Year of the Asian Reading Challenge Sing-Up Post!

Hi, everyone!

Vicky @ Vicky Who Reads, Xiaolong @ The Quiet Pond, Shealea @ Shut Up, Shealea and Lily @ Sprinkles of Dreams have created the Year of the Asian Reading Challenge! 

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Here are the official rules:

GUIDELINES

The aim of this challenge is 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 ARCs. We welcome books of any genre, any format, and any length. Check out the levels we have made for this challenge (I drew them too!) and set your sights on a level you want to achieve.

In order for a book to count, you must start and finish it within 2019; the challenge will end on the 31st of December of this year. (This means that books started in 2018 and finished in 2019 do not count!) Likewise, any books started in 2019 and finished in 2020 do not count either.

We want this to be a relaxing and, above all else, fun challenge, so you can join in at any time in the year! The sign-up form will remain open until 2019 ends.

Follow us on Twitter (@YearOfTheAsian) for announcements, surprises, and more bookish fun. The official hashtag for this reading challenge is #YARC2019.

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HOW TO JOIN

  1. Announce your intention to participate in YARC in any online platform (e.g. blog, Twitter, Goodreads) and create a progress tracker. Place the link to your progress tracker in our sign-up form below.
    1. If you’re a blogger, announce your participation via blog post, which will serve as your update post. Please make sure to link back to this sign-up post so that other people can join in, too!
    2. If you’re a reader without a blog, you can either create a Goodreads shelf that’s dedicated to the books for this challenge, or create a Twitter thread for tracking. Use the hashtag (#YARC2019) for the latter! Please make sure to link back to this sign-up post so that other people can join in, too!
  2. Select your target level and grab your badge! Display your badge on your blog, or share it on social media.
  3. Start reading and keep track of your progress!
  4. Share your updates on social media using the official hashtag: #YARC2019.

CHALLENGE LEVELS

Everyone who participates begins at the 1st challenge level, the Phillipine Tarsier. Each time you read the next tier of the challenge level, you move onto the next one!

  • Philippine tarsier: 1 to 10 books read
  • Indian cobra: 11 to 20 books read
  • Malayan tapir: 21 to 30 books read
  • Giant panda: 31 to 40 books read
  • Asian elephant: 41 to 50 books read
  • Bengali tiger: More than 50 books read

I’m aiming for the Asian elephant, but really, if I get the Bengali tiger I will be elated and proud of myself!

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MONTHLY LINK-UPS & GIVEAWAY

  • Monthly link-ups will be posted by Shealea on the 2nd day of every month and will close on the 15th day of the next month (e.g. the January form will expire on February 15).
  • For the monthly link-up, you can submit any of the following links:
    • Your updated progress tracker (e.g. blog post, Goodreads shelf, Twitter thread).
    • Your review of an Asian book that you read for that month. This could be a review on your blog, on Goodreads, on Amazon, or anywhere online. The review itself does not have to be elaborate; any length will do.
  • Every link you submit is counted as an entry for the mysterious grand giveaway, which will be drawn once the year ends. (It’s mysterious because we’ll be revealing the prize later on. Be patient!)

MONTHLY PROMPTS & RECOMMENDATIONS

  • We’ve prepared fun prompts for each month of the year! These prompts will be released quarterly (i.e. January, April, July, October).
  • Take note that you are free to read whatever you want, but if you want to make this challenge a bit more difficult and exciting, then participate in these prompts.
  • Because we are the kindest souls ever and we love talking about books written by Asian authors, we will pick three featured books based on the monthly prompts. These featured books will be included in the monthly link-up posts.
  • Lily, Vicky, and I will also post a list of recommendations every 1st day of the month to help you build up your TBR.

TWITTER CHATS

  • Once every two months, there will be a fun #YARC2019 Twitter chat. These chats will be held either on the 3rd or 4th week of the month.
  • The host for #YARC2019 is @YearOfTheAsian, so don’t forget to give us a follow on that account!

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Does it sound exciting? I’m ready to rock this challenge and I hope you will sign-up too!

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Summer 2018 Comment Challenge: June

Every year Lonna @ FLYLēF and Alicia @ A Kernel of Nonsense host the Summer Comment Challenge in which a blogger is paired with another blogger and they have to comment on each other’s blog and support them. I decided to sign up this year for the month of June and I can’t wait to know who I’ll be paired with!

I signed up for the 5+ comments, but if possible, I will comment more times.

I think this idea is quite amazing and, if you want to sign up for the challenge too, or want to read the rules, just click the banner.

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The Ace of Shades Book Tag, #Doves Edition

The awesome Min, reviewer at Min And Her Books and a fellow diverse blogger, created the Ace of Shades Book Tag, #Doves Edition with the help of Katie from Katsyxo.

I loved doing this tag! Without farther ado, these are my answers…

1. Ace of Shades takes place in the very mysterious, very dangerous City of Sin. Name a fictional city with a personality of it’s own!

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In Beasts Made of Night by Tochi Onyebuchi, the author created the city of Kos, inspired by Lagos, where his mother lived before moving to the US. This is city is dangerous and full of life. I also recommend this book since is a Nigerian-inspired novel!

2. The City of Sin is home to three ruthless gangs: the Irons, the Scarhands and the Doves. Tell us about your favorite fictional criminal character/family/group!

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Sorina and her illusions are a united family. Amanda Foody’s debut novel, Daughter of the Burning City, portrays a thought-provoking and inspiring family dynamics.

3. Enne and Levi are about to be thrown into a deadly game… Name your favorite book in which the characters must play with, and for, their lives.

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This is a difficult one, but I will go with Firstlife by Gena Showalter. It’s a wonderful book packed with action, love and the protagonist is very witty.

4. The Doves are a gang of assassins… What book you’d kill to have in your hands right now?

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War Storm by Victoria Aveyard. You can love or hate her books. There’s no middle ground. And I loved Red Queen, so I’m super excited about the last book of the series.

5. The City of Sin is full of people with dark and complicated pasts. Name one book or book series you used to like, but don’t anymore.

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There aren’t many books that I used to like and now I don’t anymore. But Shadowhunters is one of them. While The Infernal Devices trilogy is one of my most  favorite trilogies, after reading Lady Midnight, I decided to stop reading her books.

6. With complicated pasts abound, we can find many… burnt cinnamon rolls, so to speak. Name a character that has prickly and tough exterior, but is actually a sweetheart deep down!

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Another tough question! There are so many, but one of my most favorite cinnamon roll characters is Jack Deveaux from The Arcana Chronicles by Kresley Cole.

7. Not only anti-heroes live in the Ace of Shades world! In New Reynes, one can find plenty of villains as well. Which bookish character do you just love to hate?

I sincerely don’t know how to answer. I don’t have anyone I love to hate. Or at least nothing comes to my mind right now. Maybe I will update this answer once I know who I love to hate.

8. You, much like our main character Enne’s mother, went missing in the City of Sin. The main character from the last book you read is the one looking for you… How screwed are you?

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Then it would be Eliza Mirk, protagonist of Eliza and Her Monsters by Francesca Zappia.

Well, what do you think about the tag? You can participate as well!

P.S. If you want to know more about Ace of Shades by Amanda Foody, read this post; you’ll also find info about the pre-order campaign.

Mental Health Book Bingo Wrap-up post

Hi, everyone!

I’m sorry I haven’t been much active the last two weeks, but it was the period of exams and I’m still studying for some subjects. I hope I will be able to post all the reviews of the books I’ve read until now by mid-February.

You all know that I participated to the Mental Health Book Bingo and I haven’t read as much books as I hoped. Anyway, here’s the list of the books I read for the bingo. Read More »

Mental Health Book Bingo TBR List

Though I know I’m a little late, but here’s my TBR for the Mental Health Book Bingo created by What The Log Had To Say to increase people’s awareness of mental illnesses.

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I think it’s important when we read books that deal not only with mental health, but also with racism, LGBTQ+ and other things to keep our mind open to how different is this world and to shatter the stigmas surrounding mental illnesses.

Along with the books, I will indicate the prompts I will cross with them, hoping I will manage to read all of these and more if I have time because, as they say, the more the merrier! I already read and reviewed The Vegetarian by Han Kang, but I will include it anyway.

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The Vegetarian by Han Kang: Marginalised MC with MI; Elderly MC with MI

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Under Rose-Tainted Skies by Louise Gornall: MC with +2 MI’s; Agoraphobia rep (ownvoices)

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Everything All At Once by Katrina Leno: Anxiety rep (ownvoices)

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Far From You by Tess Sharpe: Addiction rep (ownvoices); YA novel with MI

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Wintergirls by Laurie Halse Anderson: Free Space

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Paperweight by Meg Haston: MC in therapy

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Girl Against The Universe by Paula Stokes: PTSD rep (ownvoices)

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The Art Of Starving by Sam J. Miller: LGBTQ+ MC with MI; ED rep (ownvoices)

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Words On Bathroom Walls by Julia Walton: Delusions/Hallucinations rep (ownvoices)

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Every Last Word by Tamara Ireland Stone: OCD rep (ownvoices); Depression rep (ownvoices)

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A Tragic Kind Of Wonderful by Eric Lindstrom: Bipolar disorder; Romance with MC with MI