Fae Friday – My Favorite Asian Authors

Happy #FaeFriday everyone! I hope everyone had a good week. I have a job interview scheduled at a bookstore this Tuesday! I’m super excited for it, even though being a bookseller has literally nothing to do with my major lol. But books make me happy, so there.

Anyway. Fae Friday is hosted by Kristy @ Caffeinated Fae, and you can find all future prompts on her blog! All you gotta do is link back to her page and have fun with the prompt! Don’t forget to use #FaeFriday on your socials, so we can all find each other’s posts! Here is this week’s prompt:female characters

“It’s #FaeFriday and the lovely Leah’s Books (please link to her page) came up with this prompt! With the recent uptick in racist acts towards the Asian community, we wanted to show some love. What are some of your favorite authors in the Asian community? #StopAsianHate”

I seriously love this week’s topic, so without further ado, let me tell you about some authors that are part of the Asian community that I love!

R.F. Kuang

The Poppy War

I read the Poppy War only recently, but it has for sure made a great impression. People kept telling me that it would get really violent during the second half, and I didn’t believe it until I read it myself. All I can say is: damn.

Kuang’s biography is seriously impressive. She emigrated from China to the United States when she was four, and ended up graduating from Georgetown University. Throwback to when I thought I wanted to go there, but then realized I don’t have near enough the smartness for that, lol. Anyway, she graduated from the university’s school of foreign service, and based on that fact alone I feel like we could be friends considering I want to join the foreign service (or the Dutch equivalent, at least).


Chloe Gong

These Violent Delights

Chloe Gong debuted last year with These Violent Delights, and I was lucky enough to get my hands on an e-ARC. I really enjoyed this Romeo and Juliette retelling, that takes place in 1920s Shanghai. It also reinforced my fear of bugs…

Did you know that Gong published her book during undergrad?! I could barely finish a paper on time. Anyway, she double majored in English and International Affairs (I automatically want to be friends with anyone that studies IR, so if that’s you, let’s be friends pls) at the University of Pennsylvania. If I had a book published during my undergrad, I would forever expect to receive an A on all my assignments tbh. Anyway, Our Violent Ends comes out this Fall, and a spinoff novel is planned for Fall 2022!


Roshani Chokshi

The Gilded Wolves

The Gilded Wolves is the first book I read by Roshani Chokshi, but honestly all her books are on my TBR. This book above was really enjoyable, but its sequel, The Silvered Serpents, really blew me away. Chokshi’s writing is super immersive, to the point that I can still remember specific scenes from The Silvered Serpents even though I read it last August.

Chokshi was born in the United States to an Indian father and Filipino mother, and attended law school for a while before dropping out to pursue writing full time. I’d say that was a solid decision, considering all of her first titles in series made the NYT bestsellers lits. The final book in the Gilded Wolves trilogy, the Bronzed Beasts, comes out this September and I am so EXCITED!


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Shelley Parker-Chan

She Who Became the Sun

Okay, obviously I can’t give a personal opinion on an author whose book isn’t out yet. BUT, the premise of this book sounds so amazing that I am very certain she’ll became one of my favorites. I wanted to get an ARC via NetGalley, but I got declined… *sad face*

Anyway, Parker-Chan is Asian-Australian, and worked as an international development advisor. She worked a lot on issues such as gender, LGBTQ rights, and human rights in South East Asia. According to her bio her favorite thing to do when in a new country is visit the supermarket, which I seriously relate to. I love strolling through the aisles and looking at all the different products. She Who Became the Sun will come out July 20th of this year, so keep it on your radar! I think it’s going to be amazing.

Anyway, I think it’s funny that so many of the authors on this list have an IR background. It makes me still want to pursue a career in diplomacy as well!

And that’s it for today! Who are some of your favorite authors that are part of the Asian community? Let me know in the comments, especially if you have a book rec for me!

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3 Comments

  1. April 16, 2021 / 1:58 pm

    ooohhh I want to read The Poppy War, These Violent Delights, and The Gilded Wolves. I’ve never heard of She Who Became the Sun but that sounds interesting! Marie Lu is one of my all-time faves. I also really like Jenny Han. A couple I sitll want to read like Sandhya Menon, Aisha Saeed, and Maureen Goo. I know there’s more haha

    • simonevanheijst
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      April 16, 2021 / 2:46 pm

      Marie Lu’s books have been on my TBR forever and I really need to read them this year😂 I hope you like the books I mentioned when you get to them!

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