Year of the Asian Reading Challenge
Why am I attempting to do this reading challenge?
I am terrible at completing reading challenges because I am a complete mood reader and therefore struggle to read books as soon as I have told myself that I should read them! However, I am going to make a special effort to join this reading challenge, because I think it is so important.
The publishing industry still does not reflect the diversity of our world, with many groups, cultures and languages remaining unrepresented in mainstream books.
I once heard it described as having ‘window‘ books, through which you see other’s perspectives on the world and ‘mirror‘ books where you see some aspect of yourself reflected.
I think that there is a growing recognition that it is important to have both types of books and of the internalised stereotypes and unconscious damage that can be caused by growing up without seeing yourself reflected or having your worldview challenged.
In the next week, I will be taking part in Multicultural Children’s Book Day, an initiative I discovered last year which aims to raise the profile of multicultural books. Attempting to read lots of books by Asian authors is one way I can continue to showcase diverse books on my blog and, hopefully, get them into the hands of more readers!
Year Of The Asian is a year-long reading challenge dedicated to reading novels written by Asian authors, and hosted by CW @ The Quiet Pond, Lily @ Sprinkles Of Dreams, Shealea @ Shut Up, Shealea and Vicky @ Vicky Who Reads. You can visit the sign-up posts on their respective blogs for all the details, and follow @YearOfTheAsian on Twitter as well as #YARC2019 for announcements and updates throughout the year.
You can choose to join at various levels of challenge – I really wanted to go for the Bengal Tiger which is 50 books by Asian Authors, but I’m not sure if I can manage it so I’m going to attempt the Panda level challenge!
Last year I managed to read over 500 books (lots of picture books!) so I am hoping that aiming to read at least 1 in 12/1 in 10 books by Asian authors is going to be achievable. I love pandas, but in my heart I will still be aiming for that Bengal Tiger badge…
There are so many backlist titles that I have yet to read, as well as lots of amazing books coming out this year so I feel like I should be able to find lots of books to meet the challenge criteria!
Are you planning to join any reading challenges in 2019?
Do you read many books by Asian authors? Could you recommend any to me?