Book Recommendations // Asian Pacific American Heritage Month

I can’t believe May has passed us by so quickly, and yet, here we are! Today is the second to last day of May (June is at our doorstep already??), which is the perfect time to wrap up Asian Pacific American Heritage Month.

Following my book recommendations from last Wednesday, in which I focused on mental health and mental illnesses, this week, in honor of May being Asian Pacific American Heritage Month, I want to shine the spotlight on Asian authors, and books with Asian representation.

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Like many friends of mine in the book community who are of Asian descent, I never cease to get excited, whenever I hear of a book that has an Asian main character—or an Asian character, at all. (I’m not even including the requisite of it actually being a well-written Asian character, which is a topic for a different day & blog post.)

And while it’s an amazing feeling to be able to bond over and scream about seeing ourselves represented in books in regard to our racial identity—since it so rarely happens, that when it does, it’s a pretty valid reason for lots of screaming and excitement—it’s also, well, sad.

Sad, that it’s something to get so immensely excited about, because reading about Asian characters in books, and seeing Asian characters in movies, TV shows, and in the media in general, shouldn’t be a novelty.

So, even though I’m not Asian-American, but Asian-European, here’s my tribute to APAHM.

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Books I Love

The Legend Series by Marie Lu
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Before I read these books, I thought I’d had enough of the dystopian genre—but the Legend series is too amazing to be reduced to merely being a dystopian book series.

I honestly love each book in this series with my entire being, and just talking about them makes my heart burst with so many emotions. I ended up crying more than once, while I was reading Prodigy and Champion—which is a very, very big deal, because crying over books is not something that happens to me very often.

Marie Lu has also written a short story that is set after book #3, but I’ve yet to find out how and where I can actually buy it … if anyone knows anything, please let me know, I’d be so grateful!! 💓

The Young Elites Series by Marie Lu
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I’ve already mentioned The Young Elites series in my all-time favorites blog post, so I’ll keep myself short now; I never thought I could ever, ever love another book series as much as I do the Legend series, but … I do.

Angelfall (Angelfall #1) by Susan Ee
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This is the book that took my disinterest in angels, and turned it into a burning passion. For some reason, or no reason at all, I never saw the appeal of reading about winged creatures—until I read Angelfall. But then again, the angels in this book aren’t particularly angelic.

Even though the trilogy’s conclusion was ultimately a letdown for me, the first installment is amazing enough for me to recommend it, despite a disappointing third book.

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Books I Can't Wait to Read

Young Adult Contemporary
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Young Adult Fantasy
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Classics & Adult Fiction
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Have you read any of these books, or are any of them on your TBR?
Do you pay attention to Asian representation in books?
What are some books with Asian characters/written by Asian authors that you love?

Goodbye Kiss(& If you’re Asian as well, say Hi in the comments down below!! 💗)

xx, Lily

 

98 thoughts on “Book Recommendations // Asian Pacific American Heritage Month

  1. Yay for Asian heritage! I’m half Asian, so I really loved To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before and The Astonishing Color of After since they’re the only books I’ve read with half Asian protagonists!!

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    1. Ahhh I’m so happy you found a great biracial Asian rep in both of these books, Kay!! ❤

      And I'm super excited to hear that you're Asian as well?? (As is the case with books, I still automatically picture people as white, until I hear anything to the contrary, which is so sad, and I'm actively trying not to do that anymore!) Do you speak an Asian language?

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      1. I know what you mean! I lowkey thought you were white too 0.O. I understand Chinese pretty well but I can’t speak it well and I definitely can’t write it…I want to learn one day though!!! Do you speak an Asian language?

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        1. I speak very basic Mandarin, and can read only a little, but I do understand everything in day-to-day conversation. I really want to improve my Mandarin as well! I’ve heard that watching Asian Dramas with subtitles helps, but I’ve never committed to it. 🙈

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  2. Lovely post! 💕 I’ve had Legend sitting unread on my shelf for so long, I honestly didn’t think I’d ever want to pick it up cause YA dystopians were never my favorite thing. But you’ve actually made me want to read it! I really want to read The Way You Make Me Feel and Starfish this summer, they both sound like perfect, summery contemporaries 😍 I love Forest of a Thousand Lanterns, it’s so deliciously evil. I hope you enjoy it!

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    1. Thank you so much, Aurora! 💗

      Your comment brightened my day & I really, really hope you love the Legend series! If you need someone to rant to about it, I’m here. (😼!) The first book requires a decent amount of suspension of disbelief, but book #2 & #3 are so amazing.

      And I’m thrilled to hear you loved Forest of a Thousand Lanterns, I can’t wait to bask in its evilness!!

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  3. this is such a good list!! personally i only read forest of a thousand lanterns from it BUT u have a bunch of book i’m very very excited abt here!!! i think most of all girls of paper and fire. and ofc little fires everywhere – i feel like i’ve been seeing it EVERYWHERE and i cannot wait to finally get my hands on that one!

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    1. Thank you, Anna! 🌸

      Ohh did you like it Forest of a Thousand Lanterns? Girls of Paper and Fire is perhaps my most anticipated one as well, because Asian girls in Fantasies are so rare!! (It’s sapphic girls, by the way!) And I’m very curious about Little Fires Everywhere, because I haven’t read very many Adult Contemporaries.

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