And we’re back at it with the gay content!!!
(and yes, I only did one post NOT queer-related but hey!! i needed something to start this post!!)
Today I have a post that I’ve been wanting to do for a while… the Pride Flag book tag!! And yes, the fact that it rhymes makes me extraordinarily happy 😉
I saw this around a lot last year and I cannot WAIT to get into it now. And yes, my colour-coded loving heart has matched book covers with the respective colour prompt. You’re welcome 😉 These are mostly books I didn’t talk about here so enjoy!! Some new-but-not-really-they’re-still-the-same books!!!
red: life – book with a spirited protagonist totally proud of who they are – someone who gives you life
YOU ASKED FOR PERFECT
Okay so from what I remember of You Asked For Perfect (admittedly not much – i’m rereading soon!!) both of the protagonists in this have no issues with their sexuality/personality… except for the whole ‘failing-classes-so-he-has-to-tutor-me’ thing which is the whole premise of the book. I am kind of in love with YAFP….. even though it made me stressed. So very stressed. I was stressed for EVERYBODY in this book. Everybody making bad decisions and me being stressed = a summary of this book. Still read it though!!!!!
RED WHITE AND ROYAL BLUE
This is another one!! Except… it’s kinda the opposite… with Henry talking to birds and deer in Narnia. That’s how much he’s proud. However, the character arc is what I live for!! The iconic scene nearish the end!! The everything!! I died a million times over!! Also yes, I am 100% taking this opportunity to match the colour of the prompt to the book covers. What did you THINK I was going to do?!
orange: healing – book that made you find a deeper meaning in your own life
DARIUS THE GREAT IS NOT OKAY
(is this cover red?? i have it with the orange books but is it red??)
The first time I read Darius the Great is Not Okay was a cathartic experience I wish I could get back. This book just means so much to me and I recognise so many of Darius’ struggles in his mental health and his identity in my life?? I read this about 6 months after I went to India (where quite a lot of my extended family is) and I just related to it so so much?? Please read it?? Every time I read it I get something more out of it – in Darius’ trip, in his mental health, in his longing. Rad it to cry, read it to scream with me, read it.
The second time I saw a lot more of myself in Darius, and the message that it’s okay to be not okay was so so needed. I reread it at the perfect time and I can’t think of a book that fits this prompt more for me. (and the cover is orange which goes with my theme!!!)
Also! If I haven’t convinced you to pick this up the sequel is coming this August!!! Get to it!!! I love it so much!!! (and yes, technically this is not gay but darius has a boyfriend confirmed in the sequel so guess what i’m gonna take this opportunity to keep!! talking!! about!! it!!! i love annoying you all)
yellow: sunshine – book that fills you with so much joy it could brighten even your darkest days
KING OF SCARS
King of Scars can represent my love for the Six of Crows duology which is a favourite of mine!! King of Scars was not quite as good (but it had Nikolai and Zoya and an f/f romance!!!) but my love for Leigh Bardugo and the Dregs is too great for me to not talk about!!! I haven’t mentioned it in a while so it’s time for some love ❤
(also yes, I only just remembered that CK has a yellow cover and I can use that I promise I’m not just an oblivious idiot??? I have a vague intellect??)
All the ships and the heist and the fantasy world in this is just amazing. I love the plot lines (except for the trope in KoS excuse me what?!) and the characters!!! I’m a sucker for Nikolai and Wylan and Nina and Jesper and everyone.
green: nature – book set out of this world/ different reality than your own
THE GENTLEMAN’S GUIDE TO VICE AND VIRTUE
This is technically not really in a ‘different world’ but it’s set in England in the 1800s and I am currently living in neither so guess what – I’m counting it!! (should we count how many times i’m either an idiot or i break the rules in this post?? current tally: 1190274) It’s been a while since I talked about how much I adore this book, so it’s time for me to yell about how much I love Monty!!! I hate how everyone is treated in this book which gets overlooked but I adore Monty and Percy and yes, a little bit Felicity even though her book was….trash and i lived for the monty cameos. Monty is constantly flirting with disaster (and Percy. but are they the same thing perhaps.) and I love him!!!
blue: peace – book where character finds peace with a difficult truth
ARISTOTLE AND DANTE DISCOVER THE SECRETS OF THE UNIVERSE
Both Ari and Dante come to terms with so much pain and difficult truths in this masterpiece, and I cannot express how much you will cry in this. These poor boys go through so much over two years and I’m forever a sobbing mess over it!!! Ari and Dante are in two very different situations but they’re somehow two very perfect people for each other?? Ari is broken, he is longing, he is in pain, and he belongs to the rain. Dante is indifferent to everything, and he is the beam of sunshine in Ari’s otherwise lonely life.
purple: spirit – book that has queer themes and religion
I’m pretty sure most people pick this because it is very well known – but honestly? It deserves all the praise. It means so much to me (as does almost any book for this prompt) and I hope I’ve convinced a lot of people to read it with my incessant ranting about it!!!
I’m in love with it for so many reasons, but most of all how much I related to BOTH Tanner and Seb. Tanner in being a bisexual mess who can’t even function whenever someone even LOOKS at him, and Seb in everything else. I’m also in love with the cover?? It’s so pretty?? Who allowed that??
have you done this tag? i tag you! would you have said these books for the prompts? how’s everyone going?
also omg i hate the new wordpress editor!!!! is anyone else struggling?? i would like to commit murder pls and thx (update: this was a may post when i was ‘trying out’ the new editor to ‘prepare’ but it’s june (1)7th and i’ve still got the old one baby!!) but it screwed up my formatting on this one so sorry about that :///