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Five reasons to pre-order..

Day 2 of #PrideLibrary20.

Today’s post is dedicated to some of the upcoming LGBTQ+ books that are coming out over the next few months. However before reading this post, please make yourself aware of ways you can help Black Lives Matter by clicking on this link and reading about how you can sign petitions, donate money and educate yourself on the injustices Black people face and how we can help. It is not enough to not be racist, we must be anti-racist.

Do you ever find yourself overwhelmed by the sheer amount of books that are soon to be published, wanting to pre-order and read them all? I know I do! I find it so hard to choose which books to pre-order on my budget and which ones to wait a bit longer for. Well for today’s Pride month post I thought I’d share a few reasons to pre-order some upcoming LGBTQ+ books to help you decide.. but I could end up just convincing you to pre-order them all, you’ve been warned!

Read on for reasons to pre-order..

Cover image of You Should See Me In A Crown by Leah Johnson

1. You Should See Me In A Crown by Leah Johnson

UK publication: 2nd of July 2020

  • Own voices queer Black girl in an f/f rom-com.
  • Falling in love with the Prom Queen rival.
  • Important discussions of how poverty can affect students and their futures.
  • Messy & awkward characters.
  • Detailed family dynamics.

Pre-order You Should See Me In A Crown: Waterstones | Amazon | Book Depository

2. Girl, Serpent, Thorn by Melissa Bashardoust

UK publication: 7th of July 2020

  • It’s a queer, Persian inspired fairytale.
  • It features a morally grey, bisexual main character.
  • There’s monster girlfriends, plural..
  • The main character’s touch is poison!
  • It’s a standalone F/F story.

Pre-order Girl, Serpent, Thorn: Waterstones | Amazon | Book Depository

Cover image of Girl, Serpent, Thorn by Melissa Bashardoust.
Cover image of Boyfriend Material by Alexis Hall

3. Boyfriend Material by Alexis Hall

UK publication: 7th of July 2020

  • Fake dating trope!
  • Look at all those British symbols on the cover.
  • Similar vibes to Red, White & Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston.
  • Plenty of witty banter.
  • An M/M romance.

Pre-order Boyfriend Material: Waterstones | Amazon | Book Depository

4. Loveless by Alice Oseman

UK publication: 9th of July 2020

  • A (RARE) aromantic asexual coming out story.
  • Own voices rep.
  • A rivalry fraught with sexual tension between two queer girls.
  • A battle on a bouncy castle!
  • Set at Durham university in the UK.

Pre-order Loveless: Waterstones | Amazon | Book Depository

Cover image of Loveless by Alice Oseman
Cover image of The Extraordinaries by T. J. Klune.

5. The Extraordinaries by T. J. Klune

UK publication: 14th of July 2020

  • Queer YA superhero novel.
  • Fanboy coming of age story.
  • Own voices ADHD rep.
  • Buckets of humour!
  • Seth Gray, best friend or love of the MC’s life..

Pre-order The Extraordinaries: Waterstones | Amazon | Book Depository

6. The Summer of Everything by Julian Winters

UK publication: 4th of August 2020

  • Biracial, comic book geek main character.
  • Diverse cast of friends.
  • A journey of self-discovery.
  • An MC on a mission to save a book store.
  • Secret crush on a friend.

Pre-order The Summer of Everything: Amazon | Book Depository.

Cover image of The Summer of Everything by Julian Winters
Cover image of Boy Queen by George Lester

7. Boy Queen by George Lester

UK publication: 6th of August 2020

  • Future plans ruined by rejection letters.
  • A queer boy trying drag for the first time.
  • RuPaul references.
  • Support network of friends and family.
  • Dragcellence.

Pre-order Boy Queen: Waterstones | Amazon | Book Depository

8. Cinderella is Dead by Kalynn Bayron

UK publication: 6th of August 2020

  • Queer Black Cinderella.
  • A saphic fairytale retelling.
  • Turns a classic story into a modern feminist power ballad.
  • LGBTQ+ Black girls tearing down kingdoms.
  • Summoning the ghost of Cinderella.

Pre-order Cinderella is Dead: Waterstones | Amazon | Book Depository

Cover image of Cinderella is Dead by Kalynn Bayron

And that’s it, eight LGBTQ+ novels coming out in the next couple of months and the reasons you should pre-order them! Have I tempted you with any of them?

Whilst you’re here I have a bonus (non-LGBTQ+) book to mention by a Black author that comes out later this year, check it out:

Cover image of The Black Kids by Christina Hammonds Reed.

The Black Kids by Christina Hammonds Reed

UK publication: 1st of September 2020

  • Coming-of-age story set in L.A. during the 1992 Rodney King riots.
  • Explores issues of race, class, violence and police brutality through the eyes of a wealthy Black teen.
  • The dangers of malicious rumours.
  • Discusses unconscious bias and privilege.
  • It will make you question, has the world really changed?

Pre-order The Black Kids: Waterstones | Amazon | Book Depository

If you’re aware of any other books coming out this year written by Black authors, please highlight them in the comments.

Bookishly yours,

Disclaimer: Some of the links in this post are affiliate links, meaning I will earn a small amount of commission on any purchases made through these links at no extra cost to you.

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