I can’t believe the first half of the year is almost over, it seems like it was only February yesterday and now May has already begun! As April came to a close, May opens up new opportunities and hope to each and everyone of us and in light with this, as a side note, I would just like to mention to all my Filipino readers to please practice your right to vote and vote wisely on May 9! ♡
Aside from the national elections coming up in the Philippines this month, May is also a time to celebrate Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month. In the book community, we heavily read books written by AAPI authors during this time but regardless of the time or month, I wish that more people would support AAPI voices.
With that, I would like to share with you guys the Asian books currently on my TBR:
Smaller and Smaller Circles by F.H. Batacan
Smaller and Smaller Circles has been sitting on my Goodreads shelf for quite some time now and I hope to finally get to it this year as I’ve heard a lot of good things about this book. It has also been adapted into a film which I would also like to watch after reading the book.
Breasts and Eggs by Mieko Kawakami
I recently hauled Breasts and Eggs as one of my gifts to myself for my 28th birthday because one of my personal reading resolutions is to read more Japanese literature and more diverse novels. The premise itself is interesting enough for me to pick up this book.
Before the Coffee Gets Cold by Toshikazu Kawaguchi
I’m currently reading Before the Coffee Gets Cold and is my first AAPI read for this year (I’ve only read 2 books this year so far hehe). I am absolutely in love with this! It’s very interesting and unique and it just keeps you turning the pages for more.
Portrait of a Thief by Grace D. Li
I recently added Portrait of a Thief on my Goodreads shelf because the premise sounds interesting and it seems like it’s something I would love. I haven’t got a copy of this yet, but I’m hoping to read it some time soon.
The Twelve by Cindy Lin
The Twelve is a middle-grade book that I’ve had my eyes on since it was released, it was also gifted to me by my cousins last Christmas and I’m so glad because the synopsis of this book just screams adventure!
Kim Jiyoung, Born 1982 by Cho Nam-Joo
Apart from my goal of reading more Japanese literature, I would also love to read more from Korean authors and one of the top titles on my list is Kim Jiyoung, Born 1982 because based on the synopsis, it gives its readers a glimpse of how oppressed Korean women are and I love reading stuff about oppression and how the people involved survived and fought against it.
The Dragon Republic (The Poppy War, #1) by R.F. Kuang
I’ve read the first book in this series in 2020 and absolutely loved it. I haven’t continued on with The Dragon Republic which is the second installment in the series until I score a copy of The Burning God. Basically, my plan is to complete the whole trilogy and reread The Poppy War before reading the second and third book. Thank goodness I finally found the cover that I want and have purchased it just this morning before writing this post.
The Sword of Kaigen by M.L. Wang
Another epic fantasy that I want to read that is written by an Asian author is The Sword of Kaigen. I’ve read reviews and watched booktubers talk about how great the world building is for a standalone epic fantasy book and I just couldn’t say no!
Six Crimson Cranes (Six Crimson Cranes, #1) by Elizabeth Lim
Six Crimson Cranes is a young adult fantasy series that I wanted to start ever since it was released. I mean, the synopsis is interesting enough as its full of magic and enchantment, but the cover is another thing. It’s so beautiful.
She Who Became the Sun (The Radiant Emperor, #1) by Shelley Parker-Chan
Another Chinese history-based series that I want to start is She Who Became the Sun. I’ve added it in my Goodreads shelf ever since it was released and have been waiting for my local bookstore to restock on copies (also saving up as it’s quite expensive).
Did you find anything that you want to read from my list? Or have you read any of them? Let me know, I’d love to chat about them!