5 South-Asian Books on my TBR | including beautiful upcoming 2021 releases!

Hello everyone!

I wanted my second post of 2020 to be something that I’m excited for and proud of- so I thought what better than sharing some of the amazing South-Asian books that I want to read?

As most of you know, I’m Indian-American and I’m passionate about uplifting Asian authors. In 2020 I realized that I barely read *any* books by South Asian authors, and one of my 2021 goals is to change that.

So here are some amazing books by South Asian authors that you should definitely read!

A Time To Dance by Padma Venkataraman

A Time to Dance

My friend Vaishnavi recommended this book to me- it’s about a South Indian girl named Veda who is a classical dancer losing the ability to dance because of an injury. It’s told in verse and sounds beautiful and poignant. I do Indian Classical music and love it so much (I used to do dance as well but I stopped this year actually) so I feel like I’ll resonate a lot with this book.

The Gilded Wolves by Roshani Chokshi

The Gilded Wolves (The Gilded Wolves, #1)

I’ve been meaning to read TGW for so long, especially since its sequel released and is apparently even better than the first one! It’s a heist novel with a diverse set of MCs which is wonderful! It’s also set in a historical setting, which I’m really excited for because I tend to either read books set in modern-day or completely different worlds 😂

The Henna Wars by Adiba Jaigirdar

The Henna Wars

This was one of my most anticipated reads for 2020, and I finally got the book! I can’t wait to read it 💕 This is about a Bengali Muslim lesbian and her relationship with her identity, family, and her crush, a bisexual Afro-Brazilian, who is also her business rival. It sounds adorable and I’m looking forward to reading this book!

Rise of the Red Hand by Olivia Chadha

Rise of the Red Hand (The Mechanists, #1)

Rise of the Red Hand is an upcoming 2021 release about a dystopian South Asia. I don’t read a lot of dystopian, but I’m so curious to see what the worldbuilding will look like! I’m told that it also sparks conversations about climate change, environmentalism, and classism, which makes it even more exciting!

Hani and Ishu’s Guide to Fake Dating by Adiba Jaigirdhar

Hani and Ishu's Guide to Fake Dating

First of all- LOOK AT THAT COVER. It’s beautiful! Hani and Ishu is another 2021 release that I can’t wait for. And it’s by Adiba, the same author as The Henna Wars, so I’m also super excited for this. I mean, it’s literally sapphic South Asians fake dating- I can’t wait to read it!

Here are some links to other people’s lists of Asian books you should read!

~ Shealea’s Asian book registry

~ Fanna’s South Asian book list

~ Prutha’s 2021 anticipated releases

Wow- this is the shortest post I’ve written in several months 😭 But let me know what you think if you’ve read any of these novels! Also, has anyone heard Driver’s License by Olivia Rodrigo? It’s SO GOOD.

Anyway, have an amazing day everyone! I’d love to be posting more but sadly I have no post ideas :(( let me know if you have any ideas I can steal! 👀

31 thoughts on “5 South-Asian Books on my TBR | including beautiful upcoming 2021 releases!

  1. Is “A Time to Dance” a nonfiction kinda book? I have heard about this woman before who lost her leg and she is still dancing very beautifully and gracefully! Also, GIlded Wolves has been on my TBR for the longest time!


  2. i have been listening to drivers license on repeat and omg I LOVE!!!
    i also loved the henna wars. it was such a beautiful and important book. i listened to the audiobook in one day!!
    and i also was lucky enough to receive gilded wolves as a gift, so i’m super excited to dive into that one as well!!
    lovely post and happy reading 💙


  3. ooh a time to dance sounds amazing! will definitely check it out! i’m super excited for the rise of the red hand and hani and ishu’s guide to fake dating too! thanks for linking to my post ❤

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  4. w a i t
    and I’ve been mEANING to read the gilded wolves (even checked it out) but auhbjkdsjhbnka i never did aisjhgfjkashbsjsjhfbj njhbfn ADITI I DO NOT NEED ANY MORE PRESSURE TO ACTUALLY *READ* THIS YEAR ahjjbhkhfbjkjkfbnmsdjsbfns

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    1. HAHA <33 THANK YOU same omg I reallyyy need to read tgw BUT YES I WILL PRESSURE YOU BECAUSE LAST YEAR YOU READ LIKE 300 BOOKS WTF??? this year you better read at least 50!


  5. Classical dance, disabilities that only serve to make the character stronger, and verse?! I need A Time to Dance right now!! I hope you enjoy The Gilded Wolves, I remember starting it a long time ago, but I think I got busy, so I wasn’t able to continue. The Henna Wars was a definite favorite for me, the sibling relationship is beautiful!! Ooh Rise of the Red Hand sounds so good, I’ll have to look into it. And I absolutely agree, the cover of Hani and Ishu’s Guide to Fake Dating is GORGEOUS. Happy, happy reading Aditi!

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    1. Exactly! It sounds so good! Yes actually, same with me! I only read like 2 pages haha but then our library release was due so I couldn’t finish it :// I’m obsessed with Hani and Ishu!
      Thank you so much for commenting Eleanor!

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  6. omg your blog is so beautiful!!!!! & it made me so emotional seeing Gilded Wolves, that book was so cute but also grabbed my heart and threw it in the trash :’) I can’t wait to add the other books to my tbr!!!!

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  7. ahh love this post Aditi!! i really enjoyed The Henna Wars and i hope you love it too 💗 and i’m SO excited for Hani and Ishu’s Guide to Fake Dating as well 👀 also yeesssss i’ve been streaming drivers license on repeat haha it’s such a bop and i’m so happy for Olivia’s success 🤩

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  8. i really enjoyed both the henna wars and a time to dance, i hope you love them when you pick them up!! and aah the gilded wolves is one of my favorite books ever, roshani chokshi’s writing is gorgeous and the characters are all so amazing 😭 definitely lmk if you end up enjoying it!! 💕 rise of the red hand and hani & ishu also sound like they’re going to be so good omg! i hope you enjoy all of these, this was so fun to read! (also driver’s license is so good 🥺)


  9. ahh.. I love this list !! I really loved The Henna Wars, it was soo good so I can’t wait for you to read it. I hope you love it. I also excited for the authors next book, because yessss fake dating and this was sounds like such a good one !!
    I am also hoping to read The Gilded Wolves because I have been meaning to for what feels like forever so this is going to be the year. I hope we both love it !!
    Rise of The Red Hand and A Time To Dance sound really interesting, i hope you enjoy them both !! 💕
    If you are struggling for ideas you could always look at prompts like Rukky from Eternity Books (https://eternitybooksreview.wordpress.com/) does the ‘let’s talk bookish’ every month where you get discussion prompts which I really like, I also mean to participate but I’m not that organised, lol. I also love your writing posts as well haha. I’m sure whatever you do it will be amazing though 💙💙 Happy Reading 💙

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  10. Thank you for writing this!! I just read “well-behaved Indian women” by saumya Dave and “the dating plan” by Sarah desai, and I’m looking for more books written by south Asians!

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  11. I seriously need to try and read Gilded Wolves this year as it sounds fantastic. Rise Of The Red Hands sounds intriguing too, especially as i love a good dystopian novel. I hope that you get to read, and adore, all of these. I also hope you’re well.

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