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Year of the Asian reading challenge #YARC2019

So I decided to participate in Year of the Asian reading challenge hosted by The Quiet Pond, Sprinkles of DreamsVicky Who Reads, and Shut up Shealea. If you are interested in joining go to this page.

I am Asian and I love reading Asian books and this will be my progress tracker for the challenge and I will update it throughout the year.

This is the Giant panda badge and that means i will have to read 31 to 40 books and I think I can do that and I am very excited about this challenge.

This is my Goodreads shelf for the challenge https://www.goodreads.com/review/list/71143198-kenzah-faruq?shelf=yarc-2019&view=covers

January

So the prompt for January was family “For January, let’s explore the idea of family — both the good and the bad. Read a book written by an Asian author that features strong family themes, whether it’s sibling or multi-generational.” and I read American Panda for that challenge and I really enjoyed it.

1. American Panda by Gloria Chao  ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️.75

I loved this book so much, it’s probably my favorite contemporary book ever and I related so hard with main character, this was such a treat. I cannot recommend this enough. RTC.

2. Empress of All Seasons by Emiko Jean ⭐️⭐️⭐️.5

GIVE ME A SEQUEL OR ELSE I AM RIOTING BECAUSE NO ONE SHOULD BE ALLOWED TO END A STAND-ALONE NOVEL LIKE THAT.

I loved this book and it hurts to give it 3 stars but I cannot ignore the disaster that is the ending. That ending really pissed me off. This book ended abruptly it felt like a cliffhanger i couldn’t be certain of what exactly happened and that really angered and if a certain character really died or not but what angered me the most was how the whole story was wrapped up in the epilogue in a 2 PAGES EPILOGUE like who the fuck does that I felt like the author was lazy to continue writing this story. But the rest of the book was awesome I loved the main female character and the setting I even overlooked the insta-love in this, but the ending ruined this book. Full length review to come.

3. Fierce Fairytales: Poems and Stories to Stir Your Soul by Nikita Gill ⭐️⭐️

I admit there are some good poems in it but most of them were so boring and most of the poems were similar and they were delivering the same message and I realized I hate modern poetry so there’s that.

4. The Gilded Wolves by Roshani Chokshi ⭐️⭐️

It hurts to give this book two stars but I really didn’t enjoy this. It was too much like Six of Crows but I didn’t mind that so much, it really lacked in making me laugh despite the whirlwind of jokes it contained, it bored me to death and I just couldn’t connect with the characters or the story and the plot and the pacing seemed rushed it wasn’t flushed out well and I was confused during the majority of this book which is never a good sign and it felt like the book tried too hard with the rich history and world building and plot and characters and story that it ended up lacking in enjoyment and it really didn’t flush out anything properly too hard because it focused on everything but I would love to check out other books by Roshani Chokshi.

5. The Girl King ⭐️.5

This was the second biggest disappointment in my reading life. This was one of my most anticipated release of the year and it did a good job on disappointing me. Rant review to come

That’s my January Wrap Up for this challenge and I will make sure to update this post on February.

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