Lacy Literacy

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Hello friends! This is Eri here and you might’ve noticed that I have been neglecting this blog a bit for immersing myself in kpop, but fear not! I will be attempting a reading challenge to help spur myself to get back on track as well as keep myself accountable, since there are quite a number of books I didn’t get to last year and I want to do better this year. This list is not inspired by my KonMari piles of books that sparked joy and were unread or anything…..*stares at piles of books in my apartment*

I’d been meaning to participate in the Year of Asian reading challenge this year ever since I saw the lovely CW from The Reading Pond announce it on her blog with her co-hosts Lily, Shalea, and Vicky, but have been putting off the post for so long it is now March and I’m only writing this as a way to procrastinate from writing papers…

I’ve technically earned the badge of Philippine tarsier, since I’ve read five books from Asian authors since the start of this year. (Do not worry, the tier starts at one book read, so it is definitely not too late to start, in fact I highly encourage you to <3)


also, look how cute these badges are!!!!

As for the actual tier I am aiming myself for by the end of 2019, you’ll see that if you add up all the books I’ve listed below (Read, In-Progress, and TBR) I’ve listed 38  books. This would put me in the the Giant Panda badge tier listed on the challenge page. Fitting, because I too have dark circles under my eyes and am quite solitary as well as loving eating and sleeping. It is a bit ambitious of a goal, but I’m feeling rather optimistic in this challenge haha 🙂


the cutest little panda bear :’)


Note: I’m linking the books to their Goodreads pages, and if I write a review, they’ll be linked to (most likely on GR) in the (x).

  1. A Study in Scarlet Women (Lady Sherlock #1) by Sherry Thomas (x) // Adult, Historical Romance
  2. A Conspiracy in Belgravia (Lady Sherlock #2) by Sherry Thomas // Adult, Historical Romance
  3. The Girl King (The Girl King #1) by Mimi Yu (x) // YA, Fantasy
  4. The Paper Menagerie and Other Stories by Ken Liu (x) // Adult, Anthology
  5. Native Speaker by Chang Rae Lee // Adult, Literary Fiction
  6. Not the Girls You’re Looking For by Aminah Mae Safi // YA, Contemporary
  7. Descendant of the Crane by Joan He // YA, Fantasy
  8. Ignite the Stars by Maura Milan // YA, Sci-Fi
  9. I Love You So Mochi by Sarah Kuhn // YA, Contemporary
  10. Rogue Heart (Rebel Seoul #2) by Axie Oh // YA, Sci-Fi

In-Progress Reads

  1. Sorcerer to the Crown (Sorcerer Royal #1) by Zen Cho // Adult, Fantasy
  2. The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo // Adult, Non-Fiction


For more clarity and to keep better track, I’m breaking down my TBR by category 🙂 I also want to challenge myself to read more widely, so I’m aiming to be as close to 1:1 ratio of YA and Adult reads by the end of the year. While I do tend to read across genre in YA I’m mostly used to reading Adult Romance in Adult, so I’ve added some SFF and non-fiction academic reading to my list to give a better variety and to practice reading with more intention and following through with my desire to read more genres.

Note: After looking over the list, I’m ashamed to admit that there is a noticeable bias towards East and South-East Asian authors, and while this is based a lot on the unread books I own as those are my highest priority, I am hoping that I can add some other books once I see my progress this year because I definitely trimmed down my list to a semi-feasible number.


  1. This Time Will Be Different by Misa Sugiura // Contemporary
  2. Wicked Fox (Gumiho #1) by Kat Cho // Fantasy
  3. From Twinkle, With Love by Sandhya Menon // Contemporary
  4. Ruse (Want #2) by Cindy Pon // Sci-Fi
  5. The Shadowglass (The Bone Witch #3) by Rin Chupeco // Fantasy
  6. Shadow of the Fox (Shadow of the Fox #1) by Julie Kagawa // Fantasy
  7. Not the Girls You’re Looking For by Aminah Mae Safi // Contemporary
  8. I Believe in a Thing Called Love by Maurene Goo // Contemporary
  9. Outrun the Moon by Stacey Lee // Historical Fiction
  10. The Star-Touched Queen by Roshani Chokshi // Fantasy
  11.  A Spark of White Fire (The Celestial Trilogy #1) by Sangu Mandanna // Sci-Fi
  12. For a Muse of Fire (For a Muse of Fire #1) by Heidi Heilig // Fantasy
  13. Emergency Contact by Mary H.K. Choi // Contemporary
  14. We Hunt the Flame by Hafsah Faizal // Fantasy


  1. The Dragon Republic (The Poppy War #2) by R.F. Kuang // Fantasy
  2. The Black Tides of Heaven (Tensorate #1) by J.Y. Yang // Fantasy
  3. The Hollow of Fear (Lady Sherlock #3) by Sherry Thomas // Historical Romance
  4. Hurts to Love You (Forbidden Hearts #3) by Alisha Rai // Contemporary Romance
  5. Heroine’s Journey (Heroine Complex #3) by Sarah Kuhn // Fantasy Romance
  6. Monstress, Vol. 2 by Marjorie M. Liu and Sana Takeda // Fantasy, Graphic Novel
  7. Beginner’s Guide: Love and Other Chemical Reactions by Six de los Reyes // Contemporary Romance
  8. The Three-Body Problem by Liu Cixin, translated by Ken Liu // Sci-Fi
  9. Mugenbana by Higashino Keigo // Mystery
  10. Techno-Orientalism: Imagining Asia in Speculative Fiction, History, and Media edited by Betsy Huang, Greta A. Niu, and David S. Roh // Non-Fiction
  11. Contesting Genres in Contemporary Asian American Fiction by Betsy Huang // Non-Fiction
  12. Immigrant Acts: On Asian American Cultural Politics by Lisa Lowe // Non-Fiction
  13. The Intimacies of Four Continents by Lisa Lowe // Non-Fiction
  14. The Kiss Quotient by Helen Hoang // Contemporary Romance

Admittedly, this is a rather ambitious list, and I don’t want to solely confine myself to reading Asian authors only, but I’m hopeful that I’ll get to at least 3/4 of these titles by the end of the year and I’m excited to continue on my journey of reading from these rich Asian voices, wish me luck ❤


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