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T10T: Favorite Queer Reads [#PRIDE]

June 4, 2019

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly blog meme hosted byย That Artsy Reader Girl.

This week’s theme is books from my favorite genre, but in honor of June being PRIDE MONTH here in the US, I wanted to talk about some of my favorite queer reads! If you didn’t know, I’m a queer woman (who is also married to a queer person), so you could say LGBTQ+ rep is pretty well-loved in our household. ๐ŸŒˆ๐Ÿ’•๐ŸŒˆ๐Ÿ’•

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1. Over and Over Again

rep:ย m/m romance between a gay man + a gay demi Romani man;ย demi+bi+grey-ace+trans multiracial authorย (Cole’s twitter bio says “Native AmeriBlAsian”)

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2. Red, White & Royal Blue

rep: m/m romance between a bisexual biracial (Latinx/white) man + a gay man;ย queer author

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3. Prince’s Gambit (& entire Captive Prince trilogy)

rep: m/m romance between a bisexual man + a gay man

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4. Down Among the Sticks and Bonesย (& entire Wayward Children series)

rep:ย f/f romance between a pan ace woman (w/ OCD) + a plus-size queer woman;ย queer plus-size author w/ OCD

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5. That Kind of Guy

rep:ย m/f romance between a black woman + a demisexual white man;ย black authorย (I don’t know if Talia is queer or just the best ally I’ve ever met)

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6. Reign of the Fallen (& sequel)

rep: f/f romance between a bi woman + a queer (lesbian?) woman;ย bisexual author

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7. Summer Bird Blue

rep: ace aro multiracial (Japanese/Hawaiian/white) main character, multiple side characters of color (Hawaiian, Japanese, Korean, Samona, Filipino, black);ย queer/ace bi/multiracial authorย (Akemi’s father is Hawaiian but I’m uncertain otherwise!)

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8. The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo

rep:ย f/f romance between bisexual biracial (Cuban/white) woman + a lesbian woman

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9. Blanca & Roja

rep:ย f/nb romance between a queer Latinx girl + a trans/nonbinary person;ย queer Latinx authorย (who’s also married to a trans person & takes inspo from them)

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10. Sawkill Girls

rep:ย f/f romance between a plus-size bi girl + a queer girl; another protagonist is black and ace


Do you have a favorite LGBTQ+ read? Let me know in the comments!

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39 Comments

  • Reply Bailey June 4, 2019 at 12:29 am

    I love Red, White and Royal Blue! A recent favorite of mine was American Hippo by Sarah Gailey- the old west, but replace horses with hippos and replace cishet men with queer people!

  • Reply ChrissiReads June 4, 2019 at 12:51 am

    Excellent list! Such a great month for it to fall on too. I loved Evelyn Hugo! <3

  • Reply Annemieke June 4, 2019 at 1:58 am

    Reign of the Fallen was great <3 And the Wayward Children series is amazing!

  • Reply thecritiquesofafangirl June 4, 2019 at 3:59 am

    Wow! These are some awesome recommendations and Iโ€™m so glad that you liked red, white and royal blue Iโ€™ve been dying to read it but itโ€™s expensive as hell ๐Ÿ˜ญ๐Ÿ˜ญ

  • Reply Ellyn June 4, 2019 at 4:45 am

    I’m hoping to pick up Red, White & Royal Blue later this month, ๐Ÿคž๐Ÿคž fingers crossed I love it!

  • Reply Jess @ Jessticulates June 4, 2019 at 5:31 am

    Love your list! Red, White & Royal Blue, The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo, Sawkill Girls, Blanca & Roja and Reign of the Fallen are all on my TBR. ๐Ÿ˜€

    • Reply Destiny @ Howling Libraries August 25, 2019 at 1:04 am

      Thank you! ๐Ÿ˜€ Oooh, such a good TBR ahead of you. I hope you love them all! Have you gotten to pick any of those titles up yet?

  • Reply thebookwormofnotredame June 4, 2019 at 6:09 am

    Red, White and Royal Blue is going to be my next read and I cant wait! I just finished reading Going Off Script which has a f/f romance and I adored it!

    • Reply Destiny @ Howling Libraries August 25, 2019 at 1:05 am

      Going Off Script is high on my TBR, so I’m glad to hear you loved it so much! Did you enjoy RW&RB? ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Reply Avery @ RedRocketPanda June 4, 2019 at 8:12 am

    Oooh, I love the look of the Cole McCade book and also the sound of the author?? I feel like there are some really interesting books out there that are dismissed bc they are “romance books” that have incredible diverse casts and authors that we should be paying more attention to.

    • Reply Destiny @ Howling Libraries August 25, 2019 at 1:06 am

      Cole is an absolute gem~! Cole and Talia Hibbert are the two authors that made me become vehemently, fiercely defensive of the romance genre, because like you said, there are some amazingly diverse books and authors being overlooked just because of their genre and it’s downright infuriating. I don’t see nearly as much diversity in most other genres as I see in romance nowadays (whether it’s in indie romance or trad-pub!).

  • Reply anovelglimpse June 4, 2019 at 10:47 am

    Great list! I especially love seeing Evelyn Hugo on it. I would have that on my list along with Him by Sarina Bowen and Elle Kennedy.

    • Reply Destiny @ Howling Libraries August 25, 2019 at 1:06 am

      I haven’t read Him, I’ll have to look it up! ๐Ÿ˜€ Thank you!

      • Reply anovelglimpse August 26, 2019 at 11:33 am

        It’s an NA book. Bowen also has a good one called The Understatement of the Year.

  • Reply Alicia @ A Kernel of Nonsense June 4, 2019 at 12:59 pm

    I love Blanca y Roja and I’m so glad it made your list this week. I am dying to read Summer Bird Blue and Sawkill Girls. Great list!

    • Reply Destiny @ Howling Libraries August 25, 2019 at 1:07 am

      Thank you, Alicia! I hope you get to pick up Summer Bird Blue and Sawkill Girls soon if you haven’t since making this comment. They’re both soooo good (though so different from one another haha! Sawkill Girls would be a perfect creepy fall read since it has a little bit of spooky factor!).

  • Reply Leelynn @ Sometimes Leelynn Reads June 4, 2019 at 3:08 pm

    I swear all of your lists keep adding to my TBR pile! Thanks so much for this. Summer Bird Blue is going to be near and dear to my heart because Hawaii and just all that representation that encompasses me and what I grew up around. <3

    • Reply Destiny @ Howling Libraries August 25, 2019 at 1:08 am

      YASSSS, that’s what I’m here for boo!! Haha! <3 Awwww yes, I can imagine! Have you gotten to read it yet? If you have (or whenever you do), I would love to hear your thoughts on the rep. I know Akemi based a lot of it on her childhood and her dad being born-and-raised in Hawaii so I'm hoping that means it's going to be something you can just really relate to and soak in. I know that must mean so much, especially since I don't feel like Hawaii is used as a book's setting very often unless it's like a "tourist" story!

  • Reply Chana @ Paper Procrastinators June 4, 2019 at 6:56 pm

    I reallyyy loved RW&RB, but another one of my favorite LGBTQ+ books has got to be The Song of Achilles. That book was SO GOOD, I can’t help but recommend it to everyone.

    • Reply Destiny @ Howling Libraries August 25, 2019 at 1:09 am

      Ooof, I HAVE to finish The Song of Achilles some time soon! Yell at me if I don’t pick that back up by the end of the year lol! I loved the first half but it was so sad and heavy on my heart (knowing how it would end) that I had to put it down to try again later. ๐Ÿ™

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  • Reply Deanna June 5, 2019 at 10:43 am

    This is a great list. I’m dying to read that book by Talia, but I have some ARCs I need to read first.

  • Reply X. Marduk June 5, 2019 at 1:27 pm

    Really loving these recommendations.

  • Reply tasya @ the literary huntress June 5, 2019 at 1:36 pm

    I’m currently reading Red, White, & Royal Blue and while I enjoyed the romance, sass, and banter, I find it to be very long :/ I can see the appeal for other people though! ๐Ÿ˜€

    • Reply Destiny @ Howling Libraries August 25, 2019 at 1:10 am

      Oh no, I’m sorry RW&RB felt so long to you! As much as I adored it, I can honestly 100% see how many readers might feel that way about it. It’s funny how there are some books we can love SO MUCH while still thinking while reading it, “Yeah, I can see this definitely not working for everyone” haha!

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  • Reply jamsu June 11, 2019 at 2:56 pm

    I know I need to read a lot more lgbtq+ books but Carry On by Rainbow Rowell is definitely my favorite.

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      I still need to read that one! I liked Fangirl a lot but didn’t love the snippets of her fanfic in that. Do you think I’d like Carry On better?

      • Reply jamsu June 13, 2019 at 4:00 am

        Yes! I didn’t like the snippets in Fangirl either but loved the book,

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