All YOUR Queer Recommendations! | I asked, and this community delivered

Pride Month 2022

Hello, my lovely lemons! 🍋 I hope you have had a wonderful Pride Month and consumed many lists of wonderful LGBTQ+ books. But I hope you have room for one more, because this is a very special list! It’s special because… I didn’t write it. No one person did. I’ve been collecting recommendations from all you lovely folks all month, and now it’s time to put them all together and share them with the world! Before we get started I want to say a massive THANK YOU to every single person who left me a comment this month. When I started this blog I didn’t think even a single person would read it, and to have all you lovely people listening to me ramble and responding to me with thoughts of your own is still the highlight of my day, every day. You’re all wonderful. So enjoy this post!

The Henna Wars by Adiba Jaigirdar

The lovely, wonderful, amazing Sophie @ Me & Ink recommends The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid, Darius the Great is Not Okay by Adib Khorram and The Henna Wars by Adiba Jaigirdar as top-tier LGBTQIA+ books. As well as In Other Lands by Sarah Rees Brennan for a fun fantasy, Release by Patrick Ness because it’s different, and An Unkindness of Ghosts by Rivers Solomon for an underhyped read (just check the trigger warnings).

The brilliant, enthusiastic, ray of sunshine Anoushka @ Dipped in Ink would like everyone to read Not My Problem by Ciara Smith for characters you can fall in love with and obsess over. The Lesbiana’s Guide to Catholic School by Sonora Reyes for a beautiful story full of precious characters, occasional sad moments, and amazing exploration of diversity and important themes. The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid for a fabulous book that will leave you speechless. Hearstopper by Alice Oseman because it’s totally precious and deserves all the hype. Ophelia After All by Racquel Marie for an incredible queer friendship group and a story that might just make you cry. Only Mostly Devastated by Sophie Gonzales for hilarious narration, and The Henna Wars by Adiba Jaigirdar for fabulous South Asian rep and a book you can fall in love with.

Cemetery Boys by Aiden Thomas book cover

The sweet, kind cinnamon roll that is Caro @ The Bookcheshire Cat had a whole stack of favourites! Queens of Geek by Jen Wilde, Cemetery Boys by Aiden Thomas, Ace of Shades by Amanda Foody, The Gilded Wolves by Roshani Chokshi, Loveless by Alice Oseman, Here the Whole Time by Vitor Martins, and Delilah Green Doesn’t Care by Ashley Herring Blake.

Hani and Ishu’s Guide to Fake DAting by Adiba Jaigirdar

The wonderful, witty Lais @ The Bookish Skies recommends both The Henna Wars and Hani and Ishu’s Guide to Fake Dating by Adiba Jaigirdar for great characters and impeccable family dynamics!

While the incredible Suhani @ Random Reader’s Rambles loves Simon vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli, and Radio Silence and Heartstopper by Alice Oseman.

Pumpkinheads by Rainbow Rowell and Faith Erin Hicks book cover

Now, I didn’t want to stop with just bloggers, so I went ahead and asked my real life friends too! My partner Olly had quite a few favourites… Cemetery Boys by Aiden Thomas, The Horseman by Christina Henry, Gideon the Ninth by Tamsyn Muir, Godsgrave by Jay Kristoff, and Heartstopper by Alice Oseman. All of them made them feel seen or happy in some way or another.

My best friend Beth adored The Love Hypothesis by Ali Hazelwood and practically read the whole thing in a day. She’s only been reading for about a year, but so far she also loves Pumpkinheads by Rainbow Rowell and Faith Erin Hicks, The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid, and Heartstopper by Alice Oseman.

Gideon the Ninth by Tamsyn Muir

And of course, because I somehow haven’t covered this yet this month (how?), I obviously have to share MY favourite LGBTQ+ books! I’m going with Gideon the Ninth by Tamsyn Muir for the space lesbians. The Priory of the Orange Tree by Samantha Shannon for a fabulous fantasy landscape with queerness weaved seamlessly in. They Both Die at the End by Adam Silvera for making me feel more emotions than should be possible from a book. And The Murderbot Diaries by Martha Wells for the fabulously comforting portrayal of a very sarcastic robot that does not give a damn about gender or sex or romance, thank you very much.

This Pride Month has been so much fun! I can’t think of a better post to end it on. Rest assured, this isn’t the last you’ve heard from me about anything and everything queer reading. I’ve got lots of posts I didn’t manage to get out this month that are still coming (including the rest of the Megapost) and I’ll be putting content like this out all year. Thank you so much for celebrating Pride with me!

Love and lemons, Abi

6 thoughts on “All YOUR Queer Recommendations! | I asked, and this community delivered

  1. Aw… I loved all your pride content and I hope you had a wonderful month.
    I really love the idea of this post and how it is a lovely selection of so many queer books that mean something to people. Thank you so much for allowing me to be apart of this it (and your kind words 💛)!
    I definitely spy some books I am eager to get to.. Ace of Shades, Delilah Green Doesn’t Care & The Lesbiana’s Guide to Catholic School to name some!
    Again, amazing post. Thank you for curating it 🥰

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