Pride Month - Book Recommendations

Book Recommendations // Pride Month 🌈

🎊 Happy Pride Month! 🎊

Ever since I wrote my first book recommendations post on Mental Health Awareness, and shortly thereafter for Asian Pacific American Heritage Month, they have become one of my favorite kind of posts to write—and seeing you guys add books I recommend in them to your TBRs is just one of the best feelings.

I’m still relavitely new to reading books with LGBTQIA+ characters at their hearts—I read my first book with a queer romance that involves the main character only this year—because I never consciously made an effort to seek them out, but I’ve always been a huge proponent of proper representation for everyone, and since then, I’ve found some of my favorite romantic pairings in them.

I’m dedicating this post to all my friends here for whom it’s an especially meaningful and important month (you know who you are & I’m sending you all my love)!!

Hayley Kiyoko love heart.gifIf you love Hayley as well, let me know & let’s scream about her together!!

If you’re someone who hasn’t come across too many books with a LGBTQIA+ representation (like I was) so far, or never felt particularly inclined to read them (you should, because representation matters!!), I whole-heartedly recommend you to read at least one of my favorite books from my post (and you shall be rewarded with chocolate).

86-2Books I Love

Captive Prince Volume II Kings Rising by C.S. Pacat
+ Captive Prince Short Stories #1-#3

I’m fully aware of the fact that the Captive Prince series is highly controversial, and I’m purposefully excluding the first book in its series, because it’s very graphic and harrowing in many ways—and its recommendation should, in my opinion, come with a million trigger warnings—but I absolutely love the romance in the two subsequent books.

Damen and Laurent’s relationship is so beautifully crafted (though I’m repressing everything that happens in book one in order to love them), and I found myself swooning, and my heart glowing with happiness, whenever their love for each other shone through all the angst. (Angst is a prevalent theme that permeates the entire series, you have been warned.)

A million thanks, hugs, and kisses to Tal for introducing me to this series!! 💓

86-2Pairings I Adore

Simon vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli

Simon and Blue in Simon vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda
Simon and Blue are one of the cutest pairings to ever exist, and I can’t wait to see the movie* and fall in love with them all over again.

The Song of Achilles by Madeline MillerPatroclus and Achilles in The Song of Achilles
Before I became enamored with Circe by Madeline Miller (one of my favorite books in 2018!), I was mesmerized by the wonderful retelling of Patroclus and Achilles’ relationship in her debut.

The Gentleman's Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzie Lee


Monty and Percy in The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue
I already gushed about them in my review, but they deserve all the happiness in the world, and more.

*No, I haven’t seen it yet, because I live in Europe & the movie’s release date is the 29th of June here!! 😭

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86-2 Books I Can't Wait to Read(I’m indeed halfway buried under my TBR, if you were wondering. You probably weren’t.)

Young Adult Contemporary
28

Magical Realism & Historical Fiction
28

To Be Released Soon
28

Additionally, in case you’re looking for even more recommendations, Mel’s and May’s posts are full of amazing books, Malanie has shared books she loves in her latest blog post as well, and you can find Elise’s favorite queer books here!

Watercolor Rainbow - Pride Monthletschat!-2
What are your favorite romantic pairings?
Have you read any of these books, or are they on your TBR?
Which book(s) should I prioritize? (HELP!) 💗

xx, Lily

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120 thoughts on “Book Recommendations // Pride Month 🌈”

  1. Ahhhhh so many books on your TBR I’ve read and loved 🙂 I’d recommend Radio Silence because it’s kind of a long book but I breezed right through it. It was such an awesome read full of diversity. 🙂

    I’m still waiting for my hold on Let’s Talk About Love. I also have Girl Made of Stars on my shelf and I can’t wait to pick it up!

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    1. Ohh that makes me so happy to hear! And I always appreciate diversity in books. 💗

      I was pleasantly surprised by Let’s Talk About Love + they put so much thought into the cover design alone (relating to the ace rep)! 🙂 & I hope you enjoy Girl Made of Stars!

      Thank you so much for your lovely comment, Rebecca! 😊🌸

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  2. I’ve read a few LGBTQ+ books, and I’ve found that my favorites are usually Nina LaCour’s works. I really liked everything I read by her 👌🏼 We Are Okay is on my TBR too (has been for a while 😅)
    I liked Ari and Dante, but I’m not obsessed like everyone else I know who’s read it. I don’t know why, I guess I didn’t connect with the characters that much? But it’s a good book, you should definitely pick it up! 😄
    I’m very curious about What If It’s Us and Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda, I think I might like them – maybe it’s the pretty covers? Hehehe
    Great post! It made me want to get back to reading YA Contemporary books 😄

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    1. I still haven’t read any of Nina LaCour’s books! If you want to buddy read We Are Okay sometime, let me know. 🙂

      I’m sorry you couldn’t properly connect with the characters, and ended up not liking the book as much. 😦 If I have a hard time doing so, I usually end up disinterested in the book as well.

      Simon vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda is sooo cute! The book isn’t perfect by all means, but the pairing really makes up for a lot. I can’t wait to finally see the movie. 👬💞

      Thanks so much, Vanessa!! Hearing this legit made my heart warm. ❤️

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      1. Oh yeah! If you’d like, drop me a message on Instagram and we can plan a buddy read 😉

        Yeah it’s not the best feeling 😕 I didn’t even read the book all at once, I stopped for a while and then came back to it eventually 😅

        I really want to read Simon sometime, especially now that there’s a new book following his best friend 👌🏼

        You’re very welcome 😊💕

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  3. As usual, this is a great list Lily! 😀 I read The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo last year and it was one of my favorites. I absolutely urge you to read it. I tried reading CS Pacat’s series but I couldn’t take the angst, and it did not help that I was going through an “angsty” (bec that’s too light) situation myself. I still have it though and am planning to read it again when I’m sure I can handle it.
    I’d make an addition to this list. Proxy by Alex London is a great Sci-Fi LGBTQ read. 😀

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    1. Ahh thank you, Rachel!! 🌸

      I’m so glad you loved Evelyn Hugo! I’m starting it tomorrow & it’s a favorite of sooo many friends of mine, I’m a bit scared. 🙈

      I totally understand where you’re coming from! I’m sorry to hear that you went through a hard time—if you ever need someone to talk to, I’m here. And I really hope you enjoy it, when you give it another chance (maybe skip the first book?).

      Thanks for the rec! I’ll check it out when I’m on my laptop later. 💕

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  4. Most of these are on my TBR and have been for ages… I really WANT to read all of them, I just… haven’t yet.
    I HAVE read both Simon Vs and Gentleman’s Guide, and I absolutely adored both of them! And also Radio Silence and Heartstopper are both SO good, and I would HIGHLY recommend reading them!

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  5. oh my god i love this post. it’s so aesthetically appealing that i’m actually mad. also an excellent list obvs??? READ SEVEN HUSBANDS OF EVELYN HUGO I M M E D I A T E L Y. or at least soonish. We Are Okay is good too but polarizing!! happy pride ❤

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    1. Thank you so, so much, Emma!! Your comments always make my heart light up. 😭❤️

      I’m starting Evelyn Hugo tomorrow!! I’m praying to whichever deity will listen to LET ME LOVE IT. & I can’t wait to find out on which side I’ll land on with We Are Okay (I’m definitely going to go stalk your review later … if there is one).

      🌈💫💖!!

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  6. Awh, I love this post so much! So thankful for you and forever thankful to Goodreads for giving me your friendship! And I start Radio Silence on the 15th and They Both at the End on the 20th… just saying! Hehe! I love you and happy Pride, happy June, and happy reading! 💖xx

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    1. You are such a sweetheart, Mel, thank you!! 💗

      Ohh I’m always up for buddy reading books with you!! I didn’t set a date to read these books before, so I’m marking down both the 15th & 20th now. ☺️

      Happy Pride to you as well, I hope you have the most wonderful month!! 🌈🌈

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  7. i love your book recommendations, you have amazing picks! I have read Aristotle and TSOA, and they are amazing! There are so many books I haven’t read from this recommendation, but I’m prioritizing Simon Vs and Gentleman’s Guide, I’ve heard amazing things about them! 😀

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  8. I enjoy these posts Lily, I think diversity representation in books is extremely important and I am grateful you are raising awareness around it. ❤️

    The Song of Achilles and Circe are extremely high on my TBR list. I thought I would start with Circe but given it’s the Pride month, I may start with The Song of Achilles to honour it. 💛🧡❤️💜💙💚

    I will be adding some of your recommendations to my TBR list, great post. 😊

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    1. I’m so happy to hear that, Vera, thankyouthankyouthankou!! 💗

      I hope you love both! I liked them a lot, but they’re actually quite different from each other, and you should definitely not go into Circe thinking it’s going to be a similar experience to reading TSOA.

      Thank you so much for your message, it put such a huge smile on my face!! 🌷

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