We’re halfway done with pride month, and I had to do my usual recommendations post.
I tried to include as much variety as I could and I’m so happy about the way it turned out. I wanted to include more about the books I’m waiting to be released but I decided to put them all in the post for next week since there’s so much.
I also didn’t include everything I wanted to in this post because it was already so long, and that’s saying something. If you think I missed anything, comment below!
These books may not be canonically considered classics yet, but I consider them essential reading for everyone. If you haven’t read all of these yet, you’re missing out.
If I Was Your Girl by Meredith Russo
Far From You by Tess Sharpe
Two Boys Kissing by David Levithan
This is Where it Ends by Marieke Nijkamp
George by Alex Gino
Every Heart a Doorway by Seanan McGuire
Tash Hearts Tolstoy by Kathryn Ormsbee
The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzi Lee (not out until June 27 but couldn’t resist!)
Ramona Blue by Julie Murphy
How to Make a Wish by Ashley Herring Blake
Queens of Geek by Jen Wilde
Star-Crossed by Barbara Dee
I haven’t seen as much buzz about these books as I’d like there to be so everyone, get reading!
History of Glitter and Blood by Hannah Moskowitz
The Scorpion Rules by Erin Bow
Superior by Jessica Lack
The Melody of You and Me by M. Hollis
Style by Chelsea M. Cameron
Roller Girl by Vanessa North
A&B by J.C. Lillis
Long Macchiatos and Monsters by Alison Evans
Under the Lights by Dahlia Adler
Ask Me How I Got Here by Christine Hepperman
A Taste of Honey by Kai Ashante Wilson
One Man Guy by Michael Barakiva
Some Personal Faves
I have so many favourites that I couldn’t not include my own section for them.
Coffee Boy by Austin Chant
Proxy by Alex London
When the Moon Was Ours by Anna-Marie McLemore
Everything Leads to You by Nina LaCour
Last Seen Leaving by Caleb Roehrig
Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda
A lot of these definitely overlapped with books that I’d like to put above but I saved them until the bottom. I got all of these from tweeting out a question, asking people to choose one underrated book they’d recommend. You can find the question and replies here.
*I couldn’t include all the books because of time constraints on drafting this post so I highly recommend going through the thread above for all the recommendations!
I haven’t read all of these books so I can’t vouch for the representation in them. If you’re interested in one, I highly recommend you look for ownvoices reviews first.
The Imposter Queen by Sarah Fine
Timekeeper by Tara Sim
Of Fire and Stars by Audrey Coulthurst
Labyrinth Lost by Zoraida Córdova
Girls Mans Up by M-E Girard
The Paths We Choose by M. Hollis
Not Your Sidekick by C.B. Lee
Meg & Linus by Hanna Nowinski
Keeping Her Secret by Sarah Nicolas
Georgia Peaches and Other Forbidden Fruit by Jaye Robin Brown
Noteworthy by Riley Redgate
A Good Idea by Cristina Moracho
How to Repair a Mechanical Heart by J.C. Lillis
The Shock of Survival by Nicole Field
Island of Exiles by Erica Cameron
Wonders of the Invisible World by Christopher Barzak
Taking Flight by Siera Maley
Unbecoming by Jenny Downham
Just Another Word for Happy by Agay Llanera
Don’t Tell My Mother by Brigitte Bautista
City of Strife by Claudie Arseneault
Witch Eyes by Scott Tracey
Hello World by Tiffany Rose and Alexandra Tuaba
The Privilege of the Sword by Ellen Kushner
Chameleon Moon by RoAnna Sylver
Sea Foam and Silence by Lynn E. O’Connacht
True Letters from a Fictional Life by Kenneth Logan
Mother of Souls by Heather Rose Jones
The Root by Na’amen Gobert Tilahun
A Boy Called Cin by Cecil Wilde
Treasure by Rebekah Weatherspoon
Knit One, Girl Two by Shira Glassman
The Culling by Steven dos Santos
Dating Sarah Cooper by Siera Maley
Don’t Let Me Go by J.H. Trumble
Him by Sarina Bowen and Elle Kennedy
A Hundred Thousand Words by Nyrae Dawn
The Difference Between Me and You by Madeleine George
Amberlough by Lara Elena Donnelly
Have you read any of the ones on the list? What am I missing? Let’s discuss in the comments!