Year-End Housekeeping

So far we haven’t been able to find any YA releases by or about people of color in December—if you know of any, please send us a message on our website, tumblr, or twitter. We want to make sure we get them up on our release calendar, especially since the holidays are right around the corner.

We have typically closed out the year with each of our reviewers compiling a list of their favorite books from that year. I thought it would be fun to turn that over to you today. Tell us in the comments, through tumblr messages, or by tweeting us what some of your favorite 2015 books by or about people of color have been, and we’ll share them with everyone else.

Personally, I think it has been a fantastic year for contemporary novels. I’m generally more of a science fiction and fantasy fan, so it has been a delightful change of pace to find several contemporary novels that I loved. But you’ll find out what my favorites were next week—what are yours?

4 Replies to “Year-End Housekeeping

  1. I agree on the contemporary novels, and as an author of historical fiction, I’m hoping that genre starts getting more attention soon. Anyway, a contemporary novel that I loved this year is Cindy L. Rodriguez’s WHEN REASON BREAKS, which is one of the best novels I’ve read, ever, portraying characters with depression. And for historical novels, I just sent in my recommendation as a We Need Diverse Books team member for Sofia Quintero’s SHOW AND PROVE, which vividly captures life in the South Bronx, NYC, in 1983. And let’s not forget nonfiction: Margarita Engle’s verse memoir ENCHANTED AIR.

    1. I loved When Reason Breaks, and I know that a couple of us had Show and Prove on their radar. Thanks for the nonfiction recommendation, too!

  2. I read & loved all of these diverse books!

    Nikola Yoon – Everything Everything
    Pam Munoz Ryan – Echo
    Laura Rose Wagner – Hold Tight, Don’t Let Go
    Lamar Giles – Endangered
    Matt de la Pena – The Hunted (The Living 2)
    Jenny Han – P.S. I Still Love You
    I. W. Gregorio – None of the Above
    Adam Silvera – More Happy Than Not
    Ilyasha Shabazz – X: A Novel
    Jason Reynolds – The Boy in the Black Suit
    Elizabeth Wein – Black Dove, White Raven

    1. Thanks for all the recommendations! We’ve hit a couple of those, but not all of them. I’ll keep an eye out for the ones I haven’t gotten to yet!

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