Top 5 Pride Month Picks | Top 5 Tuesdays 🌈

Hi all! This is just to say that Top 5 Tuesdays and their topics are brought to you by Shanah @ the Bionic Bookworm. Check out her blog, she’s awesome!

Though she is taking a break this month, I wanted to carry on with the exercise and I’ll just be picking my own topics. This week, I wanted to feature some awesome LGBTQIA+ books for you all. Let’s check it out:

This Time Will Be Different – Misa Sugiura

I just read this book this year and it was so good! This book not only features main characters who are queer, but also focuses a lot on racism and what it means to be an ally. I also love, in particular, that the male lead character is bisexual, which is not a common inclusion! This book unpacks so many things and it’s really just a well-written, great contemporary fiction romance that tackles some really interesting and different topics than what you might see in the YA genre. Definitely check it out!

Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe – Benjamin Alire Sáenz

I’m so glad I had to read this book for a class, because I don’t know if I ever would have picked it up on my own. I really love Sáenz’s writing. It’s so down-to-earth and accessible. I also really just loved the slice-of-life story he’s written. Dante and Ari are just two regular guys who become best friends and then slowly fall in love, but it’s such a relatable and easy book to read. The depth of characterization and the pacing of the story just make it really refreshing and enjoyable to read.

The Miseducation of Cameron Post – Emily M. Danforth

My co-worker read this book and loved it so much she begged me to read it so we could talk about it and when I did, I can see why she was raving about it! Though it’s lengthy, it’s definitely worth the read because Danforth covers so much ground with this book. It features a young girl, Cameron, who is sent to a conversion therapy facility after her conservative caretaker/aunt discovers that she is gay. The book looks at her life before this, particularly focusing on her falling in love with one of her friends. It’s got a whole host of characters who are interesting, unique, and make the book a wild ride. I think it’s a pretty important piece of literature and I highly recommend it.

Check, Please! – Ngozi Ukazu

So, this book is a graphic novel, but I had to include it because it’s so much fun! Also, it’s about hockey, which is one of my favorite sports. The main character was originally a figure skater but now that he’s in college has transitioned to playing hockey. He’s an excellent baker and when he joins the team, he makes a lot of new friends and also happens to fall for the team captain, Jack. The illustrations are so cute and bright and it’s got lots of humor. It’s a relatable college-age drama and I can’t wait to see where the series goes!

Six of Crows – Leigh Bardugo

Okay, I wanted to include an action/fantasy book on here and I have to include this book because it’s so amazing! The heist team featured in this book is just a great, diverse cast of characters and the story is just so good! Also, diversity is important to see in books, especially in middle-grade and YA, because that’s where many people are exploring who they are and finding themselves, and it helps to see yourself represented in a book. It also helps to see it represented in a position where it’s normal, where it’s no big deal that two main characters are gay, it’s normal, which is what Bardugo does in this book. If you haven’t read this duology, you’ve got to!

Thoughts & Thanks!

I’d love to know if you’ve read any of these books and what you think about them, or, if you haven’t, if you’re planning to read them now. Let’s chat about it in the comments! Happy Pride, everyone!

Thank you for reading this post. And, as always, happy reading!

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