Read Diverse With This List of 175+ Awesome YA Books For #DiversityBingo2017

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With 2017 just beginning, I’m eager to expand my reading horizons for the upcoming year. This includes adding some much needed diversity to my shelf, made especially easy by the influx of amazingly inclusive books releasing in the next few months. Even better? A few fabulous book lovers (@theauslibrary @bookwormwanders @rhaegardied @thebookbuzz @novelparadise @aimalfarooq @ohbrekker @headinherbooks @thesebooklions) have made a bingo card aimed to get us readers picking up books ft. LGBTQIA+, Latinx, Arab, & Black characters (plus many more diverse perspectives). It’s my goal to complete the entire card, and as a helpful resource I’ve compiled 175 books that fill at least one of the challenges. All look amazing, and I only wish I had enough time to check  every one of them out! For the initial announcement (complete with all info), see this link. So without further ado…let’s cut to the books!

Romance w/ a Trans MC

  • My Pick: If I Was Your Girl by Meredith Russo
  • Other Selections: Beast by Brie Spangler
    • When the Moon Was Ours by Anna-Marie McLemore
    • Coffee Boy by Austin Chant
    • Dreadnought by April Daniels

Non-Binary MC

  • My Pick: Symptoms of Being Human by Jeff Garvin
  • Other Selections: What We Left Behind by Robin Talley Mask of Shadows by Linsey Miller
    • Ida by Alison Evans
    • A Conjuring of Light by VE Schwab
    • The Tiger’s Watch by Julia Ember

SFF w/ Disabled MC

  • My Pick: The Iron Trial by Holly Black & Cassandra Clare
  • Other Selections: Gathering Blue by Lois Lowry
    • Otherbound by Corrine Duyvis
    • The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin
    • Maggot Moon by Sally Gardner
    • Winterkill by Kate A. Boorman

Practicing Jewish MC

  • My Pick: Like No Other by Una LaMarche
  • Other Selections: Hush by Eishet Chayil
    • The Romance Reader by Pearl Abraham
    • Lucky Broken Girl by Ruth Behar
    • Everything is Illuminated by Jonathan Safran Foer
    • The Chosen by Chaim Potok

Indian MC

  • My Pick: Fifteen Lanes by S.J. Laidlaw
  • Other Selections: Enter Title Here by Rahul Kanakia
    • Born Confused by Tanuja Desai Hidier
    • Soulmated by Shaila Patel
    • Sold by Patricia McCormick
    • Dare Mighty Things by Heather Kaczynski

Displaced MC

  • My Pick: TBD (Struggling to find books w/ displaced characters who aren’t immigrants as well)
  • Other Selections:

MC w/ an Underrepresnted Body

  • My Pick: The Upside of Unrequited by Becky Alberatelli
  • Other Selections: Dumplin’ by Julie Murphy
    • Future Perfect by Jen Larsen
    • Holding Up the Universe by Jennifer Niven
    • 45 Pounds (More or Less) by K.A. Barson
    • Artichoke’s Heart by Suzanne Supplee

Neurodiverse MC

  • My Pick: A List of Cages by Robin Roe
  • Other Selections: Queens of Geek by Jen Wilde
    • The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime by Mark Haddon
    • Counting by 7’s by Holly Goldberg Sloan
    • Things I Should Have Known by Claire LaZebnik

Retelling w/ LGBTQIA+ MC

  • My Pick: As I Descended by Robin Talley
  • Other Selections: Great by Sara Benincasa
    • Ash by Malinda Lo
    • Of Fire and Stars by Audrey Coulthurst
    • Peter Darling by Austin Chant

Bisexual MC

  • My Pick: Our Own Private Universe by Robin Talley
  • Other Selections: Grasshopper Jungle by Andrew Smith
    • Not Otherwise Specified by Hannah Moskowitz
    • Shallow Graves by Kali Wallace
    • Cut Both Ways by Carrie Mesrobian
    • Bi-Normal by M.G. Higgins

MC w/ an Invisible Disability

  • My Pick: Charm & Strange by Stephanie Kuehn
  • Other Selections: Finding Audrey by Sophie Kinsella
    • Challenger Deep by Neal Shusterman
    • Sad Perfect by Stephanie Elliot
    • My Heart and Other Black Holes by Jasmine Wanga
    • Schizo by Nic Sheff

MC w/ an Anaphylactic Allergy

  • My Pick: TBD (Most books I’ve found are middle grade)
  • Other Selections:

MC of Color in SFF

  • My Pick: The Star Touched Queen by Roshani Chokshi
  • Other Selections: Passenger by Alexandra Bracken
    • Shadowshaper by Daniel Jose Older
    • The Wrath & the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh
    • Future Shock by Elizabeth Briggs
    • The Girl From Everywhere by Heidi Heilig

Latinx MC

  • My Pick: The Education of Margot Sanchez by Lilliam Rivera
  • Other Selections: More Happy Than Not by Adam Silvera
    • Aristotle & Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Saenz
    • Gabi, a Girl in Pieces by Isabel Quintero
    • Yaqui Delgadi Wants to Kick Your Ass by Meg Medina
    • The Weight of Feathers by Anna-Marie McLemore

Free Space

  • My Pick: Golden Boy by Abigail Tarttelin
  • Other Selections: Out of Darkness by Ashley Hope Perez
    • All American Boys by Jason Reynolds
    • The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzie Lee
    • None of the Above by I.W. Gregario
    • Under a Painted Sky by Stacey Lee

Non-Western Setting

  • My Pick: TBD
  • Other Selections: Hello, I Love You by Katie M. Stout
    • The Crystal Ribbon by Celeste Lim
    • Ink by Amanda Sun
    • Listen, Slowly by Thanhha Lai

Own Voices

  • My Pick: My So-Called Bollywood Life by Nisha Sharma
  • Other Selections: Read  Me Like a Book by Liz Kessler
    • Bad Boy by Elliot Wake
    • The Sun Is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon
    • American Dervish by Ayad Akhtar
    • American Born Chinese by Gene Luen Yang

MC w/ Chronic Pain

  • My Pick: The Art of Feeling by Laura Tims
  • Other Selections: Far From You by Tess Sharpe

West Asian Setting

  • My Pick: If You Could Be Mine by Sara Farizan
  • Other Selections: Moon At Nine by Deborah Ellis
    • Ronit & Jamil by Pamela L. Laskin
    • Amina’s Voice by Hena Khan
    • This Promise I Will Keep by Aisha Saeed
    • Escape from Aleppo by N.H. Senzai

Arab MC

  • My Pick: It Ain’t So Awful, Falafel by Firoozeh Dumas
  • Other Selections: Tell Me Again How A Crush Should Feel by Sara Farizan

MC w/ Wheelchair

  • My Pick: TBD
  • Other Selections: Out of My Mind by Sharon Draper
    • The Last Leaves Falling by Sarah/Fox Benwell
    • The Running Dream by Wendelin Van Draanen

Book By Author of Color

  • My Pick: The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
  • Other Selections: How It Went Down by Kekla Magoon
    • When I Was the Greatest by Jason Reynolds
    • Another Brooklyn by Jacqueline Woodson
    • You Don’t Know Me But I Know You by Rebecca Barrow
    • The Crossover by Kwame Alexander

Biracial MC

  • My Pick: Delicate Monsters by Stephanie Kuehn
  • Other Selections: See No Color by Shannon Gibney
    • The Ship Beyond Time by Heidi Heilig
    • To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han
    • Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon
    • Everything Leads to You by Nina LaCour

Pansexual MC

  • My Pick: Seven Ways We Lie by Riley Redgate
  • Other Selections:

Black MC

  • My Pick: Small Great Things by Jodi Piccoult
  • Other Selections: The Boy in the Black Suit by Jason Reynolds
    • Allegedly by Tiffany D. Jackson
    • City of Saints & Thieves by Natalie C. Anderson
    • Tiny, Pretty Things by Dhonelle Clayton
    • Pointe by Brandy Colbert

MC on the ACE Spectrum

  • My Pick: Tash Hearts Tolstoy by Kathryn Ormsbee
  • Other Selections: Radio Silence by Alice Oseman
    • Every Heart a Doorway by Seanan McGuire
    • We Awaken by Calista Lynne

LGBTQIA+ MC of Color

  • My Pick: Lies We Tell Ourselves by Robin Talley
  • Other Selections: Labyrinth Lost by Zoraida Cordova Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo
    • The Edge of the Abyss by Emily Skrustkie
    • Noteworthy by Riley Redgate
    • It’s Not Like It’s A Secret by Misa Sugiura

Visually Impaired MC

  • My Pick: Love and First Sight by Josh Sundquist
  • Other Selections: Run by Kody Keplinger
    • Reign of Shadows by Sophie Jordan
    • Not If I See You First by Eric Lindstrom
    • All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr
    • She is Not Invisible by Marcus Sedgwick

Book Set in South America/ Central America/ Carribean

  • My Pick: The Cat King of Havana by Tom Crosshill
  • Other Selections: A Fierce & Subtle Poison by Samantha Mabry
    • The House of Spirits by Isabel Alexander

Contemporary World Arranged Marriage

  • My Pick: When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon
  • Other Selections: Written in the Stars by Aisha Saeed

Indigenous MC

  • My Pick: TBD
  • Other Selections: The Smell of Other People’s Houses by Bonnie-Sue Hitchcock
    • The Absolutely True Diary of a Part Time Indian by Sherman Alexie
    • Julie of the Wolves by Jean Craighead George

Diverse Non-Fiction

  • My Pick: Escape from Camp 14: One Man’s Remarkable Odyssey from North Korea to Freedom in the West by Blaine Harden
  • Other Selections: Taking Flight by Michaela DePrince
    • Being Jazz by Jazz Jennings
    • I Am Malala by Malala Yousafzai
    • A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier by Ishmael Beah
    • Dare to Disappoint: Growing Up in Turkey by Ozge Samanci

POC on the Cover

  • My Pick: I Believe in a Thing Called Love by Maurene Goo
  • Other Selections: Don’t Fail Me Now by Una LaMarche
    • The Summer of Chasing Mermaids by Sarah Ockler
    • The Steep & Thorny Way by Cat Winters
    • Ones and Zeroes by Dan Wells
    • Flawed by Cecilia Ahern

D/deaf/Hard of Hearing MC

  • My Pick: A Quiet Kind of Thunder by Sara Barnard
  • Other Selections: You’re, Welcome Universe by Whitney Gardner
    • Hello, Universe by Erin Entrada Kelly
    • 27 Hours by Tristina Wright
    • El Deafo by Cece Bell
    • The Orange Houses by Paul Griffin

Immigrant or Refugee MC

  • My Pick: American Street by Ibi Zoboi
  • Other Selections: When Michael Met Mina by Randa Abdel-Fattah
    • Under the Mesquite by Guadalupe Garcia McCall
    • The Bone Sparrow by Zana Fraillon
    • Girl in Translation by Jean Kwok
    • Dream Things True by Marie Marquardt

Hijabi MC

  • My Pick: I Love I Hate I Miss My Sister by Amelie Sarn
  • Other Selections: Does My Head Look Big In This by Randa Abdel-Fattah Persepolis: The Story of a Childhood by Marjane Satrapi
    • That Thing We Call a Heart by Sheba Karim
    • The Gauntlet by Karuna Razi
    • A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini

Are you guys participating in the Diversity Bingo challenge? Do you have any rec’s for me? Let me know in the comments! Oh, and don’t forget to use #diversitybingo2017!

Keep Calm and Read On


7 thoughts on “Read Diverse With This List of 175+ Awesome YA Books For #DiversityBingo2017

  1. I really, really loved Symptoms of Being Human. It was my number one favorite book of 2016. Although, it is not ownvoices I still stress to read it. It’s amazing. To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before is another one of my most favorites too !

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