Hi readers, happy June and happy pride month! This is take two for this post, since the first time I wrote it, I lost it all (fuck you, wordpress). Since June is LGBTQIA+ pride month, I use this month every year to read books by and/or about queer people. This isn’t really a definitive tbr, it’s more of a possibility pile since I have quite a few books I want to get through, but oh well. I have a lot of unread queer books on my shelves and kindle/kobo, so I’m sure I can find a book for any reading mood I may find myself in! As with every month, I’ve tried to pick a good mix of age groups and genres, including some nonfiction and middle grade.
Also, throughout the month, I’ll be posting some other queer related posts– recommendations, reviews, etc.– so keep an eye out for those! Without further ado, let me tell you which books I’d like to read this next month.
Queer Books I Want to Read in June
» I’m Afraid of Men by Vivek Shraya
In this short piece of non-fiction, trans artist Vivek Shraya explores the different ways masculinity have affected her throughout her life. Shraya records the cumulative damage caused by misogyny, homophobia and transphobia, and I can just tell that this will be an important read.
» The Fact of a Body: A Murder and a Memoir by Alexandria Marzano-Lesnevich
In this true-crime novel, Alexandria Marzano-Lesnevich explores her time as a law student asked to work on a death-row hearing. This is described as both an an enthralling memoir and a groundbreaking, heart-stopping investigation into how the law is personal, composed of individual stories, and proof that arriving at the truth is more compicated than we could imagine.
» The Colour Purple by Alice Walker
This is a classic I’ve been meaning to read for a long time. Set in the deep American South, Alice Walker explores the intersections between race, gender and sexuality. I can’t believe I haven’t read this already, but it’s finally happening this month!
» Hunger: A Memoir of (My) Body by Roxane Gay
I’ve followed Roxane Gay on social media for a while and I’ve been meaning to pick up her work for about as long. In Hunger, Gay explores how she experiences the world living in a fat body. She examines her childhood, teenage years and young 20s, including the sexual assault that was a turning point for her life. This promises to be a tender, powerful and corageous memoir and I can’t wait to read it.
» Into the Drowning Deep by Mira Grant
Keeping this one short and sweet. All I know about this is that it follows queer, murdering mermaids and I am totally here for it.
» An Unkindness of Ghosts by Rivers Solomon
I don’t know much about this one apart from the fact it is a science fiction novel that draws many parallels to our modern world to examine race, class and gender issues. I’ve heard nothing but amazing this about this one.
» Yes, Yes, Yes: Australia’s Journey to Marriage Equality by Alex Greenwich and Shirleene Robinson
Pretty self explanatory, Yes, Yes, Yes follows a grassroots movement who won the hearts and minds of Australian’s to finally get marriage equality legalised. One of my goals is to read more Australian nonfiction and I thought this was the perfect book to pick up in June!
» When The Moon Was Ours by Anna-Marie McLemore
I know almost nothing about this, but I’ve heard that McLemore’s writing is absolutely beautiful and everything she writes is queer so of course I’m going to try to read her books for pride month!
» You Must Not Miss by Katrina Leno
This is another one I know next to nothing about. Katrina Leno wrote one of my favourite books of 2018, and this has been one of my most anticipated releases of the year. All I know is it’s got magic, mayhem and explores the monsters we all have inside us. Sounds fab.
» The Brightsiders by Jen Wilde
I know this follows a rockstar drummer and her relationship with a fellow band member, and that the cover gives super bisexual vibes. Jen Wilde is one of my favourite authors, so I’m really excited to read more of her books!
» Red, White and Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston
I’m honestly going to sue you all if I don’t like this, it’s so goddamn hyped up. This promises to be one of the best romances of the year, following the US president’s son and a prince of Wales. I’ve heard nothing but amazing things about this and I have to say, I’m keen to jump on the hype train.
» Ivy Aberdeen’s Letter to the World by Ashley Herring Blake
I’ve read a couple of Blake’s previous books and really enjoyed them both, so I’ve been looking forward to jumping into her queer middle grade for a while! This book follows Ivy Aberdeen after her family’s home was destroyed in a tornado that ripped through her town. Blake explores her feelings in the aftermath of this destruction, and what is– if I’m not mistaken– her first crush on a girl. This sounds like it’s going to be super cute and I can’t wait to read it.
So, there we have some of the queer books I’m hoping to get to in June! Have you read any of these? If so, what did you think, and which ones should I read first? What books do you have on your tbr?
Thanks so much for reading!