Friday, May 1, 2020

Celebrate Asian Pacific American Heritage Month 2020 Bookishly! (YA Edition)

Some of these books were graciously provided by Simon & Schuster (and will be detailed below) and some were purchased by me

I have long been a big advocate of reading - and most of the time (especially when trying to motivate my girls to read) I tend to encourage mood reading. However, I also believe that you can't be in the mood to read what you don't see or have available to you. So in an effort to make sure that my household is more diverse in our reading, I've been taking strides to add more variety to all of our bookshelves. Thanks to the lovely people at Simon & Schuster, I had a heads up that May is Asian Pacific American Heritage Month! They were gracious enough to send out some books to help the girls and I celebrate! I also pulled some books from my shelves, so my TBR list for this month is fully booked with stories by and about Asian Americans. I’m so happy to participate in celebrating their contributions ESPECIALLY in this current climate. Here are the details/synopsis for some of the books so you can add them to your shelves too!

By Mary H.K. Choi
9/3/19 | ISBN 9781534445970 | Ages 14 and up
From the New York Times bestselling author of Emergency Contact, which Rainbow Rowell called “smart and funny,” comes an unforgettable new romance about how social media influences relationships every day.

By Hanna Alkaf
2/5/19 | ISBN 9781534426085 | Ages 12 and up
A music loving teen with OCD does everything she can to find her way back to her mother during the historic race riots in 1969 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, in this heart-pounding literary debut.

By Akemi Dawn Bowman
3/10/20 | ISBN 9781481487764 | Ages 12 and up
Three starred reviews for this stunning novel about a mixed-race teen who struggles to find her way back to her love of music in the wake of her sister’s death, from the author of the William C. Morris Award finalist Starfish.

By Jenny Han
12/17/19 | ISBN 9781534469266 | Ages 12 and up
Now a Netflix original movie starring Lana Condor and Noah Centineo! In this highly anticipated sequel to the “lovely, lighthearted” (School Library JournalNew York Times bestselling To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before, Lara Jean still has letters to write and even more to lose when it comes to love.

Peyton and I did a buddy read of Emergency Contact by Mary H.K. Choi last month, so I’ll probably start with Permanent Record. What should I read next? What’s on your TBR for May? I’ll share a pic of the lil bits #AsianPacificHeritageMonth picks soon! Until next time...

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