Guest Post: 17 Recommendations of Books to Read for Pride Month
Guest post: Emily Mead
June is an important month for two main reasons. The first is that it’s my birthday. The second is that it’s Pride Month. And since Pride Month celebrates all things queer, I thought I’d share some recommendations of my favourite queer books.
If you’re looking for books about boys who love boys, Benjamin Alire Saenz and Adam Silvera are my top two picks. Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe is one of my FAVOURITE books, and is heavy on the dialogue if you like that sort of thing. Adam Silvera’s books, like More Happy Than Not, are full of the feels, so don’t read it on the train (unless you’re fine with blubbering in front of complete strangers).
All of the main characters in these books are lesbians or bisexual. If you’re after fluffy books I’d go for Queens of Geek by Jen Wilde or Everything Leads to You by Nina LaCour. If you’re after fantasy, The Seafarer’s Kiss by Julia Ember, Not Your Sidekick by C. B. Lee, Ash by Malinda Lo and Labyrinth Lost by Zoraida Cordova are all fantastic. And Radio Silence by Alice Oseman doesn’t have an f/f romance, but the MC is bisexual, there’s a really major demisexual character (Aled) and it’s one of my favourite books in the world. Ramona Blue by Julie Murphy, which I only just recently read and LOVED. It features a girl who thinks she’s a lesbian, coming to terms with the fact that she may be bisexual. I loved how it explored how fluid sexuality is.
A is for Asexual/Aromantic
The one I’ve got featured here is Every Heart a Doorway by Seanan McGuire – picture Alice coming back from Wonderland, along with the Pevensies coming back from Narnia. It’s like a whole school for children and young adults who have returned from adventures, and it has such an incredible atmosphere of magic. There’s also a murder. And Nancy, the MC, is asexual, which is awesome. Another one I read recently and LOVED was Tash Hearts Tolstoy by Kathryn Ormsbee – the MC Tash is romantic asexual, and it’s all about Youtube and fandom and friendship.
It’s worth noting that A is also for Agender, but as yet I haven’t read any books with characters who are Agender. Recommendations welcome!
T is for Trans
George by Alex Gino is technically middle grade, not YA, but it’s a super-cute story about a trans girl and a school production of Charlotte’s Web. And When the Moon Was Ours features a trans boy called Sam, and it’s such a gorgeous book. I definitely recommend Anna-Marie McLemore’s books. This one is chock-full of pumpkins, hanging moons from trees, roses growing from wrists, and things turning to glass.
#LoveOzYA Queer Books
I decided to put the #LoveOzYA books in a separate category just because we’re still very lacking in LGBTQIA+ reads here, so I thought I’d champion some of my favourites. The Flywheel by Erin Gough is a very cute f/f book in the style of Nina LaCour, featuring a girl named Delilah whose family owns café. The Sidekicks is by Will Kostakis – who is incredibly funny in person – but this book is really poignant, moving and full of grief. Night Swimming by Steph Bowe is an hilarious f/f romance with a goat named Stanley and lots of food and it’s such a lot of fun to read.
So those are a few of my favourite queer books! I definitely need to read more about characters who fall outside of the main LGBT brackets, so if you have suggestions I’d love to hear them! Happy Pride, everyone.