Year of the Asian Reading Challenge TBR

I’ve come to accept that I’m more of a mood reader than anything, so my TBR is more of some book I might like to revisit or read during the next couple of months.

Children’s Books

The Name Jar by Yangsook Choi

I’ve been wanting to read this book for a while. This book deals with a girl coming to a new school after she comes to the United States from Korea. She feels like she has to change her name to fit in because her Korean name is too ‘different’ and hard for her class to pronounce.

So she has her class help her pick a new name but what will she decide to use for her name in the end?

Middle Grade

Peasprout Chen Future Legend of Skate and Sword by Henry Lien

This graphic novel sounds amazing. It’s about a new girl from a small town going to a famous school of ice skating and martial arts and trying to make a name for herself. I can’t wait.


Front Desk by Kelly Yang

This book was one of my favorite’s last year. If not my very favorite and the chance to give it a re-read is one I’m not passing up. It’s about Mia Tang and her family who come from China with big dreams and end up running a motel for a corrupt boss. When a chance for Mia to make her family’s dreams come up in the form of a writing contest, will she be able to make their American Dream happen?

Spirit Hunters by Ellen Oh

Book cover showing a haunted house.

This one looks like it’s going to be a creepy read and I love ghost/spooky/horror but not too horror stories.

YA Books 

Shadow of the Fox by Julie Kagawa

I’ve never read Julie Kagawa but have always wanted to, I plan to look into her Talon Saga if I’m a fan of this one.

The Place Between Breaths by An Na

As a schizophrenic blogger, this had to be on the list from the moment I heard about it. It’s about a girl dealing with the after-effects of her mother’s schizophrenia and the possibility of her own and honestly, I can’t wait to read it!

The Young Elites by Marie Lu


I enjoy Marie Lu’s writing style from what I’ve read. The thing is I haven’t set aside the time to read much of it. Other than picking up Legend and putting it down I really haven’t gotten enough exposure to her to make a judgment. I’d like to read as much of her work as I can starting with The Young Elites because I like the premise, then maybe working my way back to Legend.

We Hunt the Flame by Hafsah Faizal

I’ve been looking forward to this book for months. It’s a really interesting story that covers identity, finding your true self, magic, and is set in a world inspired by ancient Arabia. Plus one of the main characters sounds super cool.

Not Your Sidekick by CB Lee

Not Your Sidekick (Sidekick Squad, #1)

I found the book recommended for YARC, and it looks really good. It’s about a biracial Vietnamese-Chinese bisexual girl without powers in a world where everyone has superpowers. I’m also loving the bi representation. This one looks like it’s going to be really interesting and also has a cool looking sequel.

I’m looking forward to challenging myself to read more Asian Authors for the rest of the year.



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