One of my reading goals this year was to read something different than the normal novel, so I figured I’d pick up some anthologies, and there are SO MANY interesting and diverse ones coming out this year. I have yet to read an anthology so I hope these make me more interested in other anthologies from previous years.
*DISCLAIMER – release dates can be changed at any moment so these release dates aren’t 100% confirmed!!*
UPDATE (April 20) : Cover Revealed for Unbroken: 13 Stories Starring Disabled Teens
Toil & Trouble: 16 Tales of Women & Witchcraft
RELEASE DATE: August 28th
A young adult fiction anthology of 16 stories featuring contemporary, historical, and futuristic stories featuring witchy heroines who are diverse in race, class, sexuality, religion, geography, and era.
I always love a good story with witches in it, but 16 stories is even better. Also the fact that there will be some diversity in this is awesome. Some of the writers I already enjoy such as Zoraida Cordova, Emery Lord, Tess Sharpe, and Nova Ren Suma. But I’ve also heard of some of the other writers and I can’t wait to see what witchy stories they have to tell.
This collection of twenty-one essays from major YA authors—including award-winning and bestselling writers—touches on a powerful range of topics related to growing up female in today’s America, and the intersection with race, religion, and ethnicity. Sure to inspire hope and solidarity to anyone who reads it, Our Stories, Our Voices belongs on every young woman’s shelf.
YAY a YA feminist book with diverse authors is a plus!! Also it sounds all too relevant in today’s environment.
All Out: The No-Longer-Secret Stories of Queer Teens Throughout the Ages
Release Date: February 27th 2018
Take a journey through time and genres and discover a past where queer figures live, love and shape the world around them. Seventeen of the best young adult authors across the queer spectrum have come together to create a collection of beautifully written diverse historical fiction for teens.
So by the time I put out this post the book will have already been released but STILL. This sounds like such a great anthology.
Fresh Ink: An Anthology
Release Date: August 14th
In partnership with We Need Diverse Books, thirteen of the most recognizable, diverse authors come together in this remarkable YA anthology featuring ten short stories, a graphic short story, and a one-act play from Walter Dean Myers never before in-print.
So this needs like a really great #OWNVoices anthology. wow my money is going to be blown on all these anthologies!!!
A Thousand Beginnings and Endings
Release Date: June 26th
Star-crossed lovers, meddling immortals, feigned identities, battles of wits, and dire warnings. These are the stuff of fairy tale, myth, and folklore that have drawn us in for centuries.
Fifteen bestselling and acclaimed authors reimagine the folklore and mythology of East and South Asia in short stories that are by turns enchanting, heartbreaking, romantic, and passionate.
East and South Asian folklore & mythology??? Written by Asian authors??? I’m immediately sold.
The Radical Element (A Tyranny of Petticoats #2)
Release Date: March 13th
In an anthology of revolution and resistance, a sisterhood of YA writers shines a light on a century and a half of heroines on the margins and in the intersections.
So this is a sequel anthology, to A Tyranny of Petticoats, which is also on my TBR. I believe that these stories are based off of historical figures and famous women, which I’m 101% here for! Again like so many of the other anthologies features plenty of authors that I have enjoyed in the past.
(Don’t) Call Me Crazy
Release Date: October 2nd
Algonquin Young Readers has acquired an anthology from Kelly Jensen titled (Don’t) Call Me Crazy, which will explore, through essays, artwork, poetry, and other ephemera, the ways that mental illness impacts individuals, family and friends, with contributions from Victoria Schwab, Adam Silvera, Libba Bray, Esmé Wang, Yumi Sakugawa, Mike Jung, s.e. smith, Meredith Russo, and Stephanie Kuehn, among others. A publication date has not been announced.
This one really hits home for me, because I suffer from mental illness and its super important to not only hear stories from other people who also suffer from mental illnesses but also to give those who don’t understand what we go through.
Unbroken: 13 Stories Starring Disabled Teens
Release Date: September 18th
A YA Anthology of short stories featuring disabled teens, written by #OwnVoices disabled authors. The stories reflect a range of genres and disabilities; contributors include bestselling authors Kody Keplinger and Francisco X. Stork, as well as newcomers Fox Benwell, Keah Brown, and more.
I just found out about this the other, and the fact that its #OWNVoices rep really makes me hopeful for this particular anthology.
My main take away from all these is that I’m definitely going to read these this year not only just because all of them have GORGEOUS and STYLISH covers (like wow props to the illustrators and cover designers!!!) but also something I really admire about all of these anthologies is the inclusion of marginalized voices such as POC/LGBTQA+/disabled voices.
Thanks for reading! Also comment down below whatever you want like what you think about these anthologies and some you’d recommend me to read!