25 Books by Asian Authors to Read in the Second Half of 2022

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Make room readers, your TBR is about to be stacked! We rounded up 25 books by Asian authors hitting shelves in the second half of 2022—some are even available to request on NetGalley right now. Whether you prefer romance, YA, mystery, literary fiction, or fantasy, there’s a book here for you.

Kaleidoscope by Cecily Wong

Cecily Wong returns this summer with a novel about a woman rocked by a family tragedy that leads her to examine her relationships with her parents, their business empire, and her sister.

Partners in Crime by Alisha Rai

Kidnappers, art thieves, hackers—oh my! Alisha Rai’s latest romance promises all of that and more for readers, and couple Mira and Naveen, who meet on a matchmaking app.

Kismet by Amina Akhtar

Amina Akhtar’s thriller follows New Yorker Ronnie on a wellness getaway in Arizona. Ronnie’s enjoying herself until a series of murders makes her question who brought her there and why.

Silver Under Nightfall by Rin Chupeco

A bounty hunter reluctantly partners with a vampire heiress and her fiancé to defeat a new breed of bloodsuckers, only to begin questioning everything he thought he knew about them.

Beating Heart Baby by Lio Min

Lio Min’s YA debut is divided into an A-side and B-side to tell the stories of Santi and Suwa who meet through marching-band camp and quickly connect over their shared love of music.

The Last Queen by Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni

Readers looking for historical fiction won’t want to miss Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni’s latest, which takes a look at the life of Jindan, the last reigning queen of India’s Sikh Empire.

The Very Secret Society of Irregular Witches by Sangu Mandanna

Sangu Mandanna combines magic, found family, and love in this story of a lonely witch who begins to train three wards and starts to fall for their mansion’s grumpy librarian.

Death by Bubble Tea by Jennifer J. Chow

Jennifer J. Chow kicks off her new cozy mystery series, LA Night Market, with a tale of cousins who wind up suspects in a murder when a customer dies after drinking their popular bubble tea.

The Genesis of Misery by Neon Yang

Neon Yang takes readers to a mining planet where Misery Nomaki is being hunted by two warring factions who hope to use Misery’s saint-like powers to defeat the other.

Monsters Born and Made by Tanvi Berwah

Tanvi Berwah’s YA fantasy debut is set around a deadly tournament held by the ruling class. When Koral’s family is in trouble, she finds a way to enter in the hopes of saving them all.

Sophie Go’s Lonely Hearts Club by Roselle Lim

A young matchmaker decides to find love for seven septuagenarian Chinese bachelors in this novel. Read our interview with Roselle Lim while you wait for this book to hit shelves in August!

Return to Cherry Blossom Way by Jeannie Chin

Travel writer May Wu is reluctant to return home, especially when it brings her face-to-face with her ex and first love. But Han Leung is ready to prove that he’s worthy of a second chance.

Blackwater Falls by Ausma Zehanat Khan

When immigrant girls begin to go missing in a Colorado town, Inaya Rahman and Waqas Seif are assigned to the case. But as their investigation begins, Inaya wonders if she can trust Seif.

Booked on a Feeling by Jayci Lee

In need of a change, Lizzy decides to revamp a bookstore with the help of Jack, who has secretly pined for her since they were kids, in the third book in Jayci Lee’s Sweet Mess romance series.

TJ Powar Has Something to Prove by Jesmeen Kaur Deo

Jesmeen Kaur Deo’s YA debut takes a look at beauty standards through TJ Powar, who stops removing body hair to prove she’s beautiful either way after her cousin is bullied over her’s.

The Picture Bride by Lee Geum-yi

This novel explores the life of a Korean picture bride sent to live in Hawaii with a husband she never met in 1918, only to realize the life she was promised is nothing like her new reality.

Mika in Real Life by Emiko Jean

When Mika Suzuki is contacted by the daughter she placed up for adoption, she wants to be the kind of person her daughter might be proud of. But one little lie snowballs into another.

The Stand-In by Lily Chu

Gracie Reed is asked to play the role of a lifetime when she swaps identities with Chinese actress Wei Fangli and finds herself on the arm of the attractive and infuriating Sam Yao.

Boys I Know by Anna Gracia

Anna Gracia’s YA debut follows high school senior June Chu as she navigates love and sex, while also struggling with the expectations her Taiwanese mother has for her future.

Peril at the Exposition by Nev March

You may recognize this one from our Killer Reads roundup! Nev March’s latest mystery transports readers to the World’s Fair in Chicago in 1893 to investigate a murder.

Heart of the Sun Warrior by Sue Lynn Tan

The sequel to Daughter of the Moon Goddess hit shelves this November and picks up with Xingyin journeying to the Immortal Realm as danger threatens the Celestial Kingdom.

The Stardust Thief by Chelsea Abdullah

Readers looking to get lost in a fantasy world should dive into the first book in the Sandsea trilogy, where saving the life of a prince leads ​​Loulie on a mission to find an ancient lamp.

Broken Summer by J.M. Lee

A manuscript threatens to unravel artist Lee Hanjo’s entire life in this psychological thriller. When Hanjo’s wife disappears, she leaves behind a novel that feels too-close to reality for Hanjo.

Holiday Heroine by Sarah Kuhn

In the sixth action-packed installment in the Heroine Complex series, Bea Tanaka’s Christmas celebrations with her family in Hawaii are interrupted by the arrival of demonic forces.

Creep by Lygia Day Peñaflor

Lygia Day Peñaflor’s next YA thriller hits shelves in the fall and follows Holy Family High School’s most popular couple through the eyes of Rafi, the classmate who is stalking them.

Which of these books is at the top of your reading list?

Kelly Gallucci

Kelly Gallucci is the Executive Editor of We Are Bookish, where she oversees the editorial content, offers book recommendations, and interviews authors and NetGalley members. When she's not working, Kelly can be found color coordinating her bookshelves, eating Chipotle, and watching way too many baking shows.

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