I usually tend to stay away from reading challenges – honestly they stress me out a bit. However, for 2019 I decided I will be participating in the “Year of the Asian Reading Challenge” because I have noticed that I somehow pigeonholed myself into a very narrow band of crime fiction. There is only so many British Cozies, New York Noirs, and Scandinavian Thrillers I can read am I right?
The challenge is hosted by a lovely group of bloggers. They have put a lot of effort and creativity into this challenge and I am very excited to see their future updates.
- Lily | blog: Sprinkles of Dreams | twitter: @sprnklsofdreams
- Shealea | blog: Shut Up Shealea | twitter: @bookshelfbitch
- Vicky | blog: Vicky Who Reads | twitter: @vickycbooks
- CW | blog: The Quiet Pond| twitter: @artfromafriend
I am setting my goal at a modest 10 books for this challenge. I put together a shortlist of 15 books which have already been published (and translated) and have pretty good ratings (I am crossing my fingers that I can purchase them somewhere on the interwebs). I will also make sure to keep an eye out for Asian crime fiction coming out in 2019.
- Death of a Red Heroine by Qiu Xiaolong
- Published in 2000
- Goodreads Rating: 3.80 (3,758 Ratings)
- The Mandala of Sherlock Holmes by Janyang Norbu
- Published in 1999
- Goodreads Rating: 4.10 (1,859 Ratings)
- Inspector Imanishi Investigates by Seicho Matsumoto
- Published in 1961
- Goodreads Rating: 3.82 (1,092 Ratings)
- A Most Peculiar Malaysian Murder by Shamini Flint
- Published in 2009
- Goodreads Rating: 3.58 (2,128 Ratings)
- The Saturday Morning Murder by Batya Gur
- Published in 1989
- Goodreads Rating: 3.70 (531 Ratings)
- I Have the Right to Destroy Myself by Young-Ha Kim
- South Korean
- Published in 1995
- Goodreads Rating: 3.33 (1,903 Ratings)
Is there a novel that came out recently that you think I should add to this list? What reading challenges are you participating in during 2019?