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new releases to devour ft. diverse books

Do you have your Goodreads opened in another tab? * waiting * Awesome! Get your coke, Get your pen. Cause’ it’s time to grow that pile of shame aka THE TBR *muuhhwahhaha*

*(glossary time) tbr: to be read list*

If you guys didn’t know, I am an Asian, and I love to see my culture, your culture, everyone’s culture represented in books. Because who doesn’t? And if you are one of those people who believe that diversity in books is not necessary, let me spell it out for you: you are a D-O-R-K. Just kidding. You just need to educate yourself a bit.

Diversity in itself is very important not just for the sake of representation and for fancy terms like equality. It’s important because it exists, it’s real, and no one has the right to judge someone based on their cultural/personal/literally anything background. It helps in shaping people’s mentality and is important for psychological development as well. There are lots of other diverse lists of books on my blog if you’re interested.

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a rush of wings

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Magical and filled with whimsy.

Rowenna Winthrop has always known there’s magic within her. But her mother Mairead refuses to teach her the craft that keeps their Scottish village safe. When Mairead dies, it seems Rowenna’s one chance to grow into her power has passed. But on a fateful night, Rowenna rescues a handsome stranger named Gawen from a shipwreck, and her mother miraculously returns from the dead. She turns Rowenna’s brothers and Gawen into swans and robs Rowenna of her voice. Forced to flee, Rowenna travels to the city of Inverness and is soon caught in a web lies. If she wishes to save herself and the people she loves most, Rowenna will have to unlock the power that has evaded her for so long.

Read it because:

  • 💫 magical
  • 🏃‍♀️ quest
  • 🎶 lyrical
  • 📝 retelling

Genre: YA Fantasy

Author: Laura Weymouth

Series: Stand Alone

Release Date: 16 Nov’21

a wild swans retelling with whimsical writing and a story of strength, and a gorgeous cover. doesn’t it sound like your cup of tea?

our violent delights

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Shanghai is under siege in this captivating and searingly romantic sequel to These Violent Delights

The year is 1927, and Shanghai teeters on the edge of revolution. After sacrificing her relationship with Roma to protect him from the blood feud, Juliette has been a girl on the warpath. Roma is still reeling from Marshall’s death, and Roma knows it’s his fault. He’s determined to set things right—even if that means killing the girl he hates and loves with equal measure. Then a new monstrous danger emerges in the city, and though secrets keep them apart, Juliette must secure Roma’s cooperation if they are to end this threat once and for all.

Read it because:

  • ⚔️ action packed
  • ➰ great friendships
  • 🌒 dark
  • 📝 retelling

Genre: YA Fantasy

Author: Chloe Gong

Series: These Violent Delight#2

Release Date: 16 Nov’21

a romeo and juliet retelling, i can only imagine how bad the ending is going to be but guys! *whisper yells* the long-awaited sequel is finally here.

keeper of the night

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Death is her destiny.

Half British Reaper, half Japanese Shinigami, Ren Scarborough has been collecting souls in the London streets for centuries. When her failure to control her Shinigami abilities drives Ren out of London, she flees to Japan to seek the acceptance she’s never gotten from her fellow Reapers. Ren enters the Japanese underworld to serve the Goddess of Death… only to learn that here, too, she must prove herself worthy. Determined to earn respect, Ren accepts an impossible task—find and eliminate three dangerous Yokai demons—and learns how far she’ll go to claim her place at Death’s side.

Read it because:

  • 🚀 fast-paced
  • 🏃‍♀️ quest
  • 🌒 dark
  • 💫 magical

Genre: YA Fantasy

Author: Kylie Baker

Series: Keeper of the Night#1

Release Date: 12 Oct’21

the underworld in Japan set in a historical period sounds like a dream come true honestly.

tahira in bloom

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Life is full of surprises in a winning novel about a girl dreaming big during one unexpected small-town summer.

When seventeen-year-old aspiring designer Tahira Janmohammad’s coveted fashion internship falls through, her parents have a Plan B. Tahira will work in her aunt’s boutique in the small town of Bakewell.  It’s only for the summer. It won’t be that bad. But she just can’t deal with Rowan Johnston, the rude, totally obsessive garden-nerd next door with frayed cutoffs and terrible shoes. Rowan is also just the plant-boy Tahira needs to help win the Bakewell flower-arranging contest.

Read it because:

  • 🌷 coming of age
  • 💫 magical
  • 💖 delightful
  • 🌊 satisfying

Genre: YA Contemporary

Author: Farah Heron

Series: Stand Alone

Release Date: 1 Nov’21

south asian mc, marvelous cover, Muslim rep, cozy competitive romance — amigas, rest assured my desi heart is dancing.

you’ve reached sam

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Gutwrenching and heartfelt story about grief.

Seventeen-year-old Julie has her future all planned out—move out of her small town with her boyfriend Sam, attend college in the city, spend a summer in Japan. But then Sam dies. And everything changes. Desperate to hear his voice one more time, Julie calls Sam’s cellphone just to listen to his voicemail.

And Sam picks up the phone.

Read it because:

  • 🌷 finding oneself
  • 🎶 lyrical
  • 🌔 character arc
  • 🤕 heart breaking

Genre: YA Contemporary

Author: Dustin Thao

Series: Stand Alone

Release Date: 9 Nov’21

you know how much i love morbid stuff and this one just screams pain. all i know is that i can’t wait to read this and that i am not at all ready for this emotional roller coaster.

you can go your own way

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No one ever said love would be easy…but did they mention it would be freezing?

Adam is in over his head. The pinball arcade is the only piece of his dad that Adam has left, and he’s determined to protect it. Whitney doesn’t know how she got here. She’s spending her senior year running social media for her dad’s chain of super successful gaming cafés. But when a huge snowstorm hits, Adam and Whitney suddenly find themselves trapped inside the arcade. Cut off from their worlds the tension between them seems to melt away. But what happens when the storm stops?

Read it because:

  • 💖 heart warming
  • 🎀 romance
  • 💫 magical
  • 🧶 mental-health

Genre: YA Contemporary

Author: Eric Smith

Series: Stand Alone

Release Date: 2 Nov’21

tell me you don’t want to snuggle inside your blanket and delve into this blizzardy story? a light, fun, breezy read – perfect for an evening escape.

a certain appeal

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A sparkling contemporary retelling of Pride and Prejudice set in the tantalizing world of New York City burlesque.

After a betrayal derailed her interior design career, Liz Bennet found a fresh start in New York. She’s discovered a second home with the performers at Meryton, Manhattan’s top-tier burlesque venue. Love’s the last thing on her mind when she locks eyes with Will Darcy across the crowded club. Bennet is determined to write Darcy off, but once their besties fall head-over-heels, they’re thrown into each other’s orbit again and again. And when a sudden development leaves Meryton’s fate in jeopardy, she will have to decide who to trust in time.

Read it because:

  • 🎀 romance
  • 💫 magical
  • ➰ great friendships
  • 📝 retelling

Genre: NA Contemporary

Author: Vanessa King

Series: Stand Alone

Release Date: 2 Nov’21

pride and prejudice retelling with competition in the fashion industry perfect for fans of kiss quotient? please, say no more. i am here for it.

the singles table

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Opposites attract in this romantic comedy about a free-spirited lawyer who is determined to find the perfect match for the grumpy bachelor at her friend’s wedding

After a devastating break-up, celebrity-obsessed lawyer Zara Patel is determined never to open her heart again. Former military Jay Donovan whose life is winning at all costs but when Zara crashes into his life, he’s thrown into the exact chaos he wants to avoid. Worse, they’re stuck together for the entire wedding season. So they make a deal. She’ll find his special someone if he introduces her to his celebrity clients. But when their arrangement brings them together in ways they never expected, they realize that the perfect match might just be their own.

Read it because:

  • 🚀 breezy read
  • 🎀 romance
  • 💖 delightful
  • 💃 cultural fun

Genre: NA Contemporary

Author: Sara Desai

Series: Stand Alone

Release Date: 16 Nov’21

girls wearing ghagras in covers are my weakness and you know that, especially one that is a successful lawyer. combine that with an enemies-to-lovers trope and i can’t wait to flip the page.

dava shatris last day

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In this thought-provoking and entertaining debut novel about a multicultural family, a dying billionaire matriarch leaks news of her death early so she can examine her legacy–a decision that horrifies her children and inadvertently exposes secrets she has spent a lifetime keeping.

Compassionately written and chock-full of humor and heart, this powerful novel examines public versus private legacy, the complexities of love, and the never-ending joys—and frustrations—of family.

Read it because:

  • 🧶 mental-health
  • 🌷 finding oneself
  • 🌊 satisfying
  • 😓 right in the feels

Genre: Literary Fiction/Contemporary

Author: Kirthana Ramisetti

Series: Stand Alone

Release Date: 30 Nov’21

i think it’s been a while since i have been this intrigued by a book. and more so, because in this past year there have been so many celebrity deaths in my country, i am interested to know what’s the story like from the other side even if it’s fiction.

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I hope you found something you would want to check out on this list. Let me know some new releases that you are looking forward to.

ps. i do realize that ‘a certain appeal’ and ‘you can go your own way’ is not a diverse book but (a) the point of reading diverse books also means reading books by white people with no special representation and (b) i am just so hyped about it that i absolutely had to share.

Thank you for reading! I hope you are having a great day.

Keep on keeping on. See ya in the comments below.

28 thoughts on “new releases to devour ft. diverse books

  1. awesome post! i loved keeper of night and it’s a great rec! so many of these sound great and I’ve just added a few to my tbr now 😂that pride and prejudice retelling was not on my radar at all (how!) but i’m defo going to be checking that one out asap!

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