Books by Asian Authors – YARC2020 TBR

YARC2020 – or Year of the Asian Reading Challenge – is a simple challenge: read any book (new, back list, arc) by an Asian author in the year 2020. It is an excellent challenge started in 2019 by the hosts:

Lily – Sprinkle of Dreams
Shealea – Shut Up Shealea
Vicky – Vicky Who Reads
CW – The Quiet Pond

Learn more about YARC and sign up here!

And if you’re curious about which books I have actually read for YARC, check out my original YARC2020 post (which I will be updating each time I read a book by an Asian author).


My goal for YARC2020 is to read 50 books by Asian authors and achieve the Asian elephant badge! So without further ado, here are some of the books I am hoping to read (in no particular order):

  1. Mind Platter by Najwa Zebian
  2. Warcross by Marie Lu
  3. Wildcard by Marie Lu
  4. Wintersong by S. Jae-Jones
  5. Unlearn: 101 Simple Truths for a Better Life by Humble the Poet
  6. An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir
  7. A Torch Against the Night by Sabaa Tahir
  8. A Reaper at the Gates by Sabaa Tahir
  9. The Wrath and the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh
  10. Empire of Sand by Tasha Suri
  11. Tell Me How You Really Feel by Aminah Mae Safi
  12. Shadow of the Fox by Julie Kagawa
  13. Girl Gone Viral by Arvin Ahmadi
  14. The Astonishing Color of After by Emily X.R. Pan
  15. The Gilded Wolves by Roshani Chokshi
  16. The Bone Witch by Rin Chupeco
  17. Internment by Samira Ahmed
  18. Saints & Misfits by S.K. Ali
  19. When You Ask Me Where I’m Going by Jasmin Kaur
  20. Frankly in Love by David Yoon
  21. I Hope You Get This Message by Farah Rishi
  22. The Wolf of Oren-Yaro by K.S. Villoso
  23. Thorn by Intisar Khanani
  24. The Tiger at Midnight by Swati Teerdhala
  25. Spin the Dawn by Elizabeth Lim
  26. The Love and Lies of Rukhsana Ali by Sabina Khan
  27. The Candle and the Flame by Nafiza Azad
  28. Unravel Me by Tahereh Mafi

Those are just the books I already own. Here are a “few” more that I am hoping to get and read this year:

  1. The Empire of Gold by S.A. Chakraborty
  2. This Is How You Lose the Time War by Amal El-Mohtar
  3. The Heart Forger by Rin Chupeco
  4. The Shadowglass by Rin Chupeco
  5. The Poppy War by R.F. Kuang
  6. The Dragon Republic by R.F. Kuang
  7. If You Only Knew by Prerna Pickett
  8. The Henna Artist by Alka Joshi
  9. The Archer at Dawn by Swati Teerdhala
  10. Hunted by the Sky by Tanaz Bhathena
  11. 10 Things I Hate About Pinky by Sandhya Menon
  12. Of Curses and Kisses by Sandhya Menon
  13. Forest of Souls by Lori M. Lee
  14. Mad, Bad & Dangerous to Know by Samira Ahmed
  15. Zara Hossain Is Here by Sabina Khan
  16. The Kiss Quotient by Helen Hoang
  17. Star Daughter by Shveta Thakrar
  18. We Free the Stars by Hafsah Faizal
  19. The Silvered Serpents by Roshani Chokshi
  20. Shadow Frost by Coco Ma
  21. Permanent Record by Mary H.K. Choi
  22. The Never Tilting World by Rin Chupeco
  23. The Right Swipe by Alisha Rai
  24. Girls of Paper and Fire 3 by Natasha Ngan
  25. The Bride Test by Helen Hoang
  26. Court of Lions by Somaiya Daud
  27. The Henna Wars by Adiba Jaigirdar
  28. Isle of Blood and Stone by Makiia Lucier
  29. Patron Saints of Nothing by Randy Ribay
  30. The Beautiful by Renee Ahdieh
  31. The Marriage Clock by Zara Raheem
  32. Unmarriageable by Soniah Kamal
  33. Here and Now and Then by Mike Chen
  34. Jade City by Fonda Lee
  35. Blood Heir by Amelié Wen Zhao
  36. The Map of Salt and Stars by Zeyn Joukhadar

Okay, so that’s 65 books by Asian authors. I highly doubt I will read that many, but hey, why not set epic goals?! I will also be trying (for the most part) to first read the books I already own, but we’ll see how that goes…

What books are you planning to read for YARC2020?
Are there any on my list that you recommend I read first?
Let me know in the comments!

2 thoughts on “Books by Asian Authors – YARC2020 TBR

  1. That’s an amazing goal! I’m only aiming for the Indian Cobra because I know that I’m not the best at completing challenges 😂 But I’m really hoping to tackle more of the Asian authors on my shelves this year. I’ve got some of these on my list as well. Good luck with your goal and happy reading 🙂

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