diverse summer releases

For me, summer = more time to read. I thought I would put together a huge list of some of the diverse books being released this June, July, and August – I know my TBR has suffered because of it!

Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue – Makenzi Lee (bisexual)

Saints and Misfits – S.K. Ali (South Asian, Muslim MC)

Our Dark Duet – Victoria Schwab (deaf MC)

The Library of Fates – Aditi Khorana

Sovereign – April Daniels (trans MC)

The Authentics – Abdi Nazemian (Iranian-American MC)

Ministry of Utmost Happiness – Arundhati Roy (Indian MCs)

Kintu  – Jennifer Nansubuga Makumbi (POC MC)

Isadora – Amelia Gray (bisexual MC)

Hunger – Roxane Gay (fat, black MC)

Blind Spot – Teju Cole (POC)

Sour Heart – Jenny Zhang

Bitch Doctrine – Laurie Penny (LGBT+)

Tash Hearts Tolstoy – Kathryn Ormsbee (ace MC)

Everything All At Once – Katrina Leno (anxiety)

Want – Cindy Pon (Asian MC)

Little & Lion – Brandy Colbert (bipolar, lesbian, black Jewish MC)

Tiger’s Watch – Julia Ember (LGBT+, Asian MC)

Truth or Dare – Non Pratt (POC love interest, LGBT+)

Tender Earth – Sita Brahmachari (Asian MC)

A Change is Gonna Come – anthology (POC)

Ginny Moon – Benjamin Ludwig (autistic MC)

Indigo Donut – Patrice Lawrence (biracial MC)

The Gender Games – Juno Dawson (trans MC)

All the Things That Could Go Wrong – Steward Foster (OCD)

Sidetracked – Diana Harmon Asher (ADD)

The Savage Dawn – Melissay Gray (Latinx MC, LGBT+)

Down Among the Sticks and Bones – Seanan McGuire (mysophobia, LGBT+)

What I Lost – Alexandra Ballard (anorexia)

Spirit Hunters – Ellen Oh (East Asian MC)

Miles Morales – Jason Reynolds (Latinx MC)

One Shadow on the Wall – Leah Henderson (MC a POC from Senegal)

Karma Khullar’s Mustache – Kristi Wientge (biracial MC)

This is Just a Test – Madelyn Rosenburg (Jewish MC)

Soldier Boy – Keely Hutton (MC a POC from Uganda)

The First Rule of Punk – Celia C. Pérez (POC MC)

Blight – Alexandra Duncan (POC MC)

The Gallery of Unfinished Girls – Lauren Karcz (LGBT+, Latinx MC)

It All Comes Down to This – Karen English (black MC)

And there you are! There are only some of the hundreds of fantastic diverse books that are being released in June, July, and August 2017. If I’ve missed an important one, let me know, and I’ll add it!

19 thoughts on “diverse summer releases

  1. christine @ the story salve says:

    WOW I had not heard of a lot of these before checking out this post! I love that you read so many different styles of books. It makes me want to get out of my slump where I’ve only been reading YA for the last couple months. Not that there’s anything wrong with YA, but I’ve definitely been prioritizing it more than I would normally.


    1. whatthelog says:

      Not all of these came off the top of my head! I did a lot of researching for this post, specifically because I wanted to try and include a range of genres.
      I’m a bit like that at the moment too – I keep reading YA even though it isn’t really my favourite. I think it is because that’s the genre where a lot of diversity work is happening.

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      1. christine @ the story salve says:

        I guess I’m more of a mood reader than I’d like to admit. Earlier in the year I was all over the classics in my TBR pile, but the past few months I’ve just been gravitating toward YA. Part of it is the diversity element for sure, but I think it’s also where my head is at since I’ve been writing YA.


  2. Ravenclaw Book Club says:

    I’m probably gonna pick up The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue when I get back from my summer holiday in September! It sounds amazing, and I can’t wait to see some reviews.


    1. whatthelog says:

      Thanks for your comment – you are totallu right, I should have put more thought into that, and I apologise. What would be better? I used fat in an attempt to normalize the word – in my mind it is a descriptor just like tall or brunette.


  3. Bina says:

    Excellent list, Wendy! ❤ Trying hard not to make this my shopping list 😀 I'm very excited for Spirit Hunters and Saints & Misfits and Hunger and the new Roy book. I haven't researched for the second half of this years releases, haven't dared yet 😀


    1. whatthelog says:

      Thanks! And me too – I found so many books that I just absolutely NEED! I’m probably going to do another diverse releases post in September, and go right the way through to December. 🙂

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  4. Shouni says:

    This is such an amazing list!! Thank you for making this! I’m adding all of these to my TBR. I had only heard about three of these before but they all sound fantastic.


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