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Wednesday, September 28, 2016

20 Upcoming 2016/17 YA Books by Asian Women: It's getting diverse in here, #ownvoices fabulousness! | #DiversityBoost


2017 will be a fantastic year, looking at all those incredible #ownvoices books that are so diverse that it takes physical restraint for me to not preorder all of them.

Do yourself a favor, diversify your shelf and add all those fantastic books to your TBR.





2016


SACRIFICE by Cindy Pon
The sequel to SERPENTINE, #ownvoice high fantasy inspired by Chinese mythology. Yay! (Sept 2016, Month9Books) Goodreads
For her 2017 release, see WANT below.

THE MIDNIGHT STAR by Marie Lu
This is the conclusion to her Young Elites series. (Oct 2016, G.P. Putnam's) Goodreads
For her 2017 release, see WARCROSS below.


REMEMBER YESTERDAY by Pintip Dunn
The sequel to FORGET TOMORROW, an exciting diverse #ownvoices Sci-Fi. (Oct 2016, Entangled: Teen) Goodreads
For her 2017 release, see GIRL IN BETWEEN below.

THE SECRET OF A HEART NOTE by Stacey Lee
This is about a teen aroma expert. Sounds promising and fresh! Sounds like it might have a touch of magic.
(Dec 2016, Katherine Tegen Books) Goodreads



2017

WINTERSONG by S. Jae-Jones
A high fantasy inspired by Labyrinth!
(Feb 2017, Thomas Dunne Books) Goodreads

EMPRESS OF A THOUSAND SKIES by Rhoda Belleza
You can never go wrong with a solid epic sci-fi read and this cover is absolutely gorgeous. (Feb 2017, Razorbill) Goodreads



A FLAME IN THE MIST by Renée Ahdieh
This is the first book in an upcoming duology, set in feudal Japan (May 2017, Putnam Juvenile) Goodreads

WHEN DIMPLE MET RISHI by Sandha Menon
An #ownvoices book about arranged marriage and Indian teens! I'm so ready. (2017, Simon Pulse) Goodreads



WANT by Cindy Pon
A thriller set in Taiwan. #Ownvoices, too, yay! (2017, Simon Pulse) Goodreads

I BELIEVE IN A THING CALLED LOVE by Maurene Goo
#Ownvoices and about a girl following Korean love rules. Sounds like a super fun contemporary! Can't wait. (2017, Farrar, Straus & Giroux) Goodreads

IT'S NOT LIKE IT'S A SECRET by Misa Sugiura
Is this... an interracial f/f .... with diverse protagonists.... I don't think I can handle this long wait, this book sounds like heaven. Add this to your TBR guys, this will be fantastic. (May 2017, HarperTeen) Goodreads

GIRL IN BETWEEN by Pintip Dunn
An exciting #ownvoices novel about a Thai-American heroine! Yay!
(July 2017, Kensington) Goodreads





(other covers yet to be revealed but not any less exciting)

REBEL SEOUL  by Axie Oh
#Ownvoice sci-fi set in a futuristic Korea. Weapons, gangsters, genetic modification! Wheeeee (2017, Lee & Low Books) Goodreads

WARCROSS by Marie Lu
Teenage bounty hunters! I absolutely CANNOT wait! (2017, G.P. Putnam's) Goodreads

ALONG THE INDIGO by Elsie Chapman
About a girl that's pressured into working in a brothel. (2017, Abrams) Goodreads

THE NOVEMBER GIRL by Lydia Kang
A "magical-realist romance". Well, that sold the book to me. (2017, Entangled Teen) Goodreads

QALA ACADEMY by Tanaz Bhathena
Super diverse #ownvoice read and from the early reviews I can tell that it tackles lots of important topics; domestic abuse, religion & stereotyping, rape - I need this. (2017, Farrar, Straus & Giroux) Goodreads

SOULMATED by Shaila Patel
An empath looking for her soulmate! Swoon! I love soulmate stories, plus this one's #ownvoice, too. (2017, Month9Books) Goodreads

MY SO-CALLED BOLLYWOOD LIFE by Nisha Sharma 
A super dramatic bollywood-inspired #ownvoice contemporary that sounds really really fun! (2017, Crown) Goodreads

THIS PROMISE I WILL KEEP by Aisha Saeed
A Pakistani teen becomes a servant to pay back their parents' debt. (2017, Penguin) Goodreads


#DiversityBoost is a new monthly feature on my blog where I boost and highlight upcoming and recent diverse books or books by diverse authors. 
If you're a diverse author/ have written a diverse book and would like to be in one of my posts, follow my twitter to never miss a submission call!

Previously: 20 Exciting 2016/2017 YA by Black Women 
Next: 18 Upcoming 2016/17 YA by Latinx Authors
All posts here.

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Friday, August 19, 2016

Introducing #DiversityBoost: I'll be promoting and boosting #ownvoices and #diverse Authors! | Blog News




As you might know, the topic of diversity in publishing is very close to my heart. 

So, a couple of weeks ago I came up with the concept of #DiversityBoost. Basically this feature will mainly consist of book recommendations and content promoting upcoming and recently released books.



#DiversityBoost will solely focus on boosting and spotlighting recently released and upcoming books that either are diverse or are written by diverse authors.

That may include:
  • Authors of Color, no matter their gender
  • Authors who are otherwise marginalized (e.g. disability, lgbtq*, non-christian, illness)
  • White Authors who write about diverse characters

I'll be offering different opportunities for those periodically. The first post for #DiversityBoost will go live on August 25th and focus on exciting new and upcoming YA by Black women. Many more posts including many more marginalized voices are to come. I'm looking to make this a monthly feature, to be published towards the end of the month respectively.

You will be able to find all those posts starting from August 25th here, and I will be periodically announcing submission calls and opportunities for authors to get featured. 

How you can help:
  • Authors
If you are a diverse author and you'd like to be featured, follow me on twitter, the only place where I'll be announcing those submission calls. Any and all #ownvoices authors can submit guest posts to my blog anytime, as long as the topic relates to diversity and publishing. Contact me here.
  • Readers/Bloggers
If you'd simply like to help out, I'd love for you to participate. To do something similar and start reading diverse books only or to launch a feature just for that! Contact me here or leave a comment linking your feature.

Do you have a similar feature? I'd be happy to collaborate on something to help diverse authors out.

If you have a specific request on what you'd like to see, I'm happy to take suggestions anytime.

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Saturday, August 13, 2016

I Don't Accept Books without LGBT* or POC Representation for Review Anymore & What 2016 Has to Do with That


Maybe you've already seen that I changed my review policy significantly; a couple of weeks ago I decided to completely stop accepting books without any diversity for review.

And there is one hell of a reason for that. 


2016 has already been a tough year for everyone I think. I feel like we're waking up to a new tragedy every day, starting from that one American politician who shall not be named, to Brexit, to the refugee crisis - the world's seemingly completely falling to pieces. 

Maybe you already know where I'm going with this. All these three things (yes, I'm deliberately calling them things) have in common that they are somehow making people more and more afraid of foreigners, other cultures, concepts and people they haven't seen before.

If you don't believe me, I'd like to remind you of what happened at Pulse in Orlando, Florida. Of what happened to Mike Brown, Korryn Gaines, Philando Castile, and most recently Jesse Romero. Marginalized people are deliberately being targeted, murdered, persecuted. It's the most obvious and apparent in the police brutality you've (maybe) seen on the news in the US, and the terrorist attacks in Middle Europe. And don't forget what happened in Japan.

Long story short:
  • I'm the child of an immigrant. 
  • I'm a multiracial person of color. 
  • I consider myself to belong to the LGBT* community. 
  • I'm chronically ill. 
I'm marginalized in many ways and all those tragedies directed at people like me hit close to home. The least I can do is support the movements on social media, tweet about every single POC that gets killed by the police, and - on my good old book blog - boost diverse reads as much as I can. 

I will no longer consider pitches for books that aren't diverse. I'll try to publish as many reviews and recommendations focusing on diverse reads as I can. I'll take any opportunity to help diverse authors out to the best of my ability.

There are lots of books that don't feature diverse characters and aren't written by diverse authors and I'm aware that I may be missing out by declining to review those. But that hardly matters to me and is missing the point.

I know you probably realize this but I'd still like to say it:
  • This does not mean that I hate all books that are only about white and straight and abled and Christian people.
  • This does not mean that I hate all authors who only write about white and straight and abled and Christian people.
  • This does not mean that I think you are a bad person for liking or reading books about white and straight and abled and Christian people.
  • The only thing that this means is that marginalized lives matter


POC, Disabled, LGBTQ*, and otherwise Marginalized people need OUR - YOUR - support now more than ever. And you know what? It's free. 


In the wake of all those tragedies - there's one thing you can do no matter where you are, no matter who you are: You can support diverse creators. 

If you're a blogger, I strongly encourage you to do the same. It doesn't cost you any money or effort. We need diverse books now more than ever, because diverse books show that
  • Marginalized people do have a future. 
  • That Marginalized people can get happy endings. 
  • That Marginalized people can succeed. 
  • That we can live.
I invite you to join me in this, and support the heck out of diverse authors and authors who write about diverse characters. Launch support features! Read more diversely! Share deal announcements and cover reveals and nice reviews for diverse reads! Help diverse authors out.


If you want to make me really happy, please tell me about how you'll be taking initiative. 

Even if it's through sharing posts on social media. Every little bit helps.

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