60 Diverse Books To Look Forward To In 2017

There are so many books I’m looking forward to in 2017, and many of them are diverse.  A lot of my followers on here and on Twitter ask me for diverse recommendations, so today’s post is going to be a list of diverse books releasing in 2017! This list of 60 is surprisingly large, and I’m sure there are books I missed. I hope this list makes your TBR happy, although I apologize to your wallets!

The books are organized by their release date. If you click on the title of the book, it will take you to the book’s Goodreads page. The books with no image of the cover do not have covers yet.

28684363The Cursed Queen (The Impostor Queen #2) by Sarah Fine

Release date: January 3rd

Diversity factor: Queer protagonist.


28101540Under Rose-Tainted Skies by Louise Gornall

Release date: January 3rd

Diversity factor: Protagonist with OCD and agoraphobia.


30197201A Quiet Kind of Thunder by Sara Barnard

Release date: January 12th

Diversity factor: Main character with selective mutism and deaf love interest.


25014114History Is All You Left Me by Adam Silvera

Release date: January 17th

Diversity factor: Queer male main character with OCD.


30037870Allegedly by Tiffany D. Jackson

Release date: January 24th

Diversity factor: Black protagonist.


30279514Dreadnought by April Daniels

Release date: January 24th

Diversity factor: Lesbian, transgender main character.


30720860Ida by Alison Evans

Release date: January

Diversity factor: Bisexual main character, non-binary love interest.


22082082Our Own Private Universe by Robin Talley

Release date: January 31st

Diversity factor: Bisexual main character.


30269126Empress of a Thousand Skies by Rhoda Belleza

Release date: February 7th

Diversity factor: Unknown, but it is for sure about diverse characters.


30256109American Street by Ibi Zoboi

Release date: February 14th

Diversity factor: Haitian immigrant protagonist.


28243032We Are Okay by Nina LaCour

Release date: February 14th

Diversity factor: Queer protagonist.


29939230A Conjuring of Light by V.E. Schwab

Release date: February 21st

Diversity factor: Bisexual main character, genderfluid main character (confirmed off-page)


26594801The Education Of Margot Sanchez by Lilliam Rivera

Release date: February 21st

Diversity factor: Protagonist of color.


32075671The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

Release date: February 28th

Diversity factor: Black protagonist, book based off Black Lives Matter movement.


30653880The Ship Beyond Time (The Girl From Everywhere #2) by Heidi Heilig

Release date: February 28th

Diversity factor: Biracial main character + POC and queer characters.


31019571Ten Things I Can See From Here by Carrie Mac

Release date: February 28th

Diversity factor: Queer protagonist with severe anxiety.


30649795Goodbye Days by Jeff Zentner

Release date: March 7th

Diversity factor: Protagonist with anxiety and panic attacks.


23447923The Inexplicable Logic of My Life by Benjamin Alire Sáenz

Release date: March 7th

Diversity factor: All Mexican-American main characters except white protagonist.



You’re Welcome, Universe by Whitney Gardner

Release date: March 7th

Diversity factor: Deaf, Indian main character.


30653713Hello, Universe by Erin Entrada Kelly

Release date: March 14th

Diversity factor: Hearing-impaired and POC (Japanese and Filipino) main characters.


28245707Queens of Geek by Jen Wilde

Release date: March 14th

Diversity factor: Queer WOC main character, main character on the autism-spectrum.

A Crown of Wishes (The Star-Touched Queen #2) by Roshani Chokshi


Release date: March 28th

Diversity factor: Indian-inspired fantasy.



29346880The Gauntlet by Karuna Riazi

Release date: March 28th

Diversity factor: Mostly Muslim cast, including hijabi girls.


30653843Radio Silence by Alice Oseman

Release date: March 28th

Diversity factor: Mixed-race and bisexual protagonist, demisexual representation.


30842388Get It Together, Delilah by Erin Gough

Release date: April 4th

Diversity factor: Queer protagonist.


30653853The Upside of Unrequited by Becky Albertalli

Release date: April 11th

Diversity factor: Fat, Jewish protagonist, queer and POC representation.


26219455The Edge of the Abyss (The Abyss Surrounds Us #2) by Emily Skrustkie

Release date: April 18th

Diversity factor: Queer protagonist of color.



Meg & Linus by Hanna Nowinski

Release date: April 18th

Diversity factor: Two queer protagonists.


27391973North of Happy by Adi Alsaid

Release date: April 25th

Diversity factor: Mexican-American protagonist.


32620417Shattered by Lee Winter

Release date: April

Diversity factor: Queer and POC main characters, lesbian possible love interest.


30312860Always And Forever, Lara Jean (To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before #3) by Jenny Han

Release date: May 2nd

Diversity factor: Biracial protagonist (half Korean).

How To Make A Wish by Ashley Herring Blake


Release date: May 2nd

Diversity factor: Bisexual protagonist and black love interest.




Noteworthy by Riley Redgate

Release date: May 2nd

Diversity factor: Queer Chinese protagonist.



It’s Not Like It’s A Secret by Misa Sugiura

Release date: May 9th

Diversity factor: Queer Asian American girl protagonist, queer Latina love interest.




Ramona Blue by Julie Murphy

Release date: May 9th

Diversity factor: Queer protagonist.

23308087Flame In The Mist by Renee Ahdieh

Release date: May 16th

Diversity factor: Set in Feudal Japan.


31145148The Love Interest by Cale Dietrich

Release date: May 16th

Diversity factor: Queer protagonists.


31145133I Believe In A Thing Called Love by Maurene Goo

Release date: May 30th

Diversity factor: Asian protagonist.


28458598When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon

Release date: May 30th

Diversity factor: Indian American main characters.


The Seafarer’s Kiss by Julia Ember

Release date: May 2017

Diversity factor: Queer protagonist.

28926581Everything All At Once by Katrina Leno

Release date: June 6th

Diversity factor: Protagonist with anxiety.


29414576Tash Hearts Tolstoy by Kathryn Ormsbee

Release date: June 6th

Diversity factor: Romantic asexual protagonist.


Saints, Misfits, Monsters, and Mayhem by S. K. Ali

Release date: June 13th

Diversity factor: POC protagonist.

29387853Want by Cindy Pon

Release date: June 13th

Diversity factor: POC lead.


29283884The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzi Lee

Release date: June 20th

Diversity factor: Queer protagonist and love interest.


32766747The Library of Fates by Aditi Khorana

Release date: July 18th

Diversity factor: Indian-inspired fantasy.


25062038Little & Lion by Brandy Colbert

Release date: August 8th

Diversity factor: Queer protagonist with brother diagnosed as bipolar.


28489382The Tiger’s Watch by Julia Ember

Release date: August

Diversity factor: Genderfluid protagonist.


Mask of Shadows by Linsey Miller

Release date: September 5th

Diversity factor: Genderfluid main character.

They Both Die at the End by Adam Silvera

Release date: September 5th

Diversity factor: Probably queer representation, if I know Adam at all.

Wild Beauty by Anna-Marie McLemore

Release date: September 26th

Diversity factor: Protagonist of color.

27 Hours by Tristina Wright

Release date: October 3rd

Diversity factor: All LGBTQIAP+ cast-including trans, bisexual,  and asexual representation-a deaf main character, and POC representation.

Dear Martin by Nic Stone

Release date: October 17th

Diversity factor: Black protagonist.

Mirage by Somaiya Daud

Release date: November 6th

Diversity factor: Moroccan-inspired fantasy with POC lead.

The Amaterasu Project by Axie Oh

Release date: 2017

Diversity factor: Korean protagonist.

Dare Mighty Things by Heather Kaczynski

Release date: 2017

Diversity factor: Indian-American protagonist.

Forest of a Thousand Lanterns by Julie C. Dao

Release date2017

Diversity factor: Asian-inspired fantasy + (I’m suspecting) POC protagonist.

Like Water by Rebecca Podos

Release date: 2017

Diversity factor: Queer protagonist.

Love Sugar Magic by Anna Meriano

Release date: 2017

Diversity factor: Mexican protagonist.

29385546Warcross by Marie Lu

Release date: 2017

Diversity factor: Mainly POC cast.


Do you have any diverse books either from this list, or not from the list, that you’re excited for? Which are a few you need NOW? Are there any books I missed? Let me know, and I can add them! If there are any additions or corrections to the books I mentioned, please let me know that too. Do you plan on reading more diversely in 2017? What books are on your TBR?

Happy reading!



92 thoughts on “60 Diverse Books To Look Forward To In 2017

  1. Some of these are on my list for 2017 and the ines that weren’t will probably make it!! Thanks for the awesome list 🙂


  2. I’m obsessed!! So many great books. I’m really excited about the YA coming out from Salaam Reads, the new Simon Shuster imprint.
    Also, my diverse YA was just released, Blue Tide (mixed heroine, Middle Eastern hero and diverse secondary characters.) 😉


  3. THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR THIS!!!! I’m glad to see so much trans representation! Especially genderfluid people specifically? Symptoms of Being Human was kind of a disappointment for me just because it…wasn’t acccurate. In terms of being trans. It annoyed me. Luckily, it seems like we’ll have another shot at it! I also noticed a lot of deaf characters. I’ve been learning ASL for a few months now, and I’m definitely happy to see this. Thanks again for the great list! It’s definitely going to come in handy this year!


  4. Well hot damn, Ava. If I ever needed a book list to explode my TBR, this would be it. YOU EVEN INCLUDED DATES//NOW MY BRAIN IS SHIFTING MY READING COMMITTMENTS ASHDUAHDSA.

    But I am so happy to see some titles I am equally excited about reading too! I read History Is All…and no words of mine can do it justice!

    I seem to be the black sheep for Under Rose-Tainted Skies because everyone who’s read it seemed to really enjoy it (which is great!) I was definitely stuck on the ending that was more of a plot issue than poor representation of the ownvoices aspect of it.

    OH MY GOOODNESS GOODBYE DAYS. Hype. I am forever gone.

    I didn’t know about You’re Welcome, Universe until recently actually and fiction centered around deafness is something that I might actually give a go because I actually favour hearing over all the other sense (I just love my music THAT much so I can only sympathize with how these characters live their lives.)

    An excellent go-to guide for reads this year!



  5. What a fantastic list. I’m so excited to read these books. My diverse MG debut AHIMSA (Tu Books) will be coming out this fall as well.


  6. Thank you so much for such a comprehensive list! I’ve previously added quite a few of these to my TBR but this definitely helped finding even more!
    Also just discovered your blog and I love it 🙂

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  7. So many great books on this list! AT THE EDGE OF THE UNIVERSE by Shaun David Hutchinson is another great one with a gay protag; I just read and loved Christina Lauren’s upcoming AUTOBOYOGRAPHY, which has a bi half-Jewish MC; and I’m definitely looking forward to THAT THING WE CALL A HEART by Sheba Karim, which has a Pakistani American MC, and THE GALLERY OF UNFINISHED GIRLS by Lauren Karcz, which has a bi MC. (Also just a heads-up that basically everyone *but* the MC in Saenz’s new book is Mexican American; he’s white.)

    I’ve read and loved a bunch of these already, but am so excited for so many more, especially LITTLE & LION, IT’S NOT LIKE IT’S A SECRET, TASH HEARTS TOLSTOY, THE HATE U GIVE, DEAR MARTIN, and THEY BOTH DIE AT THE END!


    1. Oh, thank you, and thank you for the recs! I just looked them up, and they sound incredible. (also, bi mc? yes please.) And thanks for letting me know! I’ll edit that right away. My 2017 tbr is huge and incredibly diverse, and I’m so happy about it! I also am in desperate need for this books- they all look amazing.


  8. This is excellent! I’d already added some to my to-read list, but I just added a couple more!

    In MG fiction, I’m looking forward to AMINA’S VOICE by Hena Khan, due out in March.

    Since the post says diverse books, not “novels” or “fiction,” might I suggest SOLUTIONS AND OTHER PROBLEMS by Allie Brosh, due in September? The diversity factor being the author’s depression, which she described in such an amazing way on her blog and in her previous book.


  9. This is an incredible list, thankyou so much!
    I would love to add that if anybody is dying to read Radio Silence, Under Rose Tainted Skies or Get it Together, Delilah, they are all available in Australian editions already 🙂 (Get it Together, Delilah is called “The Flywheel” in Australia, though!)
    I am very excited for so many of these books!


  10. Eeeeep, I’m really excited because I basically have almost all of these added on GR already!! 🎉🎉 2017 is going to be brilliant omg. I am absolutely desperate for The Gentlemen’s Guide to Vice and Virtue and The Love Interest. (Especially that one because it looks like it’s going to really turn tropes on their head, right?!) And Dear Martin looks fantastic. And I’ve already read Becky Albertalli’s new book AND OF COURSE IT’S SO GOOD.😍
    I didn’t know Lila was confirmed gender-fluid! I hope ACOL confirms that then on the page. I also hope not everyone in that book dies omg. *starts panicking in preparation* 😜

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    1. Yay, go you! I discovered a lot of these while searching for books for this post, and some I already had! My tbr is now HUGE and contains a LOT of diverse books. I NEED both of those, like, now. I’ve already read Becky’s book too, and I LOVED it! So, so good. And V.E. Schwab confirmed on Twitter that if Lila lived in the present instead of the 1800s, she would identify as genderfluid, which is exciting but I wish it was on page! Fingers crossed for ACOL, which I NEED. oh god dON’t SAY THAT I need all my babies to survive. Did you see the latest snippet?? WOW.


  11. Wow. What a marvellous post. Even so I already knew some books, I discovered so many more. I’m really looking forward to read the books by Benjamin Alice Saenz and Becky Albertalli. Love these authors.


  12. this list is so AMAZING. MUCH better than the similar post i made (mine included, like, seven books 🙈).
    i’m currently reading GET IT TOGETHER, DELILAH! as an e-ARC and it’s so FREAKING good. it may be confusing at times, but it’s still so funny and amazing and wonderful. i HIGHLY recommend you to pick it up 🙆🏻💕
    i also have an early digital copy of HOW TO MAKE A WISH by ashley herring blake and i’m so happy to have it because it was one of my most anticipated books of 2017 (+ i saw that you already read it and loved it, which got me even more excited).
    wonderful post as usual! 💖✨

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    1. Thank you, Maha! And seven books is still so much better than zero, I loved your post! Ooh I WILL pick GET IT TOGETHER, DELILAH up, then, it sounds wonderful, and I’m glad you’re enjoying it. I’m so, SO happy you’re reaidng How To Make A Wish! I truly adored it beyond words, and I hope you do as well. Thank you so much ❤

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  13. Wow! What a great list! I’ll definitely be using this to fill out as much of my 2017 reading challenge lists as I can. I cannot WAIT for the sequel to Aristotle and Dante, The Girl from everywhere, and the finally to Shades of Magic. American Street is also high on my list.
    So many good books, so little time! What are you most excited for?


    1. I hope it helps you! Note: the new book by the author of Ari & Dante is NOT the sequel! The sequel is coming out later, and this is a completely new one. All of those books sound amazing, though! I’m really excited for A Conjuring of Light, The Hate U Give, We Are Okay, and When Dimple Met Rishi, but also so many more!

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  14. Ugh, I’m angry at myself for forgetting 27 Hours on my Most Anticipated Releases list! I’m super excited about that one! This is such a great list! Now I can make myself even more broke. 😂


  15. OH MY GOSH YES TO ALL OF THESE. Absolutely fantastic list, there are so many I’m looking forward to. Little and Lion, Forest of a Thousand Lanterns, The Inexplicable Logic of My Life…also We Are Okay by Nina LaCour, The Hate U Give…SO MANY.


  16. This is such a huge list! Will definitely be adding some to my goodreads tbr category thing. I think the two I’m most looking forward to are the third Lara Jean book and the new Marie Lu book. I didn’t even know that she had a new book coming out!

    Fleur @ FranklyBooks just posted THE STORY BEHIND MY EMAIL & BOOK EXTRACT


  17. This is amazing! Thank you so much for this list! 😀
    I knew a lot of these books but I also found so much more I just *have* to read.
    The diversity is growing strong for 2017, and I can’t wait to read it all! (:

    Great post!


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