Nafiza’s Guide to Reading Diversely in 2016

You all (should) know by now that I adore making lists so here’s one with an overview of books being released this year that are diverse in different ways. Some of the books have already been mentioned while others may be completely new to The Book Wars.

  1. The Night Parade by Katharyn Tanquary
    This is set in the countryside in Japan and features magic and a coterie of supernatural creatures. It’s on my TBR pile so I should be getting to this sooner rather than later. This was released on January 5th by Sourcebooks Jabberwocky.
  2. The Steep and Thorny Ways by Cat Winters
    A retelling of Hamlet featuring a POC heroine and most probably with feminist overtones. I cannot wait for this one. Comes out on March 8th from Amulet Books.
  3. It Ain’t So Awful, Falafel by Firoozeh Dumas
    We recently talked about this book in The Cover Wars. This one features an Iranian American teen coming to terms the changing perspectives on Iranian people in America following some sort of kerfluffle that America has with Iran. This comes out May 3rd from Clarion Books.
  4. The Land of Forgotten Girls by Erin Entrada Kelly
    This one features Filipino protagonists and has themes of sisterhood, grief, and hope. I’m looking forward to this. This will be out March 1st from Greenwillow Books.
  5. The Star-Touched Queen by Roshni Chokshi
    The protagonist of this book is (seems to be) Indian and I believe the book deals prominently with Hindu mythology (or is inspired by Hindu mythology). Exciting stuff. Out on May 3rd from St. Martin’s Griffin.
  6.  Outrun the Moon by Stacey Lee
    I’m VERY excited for this one. Features a Chinese-American protagonist trying to do her best in a city aligned against her and others like her. So excited! Out from G. P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers on May 24th.
  7. Lucy and Lindh by Alice Pung
    Another Australian author! Lucy and Linh features the coming of age story of a young Vietnamese girl who decides to assimilate so she doesn’t feel like an outsider anymore. This one will be out on September 6th by Knopf Books.
  8. Company Town by Madeline Ashby
    The name of the protagonist in this one is Hwa so I’m thinking she is either Korean or a POC. Either ways, I’m excited about finding out more about her and how she lives. Out on May 17th from Tor.
  9. Steeplejack by A. J. Hartley
    This is set in a South African fantasy world. Need I say more? Out on June 14th from Tor Teen.
  • I read one of Firoozeh Dumas’s memoirs and really loved it! It’s so exciting to see her transitioning into fiction.

    • Oo! I’m so glad you like her writing. I just got this one to review and I’m glad to go into it with positive reviews of her prose. Thanks!

      • The memoir I read was really funny and warm. From what she said in the memoir and the blurb for this new book, it looks like she’s drawing on her own experiences of being an Iranian growing up in America during the hostage crisis.

  • I’ve been wanting to read the falafel one, but thank you for giving me books to look up

    • No problem. There will definitely be a part two to this list!

  • Thanks for the recommendations, I’ve put The Night Parade on my To Read list. 🙂

  • Ooooh, Company Town looks right up my alley…

    • I know right?

      • *goes to library to put hold on it*

        • It’s not out yet. Haha!

          • I emailed the publisher for an ARC, lol, waiting eagerly for a response.

  • Looks like a lot of really good books! 🙂 Thanks for sharing.

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