WORD WONDERS’ TBR EXPANSION : Books with South Asian Main Characters


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Hello friends!

It’s been a while since I’ve done a recommendations post, with my hiatus and only being here for half June, I didn’t get around to putting one together last month and I also didn’t have a time slot for it. But now here we are. I’ve been wanting to do Asian book recommendations for a while but since there are so many beautiful identities under the umbrella term, I decided that to make easier for me as well as for people who are looking for recommendations, I’ll split it up in regions so for today’s post, it’s books with South Asian main characters.

I will try to include content warnings for as many of them. The ones that I couldn’t find content warnings for will have a (*) in front of their titles.1Contemporary

Saints & Misfits – S. K. Ali (Indian-egyptian)


CW: Sexual assault, death of a loved one, one aromisic comment (unchallenged)

Love, Hate and Other Filters – Samira Ahmed (Indian)


CW: Racism, islamophobia, threats, violence, physical assault, white supremacy

Written in the Stars – Aisha Saeed (Pakistani)


Cw: Rape, abuse (emotional, physical), miscarriage, starvation, forced marriage.

You’re Welcome Universe – Whitney Gardner (Indian)


CW: Ableism (addressed on the page), secondary character has an eating disorder

When Dimple Met Rishi – Sandhya Menon (Indian)


CW: Ableist language, person pressured to drink.

From Twinkle, with Love – Sandhya Menon (Indian)


CW: Ableist language, aromisic language.

A Time to Dance – Padma Venkatraman (Indian)


CW: car accident, amputation, death of a family member, grief, ableism (called out by the MC)

Mariam Sharma hits the Road * – Sheba Karim


The Secret Science of Magic * – Melissa Keil (Sri Lankan)


God Smites and Other Muslim Girl Problems – Ishara Deen (Bengali)

Ishara Deen - God Smites and other muslim girl problems

When Michael Met Mina – Randa Abdel-Fattah (Afghan)

Randa Abdel-Fattah - When Michael Met Mina

My So-Called Bollywood Life – Nisha Sharma (Indian)



Library of Fates * – Aditi Khorana (Indian)


The Star-Touched Queen * – Rochani Chokshi (Indian)


Mirror in the Sky *  Aditi Khorana (Indian)


Fire Boy * – Sami Shah (Pakistani)

Historical Fiction

You Bring the Distant Near – Mitali Perkins (Indian)


CW: Use of the N-word (called out) and anti-blackness, colorism, islamophobia.

The Night Diary – Veera Hiranandani (Indian)


CW: violence, murder, having to flee.



Wrong to Need You – Alisha Rai (Pakistani)


CW: Anxiety, panic attacks, passing mention of suicide.

Wanna Bet – Talia Hibbert (Indian)


CW: parental neglect and abandonment, parental death, alcohol dependance, sexual scenes, PTSD.


Lucky Boy* – Shanthi Sekaran (Indian)


Girls Burn Brighter * – Shobha Rao (Indian)

Interpreter of Maladies * – Jhumpa Lahiri (Indian)



Exit West – Mohsin Hamid (Pakistani)


CW: War, detailed description of murder, policebrutality, drug use, sexual assault, death of a parent, suicide ideation and description.

Markswoman * – Mehrotra Rati

Midnight’s Children – Salman Rushdie (Indian)


CW: Violence.

Historical Fiction

The Shadow Lines – Amitav Ghosh (Indian/Pakistani)

CW: Violence.

Reef – Romesh Gunesekera (Sri Lankan)

CW: Sexual Assault.

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25 thoughts on “WORD WONDERS’ TBR EXPANSION : Books with South Asian Main Characters

  1. Thank you so much for taking the time to put this together, I’m spotting so many great books on here ❤ I really, really want to read You're welcome, Universe, this book sounds amazing ❤


  2. I love this these lists. You have inspired me last year to read more books with diversity and this may help. Have you heard of “The Women Who Breathed Two Worlds” by Selina Siak Chin Yake? It is historical fiction about the Nyonya, a minority who are part Chinesse and part Malayan. It isn’t a dark book, but CW there is birth scenes and death of a loved one. It basically follows the MC for her whole life from her easiest memories to just after her death at the beginning of WWII and Japan’s attack. Thank You for posting 🙂


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  4. Ahhh loved this post!! I’ve really wanted to read You’re Welcome, Universe (it looks SO GOOd) and also Love, Hate and Other Filters!! They both sound so good and I love their covers so much?? SOUTH ASIAN CHARACTERS ON COVERS YES.


  5. Fantastic recommendation list as per usual! I’ve read a few of these and a few are on my TBR already.

    Lucky Boy by Shanthi Sekaran is an AMAZING book and so relevant in light of recent events here in the U.S. As far as content warning, it contains a sexual assault (rape) and infertility. Just off the top of my head. I’m sure there’s more, but thought you could at least share those.


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