So with Pride fast approaching, I have been wracking my brain on how I can celebrate the month and I thought what better than to find even more of an excuse to read some diverse books. I asked around on Twitter if other people would like me to post this so they can maybe take part so I’ll let you know the way I’m planning the readathon!
– Rules –
- The Readathon will run from the 1st-30th June!
- Aim to read around 7 books but of course, this is totally up to you whether you read more or less. I aim to read a book from each so for example (L – a book with a lesbian mc, G – a book with a gay main character and so on…)
- Most of all, enjoy yourselves and have a wonderful and safe Pride!
Book with a lesbian MC
The Henna Wars by Adiba Jaigirdar
(second choice: Gideon the Ninth by Tamsyn Muir)
For some of the prompts, I’m giving myself some different options depending on how well I do. The Henna Wars is a fairly new release that has been on my radar for a few months now – it’s a YA contemporary with a f/f rivals to lovers. Whereas, Gideon the Ninth is a fantasy/sci-fi with necromancers and swordplay. So alas, very different. I’m equally excited for both so hopefully if things go well I can read them both in June!
Book with a gay MC
They Both Die At the End by Adam Silvera
(second choice: Red, White & Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston)
I have had an ARC of this book for the longest time and have never got around to it despite hearing it’s beautifully heartbreaking. In this YA contemporary, we follow Mateo Torrez and Rufus Emeterio who are told they are going to die today. Despite being total strangers, they both aim to make a friend on their final day on earth and there’s an app just for that. What follows is an epic adventure between the boys and I for one am excited! As for Red, White & Royal Blue, I think everybody and their mother has heard about this one and I’m excited for a wonderful romance. (I believe the MC is bisexual and the LI is gay hence this would be a second choice for this prompt!)
Book with a bisexual MC
Little & Lion by Brandy Colbert
For this prompt I am sticking to the one book because despite a lot of books with a bisexual MC being on my TBR, this is one that has been on it for the longest time and I want to finally get to it. This YA contemporary follows Suzette who comes home from a boarding school to her family, friends, crush and most importantly, her stepbrother, Lionel who has been diagnosed with bipolar disorder. However, complications arise when Suzette soon finds herself falling for the same girl her brother has feelings for. I have read this book tackles bipolar disorder very respectfully but please be aware of any trigger warnings going in.
Book with a transgender MC
George by Alex Gino
This is another book that has been on my radar for the longest time and I’ve also wanted to explore more LGBTQIA+ middle grade books too so this is the perfect time. George has been praised for being such an important book because not only do we follow the story of George who is learning what it means to be transgender, the reader is also educated alongside her and I can only imagine how wonderful that would be for younger readers going through the same. It sounds like something I definitely need to read and was the first book that came to mind for this prompt.
Book with a queer MC
The Prince and the Dressmaker by Jen Wang
I did a lot of research into this graphic novel before I included it in this list as I believe the main character never specifically labels themselves. However, a lot of reliable readers have called this a beautiful queer story about identity so I knew I had to read it for myself. We follow Prince Sebastian who is looking for a bride, well his parents are looking for a bride for him. However, Sebastian is carrying a secret – at night he adorns himself in dresses and transforms into a beautiful Lady. And only his dressmaker, Frances knows his secret. Accompanied by beautiful illustrations, this is sure to be a heartwarming read.
Book with an intersex MC
An Unkindness of Ghosts by Rivers Solomon
(second choice: The Names We Take by Trace Kerr)
For this prompt I have chosen both an older and newer release and hope to get to both of them if I can grab copies. An Unkindness of Ghosts has been on my radar for the longest time, especially when I learned it not only had an intersex MC, but one that is also autistic. This is a sci-fi fantasy that is promised to be incredibly diverse and character-driven so I can’t wait to read it. The Names We Take like I said is a fairly new release that follows 17-year old Pip who takes a 12-year old Iris under her wing after the world is hit by a devastating plague. Both sound equally interesting so hopefully I can get into them both!
Book with an aro/ace MC
Summer Bird Blue by Akemi Dawn Bowman
This is a book that many people have urged me to read and despite finally owning a copy, I haven’t managed to get around to it… until now! In this YA contemporary we meet Rumi Seto who is quite happy and content when writing music with her little sister, Lea. However, when Lea tragically dies in a car accident, Rumi’s world gets turned upside down. She is sent away to live in Hawaii and it’s there that she has to learn to live in a world without her sister. I believe she questions her identity throughout the book before finally coming out as both asexual and aromantic. I’ve heard this has been done respectfully and beautifully so I am so excited to read it for this prompt.
So these are the books I am planning to read for Pride month and like I said, if you do decide to take part in this little unofficial readathon, then please let me know! But most importantly, I wish you the best and safest month and never forget. You are valid. So bloody valid and loved.
Lots of Love,