Tuesday, July 18

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

Hi lovelies! Today we're here with a post that we hope will be both enjoyable and helpful, as it's a list containing all the diverse novels that are being released in the second half of 2017. You can find the first part of it by clicking here.

Our purpose with this list is to make finding diverse new releases easier, as some of them, especially the non-hyped and/self-published ones, can be super-hard to tackle down. To create a truly helpful post, just like the previous time, we listed down all the diverse elements we could hunt down, and linked in the Goodreads pages, so you may be able to add it to your tbr and find some early-reviews there. 

As per usual, we did our very best to find out everything about each book, including which of these are #ownvoices novels, but we may have missed things. More than that, we may have made mistakes, so let us know if there's anything we should change! Also, if you've read any of these novels feel free to tell us & our readers in the comments if the representation was any good. Leave a link to your review(s) if you have one!

Now without further ado, let's jump into this thorough list of diverse titles releasing in the second half of 2017. 


Made You Up by Francesca Zappia 

diverse element(s): Paranoid schizophrenic MC

release date: July 13th (debut in the UK)

Indigo Donut by Patrice Lawrence

diverse element(s): Biracial protagonist, #ownvoices

release date: July 13th

The Library of Fates by Aditi Khorana

diverse element(s): Fantasy inspired by Indian folklore, #ownvoices

release date: July 18th

diverse element(s): Bisexual protagonist

release date: July 25th

Daughter of the Burning City by Amanda Foody

diverse element(s):  Bisexual MC, lesbian sister and love interest on the ace spectrum 

release date: July 25th

Walking on Knives by Maya Chhabra

tw: rape, sexual assault

diverse element(s): f/f romance, lgbtq+ rep, #ownvoices 

release date: July 26th 


The Authentics by Abdi Nazemian

diverse element(s): Biracial (Iranian-American) protagonist, lgbtq+ rep, #ownvoices

release date: August 8th

Little & Lion by Brandy Colbert

diverse element(s): Queer protagonist, brother diagnosed with bipolar disorder

release date: August 8th

The Steep and Thorny Way by Cat Winters

diverse element(s): black MC, gay secondary character

release date: August 8th

diverse element(s): Chinese-American protagonist, story based on Chinese mythology, #ownvoices

release date: August 8th

A Change is Gonna Come by Mary Bello, Aisha Bushby, Tanya Byrne, Ayisha Malik, Irfan Master, Patrice Lawrence, Yasmin Rahman, Phoebe Roy and more

diverse element(s): #ownvoices anthology with lgbtq+, poc, mental health rep

release date: August 10th

The Tiger’s Watch by Julia Ember

diverse element(s): Genderfluid protagonist; two bisexual MCs and one pansexual; gq/m, m/m romances as well as f/f in book 2; Asian-inspired fantasy with ethnic and religious diversity

release date: August 22nd

Sidetracked by Diana Harmon Asher

diverse element(s): Disability and neurodiversity; protagonist with ADD

release date: August 22nd

Dress Codes for Small Towns by Courtney C. Stevens

diverse element(s): Queer Christian protagonist

release date: August 22nd

Mask of Shadows by Linsey Miller

diverse element(s):  Genderfluid MC, other POC characters and characters with mental disabilities, and a bisexual or pansexual love interest

release date: August 29th


The Girl With the Red Balloon by Katherine Locke

diverse element(s): diverse cast of characters - a lesbian girl, a Jewish-American girl and a Romani boy are the MCs

release date: September 1st

They Both Die at the End by Adam Silvera

diverse element(s): M/M romance, #ownvoices

release date: September 5th

Girls Made of Snow and Glass by Melissa Bashardoust

diverse element(s): F/F romance

release date: September 5th

Warcross by Marie Lu

diverse element(s): diverse cast of characters, including Chinese-American (#ownvoices), Japanese and gay characters, as well as a character who's in a wheelchair

release date: September 12th

You Bring the Distant Near by Mitali Perkins

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

release date: September 12th

Shadowhouse Fall (Shadowshaper #2) by Daniel José Older

diverse element(s): Afro-Latina MC, #ownvoices

release date: September 12th

Rebel Seoul by Axie Oh

diverse element(s): Korean setting & characters, #ownvoices

release date: September 13th

Kaleidoscope Song by Fox Benwell 

diverse element(s): South-African setting and characters, F/F romance

release date: September 19th

Starfish by Akemi Dawn Bowman

diverse element(s): biracial (Japanese/White) MC who has anxiety, and is mentally abused by her mother

release date: September 19th


Wild Beauty by Anne-Marie McLemore

diverse element(s): Latina girls (#ownvoices) & bisexual rep

release date: October 3rd

Pashmina by Nidhi Chanani 

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

release date: October 3rd

diverse element(s): lgbtq+ and POC representation

release date: October 3rd

27 Hours by Tristina Wright

diverse element(s): highly diverse cast that includes bisexual (#ownvoices), trans, deaf, pansexual gay and asexual rep, as well as various characters of color

release date: October 3rd

The Tiger's Daughter by K. Arsenault Rivera 

diverse element(s): F/F romance, lesbian rep, #ownvoices

release date: October 3rd

diverse element(s): East Asian Fantasy re-imagining

release date: October 10th

Dare Mighty Things by Heather Kaczynski 

diverse element(s): asexual, American-Indian protagonist 

release date: October 10th

Echo After Echo by Amy Rose Capetta

diverse element(s): F/F romance - #ownvoices & Jewish rep

release date: October 10th

Like Water by Rebecca Podos

diverse element(s): F/F romance, bisexual heroine, father has Huntington's disease 

release date: October 17th

diverse element(s): Mexican protagonist, #ownvoices

release date: October 17th

A Line in the Dark by Malinda Lo

diverse element(s): F/F romance, POC heroine, #ownvoices (on a side note - doing my research I found that the majority of the characters are female, so yay for that, too!)

release date: October 17th
Dear Martin by Nic Stone

diverse element(s): black protagonist, concentrates on racism & police brutality, #ownvoices

release date: October 17th

Calling My Name by Liara Tamoni

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

release date: October 24th

Beasts Made of Nights by Tochi Onyebuchi

diverse element(s): Nigerian-influenced fantasy by a black author

release data: October 31st


The City of Brass by S. A. Chakraborty

diverse element(s):
 takes place in the Middle East, in Cairo, with Middle Eastern cast

release date: November 14th

Being Fishkill by Ruth Lehrer

diverse element(s): MC lives in poverty, is abused (+ maybe F/F relationship, but couldn't find any proof, that aspect would be #ownvoices)

release date: November 14th

diverse element(s): Kat has anxiety, Meg has ADHD

release date: November 7th

Chainbreaker (Timekeeper #2) by Tara Sim

diverse element(s): M/M romance, one MC is gay, the other one is pansexual

release date: November 7th


Long Way Down by Jason Reynolds

diverse element(s): Black MC

release date: December 28th

...And this brings an end to our epic curated lists of diverse books releasing this year! We hope you found these helpful- do let us know if you think we made any mistake here or missed out on any amazing diverse books releasing this year! 


  1. I've added some new books to my TBR!! Great list!

  2. Some of these I haven't seen. I just started Daughter of the Burning City, not so sure about it yet but we'll see. :)

    1. Oh no, I hope it didn't end up being a disappointment, I'm super-excited for that one!

  3. I have made note of many of these, and I have had the pleasure of reading some of them. The Authentics was so good. It took me by surprise. Wild Beauty was beautiful in the way I expected it to be, and The Girl with the Red Balloon was great too. I am really curious to see how Locke continues that story. Fantastic list!

    1. Ooh, you just made me even more excited for these titles!! Thank you!

  4. Thank you for the great list! So many of these are already on my TBR, but I always enjoy finding new books. I'm actually reading The Library of Fates right now, and planning to read ASAP: Made You Up, 27 Hours, The Girl With the Red Balloon, Mask of Shadows, Warcross, Daughter of the Burning City, Girls Made of Snow and Glass, They Both Die At The End... GAH, 2017 is SUCH a good year for book releases!

    1. Thank you, Inge! I'm super excited for Library of Fates- I hope you loved it! There really is such a LOT of exciting new releases to look forward to, I can barely contain my excitement ahaha :D

  5. Thank you for this wonderful list! I'm impatiently waiting for The Library of Fates <33 Also I'm yet to read Shadowshaper which I must do so quickly so I can start the sequel :) Thank you for doubling my TBR pile with this list Ruzi :) :P

    1. Ahhh I'm waiting for Library of Fates too, such high hopes pinned on that one! Good luck with your TBR, Uma- #sorrynotsorry for doubling it lolol :P

  6. I'm so excited for so many of these! Made You Up I thought was really cute and amazing, so I hope you enjoy it!

    1. Ooh I'm so excited for Made You Up! I'm glad you liked it xx


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