LGBTQ+ Books I Want To Read (Pt. 1)

It’s pride month everyone! Happy Pride! So today I am coming at you with a bit of a TBR for me, as well as a recommendations for you! Listed below is part 1 of the LGBTQ+ books I want to read. These books may have LGBTQ+ themes, characters, and representation.

If you are looking for something to read this pride month here are a few suggestions in the form of the books I want to read!

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They Both Die at the End – Adam Silvera

What if you lived in a world where you were told it was your last day on earth? What if in this world there was an app to meet other people who were going to die on the same day? That is the world Adam Silvera has created and formed into this novel. Mateo and Rufus are going to die today. What will happen when they meet up on their last day?

I don’t have the answers to these questions as I have yet to read this book, but it is SO intriguing! To know it is your last day, to meet someone who has the same last day as you, and to go on some great adventure together, sounds like an amazing beautiful (and heartbreaking idea). I can’t wait to get around to reading this one.

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The Seafarer’s Kiss – Julia Ember

Ninteen-year-old mermaid Ersel learns of the life she wants beyond the ice shelf when she rescues, and then befriends, a shield-maiden named Ragna. When Ersel’s childhood friend and suitor find the two girls together he gives Ersel an ultimatum. To try to find a different future for herself Ersel seeks the help of Loki.

This one is a retelling of The Little Mermaid. It has a bisexual mermaid and a lesbian Viking. I mean… how much cooler can you get? There is also a mix of norse mythology in this one. I love fairytales and Norse Mythology. This book has some mixed reviews but it sounds incredibly interesting and like there is some good potential here.

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History is All You Left Me – Adam Silvera

Griffin’s first love and ex-boyfriend’s death collapses his whole world. Though his ex-boyfriend, Theo, had moved to California for college and started seeing someone else, Griffin believed he would come back to him when the time was right. To make his situation worse, the only person who understands Griffin’s heartache is Jackson, Theo’s boyfriend. Griffin is losing himself in obsessive compulsions and destructive choices. To rebuild his future he needs to confront his history.

Again Adam Silvera writes an intriguing and heartbreaking story. This one seems like it will touch on a lot of points, such as grief, mental health, history and how we reconcile it, as well as picking ourselves back up again. Adam Silvera has been known to write incredible stories and I’m sure that this will be another one.

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Peter Darling – Austin Chant

Peter left Neverland 10 years ago to grown up and build a life with Wendy, but growing up has made him realize how inescapable his identity as a man is. When he returns to Neverland the Lost Boys are men, the war games are real, he has a shocking attraction to his old rival, and he no longer knows who the real villain is.

I love retellings, something about continuing or changing a story that most of us know and love is exciting and fascinating. I think that this retelling, or continuation, will be fantastic. The idea that Peter is grown and has changed. A search for identity in the place that he thought he had already discovered his identity. I am incredibly excited to pick this one up soon.

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The Tea Dragon Society – Katie O’Neill

After finding a lost tea dragon in a marketplace, Greta learns about the dying art of tea dragon care-taking from Hesekiel and Erik. She befriends them and their ward, Minette, while discovering how it enriches their lives and her own.

This is a book by the author of Princess Princess Ever After, which I LOVED! It was incredibly sweet, so I have no doubt that this will also be sweet and charming. I have wanted to read this one for a while and am really looking forward to picking it up.

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Wild Beauty – Anna-Marie McLemore

The Nomeolvides women have tended the grounds of La Pradera for nearly a century. They have also hidden a tragic legacy: if they fall in love too deeply, their lovers vanish. One day a strange boy appears in the gardens. The boy knows nothing of himself but his first name. As Estrella tries to help him piece his past together, La Pradera leads them to secrets as dangerous as they are magical.

A magical realism book with bisexual and gay representation, as well as hints of gender fluidity and lesbian characters, this book seems like it will be absolute magic.

Stay tuned for Part 2 of the LGBTQ+ Books I Want to Read. Are there any LGBTQ+ books you have on your TBR?

Happy Pride Lovelies,
Alex

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