Book Recommendations for AAPI Heritage Month!

May is Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month and today I’m sharing some amazing books by Asian authors to add to your TBR!

This list is comprised of 15 recommendations! Some of these I’ve already read, some I haven’t read yet but have recently bought/downloaded, and couple are upcoming releases that are on my personal ‘must buy’ list and should be on your radar too!

1. The Forest of Stolen Girls by June Hur

Highlights: YA historical mystery, Complex sister relationship, Missing father, Korean setting, Detectives

2. The Beautiful & The Damned by Renée Ahdieh

Highlights: Beautiful and atmospheric writing, YA paranormal romance, New Orleans setting

3. The Henna Wars by Adiba Jaigirdar

Highlights: Sapphic romance, Bangladeshi MC, Henna artists, Amazing sister relationship

4. The Girl From the Well by Rin Chupeco

Highlights: Creepy AF, The Grudge meets Dexter, Based on a Japanese ghost story, terrifying dolls, Possession

5. Where Dreams Descend by Janella Angeles

Highlights: Magicians, Circus, Slow burn romance, Loose magic system, Moulin Rouge vibes, Major cliffhanger (don’t worry – book 2 comes out this October!)

6. Girls of Paper and Fire & Girls of Storm and Shadow by Natasha Ngan

Highlights: Sapphic romance, Feminist, Discussions of abuse/sexual assault, Caste system, Rebellion

7. Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng

Highlights: Adult contemporary with slight mystery plot, Set in 1970s, Themes of identity, acceptance, and familial/social pressures

8. The Jasmine Throne by Tasha Suri

Release Date: June 8, 2021

Highlights: WLW, Different classes, Start of a new trilogy, Vengeful princess, Forbidden magic

9. Instructions for Dancing by Nicola Yoon

Release Date: June 1, 2021

Highlights: YA contemporary with a speculative twist, Dance classes, Disillusioned heroine,

10. The Chosen and the Beautiful by Nghi Vo

Release Date: June 1, 2021

Highlights: Great Gatsby Retelling, Queer, adopted, Asian-American heroine

11. Briar Girls by Rebecca Kim Wells

Release Date: November 2, 2021

Highlights: Mysterious forest, Cursed heroine, Sapphic romance

12. Six Crimson Cranes by Elizabeth Lim

Release Date: July 6, 2021

Highlights: Princess with forbidden magic and exiled, Shapeshifting dragon, Six enchanted cranes, An unspeakable curse

13. Black Water Sister by Zen Cho

Release Date: May 11, 2021

Highlights: YA contemporary fantasy, Reluctant medium, Malaysian setting, Vengeful spirits and gods

14. The One’s We’re Meant to Find by Joan He

Highlights: Apocalyptic setting, YA science fiction, Missing sister, Secrets

15. Luck of the Titanic by Stacey Lee

Highlights: Historical Fiction set on the Titanic, Circus, Acrobats, Twins

Let me know in the comments if you’ve read any of these or if any of them are on your TBR! And definitely share some other recommendations!

10 thoughts on “Book Recommendations for AAPI Heritage Month!

  1. Thank you for this wonderful list of recommendations! Girls of Paper and Fire is one of my favorite fantasy books ever, so I’m glad to see it on this list. Six Crimson Cranes, The Ones We’re Meant to Find, and Where Dreams Descend are all on my TBR, and I’m planning on reading Luck of the Titanic this month! Can’t wait!

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  2. i haven’t read any on this list, but now i definitely will~luck of the titanic and instructions for dancing seem really intriguing and interesting. great list, i loved reading it~

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