YARC 2019: Share & link up the Asian books you’ve read in May!

First and foremost, I’d like to extend my most sincere apologies to everyone for the huge, huge delay with this month’s link-up post for the Year of the Asian reading challenge. May has not been kind to me at all, and I think that’s reflected in the near absence of blog posts throughout this month. To make up for the delay, the closing of link-up submissions has been moved to a latter date, namely, June 25th. Hopefully, this will be the first and last time an incident will happen. Again, I’m very sorry.

If you’re currently participating in this fun reading challenge, then use this post to share all the Asian books you read for the month of May. I’m sure everyone, including me, is interested in which titles you picked up! Plus, read on to find fun challenge prompts and book recommendations (that just might help you with those prompts).

On the other hand, if this is your first time to hear about YARC 2019, then read on anyway and learn how you can join in on all the fun!


YARC 2019, otherwise known as the Year of the Asian Reading Challenge 2019, is a year-long reading challenge that encourages you to read as many books written by Asian authors as you can! These books can be backlist titles (i.e. released in 2018 or earlier), new releases, and even ARCs. Any genre, any format, and any length.

Does that sound fun? Well, you can join in at any time within the year. Sign up by filling out this form and find all the relevant links for this challenge on this page.



For April, let’s explore power. Power can mean different things to people: political power, power dynamics, superpowers (Asian superheroes, anyone?), or perhaps, characters empowering themselves and taking control of their lives. Funnily enough, you have the power to decide (wink, wink). This month, read a book that you believe embodies or showcases power.


For the month of May, let’s highlight Asian novels that feature meaningful relationships: romantic, platonic, familial — or maybe even a meaningful rivalry? Read a book in which character relationships are important to the storyline.


Since it’s pride month, let’s dive into novels with queer and Asian main characters. This month, read a book in which the main character is queer, whether it is stated outright or mentioned more subtly.


If you’re having a tough time with the prompt for this month, don’t worry! We’ve picked out amazing books that fit the bill. Here are three incredibly powerful books from Asian authors! Check them out, and don’t forget to add them to your TBR:

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For more Asian books that fit this month’s challenge prompt, you can check out this wonderful list of recommendations prepared by Vicky of Vicky Who Reads.



  • This link-up form will close on June 15 25.
  • For the monthly link-up, you can submit either your updated progress tracker (e.g. blog post, Goodreads shelf, Twitter thread) or your review of an Asian book that you read for this month (note: the review can be from any platform, e.g. your blog, Twitter, Goodreads).
  • Every link you submit is counted as an entry for the mysterious grand giveaway, which will be drawn once the year ends.

I’d love to hear from you!

🌻 How is your challenge progress going? Are you still on track with your reading goal?

🌻 Did you discover a new favorite among the Asian books that you read for this month?

🌻 Are any of our featured books already under your radar? Which one are you most excited about?

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