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21 Upcoming 2021 Books by Asian Authors

We still have a little more than 2 months left of 2020, but it’s never too early to start hyping up books! It made me happy that there are A LOT of amazing books hitting the shelves in 2021, especially books by Asian authors. So here it is, a list of 21 books written by Asian authors that I can’t wait to get my hands on (sorted by release date) :
*note: this list feature books by Asian authors, but doesn’t necessarily mean the characters are also Asian (though most of them are!)

A Taste for Love by Jennifer Yen
Release Date : February 2nd, 2021
What is it about? Pride and Prejudice featuring baking competition, where a girl found herself in the middle of matchmaking orchestrated by her mother

The Obsession by Jesse Q. Sutanto
Release Date : February 2nd, 2021
What is it about? A stalker-ish love story (also this is the first time I found a book by Indonesian author who got published in US!)

A Pho Love Story by Loan Le
Release Date : February 9th, 2021
What is it about? A bit of Romeo & Juliet featuring two neighboring pho restaurants

The Infinity Courts by Akemi Dawn Bowman
Release Date : April 6th, 2021
What is it about? A girl found out that the afterlife has been taken over by virtual assistants

The Forest of Stolen Girls by June Hur
Release Date : April 20th, 2021
What is it about? A teen returns to her hometown to investigate the disappearance of her father–along with 13 other women

Counting Down with You by Tashie Bhuiyan
Release Date : May 4th, 2021
What is it about? FAKE DATING WITH THE SCHOOL’S BAD BOY

The Ones We’re Meant to Find by Joan He
Release Date : May 4th, 2021
What is it about? Black Mirror meets We Were Liars featuring two sisters and twisted secrets

Black Water Sister by Zen Cho
Release Date : May 11th, 2021
What is it about? A reluctant medium discovers the ties that bind can unleash a dangerous power in this compelling Malaysian-set contemporary fantasy

The Marvelous Mirza Girls by Sheba Karim
Release Date : May 18th, 2021
What is it about? After graduation, a teen went to India with her mom, and find herself in a once-in-a-lifetime adventure

Made in Korea by Sarah Suk
Release Date : May 18th, 2021
What is it about? Two students compete to sell the most K-beauty products at their school.

Hani and Ishu’s Guide to Fake Dating by Adiba Jaigirdar
Release Date : May 25th, 2021
What is it about? sapphic fake dating!!

Tokyo Ever After by Emiko Jean
Release Date : May 25th, 2021
What is it about? Japanese-American teen found out that she’s actually a princess of the Empire of Japan

The Chosen and the Beautiful by Nghi Vo
Release Date : June 1st, 2021
What is it about? A reimagining of The Great Gatsby, featuring queer Asian main character

Love & Other Natural Disasters by Misa Sugiura
Release Date : June 8th, 2021
What is it about? A girl get roped into fake-dating scheme, only to find herself falling for real

Sisters of the Snake by Sasha Nanua and Sarena Nanua
Release Date : June 15th, 2021
What is it about? Two identical girls–one royal and one commoner–switch places and team up to save their home

XOXO by Axie Oh
Release Date : July 13th, 2021
What is it about? A girl who moved to Seoul found out that her ex-fling is a famous K-pop idol.

She Who Become the Sun by Shelley Parker-Chan
Release Date : July 20th, 2021
What is it about? Pitched as Mulan meets The Song of Achilles, this book follows a girl’s rise through the rank of the rebellion

How We Fall Apart by Katie Zhao
Release Date : August 3rd, 2021
What is it about? Murder-mystery in an elite prep school

Jade Fire Gold by June C.L. Tan
Release Date : Fall 2021
What is it about? A girl who can steal souls teams up with an exiled prince who wants to take back the throne

You’ve Reached Me by Dustin Thao
Release Date : 2021
What is it about? Your Name meets If I Stay, where A girl called her deceased-boyfriend’s number one last time, and he picked it up

Iron Widow by Xiran Jay Zhao
Release Date : 2021
What is it about? No official summary yet, but it’s pitched as Pacific Rim meets The Handmaid’s Tale and features polyamorous relationship!

And that’s it! Obviously, there are a lot more amazing books coming out in 2021, so I’m going to post another most anticipated 2021 books list closer to the end of the year ❤

Are you excited for these books too? What’s your most anticipated 2021 release by Asian authors?

17 thoughts on “21 Upcoming 2021 Books by Asian Authors

  1. oooh there are so many books and they all seem really interesting!! I’ll have to make a list to know what books I’m definitely keeping an eye out for 😛 Thank you so much for putting together this list, Tiffany ❤ ❤

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  2. Ah so sorry, I have been so very behind on blog posts so am late today. But omg QUEEN FOR PUTTING THIS TOGETHER!! I honestly need to start doing some more research on 2021 releases. A Taste For Love sounds amazing though omg! And Tokoyo Ever After ahhh sounds amazing *insert heart eyes*

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