Have you ever come across a book outside of your preferred genres and just knew it would be a delightful read? That’s how I felt when the publicist emailed me about Tokyo Ever After. The epitome of “The Princess Diaries but make it Asian,” it’s exactly the kind of book I want to read and am forever thankful that Flatiron reached out to me about it. I adored this book with my whole heart.
I adored The Descendant of the Crane and will read everything Joan writes, so naturally I was incredibly excited to receive an eARC of her sophomore novel The Ones We’re Meant to Find! This is heartbreakingly beautiful and critically important story of love, loss, and perseverance that has stayed with me long after reading. Thanks for all the tears, Joan He!
Friends, let it be said that Joan He is a master wordsmith. Her words resonated within me, swept me into the world straight away and kept me hooked until the very end.
The past year has been a wake up call for many privileged people in the United States and beyond. The pandemic highlighted systemic barriers designed to disenfranchise people of color and disabled; it feels like now more than ever, people are finally beginning to open their eyes. But there’s a lot of work to do.
With the rising incidents of hate crimes against Asians in the US and around the world and the heartbreaking act of domestic terrorism in Atlanta last week, I wanted to put together a list of books by Asian authors to read and a list of ten actionable steps we all can take to stop Asian hate. I don’t want the burden of educating people to fall on the Asian community, but also because I want to uplift some of the amazing books by Asian authors you should be reading.
This post of full of recommendations for you, gentlefriends! We’ve got books I’ve read, books that haunt my TBRs, and a list of action items of ways you can help Stop Asian Hate. Grab yourself a cup of your favorite warm beverage and get comfy…