Hello Beautiful Hooman!
Happy IDAHOBIT+ Day to my beautiful queer family!
Today is Monday the 17th of May a.k.a the International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia, Interphobia and Transphobia! On this day we celebrate and show our love and appreciation for our queer members of society and do our best to eradicate the systematic hate within our society.
In this post, I recommend six (6) books that have queer protagonists. All of which have stuck with me in one way or another.
Keep in mind that this is an non exhaustive list and I have so many more favourite novels with queer protagonists that I would looooove to share with you all!
All The Invisible Things by Orlagh Collins
I received an ARC and this finished copy of All The Invisible Things by Bloomsbury publishing way back in 2018 and didn’t pick it up for the longest time, literally because I’d never heard of the author.
I finally read this book last year and it has become on of my top books of all time, if not, one of my top three (3) queer novels of all time! Just the feelings that this novel gave me, speaking from the perspective of a girl coming to terms with her sexuality, I related to our main character to this degree, plus I even hugged the book when I was finished, it was that good.
Helena by Claire L. Smith
Although not canon, Helena is on this list because she exudes hella bisexual vibes; like so much so that an entire book club of readers agree with me on this! Regardless, there are a queer couple in this book and it is amazingly spooky with murder, death and drama coating the entire story.
Read my review: Helena spoiler-y review!
The Song Of Achilles by Madeline Miller
This novel is actually as amazing as everyone makes it out to be! Even though the story is slow, Miller’s writing is so captivating and enchanting that you are drawn into the story unable to put it down.
Read my review: The Song of Achilles spoiler-free review!
Once & Future Duology by Amy Rose Capetta & Cori McCarthy
THIS IS MY ALL TIME FAVOURITE SERIES/DUOLOGY OF ALL TIME. LIKE EVER!
Not to be all dramatic, but if you want to read a queer, gener-bent, Arthurian legend retelling set in space, in which Merlin is a teenager and all the atrocities, injustices and patriarchal discourse is addressed; then you need to read this novel ASAP! It is unlike any other retelling out there and certainly a book I’ll be raving about forever.
Read my review: Once & Future spoiler-free review!
The Nevernight Chronicles by Jay Kristoff
The Nevernight Chronicles stars our main girl, Mia Corvere, a stabby, murderous bisexual who had to bare witness to the death of her family. I have a photo of Darkdawn as it is my favourite in the series, but the voice Jay writes in makes this novel one of the best but also the most mentally taxing of all of the books on this list.
Read my review: Nevernight review!
The Mermaid, The Witch and The Sea by Maggie Tokua-Hall
This book was a heavenly read. Whenever I think about it, I think about the beauty of it and the imagery that it displayed, no matter how traumatic the story was for our main character. This novel isn’t marketed as queer (as far as I remember) but it includes a cast of characters of all identities, plus a same-sex relationship and a coming-of-age storyline in which some characters learn their identity alongside those who are confident in their own.
Read my review: The Mermaid, The Witch and The Sea spoiler-free review!
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🌈 Remember to be kind to everyone – including yourself – and be accepting and loving of others as you’d expect them to love and accept you ✨
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