Introducing The Infinite Variants of YA

Posted January 30, 2017 by Nick/ 19 Comments

Hi everyone!

Rashika and I are very excited to share a little more with you about our new monthly feature celebrating all things diversity. She and I have been talking a lot about the importance of diversity in our normally ranty DM sessions and she brought up the idea to use our platforms to do some good, showering more attention on diverse books and diverse authors. Given the political climate of the world at the moment and how it has infiltrated the book community, it has become increasingly important that we not only be kind to each other no matter what our sexuality, gender, race or ethnicity, but also to read more diversely to enrich our knowledge, and to help make sure there are more books published in the future for every teen, regardless of their sexual orientation, skin color or religion.

I don’t know about you guys, but I am not taking the racism in the world very well AT ALL, so with Rashika, I hope to take my anger/sadness/frustration and channel it into something positive. Enter, this monthly event. So what will this event consist of? Lists! At the end of every month, we will be compiling a list of diverse books published that month. We will also be having authors stop by from time to time for some fun Would You Rather Q&As and Tweet Your Book Synopsis posts. It’s not much, but we hope that in the process, that we become more cognizant of racial issues that plague publishing, and also help you discover a new book or two you may not have heard of. If we get one of you interested in a book featured, I’ll consider ourselves successful.

January Releases To Get Excited About


Here We Are: Feminism for the Real World Allegedly Our Own Private Universe The Cursed Queen (The Impostor Queen, #2) History Is All You Left Me City of Saints & Thieves The You I've Never Known Under Rose-Tainted Skies The Radius of Us Because of the Sun Flying Lessons and Other Stories A Quiet Kind of Thunder God Smites and Other Muslim Girl Problems Dreadnought (Nemesis, #1) Flicker and Mist  Stef Soto, Taco Queen Midnight Without a Moon The Crystal Ribbon

Thanks a bunch to Rashika for compiling this amazing list! I have read The Cursed Queen, and quite enjoyed it. I have my eyes on History Is All You Have Left Of Me, City of Saints & Thieves and God Smites.  But all these look pretty fantastic!

Which book in this list are you most excited about? Why is diversity important to you?
Let me know in the comments below!

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  • Great idea guys! I’ve been in a bit of slump for a few weeks so haven’t really checked out any upcoming 2017 releases so this is perfect! I am most looking forward to History is All You Left Me! If only Book Depository would hurry up and dispatch my order! I am also really interested in Stef Soto, Taco Queen! That cover is just too cute and the synopsis sounds great! Thanks for putting it on my radar!

  • GAH Nick, this is WONDERFUL. Thank you thank you THANK YOU for doing this! Rashika just told me what you were doing, and I moved my little mouse as fast as my fingers would let me 😉 Most of these are on my TBR, but a few are new to me, which is exciting!! The ones I am most excited to read I think are… well damn it, I can’t CHOOSE! Also, can we talk about the cover for The Crystal Ribbon? I swoon. Also, I think I need to buy Stef Soto for my kids because I read the synopsis and that is ADORABLE and also a really nice life lesson! THANK YOU again my dear, these are such great recs!! ♥♥

  • Several books are already on my
    tbr-list, I’ll definitely check out other titles. I think I’m most excited
    about Allegedly. It sounds like a very powerful book. Great feature, Nick! I
    can’t wait what you would post next.

  • This is so great ladies, and we need it more than ever. I’m so excited for future discussions and I think this is the perfect time for this feature.

  • The world is a massively fucked up place at the moment and I honestly can’t remember another time when there’s been such a blatantly racist and prejudice divide. Trump has given white, racist, homophobic America a pass to circle the wagons. I’ve never been a political person but feel so angry at the world.

    Bless you lovely ladies for providing positive ways for others to immerse themselves and escape. I’m really excited for History is All you Left Me and have read A Quiet Kind of Thunder, such a lovely and gentlemen book that explores mutism, hearing impairment and features diverse characters such as a POC MC and asylum seekers. I can’t wait to see what you think of it sweetheart <3

  • I love this feature! It’s so easy just to focus on the books that are currently being hyped and forget about all the other amazing stories being written. I’ve already read Under Rose-Tainted Skies from the January list and I’m not sure I’ll read many of the others just because I don’t read contemporary. I hadn’t heard of Flicker and Mist but that’s going on my TBR right now!

    Tracy @ Cornerfolds

  • This is an amazing feature so thanks you guys for putting it together!!! Diverse books are so important right now especially. I liked Under Rose Tainted Skies. I also really want to get to Our Own Private Universe and History is All You Left Me. Can’t wait to see the lists every month 🙂

  • What a great feature! After seeing this post I know I’m going to enjoy seeing these posts each month. I know everytime I see your posts on Twitter how angry you are at everything at the moment and it absolutely sucks so I’m glad you’re channelling this into such a good feature. Better to make something good out of everything rather than to sink to other people’s level.

    Quite embarrassingly I’ve read none of these books. Not yet, anyway. I do have an ARC of Our Own Private Universe to read, though, so at least that’s one point to me. I have a few others on my TBR and I am determined to check our some of these others.

  • This is such an amazing feature and definitely and the need for diverse book is so important, especially with the current political climate. There are so many books in this list that I’m hoping to read. History is all You Left Me, Under Rose-Tainted Skies and A Quiet Kind of Thunder are on my priority read list for the year. I can’t wait to see what’s on the other lists. 😀

  • This is a great feature, Nick!! I’m most excited for History Is All You Left Me. I wasn’t really interested in it until Madalyn posted a wonderful review for the book and now I desperately need to get my hands on it!

  • What a great feature! Especially because I see a few books included that aren’t getting as much airtime as others. I haven’t gotten the chance to read Here We Are yet, but I’m planning on it. Really excited to see what else you recommend in the coming months… we’re definitely needing as many good books right now as possible.

  • That is a great feature and certainly now

  • YASSS this is such a great, timely feature! Reading more diversely is definitely a priority for me this year, especially since I didn’t read as diversely as I wanted to last year…*side-eyes past self* I especially want to seek out more diverse SFF and romance, since I’ve been reading pretty heavily on the white side for both.

    Robin Talley! LOVE HER BOOKS. <3

  • Sounds like a plan! Under Rose Tainted Skies is a book that I’ve got my eye on. I’ll have to look up the rest. 🙂

  • Great selection, ladies! I have the Cursed Queen and was surprised it’s f/f. Surprised in a good way! I’d love to see more of that in “mainstream” books.

  • Thanks so much! Have heard of a bunch of these but there are others I’m going to check out!

  • Probably Under Rose-Tinted Skies! Well Nick, being Hispanic makes me a fan of diversity for sure! I tend to read books that have to do with Hispanics and I also had good luck with books set in dessert or oriental settings. I hope you love the ones you do get to read 🙂

  • Most of these books I don’t recognize but Im adding some to my list, that Taco book sounds so cute. You said it was MG, I need to look it up for Adrianna cause she loves tacos and she’s been reading MG books.

  • Oooh, lovely! The you I’ve never known is top of my list, with Dreadnought a close second. Both sound amazing!