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

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! (Although our huge, international midyear giveaway is still ongoing, so make sure you submit your link-ups there, too!)

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 September. 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 the month of July, we’re going on a fun, magical route! From high fantasy to magical realism, pick up a book with a figurative — or literal — magic touch (excuse the terrible pun).


Asian cultures are deeply traditional in the most wonderful sense! Tradition is also incredibly, profoundly important within Asian families. Having said that, read a book that explores tradition in its many forms — whether it’s breaking tradition or following or establishing new ones.


In line with Mental Health Awareness month, read a book that features both Asian protagonists and promotes mental health awareness.


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 October 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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