The South-Asian Reading Challenge [SARC 2020] Read More South-Asian Books! || Official Sign-Ups & Information

Hey! Are you a reader who appreciates diversity? Are you always looking to include more diverse representation to your reading lists? Are you willing to add more South-Asian books to your lists in 2020? Well then, THE SOUTH-ASIAN READING CHALLENGE 2020 [SARC2020] is meant for you! Let’s appreciate the desi representation in literature and read more South-Asian stories.

Feel free to use the above challenge header and/or logo in your blog posts for SARC 2020 but don’t forget to link back to the official page when doing so, thank you!

What Counts and What Doesn’t Count?

The only goal to have in mind when taking up this challenge is to read more South-Asian books. That’s it. You can decide the milestones yourself, set numbers to encourage you, and scream with happiness when you reach them. All books are welcome! Whether it’s a backlist title or an Advanced Reading Copy; whether it’s a huge novel or a quick poetry collection; whether it’s your first read or a re-read, we simply want you to enjoy the South-Asian stories! However, you can only count the books you’ve started reading and finished reading in 2020. You can always contact us through our Twitter and Instagram profiles or in the comments section here if you wish to ask something.

What Regions are in South-Asia?

While there are many countries in Asia itself, South-Asia only has a handful and we would appreciate if the books read as part of this challenge are adhering to these regions in one way or the other. The author can be of these regions or the book can be set here, anything that includes these countries can be considered South-Asian.

India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Nepal, Afghanistan, Sri Lanka, Bhutan, and Maldives are the countries that make up South-Asia!

How To Take Up This Challenge?

Simply start reading more South Asian books and share about them around! Tag us on social media so we can boost your recommendations and help more and more titles reach readers all around the world.

Monthly Themes

We want this challenge to be fun and often times, we just don’t know what to pick up next. This list of monthly themes will help you draft your TBRs according to specific ideas, help you form a group so you can support and be supported by other readers on the basis of your TBRs that are fitting a particular theme, make you think less and read more.

A Hundred Book Recommendations

Reading can be subjective and you might end up not liking some of the books you pick up but we want you to shout your love for the ones you do end up giving your heart to. We wish to have at least 100 South-Asian book recommendations someday by those who have taken up this challenge, so you can help us by being a contributor! Here’s a form you can fill up every time you end up loving one of your reads and we might feature you in the newsletter.

Books of the Month

Every month, we will be deciding one backlist desi title and one 2020 South-Asian release as our ‘books of the month’. This is for those who want to start slow this year and pick up only a book or two every month as a part of this challenge and even for those who wish to discuss some books with other readers and treat this challenge as a book club in disguise.


You can expect bimonthly newsletters from us which includes summing up all the book recommendations that went up, the books of the month, some blog posts by the participants themselves, contributions by other bookish content creators centered around South Asian works, etc. Of course, signing up for the newsletter is completely your choice but it can definitely be a great option with all the fun incentives like exclusive giveaways, author chats, and more!

SARC Samaachar

Samaachar in Hindi means ‘News’ and that’s exactly what we wish to give you all biweekly through this feature. It includes two master posts every month: one would have all the publishing related news like book launches, cover reveals, release announcement of South-Asian books, while the other will flaunt some link-up posts, updates, interesting South-Asian literature related blog discussions, etc. These will be going up on this blog so make sure to give it a follow or subscribe to the newsletter mentioned above.


Though we can’t give an exact date or dates for you all to mark, we can definitely assure you a SARC Readathon will take place and it will be all sorts of interesting with a bingo, prizes, and chats.

Finally, A Huge Thanks To YARC!

We’re happy to bring the South-Asian books to the table when it comes to specific reading challenges but we believe in appreciating the initiatives taken by other amazing members of this Asian readers’ community. Year of the Asian Reading Challenge that was started by Shealea @ Shut Up, Shealea, CW @ The Quiet Pond, Vicky @ Vicky Who Reads and Lily @ Sprinkles of Dreams in 2019 has been a huge inspiration for us and a huge propeller to emphasise more Asian books in reading lists. So here’s a huge shout-out to them!

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