Some pride recommendations

Happy pride, everyone!

Today, I thought we’d do some queer recommendations. I’m always trying to read more books by queer and trans authors, and though I’ve done these types of posts before, I wanted to do an updated one! Since my last post, I’ve read quite a few books by queer authors and with queer rep, so let’s talk about those!

Fiction

Perfect on Paper by Sophie Gonzales (bi main character; lesbian, trans, gay, and non-binary side characters): this book follows Darcy, a bi girl in love with her lesbian best friend, who runs a relationship help line (of sorts). She’s hired by Alexander Brougham, local jock, to win back his ex girlfriend. I just read this last week, and I really enjoyed it! I loved the bi representation and discussions; it talks a lot about how bi women dating men aren’t always considered “queer enough”, and other casual biphobia. It also just has general, positive representation, which I enjoyed. Overall, highly recommend.

She Drives Me Crazy by Kelly Quindlen (lesbian main character and love interest): this follows a cheer leader and a basketball player who are rivals and, for reasons, decide to fake date. It was everything I could have ever asked for. It is cheesy, it is fun, it is sapphic fake dating, it is dramatic. The characters are still interesting and nuanced. Overall, a super fun YA romance.

The Girls I’ve Been by Tess Sharpe (bi main character, lesbian side character): this is just a silly, over-the-top, fun book. It follows Nora, who is currently being held hostage in a bank with her ex-boyfriend, current girlfriend, and other bank patrons. But, Nora has a secret past and hidden identity. This book is not to be read seriously at all; it’s goofy and ridiculous and requires a lot of suspension of belief. But it is so much fun and so entertaining, and I ate it up. Just such a fun, enjoyable read. Definitely look up content warnings beforehand, though.

She’s Too Pretty to Burn by Wendy Heard (sapphic romance): this book follows Veronica and Mick, two artsy girls, and Veronica’s best friend, Nico, a Banksy-esque installation artist. There’s deadly art installations, romance, fame, political drama. This is another one that’s not to be taken too seriously and should instead be read purely for fun. It was so entertaining and fast-paced, and I adored it.

On a Sunbeam by Tillie Walden (sapphic romance, non-binary side character, a lot of lesbians): this graphic novel follows Mia, who joins a spaceship of a crew who rebuilds and restores ancient, broken-down structures. It follows two timelines: Mia currently on the spaceship, and her at her boarding school as a teenager. It is one of the most gorgeous graphic novels I’ve ever read. The art is truly stunning and it made reading this so much better. But it’s also just a great read overall. I loved the story. The romance and the intrigue and mystery are so fun. There’s action and adventure. There’s found family and love. It’s just so good.

Non-fiction

Gender Queer by Maia Kobabe (e/em/eir): this is a graphic memoir about Kobabe’s life as a queer non-binary person, and eir journey of acceptance. Overall, I really enjoyed it. I loved Kobabe’s art, and this graphic novel is beautiful. I also found this book overall very candid; Kobabe talks about some very personal struggles, and they were all discussed in a very real way. A lot of it was also very relatable, even as someone who hasn’t questioned their gender. Kobabe talks about fandom and online culture and the online queer community, all of which were familiar. Overall, I highly recommend this!

A History of My Brief Body by Billy-Ray Belcourt: this is an essay collection by a gay Indigenous man, and I really loved it. Belcourt discusses a lot of interesting topics that made me think; his one on language and using the word “simple” to describe authors of colour’s writing was super interesting and made me reflect a lot on my use of the word. He also talks a lot about being gay and Indigenous and the particular struggles that come with that identity. All the essays were so well-written and interesting. You can tell Belcourt has a lot of love for his communities, and that really came out in this collection. I definitely recommend it.

So there are my recommendations! Do you have any favourite queer books you’ve read recently? I’d love to know!

Thanks for reading! xx


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6 thoughts on “Some pride recommendations

  1. I haven’t read the books you mentioned, but I am trying to be mindful of picking up queer books this month. I’m currently reading Redefining Realness, a book by Janet Mock about her journey as a Black trans women. I picked it up because Elliot Page had mentioned it on his Oprah interview (on Apple TV+). I don’t usually read memoirs from people that I don’t know of from elsewhere, but even though this is my first introduction to her, I’m really enjoying reading her story.

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