Year of the Asian Reading Challenge 2019

Year of the Asian Reading Challenge 2019, or YARC 2019 for short, is a year-long reading challenge hosted by CW, Lily, Shealea, and Vicky with the express goal to read as many books by Asian authors as possible. All books by Asian authors are fair game, any format, any genre. The only rule is that the book must have been started and finished in 2019.

The organizers have also put together a series of super cute badges you can collect for the number of books read. I’m currently aiming for the Giant Panda (31-40 books).

For more information about this challenge and to sign up yourself, check out Shealea’s post.

This page will serve as my progress tracker, where I’ll post my total number of books read then list each book and give a short blurb.

Current Status: 3/35

Books read (chronological order):

Rebirth of a Supermodel (重生超模) by Mo Chen Huan (莫晨欢)

  • A translated Chinese web serial following the rising career of a fledgling male supermodel and his romance with the #1 male global supermodel
  • MC’s love interest is simultaneously a scarily vindicative being and also the most awkward dork and I love him
  • 4/5
  • NovelUpdates
  • Read it here

The King’s Avatar (全職高手) by Butterfly Blue (蝴蝶蓝)

  • A translated Chinese web serial similar to Sword Art Online if Kirito was the #1 pro-player for 10 years and thus his Gary Stu-ness was justified
  • Features a large and incredibly entertaining cast of side characters, including some very well written female characters
  • Has been adapted into a phenomenal anime and a live action that will be airing later in 2019
  • 4/5
  • NovelUpdates

Empress of All Seasons by Emiko Jean

  • A YA fantasy novel set in historic Japan
  • Had its moments of greatness and with poor pacing and unlikable characters, overall fell flat
  • 3/5
  • Goodreads


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