Since I can’t stick to my monthly tbr list EVER, I decided to do what many others do and make a seasonal tbr. I think this will be a more effective solution for me because I will only have 5 set books to focus on for a few months.
May is Asian Pacific American Heritage month and being a Pacific Islander, I am going to celebrate by reading books with Asian/Pacific Islander authors and characters. Since I have too many of them to try to read in May, I’ll be spacing them out throughout spring.
1 & 2 | Moloka’i and Daughter of Moloka’i by Alan Brennert
First will be Moloka’i and Daughter of Moloka’i by Alan Brennert. I literally heard about these two books a couple of days ago and went to the bookstore to buy them yesterday. I was so excited to finally see two books about my own Hawaiian culture. I mean we see movies like Lilo and Stitch and Moana and it’s so exciting for us. But finally finding books about Hawaiian characters is so inspiring. We see books and movies set in Hawaii and other Pacific islands, but they’re usually white main characters who either moved to Hawaii or are tourists. I’m half white as well, but it’s so frustrating to never see Hawaiian main characters. These two books immediately jumped to the top of my tbr, and I hope to get to them very soon.
3 | Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan
Next, is Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan. I have been wanting to read this ever since I heard about the movie. I refused to watch the movie until I read the book.
4. When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon
This book has been in my tbr pile for almost two years, so it’s about time I finally read it.
5. The Priory of the Orange Tree by Samantha Shannon
The last book on my list doesn’t fall into my Asian/Pacific Islander criteria. (I’m not actually sure. I didn’t want to spoil any part of it for myself so I haven’t read anything about it.) It’s one of my most anticipated reads of the year. And I still haven’t started.
It was on my March tbr, and I highly doubt I’ll be starting it this month. Hopefully I’ll get to it in April.
Let me know if you’ve read any of these and your thoughts! I’m so excited to read all of these books!