Pride Month is an annual celebration that honors the Stonewall Uprising in Manhattan in 1969. Over the decades, it has transformed into something more.
And while I see my community start its Pride festivities, more gay and trans people are being targeted. In my town, a rainbow crosswalk was vandalized. However, it is rallying around the residents affected. So I want to show my support by highlighting books I’ve been wanting to read.
I hoped to publish my post yesterday, but I wanted to take some time, do more research, and show respect for the titles and authors. So I hope you love this post!
Girls of Paper and Fire by Natasha Ngan
I’m disappointed in myself for not reading this book sooner. Many trusted bloggers have recommended this title. Now, the only reason why I’m hesitant in tackling this emotional novel is the sexual abuse the main character faces. But it’s one book that needs to be tackled.
Carry On by Rainbow Rowell
Readers have pitched Carry On as the gay version of Harry Potter, but better. And frankly, if I don’t read it because of that reason, then I’d pick it up for the Supernatural theme song reference. I’ve never read anything from Rainbow. But I want to give this title a chance.
Ace of Shades by Amanda Foody
Last year, I bought Ace of Shades, and I put it on my shelf and let other books entice me. How does that happen? I don’t know. But I regret not reading it. And with Kal from Reader Voracious raving about it, I’m intrigued to see how Levi, the bi main character, steals my attention!
Girl Mans Up by M-E Girard
This genderqueer novel is the nominee of the William C. Morris YA Debut Award and the winner of the Lambda Literary Award for LGBT Children’s/Young Adult of 2017.
I’ve heard a lot of buzz about it, and I have to support a Canadian writer and story, right? Damn straight. And it focuses on genderqueer, which I don’t see often in books.
The Disasters by M. K. England
With a bi main character at the helm of this space adventure and a ragtag group, you know you’re in for a fun read. I’m looking for angst, banter, and superb one-liners.
Like a Love Story by Abdi Nazemian
Like a Love Story brings us back to 1989 in New York, where the AID epidemic was burning its way through the city. I was born in that year, but I grew up in the 90s. I didn’t learn how awful those times were until I was much older. So having a gay storyline focusing on that era, I know this book is important.