So, I love this week’s topic, obviously. I’ve read a fair few diverse books and I feel like I talk about them a lot (especially on twitter!) So I thought I’d share the top ten diverse books that are on my TBR. Half of these books have been released and half are upcoming. Let me know if you’ve read any of them!
1. The Miseducation of Cameron Post by Emily M. Danforth – Maybe my biggest shame? I got a copy of this at BEA 2012 and for NO SANE REASON, I haven’t read this yet. Why? What is wrong with me?
2. Trust Me, I’m Lying by Mary Elizabeth Summer – So I just heard that the protagonist in this book is bisexual! I love talking about “hidden diversity” – where books have a racially diverse cast or LGBT+ characters but that’s not evident from the marketing or the synopsis. The main character here has a different-gender relationship in the first book, but a same-gender relationship in the sequel. Color me excited.
3. Everything Leads to You by Nina Lacour – Another shameful one. I’ve wanted this since the cover reveal, MONTHS before it came out, so I pre-ordered it, and had it in my hands the day it was released. And yet. And yet. I need so much help.
4. Written in the Stars by Aisha Saeed – The next time I’m in the mood for a not-so-angsty contemporary, I’m definitely going to reach for this one. The main character’s family take her Pakistan I believe and kind of blindside her with an arranged marriage. These are characters, places, and situations that YA hasn’t really seen before, so I am very excited to see how it goes.
5. This Side of Home by Renee Watson – I only just heard of this one recently from my friend Paige who is KNOWN for talking about allll the diverse books. This one tackles a lot of my favorite elements and it’s nice to read books that have almost flown under the radar.
6. Winter by Marissa Meyer – Despite the white appearance on the cover, Winter is lead by a black girl, with quite a diverse side cast. This is the conclusion to one of my favorite YA series and I am so so so so so excited to see what happens. But also scared. Mostly excited though.
7. Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon – Everyone has been raving about this book and the pressure is ON to get this read soon! The main character is not only of mixed ethnicity, she also has a severe illness that makes it impossible for her to interact with the rest of the world. Apparently this is absolutely wonderful so I hope to get to it sometime this summer.
8. Dream Things True by Marie Marquardt – I also just recently learned of this one, again from Paige. This one seems to be an interracial romance involving one character who is Mexican and possibly undocumented (I hate that phrase but I’m blanking on a better way to say what I mean, and it’s not as terrible as “illegal” or worse.) Anyway, this looks like it has a big focus on family and culture as well as the romance so I’m looking forward to this.
9. Lizard Radio by Pat Schmatz – I forget who initially introduced me to this book, but they described it as Gender in Space so… you know I need to read this. There just aren’t enough YA books dealing with characters question their gender, dealing with transgender teens, or nonbinary genders, so any opportunity to give these books a try is one I plan to take advantage of.
10. The Lightning Queen by Laura Resau – This book is set in 1950s Mexico and one of the main characters is self-described as “gypsy,” so I’m taking that as Roma. This also sounds like an absolutely delightful middle grade adventure co-starring a bunch of animal companions. GIMME.
Have you read any of these titles? Which upcoming diverse titles are you waiting for?