🎊 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)!!
If 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).
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!! 💓
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.
Patroclus 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.
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!! 😭
(I’m indeed halfway buried under my TBR, if you were wondering.
You probably weren’t.)
Young Adult Contemporary
Magical Realism & Historical Fiction
To Be Released Soon
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!
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!) 💗