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What I’m reading for Pride Month 🌈 feat. recommendations

Pride Month Recs

Hello fellow bookworms 🌈 Happy Pride Month, I hope you’re having a good time! ❀ In honor of the occasion, I wanted to dedicate the entire month to reading books that feature LGBTQ characters, as I missed that last year. I have compiled saved my TBR for June to show to you today, I don’t know if I will get to all of the books listed, but I will try my best because I’m very excited for them all! I also have some short recommendations of books that I loved, in case you’re looking for something to read during Pride Month 😊 I have tried my best to list the representation featured in the books, please correct me if I have gotten it wrong, especially with my TBR I have based it on what I read on Goodreads. As for the abbreviations,Β MC stands for Main Character, LI for Love Interest and SC for Supporting Character!

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Pride Month TBR ❀

1. Carry On (Rainbow Rowell)Β Gay/Bi? MC, Gay LI πŸŒˆΒ πŸ”„Β πŸ’ŒΒ At the time you’re reading this I have already reread Carry On, because once I started reading it again, I couldn’t stop until I was finished. I very badly needed to reread this as the sequel is coming out at the end of this year (!!!) and this one always cheers me up πŸ’• I definitely need my own copy as I have borrowed my library’s copy 3 times in a row now and I can foresee a lot of future rereads, especially once I get my hands on the second book! I was happy to see Carry On end as it did, but I’m not saying no to more content about Simon, Baz & Penelope 😊

2. Simon vs. the homosapiens agenda (Becky Albertalli) Gay MC πŸŒˆΒ πŸ”„Β πŸ’Œ So turns out I already reread this one as well πŸ˜‚ I just couldn’t stop myself, because I was due to a reread and now I also want to rewatch the movie to enjoy all the Simon content! This will probably always be my favorite Albertalli book, as I haven’t quite warmed up to any other books by her, however, I’m glad that I still enjoy this one as much as the first time I read it! That was actually before I started blogging so quite a while ago! My library just got What If It’s Us, so I might actually read that one, even though I didn’t plan on reading it … but I rarely can say no if my library has a copy! πŸ˜„

3. Radio Silence (Alice Oseman) Bi MC, Demi/Gay MC 🌈 Surprise, I already read this one as well … I should have posted this TBR earlier πŸ˜… I knew I wanted to read Radio Silence ever since I read Oseman’s newest book I Was Born for This and ended up loving it! Radio Silence was certainly something, I really liked the podcast element to the story and now I wish such a podcast existed in real life, because I desperately need one! I was loving Frances and Aled’s friendship (finally no romance and a girl & boy being allowed to be friends) and was intrigued by Frances in general. She’s a self-declared ‘study machine’, but her school self isn’t the only part of her. I also loved the relationship she had with her mom. All in all, this was just a good read πŸ‘Let's Talk (2)

4. Two Boys Kissing (David Levithan)Β Gay MC’s πŸŒˆΒ πŸ’Œ My experience with David Levithan books has been mixed, but as he has quite a lot of books about m/m relationships I wanted to read the one that my libraryΒ  had! So I haven’t managed to get ahold of a copy because it was checked out and I couldn’t find it this week when I looked for it (might be because the Reading Summer is starting at libraries again, it’s a reading event for teens that I participated again back in the day! As I’m too old (lol) now, I cannot check out any books that are in this section, but the system doesn’t show what titles qualify, so we’ll see if I can find it next week πŸ˜„) I basically don’t know too much about this and will go in blind!

5. Vengeful (V.E. Schwab) Asexual MC 🌈 To be honest I don’t know if I will end up reading this one, because it’s big and I’m afraid that I won’t like it as much as Vicious. (BUT BOOK 3 IS COMING!! Victoria recently teased it on Twitter, and I couldn’t be happier, because the disaster that is Victor Vale is my favorite!) Anyways, I’ll save this one for last and read other books first, but it’s on my annual TBR for 2019, so I will get around to reading it eventually πŸ˜› I do want to read this and if it happens this month it would be really great, but I just checked out more books from the library (it’s very tempting), I’ll prioritize reading those, as I own Vengeful!

6. Of Fire and Stars (Audrey Coulthrust) Lesbian MC, f/f relationship πŸŒˆΒ πŸ’Œ My library finally got this one!!! I’m very excited as they basically only have one other YA book with a f/f relationship (that I know of, not counting the problematic German one I’ve seen around) and I have already read that one. I have been meaning to read Of Fire and Stars for ages now and have been meaning to buy a copy, but then I saw it at my library and it was like fate had struck πŸ˜„ This one has also been getting a sequel, so there is more content where this came from, in case I like this book (and I really hope I do, because it has some cool fantasy elements and magic)! I got the e-book for this one and I cannot wait to read it (probably soon!)Let's Talk (2)

7. King of Fools (Amanda Foody)Β Bi MC 🌈 I’m currently rereading Ace of Shades with Sandra so we can finally get to this sequel! We both forgot quite a bit, so we needed to recap what had happened so far πŸ˜‚ We are also going to buddy read King of Fools and probably share the feelings and pain that is going to come our way. I have seen a lot of people freak out about the ending, so I’m nervous πŸ‘€ I’m still excited though, because I love this world so much, it really intrigues me and I cannot wait to see what the author has in store for us in this one! It’s quite long actually (around 600 pages I think), so there is the possibility for lots of action, danger and hopefully also some good moments!

8. Daughter of the Burning CityΒ (Amanda Foody)Β Bi MC, Demiromantic Asexual LI 🌈  🎧 As I loved Ace of Shades, I really wanted to read Foody’s debut novel that I hadn’t gotten to yet. It was actually pretty low on my TBR because I didn’t own a copy but then my friend Sandra (❀❀❀) sent me the audiobook and now I can read it!!! I’m now buddy-reading this with Swetlana, because she wanted to reread it, so I hope that I end up liking it, as Amanda has really convinced me with her writing so far! This one has a circus/festival type setting I think and a girl that can cast illusions so right up my ally!

9. The Princess and the FangirlΒ (Ashley Poston) f/f romance 🌈 🎧 I had another Audible Credit left, so I decided to go for this one! I loved Geekerella when I read it inΒ  2016 (that was three years ago, wow, that was when I had just started blogging – Geekerella was one of my first eArcs) and I was happy to see that there is going to be a Trilogy in the Starfield universe, each a different retelling with a new cast of characters! This one is a The Princess and the Pauper retelling (did anyone else love the Barbie version back in the day or is that just me πŸ˜…) with a fan and a star switching places. I’m currently reading it and loving all the fandom and convention love!

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Bonus: Pride Month Recommendations 🌈

1. Queens of Geek (Jen Wilde) ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

  • Representation 🌈 Bi MC, Lesbian LI
  • Buzzwords ➑ A lot of Fandom, nerd & convention love, social anxiety rep, strong friendships [This is one of my favorite books of all time]

2. The Brightsiders (Jen Wilde) ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

  • Representation 🌈 Bi MC, Genderqueer LI, Nonbinary SC
  • Buzzwords ➑ The ups and downs of fame, band/music love, the most amazing friendship group you could wish for

3. Going Off Script (Jen Wilde) ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

  • Representation 🌈 Lesbian MC, Queer LI
  • Buzzwords ➑ Showcases privilege and discrimination of the movie industry, MC’s passion is screenplay writing, adorable romance

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4. I Was Born For This (Alice Oseman) ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

  • Representation 🌈 Gay Trans MC, Bi SC’s
  • Buzzwords ➑ the good & bad sides of fandom culture, boyband love, internet friends meeting in real life

5. The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo (Taylor Jenkins Reid) ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

  • Representation 🌈 Bi MC, Gay SC’s
  • Buzzwords ➑ memoir about a famous actress and her experience with the movie industry, discusses sexism, homophobia and racism in the 1960s

6. If I was your Girl (Meredith Russo) ⭐⭐⭐⭐

  • Representation 🌈 Trans MC
  • Buzzwords ➑ Going to a new school where the MC is not out, great, supportive female friendships, discusses bullying and transphobia

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7. If It Makes You Happy (Zoraida Cordova) ⭐⭐⭐⭐

  • Representation 🌈 Queer* MC (*the MC uses this label for herself)
  • Buzzwords ➑ features a queerplatonic relationship, adorable summer romance in a small-town, interesting, realistic family dynamics

8. The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue (Mackenzie Lee) ⭐⭐⭐⭐

  • Representation 🌈 BiΒ MC, Gay LI
  • Buzzwords ➑ Discusses homophobia & parental abuse in the 1700’s, Grand Tour gone wrong, lots of adventure and disaster

9. The Lady’s Guide to Petticoats and PiracyΒ (Mackenzie Lee) ⭐⭐⭐⭐.5

  • Representation 🌈 AroAce MC, Lesbian SC
  • Buzzwords ➑ A developing girl squad, surprise pirates, girl trying to become a doctor in the 18th century, feminism

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10. How to make a wish (Becky Albertalli) ⭐⭐⭐⭐

  • Representation 🌈 Bi MC, Lesbian LI
  • Buzzwords ➑ a passionate musician, deals with grief and parental abuse, amazing m/f friendship without any romance involved

11. Tash Hearts Tolstoy (Kathryn Ormsbee) ⭐⭐⭐⭐

  • Representation 🌈 Heteroromantic Asexual MC
  • Buzzwords ➑ characters are making a web series about Tolstoy, childhood friends to lover’s romance that will melt your heart

12. Coffee Boy (Austin Chant) ⭐⭐⭐⭐.5

  • Representation 🌈 Gay Trans MC, Bi LI
  • Buzzwords ➑ This is more of an NA book, Internship at a political campaign, respectful relationships between coworkers

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What are your favorite books featuring LGBTQ Characters? Feel free to recommend me some in the comments 🌈

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17 thoughts on “What I’m reading for Pride Month 🌈 feat. recommendations

  1. I love your list for Pride, Caro! I wish I could read within a theme but I get bored too quickly and then I won’t want to read at all. BUT as I’m reading Daughter Of The Burning City I’m on my second book featuring characters of the LGBT community so I’m at least not failing entirely. xD Also, you’ve got me quite curious about more Jen Wilde books and now I also want to reread IWBFT after seeing it on your post again! That one is hands down my favorite Alice Oseman book and I haven’t read it since it first came out.

    Have the best time reading all these queer books – I hope you find more faves and GOOD LUCK WITH KING OF FOOLS. *hides in the corner, waiting for you guys to read CERTAIN STUFF*

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    1. Thank you, Swetlana πŸ’– Having a theme usually works, but I won’t make one for July, as I need some time for mood reading πŸ˜„ See, you’re having success with the theme! Jen Wilde is such a fantastic author, I highly recommend all of her books 😍 I really need to reread IWBFT as well, I loved it sooo much last year!

      Thank you ❀ AAAAAAAAAAH I still haven’t read it and I’m still scared 😱😱😱

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  2. Ahh this looks like such a great tbr πŸ˜„ I love that you’ve already read several of the books haha. So happy that you liked Radio Silence – that’s one of my all time faves! And I’m also planning on rereading Carry On before the sequel comes out. All your recommendations are so good!!

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    1. Thank you so much! 😊 I posted this late and really couldn’t stop myself πŸ˜‚ Radio Silence was fantastic, it really got me sooo invested 😍 Iβ€˜m definitely excited for Wayward Son, now that I have reread Carry On!! Thank you so much, that means a lot to me πŸ’›

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  3. I’m so happy you enjoyed Radio Silence, it’s one of my favorites! I love Alice Oseman’s writing so much and I’m so excited to read I Was Born For This 😊 I really need to read more Jen Wilde too as well, Queens of Geek is the cutest! πŸ’• Happy Pride reading, Caro 🌈

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    1. Radio Silence was just so good and totally lived up to my expectations, it was great! 😍 I hope you end up liking I Was Born For This, I really enjoyed that one! 😊 Jen Wilde has so many fantastic books out there!! πŸ’›
      Thank you, happy reading as well!! 🌈

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  4. Oh I didn’t know that Vengeful had an asexual MC! Schwab surprising me yet again hahaha
    I have to say I don’t intentionally reach for LGBT stories but I’ve found that some of my favourite secondary characters are usually LGBT. Maybe because the authors take actual time to craft their personalities and backstories and to make them interesting? I don’t know.
    My latest LGBT character crushes were actually from Slayer by Kiersten White. The representation in the book is quite good and has tons of lovely cinnamon rolls to make us swoon ❀

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    1. I think Schwab announced the representation would be explicitly stated in Vengeful on Twitter, as it wasn’t really mentioned in the first book πŸ˜„ I’m definitely excited for the book, I didn’t get to read it in June after all, but I will soon πŸ™‚ Oh that sounds good, glad to hear you enjoyed the book πŸ’—

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  5. Ahh I LOVE your TBR so much! I loved Radio Silence and definitely want to re-read it eventually ❀ Your recommendations are on point, too, Jen Wilde's books are all so great and I Was Born For this is one of my favorites. I also loved How to make a wish, this book deserves way more hype, it's SO GREAT.
    Happy reading!! πŸ˜€

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    1. Thank you so much Marie! πŸ’— Radio Silence was such a treat for me, I really, really wanted to listen to all the podcasts afterwards πŸ˜„ I’m happy to hear that! Jen Wilde is an instant favorite for me every time 😍 I also wish How to make a wish got more love, it’s so underrated, yet so amazing!
      Thank you 😊🌷

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  6. OMG Caro, this is such a great list! There are so many books on here that are on my TBR list or that I’ve read and loved. I’m so thrilled you gave a big shoutout to Jen Wilde; I LOVED The Brightsiders last year and have been dying to read more of her books. I’m also really happy to see that you included Tash Hearts Tolstoy; it’s so underrated yet so good! I hope you enjoy all the books on your pride tbr πŸ™‚

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    1. Thank you so much, Mel! πŸ™‚ Jen Wilde deserves all the shoutouts, her books have found their place in my heart 😍 The Brightsiders was such a fantastic book and I really liked her newest book Going Off Script as well πŸ’• Tash Hearts Tolstoy really deserves more love, it was such a nice book! Thank you! πŸ™‚

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  7. I love this post! I was traveling through China during the summer, so due to the the internet firewall I couldn’t access any blogs (or any book recommendations 😣) — but I’ve put Of Fires & Stars, The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo, and If I Was Your Girl on my TBR and I can’t wait to read them! Thank you for sharing these books! ❀

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