The Pride Library 2019 Challenge is hosted by Library Looter, Anniek’s Library and Michelle Likes Things. Join in on it anytime or link your post in the comments so I see it! Also all reviews I’ve written will be linked.
I wrote out this whole post and then it got deleted … it hurt more than it should have. Blue is the color of every book where characters are contemplating life apparently. Also magical realism & fairytale vibes from a lot of these.
Radio Silence by Alice Oseman
A bisexual girl as main character (also biracial) and a demisexual boy. Another two gay minor characters. It’s the perfect coming-of-age and finding your own identity book where none of the characters are doing the correct things always and finding community through making a podcast and opening up enough to share your interests and be comfortable doing so. Amazing writing making it all so relatable.
A Mage’s Power by Casey Wolfe
Fantasy where a trio of one mage, one werewolf and a newcomer witch, all gay, walks into a bar ... and they become bestfriends and have a good time for the most part. It’s an entertaining book.
Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Sáenz
goodreads. The ultimate teen gay M/M summer-vibes romance. It’s just heartfelt and special and so so popular for a reason. I thought it would be overhyped before I first read it – it isn’t.
We Are the Ants by Shaun David Hutchinson
A nerdy gay main character who is dealing with existential questions and grief over his boyfriend committing suicide, and also is abducted by aliens giving him the chance to save the world. It’s a sad and beautiful book, my favourite from the author that I’ve read so far, as the main character has to find hope and will inside himself to move forward.
The Inexplicable Logic of My Life by Benjamin Alire Sáenz
The book I hear less about than Ari and Dante, but it gave me such a warm feeling, as well as being thought-provoking. This YA is about growing up, what family is and every single character dealing with serious shit. The main character’s dad is the ultimate kind-hearted parent, also gay and mexican. Would completely recommend it to anyone.
When the Moon Was Ours by Anna-Marie McLemore
Magical realism with two bff’s turned romantic, where one is a queer girl and one a trans boy. I absolutely love magical realism if it’s done well.
Starting from Here by Lisa Jenn Bigelow
Cute YA contemporary with a queer girl as main character.
The Flywheel by Erin Gough
YA contemporary novel with queer girl main character.
Of Fire and Stars by Audrey Coulthurst
F/F romance fantasy with a kingdom of princesses, alliances and assassins.
The Abyss Surrounds Us by Emily Skrutskie
Fantasy book with sea monsters, pirates and a F/F relationship with the pirate queen.
Karamo Brown’s Memoir
goodreads. It’s Queer Eye’s Karamo Brown, so it’s gay af. But also dealing with mental health and a lot of healing.
Let me know if you’ve read any of these books and if you liked them! Please link your post if you’re participating so I see it and recommend any LGBTQ books you’ve loved.