Year of the Asian Reading Challenge #YARC2019 // Welcome & Introduction

Hi & welcome to one of my most anticipated bookish events this year! 🎋🍚💫

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As you all know, books with Asian representation, and books written by Asian authors, are very important to me, seeing as I’m Asian myself. I only started to actively and deliberately seek out Asian authors and their books last year, and I’m so happy I did, because it was such a wonderful feeling to see myself represented in books in a way I wasn’t able to before—and I learned so much about my own heritage as well.

Naturally, I’m incredibly excited to announce that I’ll be co-hosting the Year of the Asian Reading Challenge 2019YARC, in short—together with three of my amazing blogger friends; CW from The Quiet PondShealea from Shut Up, Shealea, and Vicky from Vicky Who Reads!


The challenge is to read as many books written by Asian authors as we can! These books can be backlist titles, new releases, or ARCs of any genre, format, and length. We’ve also created fun levels, depending on how many books you want to challenge yourself to read (more info on that below!).

In order for a book to count, you must start and finish it in 2019, because the challenge ends on December 31, 2019. This also means that any books you started in 2018 and finish in 2019 do not count. You can join in at any time during the year! The sign-up form will remain open all year.

Follow us on Twitter (@YearOfTheAsian) for announcements, surprises, bookish chats, and more! The official hashtag for this reading challenge is #YARC2019.


  1. Announce your intention to participate in YARC on any online platform (your blog, Twitter, Goodreads) and create a progress tracker.
    1. If you’re a blogger, announce your participation via blog post, which will serve as your update post. Please make sure to link back to the sign-up post, so that other people can join in, too!
    2. If you’re a reader without a blog, you can either create a Goodreads shelf that’s dedicated to the books for this challenge, or create a Twitter thread for tracking. Use the hashtag (#YARC2019) for the latter, and make sure to link back to the sign-up post.
  2. Select your target level and grab your badge. You can display your badge on your blog, or share it on social media.
  3. Start reading, and keep track of your progress.
  4. Share your updates on social media using the official hashtag: #YARC2019.


(You’ll find a little clue in this post as to which level I’m challenging myself to reach! Let me know in the comments, which one you think I’m aiming for. ☺️)


Philippine tarsier: 1-10 books ⭐️ Indian cobra: 11-20 books ⭐️ Malayan tapir: 21-30 books


Giant panda: 31-40 books ⭐️ Asian elephant: 41-50 books ⭐️ Bengali tiger: 50+ books

And here are the cute badges you get to wear proudly, with each level you reach!




  • Monthly link-ups will be posted by Shealea on the second day of every month, and will close on the 15th of the following month (e.g. the January form will expire on February 15).
  • For the monthly link-up, you can submit any of the following links:
    • Your updated progress tracker (e.g. blog post, Goodreads shelf, Twitter thread).
    • Your review of an Asian book that you read for that month. This can be a review on your blog, on Goodreads, on Amazon, or anywhere online. The review itself does not have to be elaborate; any length will do.
  • Every link you submit is counted as an entry for the mysterious grand giveaway, which will be drawn once the year ends. (It’s mysterious because we’ll be revealing the prize later on! ✨)


  • We’ve prepared fun prompts for each month of the year! These prompts will be released quarterly (i.e. January, April, July, October).
  • You can read whichever books you want, of course, but if you want to make this challenge a bit more difficult and exciting, then feel free to participate in these prompts!
  • Because we are the kindest souls ever and we love talking about books written by Asian authors, we will pick three featured books based on the monthly prompts. These featured books will be included in the monthly link-up posts.
  • CW, Vicky, and I will also post a list of recommendations every first day of the month to help you build up your TBR.


  • Once every two months, there will be a fun #YARC2019 Twitter chat! These chats will be held either on the third or fourth week of the month.
  • The host for #YARC2019 Twitter chats is @YearOfTheAsian, so don’t forget to give us a follow on that account—we’ll announce the dates for our chats there, as well as other exciting info!


Every first of the monthlist of recommended books (for the monthly prompt)
Every second of the month: release of monthly link-up post
Every 15th of the month: closing of previous monthly link-up post
December 31, 2019: last day of the reading challenge
January 1, 2020: announcement and contacting of giveaway winner


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Link to sign-up form:

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We’re all so excited about this reading challenge, boosting Asian authors, their books, reading them (of course), and chatting with you all! Hopefully, you’ll have as much fun with it as we’ve already had organizing it, and have a great year filled with amazing books. 💛💛

Sprinkles of Dreams - Let's Chat
Are you signing up for #YARC? (The right answer is yes.)
Do you already have books on your TBR that’d be a great fit for this challenge?
Which level do you think I’m aiming for? 🌟

xx, lily - Sprinkles of Dreams
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210 thoughts on “Year of the Asian Reading Challenge #YARC2019 // Welcome & Introduction”

  1. Wow, this is such an amazing reading challenge! Congrats to you and the other founders for setting it up, I think it will be really successful.☺️I don’t usually participate in reading challenges, but I may have a make an exception, and for sure read more books Asian authors and more diverse authors in general this year. Oh, and my guess is that you’re striving for the giant panda level!💘

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  2. Love that ya’ll are doing this challenge! Are you doing YA only or is it open to other genres? If it’s open to others I’d totally recommend books by Celeste Ng, Hanya Yanagihara, Min Jin Lee, and Ling Ma. If not, I’m excited to read about what books you find and read. Yay for more diverse representation in what we read. 🙂

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    1. We’re so excited!! (And we’d love to have you, Thomas! 🤗)

      Ahh thank you for the recommendations! We definitely strive to read books and authors from all genres, so they’ll come in very handy.

      & thank you so much for your support!! ☺️


  3. I’m not going to even try to guess which level you’re aiming for, lmao, but I’m going to aim for the lowest, and let myself be pleasantly surprised if I overshoot!

    This sounds like SO MUCH FUN! I might do a late blog post for this – in a couple of weeks – but I’m definitely signing up. I have a few Asian books to read already, and one already down!

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    1. Haha I’m aiming for the panda! 🐼 But we’ll see how that works out with all my other (blog-related) projects and real life stress aka. uni. :’)

      You’ll do great!! We’re all in this together, and it’s going to be so much fun—and I’m so excited to see which books you’re planning on reading!

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  4. This is the PERFECT reading challenge!!! So many books on my TBR this year are by Indian and Korean authors, so I’m REALLY excited to get started and reading them! Thank you SO much for putting so much love and effort into this. Asian rep is amazing 💜

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    1. Ahhh thank you so much, Rita, that means a lot!! 💜💜

      That’s so exciting, and I’m so happy you’re joining us! I’m super excited to find out which books are on your YARC TBR. It’s our pleasure, we can’t wait to chat with you all, and boost Asian authors ☺️

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  5. […] My favorite challenges, of course, are the ones that reward me for something I’m already doing. (This is one reason I sometimes write finished tasks on my to-do list so I can pre-emptively check some off.) So I’m participating in the Year of the Asian Reading Challenge 2019 to try and win prizes for books I’d read anyway. The challenge is to read as many books by Asian authors as I can. Books must be started and finished in 2019 to count. You can learn more and join the challenge here. […]


  6. There are so many books by Asian authors that I want to read, so this challenge is honestly PERFECT! I can’t wait to participate! (my blog is still going through some hiccups moving to self-hosted, but I’ll post a participation announcement post soon! Lol!) ❤

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    1. I’m so excited that you’re joining the challenge, Kelly!! Can’t wait to chat about all the books with you! ❤

      And ahh congrats on getting self-hosted, you're amazing?? I hope everything works out soon, and I can't wait to see how your blog will turn out! 😍

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  7. I am SO INCREDIBLY EXCITED for this! Thank you so much to you, CW, Vicky, and Shealea for putting this together.

    I am going to have a look at my owned TBR to quantify how many Asian books I have on it to come up with my initial goal since I am trying to prioritize owned TBR this year. I’ll be posting my sign-up post on Sunday!

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  8. Lily it doesn’t take a Sherlock Holmes to see you’re doing panda!!!! I mean you’re so soft and cuddly just like it 😎😎 (just kidding I obviously saw the panda banner) ANYWAYS !! you already KNOW I’m super excited for this and am definitely joining!!!

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  9. Yayyyy, I love this! I also love how much thought you guys put into preparing this project; the badges are absolutely adorable!
    I feel like I’m already on top of this, as the two books I read for 2019 so far have both been by Asian authors featuring Asian female protagonists. I didn’t even try and only realized it when I was already shelving them on Goodreads. I think this just shows that, despise the fact that they’re both about Asian characters, the books were completely different and unique on their own way! So, literally, I have no excuse not to take part in it, except for the fact that I’m terrified of commitments and not having time to interact the way I want to. Wil sign ups remain open or are you guys closing it at the end of the month?
    Even if I can not participate, I’m still super happy that you guys are throwing such an amazing and well-thought challenge. Great job! 💛


  10. Lily, I think this is such a fantastic thing you and the other hosts are doing! At first, I wasn’t sure about joining since I’m the worst at keeping tbrs, but then I decided to make a yarc tbr on Goodreads to see what books wound up on it, and it turns out a lot of the books I’ve been meaning to get to are by Asian authors! I’m only going for the first badge but I’m happy to be trying to read more diversely this year and excited to be a part of this!


  11. This is such a cute challenge!! At first I wasn’t sure I would join because I already have a Reading Challenge to complete this year. But I think I can manege both challenges and I really want to get to know more authors and read more diversely.
    I’m so excited to do this!!😁

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  12. how am i ONLY seeing this now?? omg this is such an amazing idea lily, my heart is so warm 😭😭 and those graphics, how CUUUUTTTEEE
    i absolutely adore this idea and im SO going to be participating in it!!


  13. I was on a hiatus so I’m soo late to this, but THIS IS AMAZING!!! I loved reading challenges and this one is so great, I’m very excited that I finally have the time to officially join it 😍 You all put so much effort into this and the graphics are so adorable, I’m very much already in love with YARC 💖❤💖


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