Frankly, WHY DID NO ONE TAG ME IN THIS? Ok, y’all probably thought I’d do it on my own and it’s not like I tag people, because I don’t know that many people and I don’t want to leave anyone out, but I digress.
I wasn’t going to post this until Tuesday, because being queer doesn’t exist in a June vacuum. But then this happened:
And I just love Phil. Honestly, I was really struggling with guilt because I relate to Dan more but now I’m so happy for Phil that I know that I love him too. SO HERE’S A RAINBOW OF BOOK RECS!
Red: Life a book with a spirited protagonist, someone who is proud of who they are, someone who gives you life
Red, White, And Royal Blue, Casey McQuiston
Alex, chaotic bisexual and First Son of The United States, is falling for his sworn enemy, Henry, the Prince Of England. He’s pretty ok with it too, he’s mostly just casually “Oh,” although being the FSOUS he’s worried about the impact his sexuality could have on his Mum’s reelection.
Orange: Healing a book that made you find a deeper meaning within your own life
If We Were Villains, ML Rio
This book simultaneously hurts and embraces me every time I think about it. It’s the book that most closely represents how I realized I was queer, just spending a good chunk of the book being in love and not realizing it.
It follows a group of thespians at a Shakespearean cult. The jerk of the group dies and they all struggle to act like they care, lest the cops think something’s up. It’s basically fanfic of all of Shakespeare; Hamlet, Romeo and Juliet, Midsummer Night’s Dream, and I’m sure other references that I didn’t see.
Yellow: Sunshine a book that fills you with so much joy it could brighten even your darkest day
I Wish You All The Best Mason Deaver
This is not the happiest book ever, as it does deal with parental rejection. But I’m just happy knowing that there’s someone like me, that doesn’t overwhelm me with gender cliches. I’m fine with girls who like domestic things, and “not like other girls” girls, but there’s this feeling of girl-ness with almost all female protagonists. I’m constantly aware of it. But being in Ben’s head wasn’t any different from being in my own.
Green: Nature a book that is set out of this world, a reality different to our own
Radio Silence Alice Oseman
This is kinda cheating, but I haven’t read that many queer sci-fi books. Adam Silvera has one coming out soon, but until then, I’m going to use this guy abandoned on an uninhabited planet with no one to talk to- who’s story is told only in podcast snippets by the gang of high school seniors that don’t want to go to college.
Blue: Peace a book where one of the characters finds peace with a difficult truth
Laura Dean Keeps Breaking Up With Me, Mariko Tamaki, Rosemary Valero-O’Connell
Freddy can’t get Laura Dean out of her mind. Even though Laura Dean is a terrible girlfriend. The art is beautiful and this is a great graphic novel break from novels.
Purple: Spirit a book that deals with LGBT themes and religion
Autoboyography, Christina Lauren
Tanner is in love with the bishop’s son. In Utah. With Mormons.
This book was great, even though I wanted more time detailing the writing seminar like the asexual nerd I am. There’s hiking, dealing with being gay and in a religion that doesn’t accept you…
That’s basically it. Trust me, read these.
Have you read any of these? What books did the prompts make you think of?