5 On My TBR: The #PrideMonth Edition

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Happy Pride Month, folx! Are you celebrating and/or supporting by reading LGBTQIA+ lit? I made a small tbr to read this month, trying to include many sexual/romantic identities and mostly POC representation, but there are gaps as usual. I’m working on it, recs are very welcome! If you have trouble with access/budget like me, the first four books are all available on Scribd.

 

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Treasure by Rebekah Weatherspoon gr-pic

Black lesbian romance, New Adult

Her sister’s bachelorette party is the highlight of a miserable year for Alexis Chambers, but once her bridesmaid’s dress is packed away, she’s back to coping with her life as a once popular athlete and violinist turned loner and the focus of her parents’ disappointment. She isn’t expecting much from her freshman year of college until she finds herself sharing a class with Treasure, the gorgeous stripper from her sister’s party. (GR)

 

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Sorcerer of the Wildeeps by Kai Ashante Wilson gr-pic

Black gay romance, SFF novella

Since leaving his homeland, the earthbound demigod Demane has been labeled a sorcerer. With his ancestors’ artifacts in hand, the Sorcerer follows the Captain, a beautiful man with song for a voice and hair that drinks the sunlight. The two of them are the descendants of the gods who abandoned the Earth for Heaven, and they will need all the gifts those divine ancestors left to them to keep their caravan brothers alive. (GR)

 

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Six Metres of Pavement by Farzana Doctor gr-pic

bisexual, South Asian

Ismail Boxwala made the worst mistake of his life one summer morning twenty years ago: he forgot his baby daughter in the back seat of his car. After his daughter’s tragic death, he struggles to continue living. A divorce, years of heavy drinking, and sex with strangers only leave him more alone and isolated. But Ismail’s story begins to change after he reluctantly befriends two women: Fatima, a young queer activist kicked out of her parents’ home; and Celia, his grieving Portuguese-Canadian neighbour who lives just six metres away. A slow-simmering romance develops between Ismail and Celia. Meanwhile, dangers lead Fatima to his doorstep. Each makes complicated demands of him, ones he is uncertain he can meet. (GR)

 

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Even This Page is White by Vivek Shraya gr-pic

QTWOC, trans-fem, South Asian, poetry

Vivek’s debut collection of poetry is a bold and timely interrogation of skin: its origins, functions, and limitations. Poems that range in style from starkly concrete to limber break down the barriers that prevent understanding of what it means to be racialized. Shraya paints the face of everyday racism with words, rendering it visible, tangible, and undeniable. (GR)

 

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Chameleon Moon by Roana Sylver gr-pic

Asexual, Trans-fem, NB, Aromantic, YA SFF

The city of Parole is burning. Like Venice slips into the sea, Parole crumbles into fire. The entire population inside has been quarantined, cut off from the rest of the world, and left to die – directly over the open flame. Eye in the Sky, a deadly and merciless police force ensures no one escapes. Ever. All that’s keeping Parole alive is faith in the midst of horrors and death, trust in the face of desperation… and their fantastic, terrifying, and beautiful superhuman abilities. (GR)

 

What’s on your #PrideMonth tbr? Let me know in the comments!

 

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13 thoughts on “5 On My TBR: The #PrideMonth Edition

  1. Six Meters of Pavement has been on my list a long time – hopefully it won’t stay on yours for as long! I read Even This Page is White a few months ago, and thought it was pretty powerful, but too hard for me to write about as I feel like I know very little about poetry – especially experimental poetry, which is what Shraya’s felt like to me. I think you’ll like it!

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  2. Love the list. Always good to learn about novels for the LGBT community. Might I add my own? My transgender romantic drama „Secrets & Lies.“ Hope it okay to mention here. I’ve also written a series pilot screenplay for this novel as well. Thanks. ;o)
    “Secrets & Ties”
    Genre: Drama (Multicultural, LGBT, Romance)
    Tag: “Sometimes a need for keeping secrets….
    Can be just as intriguing as a reason for telling lies.”
    Logline: After one last affair, a determined young banker prepares to escape his traditional family legacy and start his life anew, unaware that his equally ambitious latest lover and her outspoken bestfriend have plans for him that could threaten his future happiness with a transgender woman of color who dares to love him.
    Amazon Link: http://a.co/7rv8zjR

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    1. Yess Even This Page is 💜💜💜 Still got Doctor’s book in my tbr but can’t wait to see if I hate or love it, seemed like reviews were mixed🙄 But since you loved​ it I have a good feeling about it!

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    1. Ooh excellent, yes libraries should all have her books!! Let’s not speak of my underfunded boring German library 😭 But will definitely read more books by her!

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  3. Hi Bina,
    This is amazing, I love the fact that you always spotlight such a variety of under the radar titles!
    Two titles I am excited about for #PrideMonth are “Pages for Her” by Sylvia Brownrigg and “London Lies Beneath” by Stella Duffy.
    Keep on doing good works on this blog, bless you ❤
    Hugs :*

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  4. Beautiful reading list, Bina! I love the title ‘Six Metres of Pavement’ – so beautiful! Happy reading! Happy Pride Month!

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