Year of the Asian Reading Challenge and TBR

You know me, always late to every party ๐Ÿ’

I’ve entered the Year of the Asian Reading Challenge! For some reason it’s just taken me ages to write this post (just kidding, the reason is I started a new job and I’m still trying to adjust to a new schedule), but I’ve been meaning to sign up for the challenge since it was announced!

I’m sure everyone has already heard about it, but the Year of the Asian Reading Challenge (#YARC) is a yearly challenge encouraging you to read more books by Asian authors. There are four co-hosts, Shealea @ Shut Up, Shealea, CW @ The Quiet Pond, Lily @ Sprinkles of Dreams, and Vicky @ Vicky Who Reads.

I’m committing to reading 21 to 30 books by Asian authors this year, meaning I’m at the Malayan tapir level. Ideally, I’d like to try to read at least two books a month, putting me at 24 books for the year. If I end up hitting 30 books before the year is over I’ll keep increasing my goal into the next increments until the year is over.

I’ve decided that I’m not going to count any manga I read this year because I already read a ton of manga and I’d like to try to use this as a challenge. I also already own a ton of unread books by Asian authors so I’m going to take this opportunity to read some of the backlist books that have been on my TBR for a while!

I’ve already read 6 books so far (from January through mid-February) so I’ve been doing pretty well so far! I’ve made a list of 21 books by Asian authors that I own that is going to act as a tentative TBR for the rest of the year. This list is ordered from oldest books on my TBR to the most recent additions.

  • 1Q84 by Haruki Murakami
  • Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro
  • Light on Yoga by B. K. S. Iyengar
  • Milk and Honey by Rupi Kaur
  • An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir
  • This One Summer by Jillian Tamaki and Mariko Tamaki
  • Interpreter of Maladies by Jhumpa Lahiri
  • A Tale for the Time Being by Ruth Ozeki
  • The Bone Witch by Rin Chupeco
  • The Courage to be Disliked by Ichiro Kishimi and Fumitake Koga
  • When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon
  • Flame in the Mist be Renรฉe Ahdieh
  • Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan
  • Goodbye, Vitamin by Rachel Khong
  • The Astonishing Color of After by Emily X.R. Pan
  • The Last Illusion by Porochista Khakpour
  • To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han
  • The Lost Girls of Camp Forevermore by Kim Fu
  • Reading Lolita in Tehran by Azar Nafisi
  • Fullmetal Alchemist: The Land of Sand by Makoto Inoue
  • Emergency Contact by Mary H.K. Choi

Have you joined the challenge? What books on your TBR are you most looking forward to reading?

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Down the TBR Hole #40: Books 681-700

Lia fromย Lost in a Story’sย challenge “Down the TBR Hole” has helped me whittle down my massive virtual TBR, or at least get me thinking critically about what books I’m actually going to read. I’ve realized I’ve added a lot of books in 2012 and 2013 that I’ve never read and will probably never get around to reading!! There’s also a ton of books that I added in the moment that I’ve never even thought of since then.

“Down the TBR Hole” works like this: order your Goodreads “to be read” shelf with the oldest books first and remove the ones you’re no longer interested in reading. I’ve added in two of my own personal rules: if I have multiple books in a series I’ll only keep the next (or first) one I have to read, and I’ll remove complete works or collections (unless it’s a collection I already own).

The Summer Girls by Mary Alice Monroe
Date added: Jan 27, 2017
keep

Certain Girls by Jennifer Weiner
Date added: Jan 27, 2017
remove

The Floor Girls by Richard Fifield
Date added: Jan 27, 2017
remove

Some Girls Some Hats and Hitler by Trudi Kanter
Date added: Jan 27, 2017
remove

Funny Girl by Nick Hornby
Date added: Jan 27, 2017
keep (physical TBR) Continue reading “Down the TBR Hole #40: Books 681-700”

January Wrap-Up: I read my first ebook!

 

  • The Idiot by Elif Batuman
  • Perennials by Mandy Berman
  • Dumplin’ by Julie Murphy
  • The Night Tiger by Yangtze Choo
  • The Book Thief 10th Anniversary Edition by Markus Zusak
  • Pulp by Robin Talley
  • Dead Letters by Caite Dolan-Leach
  • Fruits Basket Collector’s Edition vol. 1 by Natsuki Takaya
  • The Wicked King by Holly Black
  • Heavy Vinyl vol. 1 by Carly Usdin and Nina Vakueva
  • Fence vol. 1 by C.S. Pascat and Johanna the Mad
  • A Very Large Expanse of the Sea by Tahereh Mafi
  • Sing, Unburied, Sing by Jesmyn Ward
  • One True Loves by Taylor Jenkins Reid
  • The Path of the Yoga Sutras by Nicolai Bachman
  • King of Scars by Leigh Bardugo

  • The Afterlife of Holly Chase by Cynthia Hand
  • Perennials by Mandy Berman
  • Emma vol. 8 by Kaoru Mori
  • Kimi ni Todoke vol. 9 by Karuho Shiina
  • Girl in Translation by Jean Kwok
  • The Best We Could Do by Thi Bui
  • Christmas Secrets by the Sea by Jane Lovering (eARC)
  • A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini
  • March: Books One, Two, and Three by John Lewis, Andrew Aydin, and Nate Powell
  • They Both Die at the End by Adam Silvera
  • Hellhound on His Trail by Hampton Sides
  • The Daughters by Joanna Philbin
  • Horimiya vols. 9 and 10 by Hero and Daisuke Hagiwara
  • The Far Field by Madhuri Vijay
  • The Black Bull of Norroway by Cat Seaton and Kit Seaton
  • Margaret Goes Modern by Frances O’Roark Dowell

Continue reading “January Wrap-Up: I read my first ebook!”

Down the TBR Hole #39: Books 661-680

Lia fromย Lost in a Story’sย challenge “Down the TBR Hole” has helped me whittle down my massive virtual TBR, or at least get me thinking critically about what books I’m actually going to read. I’ve realized I’ve added a lot of books in 2012 and 2013 that I’ve never read and will probably never get around to reading!! There’s also a ton of books that I added in the moment that I’ve never even thought of since then.

“Down the TBR Hole” works like this: order your Goodreads “to be read” shelf with the oldest books first and remove the ones you’re no longer interested in reading. I’ve added in two of my own personal rules: if I have multiple books in a series I’ll only keep the next (or first) one I have to read, and I’ll remove complete works or collections (unless it’s a collection I already own).

 

You Deserve a Drink by Mamrie Hart
Date added: Jan 27, 2017
remove

The Girls of Atomic City by Denise Kieran
Date added: Jan 27, 2017
keep

City of Glass by Paul Karasick and David Mazzucchelli
Date added: Jan 27, 2017
keep

We So Seldom Look on Love by Barbara Gowdy
Date added: Jan 27, 2017
keep

Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides
Date added: Jan 27, 2017
keep Continue reading “Down the TBR Hole #39: Books 661-680”

โœจAnnouncing REREADATHONโœจ

I am SO excited to announce that I am one of the hosts for Rereadathon!ย ๐ŸŽ‰๐ŸŽ‰๐ŸŽ‰๐ŸŽ‰๐ŸŽ‰

baby Seal all grown up and co-hosting her first readathon โ˜บ๏ธ

Rereadathon is a week-long readathon dedicated to rereading your faves! It’s going to take place in March from the 10-16, so you’ll have plenty of time to cull your TBRs.

This is going to be a very laid-back readathon; there are a total of seven challenges but you’re not required to hit a certain amount of books! You can double-, triple-, quadruple-up for the challenges, or you don’t even have to complete the challenges at all! Read as much or as little as you want.

Challenges:

  1. Game changer: a book that opened your eyes to/made you love a new genre
  2. Giving a book a second chance
  3. A new favorite
  4. An old favorite
  5. Underrated or unpopular book
  6. Popular book
  7. Childhood favorite

This readathon is unique in a few ways. There are a total of 21 (!) hosts across three different bookish platforms: booktube, bookstagram, and book blogs. Each day of the week will be managed by one host from each platform, and the hosts will be running separate giveaways! There will be 3 flash giveaways each day, one giveaway per platform. That means 21 opportunities to win free books!

Below is the schedule for Rereadathon, complete with a list of hosts and who will be running giveaways and posting content on which days. Each day hosts will be posting blog posts, videos, photos, etc corresponding to the topic, as well as hosting reading sprints on twitter and running their giveaways! Continue reading “โœจAnnouncing REREADATHONโœจ”

January in Review: 19 Books!

What a hectic month!

I randomly stumbled across my small town library’s graphic novel section, and it didn’t end well. Ever since the last Manga Madness readathon in November, I’ve honestly been on such a manga/graphic novel kick and it’s clearly not going anywhere anytime soon!

I read some really surprising books this month. It was also the first month following a highly structured TBR, and I didn’t do too bad! 7 of the 19 books I read were from my tbr this month, 2 books were rolled over from my December tbr, and 2 books were also on my tbr for the year.

Different from my monthly wrap-ups, which focus more of patterns in my reading habits and is just me rambling on forever (because thatโ€™s my brand), monthly reviews are more like lists: easy to scroll through to get the whole picture of my reading month. Listed is the title, author, publication date, and cover along with the genre and age range (if applicable). I also have my rating and a three-word description of my reading experience! The links will either go to a longer review I wrote on this blog or a shorter review I wrote on Goodreads. All the cover photos are linked to their Goodreads page.

TOTAL BOOKS: 19

๐ŸŒŸ: 0
๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ: 2
๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ: 5
๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ: 7
๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ: 5

๐Ÿ“˜ย January TBR
๐Ÿ“™ย 2019 TBR
๐Ÿ“•ย Prior TBR
๐Ÿ“— Down the TBR Hole

The Afterlife of Holly Chase

The Afterlife of Holly Chase by Cynthia Hand ๐Ÿ“•
Published: Oct 24, 2017
YA Fantasy/Paranormal
creative, funny, heartwarming
๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ

PerennialsPerennials by Mandy Berman ๐Ÿ“˜
Published: Jun 6, 2017
Contemporary
nostalgic, dramatic, vivid
๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ

Emma, Vol. 08Emma vol. 8 by Kaoru Mori
Published: Mar 17, 2009
Historical Fiction
beautiful, descriptive, wonderful
๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ Continue reading “January in Review: 19 Books!”

Down the TBR Hole #38: Books 641-660

Lia fromย Lost in a Story’sย challenge “Down the TBR Hole” has helped me whittle down my massive virtual TBR, or at least get me thinking critically about what books I’m actually going to read. I’ve realized I’ve added a lot of books in 2012 and 2013 that I’ve never read and will probably never get around to reading!! There’s also a ton of books that I added in the moment that I’ve never even thought of since then.

“Down the TBR Hole” works like this: order your Goodreads “to be read” shelf with the oldest books first and remove the ones you’re no longer interested in reading. I’ve added in two of my own personal rules: if I have multiple books in a series I’ll only keep the next (or first) one I have to read, and I’ll remove complete works or collections (unless it’s a collection I already own).

Nora Webster by Colm Tรณibรญn
Date added: Jan 27, 2014
remove

The Whites by Richard Price
Date added: Jan 27, 2017
remove

Two Years Eight Months and Twenty-Eight Days by Salman Rushdie
Date added: Jan 27, 2017
remove

Interpreter of Maladies by Jhumpa Lahiri
Date added: Jan 27, 2017
keep (physical TBR)

The Narrow Road to the Deep North by Richard Flanagan
Date added: Jan 27, 2017
keep

The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl by Issa Rae
Date added: Jan 27, 2017
remove

& Sons by David Gilbert
Date added: Jan 27, 2017
remove

How to Be Single by Liz Tuccillo
Date added: Jan 27, 2017
remove

The Queen of Katwe by Tim Crothers
Date added: Jan 27, 2017
remove

The Light Between Oceans by M. L. Stedman
Date added: Jan 27, 2017
keep (physical TBR)

Terms of Endearment by Larry McMurtry
Date added: Jan 27, 2017
remove

The Hours by Michael Cunningham
Date added: Jan 27, 2017
keep (physical TBR)

The Sellout by Paul Beatty
Date added: Jan 27, 2017
remove

Commonwealth by Ann Patchett
Date added: Jan 27, 2017
keep

Everything You Want Me to Be by Mindy Mejia
Date added: Jan 27, 2017
remove

The End of Men by Hanna Rosin
Date added: Jan 27, 2017
keep

Difficult Women by Roxane Gay
Date added: Jan 27, 2017
keep

History of Wolves by Emily Fredlund
Date added: Jan 27, 2017
remove

Whatever Happened to Interracial Love? by Kathleen Collins
Date added: Jan 27, 2017
keep

Smashed by Koren Zailckas
Date added: Jan 27, 2017
remove

Ruling: 12/20 removed

These books were added almost exactly two years ago! Compared to my earlier Down the TBR Holes that feature books I’ve added in 2012, two years seems so recent, but some of these books I don’t even recognize!

Also, fun fact: Interpret of Maladies is the only Jhumpa Lahiri book I own and it’s also the only one of her books that I haven’t read ๐Ÿ˜‘

Which books would you have kept or removed? Are there any I should read right away?

 

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Review: Feel-Good M/M Romance in They Both Die at the End by Adam Silvera

 

They Both Die at the End

Page Count: 368 pages
Publication Date: September 5, 2017
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Age Range: Young Adult
Source: Purchased
rep: bi and questioning main characters, Puerto Rican main character, Cuban main character, main character with anxiety
cw: death, grief, attempted suicide

I purposefully picked up this book looking for a nice depressing read with some teary reading sessions but… I did not cry. At all. Y’all have mislead me.

They Both Die at the End is about two teens boys, Mateo and Rufus, who get a phone call from a company called Death-Cast telling them that they will both die before midnight. Seeking solace, they join an app for people who also received the Death-Cast phone call, as they start talking, of course they fall in love.

This is a very stereotypical YA romance and yet not once was I bored. The story was very propelling and it read it very quickly, which I think was due to the incredibly short chapters and alternating points of view.ย  Continue reading “Review: Feel-Good M/M Romance in They Both Die at the End by Adam Silvera”

February TBR, Challenges, and Readathons

January was my first month reading from my very highly structured TBR and it worked pretty well! Out of the 8 books on my January TBR, I ended up finishing 4 of them, and I’m currently reading a 5th. As always, I deviated slightly from my TBR occasionally this month, but I’m very content with reading 5/8.

I’m slightly nervous for my TBR this month, especially since February is the shortest month, but with so many great challenges this month I’m very excited to read more!

I’ve set this post up with the book, a simplified summary from Goodreads, and a short note about the book. Cover photos are linked to their Goodreads page!

TBR Jar:

Girls & Sex by Peggy Orenstein (own)

Girls & Sex: Navigating the Complicated New Landscape

With casual hookups and campus rape relentlessly in the news, parents can be forgiven for feeling anxious about their young daughters. Theyโ€™re also fearful about opening up a dialog. Not Orenstein. Orenstein spoke to psychologists, academics, and other experts in the field and yes, 70 young women, to offer an in-depth picture of โ€œgirls and sexโ€ today.

I bought this at my library’s used booksale without knowing much about it. It has a pretty high rating on Goodreads, but there’s also some disappointing reviews with how Orenstein handles LGBTQ  women so I’ve been hesitant to read this. Even if I don’t get around to reading it this month, I’d still be okay if I have to unhaul this one.  Continue reading “February TBR, Challenges, and Readathons”

Down the TBR Hole #37: Books 621-640

Lia fromย Lost in a Story’sย challenge “Down the TBR Hole” has helped me whittle down my massive virtual TBR, or at least get me thinking critically about what books I’m actually going to read. I’ve realized I’ve added a lot of books in 2012 and 2013 that I’ve never read and will probably never get around to reading!! There’s also a ton of books that I added in the moment that I’ve never even thought of since then.

“Down the TBR Hole” works like this: order your Goodreads “to be read” shelf with the oldest books first and remove the ones you’re no longer interested in reading. I’ve added in two of my own personal rules: if I have multiple books in a series I’ll only keep the next (or first) one I have to read, and I’ll remove complete works or collections (unless it’s a collection I already own).

The Black Notebooks by Toi Derricotte
Date added: Jan 14, 2017
remove

Native Tongue by Suzette Haden Elgin
Date added: Jan 14, 2017
remove

Citizen by Claudia Rankine
Date added: Jan 14, 2017
remove

We are the Change We Seek edited by E.J. Dionne Jr and Joy-Anne Reid
Date added: Jan 27, 2017
keep (physical TBR)

Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor
Date added: Jan 27, 2017
keep (physical TBR) Continue reading “Down the TBR Hole #37: Books 621-640”