Favourite Books By Asian Authors

In case you weren’t aware, May is Asian American Heritage Month so there are many Asian themed readalongs happening in May. I know it’s super late in May but I thought I would use this opportunity to mention some of my favourite books by Asian authors. I have quite a few to mention and I cut quite a few of them out as well because I have just read so many amazing books by Asian authors.


Last week, I published a blog post talking all about some of my favourite books by Muslim authors and I don’t want to go into more detail about them here since they were all mentioned there but they are obviously on this list of recommendations as well. So here’s just a quick reminder of what books were on that list but go and check that post out to see more of my thoughts on them.

  • All The Things We Never Said by Yasmin Rahman

  • Sofia Khan Is Not Obliged by Ayisha Malik

  • This Green and Pleasant Land by Ayisha Malik

  • The Love and Lies of Rukhsana Ali by Sabina Khan

  • It’s Not About The Burqa by Mariam Khan

  • A Thousand Splendid Syns by Khaled Hosseini

  • A Very Large Expanse of Sea by Tahereh Mafi

Here are the rest of my recommendations of some of my favourite books by Asian authors.

A Change Is Gonna Come by Various

Not all of the stories in this anthology are by Asian authors but I had to add it to this list as some of my favourites in it are by Asian authors. I especially adored the stories by Aisha Bushby, Yasmin Rahman, Ayisha Malik and Nikesh Shukla but go check out my review to see some more of my thoughts on each individual story.

Aru Shah And The End of Time by Roshani Chokshi

This is a really recent read as I just binge-read the first two books in this series in April but I absolutely adored this series. For any fans of Rick Riordan, here is your Hindu equivalent. It’s full of lots of humour and great adventures that are sure to have everyone laughing.

To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han

At this point, probably everyone and their mother has read this book or at least seen the movie. Whilst I think I might actually prefer the movie to the book (SHOCKER I KNOW), the book is still one of my favourites because it’s just so adorable and heartwarming.

Descendant of the Crane by Joan He

This is the most recent read on this list as I read it in May so this is a bit of sneak peak for my May wrap up but I adored this wonderful new Chinese inspired fantasy. I never expected to love it as much as I did because I didn’t even really plan on reading it until I got it in my Illumicrate box but I adored it so much. It’s very political and full of amazing badass Chinese characters.

Legend by Marie Lu

From my most recent read, to my oldest read. I read this book so many years ago that the edition I own doesn’t even exist anymore. I think I read it in 2011 when it released? This was before I even discovered the bookternet world and I just randomly picked up this book in a book shop. It’s the OG dystopian series to me and I’m excited for the fourth installment releasing this year, though a re-read might be necessary because I don’t remember this book at all.

Warcross by Marie Lu

I obviously had to recommend her other series, Warcross which I fell in love with last year. It’s so action packed and full of shocks, twists and turns that will constantly have you surprised. The characters are fantastic and the world is so cleverly thought out.

When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon

I obviously had to recommend one of my favourite YA romances because I adored this book. It’s so sweet and I’ve been meaning to re-read it for so long. I miss these characters and their romance.

There’s Something About Sweetie by Sandhya Menon

Whilst I wasn’t a huge fan of her second book, I had to recommend Sandhya Menon’s latest release because it is my favourite book by her, by far. It’s the cutest book she’s written with a fat main character who is an athlete which I adore. I want more books like this in YA please.

Girls of Paper and Fire by Natasha Ngan

I read this book at the end of last year and really enjoyed it. I didn’t love it as much as I thought I would but I think it’s because I was in a bit of reading slump so I wasn’t really enjoying everything. This is an F/F Asian inspired fantasy story that had such an intricately thought out plot and world and I can’t wait to see what happens in the sequel.

My So Called Bollywood Life by Nisha Sharma

I feel like everyone has heard me raving about this book non-stop. It’s one of my favourite books as it is one of the best books to cheer you up on a sad day. It’s full of Bollywood, laughter and romance; all of which are things I love and adore(and don’t forget Shah Rukh Khan!).

The Good Immigrant by Nikesh Shukla

Why not end this list with a non-fiction book? Like A Change Is Gonna Come, not all of the essays in this book are by Asian writers, however quite a few of them are and I definitely think this is essential reading for any person of colour living in the UK right now.

So those are all of my favourite books by Asian authors. As you can tell, I have a lot of favourites because I love to read books about different cultures. Any that you think I need to read? I’m always down for more recommendations!


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