Asian/Pacific Heritage Month Book Recommendations

Hey, friends! As many of you probably know; the month of May is Asian/Pacific Heritage Month in the US! My grandma immigrated to the United States from the Philippines in the 60s. I am so very white passing and so very aware of all the privileges it has given me all throughout my life, but I am also so very proud of my family and my culture! I couldn’t let the month of May go by without making a list of some recommendations of my favorites and of books that I’m sure will end up also being my favorites! 🇵🇭❤


The Bone Witch (The Bone Witch #1) by Rin Chupeco 🇵🇭
The Poppy War by R.F. Kuang 🇨🇳
The Star-Touched Queen (The Star-Touched Queen #1) by Roshani Chokshi 🇮🇳🇵🇭
Monstress, Vol. 1: Awakening (Monstress #1) by Marjorie M. Liu 🇹🇼 & Sana Takeda 🇯🇵
The Wrath and the Dawn (The Wrath and the Dawn #1) by Renee Ahdieh 🇰🇷
Crazy Rich Asians (Crazy Rich Asians #1) by Kevin Kwan 🇨🇳
Three Dark Crowns (Three Dark Crowns #1) by Kendare Blake 🇰🇷
Angelfall (Penryn & the End of Days #1) by Susan Ee 🇰🇷


The Grace of Kings (The Dandelion Dynasty #1) by Ken Liu 🇨🇳
Forest of a Thousand Lanterns (Rise of the Empress #1) by Julie C. Dao 🇻🇳
An Ember in the Ashes (Ember Quartet #1) by Sabaa Tahir 🇵🇰
Ash by Malinda Lo 🇨🇳
Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng 🇨🇳
American Panda by Gloria Chao 🇹🇼
Last Call at the Nightshade Lounge by Paul Krueger 🇵🇭
The Astonishing Color of After by Emily X.R. Pan 🇹🇼


Dragon Pearl by Yoon Ha Lee (1/15/19) 🇰🇷
Empress of All Seasons by Emiko Jean (11/6/18) 🇯🇵
My So-Called Bollywood Life by Nisha Sharma (6/15/18) 🇮🇳
Girls of Paper and Fire by Natasha Ngan (11/6/18) 🇨🇳
The Descent of Monsters (Tensorate #3) by J.Y. Yang (7/31/18) 🇸🇬
Gumiho (Gumiho #1) by Kat Cho (2019) 🇰🇷
From Twinkle, with Love by Sandhya Menon 5/22/2018) 🇮🇳
A Thousand Beginnings & Endings edited by Ellen Oh 🇰🇷 & Elsie Chapman (6/26/18) 🇯🇵


Monica @ shemightbemonica
Vanessa Phan
Rita @ Bookish Rita
Cindy @ A Work in Progess
Eileen @ vital endeavor


Book Riot
Coloring Books
YA Asian Books You All Should be Reading
Study Breaks
32 YA Titles for Every Day of Asian Pacific American History Month & Beyond


Los Angeles Public Library
New York Public Library
Chicago Public Library
Alexandria Library
Santa Clara County Library

And obviously these are not nearly all the amazing Asian and Pacific authors, books, blogs, recommendations, and lists out there! These are just some that I love! You all should also check out the Asian Lit Bingo 2018 Reading Challenge! There are so many amazing recommendation posts that are linked to that master post! I can’t implore you enough to go check some of them out! I hope you all enjoyed this and maybe found a new book, or author, or ten to read! I’m wishing you all the love in the world and feel free to link me some of your favorite Asian and Pacific authors, books, articles, and bloggers! Happy reading, lovelies! 💗

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50 thoughts on “Asian/Pacific Heritage Month Book Recommendations

  1. This is a wonderful list! I’m glad I’ve read some of these but I definitely have a long ways to go! I really want to support more Asian authors. So thankful for this book community for exposing me to all these amazing authors ❤

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    1. Amy, you’re my favorite of all time, I swear! SUCH A BLESSING! And we all have a long way to go, love. But I’ve been reading so many amazing marginalized authors with you lately! And it’s… the confirmed best! Happy reading, love! 💗xx

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  2. This is such a great list! ❤ I really liked American Panda, so I hope you enjoy it as well if you ever get to it! I also adore The Wrath and the Dawn, it’s such a glorious duology ❤
    I need to read so many books off your list. I would also recommend Celeste Ng’s debut novel Everything I Never Told You, amazing book!

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    1. You are going to make me drop my entire TBR and pick up American Panda and Everything I Never Told you! Hahaha! And it’s… the best feeling! Thank you, love! You are too kind! And I hope you’re having the happiest of reading! 💗xx


    1. Awh, thank you, Kelly! Ahhh, you’re going to make me drop everything on my TBR and read American Panda… I swear! I hope you love all the titles on your TBR, beautiful, and happy reading! 💗xx

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    1. Awh, thank you, Raven love! And this is a perfect list! I can’t believe I haven’t read Shatter Me still! Shame! I hope you’re having an amazing weekend, and happy reading, babe! 💗xx

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  3. I’ve put ‘The Poppy War’ on my wishlist recently and got a sample – I heard too many good things and it sounds quite interesting & different 🙂 I also hear a lot about ‘The Grace of Kings’, so maybe that’s worth a look as well!

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    1. You will have to let me know what you think of Poppy War, love! It was such a good read, but such a dark read! So be careful, love! And if you ever want to buddy read Grave of Kings, you let me know! 💗xx

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    1. I didn’t know either until after I read and couldn’t resist looking up the author! And… the best surprise! Hehehe! Thank you so much for your kind words, Kathy! I am wishing you happy reading always, love! 💗xx

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  4. OMG I love this post with all my heart, thank you!! Ahhh there are so many good ones here – I spy so many I’m highly anticipating and so many all-time favs!! Definitely recommend Crazy Rich Asians (finish the series if you haven’t, it’s so good!!), American Panda and An Ember in the Ashes. The Astonishing Colour of After and Forest of a Thousand Lanterns are great too!

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  5. This is such a wonderful post, so many of these books need to be exposed further! Plus I’m so glad I’ve read a good 50% of these already and have all the rest on my upcoming TBR – also I’m so excited for A Thousand Beginnings and Endings too, it sounds like it’ll be brilliant!

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    1. Awh, Ellie, you are the confirmed sweetest! And I am a little half way through A Thousand Beginnings and… it’s perfection! You are going to love it, too, babe! Happy reading! 💕xx

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  6. Great post! 🙂 The only one I’ve gotten to read so far is Monstress (volumes 1 and 2), but I’ve got a couple of the others on my TBR list. Definitely looking forward to reading more of the listed stories from this post. Thank you for sharing. ❤

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    1. Thank you for commenting! Ahhhh! I’m so hyped for Volume 3…. SOON! Monstress is such a masterpiece! I hope you’re having an amazing weekend, and having the happiest of reading, love! 💕xx

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      1. Aw, thank you so much! ❤
        Omg I hadn't even realized just how soon volume 3 was coming out for Monstress! 😀 I'm so excited. I agree, it really is perfection! 🙂

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  7. Really awesome post! I really need to read bone witch, star touched queen, monstress and and wrath of the dawn- so I’m glad they’re all your favourites. And I really want to read American Panda- it looks like so much fun 🙂


    1. Awh, love, you always make me smile. Every day, I swear! And I hope you love ALL of these, and you have to come gush with me when you do read! I hope you’re having an amazing weekend, and having the happiest of reading, love! 💕xx

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