Year of the Asian Reading Challenge | Sign Up


Shealea @ Shut Up Shealea, CW @ The Quiet Pond, Lily @ Sprinkles of Dreams and Vicky @ Vicky Who Reads are hosting a reading challenge throughout the year encouraging people to pick up Asian authors throughout 2019!

Considering I’m challenging myself to read at least 100 authors of colour by the time I turn 30 in 2021 and I’ve been seeking out more Asian-inspired fantasy over the past year, how could I not want to take part?

Below are 16 books I own written by Asian authors, and I’d like to cross as many of them off my TBR as possible this year for this challenge.


Under a Painted Sky
by Stacey Lee

Dragon Springs Road
by Janie Chang

The Garden of Evening Mists
by Tan Twan Eng

by Min Jin Lee

Little Fires Everywhere
by Celeste Ng

Gone: A Girl, a Violin, a Life Unstrung
by Min Kym

One Child: The Story of China’s Most Radical Experiment
by Mei Fong

Wild Swans: Three Daughters of China
Jung Chang

Girls of Paper and Fire
by Natasha Ngan

Jade City
by Fonda Lee

The Gilded Wolves
by Roshani Chokshi

Sorcerer to the Crown
by Zen Cho

Under the Pendulum Sun
by Jeannette Ng

Erotic Stories for Punjabi Widows
by Balli Kaur Jaswal

The Grace of Kings
by Ken Liu

The Poppy War
by R. F. Kuang

yo5iek1Because I like to play it safe I’m going to aim to read between 1-10 books this year. If I can read more (and hopefully I will!) then I’ll be really pleased with myself, but I know that right now I’m in a huge fantasy/speculative mood and I haven’t been reaching for historical fiction and non-fiction as much so I don’t want to say I’ll read all of these this year if I’m not in the mood for them. The worst thing I can possibly do is try and force myself through a book!

I’m particularly excited to sink my teeth into some Asian-inspired fantasy this year, so Girls of Paper and Fire, The Poppy War, Jade City and The Grace of Kings are the books I’m really leaning towards so far. There are other books though, like Wild Swans and Under a Painted Sky, that I’ve owned for a while so it’d be nice to cross those off my TBR.

Under the Pendulum Sun, Gone and Pachinko are all books I’ve received through NetGalley, so I really want to read them this year, and I loved Celeste Ng’s debut, Everything I Never Told You, so it’s about time I got to Little Fires Everywhere.

Throughout the year I’ll probably acquire some more books by Asian authors, whether I buy them or borrow them from the library, but these are the books I own as of right now that I need to cross off my TBR – some of them have been waiting to be read for a long time!

Are you taking part in this reading challenge this year? Are there any authors you’d recommend who aren’t on this list?

14 thoughts on “Year of the Asian Reading Challenge | Sign Up

  1. Vicky Who Reads says:

    ahhhh thank you so much for participating! you have so many awesome books ahead of you on your TBR (and I totally need to read JADE CITY still–I have it checked out though!). good luck on the challenge!!! fingers crossed for you ❀

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  2. Shealea says:

    Hey there! So glad to see you participating in this year’s challenge. ❀ I love your TBR! Jade City is my all-time fave, and I adored Girls of Paper and Fire. I hope you enjoy them as much as I did. 😊

    Shealea πŸŒ»πŸ’›πŸŒ»πŸ’›

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    1. Jess @ Jessticulates says:

      Clearly Jade City is one I need to read really soon! I’m so glad to hear you enjoyed Girls of Paper and Fire – it’s LGBT+ History Month in the UK next month so I’m planning to read it and a bunch of other f/f fantasy in February. πŸ˜€


  3. CW @ The Quiet Pond says:

    Thank you so so much for joining us in our challenge!! I love that you have a goal to reading 100 books by marginalised authors before 2021 – that’s awesome and I’m excited for you!
    I LOVE that you’ve included JADE CITY in your tbr – it’s one of my favourite books of all time, and I’m so excited for you to read it.
    Good luck with your challenge! I’d love to see the books that you read and review across the year, so please tag me! I’d love to give it a boost where possible. πŸ’›

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    1. Jess @ Jessticulates says:

      Thanks so much! I’m really pleased to hear you enjoyed Jade City – I haven’t seen many reviews for it on the blogosphere, so it’s nice to see someone singing its praises. I’m so excited for Asian-inspired fantasy this year. πŸ˜€


  4. Lisa says:

    Great concept for a challenge! I don’t actually do challenges (I think it’d just stress me out), but it’s fun to see what others are doing. I’m planning to read Pachinko soon, and Erotic Stories as well. If you haven’t read Lisa See, I recommend her highly, and also Gail Tsukiyama.


    1. Jess @ Jessticulates says:

      Thanks for the recommendations, Lisa! Lisa See is someone I definitely want to check out and I’ll have to look up Gail Tsukiyama – I don’t think I’ve heard of her before. πŸ™‚


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