Pride Month is officially here! And if you’re looking for ways to support the LGBT community in your own way, here’s one: read.
The plethora of books we can find at our local bookstores can definitely make us go crazy in which one to pick up and read. But the number of queer books we see on the shelves can be really underwhelming.
So we picked out a few that you should be on the lookout for the next time you visit your favorite bookstore. Laugh, cry, or be angry with these awesome reads that will help you understand our friends from the LGBT community in the best way they know how: through fiction. Celebrate gender and identity in a roller coaster ride of emotions with these queer books:
They Both Die At The End
From the author of ‘History Is All You Left Me’ and ‘More Happy Than Not’, Adam Silvera is back to make us weep once again. Set in one day, Rufus and Mateo are in for one last adventure before their, well, death. This devastating yet uplifting story will remind you the value of life, the meaning of death, and everything that comes in between.
Aristotle and Dante Discover The Secrets Of The Universe
A story full of discoveries—Benjamin Alire Sáenz brings us a story of friendship and truths in the most unexpected way possible. Ari and Dante, though different from each other, learn that they share a special connection that could free them from everything that gets in the way of who they’re supposed to be.
Forget all the other ‘Chosen One’ from other novels because here comes the worst of them all. Who says this? His roommate, Baz. But the boy can’t be wrong. From the author of ‘Fangirl’, Rainbow Rowell gives us a ghost story, a love story, and a mystery in one.
Leah On The Offbeat
If you loved ‘Simon Vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda’ then you’re gonna love this new story from Becky Albertalli. This time, let’s focus on Simon Spier’s best friend, Leah Burke. As a drummer, our protagonist is usually one with the beat, until life happens. Watch the unapologetic badass discover her truths in this fun sequel to the novel-turned-movie.
I’ll Give You The Sun
Jandy Nelson just knows exactly how to pull you in her stories. Once inseparable, twins Jude and Noah have grown distant from each other. Go through all kinds of emotions in this story told in the separate point of views of the twins who somehow find their way back to one another.
A story of identity, love, and forgiveness—Garrard Connely brings you a memoir of his “ex-gay” therapy. Yes, it is a true story of a young Connely who was forced into a twelve-step program to change him from who he really is. The story is compelling, triumphant, and incredibly touching.
You Know Me Well
David Levithan is indeed an expert at giving us the best queer stories. Working with Nina LaCour in this book, the authors bring us the story of two gay seniors and their very own “rainbow alliance”. Here’s a story that starts with an awkward encounter with a classmate who you never spoke with and continues to a friendship that knows them well.
The Danish Girl
This is the story of Lili Elbe, a pioneer in transgender history, and the woman torn between loyalty to her marriage and her own ambitions and desires. With the story loosely based on the true story of the protagonist, David Ebershoff merges fact and fiction in this evocative and deeply moving novel.
Call Me By Your Name
You’ve probably seen the movie but have you read the book? André Aciman captures human passion as he knows it in this frank, unsentimental, heartrending elegy. The movie may have left a mark on you but the book is unforgiving with all the scar you’ll be left with as you finish the story.
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