Category Archives: Fave Five

Fave Five: Queer College-Set YA

By Any Means Necessary by Candice Montgomery (Bks)

We Are Okay by Nina LaCour (Bks)

Let’s Talk About Love by Claire Kann (Bks)

The Black Flamingo by Dean Atta (Bks)

Every Body Looking by Candice Iloh (Bks)

Bonus: Coming August 3, 2021 is Fresh by Margot Wood (Bks), and in 2022, Icebreaker by A.L. Graziadei (Bks) and Right Where I Left You by Julian Winters

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Fave Five: Queer Muslim YA

How it All Blew Up by Arvin Ahmadi

The Henna Wars and Hani and Ishu’s Guide to Fake Dating by Adiba Jaigirdar

The Love and Lies of Rukhsana Ali and Zara Hossain is Here by Sabina Khan

Tell Me How You Really Feel by Aminah Mae Safi

If You Could Be Mine and Tell Me Again How a Crush Should Feel by Sara Farizan

Fave Five: Queer Appalachian Fiction

Cattywampus by Ash Van Otterloo (MG Fantasy)

Cub by Jeff Mann (Contemporary Coming of Age)

Sugar Run by Mesha Maren (Adult Contemporary)

Road Out of Winter by Alison Stine (Adult Dystopian)

The Falls of the Wyona by David Brendan Hopes (Adult Historical)

Bonus: Summer Sons by Lee Mandelo (Southern Gothic) is coming September 28, 2021

Double Bonus: For story collections, check out F*ckface: and Other Stories by Leah Hampton and LGBTQ Fiction and Poetry From Appalachia, ed. by Jeff Mann and Julia Watts, and for nonfiction, Tar Hollow Trans by Stacy Jane Grover is coming in 2022,

Fave Five: Memoirs by Asian Authors

Gaysia: Adventures in the Queer East by Benjamin Law

Before the Rain: A Memoir of Love & Revolution by Luisita Lopez Torregrosa

Naturally Tan by Tan France

Fairest by Meredith Talusan

How to Write an Autobiographical Novel by Alexander Chee (Essays)

Fave Five: Shakesqueer

In honor of That Way Madness Lies: XV of Shakespeare’s Most Notable Works Reimagined (edited by me) releasing tomorrow and containing queer adaptations of Midsummer Night’s Dream, Twelfth Night, Julius Caesar, Much Ado About Nothing, and more, here are some more queer Shakespeare adaptations to check out:

Requiem of the Rose King by Aya Kanno (manga, Richard III)

The Last True Poets of the Sea by Julia Drake (Contemporary f/f YA, Twelfth Night)

Verona Comics by Jennifer Dugan (Contemporary m/f YA, Romeo & Juliet)

Lady Hotspur by Tessa Gratton (Adult Fantasy, Henry IV)

Miranda in Milan by Katharine Duckett (Adult Fantasy, The Tempest)

Bonus: Coming up on August 10th, grab The King of Infinite Space by Lyndsey Fay (Adult Contemporary, Hamlet)!

Double Bonus: I’ve mentioned it 8 bajillion times, but there are also of course As I Descended by Robin Talley (Paranormal f/f and m/m YA, Macbeth) and Nothing Happened by Molly Booth (Contemporary YA, Much Ado About Nothing)

 

Fave Five: New Halloween Reads

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Burn Our Bodies Down by Rory Power (YA Thriller)

The Bright Lands by John Fram (Adult Horror)

The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue by V.E. Schwab (Adult Historical Fantasy)

Yellow Jessamine by Caitlin Starling (Adult Horror)

Plain Bad Heroines by Emily M. Danforth, ill. by Sara Lautman (Illustrated Adult Historical Horror)

Fave Five: Coauthored Novels

This is How You Lose the Time War by Amal El-Mohtar and Max Gladstone

Once & Future by Amy Rose Capetta and Cori McCarthy

What if it’s Us? by Becky Albertalli and Adam Silvera

Miss Meteor by Anna-Marie McLemore and Tehlor Key Mejia

You Know Me Well by Nina LaCour and David Levithan

Bonus: Coming in 2021, Off the Record by Cale Dietrich and Sophie Gonzales and When You Get the Chance by Tom Ryan and Robin Stevenson!

 

Fave Five: Gay YA Graphic Novels

Flamer by Mike Curato

The Magic Fish by Trung Le Nguyen

Fence series by C.S. Pacat, ill. by Johanna the Mad, col. by Joana LaFuente, let. by Jim Campbell

Bloom by Kevin Panetta, ill. by Savanna Ganucheau

Check, Please! by Ngozi Ukazu

Bonus: For hybrid novels, check out Draw the Line by Laurent Linn and The Five Stages of Andrew Brawley by Shaun David Hutchinson, ill. by Christine Larsen