Top Ten Tuesday: Asian Lit Rainbow Book Recommendations

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together. How it works is that each Tuesday the host assigns a topic and then posts their top ten list that fits the topic. Every blogger can create their own top ten (or 2, 5, 20, etc.) list as well and link to the host’s. The topic for May 8th, 2018 is: Books With My Favorite Color On the Cover (or In the Title). I feel like a lot of people are going to choose the colour purple for sure, so I decided to change the prompt. Since I’m taking part in the Asian Lit Bingo, a month-long reading challenge in May hosted by Lit CelebrAsian, I decided to recommend some of my favourite Asian stories. There’s one each for every colour of the rainbow, so I’ll be doing 7 instead of 10 this time around.

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Red – The Wrath and the Dawn by RenΓ©e Ahdieh

I haven’t actually read this one, but has been on my TBR since forever. I have read and enjoyed The Flame in the Mist by her, but I’ve heard only good things about this series as well, which is why I decided to recommend it.


Orange – When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon

I don’t think I’ve stopped talking about this book ever since I read it, but here it is again! It is the first contemporary read I felt a deep connection with and it will always remain a book that is close to my heart because of the representation in it.

When Dimple Met Rishi (Book Cover)

Yellow – A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini

I don’t usually recommend or even read a lot of adult fiction, but I read this one as a teenager and it shook my view of things. A powerful story following the lives of two Afghani women, this one had me sobbing like a child in the best possible way. so of course I’m going to recommend it.


Green – Forest of a Thousand Lanterns by Julie C. Dao

This is another Asian fantasy story that is getting a sequel soon, so you can have absolutely no reason not to read it. It follows a villain’s perspective and I found that the character development was top-notch. It also has East Asian culture woven into the world-building wonderfully, so I highly recommend it.

Forest of a Thousand Lanterns (Book Cover)

Blue – American Panda by Gloria Chao

If you’ve been around recently, you know I’ve been raving about this book ever since it came out. I don’t want to say anything much beyond that I wish everyone in the world would read this book because I promise it is that good!

AMERICAN PANDA cover hi-res

Indigo – Aru Shah and the End of Time by Roshani Chokshi

This is another book on this list I haven’t read but I expect Roshani to dazzle me with this story based on the Mahabharata. Since it is endorsed by Rick Riordan himself and is a bestseller in the middle grade section, I’m sure it’ll blow me away just like A Crown of Wishes did. It is definitely going to be my next read.


Violet – The Bone Witch by Rin Chupeco

The final book is also an unread one, though the gorgeous cover is enough to convince me to pick up the book this very second. I was initially interested in it when the first book came out, but the hype soon died down as mixed reviews rolled in. However, the sequel was released recently and one of my book blogger friends wrote a glowing review, so I’m excited to bump it up my TBR again and also feel confident to recommend it.


If you’re interested in taking part in the Asian Lit Bingo, here’s the bingo board for your reference. Link to the master post with all of the relevant information is in the introduction.



Have you read any of these books? Are you taking part in the Asian Lit Bingo as well? Which is your favourite colour and what book would you recommend based on that? Let me know in the comments section below.

25 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday: Asian Lit Rainbow Book Recommendations

  1. I cannot wait the read basically all of them. I just wish to be more faster with my reads and no need to hold back my money XD
    I’m really curious for The Bone Witch, Forests of a Thousand Lanterns and City of Brass. For the latters I’m not quite sure which edition to buy. I’ve seen that they have done many and all looks quite beautiful.

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    1. Haha, that’s every bookworm’s dream come true, isn’t it? πŸ˜… I’d start with The City of Brass but I have to warn you that it’s quite a slow-paced one, but I found it worth the time. πŸ™‚ I wish I could honestly get all of the editions. Book covers are so beautiful these days! ❀

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    1. I love reading books with Asian rep as I’m Asian myself and it’s great to see people like myself in books. I’m not at all guilty to be adding to your TBR. πŸ˜… I hope you enjoy them as much as I did! πŸ™‚


    1. I saw this on Twitter and got around to correcting that immediately. I just assumed with her last name being what it is and I’m sorry I didn’t do more research into this. I hope the updated version is better suited. πŸ™‚


    1. Thank you! πŸ™‚ I really need to get around to reading The Wrath and the Dawn series. I’ve been meaning to but I just haven’t found the right time. Maybe I’ll get to it this month. πŸ˜…


  2. I second The Wrath & The Dawn! It’s definitely more of a fantasy-romance that leans heavier toward the romantic side (with some dashes of magic), but Ahdieh did an amazing job with making the setting come to life. Especially with the sensory descriptions – and THE FOOD. That book made my mouth water. XD

    Out of the rest of your books, I’m definitely planning to read Forest of a Thousand Lanterns, and I’ve been meaning to read Khaled Hosseini’s books for a long time. Other books that weren’t on your list that I’ve read include:

    – Roshani Chokshi’s YA novels The Star-Touched Queen and A Crown of Wishes
    – Anjali Mitter Duva’s Faint Promise of Rain (adult historical fiction that takes place in 16th century India)
    – Emily X.R. Pan’s The Astonishing Color of After (YA magical realism about a half-white, half-Taiwanese girl who travels to her mother’s home country to learn about her roots as she comes to terms with her mother’s recent suicide)

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    1. So many people have been raving about The Wrath and the Dawn. I really need to get to it soon! Everything you’ve said about it has just made me all the more eager. πŸ˜…

      I’m definitely adding Faint Promise of Rain to my TBR even though I have no idea what the story is about just because of the setting. πŸ™‚ How did you like The Astonishing Colour of After? I’m getting it in a book box this month and I’m very excited as I’ve heard nothing but good things about it.

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      1. *lol* I made sure to mention the food, since I know you often give food or beverage pairings in your reviews. πŸ˜‰ I will say, though, that I didn’t care for the sequel – though I think I’m in the minority there, based on the reviews I read.

        Astonishing was very good. I thought the depression representation via the main character’s mother was well done, and I really enjoyed the scenes in Taiwan, since they focused on cultural immersion and the language barrier between Leigh / Li and her grandparents (she knew only a little Taiwanese). The magical elements were well done, too, though Leigh had this habit of using colors to describe her emotions. Which… made sense because she’s an artist, but it felt awkward to me.

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      2. I decided to squeeze it into my TBR for Asian Lit Bingo this month. I don’t know if I’ll get to the sequel right away, but I may do it in June depending on how much I enjoy the first book. I’ve heard only good things about the next one too, but now I’m a bit wary. I’ll let you know what I think of it when I’m done with it. πŸ™‚

        Since I work for a Taiwanese company, I’m interested in reading more about the language and culture. Since non-fiction doesn’t really draw me in, I think Astonishing will be the perfect book for me! I’ve heard good things about the depression rep and how it handles the topic of suicide. Now I’m even more hyped for it than I was! 😊

        Thanks for sharing your opinions, Sara. πŸ™‚

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  3. I love this post! The Bone Witch is one of my favorite books and it has one of my favorite covers of all time. I loved Star-Touched Queen and Crown of Wishes so I’m super excited to read Aru Shah and the End of Time, I’m sure I’ll love that as well 😊

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    1. I haven’t seen a lot of hype surrounding The Bone Witch, so I’m glad to hear another positive opinion of it. πŸ™‚ Roshani is one of my favourite authors of Indian descent and she’s drawing on myths of my culture in Aru, which has me very excited as well! πŸ˜…



  5. Sadly I haven’t read any of these, but so many of them have been on my TBR for ages! (Also, I just started following your blog and I just wanted to say that I LOVE it). ❀ Happy Tuesday!

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