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An APAHM Recommended Reading List

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May is Asian Pacific American Heritage Month. To celebrate — and to honor my Filipina heritage — I've been spotlighting APAHM must-reads on my Instagram and reading more books by Asian authors than ever.

Not sure where to start with authors of Asian and Pacific Islander heritage and cultures? Here are some of my favorites, plus a few books on my Want to Read list!

Must-Read Books for Asian Pacific American Heritage Month

If you like books about family...

Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng

Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng

On Earth We're Briefly Gorgeous by Ocean Vuong*

If you like epic stories spanning generations...

Pachinko by Min Jin Lee

The Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan

America is Not the Heart by Elaine Castillo*

The Lowland by Jhumpa Lahiri*

If you're looking for a new mystery/thriller...

Miracle Creek by Angie Kim

Searching for Sylvie Lee by Jean Kwok

If you want a YA story with depth and heart...

Frankly in Love by David Yoon

I Love You So Mochi by Sarah Kuhn

Patron Saints of Nothing by Randy Ribay*

If you love short stories...

In the Country by Mia Alvar*

Exhalation by Ted Chiang*

Home Remedies by Xuan Juliana Wang*

If you like steamy romances...

The Kiss Quotient by Helen Hoang

The Bride Test by Helen Hoang

Erotic Stories for Punjabi Widows by Balli Kaur Jaswal*

If you want stories that'll give you travel/food envy...

The Crazy Rich Asians series by Kevin Kwan

Natalie Tan's Book of Luck and Fortune by Roselle Lim

This is Paradise by Kristiana Kahakauwila*

If you're looking for a good memoir...

Dear America: Notes of an Undocumented Citizen by Jose Antonio Vargas

Know My Name by Chanel Miller*

Minor Feelings by Cathy Park Hong*

*haven't read yet, but heard great things!

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