How’s everyone going on their 2019 Goodreads Challenge? Good, I hope? Even if you’re not – don’t stress! I’m currently sitting at around 70 books out of my goal of 150, which is a little behind schedule, but I’m enjoying all of the books I’m reading. That’s the main thing!
But because I’m not interested in reading straight white book after straight white book, most of the novels I decide to pick up are queer! I’m a sucker for a good queer romance, what can I say. And even books with queer protagonists without a romance! And books with full casts of queer characters! JUST GIVE ME ALL THE ADORABLE QUEER MUNCHKINS, ‘KAY?
I’ve read more queer books this year than I can name off the top of my head, but I’ve decided to pick my ULTIMATE FAVES to recommend to you today! All of these are 2019 releases, so if you’re in need of more queer books in your life (OF COURSE YOU ARE), I definitely recommend adding these ones to your TBR! Enjoy!
I’ll seriously never stop gushing about The Gilded Wolves. It’s an urban fantasy novel set in historic France, it’s got an epic squad of characters, and the romance is to die for. Seriously. I’d take a bullet for all of them. Gosh, I love our disastrous bisexual, Hypnos, and our cute nerdy bisexual, Enrique. I LOVE ALL OF MY SOFT QUEER MUNCHKINS.
This book was so much FUN. Our protagonist is gay and glittery and loves fashion, and it was so refreshing to read a novel that talks unashamedly about gay sex. A lot of the queer YA books I’ve read brush over sex scenes (or don’t even have them at all), so it was great to see Jack of Hearts taking this topic in its stride. This book just FILLED MY HEART.
If you haven’t read Highway Bodies yet, what are you waiting for?! It’s QUEER. It’s got ZOMBIES in it. AND IT’S EVERYTHING YOU COULD EVER WANT IN YOUR LIFE. It’s a book that will make you laugh out loud, fear for the characters’ lives (an indeed your own as well), and it’s also one that will make you want to preorder everything else Alison will go on to write. IT’S SUPERB. There’s nothing I love more than found families full of queer characters.
I absolutely love Lauren James, and her latest release was even more phenomenal than I could have imagined. It’s a novel set in the distant future on Earth about the last surviving humans, and our protagonist is bi—but that’s by no means her defining characteristic. It’s so great to read books of all genres that have characters of all sexualities without that being the point of the book, you know? I’ve read so many coming out stories and ‘issue books’, and it’s nice just to enjoy a book where a character’s sexuality isn’t the plot for a change.
I’m such a massive Shaun David Hutchinson stan, and his latest release was BRILLIANT. What I love most about his book is not only how queer they are, but also how he intertwines elements of sci-fi into a contemporary novel. This one was about the protagonist’s best friend who comes back from the dead when they had unfinished business, and it might sound weird, but at it’s heart, this is a story about the power of friendship. And of course, there’s a cute m/m romance in this one!
THIS GRAPHIC NOVEL IS THE CUTEST THING EVER. Seriously. It’s about a gay baker who wants to move to the city, so he employs another boy to become a trainee baker to take over from him when he leaves. And of course, they fall in love and it’s adorable. I’m such trash for graphic novels, especially queer ones, and this is one of the most delightfully illustrated books I’ve come across. You’ll definitely want to clear your calendar to devour this in one sitting!
HELL YEAH. I’ve really been loving sci-fi recently, and The Disasters was a book I was super eager to get my hands on. A kickass squad of teens? A battle? A bisexual pro flier? All of these things and more are present in this gorgeous novel. If you’re a fan of Aurora Rising and need another epic sci-fi book in your life, definitely check out The Disasters!
Gosh, this book is one that I wish I could go back in time and give to 17 year-old me. I really related to the protagonist—a boy who’s basically killing himself trying to get the best grades and participate in 3892 extracurriculars to get into the best college. But then this boy gets a tutor after bombing a calculus quiz aaaaand… they might start falling for one another. It was also great to see the Jewish rep in this one too! UGH I LOVE THIS BOOK SO MUCH.
ANOTHER GORGEOUS CONTEMPORARY RIGHT HERE! Small Town Hearts was one of my most anticipated releases for 2019, and it definitely didn’t disappoint. I’m a sucker for small town romances, and with a protagonist who’s bi, I knew this one would become an instant favourite.
MALEC. Need I say any more? Magnus and Alec are one of the most iconic m/m couples in YA, and The Red Scrolls of Magic is the first book in their spinoff series. AND IT WAS AMAZING. It was just such a funny, swoony book set across Europe, and I couldn’t stop smiling while reading it. DON’T MIND ME LAUGHING OUT LOUD ON PUBLIC TRANSPORT. #Malec5eva
I LOOOVE JEN WILDE’S WORK. Seriously, there’s something about their books that just makes me devour them in a day. Going of Script was just the same—I couldn’t put it down! Their books are so cute and romantic, and I always love picking up a fun contemporary every once and a while! If you’re in the mood for something light and fluffy, I highly recommend Going off Script.
What have been your favourite queer reads of 2019 so far? Have you read any of the ones I’ve mentioned? Which are some other ones you’re looking forward to? I’d love to know!