Books & Boba is a book club dedicated to books written by Asian and Asian American authors. We cover a wide range of genres including contemporary, historical fiction, sci-fi, fantasy, YA, nonfiction, thrillers, graphic novels, and memoirs.
#135 - How to Pronounce Knife by Souvankham Thammavongsa
On this episode, we discuss our April 2021 book club pick, How to Pronounce Knife by Souvankham Thammavongsa
#134 - Author Chat w/ Mia P. Manansala
On this episode, we chat with author Mia P. Manansala about her debut novel Arsenic and Adobo
#133 - April 2021 Book News
We go over the latest book and publishing news in Asian American literature for April 2021
#132 - Girls of Paper and Fire by Natasha Ngan
On this episode, we discuss our March 2021 book club pick, Girls of Paper and Fire by Natasha Ngan
#131 - March 2021 Book News
We go over the latest book and publishing news in Asian American literature for March 2021
#130 - Author Chat w/ Sonya Lalli
On this episode, we chat with author Sonya Lalli about her new novel Serena Singh Flips the Script
Funny Insightful with Great Recommendations
Books and Boba is always such a treat. They read books by Asian and Asian American authors from tons of different backgrounds, and they also share mid month news about book deals and publication alerts. (Since I don’t have access to the deals marketplace list serv, this is so handy for staying on top of the buzz.) Plus their content (both podcast and Instagram) for AAPI Heritage Month is always amazing. My only wish is that they’d release more episodes!
Room for improvement
It’s a great concept and they choose wonderful books for their book club. However I really struggled listening to the two hosts. the number of “likes” and “ums” disrupting the conversation was too distracting. One of the hosts is significantly worse than the other in this regard, and it’s something that I don’t mind in conversation but a podcast host needs to be more thoughtful about that. I also found that the book discussions were not as in depth as I would like, because the hosts get too caught up talking about themselves. It’s disappointing because plenty of their book choices merited a more thorough discussion about the characters, plot, etc.
Love this show, and everything it stands for! I’m constantly adding books to my list based on their recommendations. Definitely give this one a listen!