The Silence of Bones by June Hur

“This is the consequences of the clash of old and new. We must prepare our hearts, all of us. No matter which side wins, we will all be heartbroken.” 1800, Joseon (Korea). Sixteen-year-old orphan Seol is indentured to the police bureau. She’s been tasked with assisting a well-respected young inspector with an investigation into the…

Time is a Mother by Ocean Vuong

“Because everyone knows yellow pain, pressed into American letters, turns to gold.Our sorrow Midas touched. Napalm with a rainbow afterglow.” In this deeply intimate poetry collection, Ocean Vuong searches for life after the death of his mother. He explores personal grief and loss, the meaning of family, and being the product of an American war…

Loveboat, Taipei by Abigail Hing Wen

“Maybe part of fighting the unhappiness in this world is to seize happiness when we can.” When Ever Wong’s parents send her to Taiwan to study Mandarin for the summer, she finds herself living in a small colony of the over-achieving kids her parents always wanted her to be like. Rick Woo, a child prodigy…

An Arrow to the Moon by Emily X.R. Pan

“There was once a girl who lived on the moon as its guardian. She was its heart and its breath.” Hunter Yee has perfect aim with a bow and arrow, but everything else in his life has veered off course. After being kicked out of his private school, he transfers to a public one and…

A Magic Steeped in Poison by Judy I. Lin

“Grief has a taste, bitter and lingering, but so soft it sometimes disguises itself as sweetness.” For Ning, the only thing worse than losing her mother is knowing that it is her fault. She unknowingly brewed the poison tea that took her mother and now threatens to take her sister, Shu. When a letter is…

2022 Asian Readathon Ideas

Asian Readathon is back for the fourth year in a row! This has become a staple in my reading year and I’m super excited to see what I decide to pick up this year. The fabulous withcindy is hosting again and you can click on the link to see the announcement video. This year she’s…

American Betiya by Anuradha D. Rajurkar

“Our worlds seem so different on the surface, but maybe they’re reflections of the same soaring sky—one shot at dawn, one at dusk.” Rani Kelkar has never lied to her parents, until she meets Oliver. A straight- A student aiming to be a pediatrician finds herself attracted to this young, charismatic artist, who also happens…

The Girl Who Fell Beneath the Sea by Axie Oh

“I am not Sea God’s Bride or No One’s Bride or Magpie,” I say. “I have a name. Chosen by my grandmother to give me cleverness and strength. I know who I am, and I know what I must do.” Mina’s homeland has been ravaged by deadly storms and floods. The people believe that the…

Girls of Fate and Fury by Natasha Ngan

“Because I learned long ago that Paper has its own power — the ability to ignite, re-form, evolve. And the young human girl they’ve brought back to the palace is not the same girl she was the first time around.” Lei never wants to return to the Hidden Palace. The suffering and trauma that she…

Our Violent Ends by Chloe Gong

“To have and to hold, where even death cannot part us,’ Juliette whispered.‘In this life and the next,’ Roma returned, ‘for however long our souls remain, mine will always find yours.” The year is 1927 and Shanghai teeters on the edge of a revolution. The Nationalists are marching in and there are whispers of a…