The Ultimate Guide to Diverse YA Books Releasing in 2017: January – June


Hello, everyone! With the start of the new year, I thought I’d get back on track with blogging with a list of diverse books coming out this year. Although we’ve still got a long way to go when it comes to diversity in literature, I’m so proud that we’ve come so far. When I went scouring for diverse YA books releasing this year, I came across so many great-sounding ones that I had to split my list into 2- Part 1 will focus on releases in January to June, and Part 2 will focus on July to December.

One of my resolutions this year is to read as diversely as possible; it’s sad that I didn’t really understand the importance of the movement until late last-year. I want to focus my reading time this year reading as many diverse books as possible. There are many great events hosted by bloggers from all over the world that might help you do the same. Naz @ Read Diverse Books has come up with a brilliant incentive for bloggers to read and review diverse literature; there will be quarterly giveaways and prizes, and it’s an interactive experience where you can blog-hop and discover other bloggers who read diversely.

I, along with other bloggers, am hosting Diversity Bingo 2017, which is a bingo sheet comprising of 36 squares- each pertaining to a different facet of diversity. The goal is to read one book for each square by the end of 2017.

As for this post, this is by no means a definitive list. The “ultimate” in the title is there because it makes for a catchy title, hehe. If there are any books that are diverse releases of 2017 that I missed, please, please let me know in the comments below and I will add them. Help me out here; there is no way I can do this alone. <3







Again, I cannot do this alone. I’d love to spotlight as many diverse reads as possible- if there’s any I missed (that you haven’t heard anything problematic about) let me know and I’ll add it to the list. As I become aware of more diverse books, I’ll add those to the list too. If you have any suggestions, leave those in the comments as well.

Note: diverse literature extends beyond YA, of course. While much of my reading remains focused on YA, I try and make an effort to read diversely in the adult genre too, and I urge you to do the same. It’s virtually impossible for me to compile a list of diverse lit. if I encompass all genres, so this list was clearly YA exclusive. But again- there’s so much to read out there; keep your horizons open. And as always, thanks for stopping by and happy reading. 🙂


  1. I’m so excited to read The Bone Witch! I’ve had it for awhile but have waited to be closer to the publishing date…wanna buddy read? When it gets closer to releasing?

  2. Oh my goodness, thank you so so so much for this post! I struggle to remember all the amazing diverse books coming out this year, so this book helps a toonnnnn. Now I know what to look forward to and when – thanks Aimal!

  3. Thanks for putting together this resource! Here are some diverse MG+YA books that are on my radar:
    Stef Soto, Taco Queen by Jennifer Torres (Jan. 17th)
    Soulmated by Shaila Patel (Jan. 24th)
    The Crystal Ribbon by Celeste Lim (Jan. 31st)
    Empress of a Thousand Skies by Rhoda Belleza (Feb. 7th)
    The Ship Beyond Time (The Girl From Everywhere #2) by Heidi Heilig (Feb. 28th)
    The Bone Witch by Rin Chupeco (Mar. 7th)
    A Crown of Wishes (The Star-Touched Queen #2) by Roshani Chokshi (Mar. 28th)
    Cilla Lee-Jenkins: Future Author Extraordinaire by Susan Tan (Mar. 28th)
    Lucky Broken Girl by Ruth Behar (April 11th)
    The Emperor’s Riddle by Kat Zhang (May 2nd)
    One Shadow on the Wall by Leah Henderson (June 6th)

  4. I just found your blog and I think it is so cute! I love the “Reviewed in 16” page and the cute monthly icons. I also love how you are focused on a lot of diverse reading. I tend to focus a lot on the bestsellers that catch my eye, but you give a lot of better options for me to look out for.


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