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Asian author recommendations

I have read some amazing books by Asian authors over the last few years, so I wanted to share them with anyone looking for more authors for their TBR.

Check out more:
– Many Asian authors I planned to read across May (not included in this list)
21 books to read in 2021
Photo: Tali.Reads

Authors I have read,
and you should too!

Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi

Marjane Satrapi’s memoir of growing up in Iran during the Islamic Revolution is both funny and eye opening. This black and white illustrated comic is sure to stay in my mind long after you close it.

To pick up your own copy: Buy here*
TW: Religious intolerance, Government oppression, drug and drink abuse, violence, racism

Know my name by Chanel Miller

Known to the world as Emily Doe following her sexual assault by Brock Turner, Chanel Miller not only deserves to have her story told, but she approaches such a horrible experience in an eloquent and hopeful way.

To pick up your own copy: Buy here*
TW: Sexual assualt

Monster by Naoki Urasawa

An ice-cold killer is on the loose, and brilliant Dr. Kenzo Tenma is the only one who can stop him! This thrilling horror grabs your attention from the first page and refuses to let you go.

To pick up your own copy: Buy here*
TW: Child abuse, emotional abuse, violence, murder

To all the boys series by Jenny Han

This feel-good YA series is full of cute bumblegum fun, as Lara Jean undertakes her first romance. These are well worth a read even if you have already watched the Netflix series.

To pick up your own copy: Buy here*

Pet by Akwaeke Emezi

In a world in which there are no more monsters, people have forgotten they even existed. So, how do you recognise one in front of you?

To pick up your own copy: Buy here*
TW: Child abuse

Milk and Honey by Rupi Kaur

Rupi Kaur’s collection of poetry beautifully explores all aspects of violence, abuse, love, loss, and femininity.

To pick up your own copy: Buy here*
TW: Incest, paedophilia, rape, sexual assault/abuse, drug and drink abuse, racism

Crazy rich asians by Kevin Kwan

Across this series, Rachel Chu agrees to spend the summer in Singapore with her boyfriend, Nicholas Young. Upon arriving she finds herself in a wealthy world she couldn’t have even imagined.

To pick up your own copy: Buy here*

The empress of salt and fortune by Nghi Vo

Rabbit, a handmaiden, sold by her parents to the palace for the lack of five baskets of dye, befriends the emperor’s lonely new wife and gets more than she bargained for in this novella.

To pick up your own copy: Buy here*
TW: Death, animal abuse, grief

Tomie by Junji Ito

No one does horror quite like Junji Ito, and Tomie is no exception. She can seduce nearly any man, and drive them to murder as well, even though the victim is often Tomie herself!

To pick up your own copy: Buy here*
TW: Murder, sexual assualt, body gore, unaliving

Before the coffee gets cold by Toshikazu Kawaguchi

In a small back alley in Tokyo, there is a café that has been serving carefully brewed coffee for more than one hundred years. But this coffee shop offers its customers a unique experience: the chance to travel back in time.

To pick up your own copy: Buy here*
TW: Grief, cancer, parental death

Parachutes by Kelly Yang

They’re called parachutes: teenagers dropped off to live in private homes and study in the US while their wealthy parents remain in Asia. Claire Wang never thought she’d be one of them until her parents pluck her from her privileged life in Shanghai and enroll her at a high school in California.

To pick up your own copy: Buy here*
TW: Sexual assualt, grooming, underage drinking

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