Lunar New Year Readathon 2020 Announcement + TBR Recommendations!

Hello and welcome to the first annual Lunar New Year Readathon, hosted by me, Lacey from Booklovers For Life, and Lisa from Remarkably Lisa! This readathon will occur every Lunar New Year, also known as Chinese New Year, and centers around Asian romance books: romances written by Asian authors and/or romances with Asian main characters. We know not every Asian country celebrates LNY, but we wanted a readathon to celebrate Asian romance authors as a whole. It’s also the Year of the Rat, which is actually my Chinese Zodiac!

Lisa and I are two Asian book bloggers (I’m Chinese-American, Lisa is Chinese-Canadian) who connected through Bookstagram and also started our own Booktube channels in 2019! (Follow us here: LaceyBooklovers & RemarkablyLisa.) We are incredibly excited to host this readathon and hope you’ll join in. Use the hashtag #LNYReadathon20 if you do so we can follow along!

Lunar New Year Readathon 2020 Details:

Dates: January 24-26, 2020
What to read: any romance book written by an Asian author and/or has an Asian hero or heroine

That’s it! It’s a go-at-your-own-pace kind of readathon, no challenges or other criteria besides the one above. Read as many or as little as you want. You can choose to share your TBRs on Instagram, Youtube, your blog – we want you to join from anywhere!

Here’s an Instagram TBR template if you’d like to use it!

Click here for the full size.

If you need suggestions or recommendations for romances to read for the readathon, we’ve got you covered. I marked (*) on the books available on KU.

There’s also an incredibly helpful site called Romance Class with a list of Filipino authors who publish romance! Be sure to check it out!

Asian romance authors:

Helen Hoang: (Asian + autistic MCs) The Kiss Quotient (escort hero), The Bride Test (mail order bride)
Nalini Singh: Psy-Changeling series (PNR, Bonds of Justice/Shield of Winter have Asian MCs), Guild Hunter series (urban fantasy/romance, Archangel’s Shadows/Archangel’s Viper have Asian MCs), Hard Play series (contemporary, Rebel Hard has Asian MC)
Jen Frederick: Gridiron series* (NA sports/college), Hitman series (dark/mafia), Want You (forbidden, age gap)

Courtney Milan: Cyclone series (billionaire & poor college student swap lives, Asian MCs), Brothers Sinister series (historical)
Alisha Rai: Forbidden Hearts series (Hate to Want You (enemies to lovers, second chance romance)/Wrong to Need You (forbidden, falling for the ex-brother-in-law) have Asian MCs), The Right Swipe (hero ghosted heroine, he comes back in her life)/Girl Gone Viral (falling for the bodyguard), Pleasure series (erotica, Asian MCs)
Sylvia Day: Crossfire series (erotica, billionaire CEO hero), Butterfly in Frost* (novella, Asian MC)

Marian Tee: Bought by the Billionaire Rancher (mail order bride/nanny), Slade (secret billionaire + fake relationship), Beast of Mine* (PNR), Truly Madly Deeply (professor/student, forbidden)
S.L. Jennings: Fear of Falling* (NA), Dark Light series* (NA PNR), Se7en Sinners series* (NA dark PNR)
Ruby Lang: Uptown series (rom-com, Asian MCs)
Jackie Lau: (all have Asian MCs!) A Fake Girlfriend for Chinese New Year, Grumpy Fake Boyfriend, The Ultimate Pi Day Party (baker heroine helps hero plan party), Man vs. Durian (meet cute: spilling durian all over the hero)

Mia Hopkins: Eastside Brewery series (gangster + ex-con brothers)
Grace Callaway: Her Wanton Wager/Mayhem in Mayfair series (historical, seducing his enemy’s sister), The Lady Who Came in from the Cold (historical, married couple, heroine was a former spy)/The Viscount Always Knocks Twice (historical, enemies to lovers, best friend’s brother)/Heat of Enquiry series
Carla De Guzman: How She Likes It (office romance, single dad, Asian MC), Chasing Mindy (opposites attract, set in Paris, Asian MC)

Sonali Dev: Pride Prejudice & Other Flavors (Pride & Prejudice retelling, Asian MC)
Mina V. Esguerra: What Kind of Day (tour guide heroine, Asian MC), Kiss and Cry (skating & hockey sports romance, Asian MC)
Farah Heron: The Chai Factor (enemies to lovers, he’s renting her basement, Asian MC)
Nisha Sharma: The Takeover Effect (corporate espionage, Asian MC)
Amalie Howard: The Beast of Beswick (Beauty & the Beast x Taming of the Shrew historical)

Six de los Reyes: Project Saving Noah (oceanographer + math whiz, Asian MC)
Roselle Lim: Natalie Tan’s Book of Luck and Fortune (chef heroine, Asian MC)
Tif Marcelo: The Key to Happily Ever After (wedding planning sisters)
Sarah Smith: Faker (enemies to lovers office romance, Asian MC)
Rose Chen: Sin with Me (opposites attract, Asian MC)
Jeanette Grey: Seven Nights to Surrender (swept away in Paris), When It’s Right (friends to lovers novella), Confessions in the Dark (neighbors, tortured hero)

Jeannie Lin: Tang Dynasty series (Chinese historical romances): Butterfly Swords (princess + warrior), The Dragon and the Pearl (stolen away by the warlord hero), My Fair Concubine (My Fair Lady retelling); Gunpowder Alchemy (steampunk/fantasy, Asian MC)
Cathy Yardley: Prose Before Bros* (librarian + best friend’s biker brother, Asian MC), Level Up (friends to lovers between geeky introvert + extraverted roommate), One True Pairing (fake relationship between Hollywood actor + hometown girl)
Sherry Thomas: A Study in Scarlet Women (female Sherlock Holmes, Victorian mystery), The Luckiest Lady in London (marriage of convenience, historical), Beguiling the Beauty (enemies to lovers, historical)

Jade Lee/Kathy Lyons: Wedded in Sin* (historical, MCs work together to get back heroine’s inheritance), Rules for a Lady* (historical, heroine disguised as her dead half-sister and falls for her guardian), Locker Room Diaries series (baseball romance, Hitting It has Asian MC), The Bear Who Loved Me (bear shifter PNR)
Coleen Kwan: Best Friends with the Billionaire (friends to lovers), Unexpectedly Yours (best friend’s older sister, accidental pregnancy), Short Soup (friends to lovers, Asian MC)
Amara Royce: Always a Stranger (historical, Japanese performer + mysterious employer)

Suleikha Snyder: Tikka Chance on Me (bad boy biker, Asian MC)
Eve Montelibano: Hotter Than Sin (forbidden, age gap), Baby Daddy* (older heroine, younger hero)
Marjorie M. Liu: Tiger Eye (PNR), The Iron Hunt (urban fantasy, Asian MC)
Vicki Essex: Back to the Good Fortune Diner (small town romance, high school crush/boy she used to tutor, Asian MC), A Recipe for Reunion (former high school crush), Red Carpet Arrangement (Hollywood, accidental pregnancy)

Romances with Asian main characters:

Black Tie Billionaire by Naima Simone
Falling for His Best Friend (she wants a baby) & His Lover to Protect (he chases her around Europe) by Katee Robert
Josh & Hazel’s Guide to Not Dating by Christina Lauren (friends to lovers)
Bad for the Boss by Talia Hibbert (forbidden office romance)
It Takes Two (enemies to lovers, best friend’s brother) & Sleeping with Her Enemy (enemies to lovers office romance) by Jenny Holiday
Let Us Dream by Alyssa Cole (historical, 1917 NYC, cabaret owner + her chef)

Dignity by Jay Crownover (rom suspense, heroine hacks through hero’s security and steals from him)
Most Likely to Score by Lauren Blakely (forbidden sports romance)
Guarding Her Heart by Adore Ian (heroine on the run befriends and becomes new roommates with security guard hero)
Piece of Work* by Staci Hart (rom-com, heroine is the new museum curator intern)
Zero Hour (rom suspense, hackers) & Final Day (M/M rom suspense) by Megan Erickson

Heavy Equipment by Skye Warren (dark novella)
In a Badger Way by Shelly Laurenston (PNR, opposites attract, panda shifter hero)
Surviving Ice by K.A. Tucker (rom suspense, tattoo artist heroine, ex-Navy SEAL hero)
Down to Ash by Melissa Blue (best friend’s sister)
Redemption* by Kenya Wright (holiday, single mom)
Fit (plus-sized heroine, BDSM) & Sated (nerds, BDSM) by Rebekah Weatherspoon

Hideaway* by Penelope Douglas (dark, suspense)
The Iron Duke by Meljean Brook (fantasy, steampunk)
Driven to Distraction* by Olivia Dade (enemies to lovers, librarian + friend’s younger brother, forced proximity)
Hard Candy by Amy Jo Cousins (M/M, rowing jock + dancer)
Tempting Danger/World of the Lupi series by Eileen Wilks (urban fantasy)
Hard Asset by Pamela Clare (rom suspense, in Bangladesh, prosecutor heroine + leader of her security)

My Korean Crush series by Shannon Kent (falling in love in Korea)
The Play* by Karina Halle (opposites attract, rugby hero)
His Revenge Baby* by Theodora Taylor (secret identities, billionaire hero)
Double Six by Brenda Murphy (F/F, BDSM, Mistress MC)
Wicked Nights by Gena Showalter (PNR, warrior angel hero)
Lunchtime Chronicles: The Bento Box* by Olivia Gaines (coroner heroine, billionaire hero)

Best Friend Bride by Kat Cantrell (CEO hero, marriage of convenience, friends to lovers)
Man of Ice* by Fiona M. Marsden (Winter Olympics ice-skating partners)
Getting Cole for Xmas* by Seyna Rytes (holiday, mature MCs)
The Bubble Match* by Merav Tuson Vardy (tech CEO hero + mystery woman he meets online)
Crouching Tiger, Hidden Vampire by Kerrelyn Sparks (PNR, marine turned vampire + shifter princess)
Once Upon a Moonlit Night by Elizabeth Hoyt (historical, novella, heiress on the run)

Born to be Wilde by Eloisa James (historical, enemies to lovers, hero plays matchmaker)
The China Bride by Mary Jo Putney (historical, husband back from the dead)
The Secret She Keeps by HelenKay Dimon (rom suspense, small town island)

And here are some Asian romance authors debuting in 2020!
Jayci Lee: Temporary Wife Temptation & A Sweet Mess
Suzanne Park: Loathe at First Sight & The Perfect Escape
Sara Desai: The Marriage Game

If you have any recs you’d like us to add to these lists, please leave them down below! And if you’d like to share this list, please link back to this post.


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One thought on “Lunar New Year Readathon 2020 Announcement + TBR Recommendations!

  1. This list is awesome, thank you for this! Been getting more into romance lately and been needing more Asian-led romance books to read. I recently read “Most Likely to Score,” and I loved how Blakely chose a strong and empowered Asian woman as the lead.

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