Anniek, Michelle and I are back with another Pride challenge for 2020. Last year we hosted a bookstagram and blog challenge to post (about) queer books every day, and it was such a huge success that we’re doing it again! We really hope you’ll all join in this year to celebrate Pride month.
Here are our prompts for the challenge:
You can choose to participate on Instagram, on your blog or both! We’re announcing this challenge a few weeks ahead of time to ensure everyone has the chance to prepare. All we ask is that you only use or discuss books with LGBTQ+ rep in your photos/posts as this is a challenge to celebrate Pride month.
Further down this blog post you’ll find book suggestions for all the prompts mentioned in the challenge, so if you’re struggling to find a book with asexual rep for example you’ll find some recommendations in this post. If you need more information, don’t hesitate to DM us on Instagram, we’re always more than happy to help.
Anniek is introducing the challenge in more detail over on their blog, so head on over if you need any of the prompts explained.
Michelle is discussing the importance of queer representation in novels and the challenges in getting these books into the hands of queer readers. A very relevant discussion that is well worth reading!
Clap When You Land by Elizabeth Acevedo, The Henna Wars by Adiba Jaigirdar, The Last True Poets of the Sea by Julia Drake, Tarnished are the Stars by Rosiee Thor, The Stars and the Blackness between them by Junauda Petrus, Leah on the Offbeat by Becky Albertalli, This is how you lose the Time War by Amal El-Mohtar & Max Gladstone, Crier’s War by Nina Varela, Wilder Girls by Rory Power, The Princess and the Fangirl by Ashley Poston, Sawkill Girls by Claire Legrand, Of Fire & Stars by Ashley Coulthurst, Queens of Geek by Jen Wilde, The Nowhere Girls by Amy Reed, Girls of Paper and Fire by Natasha Ngan, Pulp by Robin Talley, The Priory of the Orange Tree by Samantha Shannon, We Set The Dark on Fire by Tehlor Kay Mejia, Not Your Sidekick by C. B. Lee, Kings Queens and In-Betweens by Tanya Boteju, The Love & Lies of Rukhsana Ali by Sabina Khan, Once & Future by Amy Rose Capetta & Cori McCarthy, Everything Leads to You by Nina Lacour, Drum roll please by Lisa Jenn Bigelow, The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid,
Two Boys Kissing by David Levithan, Heartstopper by Alice Oseman, Autoboyography by Christina Lauren, Simon vs The Homosapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli, What if it’s us by Becky Albertalli and Adam Silvera, More Happy Than Not by Adam Silvera, The Red Scrolls of Magic by Cassandra Clare and Wesley Chu, How Not To Ask A Boy To Prom by S. J. Goslee, Six of Crows and Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo, Red, White & Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston, The House in the Cerulean Sea by T. J. Klune, Camp by L. C. Rosen, The Gravity of Us by Phil Stamper, Only Mostly Devastated by Sophie Gonzales, Reverie by Ryan La Sala, Wranglestone by Darren Charlton, The Fever King by Victoria Lee, The Starless Sea by Erin Morgenstern, Running with Lions by Julian Winters, Ziggy Stardust and Me by James Brandon, Heart of Iron by Ashley Poston, Alex in Wonderland by Simon James Green,
Felix Ever After by Kacen Callender, Mooncakes by Suzanne Walker & Wendy Xu, Birthday and If I was your Girl by Meredith Russo, George by Alex Gino, I Was Born For This by Alice Oseman, Not Your Villain by C. B. Lee, Dreadnought by April Daniels, Peter Darling by Austin Chant, I Wish You All The Best by Mason Deaver, Mask of Shadows by Linsey Miller, Out of Salem by Hal Schrieve, The Black Tides of Heaven by J. Y. Yang, Blanca and Roja & When the Moon was Ours by Anna-Marie McLemore, Wonderland by Juno Dawson,
Dean Atta, Kacen Callender, Ngozi Ukazu, Rivers Solomon, Nic Stone, Julian Winters, Elizabeth Acevedo, Camryn Garrett, Claire Kann, Brandy Colbert,
Heartstopper by Alice Oseman, Rick by Alex Gino, Technically you Started It by Lana Wood Johnson, Odd One Out by Nic Stone, Ivy Aberdeen’s Letter to the World by Ashley Herring Blake, Giant Days by J. Allison, L. Treiman & W. Cogar, Not Your Back up by C. B. Lee, Summer Bird Blue by Akemi Dawn Bowman, Full Disclosure by Camryn Garrett, Going Off Script by Jen Wilde, Darius the Great is Not Okay by Adib Khorram, Hazel’s Theory of Evolution by Lisa Jenn Bigelow, Felix Ever After by Kacen Callender
Summer Bird Blue by Akemi Dawn Bowman, Let’s Talk About Love by Claire Kann, The Birds, The Bees, and You and Me by Olivia Hinebaugh, Immoral Code by Lillian Clark, Sawkill Girls by Claire Legrand, Not Your Backup by C. B. Lee, Tash Hearts Tolstoy by Kathryn Ormsbee, Rick by Alex Gino, Belle Révolte by Linsey Miller, Royal Rescue by A. Alex Logan, Beyond the Black Door by A. M. Strickland, Every Heart A Doorway by Seanan McGuire, Read with Pride by Lucy Powrie,
Into the Drowning Deep by Mira Grant, Failure to Communicate by Kaia Sonderby, Ascension by Jacqueline Koyanagi, Unbroken: 13 Stories starring disabled teens edited by Marieke Nijkamp, Far From You by Tess Sharpe, History Is All You Left Me by Adam Silvera, Run by Kody Keplinger, Timekeeper by Tara Kim,
Sidekick Squad by C. B. Lee, Girls of Paper and Fire by Natasha Ngan, Heartstopper by Alice Oseman, Once & Future by Amy Rose Capetta and Cori McCarthy, The Bone Witch trilogy by Rin Chupeco, These Witches Don’t Burn by Isabel Sterling, Light Years by Kass Morgan, We Set The Dark on Fire by Tehlor Kay Mejia,
Soft on soft by Mina Waheed, Once & Future by Amy Rose Capetta & Cori McCarthy, Human Enough by E. S. Yu, Fortitude Smashed by Taylor Brooke, The Library of the Unwritten by A. J. Hackwith,
Once & Future by Amy Rose Capetta & Cori McCarthy, History is All You Left Me by Adam Silvera, Run by Kody Keplinger, Proud anthology edited by Juno Dawson, Birthday and If I Was Your Girl by Meredith Russo, Everything Leads to You by Nina LaCour, Of Fire & Stars by Audrey Coulthurst, Ash by Malindo Lo, We Are The Ants by Shaun David Hutchinson, Proxy by Alex London, More Than This by Patrick Ness, How To Make a Wish by Ashley Herring Blake, Queens of Geek by Jen Wilde, Not Your Sidekick by C. B. Lee, Like Water by Rebecca Podos, Wild Beauty by Anna-Marie McLemore, Noteworthy by Riley Redgate, Every Heart A Doorway by Seanan McGuire, Radio Silence by Alice Oseman, The Black Flamingo by Dean Atta, Wonderland by Juno Dawson, Camp by L. C. Rosen,
Anna-Marie McLemore, Kacen Callender, Elizabeth Acevedo, Tehlor Kay Mejia, Victoria Lee, Adam Silvera,
Heartstopper by Alice Oseman, The Derby Daredevils by Kit Rosewater, Laura Dean keeps breaking up with me by Mariko Tamaki, Heavy Vinyl by Carly Usdin, Check Please! by Ngozi Ukazu, Bloom by Kevin Panetta,
Summer Bird Blue by Akemi Dawn Bowman, Immoral Code by Lillian Clark, Not Your Backup by C. B. Lee, Rick by Alex Gino, Royal Rescue by A. Alex Logan,
Pride by Juno Dawson, Kindred by Michael Earp, Unspeakable by Celine Frohn, Graham’s Delicacies by Mina Waheed, All Out & Out Now by Saundra Mitchell,
The Brightsiders by Jen Wilde, Felix Ever After by Kacen Callender, Fortitude Smashed by Taylor Brooke, Belle Révolte by Linsey Miller, The Quiet at the End of the World by Lauren James, Tarnished are the Stars by Rosiee Thor, Red White & Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston, Beyond the Black Door by A. M. Strickland, Heartstopper by Alice Oseman, Radio Silence by Alice Oseman, The Devouring Gray by Christine Lynn Herman, Havenfall by Sara Holland, The Fever King by Victoria Lee, The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid, Odd One Out by Nic Stone, Leah on the Offbeat by Becky Albertalli, Full Disclosure by Camryn Garrett
Melissa Bashardoust, Adiba Jaigirdar, Mariko Tamaki, Farah Naz Rishi, E. S. Yu, Riley Redgate, Adib Khorram, Mina Waheed, Aminah Mae Safi, Natasha Ngan, Akemi Dawn Bowman, C. B. Lee, Tanya Boteju, Sabina Khan, Rin Chupeco,
MC with mental illness:
Birthday by Meredith Russo, Darius The Great is Not Okay by Adib Khorram, They Both Die at the End & History is all You left Me by Adam Silvera, Fortitude Smashed by Taylor Brooke, Queens of Geek by Jen Wilde, We Are The Ants & Brave Face by Shaun David Hutchinson,
Any of the books listed here are diverse as they include LGBTQ+ characters, some are written by LGBTQ+ authors and some are written by authors of colour. Try to be as inclusive as possible in your diverse books prompt.
Obviously, there are many more books and authors that would fit these prompts, so feel free to comment any that you think I’ve missed, particularly if I’ve only included a rather short list for that prompt!
Will you be joining in our challenge, let me know in the comments.
This challenges comes with a giveaway! Three people will win a 2020 LGBTQ+ release of their choice valued up to €15. Two through Instagram and one through blogging. We’ll announce the winners at the end of the month. The giveaway is international as long as Book Depository ships to your country.
You can participate on your book blog by following all three of us and writing a post about the prompt for that day. You can participate as many times as you want, and you’ll increase your chances of winning with each post. Please link back to our announcement posts in every post so we can note the entries. Check out my Instagram for further details on how to enter on there.