Top 10 Tuesday

T10T: My Most Anticipated Diverse 2018 Releases

June 12, 2018


Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly blog meme hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl.

This week’s prompt was actually to list 10 books that give you the travel bug, but I always struggle with those sorts of topics because… well, as someone who reads mostly fantasy, most of what I read takes place in worlds I don’t want to visit!

Instead, I decided to re-do a list I’ve done before that you guys were pretty fond of: my most anticipated diverse releases, in order of release date!


1. A Thousand Beginnings and Endings — Ellen Oh & Elsie Chapman

rep: Filipino, Chinese, Hmong, Punjabi, Vietnamese, Korean, Gujarati, Indian, Japanese
This is an anthology of Asian authors retelling Asian folklore and myths, and is totally gorgeous and worth picking up. Review here!

RELEASES JUNE 26, 2018 — YA fantasy


2. Fresh Ink — Lamar Giles

rep: Asian-American, black, Native American, Muslim, Japanese, Iranian, Latinx, Filipino, trans, f/f
This is an anthology of authors of color telling stories about life as a teen of color in today’s society. Very hard-hitting, 100% worth a read. Review here!

RELEASES AUGUST 14, 2018 — YA contemporary


3. To Be Honest — Maggie Ann Martin

rep: fat
Savannah, a plus size teen, has to survive one more year of high school – but she has to do it alone, with her weight-obsessed mother. Ouch!

RELEASES AUGUST 21, 2018 — YA contemporary


4. Mirage — Somaiya Daud

rep: Moroccan
Amani is forced into servitude as a cruel princess’ body double, but an unexpected relationship with the princess’ fiance shakes things up.

RELEASES AUGUST 28, 2018 — YA fantasy


5. Summer Bird Blue — Akemi Dawn Bowman

rep: ace/aro, Hawaiian, Japanese, Korean, Filipino, Samoan
After Rumi’s younger sister Lea dies in a car accident, Rumi is sent to work through her grief and rage with her aunt in Hawaii, where she slowly falls back in love with music, life, and herself. I adored this one. Review coming soon!

RELEASES SEPTEMBER 11, 2018 — YA contemporary


6. The Storm Runner — J.C. Cervantes

rep: Mayan, disability
Zane is a lonely child, whose only friend is a dog named Rosie. When exploring a dormant volcano, Zane manages to wake an evil Mayan god, and is set off on an adventure to save the world – and, more importantly, his dog.

RELEASES SEPTEMBER 18, 2018 — MG fantasy


7. The Sisters of the Winter Wood — Rena Rossner

rep: Jewish
Sisters Liba and Laya have escaped the suffering of Jews like them by living in a sheltered, quiet village, but when they are left to themselves, they discover that fairy tales sometimes come true in the worst ways.

RELEASES SEPTEMBER 25, 2018 — adult fantasy


8. Blanca & Roja — Anna-Marie McLemore

rep: Latinx, f/f, trans
Blanca and Roja are two cursed sisters, who have always known their curse would find them someday, and trap one of them in the body of a swan.

RELEASES OCTOBER 9, 2018 — YA fantasy


9. Girls of Paper and Fire — Natasha Ngan

rep: Asian, f/f
When Lei is taken to become a Paper Girl – a girl in training to become a consort of the king’s – she falls in love with a fellow Paper Girl in training, and is wrapped into a plot of treason and revenge.

RELEASES NOVEMBER 6, 2018 — YA fantasy


10. Empire of Sand — Tasha Suri

rep: Indian
Mehr is the descendant of desert spirits, but her own powers to manipulate the gods’ dreams are hidden even from her, until the Emperor’s cruel mystics recognize her strengths and capture her in an attempt to make her one of their own.

RELEASES NOVEMBER 13, 2018 — adult fantasy

What upcoming diverse title(s) are YOU most excited for? Were any of these already on your TBR, or have you read them?


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  • Reply booksofteacups June 12, 2018 at 12:10 am

    A Thousand Beginnings and Endings was fabulous!!! I wish that there was more stories included because I had so much fun reading it! I also changed my topic for the week too! Here is my TTT:

  • Reply Dani June 12, 2018 at 12:22 am

    I’m also looking forward to To Be Honest 🙂

  • Reply Priyasha June 12, 2018 at 12:27 am

    I am looking forward to sooooooooo many of them ❤? awesome post ?

  • Reply ChrissiReads June 12, 2018 at 12:30 am

    I love a diverse read! Wonderful list. 🙂

  • Reply Anne@Headfullofbooks June 12, 2018 at 12:35 am

    I haven’t heard of any of these books but I rarely am up on upcoming books…always a little behind the times. TTT Books that Make Me Want to Travel

  • Reply dezzyyw June 12, 2018 at 2:52 am

    I love this post! I’m looking forward to reading so many of these books. I’m definitely adding these to my TBR list. Thank you for sharing! <3

  • Reply Annemieke June 12, 2018 at 3:05 am

    Great list. A Thousand Beginnings and Endings I must get at some point this year. <3

  • Reply Fanna June 12, 2018 at 3:31 am

    Girls Of Paper and Fire is on my list too! The cover and premise looks stunning and I can’t wait for it to release <3

  • Reply Kayleigh @ My Endless Shelf June 12, 2018 at 3:56 am

    I just added most of these to my TBR lol – great list! Here’s mine:

  • Reply sleepysamreads June 12, 2018 at 6:01 am

    I am SO excited for Girls of Paper and Fire. I can’t wait for publication day!

  • Reply everythingalyce June 12, 2018 at 6:38 am

    I already had most of these books on my TBR, but you’ve introduced me to a couple of new ones that I’m now excited about reading. So glad that you decided to skip this week’s prompt!
    Here’s my Top Ten Tuesday!

  • Reply pcochrun June 12, 2018 at 9:00 am

    Mirage is v v good!

  • Reply May @ Forever and Everly June 12, 2018 at 9:18 am

    Oh, I”m SO excited for you to read Girls of Paper and Fire! It was absolutely stunning and I have a feeling you’re going to love it. <3 And aahh I'm so glad that we both loved Summer Bird Blue! Such a beautiful story and I'm blessed to have buddy read it with you! ?

  • Reply justonemorepaige June 12, 2018 at 9:42 am

    I like this change up! I have had Fresh Ink on my radar, but I’m loving the look of Bianca and Roja too!

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  • Reply Aymee (@asphaltcowgrrl) June 12, 2018 at 10:41 am

    I’m weird in that I don’t really like to travel, so I like your take this week! Also, I can relate a little too well to the blurb for To Be Honest. Sounds like a good book.
    Here is our Top Ten Tuesday. Thanks!

  • Reply tasya @ the literary huntress June 12, 2018 at 11:15 am

    I can’t wait for A Thousand Beginnings and Endings, 2018 is a great year for Asian rep!

  • Reply MetalPhantasmReads June 12, 2018 at 11:45 am

    Definitely that Thousand Beginnings and Storm Runner for me 🙂 I haven’t heard of Empire of Sand until now so I’ll check that one out. Great list!

  • Reply Books With B June 12, 2018 at 11:53 am

    WOW! You’ve got some great diverse options on this list! I’m going to have to add some of these to my tbr!

  • Reply iloveheartlandx June 12, 2018 at 12:00 pm

    Mirage and Blanca and Roja both sound great!
    My TTT:

  • Reply Flavia June 12, 2018 at 1:19 pm

    Yeeeeees! This post gives me LIFE! <3

  • Reply Ellyn June 12, 2018 at 10:50 pm

    Soo many amazing books! I’m so excited for To Be Honest, Storm Runner & Blanca & Roja!

    • Reply Destiny @ Howling Libraries June 18, 2018 at 4:11 pm

      Don’t they all sound so good?! I actually saw someone with an ARC up for trade of The Storm Runner today and was so tempted to try to trade for it, but I decided to just wait on my pre-order since I’ve already paid for it lmao.

  • Reply La La in the Library June 12, 2018 at 11:14 pm

    I am looking forward to reading A Thousand Beginnings and Endings.! ?

  • Reply liveforbroadway June 13, 2018 at 12:06 am

    I had a hard time with this week’s topic too! Love your spin on things. And I can’t wait for To Be Honest and A Thousand Beginnings and Endings.

    • Reply Destiny @ Howling Libraries June 18, 2018 at 4:12 pm

      Thank you so much! A Thousand Beginnings and Endings was so amazing. I think I might go ahead and pick up To Be Honest this week or maybe early next week. 🙂

  • Reply Kathy @ Books & Munches June 13, 2018 at 3:24 am

    Just give me a box filled with all these books, please. Me’d be happy. <3 Haha. :')

    • Reply Destiny @ Howling Libraries June 18, 2018 at 4:12 pm

      Bahaha, right? I saw someone with an ARC of The Storm Runner earlier today and was drooling everywhere.

  • Reply shelfishforbooks June 13, 2018 at 7:12 am

    These all look so good! I can’t wait for them to come out!

  • Reply Eve Langell June 13, 2018 at 7:22 am

    Oh these look really good. I have an ARC of Mirage now and can’t wait for it to come out. The others are new to me but sound amazing! My Top Ten

  • Reply (Danielle) Books, Vertigo and Tea June 13, 2018 at 10:19 am

    I am not sure how I missed this ? My feed is so broken lately. I am really looking forward to Fresk Ink, Mirage and The Sisters of the Winter Wood! Although being honest, all of these are on my radar for various reasons ?

    • Reply Destiny @ Howling Libraries June 18, 2018 at 4:13 pm

      Aww, no worries, a lot of people’s feeds are super messed up lately, mine included! It sucks! 🙁 But yesss, they all sound so good, and that cover of The Sisters of the Winter Wood literally makes me want to cry a little for how much I love it lol.

  • Reply downrightdystopian June 14, 2018 at 9:03 pm

    To Be Honest sounds great. I’m currently reading Fresh Ink and I’m enjoying it. Great list!
    Krystianna @ Downright Dystopian

    • Reply Destiny @ Howling Libraries June 18, 2018 at 4:46 pm

      Thank you, Krystianna! I’m so glad you’re enjoying Fresh Ink. I could hardly put that one down!

  • Reply Lauren @ Always Me June 14, 2018 at 9:35 pm

    I have an ARC of Fresh Ink and I can’t wait to get started on it. 🙂
    Lauren @ Always Me

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