Although Shanah at Bionic Book Worm is taking a break, I thought I’d do a Top 5 Tuesday of my own and post my top 5 favorite queer books for Pride Month.
My absolute favorite queer book hands down is The Magpie Lord by K.J. Charles. When Lucien Vaudrey, the newly minted Lord Crane, is beset by a magical curse that is trying to kill him, he goes to Stephen Day, a local magician. Stephen, though, has a life long enmity against the Crane family. However, once he sees the power of the curse, he cannot ignore his conscious and do the right thing and try to break the spell. Soon, a deep attraction develops between the two, and thought Stephen tries his best to deny it, Lucien will stop at nothing to get the magician into his bed.
This book is wonderfully plotted, the characters are amazing, and the sex is steamy. It’s a fantastic beginning to a great series.
YA Coming of Age
The Stone Rainbow by Liane Shaw follows Jake Pederson, who has recently come out to his mom, who, although trying her best, doesn’t fully accept his sexuality. Then, a new boy comes to town and Jake finds himself floating on air. When tragedy happens, Jake decides to organize a Pride event in his small town and allow everyone see his true self.
This was such a lovely coming-of-age novel. Even though there was a tragedy in it, it’s a happy ending and I love Jake to death. He was so sweet and genuine.
In Backward to Oregon by Jae, Luke Hamilton has never believed that marriage is in the cards for her. She’s been living as a man and doesn’t see the way. But when she needs a wife to join a wagon train to Oregon, she asks Nora Macauley, whose been working in a brothel and needs a way out, to join her. Now, two unlikely souls are married, and it’ll only be two thousand miles in which Luke needs to keep her secret.
Oh my goodness, this book is fabulous. Like, why am I not rereading this right now fabulous. It has everything I love: gender-nonconforming characters, unexpected pregnancy, long, slow-burn UST, and super hot sex. It’s perfection.
Biromantic Asexual Romance
In Let’s Talk About Love by Clarie Kann, biromantic, asexual Alice is in love with all things cute. When Takumi walks into her library and blows the lid off her cute index, she can’t stop thinking about him. It’s the perfect distraction from her heartbreak over her girlfriend dumping her over her asexuality. But is Alice ready for another relationship? And will Takumi accept her for who she is?
Ever read a book and felt seen? Yeah. This is that book for me.
New Adult M/M Coming -Out
Last, is Red, White, & Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston. After a PR disaster as the royal wedding, Alex, the first son of the United States, has to pretend to be best friends with Henry, the Prince of Wales. Dislike and disgust quickly turn into friendship and late-night texting which, on New Years Eve, turns into a stolen kiss between the two. Now, they can’t get enough of each other, writing increasingly romantic e-mails and finding excuses to fly out and see one another. But, it’s an election year and this has the possibility of being a disaster for Alex’s presidential mom. Can true love conquer all?
This is one of the most romantic books I’ve ever read. It’s funny and lighthearted, romantic and dreamy. It’s a great comfort read and just lovely.
What are some of your favorite queer books?