Book Recommendations: Asian Pasifika Heritage Month Edition – 35 Asian and Pacific Islander Books to Read Today and After API Heritage Month!

Book Recommendations: Asian Pasifika Heritage Month. 35 Asian and Pacific Islander Books to Read Today and After API Heritage Month

Asian and Pasifika Heritage Month Edition is a month-long event at The Quiet Pond during the month of May, where Asian and Pasifika authors are invited to celebrate being Asian and Pasifika work and literature! Find the introduction post for Asian and Pasifika Heritage Month here.

What a month May has been for the Pond! We hosted 16 Asian and Pasifika authors this month, and I am so proud and happy with the awesome stuff that my co-bloggers and I did to uplift and share Asian and Pasifika literature this month. And of course, thank you to everyone who visited, shared and supported our work, and joined in our celebrations for Asian Pasifika Heritage Month. (Here is a full list of all the features we did this month!)

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Book Recommendations – Funny Books That Will Make You Laugh Out Loud

Book Recommendations - Funny Books That Will Make You Laugh Out Loud

In case you’re new to the Pond’s book recommendation posts, the recommendation posts are brought to you by Varian, the Pond’s very own Toadshifter who is knowledgeable in all kinds of magic! One of Varian’s ambitions is to get better at sewing, hence why whenever Varian has come up with their latest costume, they will always recommend a few books that inspired them!

Sometimes, I think we can all do with a book that makes you laugh.

Nothing feels better than reading a book that is just so charming and funny that it pulls you into the character’s world – and helps you escape the rush and mess, even if it’s for a little while. I’ve had the privilege of reading some truly hilarious books this year, so I thought I would put together a list of the books that literally made me laugh out loud – a feat, since I’m actually a very stoic reader!

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Our Friend is Here! Asian Heritage Month Edition – An Interview with Jessica Kim, Author of Stand Up, Yumi Chung! On Comedy and Diaspora Korean Identity

Our Friend is Here: Asian Heritage Month Edition. Author Interview with Jessica Kim: author of stand up, yumi chung! and writing diaspora korean identity. xiaolong raising her arms up to show off jessica kim as a red dragon wearing a hanbok and holding a microphone. to the right is a portrait of jessica kim, next to her book's cover of stand up, yumi chung!

Our Friend is Hereis a guest feature at The Quiet Pond, where authors, creatives, and fellow readers, are invited to ‘visit’ the Pond! In Our Friend is Here! guest posts, our visitors (as their very own unique character!) have a friendly conversation about anything related to books or being a reader — and become friends with Xiaolong and friends.

Asian Heritage Month Edition is a month-long event at The Quiet Pond, where Asian authors and bookish content creators are invited to celebrate being Asian, Asian books, and the experiences of being an Asian reader. (Note: Here is an explanation of why we are calling this guest series ‘Asian Heritage Month’.)

Something that we have been seeing more of in the last few years is Asian middle-grade books! Asian middle-grade books are a personal favourite; I love how middle-grade stories are often centered on learning about yourself, doing your best, and finding your space in the world while navigating change and growth. I love Asian middle-grade even more too! Seeing Asian authors write empowering stories and giving voice to younger Asian children – especially when being young and being Asian can be very confusing in today’s world – fills me with so much hope for the future.

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