Wednesday, January 18

A Curated List of Diverse Books Releasing in the First Half of 2017

What was your reading resolution this year? We at The Regal Critiques- like most readers this year, we're sure- decided to read more diversely. That was our resolution last year too, but there's no harm in hoping for more, is there? 

The increase of interest in diversity in the bookish community is undoubtedly a welcome change. We see authors, bloggers, readers all actively involved in promoting books that celebrate diversity and we couldn't be more happy about it. To contribute our bit for this, we decided to hunt down as much diverse releases as possible and put together a grand list of all books scheduled for this year. We were overwhelmed too see just how many books were planned- you'd be surprised, perhaps, to know that there's at least a 100 diverse releases just in the YA category- isn't that awesome? That, of course, meant that listing them all together would be too exhaustive (and some of them hadn't zeroed in on a release date yet either),  so we ended up splitting our list in two. 

Today we are unashamedly proud to present you with our comprehensive list of diverse books- mostly YA- releasing in the first half of 2017. We've made sure to list the diverse elements in these books as well as their release dates so that this can be a useful source of reference for when you (or we) need suggestions! We'll be back around June this year with our second list, so till then, make sure you catch up with as much of these as possible!


Flying Lessons & Other Stories, edited by Ellen Oh (co-founder of We Need Diverse Books)

diversity element(s): each short story includes diverse characters

release date: January 3rd

Under Rose-Tainted Skies by Louise Gornall

diversity element(s): protagonist with agoraphobia & OCD, #ownvoices

release date: January 3rd

A Quiet Kind of Thunder by Sara Barnard

diverse element(s): selective mute female lead, deaf male lead

release date: January 12th

diverse element(s): Bengali-Canadian protagonist, #ownvoices

release date: January 15th

diverse element(s): lgbtq+ protagonist with OCD, #ownvoices

release date: January 17th

Allegedly by Tiffany D. Jackson

diverse element(s): black protagonist, #ownvoices

release date: January 24th

Dreadnought by April Daniels

diverse element(s): transsexual, lesbian main character, #ownvoices

release date: January 24th

bisexual main character

release date: January 31st

Blue Tide by Jenna Lynne Duncan

diverse element(s): Middle Eastern culture & characters

release date: January 9th

The Radius of Us by Marie Marquarot

diverse element(s): Latino MC

release date January 17th

City of Saints & Thieves by Natalie C. Anderson

diverse element(s): black MC who fled as a refugee (Congo to Kenya)

release date January 24th

Soulmated by Shaila Patel

diverse element(s): Indian-American MC, #ownvoices

release date January 24th

Stef Soto, Taco Queen by Jennifer Torres

diverse element(s): Mexican-American characters, #ownvoices

release date: January 17th


The Ship Beyond Time (The Girl From Everywhere #2) by Heidi Heilig

diverse element(s): half-Chinese protagonist, LGBTQIA+ & POC characters

release date: February 28th

Empress of a Thousand Skies by Rhoda Belleza

diverse element(s): diverse characters, Filipino author

release date February 7th

American Street by Ibi Zoboi

diverse element(s): Haitian immigrant protagonist

release date February 14th

We Are Okay by Nina LaCour

diverse element(s): LGBTQIA+ protagonist

release date February 14th

diverse element(s): protagonist of color

release date February 21st

10 Things I Can See From Here by Carrie Mac

diverse element(s): LGBTQIA+ protagonist with severe anxiety

release date February 28th
The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

diverse element(s): inspired by  Black Lives Matter movement, Black protagonist

release date February 28th

Rebels Like Us by Liz Reinhardt

diverse element(s): biracial MC, deals with racism in small towns

release date: Februrary 28th

Ronit & Jamil by Pamela L. Laskin

diverse element(s): Palestinian and Israeli main characters

release date: Februrary 21st

Dreamland Burning by Jennifer Lathan

diverse element(s): black MC

release date: Februrary 21st

Piecing Me Together by Renée Watson

diverse element(s): black MC

release date: February 14th

A Tragic Kind of Wonderful by Eric Lindstrom

diverse element(s): MC with bipolar disorder

release date: February 7th


The Bone Witch by Rin Chupeco

diverse element(s): Chinese setting, POC author

release date March 7th

You’re Welcome, Universe by Whitney Gardner

diverse element(s): Deaf, Indian MC

release date March 7th

Goodbye Days by Jeff Zentner

diversity element(s): Protagonist with anxiety and panic attacks

release date March 7th

The Inexplicable Logic of My Life by Benjamin Alire Sáenz

diverse element(s): All Mexican American MCs except white protagonist.

release date March 7th

Hello, Universe by Erin Entrada Kelly

diverse element(s): Hearing-impaired and POC (Japanese and Filipino) MCs

Release date: March 14th

 Queens of Geek by Jen Wilde

Diversity factor: LGBTQIA+ WOC MC and a MC on the autism-spectrum

release date March 14th

Amina's Voice by Hena Khan

diverse element(s): Pakistani-American Muslim MC

release date: March 14th

Forget Me Not by Ellie Terry

diverse element(s): MC with Tourette Syndrome

release date: March 14th

The Gauntlet by Karuna Riazi

diverse element(s): A predominantly Muslim cast, including hijabis

release date March 28th


Get It Together, Delilah by Erin Gough

diverse element(s): lgbtq+ protagonist, #ownvoices

release date April 4th
The Upside of Unrequited by Becky Albertalli

diverse element(s): #ownvoices, Jewish MC with underrepresented body type, lgbt+ and POC representation

release date April 10th 

The Edge of the Abyss by Emily Skrutskie

diverse element(s): lesbian MC

release date: April 18th

The Takedown by Corrie Wang

diverse element(s): Asian MC

release date: April 11th

Meg & Linus by Hanna Nowinski

diverse element(s): LGBTQIA+ protagonists

release date April 8th

North of Happy by Adi Alsaid

diverse element(s): Mexican American MC

release date April 25th


Always and Forever, Lara Jean  (To All the Boys I've Loved Before #3)by Jenny Han

diverse element(s): Asian MC, #ownvoices

release date May 2nd

The Emperor's Riddle by Kat Zhang

diverse element(s): Chinese MC & takes place in China, #ownvoices

release date: May 2nd

The Hundredth Queen by Emily R. King

diverse element(s): POC characters

release date: May 2nd

The Seafarer's Kiss by Julia Ember

diverse element(s): bisexual MC, F/F romance

release date: May 4th

Noteworthy by Riley Redgate

diverse element(s): lgbtqia+ Chinese MC, #ownvoices

release date May 2nd

How To Make A Wish by Ashley Herring Blake

diverse element(s): bisexual MC and black love interest

release date May 2nd

diverse element(s): LGBTQIA+ Asian American MC, LGBTQIA+ Latina love interest

release date May 9th

Ramona Blue by Julie Murphy

diverse element(s): bisexual MC, #ownvoices

release date May 9th

Flame In The Mist by Renee Ahdieh

diverse element(s): Story set in Feudal Japan

release date May 6th

The Love Interest by Cale Dietrich

diverse element(s): LGBTQIA+ MCs

release date May 16th

diverse element(s): Asian MC, #ownvoices

release date May 30th

When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon

diverse element(s): Indian American MCs, #ownvoices

release date May 30th


One Shadow on the Wall by Leah Henderson

diverse element(s): POC characters, #ownvoices

release date: June 6th

Tash Hearts Tolstoy by Kathryn Ormsbee

diverse element(s): asexual romantic MC

release date June 6th

Everything All At Once by Katrina Leno

diverse element(s): protagonist with anxiety

release date June 6th

Want by Cindy Pon

diverse element(s): POC main character, #ownvoices

release date June 13th
Saints and Misfits by S. K. Ali

diverse element(s): POC main character

release date June 13th

diverse element(s): LGBTQIA+ protagonist & love interest
release date June 20th

These are all the books releasing in the first half of 2017 that we managed to hunt down! Have we missed any? Are there any you'd like to add? 
Which of these are you most anticipating? 
Tell us in the comments below!


  1. so many diverse releases! I think I've just added another 5 books to my wishlist! Flame in the mist and Blue Tide look particularly good. However II've already read A quiet kind of thunder and loved it - such a great book

    1. I'm so excited for Blue Tide! It sounds incredibly-unique, and so far the reviews are pretty positive. Here's to hoping neither of these books will disappoint us! :)

  2. Guys, I love this list! I'm always really out of touch with the new releases, so it's like having a nice little handy guide! I've saved this post, and I'll have to add all of these to my TBR! :D Especially The Love Interest - that one really sounds interesting to me!

    1. Glad you love it & it proved to be helpful. :) The Love Interest sounds so unique - such an interesting concept! Hopefully, it'll be as good as we expect it to be. :)

  3. This is exactly what I need! Even though diverse books are becoming more popular, it still can be slightly difficult to find them (and good ones at that). I'll definitely be coming back to this list throughout the year to find my next diverse read!

    Laura @BlueEyeBooks

    1. Yep, totally agree with that - it's super hard to find them, especially so many of them listed together, which is why we created this list. So glad it turned out to be helpful. :)

  4. This list is lovely. Thanks for adding if the books are #ownvoices. I'm concentrating on reading #ownvoices, so it's super!

  5. It must have taken a LOT of work and dedication to put this list together. So well done, too - with all the details one needs. Great job!

    1. Not going to lie, it wasn't so easy, but at least we did it together, so it was only 50% work each. Thank you. :)

  6. Oh gosh, I want so many of these. I really appreciate you putting this list together, because there are some on here that I hadn't come across yet!!



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