The Pride Month Megapost PART THREE | Where I finish listing every queer book I’ve EVER read

Pride Month 2022

Hello, my lovely lemons! 🍋 We’re back at it one last time! The final instalment in my craziest post ever. I can’t believe I originally thought this would be one post. You know the drill by now (and if you don’t you can visit parts one and two below) so let’s get to it!

🍋 PART ONE 🍋 PART TWO 🍋

I’m doing this in chronological order of when I read these, because it’s the easiest way for my to scour my reading tracker. Also, it just makes sense? The rules for me including a book on this list are that the representation has to be a main character or important side character (somebody actually relevant), have some significance to the story (e.g. not just mentioned in passing once) and be shown/mentioned on page (an author tweeting “btw, X was actually gay” does not count). I’ve tried to point out the representation featured in each book, but in some cases it has been years since I read these, so apologies if I get anything wrong or miss something.

All Systems Red by Martha Wells | I am so happy to be kicking off part three with this book! An audiobook I chose on an absolute whim while wrapping Christmas presents (after seeing one of the sequels mentioned on BookRiot’s Best Books of the Year list) suddenly became one of my favourite series of all time. This novella is short and sweet (though it’s actually not sweet at all, it’s rather dark and violent) has become a huge comfort to me over the many times I’ve read it since the first. Murderbot is a SecUnit, a sentient robot-human construct who has hacked its own programming and is using its incredible power and inbuilt weapons to… carry on doing its job while watching space Netflix? This is the socially awkward, sarcastic robot you never knew you needed. Rating: 5 stars Representation: agender, asexual, aromantic, polyamorous side characters, queer side characters, established f/f couple

Artifical Condition by Martha Wells | Oh, would you look who it is again! This novella is my favourite in the series, because it introduces ART – a giant, terminally sarcastic ship AI whose favourite pastimes include being condescending and saying “I told you so”. The banter-filled begrudging friendship between Murderbot and ART is on of my favourite things in this series. Rating: 5 stars Representation: agender, asexual, aromantic, queer side characters, polyamorous side characters

The Love Curse of Melody McIntyre by Robin Talley | I didn’t finish this book – not for any particular reason, I just… never finished it. I got it as an ARC and was initially really excited to dig into this queer tale of theatre kids and backstage superstitions. It started out really strong, and I was enjoying it but then life got busy. I put it down and just… never picked it up again. Rating: DNF Representation: lesbian, f/f romance, queer

Burn Our Bodies Down by Rory Power | I really enjoyed Wilder Girls, and I thought it was so clever and fresh, so I was excited when I was granted an eARC of Rory Power’s sophomore novel. Unfortunately this one fell too far on the side of weird for me. I got a decent way in then just started skimming, and skipped to the end to find out what on earth was going to to cause all the weird events in this story. I got my answers, and was honestly kind of glad I never ended up reading the whole book. Rating: DNF Representation: lesbian

Aurora Burning by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff | The second book in The Aurora Cycle takes the characters to a lot of interesting new places. This one feels a little more grown up than the first book – still very much YA vibes, but the characters have been through some stuff and seem less immature. This book really expands on all the characters, introduces some interesting new faces, and cemented Finian as my fav boi. Rating: 4 stars Representation: bisexual

The Witchling’s Girl by Helena Coggan | I requested an ARC of this book after seeing it mentioned by a BookTuber. I wasn’t expecting much, but I was willing to give it a go. And this book really surprised me. It’s a sweeping, emotional tale that really pulled me in. It was dark, and heartbreaking at times, and overall just had the most wonderfully magical atmosphere. Rating: 4.5 stars Representation: bisexual woman protagonist

On a Sunbeam by Tillie Walden | This is a (incredibly chunky) sci-fi graphic novel, originally released as a webcomic, set across two timelines. It follows protagonist Mia, splitting between her time at high school and later when she joins the crew of a maintenance ship, who journey around the galaxy fixing old, lost buildings. It has a really interesting premise, and I love all the visual elements, like spaceships that look like giant swimming fish, but I didn’t really connect to the story in the way I was hoping to. In visual terms, the art style also wasn’t my favourite. Rating: 3 stars Representation: lesbian, sapphic, non-binary side character, established queer relationships

When the Moon Was Ours by Anna-Marie McLemore | This was the first McLemore book I read, and I still remember exactly how I read it. I own the audiobook, and I listened to it while sitting at my desk colouring a picture in a colouring book. It was an image of unicorns and rainbows and crystals, and it was the perfect accompaniment to this story of magical realism. This book has incredible trans rep, and I remember the very personal author’s letter at the end made me cry. (Since I mentioned it, would highly recommend colouring books as a thing to do while listening to an audiobook. I am not a person who can just sit still and listen.) Rating: 4 stars Representation: trans boy, trans woman, sapphic side character

Ash and Quill by Rachel Caine | Almost exactly a year after reading the first and second books in this series, I read the third and fourth. I was rewarded with more fantastic adventures from one of my favourite bookish found families. This series is basically about a bunch of librarians getting into trouble and trying to overthrow a corrupt government. What more could you want? Rating: 5 stars Representaion: gay, established gay couple

Smoke and Iron by Rachel Caine | Am I allowed to get emotional for this one? In 2020, Rachel Caine passed away. With this (and the previous book) it was the first time I was picking up her work since losing her. Reading them was always going to be emotional, but in this book something very special happened. It’s strongly implied that Glain, one of the main characters, is aromantic/asexual. As someone on the asexual spectrum myself, seeing this, knowing my favourite author saw and acknowledged and recognised that part of me – well, I cried. Coincidentally, I cried at the rest of the book, too. This one was a heart-wrencher. Rating: 5 stars Representation: gay, established gay couple, aromantic/asexual

Network Effect by Martha Wells | Finally, 5 books into the series I got to the book that actually introduced me to Murderbot. I will be forever grateful to that BookRiot list for mentioning Network Effect and showing me the wonder that is Murderbot. This is the first (and so far only) full length novel in the series, with the rest being novellas. Which of course gives this the scope to be the biggest adventure yet! There’s so many twists and turns with this one, so many beloved characters (including the return of ART!!!) and some unexpected parts that were so creepy they genuinely gave me chills. Rating: 5 stars Representaion: agender, aromantic/asexual, queer side characters, polyamorous relationships

Gideon the Ninth by Tamsyn Muir | Well, this is going to be a good section! Please meet my favourite book of 2021, that has rotted my brain and possessed most of my thoughts ever since. I didn’t know I needed a himbo butch lesbian wielding a sword while exploring a haunted gothic palace in space with her bone princess childhood nemesis for a sidekick in the world’s weirdest gayest game of Cluedo. But I did. I very much did need it. This book is hilarious, heartbreaking, and will give you many sapphic feelings. Rating: 6 stars (no, that’s not a typo) Representation: lesbian, queer

Harrow the Ninth by Tamsyn Muir | The minute I finished Gideon the Ninth – or okay, the minute I finished crying over Gideon the Ninth – I ran out of my house and jumped in the car to go get the second book IMMEDIATELY. (Thanks Olly for lending me them. You brought the following year of feral obsession on yourself.) Harrow is an odd sequel – unreliable narrator to the max, a mashed up timeline, gaslighting you over the events of the book you just read, and a general sense of what-is-going-on-here. I devoured it in two days. It would’ve been one if I hadn’t been forced to admit I can’t fit in ”just an extra 300 pages” before going to bed. I adored Gideon with every one of my dumb gay braincells but it was Harrow that fully pushed me over into outright obsession. Rating: 5 stars Representation: lesbian, queer

The Luminous Dead by Caitlin Starling | More weird lesbian books! This one is actually a horror, and it was pretty cool and creepy. It follows a caver, Gyre, as she takes on a one-woman job descending into a cave system to explore and map the terrain. But it doesn’t take long for her to notice there are plenty of things wrong with this job. Instead of a whole team monitoring her progress and keeping her safe – instead, she got Em. Em, who won’t tell her the truth about why she’s down there, and has complete control over the enviro-suit that’s the only thing keeping Gyre alive. This was a claustrophobic, paranoid horror, that just so happened to be sapphic. Rating: 4 stars Representation: sapphic, f/f romance

Fence: Striking Distance by Sarah Rees Brennan | I’m always craving new Fence content, with the wait times between new volumes of the graphic novels. I was a little unsure about how the series would translate across to the spin-off novels, but I needn’t have worried. They had exactly the same heart and humour, but with way more pages! It was brilliant! I adore this series with all my heart and if you’re worried about the novels not living up to the comics the way I was, I’d encourage you to just take the plunge. You won’t regret it. Rating: 5 stars Representation: gay, queer, m/m romance

Fence: Disarmed by Sarah Rees Brennan | I loved the previous book so much I ended up in a bit of a Gideon-Harrow situation where I had to order the sequel with next day delivery because I needed it IMMEDIATELY. I used the overnight wait for it to arrive to reread all 4 graphic novel volumes. It was a good time. This book was truly *chef’s kiss*. It had me laughing so hard there were tears in my eyes, and it also delivered on a romance comic fans have been waiting for since the very beginning. (I’m not spoiling who though 😉) Seriously, these books are just a pure burst of happiness. Did I mention this one features a fencing team school trip to France? Rating: 5 stars Representation: gay, queer, m/m romance

I Hear the Sunspot Vol 1-5 by Yuki Fumino | And we’ve hit my very first manga! Hard to believe I started reading it less than a year ago, since it’s all I’ve been getting through lately. This is a very slow burn romance between a boy who’s Hard of Hearing and the fellow student who signs up to be his note taker. It’s sweet, really well developed, and has fantastic Deaf/Hard of Hearing representation. The character growth across the 5 volumes is fantastic to see, as it follows the characters from high school into the next stages of their lives. I’m serious about it being slow burn though – 5 volumes of slow burn. Rating: 3-5 stars across volumes Representation: gay, queer, m/m romance

The Seep by Chana Porter | This book is not like anything else I’ve ever read. It’s set in a a utopian society after a friendly alien invasion. It follows trans woman Trina after her wife Deeba decides to be reborn as a baby so she can experience growing up in their new perfect world. It’s a truly unique explanation of grief. Rating: 4 stars Representation: trans woman, lesbian, f/f relationship, queer side characters

Our Not-So-Lonely Planet Travel Guide Vol 1 by Mone Sorai | This was a random manga I found on my reading app that looked cute. And it was! It follows a gay couple going travelling together, documenting their journey and the interesting people they meet. Rating: 3.5 stars Representation: gay, m/m relationship, trans woman

Dekoboko Sugar Days by Atsuko Yusen | You’re about to see that I really went all out on Boys’ Love manga for a while. This one was a cute romance between childhood best friends (although it gets VERY steamy towards the end, so be warned 👀) Rating: 5 stars Representation: gay, m/m romanceg

Cheri, My Destiny! by Okoge Mochino | This one is a romance between the owners of two rival sweet shops! These are short and I don’t remember many details, but I know this one was cute. Rating: 4 stars Representation: m/m romance

The God and the Flightless Messenger by Hagi | I’m running out of ways to describe BL stories that aren’t “this was cute”. This one follows – as the title suggests – a god and a messenger who’s wings are too small for him to fly. Rating: 3 stars Representation: m/m romance

The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid | That’s right – I finally read the book the entire Internet has been telling me to for years. And honestly, I enjoyed it more than I was expected to! (I tend to have issues with hyped books.) It was a clever story, and I really wasn’t expecting it to have as many twists as it did. Rating: 4 stars Representation: bisexual woman, lesbian, f/f romance, gay side character

Boyfriend Material by Alexis Hall | Now we’re talking! I listened to this whole 13 hour audiobook in one day. (Not in real time of course, I speed them up.) It quickly became one of my favourite romances of all time. I loved how British the humour was. This was funny, swoony, and just generally a lovely time. Rating: 5 stars Representation: gay, m/m romance

Sword and Pen by Rachel Caine | Oh, the bittersweet ending of a series. I laughed, I cried, I’m pretty sure I chewed my nails off worrying about the fates of all my beloved characters. Would it really be a series finale if all your favourite characters aren’t in mortal peril? Rating: 5 stars Representation: gay, established m/m couple, asexual/aromantic

Under the Whispering Door by TJ Klune | Hey, look, it’s that rare and magical moment where I buy a book and read it straight away! And what a lovely book to do that with. This is a sweet and magical story about a curmudgeonly man who learns to live after he dies, as a ghost in a quaint tea shop. Rating: 5 stars Representation: bisexual man, gay, m/m romance

Aurora’s End by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff | Another series finale! What did I do to deserve all these endings that make me cry? Seriously though, this was a wonderful conclusion that used so many wacky time-bending Sci-Fi tricks that it hurt my brain. A worthy ending. Rating: 5 stars Representation: bisexual, lesbian, m/f romance, f/f romance

Vampire Blood Drive by Mira Ong Chua | This was a sweet, sapphic graphic novel. Want to know how you make vampire romance better? Lesbian vampire romance. The art is beautiful, the storyline cute and not too serious, and the romance is just beautiful. (And sexy.) I actually got this graphic novel from a Kickstarter, which is a great place to find indie comics and support artists! Rating: 5 stars Representation: lesbian, butch, f/f romance, queer side characters, non-binary side character

Dark and Deepest Red by Anna-Marie McLemore | A queer retelling of my favourite obscure fairytale The Red Shoes? I was so excited for this. We love to see trans boys with happy endings. Sadly I didn’t love it as much as I was hoping, mainly because the timeline skipped back and forth 500 years every few pages, which was a little jarring. Still, it was a nice story of magic, curses, and queer love through the ages. Rating: 3.5 stars Representation: trans boy, m/f romance

Record of a Spaceborn Few by Becky Chambers | The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet is one of my favourite books of all time. It’s just a quiet space adventure with found family and queer identity woven in. Sadly the sequel (A Closed and Common Orbit) fell flat for me, and I DNF’d it. This is the third book in the series, and luckily it brought back everything I loved about the first. A quiet, low-stakes, personal story. This was honestly just slice of life in space. Loveable characters, peaceful days, and personal journeys. Sometimes it’s all you need. Rating: 5 stars Representation: established f/f couple, bisexual, queer

I’ve actually read a few more queer books since I started compiling this mega list, but if I keep adding them I’ll never be able to finish this post. So, there you have it. Every book with LGBTQ+ representation I’ve EVER read. This was an inhuman feat and I wouldn’t recommend it to anyone, but it was also insanely fun and a great trip down memory lane so I absolutely would recommend it. Thank you for coming with me on this journey of a blog post! I do hope you enjoyed the ride.

Love and lemons, Abi

5 thoughts on “The Pride Month Megapost PART THREE | Where I finish listing every queer book I’ve EVER read

  1. It was so great to see the final part of these posts and ahh… so many queer books 😍 I hadn’t heard of The Witchling’s Girl before but it is one I would love to check out now. I have read On A Sunbeam, and I didn’t love it as much as I wanted to… it was still fun but I found the second half a lot stronger than the first one. I also started The Luminous Dead (but never finished it as my scribd trial ran out, lol) but it was really good at creating an eerie setting, very unique.
    I would love to check out Boyfriend Material because I do love some British humour! 😂
    Loved this post, thank you for sharing! 💕

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    1. Thank you!! It’s truly been a journey 😂 I’d highly recommend The Witchling’s Girl – if you’re into seasonal reading I think it would be a perfect autumn/winter book. The Luminous Dead definitely takes some twists and turns towards the end – it really ramps up the paranoia and the mystery aspects.
      And I can wholeheartedly recommend Boyfriend Material, it’s such a fun, lovely rom com. I’m so glad you’ve enjoyed these posts! ❤️

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