Today I am going to be recommending some of my favourite LGBT+ books if you looking for some ideas for what to read this pride month. Over the last few years I’ve always tried to focus my reading during June, and this year is no different as I try to use this month to remind myself the importance of reading diverse books featuring different stories.
I also just wanted to say that my lack of posting over the past week was to both allow more black creators voices to be heard and to amplify them, as well as to start on the path to educating myself on this insanely important issues. I hope all of you are also doing what you can to support the Black Lives Matter movement.
So here are six books I recommend you read this pride month!
I actually read this one back in February for LGBT+ history month with my university book club, and fell in love with Ben’s story as they come out to their family. I have never read a book with a non-binary main character before, and so if you are the same I highly recommend this own-voices book that is beautiful and heart wrenching all at the same time.
This is actually one that I have only just finished, but I couldn’t resist putting it on this list, even if almost everyone has read this book by now! Its the perfect chosen one story with a twist, with a unique and interesting magic system and world that I loved constantly learning more about. Simon and Baz’s relationship is one of my favourite enemies-to-lovers romances, with their constant back and forth’s just making me root for them even more than I already was.
If you are looking for a cute hate-to-love romance, then look no further than this one, following the first son of the President of the United States and the Prince of Wales as their rivalry begins to change into something quite different. This one was hugely popular last year, and for good reason as it is a great story about acceptance and fighting for what you love against a backdrop of politics and tradition. The relationship between Henry and Alex is hilarious yet beautiful and watching them fall in love despite the world they both live in is something that I recommend everyone experience.
It was the concept of this book that first made me want to pick it up, but it was Mateo and Rufus’ relationship and its development over both of their last day that made me fall in love with it. We meet both of them as they are told that they have just 24 hours left to live, and so after a chance connection on an app they find themselves spending what little time they have together. This book is as beautiful as it is heartbreaking, telling a love story that you know will only end in tragedy yet you can’t help but root for them all the same.
I dare you not to binge all three volumes of this one in a day, because these graphic novels are some of the most gorgeous I have ever read. Here we follow Nick and Charlie as their friendship begins to blossoms into something more, raising issues of sexuality, bullying and so much more through this series. The art style is fun and cute in a way that perfectly suits this tale of two boys finding love and finding their way through their relationship together.
This beautiful book is worth reading any time of the year, but if you are looking for a historical fiction dealing with sexuality and LGBT+ rights then I highly recommend picking it up this June. We follow Hollywood icon Evelyn Hugo as she recounts her life story, journeying through all of her struggles and triumphs, and giving us a look at the other side of the screen. You will fall in love with this immersive tale of love and loss spanning decades.
What are some of your favourite LGBT+ books? What are you planning to read this pride month? Have you read any of these – what did you think?