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LGBTQ+ BOOK REVIEWS

Once Ghosted, Twice Shy by Alyssa Cole

Genre | Contemporary Romance Page #s | 106Publishing Date | January 2019 Alyssa Cole returns with a fun, sexy romance novella in the Reluctant Royals series! While her boss the prince was busy wooing his betrothed, Likotsi had her own love affair after swiping right on a dating app. But her romance had ended inContinue Reading

7 Queer YA Reads

When children and young people see themselves or those in their lives properly represented in fiction, it can be a transformative moment. Interesting children of any age in reading, and providing materials for them to represent their lived experiences, or to introduce them to new ones, is vital to helping them see the world throughContinue Reading

The Councillor by E.J. Beaton

Genre | Fantasy Page #s | 442Publishing Date | March 2021 This Machiavellian fantasy follows a scholar’s quest to choose the next ruler of her kingdom amidst lies, conspiracy, and assassination. When the death of Iron Queen Sarelin Brey fractures the realm of Elira, Lysande Prior, the palace scholar and the queen’s closest friend, isContinue Reading

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BOOK LISTS

7 Queer Reads for Little Beans

Yes, little kids need LGBTQIA+ books. From affirming their family lives to providing information for their inquiring minds, these picture and chapter books are age-appropriate and perfect for every bookshelf.  Love is Love by Michael Genhart Dealing with bullying and homophobia, we see the story from a little boy’s point of view. He loves wearingContinue Reading

5 Spooky Queer Books to Read This Halloween Weekend!

by Halli Starling The Luminous Dead by Caitlan Starling Starling’s debut is a masterpiece of dread trapped in a state of the art diving suit…that the diver doesn’t control. Gyre’s entire relationship with Em is through the suit and as the plot (and Gyre’s mind) unravels, the reader is along for a truly terrifying ride.Continue Reading

9 LGBTQ+ Books I Couldn’t Put Down

My favorite kind of reading experience is a book that catches my attention and refuses to let it go, one that keeps me up late at night because I just have to know what’s going to happen next. These are 9 of the most captivating LGBTQ+ books I’ve read that I couldn’t put down! AristotleContinue Reading

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AUTHOR INTERVIEWS

Meet the Author: Lev Rosen

Lev Rosen writes books for people of all ages, most recently Camp, which was a best book of the year from Forbes, Elle, and The Today Show, amongst others and is a Lambda finalist and ALA Rainbow List Top Ten. His next book, Lavender House, will be released fall of 2022. He lives in NYCContinue Reading

Meet the Author: Niki Smith

Niki Smith (she/her) is the author of The Deep and Dark Blue, a beautiful middle grade graphic novel with a trans girl protagonist. Please enjoy this interview with Niki Smith: [Twitter | Instagram] As the author of graphic novels, which comes first?  Do your stories originate with a picture, words, or some combination of both?Continue Reading

Meet the Author: Mira Ong Chua

I was thrilled to ask Mira Ong Chua (they/them) some questions about ROADQUEEN: Eternal Roadtrip to Love, a lesbian fake dating graphic novel that had me laughing out loud. Please enjoy this interview with Mira Ong Chua (Twitter Instagram): Roadqueen: Eternal Roadtrip to Love takes place in a world in which queer ladies go toContinue Reading

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A

All Systems Red by Martha Wells (science fiction, ace & agender mc)
Alice Payne Arrives and Alice Payne Rides by Kate Heartfield (sci-fi novellas, bi mc, f/f)
Any Way the Wind Blows by Rainbow Rowell (YA fantasy, gay mc, m/m, f/f side couple)
Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Saenz (YA contemporary fiction, gay mc, m/m)

B

Basically Queer edited by Claire Robson, Kelsey Blair, and Jen Marchbank (nonfiction essays)
Bloody Rose by Nicholas Eames (fantasy, lesbian mc, f/f)
Boyfriend Material by Alexis Hall (contemporary romance, m/m)
Butter Honey Pig Bread by Francesca Ekwuyasi (contemporary fiction, lesbian mc)

C

Camp by L.C. Rosen (YA contemporary fiction, gay mc, m/m, demisexual sc)
Carry On by Rainbow Rowell (YA fantasy, gay mc, m/m)
A Closed and Common Orbit by Becky Chambers (science fiction, nonbinary sc)
The Councillor by E.J. Beaton (fantasy, bisexual mc)

D

The Deep & Dark Blue by Niki Smith (middle grade fantasy graphic novel, trans mc)

E

Everyone in This Room Will Someday Be Dead by Emily Austin (contemporary fiction, lesbian mc)

F

FINNA by Nino Cipri (science fiction novella, trans mc)
Fireheart Tiger by Alliete de Bodard (fantasy novella, sapphic mc, f/f)
Flamer by Mike Curato (YA graphic novel, gay mc)

G

Gideon the Ninth by Tamsyn Muir (sci-fi fantasy, lesbian mc)
The Girl from the Sea by Molly Ostertag (YA fantasy graphic novel, lesbian mc, f/f)
The Guncle by Steven Rowley (contemporary fiction, gay mc)

H

Hani and Ishu’s Guide to Fake Dating by Abida Jaigirdar (YA contemporary romance, bi mc, lesbian mc, f/f)
Harrow the Ninth by Tamsyn Muir (sci-fi fantasy, sapphic)
A High Five for Glenn Burke by Phil Bildner (middle grade contemporary fiction gay mc, coming out)
¡Hola Papi!: How to Come Out in a Walmart Parking Lot and Other Life Lessons by John Paul Brammer (memoir, gay mc)
Honey Girl by Morgan Rogers (contemporary fiction, sapphic, f/f)
The House in the Cerulean Sea by TJ Klune (fantasy, gay mc, m/m)

I

I Think I Love You by Auriane Desombre (YA contemporary fiction, lesbian mc, f/f)
I Wish You All the Best by Mason Deaver (YA contemporary fiction, trans mc)
I’ll Be the One by Lyla Lee (YA contemporary fiction, bisexual mc, lesbian sc, f/m)

J

The Jasmine Throne by Tasha Suri (fantasy, sapphic, f/f)

K

Karen Memory by Elizabeth Bear (steampunk, lesbian mc, f/f)

L

Last Night at the Telegraph Club by Malinda Lo (YA historical novel, lesbian mc)
Like Crazy: Life With My Mother and Her Invisible Friends by Dan Mathews (nonfiction memoir, gay mc, m/m)
The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet by Becky Chambers (science fiction, sapphic, f/f)

M

Miranda in Milan by Katharine Duckett (historical fantasy, f/f)
More Happy Than Not by Adam Silvera (YA sci-fi, m/m)

N

Naamah by Sarah Blake (biblical historical fantasy, bisexual mc, f/m, f/f)

O

Once Ghosted, Twice Shy by Alyssa Cole (romance novella, sapphic, f/f)
One Last Stop by Casey McQuiston (contemporary fiction, bi mc, f/f)
Over the Top: A Raw Journey to Self-Love by Jonathan Van Ness (memoir, gay mc)

P

Pet by Akwaeke Emezi (YA fantasy, trans mc, f/m)
Pizza Girl by Jean Kyoung Frazier (contemporary fiction, sapphic, f/f)
The Prophets by Robert Jones Jr. (historical fiction, m/m)
A Psalm for the Wild-Built by Becky Chambers (science fiction novella, trans mc)

R

Roadqueen: Eternal Roadtrip to Love by Mira Ong Chua (graphic novel, lesbian mc, f/f)
Rule of Wolves by Leigh Bardugo (YA fantasy, bi mc, trans side character, f/m)

S

The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid (historical fiction, bi mc, f/m, f/f)
Sharp Ends by Joe Abercrombie (fantasy, lesbian mc)
Sometimes You Have to Lie: The Life and Times of Louise Fitzhugh, Renegade Author of Harriet the Spy by Leslie Brody (non-fiction memoir, sapphic mc)
The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller (mythology, gay, m/m)
The Subtweet by Vivek Shraya (contemporary fiction, trans mc)

T

Take a Hint, Dani Brown by Talia Hibbert (contemporary romance, bi mc, f/m)
This Town Sleeps by Dennis E. Staples (contemporary fiction, gay mc, m/m)
Tomorrow Will Be Different: Love, Loss, and the Fight for Trans Equality by Sarah McBride (memoir, trans mc, f/m)
Trans-Galactic Bike Ride edited by Lydia Rogue (sci-fi novella, anthology, trans stories)

U

The Unspoken Name by A.K. Larkwood (fantasy, lesbian mc, f/f)

V

Victories Greater Than Death by Charlie Jane Anders (YA sci-fi, bi mc, trans side character, f/f)

W

Wayward Son by Rainbow Rowell (YA fantasy, gay mc, m/m)
We Have Always Been Here: A Queer Muslim Memoir by Samra Habib (non-fiction memoir, queer mc)

Y

You Should See Me in a Crown by Leah Johnson (YA contemporary fiction, sapphic, f/f)

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