June is Pride Month, so it made sense that I would have to write a little bookish blog post related to it!
Though I do not identify as part of the LGBTQIA+ community (I am demisexual/asexual and though there are a lot of thoughts on our place in the community I never felt as if I belonged to it) I still believe it’s important to talk about it, especially during June.
Last year I let people from the community talks for themselves and recommend some books to which they identify. This year I decided to share with you all five books I loved which has a character from the LGBTQIA+ community.
❥ I Was Born For This by Alice Oseman
I Was Born For This has a transgender and gay main character named Jimmy.
I totally fell in love with this book because of how close it felt to my experience as a One Direction fan when I was younger (who am I kidding, I’m still a fan) and also because of the anxiety representation through out the story. What I also mainly love was Jimmy: he is amazing and deserves all the love. I talked about him with Alice last year at YALC and we totally agreed on the fact that he should be protected at all costs. I never read a bad review about the trans and gay representation (I also believe he is biracial), so I would highly recommend it to you.
❥ The Brightsiders by Jen Wilde
The Brighsiders has a genderqueer and pansexual main character named Alfie.
He definitely is the reason why I gave this book 5 stars because boy oh boy is he perfect. Honestly, I don’t even know what else to say about it – I just REALLY loved Alfie and I still need more of him!
❥ History Is All You Left Me by Adam Silvera
History is All You Left Me has a gay main character, Griffin.
This book was my first Adam Silvera’s book and it broke me. I read it in less than 24 hours and as I closed it in the metro I looked at the cover and started sobbing. It sure is a heartbreaking story but it deserves all the love.
❥ Tash Hearts Toltstoy by Kathryn Ormsbee
Tash Hearts Tolstoy has an ace/aro main character, Tash.
Some of you may want to scream at me that ace/aro people aren’t a part of the community but I still believe they deserve a place (though not me) and I think this book deserves to be on this list. I also believe that it will make you feel better about yourself if you too are on the ace/aro spectrum.
❥ Going off Script by Jen Wilde
Going off Script has a lesbian main character, Bex.
I read this one a few weeks ago and I was totally blown away by it. Though I always loved Jen’s work because of how light and fun it is, this one raised so many important subjects such as representation in Hollywood. I thought it was brilliant and I haven’t really seen a bad review about it yet!
And that’s it!
It was hard to narrow it down to five books as I love tons and tons of queer books. I tried my best to diversify it as to have as many sexualities represented.
I would also like to use this blog post to link to a blog post wrote by my friend Nadège for her own blog, Planète Diversité (Diversity Planet). She made a masterlist of more than 200 queer books which is amazing and I thought it could be useful for any of you. Planète Diversité is an amazing French blog that I would recommend anyone to follow!