This post should have been up for July Pride month but ah, you know, life got in the way and sadly neither of us were able to attend, but we were there in spirit! In any case, here are some great queer reads to celebrate the month of rainbows.
believe me: a tale of love, death, and jazz chickens – eddie izzard
Brand new biography of the legendary comedian himself.
“Speak its name!”
Here’s a table celebrating pride month in my local Waterstones, which gives a great snapshot of the amazing contributions made to literature by LGBT and queer writers.
- The Argonauts
- The Line of Beauty
- Christopher Isherwood
- Trans Like Me
- Angels in American
- Rubyfruit Jungle
- The Heart is a Lonely Hunter
- Chelsea Girls
See also Nina LaCour’s pride reading list on Goodreads for more recommendations.
luna’s YA suggestions
If YA is your thing, I’ve got you covered. Here are my favourite LGBT books.
Simon VS the homo sapien agenda
I debated putting this on the list tbh. Everyone raved about it and when I read it I was…pretty underwhelmed? Maybe it was all the hype but I didn’t love it quite as much as everyone else did. Either way, it’s a cute coming out story, with Simon trying to find out the identity of his pen friend, Blue, all while being blackmailed. (NB: I do however have those obsessive, mad love feelings for Becky’s second book, The Upside of Unrequited.)
Carry On by Rainbow Rowell
I’m sorry but did you think we were going to get through a LGBT themed list without mentioning our favourite fanfiction couple? If you’re familiar with Fangirl, then you know all about Cath’s epic story, Carry On, Simon. Based off the popular Simon Snow series, Cath writes about Simon Snow’s final year at Watford and his relationship with his roommate, Baz (who may or may not be be a vampire.) Carry On is Rainbow’s version of this story but with all the magic and love of Cath’s.
Jem and the Holograms
The original Jem show was campy and over the top and a lot of fun. This comic book series keeps the 80s, completely mad vibe and adds in diversity, LGBT characters and a lot of messages about feminism and having confidence in yourself. THIS is what the Jem reboot should have been.
(Except for Kesha as Pizzazz. We need an all new movie/netflix series based off these comics and casting Kesha as our favourite band mean girl/the only good thing about the 2015 movie.)
The art of being normal by Lisa Williamson
I loved thisbook so much that I bought a hard copy of it the minute I finished reading it. It’s heartwarming and cute and also breaks your heart into a million pieces. This book follows two teenagers with secrets…or maybe they have the same secret?
Georgia Peaches and Other Forbidden Fruit
I read this recently and again, my overwhelming feeling is cute. SO CUTE. Jo is used to being out and proud but when her dad gets married and relocates them to more convetional Rome, Georgia, Jo is asked to keep her sexuality and her real self under wraps. This is made all the more difficult when she meets a girl who might just be the one.
And for some more recs, see some more Waterstones LGBT tables!
Thanks very much for joining us for our first joint post in a while. Please let us know your favourite diverse and LGBT books, we love hearing your thoughts and getting recs from you guys.