Category Archives: Asian Pacific Heritage Month

Asian Pacific American Heritage Month Book Love (9)

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For the month of May, in honor of Asian Pacific American Heritage Month, I’m sharing some of my favorite reads by/about Asians/Asian Americans. Side note: I am going to try not to repeat books I mentioned already in my #kidlitwomen posts, so for more on Asian American books I loved, make sure to peek at that list, too!

For the final day of this month, the feature book is:

Rebel Seoul by Axie Oh.

In an alternate/future world, there are no countries, only states, but even so, war breaks out as those in power try to remain in power, while rebels try to bring them down. Jaewon Lee, abandoned by his rebel father; is part of an elite military group – and he is assigned to Tera, a weapon/super soldier. As they work together, he sees her as a girl, a friend, and possibly something more. This complicates matters as rebel forces threaten life as they know it, and Jaewon must make a choice. I’m thrilled with the all-Asian cast.

I’d like to take a moment here to inform you that I will be on a panel at the NCTE Annual Convention with authors Axie Oh, Andrea Wang, and Veera Hiranandani, moderated by Dr. Jung Kim: Asian American Stories and Voices: Not All the Same on Saturday, November 17, 2018 4:15-5:30 p.m.

Thank you for spending the month of May with me. Next up, I’ll be sharing a list of Asian Pacific American books that are on my very tall TBR pile!

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Asian Pacific American Heritage Month Book Love (8)

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For the month of May, in honor of Asian Pacific American Heritage Month, I’m sharing some of my favorite reads by/about Asians/Asian Americans. Side note: I am going to try not to repeat books I mentioned already in my #kidlitwomen posts, so for more on Asian American books I loved, make sure to peek at that list, too!

Today’s featured book is:

The Way You Make Me Feel by Maurene Goo.

16yo Clara Shin is not your stereotypical model minority Asian American. She gets into trouble at school, plays pranks, and takes very little seriously. But when a junior prom prank goes wrong, Clara sees her way-chill young dad act parental for the very first time, and now she’s being punished by working his food truck all summer to pay for the school damages. Not only that, but her nemesis, goody-good Rose Carver is working with her. On the plus side, there’s that really hot but earnestly nice Asian guy….! A story about learning to open your heart and trust love.

Can I say how much I LOVE seeing Asians on book covers? Love it so much!

Asian Pacific American Heritage Month Book Love (7)

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For the month of May, in honor of Asian Pacific American Heritage Month, I’m sharing some of my favorite reads by/about Asians/Asian Americans. Side note: I am going to try not to repeat books I mentioned already in my #kidlitwomen posts, so for more on Asian American books I loved, make sure to peek at that list, too!

Today’s featured book is:

The Vanderbeekers of 141st Street by Karina Yan Glaser! The Vanderbeekers, a large family of Mom and Dad, 12-year-old twins Isa and Jessie, Oliver, Hyacinth, and almost 5-year-old Laney live in a brownstone on 141st Street in Harlem. Until they might not. Their mean, reclusive, grumpy landlord won’t renew their lease and they have to move out by the new year. All this as they prepare for the Christmas holiday. The kids decide to make it their mission to get the landlord to change his mind, but that may be an impossible mission. A heart-warming and sweet story. I loved the large cast and the loving family. And guess what? There’s a sequel coming on September 25th: The Vanderbeekers and the Hidden Garden! Pre-order now! I can’t wait to join the Vanderbeekers on a new adventure!

Asian Pacific American Heritage Month Book Love (6)

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For the month of May, in honor of Asian Pacific American Heritage Month, I’m sharing some of my favorite reads by/about Asians/Asian Americans.

Today’s featured book is The Night Diary by Veera Hiranandani.

I’m embarrassed to admit that I did not know the history behind the Partition of India in 1947. The Night Diary did an amazing job of not only engrossing me in story but educating me.

On her 12th birthday, Nisha receives a diary and she decides to write to her late mother. Nisha writes of her sadness that her twin brother Amil is bullied by the boys at his school, her joy at cooking with Kazi, and as things start to go bad, about her worries. This is 1947 when the British give India their independence, but when the Partition between India and Pakistan is drawn. Now Muslims must live in Pakistan and Hindus and Sikh in the New India. Though Nisha and Amil are half Muslim (on their mother’s side) they must flee their home, leaving behind their beloved Kazi who is Muslim. During their journey, Nisha, Amil, their Papa, and Dadi (grandmother) encounter many heart-breaking hardships and danger. I cried for them. Splendidly written.

Asian Pacific American Heritage Month Book Love (5)

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For the month of May, in honor of Asian Pacific Heritage Month, I’m sharing some of my favorite reads by/about Asians/Asian Americans.

Today’s featured book is Warcross by Marie Lu.

Page-turning action! When poverty-stricken bounty hunter, Emika Chin, “glitches” into a championship game of Warcross, she is whisked to Tokyo to meet genius founder of Warcross, Hideo Tanaka. He hires her to bounty hunt someone who is trying to hack the championships – and gets her onto a team. Emika has long idolized Hideo and is in awe when he seems to fall for her (and she for him). In the meantime, she is hunting the mysterious and dangerous Zero, and finally enlists her teammates for help, she who is used to working alone. What she ends up discovering will rock her world (and yours). Super fast read! I loved the accuracy of Tokyo descriptions and Japanese cultural quirks, despite this being an alternate universe/futuristic story.

And, bonus! Here’s a link to the cover and first chapter except from Marie’s upcoming sequel to Warcross, Wildcard!

Asian Pacific American Heritage Month Book Love (4)

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For the month of May, in honor of Asian Pacific Heritage Month, I’m sharing some of my favorite reads by/about Asians/Asian Americans. Side note: I am going to try not to repeat books I mentioned already in my #kidlitwomen posts, so for more on Asian American books I loved, make sure to peek at that list, too!

Today’s featured book is Want by Cindy Pon.

Jason Zhou is a mei (without) in this futuristic Taipei, as are his friends. The yous (haves) are protected by their wealth and special suits that keep them from breathing the polluted air. When he and his friends decide to infiltrate and sabotage Jin Corp, Jason must become a you. As part of the plan, he kidnaps a you and it turns out she is Jin’s only child and daughter, Daiyu. She and Jason are drawn together and it might put the entire mission in jeopardy. Fast-paced and thrilling, I totally enjoyed reading this book starring a hot Asian male lead!

 

 

Asian Pacific American Heritage Month Book Love (3)

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For the month of May, in honor of Asian Pacific Heritage Month, I’m sharing some of my favorite reads by/about Asians/Asian Americans.

The YA graphic novel, The Prince and the Dressmaker, is a recent read and firmly in my “favorite books” category! This graphic novel by Jen Wang is completely swoon-worthy, taking me back to some of my favorite manga reads when I was a teen.

Prince Sebastian’s parents are pressuring him, at age 16, to find a bride, but he is instead thrilled to have discovered a talented dressmaker. At night he becomes Lady Crystallia, a fashion icon. Frances, who dreams of a career in fashion design is at first happy to design dresses for the prince, and easily keeps his secret. But when it becomes apparent that in order to keep his secret, she must give up her dreams, she has to make a difficult decision, protect her friend or leave him to strike out on her own. A romantic tale of loyalty and being true to oneself.