#DivereseReadsof2020: 10 2020 releases with Aspec characters.


Hello everyone and welcome to another Diverse Reads of 2020 post.

The Diverse Reads of 2020 is a series of blog posts organised by Taiwo (follow her blog!) in which book bloggers of different marginalisation make a list of books coming out this year based on their marginalisation.

This list wasn’t part of the original plan, but I wanted to do more and Taiwo seemed cool with it. And also ignore the fact that this list is coming so late. This was supposed to have up two weeks after the first one which was my post for books by Muslim authors (you can check that out here), but between clinical posting and being lazy, I couldn’t get to it.

And to the list!

*Update: Due to Taylor Barton’s/Brooklyn Ray’s/Taylor Brooke’s gross behaviour towards POC, I have decided to remove any and all of their books from my blog and rescind any form of support of them or their works. As a result, this list will only contain 9 books with ace spec rep.


1. The Sound of Stars by Alechia Dow.

Category: YAe

Genre: Science Fiction

Publication Date: February 25, 2020

Rep: Biromantic Demisexual; F/M pairing.


Can a girl who risks her life for books and an alien who loves forbidden pop music work together to save humanity?

Two years ago, a misunderstanding between the leaders of Earth and the invading Ilori resulted in the deaths of one-third of the world’s population.

Seventeen-year-old Janelle “Ellie” Baker survives in an Ilori-controlled center in New York City. Deemed dangerously volatile because of their initial reaction to the invasion, humanity’s emotional transgressions are now grounds for execution. All art, books and creative expression are illegal, but Ellie breaks the rules by keeping a secret library. When a book goes missing, Ellie is terrified that the Ilori will track it back to her and kill her.

Born in a lab, M0Rr1S (Morris) was raised to be emotionless. When he finds Ellie’s illegal library, he’s duty-bound to deliver her for execution. The trouble is, he finds himself drawn to human music and in desperate need of more. They’re both breaking the rules for love of art—and Ellie inspires the same feelings in him that music does.

Ellie’s—and humanity’s—fate rests in the hands of an alien she should fear. M0Rr1S has a lot of secrets, but also a potential solution—thousands of miles away. The two embark on a wild and dangerous road trip with a bag of books and their favorite albums, all the while making a story and a song of their own that just might save them both.


Is it obvious that I’m sad I don’t have a copy of this book yet? Because I’m sad I don’t. TSOS was one of my most anticipated books of this year. I’m really excited to read this book about a fat Black biromantic demisexual book someday. 

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2. Loveless by Alice Oseman

Category: YA

Genre: Contemporary

Expected Publication Date: July 9, 2020

Rep: Aromantic Asexual.


The fourth novel from the phenomenally talented Alice Oseman – one of the most authentic and talked-about voices in contemporary YA.

Georgia feels loveless – in the romantic sense, anyway. She’s eighteen, never been in a relationship, or even had a crush on a single person in her whole life. She thinks she’s an anomaly, people call her weird, and she feels a little broken. But she still adores romance – weddings, fan fiction, and happily ever afters. She knows she’ll find her person one day … right?

After a disastrous summer, Georgia is now at university, hundreds of miles from home. She is more determined than ever to find love – and her annoying roommate, Rooney, is a bit of a love expert, so perhaps she can help.

But maybe Georgia just doesn’t feel that way about guys. Or girls. Or anyone at all. Maybe that’s okay. Maybe she can find happiness without falling in love. And maybe Rooney is a little more loveless than she first appears.

LOVELESS is a journey of identity, self-acceptance, and finding out how many different types of love there really are. And that no one is really loveless after all.

I really can’t think of many books with aroace rep. We have so few books with aro/ace rep, aroace together is even rarer. As someone who is both on the aromantic and asexual spectrum and who is just getting comfortable with her identity, I really can’t wait for Loveless to be out.

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3. Belle Révolte by Linsey Miller

Category: YA

Genre: Fantasy

Emilie des Marais is more at home holding scalpels than embroidery needles and is desperate to escape her noble roots to serve her country as a physician. But society dictates a noble lady cannot perform such gruesome work.

Annette Boucher, overlooked and overworked by her family, wants more from life than her humble beginnings and is desperate to be trained in magic. So when a strange noble girl offers Annette the chance of a lifetime, she accepts.

Emilie and Annette swap lives—Annette attends finishing school as a noble lady to be trained in the ways of divination, while Emilie enrolls to be a physician’s assistant, using her natural magical talent to save lives.

But when their nation instigates a frivolous war, Emilie and Annette must work together to help the rebellion end a war that is based on lies


Publication Date: February 4, 2020

Rep: Biromantic Asexual; F/F pairing

I think I’ve talked about this book enough on my blog. I really can’t wait to read this one either.

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4. Six Angry Girls by Adrienne Kisner 

Category: YA

Genre: Contemporary

Expected Publication Date: June 2, 2020

Rep: Asexual questioning

A story of mock trial, feminism, and the inherent power found in a pair of knitting needles.

Raina Petree is crushing her senior year, until her boyfriend dumps her, the drama club (basically) dumps her, the college of her dreams slips away, and her arch-nemesis triumphs.

Things aren’t much better for Millie Goodwin. Her father treats her like a servant, and the all-boy Mock Trial team votes her out, even after she spent the last three years helping to build its success.

But then, an advice columnist unexpectedly helps Raina find new purpose in a pair of knitting needles and a politically active local yarn store. This leads to an unlikely meeting in the girls’ bathroom, where Raina inspires Millie to start a rival team. The two join together and recruit four other angry girls to not only take on Mock Trial, but to smash the patriarchy in the process.


A feminist book with angry girls, knitting, destroying patriarchy and asexual questioning rep? Sign me up!

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5. The State Of Us by Shaun David Hutchinson

Category: YA

Genre: Contemporary

Expected Publication Date: June 2, 2020

Rep: Demisexual; M/M


When Dean Arnault’s mother decided to run for president, it wasn’t a surprise to anyone, least of all her son. But still that doesn’t mean Dean wants to be part of the public spectacle that is the race for the White House—at least not until he meets Dre.

The only problem is that Dre Rosario’s on the opposition; he’s the son of the Democratic nominee. But as Dean and Dre’s meet-ups on the campaign trail become less left to chance, their friendship quickly becomes a romantic connection unlike any either of the boys have ever known.

If it wasn’t hard enough falling in love across the aisle, the political scheming of a shady third-party candidate could cause Dean and Dre’s world to explode around them.

It’s a new modern-day, star-crossed romance about what it really means to love your country—and yourself—from the acclaimed author of We Are the Ants and Brave Face, Shaun David Hutchinson.

Politics, falling in love with your mother’s political rival’s son and drama? Yes, please.

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6. Camp by Lev A.C. Rosen 

Category: YA

Genre: Contemporary

Expected Publication Date: May 26, 2020

Rep: Demisexual


From the author of the acclaimed Jack of Hearts (and other parts) comes a sweet and sharp screwball comedy that critiques the culture of toxic masculinity within the queer community.

Sixteen-year-old Randy Kapplehoff loves spending the summer at Camp Outland, a camp for queer teens. It’s where he met his best friends. It’s where he takes to the stage in the big musical. And it’s where he fell for Hudson Aaronson-Lim – who’s only into straight-acting guys and barely knows not-at-all-straight-acting Randy even exists.

This year, though, it’s going to be different. Randy has reinvented himself as ‘Del’ – buff, masculine, and on the market. Even if it means giving up show tunes, nail polish, and his unicorn bedsheets, he’s determined to get Hudson to fall for him.

But as he and Hudson grow closer, Randy has to ask himself how much is he willing to change for love. And is it really love anyway, if Hudson doesn’t know who he truly is? (

Camp sound like an intriguing book. I’ve seen comments on perfectly it handles identity, being femme and toxic masculinity. The fact that there is demisexual rep (although its a secondary character) and literally every other queer identity is a plus!

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7. Rick by Alex Gino

Category: MG

Genre: Contemporary

Expected Publication Date: April 21, 2020

Rep: Asexual questioning

From the award-winning author of George, the story of a boy named Rick who needs to explore his own identity apart from his jerk of a best friend.

Rick’s never questioned much. He’s gone along with his best friend Jeff even when Jeff’s acted like a bully and a jerk. He’s let his father joke with him about which hot girls he might want to date even though that kind of talk always makes him uncomfortable. And he hasn’t given his own identity much thought, because everyone else around him seemed to have figured it out.

But now Rick’s gotten to middle school, and new doors are opening. One of them leads to the school’s Rainbow Spectrum club, where kids of many genders and identities congregate, including Melissa, the girl who sits in front of Rick in class and seems to have her life together. Rick wants his own life to be that … understood. Even if it means breaking some old friendships and making some new ones.

As they did in their groundbreaking novel George, in Rick, award-winning author Alex Gino explores what it means to search for your own place in the world … and all the steps you and the people around you need to take in order to get where you need to be.


Rick sounds like a really sweet book. MG isn’t really my thing, but I’d love to read Rick.

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8. Elastoe by Darcie Little Badger 

Category: YA

Genre: Fantasy

Expected Publication Date: August 25, 2020

Rep: Asexual

Imagine an America very similar to our own. It’s got homework, best friends, and pistachio ice cream.

There are some differences. This America been shaped dramatically by the magic, monsters, knowledge, and legends of its peoples, those Indigenous and those not. Some of these forces are charmingly everyday, like the ability to make an orb of light appear or travel across the world through rings of fungi. But other forces are less charming and should never see the light of day.

Elatsoe lives in this slightly stranger America. She can raise the ghosts of dead animals, a skill passed down through generations of her Lipan Apache family. Her beloved cousin has just been murdered, in a town that wants no prying eyes. But she is going to do more than pry. The picture-perfect facade of Willowbee masks gruesome secrets, and she will rely on her wits, skills, and friends to tear off the mask and protect her family. (less)


First, that description! Next, omg the cover. Elastoe sound amazing and like something I’d enjoy reading and I’m so excited for it

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9. A Pale Light in the Black (NeoG #1)

Category: Adult

Genre: Science Fiction

Expected Publication Date: March 3, 2020

Rep: Asexual questioning


The book centers on the rivalry between military branches, which plays out through the Boarding Games—a competition pitting service members against each other to see just who is best in events like tactical problem is solving, piloting, fencing and martial arts, and, of course, boarding actions. And while other military science fiction features the exploration and defense of far-flung reaches of space, the Neo-G protects the area closer to home—a force we could very well see in our own lifetime. Made up of a band of retired veterans and raw recruits with sub-par equipment and the scorn of the military establishment, the NEO-G are the ultimate underdogs.

The first book in the NEO-G series comes out in hardcover in Spring 2020 from Harper Voyager, starting with A Pale Light in the Black. There are currently two books planned in the series, with the option to continue

This book doesn’t sound like my thing, but I’m excited for the rep.

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14 thoughts on “#DivereseReadsof2020: 10 2020 releases with Aspec characters.

  1. Thanks for mentioning me, Zainab!! I love this list. The Sound of Stars and Belle Revolte (that cover!!! 😍😍) are the only books already on my list 🙈 I’m adding Loveless, Six Angry Girls and Rick now. Six Angry Girls sounds so bad-ass. I want to do a list of 2020 feminist books so thanks for putting it on my radar 🤗

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  2. I seriously need to read an Alice Oseman book at some point because they are such well loved contemporaries. I have heard of and love the premise to Six Angry Girls so hopefully that is one I will be able to get to. Amazing list!

    Olivia-S @ Olivia’s Catastrophe


  3. I didn’t know The State of Us had a demiromantic character! I really planned to read Alice Oseman’s books last year but that didn’t work out at all, so hopefully this year’s the year.


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