Favorite LGBTQ+ Books in Honor of Pride 🌈💖✨
As some of you may know, this is the first pride month that I am participating not as an ally, but as a realized member of the queer community, and in honor of this being my first pride month being out as bi to both myself and the world, I wanted to share some of my favorite LGBTQIAP+ books in honor of Pride.
This book is a fun YA wlw rom-com about Melody, a bisexual girl who is the stage manager of her school theatre. Her school theatre is cursed and they believe that to stop the inevitable failure of their next musical, Melody must not fall in love! Of course, things don’t go completely according to plan… This was a really fun read and I loved all of the behind-the-scenes chaos and character interactions between the actors and the stage crew.
For fans of: theatre culture, queer romances, and hilarious interactions.
Pirates. Mermaids. Magic. Inspiring female and gender-fluid characters. Adventure! If any of this sounds up your alley then The Mermaid, the Witch, and the Sea by Maggie Tokuda-Hall is the perfect read for you! I was absolutely captivated by the story and the characters when reading this book and I cannot hype it up enough! If you are looking for a good adventure with a dash of romance, this book is for you!
For fans of: adventure, romance, pirates, mermaids, and magic.
Follow Your Arrow features a teenage bisexual social media influencer main character, and love interests of more than one gender, and is a beautiful coming of age story that I recommend to anyone feeling lost or invalid in their identity.
For fans of: bi/pan rep, coming of age stories, and romance that will leave you blushing.
In a prom-obsessed town in Indiana where the competition for becoming the prom queen or king is fierce, Liz Lighty, a Black, bisexual girl enters the competition, her sights set on the scholarship that comes with being chosen as the queen. Liz’s heart is set on attending the college of her dreams and she is determined to win, but her priorities change when she begins to fall for the new girl at school, Mack, who also happens to be her competition…
For fans of: prom drama, laugh out loud scenes, and books you will remember forever.
Cemetery Boys by Aiden Thomas was so beautiful that thinking about it makes me want to cry tears a mix of sadness, joy, and love. Yadriel is a transgender Latinx boy whose family is made of the brujx, brujos and brujas who guard the cemetery, guide spirits, and protect their own. Yadriel and his cousin Maritza are determined to prove that Yadriel is a brujo, despite what the rest of the brujx have to say about him being trans. This story is full of mystery, intrigue, queer love, and what it means to be a family. This book is so amazing, and I recommend it to literally everyone, I love it that much!
For fans of: trans rep, mlm rep, latinx rep, and stories about family, magic, mystery, and death.
The main character in this book identifies as a lesbian, and her love interest is a bisexual QUEEN and both of them are just about the coolest girls you can imagine! These Witches Don’t Burn takes place in Salem, Massachusetts, which is known for its long history with witches, and is told from the perspective of a teenage elemental witch named Hannah. The story is absolutely MAGICAL, super fast-paced, and has amazing themes of family, friendship, and romance! There are two books in the series (as well as a prequel novella!) and I recommend ALL of them!
For fans of: magic, and witchy queer representation.
This graphic novel has stolen my whole heart. The art is beautiful and the characters come to life and explode off the pages. I loved the LGBTQ+ representation in this graphic novel and I am already longing to learn more about this world and the creatures who live in it. The goblincore vibes were so comforting, and the friendships and familial relationships were so loving and pure. This book felt both like an adventure and like coming home and I recommend it to anyone who needs some comfort, an escape, or a little bit of both.
For fans of: magic, Halloween aesthetics, beautiful friendships, and coming-of-age stories.
Saoirse isn’t looking for a relationship. Her mother is suffering from dementia, and there is the possibility that someday Saoirse will too, and after her last breakup, she isn’t ready to give her heart to another girl. When she meets Ruby and she proposes a loophole to Saoirse’s rule of not falling in love, everything begins to change.
For fans of: summer romances, wlw rom coms, and books with lots of kissing!
I read The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzie Lee this spring, as it came highly recommended by my friends and I found myself flying through it, despite having little time to sit down and read. If you are looking for a book that is fast-paced, snappy, romantic, humorous, with a dash of queer love and adventure, then this book is for you! Go read it now, and I know you will fall in love with it in seconds.
For fans of: slow burn romances, adventure, and stories that will keep you on your toes.
Alice Oseman is an incredible human being and her books are filled with so many beautiful friendships, romances, and representations of queer characters. Heartstopper is a heartwarming series of graphic novels (adapted from a webcomic) in which Charlie and Nick navigate their growing friendship and the ups and downs of their relationship to come. If you are looking for a soft romance that tugs at your heartstrings, Heartstopper is for you!
For fans of: diverse lgbtqiap+ rep, and heart-stopping romance.
This webcomic turned graphic novel series is about a pie-loving, gay, college student named Bitty and his adventures with the Samwell University hockey team is my favorite graphic novel EVER (which is seriously saying something)! Over the past few years it has become my comfort book and accompanies me on all my (very infrequent) travels. I can’t explain how much these books mean to me without you having read them yourself, but I can tell you that Bitty will forever live in my heart, and if you venture into these pages, I have no doubt he will make a home in yours too.
For fans of: graphic novels, witty humor, lgbtqia+ representation, and the most wholesomest main characters you will ever find.
What are your favorite books with queer rep? Tell us in the comments!!
Peace and love,
The Woodland Wallflower