Hello! Last year was actually the most successful I have ever been reading wise so I did actually take part in online reading challenges and, this year, I just can’t. I wouldn’t say I’m in a reading slump, there’s just other things I spend my time doing and I don’t leave much room for reading nowadays, but that’s okay! Reading should be enjoyable and not a challenge. Instead, I want to talk about my top ten (or the first ten that come to mind, lets be real) queer books that I want to read soon-ish.
Literally no idea what this is about, it was an impulse buy because the Waterstones edition has rainbow edges and I’m a sucker for that kind of stuff but I have read another book by this author previously and I believe she is a trans woman? I’m not sure if this book is Ownvoices or not but either way I’m looking forward to getting around to it, eventually.
The Color Purple
This wasn’t really an impulse purchase as I have wanted to read this for a while but I am still not clear on what this is about. I do think that the writer is black, though, and the book contains some f/f relationships which I am ALL here for. My school sucked and we never got to read books like this. We had to read books by John Steinbeck (sorry if you’re a fan of him but my god they’re so dull).
I think the reason I’ve been putting this off is because I’ve heard this is basically a female version of Lord of the Flies (I don’t know how considering that book was about toxic masculinity) and that book was intense and in some parts difficult to read and I guess I’m worried about what I’m getting myself into if I start reading this. Not to say I won’t, because I’m very much looking forward to this one, but…I’m so worried!!
The Priory of the Orange Tree
I think the reasons why I have been putting this one off are pretty clear to everyone. This book is HUGE. Not only that, but I’m not a huge fan of fantasy anyway and I hear the f/f romance in this isn’t a huge part of the book and doesn’t even happen until you’re past the halfway point so if that’s the only reason I want to pick up the book, I’ll probably be disappointed, so I’m waiting to read it for when I’m in a fantasy mood.
I got this from the Amazon Prime free reads you get monthly and this is the one I’ve chosen. I can’t say I’m 100% certain that it’s queer but I’m pretty sure! I think it speaks about how gender is a construct so I’m hoping for a lot of information on being trans in a world that doesn’t accept that, as even during Pride Month, trans books are often pushed to the back in favor of, more often than not, m/m romances.
I believe this book features a trans female love interest and it is written by a trans man, and I’ve heard amazing things about Austin Chant, but I think I’ve had this in my kindle library for a ridiculous amount of time! I prefer reading physical copies so I never reach for my Kindle much but most of the queer books I own are on my Kindle. This one looks so fascinating and different to the other books on my shelf so I’m really interested to finally getting around to it.
This book has been spoken about ALL over Twitter for it’s great representation of queer people and how unique it is. Plus, it’s written by someone I’m mutual with over there AND she’s autistic so, you know, two birds with one stone. I think I’m worried it won’t live up to the hype and, again, not a huge fan of fantasy (or, I guess, science fiction in this case) and I really have to be in the mood for it so I end up reaching for physical copies over Kindle editions almost every time which is a habit I need to break.
Another one that has been in my Kindle library for I don’t even know how long. I think the author is trans, but I’m not sure if the actual content of the book is queer at all. It sounds really interesting as, I believe, it’s about alternative selves in parallel universes which just sounds cool AF. My brain can’t handle science fiction on a regular basis, it’s so unfortunate.
I think this one is a m/m romance that I wanted to read before her second book in this series, which is a f/f romance. I did start reading this maybe two years ago now and I just couldn’t get into it but the premise was really interesting and I look forward to getting into this in the future, I just wasn’t in the mood for romance back then and I’m more of a romance reader now than I used to be so I’ll deffo be getting around to this at some point within the near future!
Cheerleaders from Planet X
I know this is science fiction (of course) and I’m not entirely clear on the content but I believe it has f/f romances within it and I’m super excited about that. I don’t think this is a long one either so I don’t know what’s taking me so long to get around to it but, again, it’ll be on the top of my list when I’m in the mood for some science fiction.
So, that’s all the queer books I own that I’m most looking forward to reading (eventually!). I’m upset I haven’t been in much of a reading mood to join in with pride month this year but there’s always next year, isn’t there? It’s been a weird year.