Back in February, we celebrated Black History Month by sharing recent DIKs from Black authors. May is Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month in the United States, so it’s time to celebrate AAPI Heritage with a new list!

As with Black authors, despite the fact that this month is observed in the US, we didn’t limit ourselves to American authors here. Also, these are just the DIKs of approximately the past year. There are more great finds in our database!

Please join us in celebrating great writing by members of the Asian and Pacific Islander diaspora, wherever they live!


You can find our reviews of these titles here:

Sorcerer to the Crown by Zen Cho

These Violent Delights by Chloe Gong

Trashed by Mia Hopkins

Pregnant by the Playboy by Jackie Lau

The Hidden Moon by Jeannie Lin

10 Things I Hate About Pinky by Sandhya Menon

The Duke Who Didn’t by Courtney Milan

The Trouble with Hating You by Sajni Patel

Girl Gone Viral by Alisha Rai

Marriage by Arrangement by Sophia Singh Sasson

My Christmas Charade by Melanie Ting

Crushing On You by Jen Trinh

The Epic Crush of Genie Lo by F.C. Yee


And some amazing reads that are not romances:

You can find our reviews of these titles here:

The Library of Legends by Janie Chang

Last Tang Standing by Lauren Ho

The Henna Artist by Alka Joshi

Know My Name by Chanel Miller

Quiet in her Bones by Nalini Singh

Murder on Cold Street by Sherry Thomas

What great books by AAPI authors can you recommend? Please share in the comments!

~ Caroline Russomanno

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I'm a history geek and educator, and I've lived in five different countries in North America, Asia, and Europe. In addition to the usual subgenres, I'm partial to YA, Sci-fi/Fantasy, and graphic novels. I love to cook.