Happy pride month everyone! Reading LGBTQ+ books is definitely not a pride month exclusive activity, but what better time than any to talk about the queer books that have been on my TBR for a while. I would love to get around to reading these as soon as possible!
I’m gonna start off with a few that I already own (aka there’s no excuse, why I haven’t read these yet), and then move onto some books which have been recommended to me/I want to pick up.
Queer books I already own:
Queer eye: Love yourself, Love your life by The Fab Five
My partner gave me this book for my birthday last year. It’s one of those ones that you can happily dip in and out of, as there’s such a mix of positivity, tips and advice, recipes, pictures, illustrations. EVERYTHING. It looks like everything you would need to have a really good evening of self care and I need to get to reading it. Also, from watching and loving Queer Eye on Netflix, I can only imagine it will also be hilarious!
Reign of the Fallen by Sarah Glenn Marsh
I won this as part of a giveaway and I still haven’t gotten around to reading it. It’s a YA fantasy book, and I don’t usually gravitate towards fantasy, but I’ve heard so many good things about it, and especially that it contains an excellent queer romance between two girls. I’m here for it, and I’m actually going to be taking it on holiday with me in a few days so expect a review in the coming weeks!
Summer Bird blue By Akemi Dawn Bowman
Akemi Dawn Bowman is someone I’ve heard so many good things about. I’ve heard only positive things about her other book, Starfish. I was lucky enough to get accepted to read Summer Bird Blue on Netgalley. It’s currently sat on my Kindle, waiting for me to pick it up. I know that it focuses on grief, and I also know that one of the characters is aro-ace; two things that make me want to read it immediately.
Leah on the Offbeat By Becky Albertalli
Technically my partner Ben owns this one, but as we live together, we of course now share all of our books which is excellent. I’m currently reading this one at the moment and I’m loving it so far (I’m only a little bit in at the moment!) Definitely here for more casually bi rep in books. Expect a review of this one too!
Queer books I need to get my hands on ASAP:
Radio Silence by Alice Oseman
I don’t know why I haven’t read this book. I love Alice Oseman’s writing so much – I was Born For This especially is an absolute favourite, and I can’t get enough of her graphic novel Heartstopper. I seem to have just accidentally missed her second novel, Radio Silence. I’ve heard that it features excellent bi rep so I really don’t know why I haven’t read this one yet. It’s one of those ones that I just know I’ll love, and need to get to it ASAP.
I Wish You All the Best By Mason Deaver
Ahhh this book! I’ve heard so many people raving about it, and I have to know why! I included it on my most anticipated reads of 2019 because the story sounds wonderful: it’s about a character called Ben who comes out to their parents as non-binary, and is then kicked out of the house. It’s a story of friendship, love and acceptance and I need to read it right now. It’s also an #ownvoices book which makes me want to read it even more!
Red, White and Royal Blue By Casey McQuiston
OH BOY OH BOY. I need to read this book. I have heard non-stop about it and it honestly sounds so right up my street. I went through a period of watching romcoms based around the First Daughter, and romcoms about royals but it never occurred to me to find some books in the same category. Red, White and Royal Blue is the story of the First Son of the USA and the Prince of Wales who end up falling in love. That’s literally all I know and all I NEED to know. Sign me the eff up.
The Gender Games by Juno Dawson
The tagline for this book is: “The problem with men and women, from someone who has been both” which is just excellent. It’s a part memoir, part social commentary non-fiction which delves into being transgender as well as discussing sex, sexuality and the like. I’ve read Juno Dawson’s wonderful fiction books, and I would love to read a non-fiction book about a topic I care a lot about so this is definitely high up on the list to read!
The Priory of the Orange Tree by Samantha Shannon
This is one I wouldn’t have heard of if it wasn’t for the lovely bookstagram community! I saw this book on my feed non-stop for about a month when it was published, and everyone absolutely loved it. It’s a commitment, at 848 pages, but a big book doesn’t scare me! I’ve heard there are queer girls and talking dragons. What else does a girl need?
So that’s my list of queer books I need to get to! What books are you reading this pride month?