The Ultimate Guide to Diverse YA Books Releasing in 2017: July – December

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Hello, everyone! As we approach the end of June, I realized it’s about time I post the second part to my Ultimate Guide to Diverse YA Books. I posted a list of books releasing from January – June early this year on the blog, which you can check out here, but the list of diverse books releasing in the second half of the year is much longer, and took much more effort to compile, so if you could help me out here by telling me of any books I missed, or any books that you know are problematic that I may have included, and I will edit the list as soon as possible.

Just a note: I made this guide because I am passionate about diversity in literature, to the point where I did my final research paper this year on diversifying literature, and how it could have a positive impact on minority children. It’s not a job, but that doesn’t change the fact that it’s very, very time-consuming, and I need to scour all over the Internet, read hundreds of synopses and other lists and news articles and announcements to make these lists. If you enjoyed this and if this has helped you at all, I humbly request you to please consider donating to my Ko-Fi (or sharing the link). It would truly mean the world! But again, there is obviously no obligation – I do this because I’m passionate about it, not because I expect a cookie in return.

Hover over the image of the cover to see the release date, the elements of diversity, and click on the cover to go to its Goodreads page.

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If you have any books in mind that I may have missed, or you find something problematic about one of these books and you think it should not be included in the list (but only if they are NON-#OWNVOICES STORIES), let me know, and I will edit the list accordingly.

Until then, I sincerely hope these books caught your eye – I hope this list proves useful to anyone who’s looking for diverse books for the year. Please, please share this – the importance of representation in literature cannot be stressed enough, so please spread this far and wide so someone who might want some representation will be able to find it. Thank you.


  1. Thank you so much for putting this list together Aimal! I cannot even imagine how long it took you to compile this & research the representations…. This makes it so easy to fill gaps in my reading!!! I will 100% be sharing this list. You rock!

  2. Oh, thank you so much for this list! This is fantastic and I’m flopping around all excited because this is so useful and awesome and YAY. I would donate to your ko-fi if I had any spare cash, but alas, my bank account is currently weeping. It’s throwing pennies at me when I ask for my 3 dollars OOPS.
    You’re awesome for doing this, thank youuuuu <3

  3. This is an amazing list Aimal, thank you so much for putting it together!
    I’m already super looking forward to a lot of these, such as 27 Hours, Library of Fates, Wonder Woman and They Both Die At The End, but I’ve also found a lot of other intriguing-looking books I need to check out! 🙂

  4. This is such an amazing list, Aimal ♥ Thank you so much for taking the time to put this all together! Definitely going to check out a bunch of the ones I wasn’t aware of. Also, as a sidenote I absolutely LOVE the layout of this post. The hover element on the covers is super cool!!

  5. AIMAL!! You are an utter LIFESAVER but also my TBR is now getting even larger??! 😛 Not even sorry for adding these books to my TBR though aha this post was so helpful, thank you so much for taking the time to put it together!!

  6. This entire list makes me so happy. I’m definitely going to bookmark it for reference!!

    I’m new to blogging and book reviewing, and I was wondering if you had any tips for newbie bloggers and book reviewers.

    If you have the time, please check out my blog @breenysbooks. I’d love any feedback. Have a wonderful day.

  7. THIS IS THE MOST MASTERFUL COLLECTION OF RELEASES I’VE SEEN. Big ups for hovering over and including release dates and why these are #ownvoices and diverse books. So much easier for me to tell which ones I’m going to absolutely love! (which would be pretty much all of them). Thank you so much!

    • AH, YOU ARE SO SWEET, THANK YOU SO MUCH! It took me a long time to do that, but I definitely think it’s worth it since I always want to know the element of diversity when I find these lists. I’m so glad my list helped. <3

  8. OMG so many fabulous books! Thanks so much for putting this wonderful list together – I’m definitely adding all of these to my TBR. 🙂

    • Thank you so much for stopping by, Zoe. I’m so glad my list helped. 🙂

    • Bahaha, that’s so sweet of you. I’d offer it up but I’m still waiting on my grade, so I don’t know how well it went. 😛 Thank you for stopping by. <3

    • Those two are books I’m really anticipating too! Thanks for stopping by, Annemieke. <3

  9. I’m so excited for a lot of the fantasy novels coming out over the next year! I love reading about fantasy worlds inspired my a culture that isn’t the usual European/ Western idea of the middle ages.

    • The fantasy coming out really DOES sound interesting, and I totally agree. I’ve been wanting more fantasy based outside of Eurocentric ideals. Do you have any favorites?

  10. Thank you so, so much, Aimal, for taking the time to put this post together. This is such a huge help and inspiration to find more diverse books – I already have a couple fo these on my TBR but will for sure check them all out and hope to find some other books I’d love to read as well! 😀

    • Thanks so much for stopping by, Marie, and I’m really SO glad that it helped you in any way that it could. <3

    • Thank you so much for stopping by and commenting! I’m glad that it helped in any way it could. <3

  11. September is a month of so many new releases I’d love to read! URGHH I’ll need to convince my parents to let me buy some books that month haha. Thanks for this list!

    • September and October break my wallet every. single. year. I don’t know why every single publisher decides that want to release their most coveted books in those two months, haha. 🙂


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