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!


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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.

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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#IndieReadathon2016 TBR + Giveaway

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The 2016 Indie Readathon has officially started!!! I’m co-hosting this with two of my favorite bloggers, Sarah from Words with Sarah and Angie from Angie and Jessica’s Dreamy Reads – there’s still a little time left to join, so if you have a blog, a Goodreads, a whatever, and love indie books, sign up here! The read-a-thon will run until Sept. 12th.

The rules for the read-a-thon are simple: you read indie published books. It can be published by either an indie author or a hybrid author (an author who publishes both traditionally and independently), just make sure the books that are being read are independently published. You can read as many books as you want, whether it is one book, five, ten, or whatever number you want to do. It’s all up to you!

To keep track of your progress and everyone else’s make sure to use the hashtag #IndieReadathon2016 and to link up your sign up posts below in the linky to qualify for giveaways by Angie, Sarah, and me!! Prizes include gift cards, paperbacks, and ebooks, so be sure to be following us on all the social medias! If you have any questions about the read-a-thon, feel free to leave a comment or tweet at us!

Join the #IndieReadathon2016 here:

Angie: Blog | Twitter | Bookstagram | Facebook
Sarah: Blog | Twitter | Bookstagram | Facebook
Lacey: Blog | Twitter | Bookstagram | Facebook (me!)

Here are the indie books I’m planning (hoping) to read! I’m keeping it short and sweet so I don’t overestimate myself, LOL.

 
  

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$25 Gift Card (Intl)
Paperbacks of Air Awakens & Fire Falling by Elisa Kova (US)
Ebook of Royally Screwed by Emma Chase (Intl)

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#IndieReadathon2016 + Giveaway

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I am so, SO excited to be sharing the very first Indie Readathon, which I’m co-hosting with two of my favorite bloggers, Sarah from Words with Sarah and Angie from Angie and Jessica’s Dreamy Reads!!! If you have a blog, a Goodreads, a whatever, and love indie books, please come join us!

The read-a-thon begins on August 28th and ends on September 12th. The rules for the read-a-thon are simple: you read indie published books. It can be published by either an indie author or a hybrid author (an author who publishes both traditionally and independently), just make sure the books that are being read are independently published. You can read as many books as you want, whether it is one book, five, ten, or whatever number you want to do. It’s all up to you!

To keep track of your progress and everyone else’s make sure to use the hashtag #IndieReadathon2016 and to link up your sign up posts below in the linky to qualify for giveaways by Angie, Sarah, and me!! Prizes include gift cards, paperbacks, and ebooks, so be sure to be following us on all the social medias! If you have any questions about the read-a-thon, feel free to leave a comment or tweet at us!

Join the #IndieReadathon2016 here:

Angie: Blog | Twitter | Bookstagram | Facebook
Sarah: Blog | Twitter | Bookstagram | Facebook
Lacey: Blog | Twitter | Bookstagram | Facebook (me!)

A few of my favorite indies:
Kulti/The Wall of Winnipeg and Me by Mariana Zapata
Addicted/Calloway Sisters series by Krista & Becca Ritchie
The Off-Campus series by Elle Kennedy
Game On series by Kristen Callihan
Corrupt by Penelope Douglas
The Royals series by Erin Watt
The Summer Games series by R.S. Grey
Beast in Shining Armor by Cassandra Gannon
A Sign of Love series by Mia Sheridan
The Player by Kresley Cole
Elements of Chemistry series by Penny Reid

Once you’ve joined, enter the read-a-thon giveaway!

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$25 Gift Card (Intl)
Paperbacks of Air Awakens & Fire Falling by Elisa Kova (US)
Ebook of Royally Screwed by Emma Chase (Intl)

a Rafflecopter giveaway


Again, if you’d like to join, sign up at here! You can sign up anytime before August 30th.

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#ReadThemAllThon TBR

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Disclaimer: Pokemon belongs to Nintendo.

Y’all, I freaking screamed when Sarah from Words with Sarah messaged me about this read-a-thon, because it’s literally PERFECT for me!!! I’ve loved Pokemon from the start, I’m so addicted to Pokemon Go, and now that I can do Pokemon with BOOKS!? I am beyond excited to do this!!!

If you’re a blogger/bookstagrammer/booktuber/whatever and you’d like to join, sign up over at Read at Midnight! The read-a-thon runs from Sunday Aug. 14th to Sunday Sept. 4th.

So here is my TBR pile for the duration of the read-a-thon (basically books that I’ll read to win some freaking Pokemon badges!!!!)


I’m trying to tackle my ARC TBR as I do this read-a-thon, so I’m choosing to read Rookie Move by Sarina Bowen! This is the first in the Brooklyn Bruisers and I’m so excited for it!

Books rarely ever make me cry, so I’ll probably fail this one LOL but I’ll read A Beautiful Funeral by Jamie McGuire! I loved Beautiful Disaster, and one of the characters ends up dying soooo, maybe I’ll cry?

Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell is super hyped up, right? It’s been on my TBR for ages, so hopefully I’ll be able to tackle it in this read-a-thon!

Tackling my ARC TBR again and reading Wild Embrace by Nalini Singh! A POC author who writes diverse characters – one of the many reasons why I love her.

I LOVE Sarah MacLean and always consider her romances pretty epic, so I’m going to read A Scot in the Dark, the next book in her Scandal & Scoundrel series!

I am so, so, sooo excited for Nevernight by Jay Kristoff to release! I’ve never read his books before, but this one sounds amazing, and I’m excited to dive back into fantasy!

I feel like I’m the last person to read SJM’s ACOTAR, and Sarah has been pushing me to read it, so now I finally will!! It’s got an awesome red cover too 😉

I am so ready for Unknown by Wendy Higgins! There aren’t enough non-contemporary NA books out there, so I’m crazy excited about this post-apocalyptic NA book!


Again, if you’d like to join, sign up at Read at Midnight! You can sign up anytime before the end of the read-a-thon. And thanks so much to Aentee @ Read At Midnight for creating this amazing read-a-thon!

lacey


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Summer Lovin’ Day 6: Hound Dogs

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It’s good to be bad…boys that is! List those bad boys that make your heart go pitter patter in all the wrong right ways!

YAY! It’s one of my favorite topics ever… Bad Boys!! Mwahahaha. If a book’s got a bad boy in it, you bet your ass I’m going to check it out. Bad boys are the best! Nice guys are great too, but there’s just something about those bad boys in fiction that make you swoon so freaking hard.

So here are my all-time favorite bad boys ever! And fair warning, there will be some major swooning going on, especially with these pics I’m about to show you.

Warner from Unravel Me by Tahereh Mafi

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Warner isn’t just the bad boy. He’s the bad guy. As in, the enemy, the one who’s fighting on the wrong side. Or is he? He was clearly on the bad side in Shatter Me, but in Unravel Me, it’s not certain anymore if he’s fighting for good or for evil. All we know is that Warner is completely in love with Juliette, and oh my god, this boy is just the b e s t. He says the sweetest, most incredible things, but we’re still not sure if he can be a good guy. He kills with no remorse, but he’ll still help out a stray dog. It’s a bit of a mindfuck, but I still love this boy.

Noah Hutchins from Pushing the Limits by Katie McGarry

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So there’s 2 Bad Boy Noahs in my list, and the first is Noah Hutchins! Sigh, Noah is just the best. He’s got the bad boy thing totally down, with the tattoos, drugs, and attitude.  Plus, he’s got the whole haunted past going on. He’s a total flirt, and doesn’t seem at all like good boyfriend material-until Echo. And with Echo, we get to see the sweet side of this bad boy. He’s a good guy at heart, wanting to take care of his two younger brothers after their parents deaths. All of this makes him sexy as hell, wrapped up in one yummy package!

Travis Maddox from Beautiful Disaster by Jamie McGuire

Beautiful Disaster by Jamie McGuireTravis Maddox

Travis is probably my favorite bad boy ever. Beautiful Disaster is one of my favorite books, and it’s mostly because of this bad boy. To start off, he’s an underground fighter, so he’s aggressive and used to violence, and he’s never once lost a fight. He’s covered in tattoos and he rides a motorcycle. He was a total man-whore before he met Abby, and like Noah, changes once he falls in love. He gets easily jealous and possessive, but he’s also crazy protective and sweet. He’ll do anything and fight anyone to protect the person he loves. I love this bad boy so freaking much!

Jude Ryder from the Crash series by Nicole Wiliiams

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Lately, it’s been all about Jude for me, since I recently finished this entire series. I fell completely in love with this bad boy in his first book. He’s a total delinquent. He’s been arrested, been to jail, done drugs, sold drugs, been in fights, and yet why the hell do I love him? Because he’s passionate about the things he cares about and loves, like Lucy. AH, another bad boy who does a 180 for a girl he falls in love with. That’s probably the main appeal for loving them so much! Lucy is Jude’s number one priority, and the things he says and does are just… *swoon*

Noah Shaw from the Mara Dyer series by Michelle Hodkin

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He’s crude and he’s rude and he’s British… everyone, it’s Noah Shaw! Yay for this bad boy. He smokes and he doesn’t give a crap about anything or anyone. And the best part… he drives a Prius to justify littering all his cigarettes LOL. But oh my god, Noah is crazy hot. Imagine a beautiful British boy wearing a button down shirt with the sleeves rolled up… Showing those sexy forearms… And maybe wearing a tie? Not sure if there’s a tie in his school uniform, but anyways… YUM. And can I just say that these bad boys have got the swooniest lines ever. The things they say… it just melts your heart.

*fans self* Man, these bad boys are just too much. You just can’t help sighing, swooning, and fainting, right?

So who are your favorite bad boys?

lacey