It’s Pride Month!!! Time For Me To Scream About Queer Books And Shove Them In Your Faces!!! ft. Eleven Books I Loved With LGBTQIA+ Characters

We all know by now that I can get very excited about queer representation in books.

I mean….. who doesn’t? And, this month is the PERFECT time for me to give you all some recommendations because… it’s Pride month!! Aka June!! Aka my birthday month!! Aka winter!!! Aka month of the gays!!

Rest assured, I will be making the most of this time to scream about books that have LGBTQIA+ representation and you all get to suffer through enjoy it!!

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So, today I have eleven books with queer characters to scream about and for you all to (hopefully!) read! There’s 5 m/m books, 4 f/f, 1 m/enby, and 1 aroace (for some of the books I listed rep, others… I didn’t) so hopefully you find something you like 🙂 I’m always open to finding recommendations too, so drop some in the comments ❤

(also guys i wish i had more to recommend especially by Black authors at this time so please prioritise those recs!!! i’m making a very conscious effort (especially this year and recently) to read more ‘diversely’ and therefore i would LOVE if you left some – preferably with POC to support at this time but if not that’s still okay and appreciated!!! i’m not kidding when i say leave recommendations i really want them!! so many!! please fill my tbr!!! i’ll adore you endlessly!!!))

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FINAL DRAFT

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I feel like I never talk about this book?? (Except… I do). And I’ve read it twice yet I still remember NOTHING?? But I know it’s absolutely amazing and you should read it.

It follows Laila and her struggle to please the new English teacher with her work. While it isn’t the MAIN focus, it also has a cute f/f relationship!! I died through it the first time since it’s so snarky and SLOW!!! Slow is the key word!!! The sheer power of the gay slowburn never ceases to amaze me (see: ari and dante. see: many other books i can’t think of right now.)

Final Draft’s MC is biracial, pansexual, and has anxiety. I guarantee you that if you even VAGUELY identify with one or more of these it will slam you in the face and you won’t recover from it. If you don’t, you’re missing out, but it still shows a teenager and her experience that is actually very common? And SO MANY reviews rave about how they get Laila in so many ways – including myself. Even if you don’t, it will still touch your heart.. hopefully. Maybe you have a cold soul.

I also have very mixed feelings about the MC’s name for Reasons. :))

rep: fat pansexual biracial (Ecuadorian + French Canadian) MC w/ anxiety, Korean lesbian LI

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ONLY MOSTLY DEVASTATED

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Only Mostly Devastated is the queer fluffy romance I didn’t know I needed!! It’s hilarious as well!!

This book was just completely adorable and if you’re looking for cute romcom, apparently-Grease vibes with a hint of angst and sad cinnamon rolls then this is for you!! There’s soft boys and messy boys and family ~drama~, so what’s not to love?!

It’s one of my favourite books so far this year – probably because of the balance between happiness and soft banter to death and sadness. Ollie and Will touched my heart and made me laugh and cry and it’s so important. Also!! Adorable messy boys!!

rep: gay MC, bisexual Venezuelan(?) LI, bisexual side character, fat POC side character, POC side characters

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RED WHITE AND ROYAL BLUE

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Speaking of books I laughed through, this novel!!! Might be the funniest book I’ve ever read!!! I think this book is on so many people’s recommendation lists, and I can see why.

Alex is a complete disaster bi and I LOVE and relate to that so much?? He’s an oblivious mess who constantly makes Bad Decisions and why is that the actual embodiment of me??? Then Henry is just out there trying to shove some sense into him… ‘maybe I’ve actually been in love with you??? maybe??’ ALEX IS CONFUSED.

That’s the whole plot of the book but I love them!! And the Gang™ is very pure and good at matchmaking :)))

rep: bisexual biracial (Mexican + white) MC, gay LI, bisexual major SC, and POC + queer cast

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AUTOBOYOGRAPHY

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I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: This book means the absolute world to me. The messages and the characters mean so much to me and I cannot express my love more than mentioning it in every post. Which.. I do.

Tanner is fresh in the closet after moving to a small, religious town – and he’s okay with that. Then Seb comes along as a TA in a writing class Tanner was forced into by his friend and he starts enjoying class a bit more… a lot more… chaos is a given.

Disaster writer kids!!! Love!!! Angst!! Sadness!! Features everything you need to love a book!!!

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YOU ASKED FOR PERFECT

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I received this from my parents (along with a massive haul!! thank you!!! still not over that!!) for Christmas and can I just say that going into it I knew I was asking for a lot.  Some may even say I was asking for… perfect. (that’s the last pun I promise!!! i cannot resist!!!)

Somehow, this lived up to it.

It has a featured m/m relationship, parents who are involved in the matchmaking of said relationship and who I am soft for, and it talks about the struggles of academic perfection and expectations!! The US sounds really stressful and thankfully the school I go to is not extraordinarily pushy ❤

Perks of this book that are NOT the sad, stressful parts: cute as romance, kinda enemies to lovers (!!), faith and using that to find peace, and the family!!! Who I adore so so much!!!

rep: Jewish bisexual MC (w/ anxiety?), Muslim gay LI, Jewish side characters

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DRESS CODES FOR SMALL TOWNS

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This book is so underhyped and I cannot recommend it enough. I feel like I have been talking about it more recently but that doesn’t change the fact I love it!!!!

Billie is such a beautiful protagonist to tell this story. She struggles with finding where she fits in her world of tight-knit friends and church services – struggles with finding where she fits and finding who she is. I love her so much and I’m awe of the writing and character development.

Something I loved about this book is that it didn’t preach – and to me, it had the message of you can stick with your faith and still be yourself and love who you choose. Billie definitely questions her faith throughout this, and wonders how much you have to believe in to believe – something I though was written very delicately and it felt authentic.

In this novel there are confessions, love notes, and ultimately there is a story about acceptance and understanding the world before the world understands you. It’s a story about love – platonic love, familial love, and yes, romantic love – and confusion between loves.

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I WISH YOU ALL THE BEST

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Even though I wanted to get to this in June, I only ended up getting it for Christmas last year, but it was worth the wait.

I probably should reread it but just, wow. It’s heartbreaking and so loving and I have a soft spot for ALL of the characters!! They’re all so wholesome and lovely and I WISH I could be as positive as some of them!!

Ben has lost so much and Mason Deaver portrayed their struggle and slow acceptance is such a way that you’ll cry and laugh and sob.

rep: nonbinary MC with anxiety and depression, QPOC (black?) boy in genderqueer/m relationship

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TELL ME HOW YOU REALLY FEEL

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This was on my last year’s TBR and I am so happy I got to it.

Like, I hoped I’d love it but I didn’t expect to like it as much as I did?? (originally named a favourite but I have to revise that now whoops) It was a queer Gilmore Girls inspired enemies to lovers so I had REALLY high expectations of it and it lived up.

The enemies to lovers part was so well done – the whole time I was so desperate for them to hurry up and kiss!! I also felt the characters were a little one-dimensional and petty at the start which is probably the most annoying part??? HOWEVER push through it because it gets so much better!! I liked it so much after the first 20%!!

rep: lesbian Muslim MC, Mexican-Jewish lesbian MC

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ARISTOTLE AND DANTE DISCOVER THE SECRETS OF THE UNIVERSE

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sjhfahjk this book. I feel like everyone knows about it by now but that doesn’t make me want to stop talking about it?? Even the horrendously long title isn’t putting me off??

It’s just a beautiful book and you’ll cry and laugh and walk away better off than you were before because you’ve just fallen in love with something new.

Ari and Dante follows two boys over two summers (and a school year but it doesn’t count) and their relationship as they grow and – slowly, delightfully slowly – fall in love. Fall in love with each other, fall in love with falling in love, and fall in love with themselves. They learn so much about themselves and each other and their families.

I love so many things about this book but I think the family relationships are my favourite thing. The contrast of the two is portrayed beautifully and I can’t think of a better family in a book.

Also!! I read it at the end of March and I reread it as my first Pride book recently because I love it so much – and like, two months is equivalent to a year at the moment.

rep: Mexican gay MC (w/ depression – heavily implied), Mexican gay LI, mostly Mexican side cast (family, etc)

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NOT YOUR SIDEKICK

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Okay I read this for Pride last year and while it wasn’t the be-all and end-all of f/f superhero things, it was much better than I was expecting.

I went into this thinking it was going to be a basic MG novel with unlikeable protagonists and token representation… when it was anything but. I got a beautiful YA story complete with a (predictable, yes, but in a cute way?) f/f romance that made my heart soar, and cultural representation that I know means so much to so many.

It’s sci-fi (I think???) and it features a bisexual Asian MC who lives in her older sister’s shadow… until stuff happens and things go DOWN. (that was a horrible description but it’s better if you go into it not knowing much!!)

rep: biracial (Vietnamese, Chinese) bisexual female MC (in f/f romance), trans male SC

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SUMMER BIRD BLUE

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To close off the post, I want to talk about a book that was actually on my last year TBR and I got to it then!! It’s such an amazing book and I hope I can convince you all to read it!!

It has an aroace MC and I love Rumi so much!! Her relationship with Kai, Mr Watanabe – her neighbour who was AMAZING and who I adore – and her coming to terms with her sister’s death (not a spoiler!!!) were all so beautiful and I simply adore the prose in this.

I cried during this – and I don’t even have a sibling. I can only imagine how hard hitting this must be if you do (especially a sister.) It talks about grief in a life-shattering way that will break your heart and smash it into a million pieces. One piece for every tear during this book.

rep: multiracial (Japanese, Hawaiian, white) questioning aro-spec asexual female MC, other multiracial characters (including Japanese, Hawaiian, Korean, Samoan, and white)

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have any pride recommendations for me? excited for pride this year? read any of these books? are you like me and just rereading favourite books this june?

***also yooooo if you can go sign some petitions!!! lots of international links here :)))

also also i would’ve mentioned aftg on here because i’m too obsessed with it and it’s… pretty gay to say the least, but a) i need to sop thinking about it and that starts here, and b) i physically cannot bring myself to recommend it anymore since it’s so so bad (yet i love it so much why does my brain work this way)

29 thoughts on “It’s Pride Month!!! Time For Me To Scream About Queer Books And Shove Them In Your Faces!!! ft. Eleven Books I Loved With LGBTQIA+ Characters

  1. I’ve been wanting to read Red White And Royal Blue ever since it came out but, I still haven’t, ughh ;( Aristotle and Dante is a lovely book and I’ve read it soooo many times! Have you ever read What If It’s Us?

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  2. i’ve only read Only Mostly Devastated from your list, but i agree that it’s hilarious and fluffy and such a beautiful book! (the adorable messy boys are so cute omg) Final Draft sounds so amazing, i had no idea that it was a slowburn so now i definitely need to read it!! and ahhh i’ve heard so many good things about the other books you mentioned, i really hope i’ll be able to read them soon 😊

    i loved reading this post, Rhi! ❤ (also lmao your puns 😋)

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  3. Ooh loved reading this post! I have quite a few on here that I want to read ASAP – especially Only Mostly Devastated!! So excited to get to that one.
    I did start Aristotle & Dante but ended up DNFing it😬😬 Idk what it was but I just wasn’t in the mood for it oops. Hate saying that cause it’s so hyped!!

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  4. I have some books to read!
    I’ve been wanting to read SBB, and now Autoboyography JUST because you mentioned disaster writer kids. I have a feeling I may relate. Also probably You Asked for Perfect because I think I’ll probably relate to what sounds like a whole lotta perfectionism (I promise I didn’t mean that as a pun, it’s HORRIBLE)
    But anyway yay for books and yay for new books and yay for pride and just yay

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  5. I remember a book off here from your last pride TBR!! 💕 Also hen is your birthday so I can spam your comments?! Also it’s so strange to think it’s winter for you when it’s summer for me 😂 Slow burn romances can either be incredible (especially if they’re F/F or M/M and written correctly) or they can just be annoying! Like if it’s a slow romance it needs to be written properly 😂 I honestly NEED to read more diverse books, I swear every book I read the mc is straight?! It’s not my fault though I just can’t seem to find any diverse mc books in the library so I need these commendations! 😂 As soon as the library opens Ill be there checking all these out (not checking out the book like that sounds weird I mean like checking them out as in bringing them home 😂) Right before I embarrass myself even further this was a great post Rhi and probably the most recent diverse book I’ve read was The Bane Chronicles, I’m not sure if you are into Cassandra Clare but the M/M relationship is e v e r y t h i n g :))

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    1. ah yay!! (it’s near the end of june, but i don’t want to give the exact date :))) haha yeah, i guess it’s just the way it is, i don’t tend to find it too weird!! i hope you find some amber!!! :)) thank you, and no, i haven’t read any of her stuff but i’ll see!!!

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      1. Ooo well happy early birthday and I hope you have a fab day and get lots of books!! 💕 My parents have banned books from my birthday list this year because they say I have ‘too many to read’ like uhm, hello?! You can never have too many books!! *that’s my excuse an I’m sticking to it* 😂 I get that, me too!! For sure, let me know if you like her writing if you ever get round to reading it :))

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  6. aahhhhh Red, White & Royal Blue was one of my absolute favorite books of last year! i just ordered a physical copy so i can reread it! ari & dante is also an amazing novel that i remember reading in one sitting!! i’m currently reading (or listening to) Not Your Sidekick by c. b. lee and it’s just…so cute 😔
    amazing post!!!! ❤️

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  7. aww i love pride month and would love to read these books! i think it will be great to switch what i read about for a change! this was a great post! 😀

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  8. Aaah, I’m obsessed with these recommendations!! You Asked for Perfect is a favorite of mine, the anxiety and Jewish rep are both so great. I’ve never heard of Dress Codes for Small Towns, but it sounds great! I just reread Ari and Dante, and it’s just aaah 😍😍 I don’t think I’ll ever tire of it. Thank you for all these recommendations!!

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  9. This list!! I love it so much, Rhi!! I’ve read or want to read almost all the books on here so while reading this post I felt simultaneously like “yes!! yes!! yes!!” to your comments on the ones I have read and “wow now I really want to read it” on the ones that are on my TBR. Your thoughts are so well-written and this post was amazing to read!❤️ The gang in RW&RB is so iconic. And I agree, IWYATB was amazing!! It was heartbreaking but heartwarming at times. Happy reading, and thank you for all the recommendations! xx

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    1. Oh my gosh thank you!! (I probably spent far too much time on this post… nice to know it paid off!!) Ah I just reread IWYATB and.. while I am SO MAD at their parents I love everyone else so much?? NATHAN MY SUNSHINE CHILD!! You know that’s what I’m here for – shoving books in your face :)) x

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  10. summer bird blue definitely made me sob! you’re right about it hurting a lot more having a sister lmao. and i’m so happy you loved tell me how you really feel! i feel like i saw a lot of meh things about it when it first came out but a lot of people have been telling me lately about how much they loved it so i’m feeling much more inclined to read it haha. great post!! ❤

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