterfly by Gail D. Villanueva ★★★★☆
Hungry Hearts: 13 Tales of Food & Love by Elsie Chapman + more ★★★★★
Eclipse the Skies by Maura Milan ★★★★☆

Tracker/# read in July: 12
July prompt: 


Read in August:


The Wolf of Oren-Yaro by K.S. Villoso ★★★★☆
Wicked Fox by Kat Cho ★★★★☆
Wounded Little Gods by Eliza Victoria ★★★☆☆
Dystopia and Derelict Dreams: Poems by Arvyn Cerezo + Dessa Mae Jacobe ★★★☆☆
The Decolonized Eye: Filipino American Art and Performance by Serita Echavez See ★★★★☆
High Society by Paolo Chikiamco + Hannah Buena ★★★☆☆
Babaylan: An Anthology of Filipina and Filipina-American Writers by Nick Carbo + Eileen Tabios ★★★☆☆
Growing Up Filipino II: More Stories for Young Adults by Cecilia Manguerra Brainard ★★★☆☆

Tracker/# read in August: 8
August prompt:




Gold and Jasper by Michelle Kan ★★☆☆☆
A Match Made in Mehendi by Nandini Bajpai ★★★☆☆
Raya and Grayson's Guide to Saving the World by Catherine Dellosa ★★★☆☆
The Descent of Monsters by JY Yang ★★★★★

Tracker/#read in September: 5
September prompt:




Steel Crow Saga by Paul Krueger ★★★★☆
Butterfly Yellow by Thanhha Lai ★★★★☆
Soft Science by Franny Choi ★★★★★
The Never Tilting World by Rin Chupeco ★★★★☆
The Ascent to Godhood by JY Yang ★★★☆☆
Of Wars, and Memories, and Starlight by Aliette de Bodard ★★★☆☆

Tracker/# read in October: 6
September prompt:



Filipino American Lives by Yen Le Espiritu ★★★☆☆
Spin the Dawn by Elizabeth Lim ★★★★☆
Shadow Frost by Coco Ma ★★★★☆

Tracker/# read in November: 3
November prompt:



Song of the Crimson Flower by Julie C. Dao ★★★★☆
Blood Heir by Amelie Wen Zhao ★★★★☆
Stronger Than a Bronze Dragon by Mary Fan ★★★★★
The Dragon That Flew Out of the Sun by Aliette de Bodard ★★★☆☆
Alta: A High Society Romance Anthology by Carla de Guzman, Bianca Mori + Suzette de Borja ★★★★☆

Tracker/# read in December: 5
December prompt:
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