Year of the Asian Reading Challenge #YARC2020 // Welcome & Introduction


Year of the Asian, a 2020 Reading Challenge. Hosted by CW, Lily, Shealea, and Vicky


I’m beyond excited to officially announce that the Year of the Asian Reading Challenge is back! I welcome you all to join my co-hosts CW, Vicky, Shealea, and me for another year of loving, celebrating, and boosting Asian authors, and Asian books. ✨

Stay in touch with us throughout the challenge:


The aim of this challenge is to read as many books written by Asian authors as you can! These books can be backlist titles (i.e. released in 2019 or earlier), new releases, and ARCs. We welcome books of any genre, any format, and any length. Check out the levels we have made for this challenge (I drew them too!) and set your sights on a level you want to achieve.

In order for a book to count, you must start and finish it within 2020; the challenge will end on the 31st of December of this year. (This means that books started in 2019 and finished in 2020 do not count!) Likewise, any books started in 2020 and finished in 2021 do not count either.

We want this to be a relaxing and, above all else, fun challenge, so you can join in at any time in the year! The sign-up form will remain open until 2020 ends.

Follow us on Twitter (@YearOfTheAsian) for announcements, surprises, and more bookish fun. The official hashtag for this reading challenge is #YARC2020.


  1. Announce your intention to participate in YARC in any online platform (e.g. blog, Twitter, Goodreads) and create a progress tracker. Place the link to your progress tracker in our sign-up form below.
    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 this 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 (#YARC2020) for the latter! Please make sure to link back to this sign-up post so that other people can join in, too!
  2. Select your target level and grab your badge! 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: #YARC2020.


Everyone who participates begins at the first challenge level, the Phillipine Tarsier. Each time you read the next tier of the challenge level, you move onto the next one! I had the pleasure of drawing the animals featured in the badges for each Challenge Level (and I wanted to get different animals from different parts of Asia!), and I hope you all like it!


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!




[What is a monthly link-up? ‘A monthly link-up’ is essentially a way for you to share your participation and a way for us to keep track of who is participating!]

  • Monthly link-ups will be posted by Shealea on the 2nd day of every month and will close on the 15th day of the next 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 could 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. Be patient!)


  • We’ve prepared fun prompts for each month of the year!
  • Take note that you are free to read whatever you want, but if you want to make this challenge a bit more difficult and exciting, then 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 1st day of the month to help you build up your TBR.


  • We will be hosting a fun #YARC2020 Twitter chat in January, February, and then quarterly.
  • The host for #YARC2020 is @YearOfTheAsian, so don’t forget to give us a follow on that account!


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, 2020: last day of the reading challenge
January 1, 2021: announcement and contacting of giveaway winner

Find my co-hosts’ YARC posts!


Sign Up Here!

Link to sign-up form:

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We can’t wait to have another great year with you all! Keep an eye out for this month’s book recommendation post on my blog soon! 💛💛

Sprinkles of Dreams - Let's Chat
Have you signed up for #YARC2020? (There’s only one acceptable answer, okay.)
Any books you already have in mind for this year’s challenge?
Which level are you aiming for? 🌟

xx, lily - Sprinkles of Dreams
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54 thoughts on “Year of the Asian Reading Challenge #YARC2020 // Welcome & Introduction”

    1. You can join in anytime, and I’m super excited to see which books you read for last year’s challenge, Christina! 🙂

      I’m super glad that we’re back as well, and excited to have you with us again!! 💗

      I hope you’re having a wonderful new year 🥳

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    1. Uhhh a quick question? Do the books that count for the challenge have Asian MCs? I’m currently binging a series by an Asian author with a white MC…haha, it totally makes sense anyway if not!

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    1. Thank you ahh that’s so kind of you! The illustrations were done by my lovely co-host CW! She’s incredible. 🥺💛

      Can’t wait to share the recommendations with you, and see which books you’ll choose to slay the challenge. 🥰


  1. So happy to see you on my feed again, I hope you’re doing well! 🥰 I’m also VERY excited that YARC is back, I cannot wait to join in again and prepare my TBR for the year 💕 I think I’m aiming for the Indian cobra again like last year 🐍

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  2. I’m so glad you guys are bringing it back this year! Last year I participated, and somehow passing what I hoped to reach for by the end of the year. I’ll be participating in this once again.

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  3. […] The goal of this readathon is to read as many books my Asian authors as possible. Each month, the hosts will give some reading prompts for a more challenging readathon, or you can just try and read whatever you want! I’m aiming for at least 30 which would give me the Malayan Tapir award! Though the Asian Elephant badge is so adorable I really want to try for that one… If you’d like to join, check out the readathon Twitter page (@YearOfTheAsian) to get all the details! Or, you can check out any of the blogs above to see all the sign up info (e.g. Sprinkles of Dreams sign up post). […]


  4. I’m participating for the first time this year! I have zero expectations, but I’m hoping for a cobra (she looks very cute and it seems an achievable goal)!! ^^

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  5. Ahh Lily!! Hi! I’ve missed you so much! ❤ It's great to see that you and the other ladies are hosting another year of the asian reading challenge! Although I wasn't quite able to reach my goal last year, I'm hoping to join again this year! I might aim for reaching the Philippine tarsier or Indian cobra since I'm not sure how much I'll be able to read this year, with Dental Hygiene school starting.

    I hope you're having an amazing 2020 so far, love! ❤


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