I am extremely happy that there seems to be a wonderful ton of upcoming releases from Asian authors this year. We’ve reached a point in time where we can actually build two-digit lists(!!!) about them, and although that may appear to be a small, irrelevant feat to some, I think it’s a tiny victory worth recognizing.
However, although it’s great to see a bit of progress in the publishing industry, I cannot help but feel that books written by authors of color are still promoted and hyped significantly less compared to releases from privileged
white authors. No spilled tea, just a casual observation from a woman of color. It may seem like there is a lot of hype surrounding diverse books, especially in the online book community, but the reality is that this community is not representative of the entire reading population.
I am happy to announce that the first ever project organized by Caffeine Book Tours will be a blog tour for Ja-Mel Vinson’s debut novel, Dreamer. Read on to learn the details and how to sign up as one of the participants of the blog tour! (And if it’s any incentive, one incredibly lucky tour participant will receive a signed physical ARC of Dreamer — yay!)
Just the other day, I hinted at the upcoming cover reveal that would take place on my little blog — definitely a book written by an Asian author, definitely Asian-inspired, and most definitely one of my most highly anticipated debut novels for this year.
In my previous blog post, I did not drop the book’s title (which was unbelievably difficult and painful because I was extremely excited to share the news!) This time, however, I am relieved and ecstatic to finally announce that I am introducing the book cover of Katie Zhao’s incredible MG debut, The Dragon Warrior, to the rest of the world!
I am pleased to announce that it is time for the first monthly link-up post for 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 January. 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!
I propose that our motto for 2019 be give me Asian books or give me death. By a thousand cuts (cough, pre-order Descendant of the Crane by Joan He, cough).
And this isn’t just because there are a wonderful ton of upcoming Asian releases this year (although I won’t deny that I am constantly side-eyeing them, especially the Asian-inspired fantasies — aaah, my heart). More importantly, it’s because Asian authors have been totally slaying the writing game for the longest time, but until today, a lot of them are still
unjustly being slept on. Case in point: I read Fonda Lee’s Jade City (released in 2017) and Rin Chupeco’s The Bone Witch (released in 2017) in 2018, and both books are now my all-time favorites. Is it likely that I missed out on other hidden gems released in 2016 or even earlier? Yes. Very likely. But I digress.
Towards the end of 2018, I made a fearless forecast that 2019 will be the year of the Asian — that is, the year for both Asian authors and Asian readers.
Honey, I rose up from the dead. I do it all the time. — Hi hey hello, friends!
WELCOME TO MY NEW BLOG!
I am high-key cringing that after all the not-so-subtle hyping up I’ve done for the past week or so, I am presenting a half-finished blog (excuse me while I weep in the corner of shame). I couldn’t afford to delay this launch any longer because I have too many plans for 2019 and too little breathing room — so please bear with me and this virtual mess. Everything else should be up by the end of the week. But I digress.
Hello there, wonderful readers!
After a blogging hiatus that started way, way back in October, I am very ecstatic to announce that ya girl has finally resurrected and is ready to get back into the blogging game! Well, sort of.
Initially, my semester was set to end on the 18th of December, which would have been ideal since it’s a day after my blog’s birthday. I scheduled my glorious return to the world of books and blogging accordingly. But alas! (Please tell me you read “alas” with an accent.) The universe wanted to mess up with my planning and my semester was suddenly extended to the 20th. Despite this unforeseen inconvenience, I decided to bleep it and announce my return anyway
(me @ the universe: BITCH HA U THOUGHT.).
Which brings us to the crux of the matter. Aside from throwing myself back into blogging (um, after I submit my last requirement, that is), this December 17th also marks my three – yes, three – years as a book blogger! Cue overwhelmed tears.