Diverse Books of 2020: The YA Pinay Edition!

First things first: thank you, Taiwo, for organizing this project!

And what is “this project”? Well, in Whoville they say: your diverse reading list should grow three sizes this day!

In this post, I have compiled a list of books by Pinays that are being released in 2020 and that I cannot wait to read. These are Young Adult fiction, not because that’s about my maturity level (okay, maybe a little, and I feel no shame about that. Boobies), but because life sucks. Sure, this is something many of us think in our younger years, but adulthood adds a level of depth that I can do without. Give me hope! Give me a HEA or HFN! Give me YA!

You can click through the links to read the book blurb. My commentary explains why I’m looking forward to it.

The Queen’s Assassin, by Melissa de la Cruz
Release Date: February 4, 2020

I have never been athletically inclined. In a case of opposites attracting, I have long adored protagonists who could do what I can’t, like be an assassin. I mean, come on: if you take away the killing part, it takes some crazy awesome skills to be able to sneak up and overpower someone. I’m looking forward to a character who sounds like she could teach somebody what “hits like a girl” really means.

Wicked As You Wish (A Hundred Names for Magic), by Rin Chupeco
Release Date: March 3, 2020

Chupeco has published a lot of books that I will eventually read when I am a proper grown up who doesn’t sleep with the covers over my head. In March, however, she has a book coming out that (probably) won’t have me jumping at my own shadow (or my cat swiping my ankles as I walk to the bathroom in the dark). “Wicked As You Wish” has a little bit of Avalon, and also sounds like it has a little bit of Ikemen Revolution action going on.

Private Lessons, by Cynthia Salaysay
Release Date: May 12, 2020

The release date is, thankfully, many months removed from either of my parents’ deaths. I’m looking forward to reading through the protagonist’s journey as she processes her grief through music.

The Groom Will Keep His Name, by Matt Ortile
Release Date: June 2, 2020

A collection of non-fiction appears! It’s also by a man, but the subject matter keeps screaming at me: “You want to read this!”

As more of us begin to take a look at some of the less than ideal aspects of our culture, I’m looking forward to reading about Ortile’s experiences.


Okay, I’m going to put out some feelers right now. This list was compiled through a lot of Googling. I have read through pages – yes, literally scrolling through *pages* – of various sites for 2020 releases, and the number of Filipinas is…well, it’s more than the number of Filipinos in the Bible, but it’s way shorter than I thought it would be. If you are, or know, a Filipina author with a book coming out in 2020, please comment with a link so that I can check you out!

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