Hello you wonderful people! We are rapidly approaching my favourite month of the year – Pride Month! It’s a huge celebration of every part of the LGBTQ+ community and each year I’m so proud that I get to join in. My favourite way to celebrate the month is by consuming all the queer media possible, then blogging about it! That’s usually books, as well as a couple of movies and TV shows. Mostly it’s books, because they are my greatest love, and because there are such a variety of queer stories out there that haven’t quite managed to break through into the more mainstream filming industries yet – certainly not in the same volumes, anyway.
I was trying to come up with a fun way to create a TBR, when I was hit with the perfect (and perhaps the most obvious) idea – making a rainbow of books! It’s the classic gay symbol, as well as being very pretty. 😅 Creating this rainbow was both easier and harder than I thought, but it was certainly very fun!
As a side note, I don’t own most of these books. I’m reading them through Scribd, which is a subscription service where you get unlimted audiobooks and ebooks from their library of titles! It’s way better and better value than Audible (not to mention you’re avoiding Amazon) and they have an unbelievable amount of queer books. Seriously, I’m constantly amazed by the range. So if you want to know where you can read all these books, check it out! Since I’m a subscriber you can get a 60 day free trial with my link! (I’m not sponsored by the way, I just like sharing good things. 😄)
Now that is a satisfying image if I ever saw one. Meet my rainbow TBR for the month of June! All of these books are available on Scribd, so, y’know, if you wanted to take advantage of that 60 day trial and read any of these books along with me… you could. 😜
Lumberjanes Vol 1 by Noelle Stevenson, Grace Ellis, Shannon Watters & Brooke A. Allen
I’m currently obsessed with She-Ra and the Princesses of Power (again) and as a result, am seeking out everything else Noelle Stevenson has ever worked on. I know nothing about this comic except that it looks cute and gay and the cover is red, so it snags the first spot on this rainbow TBR.
I Was Born For This by Alice Oseman
Alice Oseman is a godsend in the world of queer contemporary literature. Her writing is so honest and authentic, and her characters are always portrayed the way they deserve. I first found Alice’s work through her webcomic, Heartstopper, and my love only intesified when I read Radio Silence last year. I’ve been on a mission to read all her work ever since, and I Was Born For This seemed liked a perfect fit for this list – it’s bright orange and I know one of the main characters is trans and gay. I don’t need to know much else really, because you can always rely on Oseman for incredible queer teen representation.
Not Your Sidekick by C.B. Lee
The Sidekick Squad series has been on my radar for the longest time – I mentioned it during last year’s Pride Month but this year I swear I’m going to actually read it. The books are set in a world where superpowers are pretty common, and each book follows a teenager from the LGBTQ+ spectrum as they try to navigate this world of superhero politics. This is the first book in the series, and it follows bisexual Jessica Tran as she takes an internship for their town’s biggest supervillain.
Not Your Villain by C.B. Lee
I don’t know whether it’s cheating to use two books from the same series on my TBR, but I’m doing it anyway. Not Your Villain is the sequel to Not Your Sidekick, and it follows trans boy Bells Broussard who can shapeshift, which is just the coolest. Obviously I don’t know too much about this book with it being a sequel, but it’s bright green and has positive trans rep, so I’m here for it.
Technically, You Started It by Lana Wood Johnson
This book begins when Haley accidentally starts texting the wrong Martin Nathaniel Munroe II (apparently there’s two of them and it’s a long story). The book is told entirely through text format, so it should be a very quick and entertaining read. Not only that, Haley is demisexual (as a fellow demi, this means the world to me!) and Martin is bisexual. That’s 2-for-1 rep wrapped up in an adorable sounding book, and I can’t wait to read it.
The Disasters by M.K. England
This book sounds like the incredibly diverse, incredibly queer, incredibly funny space adventure of my dreams. “On the run and framed for atrocities they didn’t commit, Nax and his fellow failures execute a dangerous heist to spread the truth about what happened at the Academy.” I need this book in my life and I am honestly mad at myself for not reading it yet. I can practically see the words “5-star material” written all over it.
Queens of Geek by Jen Wilde
I have to admit, this book wasn’t actually on any of my reading lists before this post, but I needed a pink book and it does not get more pink than this. It follows two love stories unfolding at a convention, and comes in at only 262 pages, so I don’t feel too bad about adding it. It’s a celebration of fandom, friendship, and of course features a queer love story. And it’s very, very pink.
More Happy Than Not by Adam Silvera
I know Adam Silvera’s books, and I know this will make me cry all the gay tears. It’s the only book of his I haven’t read yet (not counting Infinity Son which I am still undecided on) and I am ready for it to rip out my heart. It’s about a boy with a girlfriend, who meets another boy and starts questioning his sexuality. I know there’s something about a memory removal procedure in there, which is just setting me up for hurt, I’m certain. Catch me crying over this at some point in the near future.
So, that’s everything I’m set on reading this coming Pride Month. Of course, I’ll probably end up reading more than what’s on this list, since I have a track record of reading more in June than any other month of the year. (My all-time record is 11 in June 2018, but I’m hoping I can beat that!) There are so many wonderful books with LGBTQ+ representation out there, and this is just a small selection of them. I’ll be doing my best to highlight as many titles as possible throughout June, so stick around to see that!
Have you read any of the books on this list? Or even better – what are you planning on reading to celebrate Pride Month? I’d love to know – drop a few titles in the comments!