Recommendations : Books Written by Asian Authors


Happy Asian Pacific Heritage Month!


Hello, everyone! I think I haven’t done a recommendations post in a while and since it’s the Asian Pacific Heritage Month, well… I guess it’s high time I talk about books I’ve loved and books that I want to read that have been written by Asian authors. Seriously, so many goood books!!

Let’s jump into this post!


Books I’ve Read 


  1. To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before trilogy by Jenny Han – I’m not sure whether I show my love for this series as often as I should, but Jenny Han is a queen of contemporary, in my opinion. Her books are so fluffy and they are books that I reach for when I’m down, when I’m happy, just whenever. Because they are that good. I highly recommend this trilogy and also the Summer trilogy.

I still have to read Burn for Burn, but I’m positive that’s a great series as well.

My review for the series is here (one of my first reviews ever, proceed with caution, also it has spoilers).



2. Emergency Contact by Mary H.K. Choi – this is one of my most recent reads and it was soooo amazing. It talks of relationship in the virtual world, the internet era, but also so many other things like : pregnancy scares, college struggles, family issues. I absolutely loved it!


3. American Panda by Gloria Chao – what do you mean American Panda didn’t get the award for the most adorable, cutest book in the world??? Besides that, this is highly focused on family, college and it’s super relatable. Totally recommended.

My full review is here (it’s totally spoiler-less and more professional *wink*)


4. Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng – this book really messed with my head in the worst kind of ways. There’re so many intricate things about the Lee family, so much mystery and I really liked it, but it was also super heart-breaking.


5. The Wrath and the Dawn & The Rose and The Dagger by Renee Ahdieh




I’m a huge fan of this duology and I just can’t wait to read her latest one because her writing is so beautiful and her characters are lovely. I couldn’t not root for them in The Wrath and the Dawn. I also have reviews for both of these (I’m so resourceful in this post, I hope you notice that) : here and here.


6. Love & Misadventure by Lang Leav


If you like poetry, you might enjoy this little book of poems. I really loved it and while I read some more books from Leav, this one remains my favourite.



Books I Want To Read

 1. Starfish by Akemi Dawn Brown


This one was almost the pick for The Cursed Book Club this month, I would have loved to read it because (1) the cover is gorgeous, (2) I’ve heard only great things about it, (3) the author seems so amazing (I know this isn’t a valid reason, but she’s so nice to everyone on Twitter, omg).

2. The Reader by Traci Chee


This one such a great premise and a cool title (I feel acknowledged), I really want to read it soon.

3. Want by Cindy Pon


I almost feel kind of bad at not having read this one yet considering how many people recommended it to me. Everyone says it’s super interesting and intriguing, so sign me up!!!

4. Anything by Marie Lu

I meaaaan. I owned Warcross for a year (probably) and I still haven’t touched that book mostly due to high expectations. I’ve heard so many amazing things about her series Legend and now I’m a bit intimidated because what if I don’t enjoy it???? I hate my reactions to hyped books.

5. The Way You Make Me Feel by Maurene Goo


I’ve heard that Maurene Goo’s books are adorable and fluffy and cute and that’s what I need all the time. So, I’m going to read this one soon enough.



What are some of your favourite books written by Asian authors?

Have you read any of those that are on my TBR pile? Which one would you recommend?



43 thoughts on “Recommendations : Books Written by Asian Authors

  1. Claire @bookscoffeeandrepeat says:

    Trouble is a Friend of Mine series is one of my favorites. 😂
    For Maureen Goo’s books, my favorite is “I Believe in a Thing Called Love.”

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    • Marta says:

      Ohhh, I think I’ve heard of this series, but never checked out its blurb. I’ll have to check it out now that you’ve mentioned it! Thank you for the recommendation! ❤ That's also on my list!!!


  2. The Nerd Sponge says:

    The Reader and Warcross were both enjoyable books. All of the fluffy contemporaries you’ve listed are already on my TBR. 🙂 I’m not sure if you like short stories, especially fantasy/science fiction ones, but if you I’d recommend Ken Liu’s The Paper Menagerie. I haven’t read all the stories in the collection yet, though so far my favourite stories have been The Bookmaking Habits of Selected Species (aliens + books = thinking about books from different perspectives) and the title story, The Paper Menagerie (beautifully heartbreaking). The Astonishing Colour of After is another book by an Asian author on my TBR, so far I’ve only heard good things about it.

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    • Marta says:

      Oh, I haven’t heard of this story collection, I’m checking it out right now on Goodreads, thank you very much for the recommendation! ❤ Yes, I totally forgot about The Astonishing Colour of After, also on my TBR, just like you, I've heard only great things about it!

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  3. Karina says:

    All of these are on my tbr. I also heard mostly good things about them. And GURL, I loved The Way You Make Me Feel. I loved it more than I Believe in a Thing Called Love. You should also give it a try! ❤

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    • Marta says:

      I’ll give them both a try, I can’t wait to read something by Maurene Goo! ❤ Her books seem so fluffy and adorable, I'll surely be very soon in a contemporary mood and would start one of them. Thank youu, Karina! ❤


  4. BookishKirra says:

    I feel so sad that I’ve only read one or two of these books but I loved Warcross, I Believe in a Thing Called Love, the All The Boys I’ve Loved Before series and a few others I’m sure but I’ve forgotten the names.

    I really want to read the Legend series and The Way You Make Me Feel!

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    • Marta says:

      I can’t wait to read Warcross and I Believe in a Thing Called Love (I’ve heard mixed things about it, but it sounds like my cup of tea). I hope you enjoy them when you get to read them! ❤
      Thank you very much! ❤

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  5. Karlita says:

    The Reader!!!!! And I’ve been looking for a copy here in our local bookstore and it’s always been not available.The third book, The Storyteller will come out next year and hopefully before that happen I have read the first two books already. 😀


  6. Lucie says:

    This was such a great list of recommendations, now I need to read ALL THE BOOKS. I want to read Emergency Contact the most, and also need to read Maurene Goo’s novels, they sound amazing! I adore Marie Lu’s novels so much, but it’s always so intimidating to start reading popular authors, so fingers crossed you’ll end up enjoying her works! 🙂

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    • Marta says:

      Emergency Contact was amazing, I actually have a review for it coming up very soon! ❤ YESS!! It's so intimidating to read the hyped books, but I want to give it a try, I surely will after my exams (because I don't want my reading experience to be influenced by my mood or anything).
      Thank you very much! ❤


    • Marta says:

      Oh, read it!!! It will make you so nostalgic and sad and yeah 😦
      I know some people don’t really like the third book, but I hope you’ll adore it! ❤
      Same here, I can't wait to read one of her books!


  7. Lily @ Sprinkles of Dreams says:

    This is a wonderful post, Marty! ❤

    I can't wait to read Emergency Contact, Starfish, and The Way You Make Me Feel & I'm so happy you decided to make an Asian Pacific Heritage Month appreciation post. (I still have to get around to posting my own).

    I love everything Marie Lu writes & The Astonishing Color of After is beautiful as well.

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    • Marta says:

      Thank you very much, Lily! ❤ I'm glad you liked it!
      Can't wait to read your post if you ever decided to do it, I'm sure you'd have some great recommendations!
      I really have to read something by Marie Lu, everyone has been recommending her to me.


  8. Annie Earnshaw says:

    Love this post!! I’ve been looking to read some more YA from diverse authors lately and will definitely be adding a few of these to my list. I read and reviewed To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before and it’s one of my favorite fluffy contemporary reads!!

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  9. JJ ☕️🐇 (@darkmaterialss) says:

    I hope you pick up Warcross soon, I thought it was a lot of fun! And I’m so glad to finally see an opinion on Everything I Never Told You! I got Little Fires Everywhere through Book of the Month last year and really enjoyed it, so I need to pick up Celeste’s first novel 🙂 Great post Marta, thank you for all the recs!

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    • Marta says:

      I will pick it up sometime after my exams, for sure! ❤
      Ohhh, I adored Everything I Never Told You, it's such a heartbreaking tale, it will also mess you up in the worst kind of way. I haven't read Little Fires Everywhere yet, I'm really curious about that one because everyone has been raving about it.
      Thank you very much! ❤ Glad you enjoyed it!


  10. Marie says:

    I also need to read Starfish, The Reader and Flame in the Mist……… tons of buddy reads coming?? haha. I love your recommendations here, I loved Lara Jean so, so much – unfortunately I wasn’t a fan of the Burn for Burn series. Strike that. I LIKED the Burn for Burn series, but the ending just NOPE. Did not sit well with me. Hope you’ll read it though, I’d love to know your thoughts on that one! 😀

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    • Marta says:

      Hahaha, hopefully in the summer, after my exams, when I’m finally free and not such an awful buddy-reader 😦
      I remember you mentioning it before and you’re making me very curious about that ending, I feel like I need to start it?? But I read a few pages – from someone who had it – and I didn’t really like the characters. I don’t remember exactly why, they just felt off to me.
      American Panda was everything!! ❤ so cuuuute.

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      • Marie says:

        To be honest, I read the books a whiiiiiile ago and have no idea how I’d feel if I re-read the series now. Don’t feel rushed or obligated to start the series if you’re not feeling it, though! ❤ ❤


  11. Raven @ Dreamy Addictions says:

    Great list! I loved wrath and The Dawn by Renee Ahdieh, and Want by Cindy Pon! I’m planning to pick up Emergency Contact very soon. I haven’t read To All The Boys I’ve loved before but I have it on my TBR. The Way you Make Me feel sounds so good. I hope I get to it soon!

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    • Marta says:

      Thank you very much, Raven! ❤
      I really liked Emergency Contact, I'm going to post a review for it very soon! I hope you enjoy it as much or even more than I did! Also, reaaaad To All The Boys I've Loved Before, it's so adorable and cute, but you'll be hungry all the time throught it.


  12. anna says:

    this is such a great list omg! bless ur heart!!
    aahhh i still haven’t read emergency contact even tho i was waiting for it to be published so nervously! :<<< im so SO glad to know u enjoyed it! can't wait to finally get my hands on that.


  13. savb says:

    I haven’t gotten to the chance to read any of these yet. But I did recently buy Everything I Never Told You and Starfish and they are both high priorities on my TBR.

    I’m so hyped to read The Reader because its sounds super interesting. Also because its one of those books that I know some people rate super low because of racism but that just makes me want to read it even more because screw racists.

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  14. Nerija S. says:

    I’ve been wanting to read The Wrath & the Dawn for ages, but I keep telling myself I should read the original Arabian Nights first, so I have a frame of reference, but I just haven’t gotten around to it yet. 😐


  15. Madalyn @ Novel Ink says:

    You mentioned some of my favorites here! I love the TATBILB series so, so much. And Celeste Ng is one of my all-time favorite authors. Ahhh, Starfish is wonderful and I can’t wait to hear your thoughts on it!


  16. Caro @ bookcheshirecat says:

    I’m very excited about this post!! I’m seeing some very great books on here 😍 I’ve been wanting to read American Panda ever since it came out, but I haven’t been able to get my hands on a copy yet 😮 I also LOVED The Wrath and the Dawn, the books are soo good and I really need to reread them, because it has been a while!

    Asd for the books still on your TBR, I can say that I really liked Starfish (painful to read, but full of art and) and The Reader (very unique with lots of book appreciation) 💗


  17. auroralibrialis says:

    Amazing list! I just read Emergency Conact and I love it so much! It deserves so much more love than it’s getting. I’m really excited to read The Way You Make Me Feel and Starfish, I’m really feeling contemporaries at the moment and they both sound perfect 😍


  18. Olivia-Savannah says:

    I haven’t read any of the ones on this list but I have recently read Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng so there is that author there! I actually own To All the Boys I’ve loved Before and Burn for Burn by Jenny Han so it’s a matter of time before I read them. I also have an ecopy of Starfish so there is that! I have American Panda on my wishlist. Oh, I just remembered I have read The Wrath and the Dawn and loved it. Need me the sequel in my life soon DD:


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