YARC2019: Year of the Asian Reading Challenge Sign-up and Progress Tracker

I have been meaning to sign up to this all month ever since the announcement of this reading challenge. I am just about managing that by squeezing in my sign-up on the last day of January! The Year of the Asian Reading Challenge is being hosted by Vicky, Shealea, CW and Lily. You can find out more in the linked introduction posts from all of them.

YARC2019 is a year-long reading challenge with the goal being to read as many books by Asian authors as possible. I am always wanting to increase the diversity in my reading and I think a reading challenge is the perfect way to encourage myself to do that. Especially as I already own plenty of books that I can read for the challenge – I have included a list at the bottom of this post.

There are different badges for the six different levels. I am aiming for the giant panda as its just so cute! This level is 31-40 books which means I need to read 2-3 books a month for the rest of the year as I only managed one in January.


I will update this post monthly with the books I have read for the challenge and you can also follow my progress on my dedicated YARC2019 Goodreads shelf.

Progress Tracker:



Kick The Moon – Muhammad Khan (Full Review)



The Buried Giant – Kazuo Ishiguro (Full Review)


Little Fires Everywhere – Celeste Ng (Full Review)



Internment – Samira Ahmed (Full Review)


Straight Outta Crawley – Memoirs of a Distinctly Average Human Being by Romesh Ranganathan (Full Review)



Exit West by Mohsin Hamid (Full Review)


Summer Bird Blue by Akemi Dawn Bowman (Full Review)

Books I already own that I can read for the challenge:

Internment – Samira Ahmed

The Life of a Banana – PP Wong

China Rich Girlfriend – Kevin Kwan

Little Fires Everywhere – Celeste Ng

Nina is Not OK – Shappi Khorsandi

The Poppy War – R F Kuang

First They Killed my father – Loung Ung

The Wrath and the Dawn – Renée Ahdieh

The Rose and the Dagger – Renée Ahdieh

The Woman who Breathed Two Worlds – Selina Siak Chin Yoke

When Dimple Met Rishi – Sandhya Menon

Love, Hate and Other Filters – Samira Ahmed

The Sympathiser – Viet Thanh Nguyen

Exit West – Mohsin Hamid

The Reluctant Fundamentalist – Mohsin Hamid

The Ministry of Utmost Happiness – Arundhati Roy

Family Life – Akhil Sharma

Do Not Say We Have Nothing – Madeleine Thien

Six Four – Hideo Yokoyama

The Buried Giant – Kazuo Ishiguro

Your Heart is a Muscle The Size of a Fist – Sunil Yapa


I also have loads more books on my TBR for the challenge with so many fantastic books by Asian authors coming out this year but I will share these in another post!

Will you be taking part in the challenge? What books are top on your TBR?



4 thoughts on “YARC2019: Year of the Asian Reading Challenge Sign-up and Progress Tracker

  1. omg there are so many wonderful books on your list, I hope you enjoy! I’ve been meaning to dive into The Poppy War soon so omg ahhh

    thank you so much for participating in YARC! <333

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