The Year of the Asian Reading Challenge 2019: Sign-Up/Update Post + Tentative TBR!

My brand? Asian books.

I mean, I’m Asian so of course you would find me hyping up all the Asian books ever, and I know people who’ve followed my blog can confirm that I never shut up about them.

So obviously, when four of my favorite bloggers, LilyVicky, Shealea, and CW announced a year-long reading challenge for 2019 to read as many books by Asian authors as possible, I naturally got started on my official sign-up/update post immediately!!

(Click on the hosts’ names to find out more about the challenge! You can sign up here.)

Recently I collaborated with Cait @ Paper Fury to predict “trends” for 2019’s YA, and one of my predictions was that there would be a LOT of Asian books/fantasies. This was backed up by my last post, featuring 12/30 upcoming books by Asian authors. So I love that the hosts decided to create this challenge for 2019, because it truly is the Year of the Asian and I could not be more excited!

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My Most Anticipated YA Books Releasing January through July ft. a Lot of Asian Fantasies and Diverse Books in General!

2019 looks like it’s going to kill me.

In a good way, because of all the amazing books coming out this year, that I literally can’t !! wait !! to !! read !!

There are so many amazing YA releases for 2019 that I couldn’t resist making a whole post on my most anticipated! I tried to choose only 4 books per month, but I cheated a bit and stretched it to 5 for some. (I have no regrets.)

Everything is in order of release date!! The logical, reasonable side of me says that I should have done January through June, so that it would be my most anticipated releases for the first half of the year, but books I’m REALLY excited about are publishing in July so… why not!!

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ARC Review: Girls of Paper and Fire by Natasha Ngan // The Beautiful, Brutal Book of My Sapphic Asian Heart

You know those books that you’re so full of love for that you just feel like you could burst?

Girls of Paper and Fire is one of those books. It’s an absolutely beautiful book, with the best themes and messages. It has a stunning cover, a gorgeous romance, and an intricately crafted world.

But while I love it for all of that, I love it for so much more: the fact that it’s a story about two queer, sapphic Asian girls, fighting against all odds for themselves and for each other. And as a queer, sapphic Asian myself, this book means so much to me.

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Pride Flag Book Tag // Spreading YA Queer Book Love Based on the Color Stripes & Meanings of the Pride Flag!!

It’s PRIDand I’m going to rainbow your day today!!

This tag was created by Common Spence over on YouTube, and that’s where I got the questions from. Please watch their video, they gave a bit of a history lesson and the books they mentioned are all A+!

Anyways, I’m SUPER excited to be doing this tag, because it’s kind of a salute to some of the community’s history and how the Pride flag was made, and I also get to talk about more queer books!!

Random note: It was super hard for me not to try and coordinate cover colors with the color that the question was talking about. Sometimes it happened unintentionally and it just made me angry that the other covers didn’t match!! It hurts my eyes!!!!

(Also, I added one more prompt to this tag, because I thought it important to include! If you do this tag and choose to use my added prompt, please note that it isn’t part of the original tag. Not because I want to make the creator look bad, but because I don’t want something being added without it clarified that it wasn’t part of the original!)

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YA Books with Queer Characters that You Should all be Scrambling to Read Right Now!! // My Pride Month Recs + TBR

IT’S PRIDE MONTH!!!!

I know that this month is full of people gatekeeping and policing what can be defined as “queer” or not, but I just want to do something to keep me and this month as happy as we can be.

So today, I’ll be recommending queer books and talking about my Pride Month TBR of all queer books. I’m super super excited to be reading these books; I’ve been planning my TBR for months and I get to finally read these beautiful queer books AAAAHHHH.

Also, I’ve tried to mention all the marginalized identities represented in all the books mentioned, but I might have forgotten some and/or didn’t know the specific identity!  And please ask me for any content/trigger warnings, because I am happy to provide them!

**THESE AREN’T IN ANY PARTICULAR ORDER DON’T MAKE ME PICK FAVORITES.**

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