Queer Books To Read This Pride Month

Hello hello, and welcome or welcome back to my little – gay – corner of the internet. My corner of the internet is always very gay, but it happens to be decked out in flags and adgendas to take over the world. Obviously.

As a gay woman, it’s my natural inclination to suggest books that include gay women, because it’s that kind of representation that I would like to see more of in the world, and it’s the representation I relate to the most. Some of these books have the main character as gay or queer, and some have them as side characters, but regardless – these are the books that felt most important to share when it comes to Pride month. That’s not to say that any queer books don’t matter; every representation does. But I can’t list every LGBT book out there, and so I’m focusing on just a few of the ones that, as a gay woman, I think are worth a mention. There are plenty of posts like this going up out there this month especially, so keep an eye out if you’re looking for more recommendations.

  • You Should See Me In A Crown
    YA, POC rep
  • The Henna Wars
    Muslim lesbian rep
  • Crier’s War
    LGBT fantasy
  • The Midnight Lie
    LGBT fantasy
  • Malice
    High fantasy
  • Last Night At The Telegraph Club
    Historical fiction, Asian-American rep
  • Hani and Ishu’s Guide To Fake Dating
    Contemporary enemies to lovers, bisexual & lesbian rep, BIPOC rep
  • When We Were Magic
    Realistic magic, LGBT, friendship
  • She’s Too Pretty To Burn
    YA thriller
  • Girl Serpent Thorn
    Persian fairy tale
  • Cinderella Is Dead
    POC rep, slaughter the patriarchy
  • Clap When You Land
    BIPOC rep, prose
  • All Our Hidden Gifts
    YA magic realism, LGBT side characters
  • Sweet and Bitter Magic
    High fantasy, enemies to lovers
  • I Think I Love You
    Contemporary YA, enemies to lovers
  • The Girls I’ve Been
    Bisexual rep
  • The Gilded Ones
    LGBT side characters, high fantasy
  • Ruinsong
    Enemies to lovers, high fantasy
  • The Priory of the Orange Tree
    POC rep, forbidden love, high fantasy

There’s just a few of the books out there that deserve a mention this month. Some have been out for a while, some are new releases, and all matter. Like I’ve said above, this is far from an ultimate list and I wouldn’t claim to be. But, as a gay woman, these are just some of the books I’ve found myself shown in, and are again just some of the books I’d suggest if you wanted somewhere to start. There’s everything from high fantasy to contemporary fiction, so there’s something to suit everyone.

Happy pride, fellow queers and allies. Stay awesome.

1 Comment

  1. The Adiba Jaigirdar books look excellent and I will keep an eye out for them. I have Clap when you Land to read and hope I’ll get to it this month. I’m reading a book from NetGalley called In Our Words: Queer Stories from Black, Indigenous, and People of Color Writers which has some good stories and obviously a good and needed purpose, but it’s a bit erotica-focused for my tastes (I hasten to add that I would very much say that too, were it a set of cishet stories about White people!) and I’m struggling on how I’m going to review it!


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