south asian

This page is a list of books with South Asian protagonists and/or written by South Asian authors. South Asia includes: Afghanistan, Bangladesh, India, and Pakistan (and more, these are just the countries I currently have books for). Each category is split into age range and genre.

A table of contents can be found below. If you would like to submit a book to add a book to this list, please see the form in the original post.

CORRECTION FORM

I haven’t read a lot of these books, so some of the listed representation may be wrong or vague. Please submit any corrections to these books! Note that: New submissions should be submitted in the form in the original post, not this one. You can also contact me by email here.

TABLE OF CONTENTS

  1. Afghanistan
  2. Bangladesh
  3. India
  4. Pakistan

bold = series
books of a series listed individually = can be read as a standalone

Afghanistan

bookinformation
The Lines We Cross by Randa Abdel-Fattahrep: Afghan protagonist; author of Palestinian and Egyptian descent
genre: contemporary
setting: Australia

Bangladesh

bookinformation
The Love & Lies of Rukhsana Ali by Sabina Khanrep: ownvoices lesbian Bengali-American protagonist
genre: contemporary
setting: U.S., Bangladesh
The Henna Wars by Adiba Jaigirdar
(out May 5, 2020)
rep: ownvoices lesbian Irish Bengali protagonist, bisexual biracial (Afro-Brazilian, white) love interest, Bengali-Irish side character, Korean-Irish side character
genre: contemporary
setting: Ireland
You Bring the Distant Near by Mitali Perkinsrep: ownvoices Bengali protagonists
genre: historical
setting: Bangladesh, England, U.S.

India

MIDDLE GRADE

bookinformation
The Pandava Quartet by Roshani Chokshi
(read my review of book two here)
rep: Indian-American protagonist and main characters, ownvoices biracial (Indian, Filipino) main character
genre: fantasy
setting: U.S.

YOUNG ADULT

contemporary

bookinformation
Love, Hate & Other Filters by Samira Ahmedrep: ownvoices Indian-American protagonist
genre: contemporary
setting: U.S.
Saints and Misfits by S.K. Alirep: ownvoices Indian-American protagonist
genre: contemporary
setting: U.S.
tw: sexual assault
A Match Made in Mehendi by Nandini Bajpairep: ownvoices Indian-American protagonist
genre: contemporary
setting: U.S.
A Girl Like That by Tanaz Bhathenarep: ownvoices Indian protagonists
genre: contemporary
setting: Saudi Arabia
The Beauty of the Moment by Tanaz Bhathena
(read my review here)
rep: ownvoices Indian/Indian-Canadian protagonists and characters
genre: contemporary
setting: Canada
Symptoms of a Heartbreak by Sona Charaipotrarep: ownvoices Indian-American protagonist
genre: contemporary
setting: U.S.
Enter Title Here by Rahul Kanakiarep: ownvoices Indian-American protagonist
genre: contemporary
setting: U.S.
We Are Totally Normal by Rahul Kanakiarep: ownvoices questioning Indian-American protagonist
genre: contemporary
setting: U.S.
When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menonrep: ownvoices Indian-American protagonists and characters
genre: contemporary
setting: U.S.
From Twinkle, with Love by Sandhya Menonrep: ownvoices Indian-American protagonists and characters
genre: contemporary
setting: U.S.
There’s Something about Sweetie by Sandhya Menonrep: ownvoices Indian-American protagonists and characters
genre: contemporary
setting: U.S.
10 Things I Hate about Pinky by Sandhya Menon
(out July 21, 2020)
rep: ownvoices Indian-American protagonists and characters
genre: contemporary
setting: U.S.
Of Curses and Kisses by Sandhya Menonrep: ownvoices Indian-American protagonist and side character
genre: contemporary, fantasy elements
setting: U.S.
Tell Me How You Really Feel by Aminah Mae Safi
(read my review here)
rep: wlw Indian/Persian-American protagonist, wlw Jewish/Mexican-American protagonist
genre: contemporary
setting: U.S.
My So-Called Bollywood Life by Nisha Sharmarep: ownvoices Indian protagonist
genre: contemporary
setting: U.S.
Don’t Read the Comments by Eric Smithrep: Indian-American protagonist, biracial (Honduran, Palestinian) protagonist
genre: contemporary
setting: U.S.
Small Town Hearts by Lillie Vale
(read my review here)
rep: ownvoices bisexual protagonist; author of Indian descent
genre: contemporary
setting: U.S.

fantasy / science fiction

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The Candle and the Flame by Nafiza Azad
(read my review here)
rep: ownvoices Asian-inspired
genre: fantasy
Hunted by the Sky by Tanaz Bhathena
(out June 23, 2020)
rep: ownvoices Indian inspiration
genre: fantasy
The Star-Touched Queen by Roshani Chokshirep: ownvoices Indian inspiration
genre: fantasy
A Crown of Wishes by Roshani Chokshirep: ownvoices Indian inspiration
genre: fantasy
The Gilded Wolves trilogy by Roshani Chokshi
(read my reviews of book one and book two)
rep: ownvoices Indian (Tamil) protagonist, biracial (Algerian, French) protagonist, bisexual biracial (Filipino (ownvoices), Spanish) protagonist, Jewish protagonist, mlm biracial (Haitian, French) main character
genre: historical fantasy
setting: France, Russia
The Library of Fates by Aditi Khoranarep: ownvoices Indian inspiration
genre: fantasy
The Celestial Trilogy by Sangu Mandanna
(read my reviews of book one and book two)
rep: ownvoices Indian inspiration
genre: fantasy
Timekeeper duology by Tara Simrep: bisexual protagonist; author of Indian descent
genre: fantasy
Scavenge the Stars by Tara Simrep: bisexual protagonist, gay love interest; author of Indian descent
genre: fantasy
The Tiger at Midnight trilogy by Swati Teerdhalarep: ownvoices Indian inspiration
genre: fantasy
Star Daughter by Shveta Thakrar
(out August 25, 2020)
rep: ownvoices Indian inspiration
genre: fantasy
Internment by Samira Ahmedrep: ownvoices Indian-American protagonist
genre: science fiction

ADULT

romance

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The Marriage Game by Sara Desai
(out June 9, 2020)
rep: ownvoices Indian-American protagonists
genre: romance
setting: U.S.
Pride, Prejudice, and Other Flavors by Sonali Devrep: ownvoices Indian-American protagonist and characters
genre: romance
setting: U.S.
Ayesha At Last by Uzma Jalaluddinrep: ownvoices Indian protagonists
genre: romance
setting: Canada
Grown-Up Pose by Sonya Lallirep: ownvoices Indian-Canadian protagonist
genre: romance
setting: Canada
The Trouble with Hating You by Sajni Patel
(out May 12, 2020)
rep: ownvoices Indian-American protagonists
genre: romance
setting: U.S.
The Marriage Clock by Zara Raheemrep: ownvoices Indian-American protagonist
genre: romance
setting: U.S.

fantasy

bookinformation
Sorcerer to the Crown by Zen Chorep: Indian protagonist, Black main character; Malaysian author
genre: historical fantasy
setting: England
Empire of Sand by Tasha Surirep: ownvoices Indian inspiration
genre: fantasy
Realm of Ash by Tasha Suri
(read my review here)
rep: ownvoices Indian inspiration
genre: fantasy
The Jasmine Throne by Tasha Suri
(out 2021)
rep: ownvoices Indian inspiration; wlw protagonists
genre: fantasy

Pakistan

MIDDLE GRADE

bookinformation
Amina’s Voice by Hena Khanrep: ownvoices Pakistani-American protagonist
genre: contemporary
setting: U.S.
More to the Story by Hena Khanrep: ownvoices Pakistani-American protagonist
genre: contemporary
setting: U.S.
Amal Unbound by Aisha Saeedrep: ownvoices Pakistani protagonist and characters
genre: contemporary
setting: Pakistan

YOUNG ADULT

contemporary

bookinformation
Love from A to Z by S.K. Alirep: biracial (Chinese, white) protagonist, Pakistani/Guyanese/Trinidadian-American protagonist
genre: contemporary
setting: Qatar, U.S.
That Thing We Call a Heart by Sheba Karimrep: ownvoices Pakistani-American protagonist
genre: contemporary
setting: U.S.
Mariam Sharma Hits the Road by Sheba Karimrep: ownvoices Pakistani-American protagonist and main character, Indian-Pakistani main character
genre: contemporary
setting: U.S.
Written in the Stars by Aisha Saeedrep: ownvoices Pakistani-American protagonist
genre: contemporary
setting: Pakistan
tw: rape
Yes No Maybe So by Becky Albertalli and Aisha Saeedrep: ownvoices Pakistani-American protagonist
genre: contemporary
setting: U.S.

fantasy / science fiction

bookinformation
An Ember in the Ashes series by Sabaa Tahirrep: Pakistani-American author
genre: fantasy