Spotlight: Asian authored books releasing in first half of 2022

There is no better time than Asian Heritage Month to post this list so here we are! There are so many wonderful Asian authored book releases this year that I had to divide the list into two parts. I tried my best to look up for all possible books, so enjoy the increased tbr! πŸ˜€

Check out Asian authored book releases in second half of 2021 here!

Table of Contents:


πŸ“š Tiger Honor by Yoon Ha Lee, January 4th β€” Korean mythology inspired

πŸ“š The Ivory Key by Akshaya Rama, January 4th β€” cast & setting inspired by India

πŸ“š Salaam, With Love by Sara Sharaf Beg, January 4th β€” Muslim rep

πŸ“š Fiona and Jane by Jean Chen Ho, January 4th β€” Taiwanese American characters

πŸ“š The School For Good Mothers by Jessamine Chan, January 4th β€” Chinese American MC

πŸ“š No Land to Light On by Yara Zgheib, January 4th β€” Syrian characters

πŸ“š Daughter of the Moon Goddess by Sue Lynn Tan, January 11th β€” Chinese mythology inspired

πŸ“š Joan Is Okay by Weike Wang, January 18th β€” Chinese American MC

πŸ“š Return Flight by Jennifer Huang, January 18th β€” Taiwanese heritage inspired

πŸ“š How High We Go In The Dark by Sequoia Nagamatsu, January 18th β€” Taiwanese heritage inspired

πŸ“š The Red Palace by June Hur, January 25th β€” Korean history inspired

πŸ“š Loveboat Reunion by Abigail Hing Wen, January 25th β€” Asian American rep

πŸ“š Seoulmates by Jen Frederick, January 25th β€” OwnVoices, Korean setting

πŸ“š Dream, Annie, Dream by Waka T. Brown, January 25th β€” Japanese American MC

πŸ“š Light Years From Home by Mike Chen, January 25th β€” Asian author


πŸ“š The Family Chao by Lan Samantha Chang, February 1st β€”Chinese American characters

πŸ“š The Forsaken Souls by Varsha Ravi, February 6th β€” Tamil mythology inspired

πŸ“š Omar Rising by Aisha Saeed, February 1st β€” Pakistani setting and cast

πŸ“š The New Girl by Jesse Q. Sutanto, February 1st β€” Chinese Indonesian author

πŸ“š Maizy Chen’s Last Chance by Lisa Yee, February 1st β€” Asian American characters

πŸ“š Wishing Upon the Same Stars by Jacquetta Nammar Feldman, February 1st β€” Israeli American MC

πŸ“š This Woven Kingdom by Tahereh Mafi, February 1st β€” Persian mythology inspired

πŸ“š Red Thread of Fate by Lyn Liao Butler, February 8th β€” Chinese American experience based

πŸ“š Sunny G’s Series of Rash Decisions by Navdeep Singh Dhillon, February 8th β€”

πŸ“š All the Right Reasons by Bethany Mangle, February 15th β€” Korean American MC

πŸ“š Homicide and Halo-Halo by Mia P. Manansala, February 8th β€” Filipino heroine

πŸ“š Golden Girl by Reem Faruqi, February 22nd β€” Muslim MC

πŸ“š The Girl Who Fell Beneath the Sea by Axie Oh, February 22nd β€” Korean mythology inspired

πŸ“š Only A Monster by Vanessa Len, February 22nd β€” Biracial Asian rep

πŸ“š Would I Lie To You? by Aliya Ali-Afzal, February 22nd β€” Pakistani MC

πŸ“š The Swimmers by Julie Otsuka, February 22nd β€” Asian American rep

πŸ“š What My Bones Know: A Memoir of Healing from Complex Trauma by Stephanie Foo, February 22nd β€” Asian immigrant experience


πŸ“š All My Rage by Sabaa Tahir, March 1st β€” Pakistani characters

πŸ“š A Thousand Steps Into the Night by Traci Chee, March 1st β€” Japanese inspired

πŸ“š New From Here by Kelly Yang, March 1st β€” Chinese American MC

πŸ“š The Balloon Thief by Aneesa Marufu, March 3rd β€” South-Asian MC

πŸ“š Messy Roots by Laura Gao, March 8th β€” Chinese American immigrant MC

πŸ“š Kamila Knows Best by Farah Heron, March 8th β€” South Asian culture based

πŸ“š Love Decoded by Jennifer Yen, March 8th β€” All Asian cast

πŸ“š The Circus Infinite by Khan Wong, March 8th β€” Asian author

πŸ“š Dating Dr. Dil by Nisha Sharma, March 15th β€”Indian MCs

πŸ“š Wrong Side of the Court by H.N. Khan, March 15th β€” Pakistani OwnVoices rep

πŸ“š Under Lock & Skeleton Key by Gigi Pandian, March 15th β€” MC with Indian heritage

πŸ“š The City of Dusk by Tara Sim, March 22nd β€” South Asian characters

πŸ“š A Magic Steeped in Poison by Judy I. Lin, March 29th β€” Chinese mythology inspired

πŸ“š Disorientation by Elaine Hsieh Chou, March 22nd β€” Taiwanese American MC

πŸ“š Savvy Sheldon Feels Good As Hell by Taj McCoy, March 22nd β€” Half Thai author

πŸ“š Four Aunties and a Wedding by Jesse Q. Sutanto, March 29th β€” Chinese Indonesian characters

πŸ“š The Atlas Six by Olivie Blake, March 1st β€” Asian author

πŸ“š Crimson Reign by Amelie Wen Zhao, March 1st β€”Chinese history inspired

πŸ“š Peach Blossom Spring by Melissa Fu, March 15th β€” Chinese history inspired

πŸ“š The Way Spring Arrives, March 8th β€” collection of Chinese SFF

πŸ“š Cartographers by Peng Shepherd, March 15th β€” Asian characters


πŸ“š Shinji Takahashi and the Mark of the Coatl by Julie Kagawa, April 26th β€” South-East Asian inspired

πŸ“š Aru Shah and the Nectar of Immortality by Roshani Chokshi, April 5th β€” based off Hindu mythology

πŸ“š At Least You Have Your Health by Madi Sinha, April 5th β€” Indian MC

πŸ“š K-Pop Revolution by Stephan Lee, April 5th β€” Korean characters

πŸ“š Sari, Not Sari by Sonya Singh, April 5th β€”South-Asian rep

πŸ“š Portrait of a Thief by Grace D. Li, April 5th β€” Chinese American MCs

πŸ“š Four Treasures of the Sky by Jenny Tinghui Zhang, April 5th β€” Chinese folklore, history inspired

πŸ“š Time Is a Mother by Ocean Vuong, April 5th β€” Vietnamese author

πŸ“š Gold Mountain by Betty G. Yee, April 5th β€” Chinese MCs

πŸ“š Beast at Every Threshold by Natalie Wee, April 5th β€” Asian experience

πŸ“š An Arrow to the Moon by Emily X.R. Pan, April 5th β€” Chinese mythology inspired

πŸ“š A Tiny Upward Shove by Melissa Chadburn, April 12th β€” Filipino folklore inspired

πŸ“š Queen of the Tiles by Hanna Alkaf, April 19th β€” Muslim MC

πŸ“š The Genesis Wars by Akemi Dan Bowman, April 19th β€” ownvoices biracial MC (Japanese, white)

πŸ“š My Sister’s Big Fat Indian Wedding by Sajni Patel, April 19th β€” Indian characters

πŸ“š Debating Darcy by Sayantani DasGupta, April 19th β€” Bengali American rep

πŸ“š Kaikeyi by Vaishnavi Patel, April 26th β€” Indian mythology inspired

πŸ“š Winnie Zeng Unleashes A Legend by Katie Zhao, April 26th β€” inspired by Chinese mythology

πŸ“š The Jade Setter of Janloon by Fonda Lee, April 30th β€” East Asian cast


πŸ“š The Noh Family by Grace K. Shim, May 3rd β€” Korean American MC

πŸ“š Freddie vs The Family Curse by Tracy Badua, May 3rd β€” Filipino American MC

πŸ“š The Secret Diary of Mona Hasan by Salma Hussain, May 3rd β€” Muslim MC

πŸ“š An Unreliable Magic by Rin Chupeco, May 3rd β€” Filipino characters

πŸ“š Zachary Ying and the Dragon Emperor by Xiran Jay Zhao, May 10th β€” Chinese coded cast & setting

πŸ“š Lia Park and the Missing Jewel by Jenna Yoon, May 3rd β€” Korean culture inspired

πŸ“š Love, Marriage by Monica Ali, May 3rdβ€”South Asian rep

πŸ“š The Wonders We Seek by Saadia Faruqi β€” Pakistani American author

πŸ“š A Show For Two by Tashie Bhuiyan, May 10th β€” Bangladeshi MC

πŸ“š Beauty and the Besharam by Lillie Vale, May 10th β€” Indian characters

πŸ“š CafΓ© Con Lychee by Emery Lee, May 10thβ€” Chinese/Japanese MC

πŸ“š Love, Dance & Egg Rolls by Jason Tanamor, May 10th β€” Filipino author

πŸ“š Forbidden City by Vanessa Hua, May 10th β€” set in 1960s China

πŸ“š Siren Queen by Nghi Vo, May 10th β€” Chinese American MC

πŸ“š Set On You by Amy Lea, May 10th β€” Chinese-American MC

πŸ“š Hollow Fires by Samira Ahmed, May 10th β€”Iraqi MC

πŸ“š Once Upon A K-Prom by Kat Cho, May 17th β€” Korean American MC

πŸ“š Kiki Kallira Conquers A Curse by Sangu Madanna, May 17th β€” inspired by South Asian myths

πŸ“š The Emma Project by Sonali Dev, May 17th β€”Indian-American retelling of Emma

πŸ“š The Stardust Thief by Chelsea Abdullah, May 17th β€” Arab inspired

πŸ“š I Guess I Live Here Now by Claire Ahn, May 24thβ€” Korean American MC

πŸ“š Tokyo Dreaming by Emiko Jean, May 31st β€” Japanese American MC

πŸ“š Deep in Providence by Riss M Neilson, May 31st β€” Filipino rep

πŸ“š Flip the Script by Lyla Lee, May 31st β€” Korean rep

πŸ“š Theo Tan and the Fox Spirit by Jesse Q Sutanto, May 31st β€” Chinese American MC

πŸ“š Rebel Skies by Ann Sei Lin, May 5th β€” inspired by Asian culture

πŸ“š My Mechanical Romance by Alexene Farol Follmuth, May 31st β€” Filipino author

πŸ“š Private Label by Kelly Yang, May 31st β€” Chinese American MC


πŸ“š The City Inside by Samit Basu, June 7th β€” Indian cast & setting

πŸ“š This Place Is Still Beautiful by Xixi Tan, June 7th β€” Chinese MCs

πŸ“š The Lost RyΕ« by Emi Watanabe Cohen, June 7th β€” Japanese coded cast & setting

πŸ“š The Last Fallen Moon by Graci Kim, June 7th β€” inspired by Korean folklore

πŸ“š Counterfeit by Kirstin Chen, June 7th β€” Asian-American MCs

πŸ“š TJ Powar Has Something to Prove by Jesmeen Kaur Deo, June 7th β€” Indian MC

πŸ“š If You Still Recognise Me by Cynthia So, June 9th β€” British Chinese MC

πŸ“š In The Beautiful Country by Jane Kuo, June 14th β€” Taiwanese MC

πŸ“š Daughters of the Dawn by Sarena & Sasha Nanua, June 14th β€”Indian inspired cast & setting

πŸ“š The Silence That Binds Us by Joanna Ho, June 14th β€”Chinese American characters

πŸ“š The Loophoole by Naz Kutub, June 21st β€” Indian Muslim MC

πŸ“š Lucie Yi is not a Romantic by Lauren Ho, June 21st β€” Malaysian MC

πŸ“š Hana Hsu and the Ghost Crab Nation by Sylvia Liu, June 21st β€” Chinese setting

πŸ“š Dream Runners by Shveta Thakra, June 28th β€” Indian inspired world & characters

πŸ“š Godslayers by Zoe Hana Miikuta, June 28th β€” Korean MCs

9 thoughts on “Spotlight: Asian authored books releasing in first half of 2022”

  1. ahhhh i love this list sooo much!! as someone always on the lookout for more books with asian representation, THIS LIST WAS A LIFESAVER (especially with the way you’ve also mentioned the representation in each book – I LOVE THAT) so thank you so much for it!! obviously, i am still mad about the damage this has caused to my already-close-to-bursting-tbr, but i can’t give up on all the amazing books, now, can i?

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    1. if its any consolation, my tbr has been severely damaged too? xD glad you liked the list, can’t wait to share part 2 πŸ’›πŸ’›

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