Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl, where book bloggers are invited to share their top ten lists centered on a certain theme.
May is Asian Pacific American Heritage Month! If you know me at all, you know I love promoting diverse books, so this week I’m sharing books about Asian & Pacific Islander characters! This list includes both favorites of mine and upcoming releases that I’m excited for.
1. The Henna Wars by Adiba Jaigirdar: I recently read and adored this f/f romance with #OwnVoices Bangladeshi rep! It’s a YA romance about two teen girls of color running rival henna businesses and is already one of my 2020 favorites.
2. The Perfect Escape by Suzanne Park: I can’t wait to read this YA rom-com with Korean rep that involves a zombie-themed escape room!
3. The Weight of Our Sky by Hanna Alkaf: This historical novel about the Malaysian race riots totally deserves more attention! In addition of Malaysian rep, it also has Muslim rep and OCD rep.
5. 10 Things I Hate About Pinky by Sandhya Menon: Sandhya is hands-down one of my favorite YA authors, and I’m so excited Pinky is getting a book! I can’t wait to read this one when it comes out later this year.
6. This Time Will Be Different by Misa Sugiura: Misa is wonderful, and I really loved this YA contemporary about a teen girl trying to save her family’s flower shop, while her family still lives with the effects of the Japanese American Internment.
7. Rent a Boyfriend by Gloria Chao: I’ve loved both of Gloria’s previous books and this fake-dating romance starring Taiwanese-Americans sounds super cute!
8. Summer Bird Blue by Akemi Dawn Bowman: Akemi’s one of my favorite authors! Like all of her books, the main character in this one is a biracial Asian-American teen; it also takes place in Hawai’i so there are many other Asian & Hawaiian characters!
9. Patron Saints of Nothing by Randy Ribay: I absolutely loved this YA novel about a Filipino-American teen traveling to the Philippines to find out the truth about his cousin’s death. I’m part Filipino-American and I really connected with the main character!
10. I’ll Be the One by Lyla Lee: I’m beyond excited for this YA novel about a fat girl dreaming of being a K-Pop star! We definitely need more fat positive YA novels, and I know that the teens at my library are gonna adore this one.
What’s your favorite book by an Asian or Pacific author?