After recently seeing Chloe @ Books With Chloe complete this tag, I just knew that I had to give it a go myself before this Pride month is out. I love how it celebrates LGBT+ books and has definitely served as a reminder for me to continuously try to read these hugely important books more often!
This tag was originally created by the amazing Spencer @ Common Spence!
I would just also like to mention that as all of my answer will be books that include LGBT+ characters or themes, they may be a few spoilers for certain books that do not detail this in their blurbs or where a characters sexuality is revealed later on in a novel.
So here is the Pride Flag Book Tag!
I’m pretty sure you’d be hard-pressed to find anyone who Magnus Bane does not give life! I adore this bisexual warlock who is so proud and confident in who he is, and is always apologetically himself. I think we could all learn a thing or two from Magnus Bane.
They Both Die At The End by Adam Silvera definitely made me find deeper meaning in my own life, as it reminded me to live everyday as if it is your last, and to not be afraid to take chances in any aspect of your life. Both Rufus and Mateo are so inspiring in their determination to find happiness on their last day and to not just sit by and accept their fate, something I found to be a really important message when reading this gorgeous book.
Although The Raven King by Maggie Stiefvater is definitely not what I would call a happy book, the moments between Ronan and Adam fill me with so much joy that I just couldn’t not mention them for this question. I adore the slow burn of their relationship so much that the moments they shared in this book are ones that I can never stop rereading. I am desperate for the Ronan trilogy just to see more of this amazing couple!
One of the key genres where I struggle to find books that include LGBT+ characters is fantasy, and so I was insanely pleased when I not only adored Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo, but also when it included the gorgeous characters of Wylan and Jesper. These two are both such amazing characters who add so much to this story, and whose relationship is definitely one of my all-time favourites!
The Game of Love & Death by Martha Brockenbrough deals with so many important topics, including the struggles of Ethan as he discovers his sexuality in 1930’s America. Although Ethan coming to terms with this, as well as his inability to read or write, a difficult truth considering he is the heir to his father’s newspaper firm, is a subplot of this book, it is still something I adored reading about!
This is definitely one where if you haven’t read The Miniaturist by Jessie Burton, then you will have no idea why I have decided to include it in this tag – so another spoiler warning for those who would like to read this in the future! However, if you have read this book, then you will know that it sees the character of Johannes face persecution due to his homosexuality in the very Christian late 1600’s Amsterdam, and so this seemed like the perfect book for this question.