Pride Book Recommendations From Twitter Mutuals

I am back with a non-book review post. It feels like forever since I’ve had one of those. In fact it feels like it has been forever since I posted even a review. If you’re wandering where I’ve been, I’ve been away at my first year of college, tackling depression, and now back home moving through the pandemic day-by-day.

This post seemed like a fun way for me to get back into my blog and interacting with everyone on my Twitter again. I’ve been super quiet lately and felt I needed a little shove to speak to people and this seemed like a good shove. I’m queer and I follow so many people who are apart of the LGBTQ+ community that love reading and writing too. And I also love getting book recommendations and learning what books people love, so I decided to make a post asking Twitter mutuals (A person who follows you that you also follow) for queer book recommendations.

Whoever responded I asked them for their favorite queer book and a queer book that is on their to-be-read that they can’t wait to start. I also asked for a little bit of detail about the books and why they loved it or are interested in it as well as what representation there is too. I did have to clarify what a queer book is to me, as a queer book can be defined differently from person-to-person. Here a queer book is any book with a main character who is apart of the LGBTQ+ community.

It was super fun getting to learn everyone’s favorite queer books and I learned about some books that I didn’t know were queer either.

And since I asked people to choose one favorite, I’ll start this off by giving out my favorite queer book and most anticipated. It’s only fair that I struggle to choose as well.

Parker (They/He. @PhoenixsDragons)

Favorite Queer Book: They Both Die at the End by Adam Silvera

Representation: Gay Puerto-Rican and Bi Cuban rep

Why: It took me a little bit to get into the way it was written but it quickly hooked me once the plot took off. I’m really character driven when I read and this book centered a lot around the lives of the two main characters and the things they did and didn’t get to do yet and living in the moment. AND THAT ENDING. I knew it was going to happen but not like that. That hurt. I cried in an empty room alone at 2am as the audio book whispered the ending to me because my headphones broke half way through the book and it was going to be returned to the library at 10am that morning. I don’t think I’ll ever be able to experience that feeling again in a story.

Most Anticipated Queer Book: Felix Ever After by Kacen Callender

Representation: As far as I know there is a black trans main character

Why: The book follows a black trans teen dealing with identity and falling in love and it has revenge in it. I feel like this is definitely a story younger me needed in high school when I was questioning who I was. And it’s definitely a book I want to read as a newly out, online, trans masc person. I just started looking for more trans books this last year and a half and this one sounded amazing and the cover is gorgeous. I’ve also heard nothing but great things about Kacen Callender’s other books.

Sam (She/Her. @ramblingbooks)

Favorite LGBTQ+ Book: The Disasters by M.K. England

Representation: “bi, gay, trans, and POC characters”

Why: “The disasters was a phenomenal book. Like, illuminae files, but 10x gayer and diverse and all around better, and I loved the illuminae files. It’s got great relationships, witty banter, cool plot and settings, and a solid ending!”

Most Anticipated LGBTQ+ Book: The Priory of the Orange Tree by Samantha Shannon

Representation: “f/f relationship. I’ve never read it . . .”

Why: “It sounds like a good book, I like to challenge myself by reading big books, and the cover is gorgeous! I’ve been meaning to read Samantha Shannon’s books as well!”

Kali (She/Her/Ou @kalirainh2o)

Favorite LGBTQ+ Book: The High King’s Golden Tongue by Megan Derr

Representation: “a m/m romance set in a country that is 100% accepting of LGBT folks, and the book also has polyam rep.”

Why: “I particularly liked it [because] the MC is a translator and that was integral to the story.”

Most Anticipated LGBTQ+ Book: Under the Radar by Lillian Francis

Representation: “m/m romance set in WWII”

Why: “I have an interest in WWII naval history so it should be an interesting read.”

Ocean (They/Them. @oceansofnovels)

Favorite LGBTQ+ Read: Once & Future by Amy Rose Capetta and Cori McCarthy

Representation: “The main cast of characters are diverse and complex”

Why: “This is a fun and unique gender-swapped retelling of Arthurian legend, set in space! The main cast of characters are diverse and complex, and this is the first book I’ve read with a nonbinary character, which made it all the more important to me. Don’t forget to check out the sequel to this duology – Sword In The Stars!”

Most Anticipated LGBTQ+ Read: Even If We Break by Marieke Nijkamp

Representation: “queer, autistic, and disabled rep.”

Why: “Not only does the story itself sound fascinating (who doesn’t love a good thriller?) but it also has queer, autistic, and disabled rep. I couldn’t ask for anything better!”

Helen (She/Her. @catsandteabooks)

Favorite LGBTQ+ Book: Read with Pride by Lucy Powrie

Representation: “the main character is demisexual.”

Why: “I love it because it’s about how reading about LGBTQ+ topics helps people find themselves and the main character is demisexual.”

Most Anticipated LGBTQ+ Book: Wilder Girls by Rory Power

Representation: sapphics

Why: “I’ve heard really amazing things and I’m always looking for new sapphic reads! Also, I love LGBTQ+ books that aren’t contemporaries.”

Sarah (She/her. @sjhwrites)

Favorite LGBTQ+ Read: Ace of Shades by Amanda Foody

Representation: Black Bi MC

Why: “here is… a lot I love about this book. It’s a dual POV book where I love BOTH of the perspectives. The character arcs for both MCs are really strong. Levi (who is Black and bi) is a character who’s not afraid to show when he’s scared and has some fragile moments. The world building is incredible and I love how we discover it with Enne and her guidebook. And the magic system! I haven’t seen a system like it. Each family has their own talent so each person has two, inherited from each side of their family.”

Most Anticipated LGBTQ+ Read: A Blade So Black by LL McKinney

Representation: “bi Black MC”

Why: “an Alice in Wonderland retelling with a bi Black MC set in Atlanta. Honestly I love retellings and I love Alice in Wonderland so that alone made me excited about it. But the direction that McKinney took with this retelling seems super interesting and I’m very excited to (finally) read it.”

Danielle (She/Her. @capesandcovers)

Favorite LGBTQ+ Book: I’ll Be the One by Lyla Lee

Representation: “Queer m/f, f/f, bisexual and unspecified sapphic rep.”

Why: “I’ll Be the One follows Skye Shim, a fat, bisexual Korean American teen who decides to enter a competition to become the next big K-Pop star. The hitch? She wants to become the first plus sized K-Pop star, in a fatphobic industry centered on looks. As she sings and dances her way through the competition, she finds herself making friends and falling for the famous Henry Cho.

I loved this book so much for a variety of reasons, the first one being that it’s the closest I’ve ever seen myself in a book before. I’ll Be the One takes on body image and some briefly mentioned queerphobia, while staying optimistic and downright charming. It’s a feel good book, and when I first read it, I was surprised to find out that most of the main cast was queer! I loved that it had queer friendships in it, something I always like to see in media. And if you’re still on the fence about reading it, there’s a VERY cute dog in it.”

Most Anticipated LGBTQ+ Book: Cemetery Boys by Aiden Thomas

Representation: “Trans boy MC, m/m couple”

Why: “Yadriel’s family is having issues accepting his gender, so he decides to prove himself to them by showing he’s a true brujo by summoning a ghost. Except he summons the wrong ghost, Julian Diaz, the bad boy from school. The two work together to try to find out what happened to Julian so he can move into the afterlife, but the more they get to know each other, Yadriel realizes he has feelings for him.

I’ve been super excited for Cemetery Boys (which comes out Sept. 1!) ever since I first saw the publishing announcement for it, and I’ve been impatiently waiting for it’s release. It’s got a GORGEOUS cover and it has one of my all time favorite tropes: a human and a ghost falling in love. There still aren’t nearly enough traditionally published books with trans main characters, so to have this one coming out (heh) soon and being ownvoices queer and Latinx rep is really exciting to me. And from reviews I’ve read there’s also supposed to be dogs in it which is always a plus.”

I’ve found several books I didn’t realize are queer off this list and I hope you have found at least one book that you’ve added to your to-be-read! It was exciting making this and sharing that excitement with others as well, so I appreciate you all for taking the time to read this. I hope you support some of the books on the list!

Parting question: What is your favorite LGBTQ+ book and one you can’t wait to read?

Big thank you to everyone who reached out and said they would like to contribute. I loved interacting with everyone and geeking out with some of you about your favorite queer read. It was fun and it definitely gave me a boost to start interacting with everyone again.

I appreciate you all. The ones who contributed and the ones who took the time to read this. – Parker