Hi everyone! I hope you’ve had a good week since I last did one of these, I had my first day of work at the vaccination centre today and it went well. I have the day off tomorrow, and I have another riding lesson which is great, it’s been so nice to get back at it especially with the warmer weather we’ve been having (though since this is the UK we get warm weather for like a week and then go back to being cold. However it does mean that my hayfever has had a chance to die down finally!).
Anyway, it’s Tuesday, so that means another Top Ten Tuesday for you all, courtesy of Jana at That Artsy Reader Girl. This week’s topic was meant to be Bookish Wishes, in honour of Jana’s birthday (Happy Birthday Jana!) but honestly I’ve pre-ordered all the books I want for this year so I decided to change it up and do a Pride themed topic since it’s still Pride Month. There are loads of great LGBTQ+ books coming out this year so I’ve decided to share some of the ones I’m excited for. I will indicate authors’ identities where I know they have been public with sharing that information, but I equally didn’t want to exclude anyone who hadn’t publicly shared their sexuality for whatever reason. So here we go, 2021 LGBTQ+ Books I’m Looking Forward To Reading:
- This Poison Heart-Kalynn Bayron
Kalynn Bayron was one of my favourite new author finds of 2020, Cinderella Is Dead was so great, such an interesting reworking of a classic fairytale and I’m equally excited for her newest book. Apparently it’s a reimagining of The Secret Garden with some Greek mythology involved? Count me in. Bayron herself is pansexual, and in this book, the main character Bri has two mums and Bri herself is bisexual.
2. These Feathered Flames-Alexandra Overy
This one sounds so good! It’s an f/f retelling of a Russian folktale called The Firebird, and I love reading books reimagining stories that I’m not familiar with as it’s hard to find unique retellings! It’s also all about sisters and I’m a SUCKER for sister stories.
3. Mister Impossible-Maggie Stiefvater
Obviously I’m excited for Mister Impossible because I love the Raven Cycle world and I want to see how the Dreamer trilogy continues, but it’s also been nice to see how Adam and Ronan’s relationship is developing beyond high school as you never usually get to see that in YA books.
4. The Bronzed Beasts-Roshani Chokshi
THE FINAL BOOK IN THE GILDED WOLVES TRILOGY AND I NEED IT. NEED DESPERATELY. The last one ended on such a cruel cliffhanger and I just need to see what happens to Laila, Severin, Zofia, Enrique and Hypnos already! This series also features several LGBTQ+ characters, Enrique who is bisexual, Hypnos who is pansexual and Zofia who is somewhere on the ace spectrum, though as of the last book, she’s still very much figuring that out (and of course as this is a historical fiction, the characters don’t use modern language to describe their own identities).
5. All of Us Villains-Amanda Foody and Christine Lynn Herman
I wasn’t that thrilled with Christine Lynn Herman’s debut, The Devouring Gray but I LOVE Amanda Foody’s books so I have to admit, I’m reading this mostly because of her. It also sounds like a super fun book though, it’s basically like a magical Hunger Games for villains. The children of these seven families compete in this big death tournament in order to gain control of their city’s supply of magic. It sounds dark and bloody and incredibly fun. According to Foody, two of the four POV characters of the book are bisexual, as are both of the authors.
6. A Lesson In Vengeance-Victoria Lee
There’s been a real surge in dark academia stuff coming out in recent years which is so exciting because these kinds of books definitely sound very Me. This one is about a boarding school haunted by the ghosts of rumoured witches and the main character teams up with the new girl to research the true story behind the legends. It’s f/f, sounds super dark, atmospheric and creepy and entirely up my street. Victoria Lee is bisexual and bigender.
7. The Girls I’ve Been-Tess Sharpe
Since reading A Good Girl’s Guide To Murder last year, I’ve been craving more mysteries and this one sounded AMAZING. It’s about a daughter of a con artist who gets taken hostage in a bank heist and apparently the book takes place in less than a day which sounds very my speed as I love fast paced, action packed plots. The main character, Nora is bisexual, as is the author, Tess Sharpe.
8. A Marvellous Light-Freya Marske
This sounds so up my street! It’s an adult historical fantasy, which yay, because I love finding new adult fantasies to read, and I love historical fantasies too. There’s an underground magical world, a murder mystery and an m/m romance between the main characters. It’s also set in Edwardian England which I feel like is not often used setting for historicals? You definitely get a lot of Victorian England but Edwardian not so much. Freya Marske is also queer.
9. Ace of Spades-Faridah Àbíké-Íyímídé
I’m so excited for this one! Another instalment of Jo really needs to actually get into dark academia, this thriller follows two Black students at an elite private school who are being blackmailed by an anonymous texter, Aces, who brings their darkest secrets to light. This one sounds so exciting, and both main characters are LGBTQ+, Devon is gay and Chiamaka is queer.
10. A Sisterhood of Secret Ambitions-Sheena Boekweg
This is set in 1926, and follows a secret society of women who are determined to gain what little influence they can in the world by training to marry influential men, and main character Elsie and her four friends end up competing to win the heart of the future President. It sounds really interesting and apparently has female friendship at its core, which is an automatic win for me. It also apparently has a lot of positive casual LGBTQ+ rep, so that makes me want to read it even more.
So there we go, those are some of the LGBTQ+ books that I’m excited to read that either have come out or are set to come out this year. Have you read any of these (of the ones that are out, I realise there are quite a few that aren’t yet!)? Are you looking forward to any? Let me know in the comments!
I’ll be back next week with another Top Ten Tuesday, this time we’ll be doing our annual Most Anticipated Releases For The Second Half of 2021. I actually have less of these this year than I normally would, but I’m still excited to share the books I’m looking forward to, there’s a lot of great stuff due to come out in the back half of 2021.