Year of the Asian Reading Challenge 2019: SIGN UP + MY VERY (!!) AMBITIOUS TBR

I am very, very excited to be finally writing this post!!! When I first saw the sign-up post for this challenge I almost screamed. Being a pure Filipino blogger, this challenge means SO MUCH to me since it promotes more representation for Asian culture, and it really is so heartwarming having to read books that I see my own culture in! Now, you may think, “Luxe. How come you’re only signing up now, when you’ve apparently saw the sign-up post right when it was first published?” Well, to be completely honest, I was ashamed of myself for not having enough physical books written by Asian authors so I decided not to join until I had bought a fair lot of those.

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Fortunately, the lovely Justine from Bookish Wisps encouraged me to join and made me realize that this challenge considers all formats. Whether it be eBooks/eARCs, audiobooks or physical books, everything’s accepted as long as it’s from an Asian author, you’re all set. How stupid am I for restraining myself when I could have joined from the very start?? facepalm But you know what they say… Better late than never!


This wonderful challenge is hosted by four amazing bloggers: CW from The Quiet Pond, Shealea from Shut Up Shealea, Lily from Sprinkles of Dreams, and Vicky from Vicky Who Reads. In line with the many books released and upcoming releases this 2019, #YARC2019 aims to promote and read as many books as possible from Asian authors. And as I’ve said above, any format of the book is accepted, plus, all genres and lengths are welcome as well. The leniency of this gave me the extra push to join and I’m so excited!!

YARC 2019 begins at the start of, well, 2019 and ends on December 31st 2019. Therefore, all books read in that certain time period are counted towards the goal! With that said, there are multiple levels in this challenge and I am currently aiming for the lowest but by no means the least. And can I just say that CW’s graphics for every challenge level are fantastic and soooo adorable!!! CW is sooo talented. I apologize for fangirling.

If you want to know more about this and want to sign-up for yourself, go on over to CW’s Welcome Post for YARC 2019!

I am currently aiming for the Philippine tarsier which is 1-10 books to read. I can be so painfully slow at reading most of the time so I didn’t want to put pressure on myself by aiming for 50+ books this year. But if I get there, well, all the better!


Contrary to what I’ve just said about being prudent on the number of books I aim to read for this challenge, I have put together an ambitious at least, for me TBR. The reason for this is to allow myself a selection to choose from. So here it is… Also, I’ve cut my TBR into different categories just because I’m that extra.




So far, my progress for #YARC2019 is an embarrassing zero, zip, zilch, nada! Please don’t hate me. *hides* But rest assured that I absolutely do intend to remedy that immediately.

I think that’s it for my sign-up post. I’ll be updating my progress regularly on here so stay tuned for that. If you want, I mean, I’m not forcing ya. *slowly steps backward*

Again, I couldn’t be more happier in joining the Year of the Asian Reading Challenge. If you’ve signed up for this as well, please please PLEASE leave a link to your post. I would love to check your goals and TBR! And if you haven’t signed up yet, I highly encourage that you do!

Leave a comment down below if you wanna chat, as always! But for now, I’ve got some catching up to do. Au revoir!


18 thoughts on “Year of the Asian Reading Challenge 2019: SIGN UP + MY VERY (!!) AMBITIOUS TBR

  1. *feels like a proud mom* okay, your TBR will grow as we progress through the year, don’t worry I’ll be a guiding light.

    And your TBR πŸ‘€. You have to read A Spark of White Fire! One of the best space opera ever. Prepare tissues, Empress of All Seasons and The Gilded Wolves. Ganda niyan! I have Want in my TBR too… I may or may not ask again for a group-buddy reading with you? Hahaha, so we can earn our YARC2019 Badges.

    Sending you all best wishes and good lucks!

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    • Yay! I’m so glad to be doing this challenge with ya (and ate Erica) πŸ’–

      OMG I’ve seen CW herself rave about A Spark of White Fire on Twitter and I immediately added it on my Goodread’s want-to-read shelf! EOAS AND TGW!! THOSE ARE SOME OF MY PRIORITY IN THIS CHALLENGE.

      I would love to have a group-buddy read for Want! I’m still eyeing a hardcover of the book from and online IG shop so I’m not sure when I’ll be able to read this. (I told you my TBR is ambitious, I don’t even have copies of half of this! LOL)

      Thank you, ate! Good luck on this challenge as well, and have fun! ✨


      • Aleks, I sense a little stress over this comment! I hope you won’t feel too pressured in succeeding with the challenge. It’s okay. I’ll do what I can if I spot tours, sales I’ll message you immediately.

        RIGHT? GROUP READING IS THE ANSWER. Hahahaha or buddy read too. Gosh, I want the HB too. Have you seen that cover? ITS RILI PRITTI hahaha πŸ’™

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  2. This is so cool.

    I for one did not sign up for this because I have too much on my plate right now and I might not be able to focus.

    I love those books that were recommended. I might have to add them to my list of possible books to read this year.

    Myrth | Cliste Bella

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    • Aw, that’s too bad. Maybe next time! But I wish you luck on all your endeavors! ❀

      Right??? I've seen absolutely great things about them on Goodreads, and they've been recs from those whom I trust so I'm instantly sold!


  3. So many good titles on this list! Saints and Misfits and The Wrath and the Dawn are some of my favorite books. And When Dimple Met Rishi! I love that one as well. I hope you end up getting to a lot of these and especially Gilded Wolves because of the Filipino representation. Happy reading!

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