Hi there my lovely wallflowers! It is almost the end of the month, but before February arrives I had to get in on the #Bijanuary book recommendations going around, because we all need more bi/pan representation on our bookshelves.
For those of you who need a quick refresher on these lgbtq+ terms, someone who identifies as bisexual is attracted to more than one gender, while someone who identifies as pansexual is attracted to any person, and gender is not a factor in their attraction at all. If you are interested in learning more about lgbtq+ terms, I recommend visiting the Human Rights Campaign website and checking out their glossary of lgbtq+ terms. Now, without further ago, let’s get to some bisexual book recommendations!
Top Five #Bijanuary Book Recs!
You Should See Me in a Crown by Leah Johnson
This is not the first time I have written about You Should See Me in a Crown on this blog, and it probably won’t be the last. I wrote about it in my Top 20 Books of 2020 post, but for those of you who are unfamiliar, here is what it is about: The book takes place 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… This book is the representation that we bisexuals long for. It is fun, cute, and captivatingly hilarious. Leah Johnson has created amazing characters, a heart-stopping romance, and a book that I will remember forever.
These Witches Don’t Burn (series) by Isabel Sterling
While the main character in this book identifies as a lesbian, 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! Great for magic lovers, and readers longing for witchy queer representation.
Heartstopper (series) by Alice Oseman
Alice Oseman is incredible 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 struggles of their relationship to come. Over the course of the graphic novels, Nick comes to terms with his bisexuality, and if you are looking for a soft romance that tugs at your heartstrings, Heartstopper is for you!
The Love Curse of Melody McIntyre by Robin Talley
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… If you are a theatre fan, or lover of queer romances, I highly recommend that you read this! It was a really fun read and I loved all of the behind-the-scenes chaos and character interactions of the actors and the stage crew.
The Gilded Wolves (series) by Roshani Chokshi
The Gilded Wolves takes place in an alternate 19th century France and is told from the perspective of four misfits with mysterious pasts who uncover ancient secrets in the streets of Paris. One of the main characters is bisexual and finds himself in a love triangle with another boy, and with one of the female main characters. This book is fast-paced and full of mystery, romance, and witty dialogue and I had such a blast reading it.
I hope you enjoyed these #Bijanuary book recs and I highly suggest checking these out and supporting these authors in their amazing work! What books have you read this month? Do any of them feature bi/pan characters? Let me know in the comments below!
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