Hi, everyone! 🌟❄️
I hope you’re all having a wonderful Sunday! 😊
As you know, above all, regardless of genre or book size, ownvoices books, diverse books with POC (especially Asian), LGBTQIAP+, and mental illness representation, and books written by POC authors in general, are very, very important to me, and I will always do my best to help promote, and shine a light on them.
This book recommendation post in particular reflects all that; it features books with one or more of the aspects I mentioned above, most of which will be released in the next few months—and I hope with my entire heart and soul that they will get all the attention and love in the book community.
If you read very closely between the lines, maybe squint a little bit, and/or follow me on Instagram (@sprinklesofdreamsx) and Twitter (@sprnklsofdreams), you’ll probably also be able to figure out quite easily which books are the ones I was approved to receive physical ARCs for. (I’m still crossing my fingers, that they’ll find their way to me safely. ✨🤞🏻💫)
Descendant of the Crane
by Joan He
Someone please tell me whom I need to sell my soul to in order to get my hands on a physical ARC of this book??
I mean, I was merely curled up in bed, innocently checking my social media accounts, and minding my own business, when I stumbled upon this stunning, magical cover that I haven’t been able to stop marveling at since. Have you ever seen a book with a cover that so effortlessly transcends all human concepts of beauty, and, moreover, has a synopsis to match its outer beauty’s magnificence with equal brilliance?
My smol Asian heart just want everyone to love this book as much as I
The Fever King
by Victoria Lee
If you’re a compassionate human being, who believes that the exploration of issues such as mental illnesses, immigration, and refugee rights—just to name a few—is important in today’s (political) landscape, this book should have found its way on to your Goodreads shelf by the end of my post.
Or, a few seconds after you’ve finished reading it, at the latest.
Fans of everything magical, and a romance between two boys that I’ve so far deduced (as in: wish and hope and expect) to be a clever spin on the enemies-to-lovers trope, which I personally adore: you don’t want to miss out on this book.
The Fever King is also a deeply personal book, in which Victoria Lee explores themes of abuse, trauma, and trauma recovery … and yes, I teared up, when I read her letter, titled Why I Wrote THE FEVER KING.
I wanted to write a book that might speak to those who are still surviving, for whom the abuse is ongoing. Whose abusers are respectable people, the kinds of people who would be believed—unlike yourself: a troublemaker, promiscuous, an addict, mentally ill. I hope that this book will reach readers who will feel seen and understood by it.
You Asked for Perfect
by Laura Silverman
I’ll admit that 80-90% of the reason I was initially drawn to You Asked for Perfect was its beautiful, beautiful cover. Whoever was in charge of it did a fantastic job, because I know that I’m not the only one who’s in love with it.
The day I hold this book in my hands will be a glorious one, no doubt (
no doubt, no doubt).
But the synopsis actually hits me right where it hurts, in the best way possible, because I relate to the main character so deeply. Being a perfectionist, and always putting so much pressure on myself to do everything perfectly, and excel at academics is just … 99.9% of my life.
The Love & Lies of Rukhsana Ali
by Sabina Khan
“Seventeen-year-old Rukhsana Ali tries her hardest to live up to her conservative Muslim parents’ expectations, but lately she’s finding that harder and harder to do. She rolls her eyes instead of screaming when they blatantly favor her brother and she dresses conservatively at home, saving her crop tops and makeup for parties her parents don’t know about.”
These are the first two sentences of The Love & Lies of Rukhsana Ali‘s synopsis, and also the ones that made me sure of my having to add it to my TBR immediately. I’m so incredibly anxious to read it, hopefully soon. This book also has LGBTQIAP+ Asian (Muslim) rep, which I know many of you will be really excited to hear!
The Girl King
by Mimi Yu
It’s a testament to how much Asian representation in books, and books written by Asian authors mean to me, and how amazing the synopsis sounds, that The Girl King is still one of my most anticipated 2019 releases, despite this cover being so determinedly not for me.
But really, this book sounds absolutely amazing.
I was incredibly lucky to win a giveaway hosted by the wonderful, kind soul Romie (thank you so, so much!), and I can’t wait for these two books to arrive. 💓
Love, Hate & Other Filters is an ownvoices novel that tells the story of a Muslim-American teen girl, and is said to be fun, cute, and heart-warming, while also tackling more serious issues. Meanwhile, The Abyss Surrounds Us is the first book in a book series that features a Chinese girl who’s pretty badass, and includes lesbian pirates, sea monsters, and a stan-worthy romance (I’m told).
Are any of these books on your TBR?
Which of these books are you most excited about? Which one has your favorite cover?
What are your anticipated book releases? 💗