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

Another month, another opportunity to share a bit (or a lot of) love for books written by Asian authors. In other words, a new month means the start of another monthly link-up for the Year of the Asian Reading Challenge 2019. Yay!

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 June. 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 CW of The Quiet Pond.



  • This link-up form will close on July 15.
  • 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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8 thoughts on “YARC 2019: Share & link up the Asian books you’ve read in June!

      1. I feel like this is a dumb question but I don’t really know what counts as Asian. Does the Pacific Island of Guam count for this challenge? I’m thinking about Makiia Lucier’s books


  1. My progress has been SO slow, but I feel a little more motivated this month so maybe I’ll get back on track! (also tysm for the book recs, I really needed them 😂)


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