Anniek (Anniek’s Library), Michelle (Michelle Likes Things) and I are back for the third year in a row with another Pride challenge, full of prompts for bookstagram, blogs or both! For the past two years we’ve hosted this challenge to post (about) queer books every day, and it is always 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 the prompts for the challenge:
You can choose to participate on Instagram, on your blog or both! 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. *We have now realised that prompt no. 16, Sapphic Sunday doesn’t actually fall on a Sunday (we were looking at the wrong calendar!!) so we’ll just call that one Sapphic books.
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 me on Instagram, I’m 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 more information.
Last year, Michelle wrote a fantastic post explaining 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!
Felix Ever After by Kacen Callender, Mooncakes by Suzanne Walker & Wendy Xu, 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 by Anna-Marie McLemore, When the Moon was Ours by Anna-Marie McLemore, Wonderland by Juno Dawson, The Ghosts We Keep by Mason Deaver, The Passing Playbook by Isaac Fitzsimons, Detransition Baby by Torrey Peters, Meet Cute Diary by Emery Lee, Between Perfect and Real by Ray Stoeve, May the Best Man Win by Z. R. Ellor, Can’t Take That Away by Steven Salvatore, The [Un]Popular Vote by Jasper Sanchez, The Witch King by H. E. Egdmon, The Death of Vivek Oji by Akwaeke Emezi, Even If We Break by Marieke Nijkamp, Cemetery Boys by Aiden Thomas, Pet by Akwaeke Emezi,
Dean Atta, Kacen Callender, Ngozi Ukazu, Rivers Solomon, Nic Stone, Julian Winters, Elizabeth Acevedo, Camryn Garrett, Claire Kann, Brandy Colbert, Akwaeke Emezi, George M. Johnson, Emery Lee, Kalynn Bayron, Morgan Rogers, Danez Smith, Charlotte Nicole Davies, Faridah Àbíké-Íyímídé,
Into the Drowning Deep by Mira Grant, 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, Even If We Break by Marieke Nijkamp, Seven Devils by Laura Lam and Elizabeth May, Conventionally Yours by Annabeth Albert, An Unkindness of Ghosts by Rivers Solomon, The Extraordinaries by T. J. Klune, Mooncakes by Suzanne Walker & Wendy Xu,
Loveless by Alice Oseman, 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, Little Black Bird by Anna Kirchner, The Stars We Steal by Alexa Donne, Elatsoe by Darcie Little Badger, This Golden Flame by Emily Victoria, Upside Down by N. R. Walker,
LGBTQ+ Graphic Novels:
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, Princess Princess Ever After by Katie O’Neill, The Avant-Guards by Carly Usdin, The Witch Boy by Molly Ostertag, The Girl From The Sea by Molly Knox Ostertag, Mooncakes by Suzanne Walker & Wendy Xu, Always Human by Ari North, On A Sunbeam by Tillie Walden, Snapdragon by by Kat Leyh, Fence by C. S. Pacat, Nimona by Noelle Stevenson, The Prince and the Dressmaker by Jen Wang,
Anna-Marie McLemore, Kacen Callender, Elizabeth Acevedo, Tehlor Kay Mejia, Adam Silvera, Lucas Rocha, Emery Lee, Mark Oshiro,
The Brightsiders by Jen Wilde, Felix Ever After by Kacen Callender, 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, 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, I Kissed Alice by Anna Birch, Perfect on Paper by Sophie Gonzales, The Girls I’ve Been by Tess Sharpe,
In The Ravenous Dark by A. M. Strickland, Soft on soft by Mina Waheed, Once & Future by Amy Rose Capetta & Cori McCarthy, Human Enough by E. S. Yu, The Library of the Unwritten by A. J. Hackwith, Verona Comics By Jennifer Dugan, Final Draft by Riley Redgate, The Mirror Season by Anna-Marie McLemore,
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, Cinderella is Dead by Kalynn Bayron, The Never Tilting World by Rin Chupeco, Once Ghosted Twice Shy by Alyssa Cole, One Last Stop by Casey McQuiston, Zara Hossain is Here by Sabina Khan, Hani and Ishu’s Guide to Fake Dating by Adiba Jaigirdar, The Girls I’ve Been by Tess Sharpe, Some Girls Do by Jennifer Dugan, Love is for Losers by Wibke Brueggemann, Honey Girl by Morgan Rogers, She’s Too Pretty to Burn by Wendy Heard, Not My Problem by Ciara Smyth, Afterlove by Tanya Byrne, Off The Record by Camryn Garrett, Plain Bad Heroined by Emily M. Danforth, Last Night at the Telegraph Club by Malinda Lo, The Jasmine Throne by Tasha Suri,
Authors of Colour:
Gary Lonesborough, 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, Malinda Lo, Kacen Callender, Elizabeth Acevedo, K. Ancrum, Destiny Soria, Mark Oshiro, Ashia Monet, Tanya Byrne, Faridah Àbíké-Íyímídé, Dean Atta, Ngozi Ukazu, Rivers Solomon, Nic Stone, Julian Winters, Camryn Garrett, Claire Kann, Brandy Colbert, Akwaeke Emezi, George M. Johnson, Emery Lee, Kalynn Bayron, Morgan Rogers, Danez Smith, Charlotte Nicole Davies,
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, This Golden Flame by Emily Victoria,
Darius The Great is Not Okay by Adib Khorram, Pumpkin by Julie Murphy, Queens of Geek by Jen Wilde, Juliet Takes a Breath by Gabby Rivera, The Sound of Stars by Alechia Dow, Leah on th Offbeat by Becky Albertalli, I’ll Be The One by Lyla Lee, Here the Whole Time by Vitor Martins, Off The Record by Camryn Garrett, Take a Hint Dani Brown by Talia Hibbert,
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, As Far As You’ll Take Me by Phil Stamper, Yesterday is History by Kosoko Jackson, Be Dazzled by Ryan La Sala, The Boy from the Mish by Gary Lonesborough, Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Sáenz,
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, Malinda Lo,
Mental illness rep:
Darius The Great is Not Okay by Adib Khorram, They Both Die at the End & History is all You left Me by Adam Silvera, Queens of Geek by Jen Wilde, We Are The Ants & Brave Face by Shaun David Hutchinson, Take a Hint Dani Brown by Talia Hibbert, Soft on Soft by Mina Waheed, Anger is a Gift by Mark Oshiro,
If there are any books or authors you would love for me to add to this list, please leave a comment letting me know which category to add them to.
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