April Recap: My current reads (all coincidentally by Asian authors)!

Hello friends! It’s the end of the month again and the beginning of another. I hope all of you had a lovely April and you are reading some wonderful books.

Today’s recap will be a little simple, so I decided to talk a little bit about the books I’m reading because I’m reading some truly fantastic ones at the moment! And also, don’t forget about all the amazing books releasing this month!


Books read this month (and my thoughts in three words)

1. The Inexplicable Logic of My Life by Benjamin Alire Sáenz – amazing, with problems

2. Hello, Universe by Erin Entrada Kelly – fun, about friendship!

3. Amina’s Voice by Hena Khan – pure, beautiful story

4. When Michael Met Mina by Randa Abdel-Fattah – political, electrifying, amazing

5. Peter Darling by Austin Chant – best retelling ever


Reviews and posts in March


1. REVIEW: The Terracotta Bride by Zen Cho – A fantastic short story about the Chinese afterlife, robots, and transcendence. Perfect if you want a short but amazing read!

2. FEATURE: Diversity Thursday Spotlight #10 – A while back, someone asked me to recommend a book with bisexual protagonists – here are my choices!

3. REVIEW: The Girl From Everywhere by Heidi Heilig – This book wasn’t perfect, but it has some of the most beautiful and vivid writing I have read and some awesome characters to top!

4. REVIEW: Difficult Women by Roxane Gay – A powerful and haunting collection of short stories about women painted invisible by modern society’s broad brush.

5. BOOK RECS: Amazing Romances and Books with Ace Representation – Unfortunately, I didn’t have enough time to read enough books to make a full ace rep post, so I balanced it with books that satisfied my demi heart and books with ace rep!

6. FEATURE: Diversity Spotlight #11 – This one is a little broader than usual; here, I feature three diverse science fiction books!

7. REVIEWING HELP: Stuck? Prompts for Writing ‘Positive’ Book Reviews! – If you ever feel stuck writing reviews, here’s a list of prompts for book reviews where you want the reader to read the book!

8. REVIEW: One True Loves by Taylor Jenkins Reid – By one of my favourite authors, One True Loves is such an honest exploration about love and grief. I loved this.

9. BOOK RELEASES: 10 YA/MG Books To Be Excited For in May 2017! – Honestly, I was so excited about next month’s book releases that I made a post.


Currently reading and thoughts

When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon

  • Progress: 30%
  • So far, the hype is so deserved; I’m so happy and thankful to be reading such a delightful eARC.
  • I’m really loving all the characters so far, and yes! This book is laugh-out-loud funny and manages to balance some tender, heartfelt moments.
  • To be honest, this is a YA romcom straight out of my dreams. I cannot wait to read more!

When Dimple Met Rishi on Goodreads

The Great Wall of Lucy Wu by Wendy Wan-Long Shang

  • Progress: 17%
  • This gorgeous and absolutely relatable MG novel is my standby novel when I need something light and sweet to read
  • Oh gosh, Lucy may be in her tweens, but I relate to her so, so much! Reciting Chinese before speaking it — I feel you, Lucy.
  • I really wish I had read this as a kid. I cannot wait to read more of this though, and see where it goes!

The Great Wall of Lucy Wu on Goodreads

The Bone Witch by Rin Chupeco

  • Progress: 89%
  • This book is slow, but I’m starting to appreciate the pace; offers a lot of nuances and slow character development. I like it.
  • To be honest, this is such a fresh and fascinating fantasy and something completely different and unlike anything I’ve read.
  • I’m close to the end, and am beginning to see how everything will come full circle… I’m intrigued by what will be the tipping point!

The Bone Witch on Goodreads

The Paper Menagerie and Other Stories by Ken Liu

  • Progress: 250 of 450 pages
  • I know, I’m terrible, I’ve been reading this since November last year.
  • I love the stories, but a part of me doesn’t want it to end… so I’m reading a short story every two weeks.
  • I recently read Mono no Aware, which Liu won an award for and I loved it. Made me lay in bed, wide eyed, sobbing.

The Paper Menagerie and Other Stories on Goodreads


So, all the books I’m currently reading are by Asian authors! Just in time too, since I’ll be partaking in an Asian Literature Reading Challenge during the month of May. Keep an eye out for my TBR, links to the bingo, and some awesome recommendations!

This recap is more on the simpler side, but I expect they may be for the next two months or so. Arghh! But, I hope all of you are well and that you’re reading some amazing books.

  • How was your April? Did anything new or exciting happen in your life?
  • Did you discover a new favourite book in April?
  • If you have posted a recap post, send me a link! I’d love to check it out, read it, and drop a comment. 😊

26 thoughts on “April Recap: My current reads (all coincidentally by Asian authors)!

    • Hi Michelle!
      You DO! I was excited to read it, but I’m even more excited to reading it right now – if that makes sense? My favourite part of the day is when I can read it, hehe. It’s so good!

  1. I’ve heard so many amazing things about Peter Darling and Terracotta Bride!Also, I’m glad that When Dimple Met Rishi lives up to its hype. I’m curious about the Bone Witch, it sounds amazing but I’ve also heard some meh and problematic things about it. Let me know what you think of it CW!

    • Hi Tasya!
      Peter Darling is phenomenal! Exceeded my expectations in every single way – I was so so surprised.
      I heard about the meh things re: The Bone Witch too. Tbh I’ve nearly finished and I can see why people think that way, but it’s such a fresh fantasy, so I’m enjoying it for its uniqueness!! :D

  2. Yay, so happy you had such a lovely reading month – and it seems like May is off to an amazing start with all of these Asian authors! I’m eager to know all of your thoughts about When Dimple met Rishi, so excited to read that one :)

      • OHhh yes, I am so eager to get my hands on this book as well. This is such a lovely series, I loved every book so far and even if I didn’t expect it to be another book, I’m glad! :D

  3. I didn’t exactly love the Bone Witch but I am really curious about your review when you are done!
    Also YAY, I am so happy to hear the hype for When Dimple met Rishi is deserved!

    • Hi Kat!
      Ooooh, I’ll do my best to write a good review then! ^_^ I know a lot of people weren’t too happy about it, but I think it’s very unique, which makes it quite special in my eyes.

      It totally is!! You muuuust read it when it releases. It’s made me so happy and laugh so much.

      • I get what you mean by saying it was unique. I actually really liked the way it was told, but I was quite unhappy with the role of women in that society. Technically they held all the power, had the magic to rule, but they were reduced to a mix between escorts and geishas? I get political diplomacy and such, but people paid to see them pretty and spend time with them. It just didn’t sit entirely right with me, when their powers were so vital to that world.

  4. I have so many tabs on Goodreads open now! I’m going to try and finish the #AsianLitBingo this month because the squares are so exciting and there are tons of Asian lit books on my TBR for this month. Can’t wait to read When Dimple Met Rishi omg.

    • Hi Emily!
      Hahaha I know right! But I’m glad you’re adding such awesome books to your tbr. <3
      Oooh so happy to hear you're participating! I can't wait to participate myself.
      When Dimple Met Rishi is SOOOO adorable and funny and ahhhhh. <3 Everything I waited for, tbh.

  5. Ooh so many pretty looking (and sounding!) books! I sadly wasn’t a huge fan of The Bone Witch *cries* But I LOVED the writing style, so I’m hoping the sequel grabs me a bit more? I just need more wild plots haha. And I have Dimple and Rishi to read soon too and I’m super excited for it!! I’ve heard from like EVERYONE that it’s super cute and lovely. 😊 Oh and I read The Crown’s Fate in April and LOVED it (yayy another wonderful Asian author!) so that was definitely my highlight of the month. 🎉

    • Hiya Cait!
      Ahhh fair enough! I saw your review, and that’s totally cool. I definitely saw your point, and I think Chupeco will make a really amazing sequel. So let’s both be excited for The Heart Forger!! :D

      Haha well everyone is right! It’s adorable and soft and lovely like a rainbow sparkly marshmallows. I’m enjoying it SO much so far!

  6. It sounds like you’ve had an awesome month and I am so glad to hear you enjoyed all of these books! Thanks for sharing and, as always, fabulous post! <3

  7. I’m so interested in reading Peter Darling, it sounds like such a wonderful retelling!! I’m really interested in The Bone Witch too. I tend to struggle with slow paced books, but it sounds so intriguing that I still really want to give it a go.

    • Hello Lauren!

      Peter Darling is WONDERFUL! I think you’d really enjoy it, Lauren. <3
      The Bone Witch IS very slow, so be forewarned, but I think the pacing is suitable for the sort of outcome and the character development we see across the book. <3

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