All the Asian Books: My Favourites, Upcoming Asian Releases + more!

Hi, my name is Taasia, and welcome to my blog, Librae Paints Pages, where we constantly boost Asian literature and authors!!

This post has literally been planned for at least 3 months, but you haven’t seen it until now because I’ve been procrastinating SO HARD on it because it felt so intimidating?

Anyway! Since it was the New Year, I thought I would add to your colossal TBRs by shoving lots of Asian novels at you because I love them so much!

I mean you could write and publish this in May but whatever you’re doing it now.

In today’s post (it’s going to be a long one, you all) I’m going to be sharing my favourite Asian novels, some upcoming Asian releases (in 2019 and 2020, where Asian rep RULES) and some really great resources and posts you should all check out. This format was inspired by the lovely Melanie @ Mel to the Any, who is such a ray of sunshine that I adore and also a reviewing queen.

Note: only books with Asian authors/books with own-voices rep will be included, because I’d rather not boost Asian novels written by people who aren’t Asian *cough* white authors *cough*

Anyway, let’s get into it!

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  • Crazy Rich Asians (Crazy Rich Asians, #1) by Kevin Kwan – I know a lot of people have read this, especially because of the movie adaptation that came out last year, but if you haven’t, you totally should. I found the Asian representation very authentic and had a grand time listening to these. Also, Singapore!
  • American Panda by Gloria Chao – I’ve written a whole review of it that doesn’t even begin to express how much this meant to me, but this was one of very few books that I related so hard to and honestly made me feel so seen. It was also incredibly cute, my (tied) number two book of 2018. For you guys who are looking for more college YA, here ya go.
  • An Ember In The Ashes (Series) by Sabaa Tahir – This is an oldie, but a goodie, I suppose, since I binged the first two books in 2016 and adored them with all my heart, and really enjoyed the third one? It’s a Roman-based political inspired fantasy, and man is it brutal. The majority of the main characters are PoCs (South Asian, I believe, I’m kicking myself for not remembering). If you pick this up, buckle up. It’s gonna be a hell of a ride.
  • Warcross (Warcross, #1) by Marie Lu – I’m only recommending the first one, because the second one was sort of a trainwreck and a huge disappointment. This one has virtual reality, lots of diverse characters, and did I say Japan because yes

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Novels with Asian Rep/by Asian Authors on my TBR


Since this post is getting way too long, I’m just going to have two links for each book that I HAVE talked about: one for the Goodreads link (the title), and one for when I talked about each one (the author’s name).

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The Gilded Wolves (The Gilded Wolves, #1) by Roshani Chokshi

Releases: 15th January

So this isn’t on my priority TBR/anticipated releases, but I am interested because it sounds super good? It’s Six of Crows in an 1889 Paris setting. According to Chaima’s review, it’s “diverse, feminist and wonderfully queer.” I’m down, and so many people will be happy to see this.

The Weight of Our Sky by Hanna Alkaf

Releases: 5th February

I’ve already talked about this enough here, and here, so I’ll just say: Malaysian YA about the Kuala Lumpur riots in 1969, featuring a glorious cover. Pick. It. Up when it comes out!!!

The Red Scrolls of Magic (The Eldest Curses, #1) by Cassandra Clare and Wesley Chu

While I personally think this is unnecessary, I will be reading this because the extract was interesting and it seems like a fun time. It’s following our favorite Asian bi warlock, Magnus Bane, and Wesley Chu is Taiwanese-American, which is great. I also know that a lot of people are hyped for this one, so.

There’s Something About Sweetie by Sandhya Menon

I’ve also talked about this in my most anticipated releases of January-June, so I’ll link you there instead because this post is going to be so long oh my god.

Somewhere Only We Know by Maurene Goo

Honestly, take all of Maurene Goo’s books for recommendations, knowing that they have my seal of approval (except Since You Asked, which I haven’t read yet).

I Love You So Mochi by Sarah Kuhn

Japan! Fashion! Cute! I’ve screamed about this already here, and have been stoked for months.

Hungry Hearts edited by Elsie Chapman and Caroline Tung Richmond

Ahhhhhhhhhhhhh!! Food, culture, and ASIANS?? We stan.

Fake It Til You Break It by Jenn P. Nguyen

I love Asian contemporaries, fake-dating, and rom-coms, and this book has all three of them. I would trade my soul for an ARC of this.

Spin the Dawn (The Blood of Stars, #1) by Elizabeth Lim

So this is Chinese-inspired fantasy with a premise of Project Runway meets Mulan? Weird flex, but I’m definitely down.


The Summer I Learned Chinese by Lindsay Wong

Just. Read. That. Premise. This is EXACTLY my niche and the contemporary I’ve been searching for probably my whole life. Rest assured I will be shoving this everywhere in 2020.

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Screen Shot 2018-12-21 at 1.35.00 AMOTHER ASIAN RECS + RESOURCES (GO CHECK THEM OUT NOW)

  • The amazing Melanie @ Mel to the Any wrote up a lovely post full of Asian recommendations (and also linked to so many great posts/resources). Highly recommend you check it out!
  • May @ Forever and Everly posted their most anticipated Jan-July releases that include all the Asian content, as well as their Asian recommendations
  • Vicky @ Vicky Who Reads, posted these two wonderful Asian centric recommendation posts, which were so amazing and which I loved with my whole heart and soul.
  • All the people @ Litcelebrasian: Look, this whole website is a gem, and provides so much info on Asian lit. They also held an Asian reading challenge of May last year, so they created this wonderful Google Docs with a variety of different Asian recommendations (e.g some for Southeast Asian representation, South Asian, West Asian etc). You’re welcome.
  • Shealea @ Shut Up Shealea, Lily @ Sprinkles of Dreams, CW @ The Quiet Pond and Vicky @ Vicky Who Reads are hosting the Year of the Asian Challenge, where you you just read all the Asian books! Since all the amazing Asian novels are coming out this year, I HIGHLY recommend you participate. There is going to be monthly link-ups, recommendations, and fun giveaways. I CANNOT wait. I’m going to either make a separate sign-up post or place it under my 2019 Reading Challenge Blog Page!
  • I wrote a post in August of 2018 of my favourite Asian bloggers as part of Top Ten Tuesday, so you should check that out and discover these wonderful creators 😉
  • If you want to add even MORE amazing Asian releases in 2019, Goodreads has a list of YA/MG Asian Releases of 2019!

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What opinions do you have about these books? What are some Asian books that I should add to my TBR? What do you think of 2019, the Year of Asia? What other posts like the on this list have you read? What resources do you recommend to me? I would love to know.

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21 thoughts on “All the Asian Books: My Favourites, Upcoming Asian Releases + more!

  1. Love love LOVE this post Taasia! I’m trying to read more Asian books this year so I’m so excited about this! Have you read Starfish by Akemi Dawn Bowman? I’m reading it right now and enjoying it a lot💜 The MC is Japanese-American and it’s an OV author 🙂

    Anyway there are so many good books on here ahh! I’m *REALLY* looking forward to The Gilded Wolves (I’m reading that next I think!), The Weight of Our Sky, and Red Scrolls of Magic. And I’m already adding so many others on this list to my TBR!

    Thanks so much for sharing these!!

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    1. Thank you so so much for your kind words, Brianna! This post was exhausting to make, so I’m glad that you got some good recs and some merit out of it! I’ve heard some great things about Starfish so I’ll check it out for sure. Good to know that you’re enjoying it!! :)) OV authors ftw.

      Oooo yes, I’ve heard endless praise for the Gilded Wolves, so I have considered pushing it up my TBR! I heard it’s like Six of Crows, so that has me very intrigued. I hope you love the Weight of Our Sky and the Red Scrolls of Magic, and I hope you enjoyed the books that you added to your TBR!

      Happy reading!


  2. This is SUCH a fantastic post and it is filled with ALL of the recommendations I need, thank you so, so much for writing this! ❤ I read and really liked Crazy Rich Asians, To All The Boys, An Ember in the Ashes and Warcross and I can't WAIT to read Girls of Paper and Fire, I hope I'll love it as much as everyone else, I am very nervous about it 😂
    I am so anticipating I Love You So Mochi, it sounds adorable and I LOVE THIS COVER SO MUCH. And yay for Spin the Dawn, that one sounds amazing just as well! ❤ ❤

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    1. Thank you, Marie! I’m glad that this post helped you, and I hope you love Girls of Paper and Fire! It was so good and just such a great reading experience for me.

      I Love You So Mochi sounds so cute, can’t wait! Spin the Dawn has an unique premise, but I’m willing to try!

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  3. TAASIA! Ahhh, I love you more than words! I love this post SO damn much, too! I hope 2019 has an Asian buddy read (or 100) for us! Happy reading, love! And I can’t wait to boost this wonderful list! 💗xx

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  4. ever since i heard about the asian challenge i’ve been so excited to actively search and pick up more books by asian authors and taasia you’re BASICALLY A LIFE SAVER
    this list is fantastic, i totally agree with you on american panda, warcross, and the ember in the ashes all being fantastic books.

    i’m SO EXCITED to get around to gilded wolves, i love you so mochi, and hungry hearts. hungry hearts sounds absolutely amazing, an entire book on FOOD, why has this NOT been done before??? we need this for every culture and cuisine out there!

    i hope all these books turn out amazing for you and we get that asian challenge going!!

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    1. you’re welcome, i’m glad this helps and i’m so happy you enjoyed it! i’m always on the look out for lots of asian recs, so i’ve always wanted to do my own list anyways! also i have to say that you have some pretty good reading taste, liking american panda, warcross and an ember in the ashes 😉

      may, do you want to buddy read the gilded wolves together? it sounds like six of crows albeit by an asian author (yayy) and i’ve heard so many good things! i don’t know, completely up to you obviously 🙂

      UGH I PHYSICALLY CAN’T WAIT FOR I LOVE YOU SO MOCHI AND HUNGRY HEARTS. I love Japan with my whole heart and soul and this sounds catered EXACTLY to my tastes, and Hungry Hearts … like, I love culture and food, so yes, what a big win!! i’m just way too excited ahhh

      happy reading to you too, hope you find all those 5-star reads!

      also, are you doing the year of the asian reading challenge this year? (you totally should)

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  5. Thank you for this fantastic post!! It has so many ressources for Asian books, which is great because I’m trying to assemble my YARC TBR! 😍 I really love Warcross too, though I’m sorry the sequel was such a disappointment for you, that’s always sad 😦 I’m SUPER excited to finally read The Gilded Wolves, because I love Roshani Chokshi so much 💖

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    1. Thank you, Caro! I’m glad you found this post helpful, feel free to ask me for more recs if you need 😊 So so glad to hear you are doing YARC! It makes my lil Asian heart incredibly happy! Yeah, I found Wildcard to be disappointedly boring and lacking the addictiveness of Warcross. How did you find Wildcard? I’ve heard great, great things about the Gilded Wolves, can’t wait!

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      1. I’ll definitely take you up on that 😊 I’m sorry that you found Wildcard to be disappointing 😦 I actually liked it, but I have to admit that it was very different from what I thought it would be and had a different vibe from Warcross!

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