Hey there, Bibliophiles!
As I’ve mentioned before in my 2019 Resolution post, one of my resolutions is to take part in a Reading Challenge this year and I’ve found the perfect one to do just that.
Year of the Asian is a 2019 reading Challenge hosted by the lovely ladies over at CW from The Quiet Pond, Shealea from Shut Up, Shealea, Lily from Sprinkles of Dreams and Vicky from Vicky Who Reads. I think this is such an amazing way to get to all the books by Asian authors that I’ve been meaning to read and I think this year might actually be the year that I get to them.
For the challenge, I’m aiming for Indian Cobra (11-20 books). I hope I actually achieve it because I’m honestly such a mood reader.
This challenge also prompted me to write this blog post about books I want to read by Asian authors, which I’ll be separating by genre.
So, without further ado,
- An Ember in the Ashes (An Ember in the Ashes, #1) by Sabaa Tahir – I don’t know how I’ve managed to remain spoiler free with this book. It’s so beloved by the book community and I can’t go anywhere and it isn’t being talked about. I started this years ago and got to like page five and stopped for some reason. I’m excited to give it another try, just to see what the hype is about.
- The Gilded Wolves (The Gilded Wolves, #1) by Roshani Chokshi – So, everybody has been raving about this book in the book community lately. I checked it out and it sounds a bit similar to Six of Crows and I’m always down for things that involve a diverse cast.
- Spin the Dawn (The Blood of Stars, #1) by Elizabeth Lim – Mulan-inspired!! The cover is so gorgeous too, that I bet the inside is just as beautiful. Really excited for this one.
- The Candle and the Flame by Nafiza Azad – To say I’m only intrigued by this would be a lie. I’m actually really looking forward to this one. The synopsis sounds so complex and interesting that I can’t wait to read it.
- Blood Heir (Blood Heir, #1) by Amelie Wen Zhao – The cover was what caught my attention at first but after reading what the book is about and finding out that it’s also a retelling (which I’m always ready to read) I’m looking forward to this one.
- Wicked Fox (Gumiho, #1) by Kat Cho – I discovered this like 3 days ago and It’s probably the book on this list that I’m looking forward to the most. I adore Korean dramas but I adore their mythology more. A mix between the two is probably going to be heaven sent. I’m calling it now, this will be my favourite book of 2019. I hope I didn’t just jinx myself.
- We Hunt the Flame (Sands of Arawiya, #1) by Hafsah Faizal – Inspired by ancient Arabia and I need nothing more than to have this in my hand.
- Descendant of the Crane by Joan He – To be Honest, the gorgeous cover is what caught my attention but after reading the synopsis, I’m very much intrigued
- Batman: Nightwalker (DC Icons, #2) by Marie Lu – Admittedly, I’m not a big fan of Batman but I’m a huge fan of everything DC, so I’d read anything DC related. And I’m looking forward to reading my first Marie Lu book, her books all seem to be well received.
- Fake It Till You Break It by Jenn P. Nguyen – I honestly can’t wait to read this. I read the author’s first novel a few years back which had one of my favourite tropes, fake dating and absolutely adored it. Nguyen is back again with another fake dating novel and I’m really stoked to read it.
- To all the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han – I’ve had the book for years and I think it’s finally time I read it. I’m yet to watch the movie too because I refuse to watch it without reading the book first.
- The Kiss Quotient by Helen Hoang – This one has been raved about so much last year that it piqued my interest. I’m excited to read about a character on the autism spectrum.
- Tell Me How You Really Feel by Aminah Mae Safi – One of my 2019 bookish resolutions was to read more F/F books. This one piqued my interest before I even realised it was by an Asian author. It sounds like it’s gonna be so cute and the cover is so gorgeous.
- Patron Saints of Nothing by Randy Ribay – I don’t know what to say other than I really, really want to read this. I feel like it’s gonna make me cry and I just really need it, okay?
- A Very Large Expanse of Sea by Tahereh Mafi – Okay, I’m yet to read the Shatter Me series, even though I own the box set but this might just be my first read by the author. The synopsis sounds so interesting and I feel like it’s a book that’ll make me feel things and I’m totally into feeling things.
- Love, Hate & Other Filters by Samira Ahmed – I’ve been meaning to read this ever since it came out and I had a copy in my hand, but alas being a mood reader has prevented me from doing such. I’m hoping to get to it this year.
I’ll also be updating this post with books read
- This Way to the Sugar by Hieu Minh Nguyen : ★★★★★
- Book Love by Debbie Tung : ★★★★★
- Not Here by Hieu Minh Nguyen : ★★★★★
- It Begins with the Body by Hana Shafi : ★★★★
- Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba, Vol. 1: Cruelty by Koyoharu Gotouge: ★★★★
- Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba, Vol. 2: It Was You by Koyoharu Gotouge :★★★★
- Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba, Vol. 3: Believe in Yourself by Koyoharu Gotouge:★★★★
- Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba, Vol. 4: Robust Blade by Koyoharu Gotouge: ★★★★
- Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba, Vol. 5: To Hell by Koyoharu Gotouge: ★★★★
- Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba, Vol. 6: Joint Trial of the Demon Hunter Pillars by Koyoharu Gotouge: ★★★★
- Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba, Vol. 7: Fighting in a Narrow Space by Koyoharu Gotouge: ★★★★★
- To The Abandoned Sacred Beasts Vol. 1 by Maybe: ★★★★
What are some books by Asian authors you’re looking forward to reading or have read? Are you going to join the Year of the Asian Reading Challenge? Let’s Chat
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