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

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16 Books Based On Folklore by Taylor Swift


hello everyone! by now, you’d have at least heard that taylor swift just released her eight album, titled folklore, out of nowhere on july 24th, 2020. this got the entire internet freaking out since there isn’t a single hint whatsoever that indicate taylor is going to release a new album. i don’t think i mentioned this often, but i’ve been a swifties since i was in 7th grade. i even had a taylor swift stan account back before i start book blogging. now, i might not be as obsessed as i was back then, but to this day i still listen to her new songs everytime she released one, and keeping an eye out on major events. so of course, when folklore dropped, i immediately start listening to it. the whole album has a calm and soothing theme in it, and maybe because of that, i suddenly had an idea to write a post based on it. so here it is, i give you 16 books recommendation based on folklore by taylor swift :

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Read & Recs #1 : The Summer of Chasing Mermaids

Welcome to the very first Read & Recs post! If you missed my announcement for this feature, check this post. For this month, I’m featuring THE SUMMER OF CHASING MERMAIDS by Sarah Ockler. I read this book more than a year ago and it instantly became my faves. If you guys, somehow, never heard of this book, here’s a bit information :

Title : The Summer of Chasing Mermaids
Author : Sarah Ockler
Genre : YA contemporary
Release Date : June 2nd, 2015
Publisher : Simon Pulse

The youngest of six talented sisters, Elyse d’Abreau was destined for stardom – until a boating accident took everything from her. Now, the most beautiful singer in Tobago can’t sing. She can’t even speak.

Seeking quiet solitude, Elyse accepts a friend’s invitation to Atargatis Cove. Named for the mythical first mermaid, the Oregon seaside town is everything Elyse’s home in the Caribbean isn’t: an ocean too cold for swimming, parties too tame for singing, and people too polite to pry – except for one.

Christian Kane is a notorious playboy – insolent, arrogant, and completely charming. He’s also the only person in Atargatis Cove who doesn’t treat Elyse like a glass statue. He challenges her to express herself, and he admires the way she treats his younger brother, Sebastian, who believes Elyse is the legendary mermaid come to life.

When Christian needs a first mate for the Cove’s high-stakes Pirate Regatta, Elyse reluctantly stows her fear of the sea and climbs aboard. The ocean isn’t the only thing making waves, though – swept up in Christian’s seductive tide and entranced by the Cove’s charms, Elyse begins to wonder if a life of solitude isn’t what she needs. But changing course again means facing her past. It means finding her inner voice. And scariest of all, it means opening her heart to a boy who’s best known for breaking them…

  • DIVERSITY. Basically there’s so many diversity in this book! First, we have a POC main character, who also has a disability. Elyse came from the Caribbean, but after an accident, she moves to Atargatis Cove, where she meets the love interest. Secondly, there’s an interracial relationship! And it is so well done that end up me shipping these two so hard ❤
  • SIBLING RELATIONSHIP. It’s pretty rare in YA books so if you find one you gotta mention it. Who doesn’t love a guy who loves his little brother so much? Christian and Sebastian’s (whose dream is to be a mermaid, btw. How cute is that?) relationship is really great despite the age differences and the fact that their parents seems to neglect them.
  • BEAUTIFUL POETIC-LIKE WRITING. The Summer of Chasing Mermaids is my first Sarah Ockler’s books, and her writing is just lit! It’s so beautiful and inspiring and poetic-like. It might be confusing at first, but once you get used to it, you’ll find how beautiful it is. Here’s some quotes to prove the point :

“All the people who’d brought me here, past and present, ancient and young, legend and life and lore, I channeled. I welcomed them into my infinite heart, alongside the ghosts, the shadows, the ache I’d always carry. I made their strength mine, a part of me. My inspiration. My voice.” 

 “Beneath the vast diamond sky, I felt both all important and utterly significant, the goddess and the damned in equal measure.” 

 “When one dream burns to ash, you don’t crumble beneath it. You get on your hands and knees, and you sift through those ashes until you find the very last ember, the very last spark. Then you breathe. You breathe. You fucking breathe. And you make a new fire.”

and my personal faves :

 “Yes. I was just telling Elyse here… frankly, kids, I’m not sure it’s even legal to have a female first mate. We’d have to consult the rule book, but as far as I know, regatta’s a man’s race.”  

Christian’s jaw ticked, just like it had with his father the night of the party. “Damn. Must have hit my head on the way out of that time machine. 1850, are we? I might need some new clothes. Elyse, you sew right? Don’t all girls sew?” 

And if you need more convincing, you could read my review of this book!

Have you read this book? If so, what do you think of it?

Introducing : Read and Recs

I’m really, really excited to finally reveal my new feature to you guys! It might not be a unique features (there’s always some similar feature out there), but it’s my very first feature so I’m still excited! Anyway, here’s a brief introduction on Read and Recs, and what you guys can expect on my blog in the future.

How Did Read&Recs Born?
Some nights ago, I couldn’t sleep well, so what a bookworms gotta do? Scrolling through Instagram to see bookish pictures, of course! While scrolling through some bookstagram accounts, I suddenly realize a thing : people mostly post about new books or newly acquired books. Old books are mostly forgotten, especially contemporary books. I also realize that most blog features are focusing on debuts. And just like that, I got an idea to feature books I’ve read and love that’s at least 1 year old. The purpose is to showcase old books, so it won’t be ‘forgotten’.
What Can I Expect?
Once a month, on a random date, I will feature one or possibly more book for Read&Recs. Of course, if someday I’m less busy, I might make this feature as a bi-monthly feature, or even a weekly feature! Also as for now, in every post, I’m only planning to write about a little thoughts on the book, as well as some teasers/excerpt/graphic quote. But who knows, I might add an author interview or even  giveaways in the future!
Can I Participate?
I originally plan this feature only for my blog, but then I (quickly) realize that people could join too! So yes, you can participate (eventhough I don’t have a lot of followers so I’m not expecting someone to join for the first few months or so). If by any chance you want to do this (I’m honored and will love you forever <3), please credit and link back to The Bookish Thought. For now, I'm not going to add a linky, so just leave your link in the comment and I'll check it out.
That’s it for now! What do you guys think of it? Are you guys interested in it?