Hi everyone, I hope you’re doing well! I decided today that, since I haven’t done one in a while, I’d have a go at another book tag! So, I decided to do the lovely Anja’s new Queer Book Tag that you can check out on her channel (and subscribe while you’re at it)! Without any further ado, I’m going to get into the questions!
1. Queer Faves. What’s your favourite queer book you’ve read this year?
Already such a difficult question! I’ve read so many amazing queer books this year, in fact I think the majority of the books that I’ve read have been queer, which is amazing! As of right now I can think of two that are probably joint for my favourite books of the year, and they are Cemetery Boys by Aiden Thomas and All the Paths to You by Morgan Lee Miller! I have full reviews for them both on my blog because I loved them so much – Cemetery Boys was a book that just spoke to my soul, on every level it was everything I want in a book, and All the Paths to You was the first book I’ve read that made me feel so seen! (Also you can support an amazing queer indie book shop by purchasing Cemetery Boys from them here!)
2. Lesbian. What’s your favourite f/f book?
Again, this is so difficult because I’ve read so many amazing books with gorgeous f/f relationships, but I think I’d have to say This is How You Lose the Time War by Max Gladstone and Amal El-Mohtar! Not only is this book absolutely beautifully written, but the fact that it has two enemy agents on opposite sides of a time war slowly going from snarky rivals to deeply in love just completely stole my heart, and the sapphic yearning grabbed me from the get go!
3. MLM. What’s your favourite MLM book?
To avoid mentioning Cemetery Boys too many times, I’m going to go with How to Be a Normal Person by TJ Klune! I was so shocked by how much I loved this book! It has great mlm, ace and autistic rep and is just so funny!! It was so sweet and had the most perfect easily-flustered-soft-boy-meets-himbo-stoner romance and I adored every second of reading it!
4. Bisexual. What’s your favourite book with a bisexual main character?
One that I read earlier this year was Melt My Heart by Bethanie Rutter which has bi rep and really great fat rep! It follows Lily who’s always used to being in her twin sister’s shadow, but one night she meets the guy her sister has a crush on and he has feelings for her instead. However, Lily is spending a lot more time thinking about how cute her best friend Cassie is! This book had such sweet family relationships and was really feel good altogether and it was so great seeing a character discover her bisexuality! (Again, you can pick it up over at Queer Lit Bookshop!)
5. Transgender. What’s your favourite trans book?
This one may not be my favourite book with a trans main character, but it’s one that I really enjoyed and that I wish more people knew about! It’s The Vela by Yoon Ha Lee, Becky Chambers, Rivers Solomon and SL Huang! It’s a really fun, high stakes sci-fi novel featuring a deaf trans lesbian main character and a nonbinary main character, set during a migrant crisis that greatly echoes our own. It’s not super heavy on the science-y aspect so it’s great for those of you who, like me, aren’t the biggest sci-fi readers!
6. Queer. What’s your favourite own voices queer book?
I think almost all of the queer books I read are own voices queer rep, so I thought I’d mention one that I think is extremely underrated! Six Angry Girls by Adrienne Kisner, to me, felt like if Pitch Perfect was about knitting and Mock Trial, and if that alone hasn’t sold you on it, I don’t know what will! There’s so much great rep in here, including bi rep, ace rep and trans rep (although I did have some minor issues with the latter) and this book is perfect if you want a fun, fast paced contemporary with a lot of drama to help you get out of a reading slump! This one is also available at Queer Lit Bookshop! Also, just look at that cover!
7. Aro/Ace. What’s your favourite book with aro/ace representation?
Both Six Angry Girls and How To Be a Normal Person have great ace rep but another favourite of mine is the Cute Mutants series by SJ Whitby! This series has amazing queer rep all round, but one of the main characters comes out as demisexual which, sadly, we don’t get to see a lot in books! If you haven’t picked up this series yet, what are you waiting for!!
8. Pansexual. What’s your favourite book with pansexual representation?
Miss Meteor by Tehlor Kay Mejia and Anna-Marie McLemore is one of my favourite books that I’ve read this year and one of the main characters, Chicky, is pan and explicitly uses the word to describe herself! This is such a heartwarming and beautiful book about acceptance and finding where you belong and has one of the sweetest found families I have ever read! Go check out my review if you need any more convincing to pick it up!
9. QPOC. What’s your favourite book with QPOC representation?
Another criminally underhyped book that I loved recently was A Dead Djinn in Cairo by P. Djèlí Clark! It’s a super quick novella set in Egypt in 1912 and follows Special Investigator Fatima el-Sha’arawi as she investigates a mysterious suicide! This book has an amazing steampunk feel about it that I know fans of the Infernal Devices will love and the main character and love interest (question mark) are both sapphic! I highly recommend picking up the audiobook for this one as Suehyla El-Attar does an amazing job narrating but you can check out the full short story on Tor’s website! The sequel is out now and the third book is being released in 2021 so now is the perfect time to pick it up!
10. What queer books are you looking forward to in the rest of 2020 or in 2021?
As for 2021, I’ll have my most anticipated reads posts up soon, but for the rest of 2020 my TBR is mainly catching up with all my unread ARCs, with a couple of other books in there for when I get sick of reading off my Kindle! Some I’m so excited to get to are All I Want For Christmas (three Christmassy short stories all with sapphic romances), The Burning God (yes, R.F. Kuang confirmed that Rin is bi!!!!), and The Silvered Serpents by Roshani Chokshi (I would die for every character in this series!!).
If you’d like to have a go at this tag, then this is me tagging you! I’d really love to see your answers so please do tag me in your post if you decide to do it!! Stay safe!!