My LGBTQ+ Book Picks | Pride Month 2019

LGBTQ Book PicksWe’re carrying with the LGBTQ+ content on my blog with some of my favourite book picks! There are so many out there these days and I love diving into their worlds to see their experiences and hoping it will teach others to respect and to accept! We’re got a lovely little mixture of YA, adult and some upcoming books for 2019! Ignore the horrendous graphic…I try to make things a little different and I’ve realised that I’m graphically challenged! Haha!

Yes, you are trans enough (mia violet)

AHHHH! I actually know this person!! I have had the honor to have many a chat with Mia through Twitter and she is seriously one of the loveliest ladies out there! It’s been amazing to see her journey transitioning from male to female. As you’ll see from her book, life has not been easy for her as it is unfortunately with a lot of trans people. Read Mia’s experience and then head over to her Twitter to gush at her!

proud (juno dawson)

I seriously need to get this book when I next get paid because I think it’s been stalking me every time I head into Waterstones! It stares at me from the shelf telling me to buy it! What I love about this book is that it’s an amazing assortment of various stories and poetry from some of the amazing LGBTQ+ writers out there! Some of my favourites are Alice Oseman and Alex Bertie!

mama’s boy (dustin lance black)

Does this name sound familiar? It should! This guy won an Oscar for his film ‘Milk’ back in 2008 and he’s also the sassy husband of Tom Daley (yep, the diver!!). I adore seeing Lance in Tom’s vlogs because his humour is just perfect and you can tell he’s not afraid to tell Tom what’s what so woo! I had absolutely clue that he’d written a book so when I saw this, I knew I had to include it in my post! You get to see Lance’s journey from his Mormon background to where he is now fighting for LGBTQ+ rights.

wayward son (rainbow rowell)

It’s official: this cover is now one of my favourites!! Look at it! If you adored Carry On, then you’ll need to pre-order this! IT’S THE SEQUEL!! You get to see what happens to Simon after he defeated the villain and what life has in store for him and Baz! You never know what Rainbow has created! That’s what I love!

heartstopper: vol 2 (alice oseman)

If graphic novels are your thing, then Alice’s series ‘Heartstopper’ needs to be in your life! I bought the first volume last year and I ended up melting at Nick and Charlie’s relationship! Sometimes they seem nothing more than best friends and then other moments they’re in love! Just like real life! Haha! The other thing that I adore is that Alice looks at mental health as well which I can imagine will be handed beautifully! This comes out next month (July 11th) so get buying!

gentleman jack (sally wainwright)

I’ve seen so many people gushing about Gentleman Jack since it’s currently on BBC 1! I’ll be honest with you…I haven’t read the book OR seen the episodes just yet because you know…life…but I’m planning to some time this week! From what I’ve seen of the trailer it looks amazing and I already know it’s incredible!! Look at the cast! Suranne Jones, Gemma Jones (MADAM POMFREY!), Timothy West and Stephanie Cole (Carolyn from Cabin Pressure!).

birthday (meredith russo)

I actually saw this today! Birthday follows Eric and Morgan who were born on the same day, the same place and at the same time. You’ve got Eric who has been offered a football scholarship but is seriously having second thoughts and then Morgan is fighting with herself and who she truly wants to be. Meredith’s last book ‘If I Was A Girl’ was heartbreaking and brilliant so I have no doubt that this will tear at my heart too!

yay! you’re gay! now what? (riyadh khalaf)

This title! Every time I see it I just giggle because it’s amazing! I’d never heard of Riyadh before today so I’m going to check out some of his videos when I’ve finished this. I included it in my picks is that it gives a personal guide for any guys who have discovered they’re gay! I don’t think any are in my demographics but you might have a brother or friend who might need some help.

sonny and me (ross sayers)

I don’t know too much about this book but I heard that it has some LGBTQ+ elements included and the synopsis sounds so good!!

Daughter and Sonny are two best friends just trying to get through fourth year at high school. But when their favourite teacher leaves unexpectedly, and no one will say why, the boys decide to start their own investigation. As they dig deeper into the staff at Battlefield High, they discover a dark secret which one person will kill to protect…

Will they uncover the truth without being expelled? Can their friendship survive when personal secrets are revealed? And will they manage to skive off double English?

queer heroes (arabelle sicardi)

Look at this book! Where has this been all my life?! This is actually in the children’s section! Progress at last!! This whole book showcases all the amazing LGBTQ+ heroes throughout the history and the present such as Freddie Mercury, Leonardo da Vinci and Oscar Wilde! So many historical figures that you may have not known was in the LGBTQ+ section!

What LGBTQ+ book picks have you gotten on your lists?

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