Queer books! Queer books! #2

The second month of 2019 is upon us which means more queer books! There are so many great queer books coming out and I really want to keep featuring them and make this a great place to find those books. Please keep in mind that there are so many books coming out, I unfortunately can’t feature all of them.

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What Makes You Beautiful by Bridget Liang

Logan Osborne knows he likes boys, but has not come out to his family or at school, and no one knows that he likes to sometimes wear girls’ clothes and makeup. When he starts at a school for the arts he finds a wider range of gender and orientation being accepted. Logan is attracted to Kyle, who has gay dads. But Kyle is straight. Logan finds he doesn’t like the way gay boys treat him, and a disturbing hookup with a boy who is fetishistic about Logan’s half-Asian background makes Logan even more confused about what he wants and who he is.

Encouraged and supported by his friends at school, Logan experiments with nail polish and more feminine clothes in public. Logan begins questioning his gender and decides to use they pronouns while trying to figure things out. Logan meets a classmate’s chosen mother, who is a transgender Chinese woman, and begins to come to terms with their gender identity. Realizing they are not a gay boy, but a transgender girl, Logan asks for people to call them Veronica. As a girl, does Veronica stand a chance with Kyle?

What Makes You Beautiful will be published on February 5th and can be bought on Amazon and Bookdepository!

Heartstopper #1 by Alice Oseman

Charlie, a highly-strung, openly gay over-thinker, and Nick, a cheerful, soft-hearted rugby player, meet at a British all-boys grammar school. Friendship blooms quickly, but could there be something more…? 

Charlie Spring is in Year 10 at Truham Grammar School for Boys. The past year hasn’t been too great, but at least he’s not being bullied anymore, and he’s sort of got a boyfriend, even if he’s kind of mean and only wants to meet up in secret.

Nick Nelson is in Year 11 and on the school rugby team. He’s heard a little about Charlie – the kid who was outed last year and bullied for a few months – but he’s never had the opportunity to talk to him. That is, until the start of January, in which Nick and Charlie are placed in the same form group and made to sit together.

They quickly become friends, and soon Charlie is falling hard for Nick, even though he doesn’t think he has a chance. But love works in surprising ways, and sometimes good things are waiting just around the corner…

From the author of Solitaire and Radio Silence comes a bind up of the first two chapters of Heartstopper, an ongoing webcomic.

Heartstopper will be published on February 7th and can be bought on Amazon and Bookdepository!

Bloom by Kevin Panetta

Now that high school is over, Ari is dying to move to the big city with his ultra-hip band―if he can just persuade his dad to let him quit his job at their struggling family bakery. Though he loved working there as a kid, Ari cannot fathom a life wasting away over rising dough and hot ovens. But while interviewing candidates for his replacement, Ari meets Hector, an easygoing guy who loves baking as much as Ari wants to escape it. As they become closer over batches of bread, love is ready to bloom . . . that is, if Ari doesn’t ruin everything.

Writer Kevin Panetta and artist Savanna Ganucheau concoct a delicious recipe of intricately illustrated baking scenes and blushing young love, in which the choices we make can have terrible consequences, but the people who love us can help us grow. 

Bloom will be published on February 12th and can be bought on Amazon and Bookdepository!

Crown of Feathers #1 by Nicki Pau Preto

I had a sister, once…

In a world ruled by fierce warrior queens, a grand empire was built upon the backs of Phoenix Riders—legendary heroes who soared through the sky on wings of fire—until a war between two sisters ripped it all apart.

I promised her the throne would not come between us.

Sixteen years later, Veronyka is a war orphan who dreams of becoming a Phoenix Rider from the stories of old. After a shocking betrayal from her controlling sister, Veronyka strikes out alone to find the Riders—even if that means disguising herself as a boy to join their ranks.

But it is a fact of life that one must kill or be killed. Rule or be ruled.

Just as Veronyka finally feels like she belongs, her sister turns up and reveals a tangled web of lies between them that will change everything. And meanwhile, the new empire has learned of the Riders’ return and intends to destroy them once and for all.

Sometimes the title of queen is given. Sometimes it must be taken.

Crown of Feathers will be published on February 12th and can be bought on Amazon and Bookdepository!

The Past and Other Things That Should Stay Buried by Shaun David Hutchinson

A good friend will bury your body, a best friend will dig you back up.

Dino doesn’t mind spending time with the dead. His parents own a funeral home, and death is literally the family business. He’s just not used to them talking back. Until Dino’s ex-best friend July dies suddenly—and then comes back to life. Except not exactly. Somehow July is not quite alive, and not quite dead.

As Dino and July attempt to figure out what’s happening, they must also confront why and how their friendship ended so badly, and what they have left to understand about themselves, each other, and all those grand mysteries of life.

The Past and Other Things That Should Stay Buried will be published on February 19th and can be bought on Amazon and Bookdepository!

Immoral Code by Lillian Clark

For Nari, aka Narioka Diane, aka hacker digital alter ego “d0l0s,” it’s college and then a career at “one of the big ones,” like Google or Apple. Keagan, her sweet, sensitive boyfriend, is happy to follow her wherever she may lead. Reese is an ace/aro visual artist with plans to travel the world. Santiago is off to Stanford on a diving scholarship, with very real Olympic hopes. And Bellamy? Physics genius Bellamy is admitted to MIT—but the student loan she’d been counting on is denied when it turns out her estranged father—one Robert Foster—is loaded.

Nari isn’t about to let her friend’s dreams be squashed by a deadbeat billionaire, so she hatches a plan to steal just enough from Foster to allow Bellamy to achieve her goals.

Immoral Code will be published on February 12th and can be bought on Amazon and Bookdepository!

The Afterward by E.K. Johnston

It has been a year since the mysterious godsgem cured Cadrium’s king and ushered in what promised to be a new golden age. The heroes who brought the gem home are renowned in story and song, but for two fellows on the quest, peace and prosperity do not come easily. 

Apprentice Knight Kalanthe Ironheart wasn’t meant for heroism this early in life, and while she has no intention of giving up the notoriety she has earned, her reputation does not pay her bills. With time running out, Kalanthe may be forced to betray not her kingdom or her friends, but her own heart as she seeks a stable future for herself and those she loves.

Olsa Rhetsdaughter was never meant for heroism at all. Beggar, pick pocket, thief, she lived hand to mouth on the city streets until fortune–or fate–pulled her into Kalanthe’s orbit. And now she’s quite reluctant to leave it. Even more alarmingly, her fame has made her recognizable, which makes her profession difficult, and a choice between poverty and the noose isn’t much of a choice at all.

Both girls think their paths are laid out, but the godsgem isn’t quite done with them and that new golden age isn’t a sure thing yet. 

In a tale both sweepingly epic and intensely personal, Kalanthe and Olsa fight to maintain their newfound independence and to find their way back to each other.  .

The Afterward will be published on February 19th and can be bought on Amazon and Bookdepository!

Jordan vs. All The Boys by John Goode

Everyone has that one summer, the summer where you take your first steps into adulthood. The nights are longer, the songs are better, and the friends you make are forever. For Jordan, Brandon, Ethan, and Dominic, that summer is now. This pack of self-proclaimed nerds set out on an adventure that defines every young man’s life—the search for love, or at least what they think love is. As with all great quests there are pitfalls and challenges ahead of them and they will have to overcome their greatest enemy, their own egos. But the power of true friendship could give them the strength they need to complete their quest and win their prize.

Jordan vs. All The Boys will be published on February 19th and can be bought on Amazon and Bookdepository!

We Set The Dark On Fire by Thelor Kay Mejia

At the Medio School for Girls, distinguished young women are trained for one of two roles in their polarized society. Depending on her specialization, a graduate will one day run a husband’s household or raise his children, but both are promised a life of comfort and luxury, far from the frequent political uprisings of the lower class. Daniela Vargas is the school’s top student, but her bright future depends upon no one discovering her darkest secret—that her pedigree is a lie. Her parents sacrificed everything to obtain forged identification papers so Dani could rise above her station. Now that her marriage to an important politico’s son is fast approaching, she must keep the truth hidden or be sent back to the fringes of society, where famine and poverty rule supreme.

On her graduation night, Dani seems to be in the clear, despite the surprises that unfold. But nothing prepares her for all the difficult choices she must make, especially when she is asked to spy for a resistance group desperately fighting to bring equality to Medio. Will Dani cling to the privilege her parents fought to win for her, or to give up everything she’s strived for in pursuit of a free Medio—and a chance at a forbidden love?

We Set The Dark On Fire will be published on February 26th and can be bought on Amazon and Bookdepository!

Well guys, that’s the books for this edition of Queer books! I’m not really helping myself with reducing my tbr pile, but I’ll gladly add queer books to my tbr. Hopefully you’ve found some new books to read and if you know of a queer book that will be published in February that I haven’t included yet, but you’re really excited about, let me know!

Until next time,

19 thoughts on “Queer books! Queer books! #2

  1. Isabelle @ BookwyrmBites says:

    omg “What Makes You Beautiful” in particular looks AMAZING, because I haven’t seen much YA that talks about fetishization of Asians but it’s such a huge thing. (luckily I haven’t experienced it myself, though I’ve heard some pretty awful stories.) I’ve also seen lots of hype for Crown of Feathers and We Set the Dark on Fire and they both sound terrific!

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  2. dbsguidetothegalaxy says:

    Michelle, how on earth do you expect me to just read through this post and NOT ADD books to my tbr.
    I’ve actually got Heartstopper on the Tapas app, though I haven’t gotten around to reading it. Can’t wait for We Set the Dark On Fire.

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  3. Truly Booked says:

    I’m so glad this exists! I was looking for some more Queer Books to read even though my TBR is crying. Thanks for making this ❤ I can't wait to dive into some of them.

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  4. Kaitlyn says:

    Yes, I love queer books! There’s so many great ones coming out this year. I made a Twitter thread about queer books coming out this year, and you’re right: my TBR just continues to grow, haha. I hope these are just as good as we’re hoping!

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    • Michelle says:

      Yaaaay, I’m glad people like these posts. I’ve had such good responses. I’m glad queer books are becoming more ‘normal’ but I still see loads of people that haven’t read many. So I do what I can to shove them in peoples faces :’)

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      • Kaitlyn says:

        Honestly, I totally get it. My issue isn’t having books shoved in my face…it’s that I keep forgetting to add them to my TBR on Goodreads, lol.


  5. Jayati says:

    Great post! I think queer books are really necessary and are great at informing people about what it is really like.
    Personally, I have read a grand total of what, 5 lbgtq+ books but I really wish to read more, so hopefully I’ll get to read these and love them!

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