Top Ten Tuesday #27: Ownvoice Book Recommendations for Asian Pacific American Heritage Month

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Hey guys! It’s time for Top Ten Tuesday, which is currently being run by the lovely Jana over at That Artsy Reader Girl.  We knew instantly that we wanted to take part in this weekly meme because both of us love making list, so this is perfect!

This week’s (May 14th, 2019) topic is:  Page to Screen Freebie.  Still not really feeling this topic this week, so we changed it to Ownvoice Book Recommendations for Asian Pacific American Heritage Month

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May is Asian Pacific American Heritage Month and while both Mireille and I are white – we feel it’s important to celebrate and promote diversity in literature, particularly with ownvoice authors.  This is a selection of books by ownvoice authors that we have loved and hope you’ll give a chance as well.

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Girls of Paper and Fire by Natasha Ngan
Asian inspired fantasy about a group of young women who are sent to be essentially sex slaves to the Demon King, against their will.  This starts off as a slow burn and turns into a full blown revolution.  We also get an amazing female/female relationship.
If you want to know more, you can read my full non-spoilerl REVIEW 

The Gilded Wolves by Roshani Chokshi
Wonderful historical fiction about a group of misfits that go on heists together.  It’s kind of like if Six of Crows and The DaVinci Code had a little YA baby.  I loved it and the diversity was outstanding, including Filipino and Indian.
If you want to know more, you can read my full non-spoiler REVIEW 

Empress of a Thousand Skies by Rhoda Belleza
This ownvoice novel is a cool sci-fi about a princess hellbent on revenge and a reality star caught up in one hell of a conspiracy.  It’s a fun ride, I enjoyed the characters and it’s a good intro to sci-fi if you are a little nervous about checking out the genre.

 The Girl King by Mimi Yu
This Asian inspired fantasy was released earlier this year to mixed reviews.  I have to say that I loved this one.  It’s got tropes that I love – chosen one, sibling rivalry, tons of political intrigue and of course betrayal.   I would at least give this one a shot.
If you want to know more, you can read my full non-spoiler REVIEW 

The Girl From the Well by Rin Chupeco
You didn’t think I would complete my recommendations without giving you a little Asian horror, did you? Of course not! This is a really cool, YA horror book that deals with a creepy spirit and some dark possession (is there any other kind?).  If you are into stuff like The Exorcist or The Conjuring.  This might be one to check out.

 

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An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir
This is one of my favourite book. I just love the world in which it’s set, though it’s not asian inspired much more closer to Ancient Rome, it is written by a Pakistani-American, Sabaa Tahir.

Why not me by Minday Kaling
I don’t really read biographies/memoirs but I just adore Mindy Kaling and had to grab this one. In her second book, Mindy talks about her journey to find contentment and excitement in her adult life as believing that she has a place in Hollywood when you’re constantly reminded that no one looks like you.

Warcross by Marie Lu
In this sci-fi YA novel, Marie Lu tells the story of Emika Chen who is entered in the Warcross comptetition after hacking in the opening night. I really enjoyed this book, a lot more than I expectec to. It was such a fun, different read since most of the story takes part in an inhance reality game.

Tiger at Midnight by Swati Teerdhala
In this stroy inspired by ancient Indian history and Hindu mythology, Swati Teerdhala created a wonderful story filled with adventure where paths will cross and unimaginable chain of events will unfold.

A Star-Touched Queen by Roshani Chokshi
A Star-Touched Queen seems to be an Indian inspired retelling of the greek myth of Hades and Persephone. I absolutely loved this book, it was so beautiful and poetic.

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29 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday #27: Ownvoice Book Recommendations for Asian Pacific American Heritage Month

    1. 2 amazing books. I still need to continue An Ember in the Ashes series but I’m waiting for all the books to be out, she writes a bit slower than other authors but in the end you know it will be worth it

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  1. Oooh, you’ve got some really great choices here! I LOVED A Star-Touched Queen (though, I confess that I liked A Crown of Wishes a bit more).

    I don’t read a whole lot of horror, but The Girl From The Well sounds soooo good. A lot of these are on my TBR and I just haven’t read them yet. I should really work on that lol. Great choices!

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