Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together. How it works is that each Tuesday the host assigns a topic and then posts their top ten list that fits the topic. Every blogger can create their own top ten (or 2, 5, 20, etc.) list as well and link to the host’s. The topic for May 8th, 2018 is: Books With My Favorite Color On the Cover (or In the Title). I feel like a lot of people are going to choose the colour purple for sure, so I decided to change the prompt. Since I’m taking part in the Asian Lit Bingo, a month-long reading challenge in May hosted by Lit CelebrAsian, I decided to recommend some of my favourite Asian stories. There’s one each for every colour of the rainbow, so I’ll be doing 7 instead of 10 this time around.
Red – The Wrath and the Dawn by Renée Ahdieh
I haven’t actually read this one, but has been on my TBR since forever. I have read and enjoyed The Flame in the Mist by her, but I’ve heard only good things about this series as well, which is why I decided to recommend it.
Orange – When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon
I don’t think I’ve stopped talking about this book ever since I read it, but here it is again! It is the first contemporary read I felt a deep connection with and it will always remain a book that is close to my heart because of the representation in it.
Yellow – A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini
I don’t usually recommend or even read a lot of adult fiction, but I read this one as a teenager and it shook my view of things. A powerful story following the lives of two Afghani women, this one had me sobbing like a child in the best possible way. so of course I’m going to recommend it.
Green – Forest of a Thousand Lanterns by Julie C. Dao
This is another Asian fantasy story that is getting a sequel soon, so you can have absolutely no reason not to read it. It follows a villain’s perspective and I found that the character development was top-notch. It also has East Asian culture woven into the world-building wonderfully, so I highly recommend it.
Blue – American Panda by Gloria Chao
If you’ve been around recently, you know I’ve been raving about this book ever since it came out. I don’t want to say anything much beyond that I wish everyone in the world would read this book because I promise it is that good!
Indigo – Aru Shah and the End of Time by Roshani Chokshi
This is another book on this list I haven’t read but I expect Roshani to dazzle me with this story based on the Mahabharata. Since it is endorsed by Rick Riordan himself and is a bestseller in the middle grade section, I’m sure it’ll blow me away just like A Crown of Wishes did. It is definitely going to be my next read.
Violet – The Bone Witch by Rin Chupeco
The final book is also an unread one, though the gorgeous cover is enough to convince me to pick up the book this very second. I was initially interested in it when the first book came out, but the hype soon died down as mixed reviews rolled in. However, the sequel was released recently and one of my book blogger friends wrote a glowing review, so I’m excited to bump it up my TBR again and also feel confident to recommend it.
If you’re interested in taking part in the Asian Lit Bingo, here’s the bingo board for your reference. Link to the master post with all of the relevant information is in the introduction.
Have you read any of these books? Are you taking part in the Asian Lit Bingo as well? Which is your favourite colour and what book would you recommend based on that? Let me know in the comments section below.