Hi everyone, I hope you’re doing well! I hope you’ve had a good week and have a relaxing weekend ahead of you! Today I’m back with day 4 of my Pride Month blogging calendar with some book recommendations with pansexual leads – something that we still don’t see enough of in books – as well as some future releases that I’m excited about!
Starting off with one of my own most-read genres: romance! Who’d Have Thought by G. Benson is an adult sapphic romance hate-to-love fake dating novel where the two main characters have to pretend that they’re engaged to each other all the while hating each others’ guts! Get It Right by Skye Kilaen is a sapphic novella featuring the burgeoning romance between a fat pansexual nurse and a butch lesbian parolee. Skye is one of my favourite indie authors and this novella has such wonderful characters and the sweetest romance! If, like me, you’re missing Winter and the colder weather, why not pick up Learning Curves by Ceillie Simkiss – this is a lovely new adult sapphic romance with ADHD rep, ace rep, fat rep and main characters of colour! A book that’s being released in the second half of June is Swipe Right by Tagan Shepard. This is deals with trying to find love in the age of dating apps all while the main character is slowly falling in love with her best friend! Finally, The Melody of You and Me by M. Hollis is another new adult romance, this time set in a bookshop and it just sounds like the cutest thing ever!
Contemporary is another genre I really enjoy and, although this first book doesn’t explicitly say that the main character is pansexual, it’s very heavily implied! The Gravity of Us is Phil Stamper’s debut novel that follows social media journalist Cal as his life is uprooted across the country so that his dad can participate in a NASA trip to Mars. The (Un)Popular Vote is a June release centring around Mark who is running for student body president and the main character is trans, pansexual and Jewish, so yay for the representation! The next two books are both by Riley Redgate, the first being Final Draft. This is a really sex-positive YA novel following a fat pansexual Latina teen who is an aspiring author as her favourite English teacher is replaced by an extremely critical Pulitzer Prize-winning author. The second book on the list by this author is Seven Ways We Lie. This follows seven teens who are the seven deadly sins personified as they have to team together in the midst of a teacher-student affair scandal. Finally, a super sweet novella with a pansexual main character is Soft on Soft by Mina Waheed! This is a really fluffy novella that features a romance between an instagram famous makeup artist and a model-slash-actress! Currently Soft on Soft isn’t available to buy but fingers crossed it’ll become available again soon!
Fantasy is a genre that has really been coming through with the pansexual representation recently! Starting off with a couple more well-known ones, we have A Dark and Hollow Star by Ashley Shuttleworth. This is an extremely queer book that is perfect for fans of the fae, and is an urban fantasy following the aftermath of some ritualistic murders in Toronto. In the Ravenous Dark is a very recent release and features a girl just coming into her blood magic who has to team up with a rebellious princess and the spectre that’s tasked with controlling her in order to save her mother. This has a poly romance in it, too which is just wonderful! The Lost Coast by A. R. Capetta is the perfect read for those of you who love books about sapphic witches! This follows Danny as she becomes part of a coven of queer witches and has to uncover the secrets that a spooky forest is hiding. The Queen of Ieflaria by Effie Calvin is a very well-loved indie novella for the wonderful representation that it houses! This first instalment in a queer fantasy series of novellas follows Princess Esofie as she travels to another kingdom to offer her condolences for the death of her betrothed, and where she is offered a new betrothal to the deceased prince’s sister. The whole cast of this novella is pansexual and I’ve heard such amazing things about the series as a whole! Finally, a book that’s leaning more on the horror side of the fantasy genre is The Reckless Afterlife of Harriet Stoker by Lauren James. This is all about ghosts and the main character unleashing her own powers, and features several queer characters!
Sci-Fi & Magical Realism
No these two genres don’t technically go together but regardless, here are some more great books! Starting off with the sci-fi portion is Once & Future by A. R. Capetta and Cori McCarthy. This is a really great sci-fi retelling of Arthurian legend where Arthur is reincarnated as a teen girl and ends up on a spaceship with a Merlin who is aging backwards! I really enjoyed this whole duology and, aside from Ari, the main character, being pan, the series is as a whole just unbelievably full of queer rep! Of course, I can’t talk about sci-fi novels without discussing Cute Mutants by S.J. Whitby (also this first book is currently free on Kindle for a few days so now is the perfect chance to snap it up!). Our main character Dylan is pansexual and the series is also packed full of amazing queer rep and one of the best found families ever. It’s gay superheroes, I don’t know what more you could want! The last of the sci-fi novels I’m mentioning today is Crown Chasers by Rebecca Coffindaffer. This series is already receiving so much love and it feature space palaces, galactic treasure hunts and queer rep-a-plenty! Onto the magical realism and of course I have to mention two books by the wonderful Anna-Marie McLemore! Mirror Season is their latest release and features two pansexual leads coming together and dealing with their mutual trauma, disappearing trees, and magical pan dulce! The second is one of my favourite reads of last year – Miss Meteor – which was co-written with Tehlor Kay Mejia. This is another book with a wonderful found family and follows Lita who is desperate to take her last chance to enter the local beauty pageant to show that a fat Latina girl like her can win it. So, she ropes in her ex-best friend, Chicky, and her wild group of sisters to help her win! This is a wonderful, heartwarming book that I absolutely adore and one that I cannot recommend enough!
Of course there are a few books that are on my radar and are being released either in the second half of 2021, the first half of 2022, or as far away as 2023 (sobs)! First off is, of course, Weapon uWu Vol. 1 Godkillers by S. J. Whitby. This is the first book in a Cute Mutants spin off series and I’m so excited for it! This features some of our favourite mutants on their journey after the fourth Cute Mutants book, and one of the main characters, Lou, is a pansexual trans guy! Bloody Spade by Brittany M. Willows is another one I can’t wait to get to because I’ve heard really amazing things so far! This is the first book in a new duology with a cat-eared thief main character and some corrupted magic; the main character is a pan guy and the love interest is asexual! Payback’s A Witch by Lana Harper has a multi-gender attracted main character and, although I can’t find out where I saw that she’s pan, I have this book shelved as such on Goodreads so we’re going with it! This is all about sapphic witches, spellcasting tournaments and revenge! Next is the second instalment to the series I mentioned earlier, it’s Shake Things Up by Skye Kilaen! I have four words that should sell you immediately on it – pansexual polyamorous road trip! Plus one of the main characters is questioning his sexuality! Finally, we have Court of the Undying Seasons by A. M. Strickland, and I’m seriously excited about this one! This book features a vampire school (have I sold you already?) and this quote from the author just has me dying to read this book right this second: “This is queer AF. Demigirl protag figuring stuff out, sexy pan guy/vampire/enemy-to-LI, his fabulously terrible gay ex, a bigender BF, a lesbian BF, an agender instructor–and that’s not even all the queer there is in this book!”
Those are my pan-tastic recommendations for today (please I’m so bad at making up puns!), if you have any recommendations for books with pansexual main characters please do let me know because I’m always on the hunt for them! I hope you have a great rest of your day and see you again tomorrow!