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Recommendations for Pride Month 🌈 Romance, Fantasy & More

Pride Recs 2022

Hello fellow bookworms 🌈 Since June is Pride Month I wanted to do another recommendation post! For this post, I’m trying something different and including a “Perfect for you if you like” section for each book with  certain tropes and keywords that are featured, so you can decide if you’d like to read the book πŸ’– I separated the books into different genre categories, the covers link back to my reviews and I have tried to include the representation each book has. If I’ve gotten it wrong/missed something definitely let me know and I’ll change it!

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πŸ’– Romance πŸ’–

Boyfriend Material by Alexis Hall

🌈 Gay MC & LI

➽ Perfect for you if you like: Fake Dating, Lots of Banter & Humor, Hate to Love Romances, Disaster Main Character you cannot help but love, Oblivious Mutual Pining

Delilah Green Doesn’t Care by Ashley Herring Blake

🌈 Lesbian MC, Bi LI

➽ Perfect for you if you like: A main character trying to seduce her estranged sister’s best friend during her wedding, Themes of loneliness and grief, Soft romance that makes your heart melt

Take a Hint, Dani Brown by Talia Hibbert

🌈 Bi MC

➽ Perfect for you if you like: Fake Dating for Social Media, Grumpy LI with a Golden Heart who loves books, Snarky Heroine who’s disillusioned with love, Friends with Benefits to Lovers (Oops we caught feelings)

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😊 Contemporary 😊

Here the Whole Time by Vitor Martins

🌈 Gay MC

➽ Perfect for you if you like: Mutual Pining and Forced Proximity (two boys being forced to become roommates πŸ‘€), Awkward main character that will make you laugh, Developing Friendships & Friends to Lovers Romance

Loveless by Alice Oseman

🌈 AroAce MC

➽ Perfect for you if you like: Found Family & Strong Friendships, Ace main character coming to terms with her orientation, A bunch of Theater Kids (there’s a Shakespeare Production), College Setting

Felix Ever After by Kacen Callender

🌈 Queer Demiboy MC

➽ Perfect for you if you like: Artist main character who’s struggling with an art block, Discussion of Cyberbullying and the impact of engaging with trolls, Best Friends to Lovers Romance (that melted my heart), Cinnamon Roll LI

10 Things I Can See From Here by Carrie Mac

🌈 Lesbian MC

➽ Perfect for you if you like: Mental Health representation (severe anxiety & panic attacks), another artistic main character who uses it to cope, Dysfunctional and complicated family dynamics, Supportive Stepfamily, Soft sapphic romance

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✨ Fantasy ✨

Cemetery Boys by Aiden Thomas

🌈 Gay Trans MC, Gay LI

➽ Perfect for you if you like: Brujx (Latinx witches), Ghosts & Graveyards, Mysterious Disappearances, Lots of pining and slowburn romance, forbidden/doomed love (the LI is literally a ghost), the absolute best banter, strong cousin relationships

What We Devour by Linsey Miller

🌈 Asexual MC

➽ Perfect for you if you like: Morally Grey Ace main character 😈, Dark Fantasy with sinister powers that come from the old gods, Mysterious, sentient forces, Themes of the meaning of sacrifice, oppression, and privilege

The House in the Cerulean Sea by T.J. Klune

🌈 Gay MC

➽ Perfect for you if you like: Lots of Mutual Pining and Slowburn between two middle-aged gay men, All the Found Family vibes(!!), Books that can become your ultimate comfort read, Unlearning prejudice and stereotypes, Magical & Fantastical Children

A Marvellous Light by Freya Marske

🌈 Gay MC & LI

➽ Perfect for you if you like: Magic, Magical Contracts & Witchcraft, Historical Settings (this one is set in 1900s London), grumpy x sunshine dynamics, Slowburn, Libraries & Bookish characters, Sentient Houses

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πŸ‘€ Mystery πŸ‘€

The Gilded Wolves by Roshani Chokshi

🌈 Queer MC’s

➽ Perfect for you if you like: Mysteries full of puzzles, heists, and history, found family dynamics, and a big character cast, first book is set in 1889’s Paris, one of the only Love Triangles that’s done well imo, a lot of Angst (especially the sequels)

The Girls Are Never Gone by Sarah Glenn Marsh

🌈 Bi MC, Sapphic LI

➽ Perfect for you if you like: Haunted House with an old mystery, Main character who has her own ghosthunting podcast, but doesn’t really believe in the paranormal, creepy atmosphere & lake πŸ‘€, Nerd characters, friends to lovers romance

The Many Half-Lived Lives of Sam Sylvester by Maya MacGregor

🌈 Nonbinary Queer Ace MC, Bi LI

➽ Perfect for you if you like: Exploration of past trauma, safety and tragic lives, Cold Case getting revived and investigated, New kid in a smalltown, the best adoptive Dad, queer found family & friendships, sweet friends to lovers romance

The Dead and the Dark by Courtney Gould

🌈 Lesbian MC, Questioning LI

➽ Perfect for you if you like: Mysterios Smalltown with lots of secrets and bad blood, Dads with their own ghosthunting TV Show, Complicated Family dynamics, Reluctant allies to partners in crime to very slowburn romance, a dark dangerous Entity πŸ‘€

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Have you read any of the books from my list? Did you like them? What are your favorite queer books? 🌈

23 thoughts on “Recommendations for Pride Month 🌈 Romance, Fantasy & More

  1. I love this post! πŸ₯° The way you have set it out is sooo good and it made me want to pick all the books up ASAP. Buzzwords can be so effective at encouraging people to pick up books, and I actually find them quite hard to come up with myself so thank you for this post!! LOVE IT!! 😍 And of course the books sound amazing, Here The Whole Time and Delilah Green Doesn’t Care are books I need to read immediately. I need more romance/contemporary books in my life!! πŸ’— Again, amazing post 🌈πŸ₯°

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    1. Thank you so much, Sophie!! πŸ’• I’m glad the buzzwords were helpful for you, I find that they also draw me in when I’m looking for new books 😊 Here The Whole Time and Delilah Green Doesn’t Care are fantastic, I hope you enjoy them when you read them! Contemporary and Romance are so comforting to me πŸ₯° Thank you so much for reading!

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  2. I see so many that are on my tbr! 🀩 I adore TGW, its one of my all-time favorites. This post reminded me I need to pick up The Girls Are Never Gone, the premise has always sounded so interesting to me!

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  3. ooh i hadn’t heard of 10 things i can see from here before but it looks so good and right up my alley, i need to check it out! thanks for the recommendation~ i’m not one for romance usually, but i love ashley herring blake and i think i’ll love delilah green for that reason!

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    1. 10 Things I Can See From Here was intense (it centers heavily around the main character’s anxiety and has some family turmoil) but really well-written, so I hope you enjoy it πŸ₯° Delilah Green is such a great romance!! Ashley Herring Blake writes such great books πŸ’•

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  4. This is such a good list, and I love the way you did the recommendations! It’s really helpful 😊

    I love Cemetery Boys and Boyfriend Material. I listened to them both as audiobooks and basically devoured them as quickly as I could. I really loved Under the Whispering Door as well, so I’m hoping to get The House in the Cerulean Sea too! πŸ₯°

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    1. Thank you so much, Abi! πŸ’• Cemetery Boys, Boyfriend Material, and Under the Whispering Door are just top tier books and huge comfort reads for me πŸ₯° I’m sure you’ll love The House in the Cerulean Sea, it has such lovely characters and was also comforting 😊

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  5. 10 things i can see from here is such a good title! and i’ve grown to enjoy reading about complicated family dynamics, so i’m glad you’ve put this one on my radar!
    despite really wanting to consume as many books featuring asexual MCs as i can, i had not heard of what we devour yet! i am not a huge fan of dark fantasy, but i might give this one a shot for the rep hehe

    one of my fav queer books is only mostly devastated and i rave about it constantly hahah but it just makes me super happy every time i think about it so i just have to hahah

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    1. 10 things I can see from here is so good!! It really does the complicated family dynamics well and I wish more people would read it πŸ₯° What We Devour has some dark themes, but I thought the morally grey characters were done well! 😊
      Ohh I think I have heard of Only Mostly Devastated, I’ll have to check it out πŸ’•

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