Last week, I published 10 Must-Reads for Pride Month – go check that out if you missed it – so, today, I wanted to share some queer reads that are still on my TBR. Feel free to convince me to read these sooner rather than later, because a few of them have been living on my TBR for years at this point.
Her Royal Highness by Rachel Hawkins. This has been on my radar for a while – it seems to be one of those books everyone is talking about. I don’t read all that much YA, so I wasn’t super interested in it. But I went to a book signing this past weekend, and Casey McQuiston (author of Red, White & Royal Blue) recommended it, so I picked it up. It wasn’t a hard sell once I saw that the bookstore we were in had signed copies.
Wilder Girls by Rory Power. This was another recommendation from Casey McQuiston. I’ve been hearing great things about it. It seems like it might be a little like Neverworld Wake, which I unexpectedly loved last year.
We Are the Ants by Shaun David Hutchinson. I’ve been hearing about this book for years, and only recently read the synopsis for myself. It sounds so interesting! I definitely need to read this soon!
This is How it Always Is by Laurie Frankel. This book has been on my TBR for years (according to my book haul, this has been sitting on my shelves since August 2017). I do enjoy the occasional family drama, and this one seems great! But I know it’ll probably make me cry, so I’ve been putting off reading it. Soon, though.
More Happy Than Not by Adam Silvera. Somehow, I have never read an Adam Silvera book. Judge me all you want, I’m judging myself, too. I’ve had an ebook copy of this since it came out, and it’s just been there. Unread and sad. But I know I probably need to be in the mood to cry, and, since I’m doing a lot of reading on my lunch breaks at work, it doesn’t seem like the best book to pick up (I learned my lesson reading The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo at my desk). Maybe on a three-day weekend or something.
The Gentleman’s Guide to Getting Lucky by Mackenzi Lee. I’ve loved the entire Montague Siblings series so far (The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue and The Lady’s Guide to Petticoats and Piracy), and this one seems really fun. It takes place in between the two novels, and is about Monty and Percy and where they go after the end of the first book. I can’t wait for this to be released!
The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay by Michael Chabon. This book has been recommended to me for years, but I never knew it was queer. I still don’t know much about it other than it’s about friends and superheroes and won the Pulitzer. But do I really need to know more?
Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle-Stop Cafe by Fannie Flagg. Another book that’s been on my TBR for a long time without me knowing it was a queer novel. I tend to pick up more LGBTQ+ novels about m/m relationships, so I’m looking forward to reading a well-loved classic about a lesbian relationship. I’m planning on reading this one very soon, so I’ll be sure to let you know what I think.
Orlando by Virginia Woolf. Virginia Woolf is as synonymous with LGBTQ+ classic literature as Oscar Wilde. I’ve only read a few essays and short stories, and really, really need to read her novels soon. Because I love her. And I feel like a bad English major.
Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil by John Berendt. Yet another book I didn’t realize was queer, but apparently there are some LGBT themes in this book. And it’s historical true crime, so that’s kind of awesome. I need to find my copy so I can finally read it!
Nimona by Noelle Stevenson. I just recently (finally) read Volume 1 of Lumberjanes and really enjoyed it! I’m pretty sure I own a copy of Nimona (somewhere) and am curious to read it soon!
Golden Boy by Abigail Tarttelin. This has gotten amazing reviews, and I’m excited to read it, even though I know it will destroy me. I think the only books I’ve ever read about transgender or intersex characters so far are Middlesex and George, which are both amazing, but I want to read more.
The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet by Becky Chambers. Queer sci-fi? Yes, please. I’ve heard about this so many times over the past few years, and I’m not sure why I haven’t picked it up. But this is the year I’m going to read it!
The Heart’s Invisible Furies by John Boyne. I’ve heard really great things about this one. I’ve also heard it will probably make me cry. I kind of get the feeling it has a similar vibe to A Little Life, and I am just not prepared for that.
The Rest of Us Just Live Here by Patrick Ness. I know this one has gotten some mixed reviews, but I’m still interested. I think the premise sounds really interesting, and I’ve heard there’s a lot of great queer rep and discussion about mental health. Which is always awesome to see in YA.
Let me know which queer books are on your TBR! Are there any you love that I should add to my TBR?