Pride Reads for June

Happy Pride Month from your neighbourhood queer!

Today is the first day of #PrideLibrary20, and the first prompt is TBR! In this post I will be talking about what I’ll be reading this month. First I will give a short recap of our challenge. You can join the challenge every day of the month, but if you want to be eligible for the giveaway, you have to link back to either my, Anniek’s or Hâf’s introduction post.

#PrideLibrary20 explanation

The #PrideLibrary20 challenge consists of 30 prompts which you can use to take photo’s, or write blogposts. I’m fully participating on Instagram and I’m going to try my best to participate on my blog, but with working nights it might sometimes not happen, or be a bit late. But I will try! And you can always see books I love, or recommended reads on my instagram!

The image below shows all the prompts, one for every day of June. If you want more information about the prompts, you can check out Anniek’s introduction post, and for books you can read/use for prompts, you can check out Hâf’s announcement post!

This month I will exclusively read queer books. I sorted my entire bookcase and am keeping all queer books in a separate space in my bookcase so I will always have them nearby if I need to get a new one. I also want to read books that are as diverse as possible, written by authors or color, or with disabled or neurodivergent main characters.

The image above shows the books I really want to read. Camp is my current read and I hope I get to finish it very soon. Felix Ever After is a book Anniek is very excited for, and that means that I am too (I completely rely on her taste of books, it hasn’t failed me so far). And I want to read more books by authors of color, specifically Black authors. So I’ll be reading Black Enough, which is an anthology, Odd One Out, Black Flamingo (which Hâf has been raving on and on about, I’m really excited for it!) and another book by Kacen Callender. I’ll share the summaries for a couple of books!

Camp by L.C. Rosen

Sixteen-year-old Randy Kapplehoff loves spending the summer at Camp Outland, a camp for queer teens. It’s where he met his best friends. It’s where he takes to the stage in the big musical. And it’s where he fell for Hudson Aaronson-Lim – who’s only into straight-acting guys and barely knows not-at-all-straight-acting Randy even exists.

This year, though, it’s going to be different. Randy has reinvented himself as ‘Del’ – buff, masculine, and on the market. Even if it means giving up show tunes, nail polish, and his unicorn bedsheets, he’s determined to get Hudson to fall for him.

But as he and Hudson grow closer, Randy has to ask himself how much is he willing to change for love. And is it really love anyway, if Hudson doesn’t know who he truly is?

Felix Ever After by Kacen Callender

Felix Love has never been in love—and, yes, he’s painfully aware of the irony. He desperately wants to know what it’s like and why it seems so easy for everyone but him to find someone. What’s worse is that, even though he is proud of his identity, Felix also secretly fears that he’s one marginalization too many—Black, queer, and transgender—to ever get his own happily-ever-after.

When an anonymous student begins sending him transphobic messages—after publicly posting Felix’s deadname alongside images of him before he transitioned—Felix comes up with a plan for revenge. What he didn’t count on: his catfish scenario landing him in a quasi–love triangle….

But as he navigates his complicated feelings, Felix begins a journey of questioning and self-discovery that helps redefine his most important relationship: how he feels about himself.

Black Enough: Stories of Being Young & Black in America by Ibi Zoboi and others

Black Enough is a star-studded anthology edited by National Book Award finalist Ibi Zoboi that will delve into the closeted thoughts, hidden experiences, and daily struggles of black teens across the country. From a spectrum of backgrounds—urban and rural, wealthy and poor, mixed race, immigrants, and more—Black Enough showcases diversity within diversity.

Whether it’s New York Times bestselling author Jason Reynolds writing about #blackboyjoy or Newbery Honor-winning author Renee Watson talking about black girls at camp in Portland, or emerging author Jay Coles’s story about two cowboys kissing in the south—Black Enough is an essential collection full of captivating coming-of-age stories about what it’s like to be young and black in America. 

Odd One Out by Nic Stone

Courtney “Coop” Cooper
Dumped. Again. And normally I wouldn’t mind. But right now, my best friend and source of solace, Jupiter Sanchez, is ignoring me to text some girl.

Rae Evelyn Chin
I assumed “new girl” would be synonymous with “pariah,” but Jupiter and Courtney make me feel like I’m right where I belong. I also want to kiss him. And her. Which is . . . perplexing.

Jupiter Charity-Sanchez
The only thing worse than losing the girl you love to a boy is losing her to your boy. That means losing him, too. I have to make a move. . . .

One story.
Three sides.
No easy answers.

The Black Flamingo by Dean Atta

I masquerade in makeup and feathers and I am applauded.

A boy comes to terms with his identity as a mixed-race gay teen – then at university he finds his wings as a drag artist, The Black Flamingo. A bold story about the power of embracing your uniqueness. Sometimes, we need to take charge, to stand up wearing pink feathers – to show ourselves to the world in bold colour.

This Is Kind of an Epic Love Story by Kacen Callender

Nathan Bird doesn’t believe in happy endings.

Although he’s the ultimate film buff and an aspiring screenwriter, Nate’s seen the demise of too many relationships to believe that happy endings exist in real life.

Playing it safe to avoid a broken heart has been his MO ever since his father died and left his mom to unravel—but this strategy is not without fault. His best-friend-turned-girlfriend-turned-best-friend-again, Florence, is set on making sure Nate finds someone else. And in a twist that is rom-com-worthy, someone does come along: Oliver James Hernández, his childhood best friend.

After a painful mix-up when they were little, Nate finally has the chance to tell Ollie the truth about his feelings. But can Nate find the courage to pursue his own happily ever after?

I hope you’ve been inspired by my post to read some queer books of your own. Please let me know if you’re planning to! And if you’ll be participating please let me know too! I’d love to see all of your posts ❤

4 thoughts on “Pride Reads for June

  1. Siham @ readingatlastblog says:

    I really want to read felix ever after. I hope you really enjoy it, I’d love to hear what you thought after you’ve read it!

    Liked by 1 person

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