Category Archives: Fave Five

Fave Five: Queer Muslim Fiction

These are all Adult titles. For YA, click here.

Guapa by Saleem Haddad

Bright Lines by Tanwi Nandini Islam

The Thirty Names of Night by Zeyn Joukhadar

God in Pink by Hasan Namir

The City of Devi by Manil Suri

Bonus: Coming in August, Radiant Fugitives by Nawaaz Ahmed

Fave Five: Bi/Bi M/F Romances

Xeni by Rebekah Weatherspoon

One Kiss with a Rock Star by Amber Lin and Shari Slade

False Notes and Broken Frets by Elle Bennett

Sweethand by N.G. Peltier

Dare to Live, Dare to Love by Nicki C. Moon

Bonus: These are all adult, but in YA, try I’ll Be the One by Lyla Lee. Also, while not a Romance by genre definition, Verona Comics by Jennifer Dugan has a central m/f pairing and both are bi/pan

Double Bonus: While the (male) MC of The Girl Next Door by Amy Jo Cousins does not ID as bi (though the female love interest does), it would be safe to call him “heteroflexible”

Fave Five: Books with Young Teen Protagonists

Almost Flying by Jake Maia Arlow (13)

Hazel’s Theory of Evolution and Drum Roll, Please by Lisa Jenn Bigelow (13)

Starring Kitty by Keris Stainton (14)

Anything Could Happen by Will Walton (14)

Boy Meets Hamster by Birdie Milano (14)

Bonus: Coming in 2022, Ellen Outside the Lines by A.J. Sass (13) and In the Key of Us by Mariama J. Lockington (13)

Fave Five: Gay Beach Reads

Boyfriend Material by Alexis Hall

Playing the Palace by Paul Rudnick

Little Village series by ‘Nathan Burgoine

The Guncle by Steven Rowley

Meet Cute Club by Jack Harbon

Bonus: Coming September 7, 2021, The Charm Offensive by Alison Cochrun; October 12, The Other Man by Farhad J. Dadyburjor; and in  2022, I’m So (Not) Over You by Kosoko Jackson and Never Been Kissed by Timothy Janovsky

Fave Five: MG/YA Starring Trans Athletes

Obie is Man Enough by Schuyler Bailar (MG, swimming)

The Passing Playbook by Isaac Fitzsimons (YA, soccer)

May the Best Man Win by ZR Ellor (YA, cheerleading)

Blood Sport by Tash McAdam (YA, boxing)

Cheer Up! by Crystal Frasier, Val Wise, and Oscar O. Jupiter (YA, cheerleading)

Bonus: These books all have binary trans main characters, but for a nonbinary athlete, check out Ana on the Edge by AJ Sass (MG, ice skating)

Fave Five: Queer Caribbean Fiction

Hurricane Child by Kacen Callender (MG, USVI)

Clap When You Land by Elizabeth Acevedo (YA, Dominican Republic)

Sweethand by N.G. Peltier (Adult, Trinidad)

Here Comes the Sun by Nicole Dennis-Benn (Adult, Jamaican)

Bliss and Every Dark Desire by Fiona Zedde (YA, Jamaica)

Bonus: Coming in 2023, Songs of Irie by Asha Bromfield (YA, Jamaica)

Double Bonus: For a books with a Haitian-born MC but set in the US, try American Love Story by Adriana Herrera

Fave Five: Queer Arthuriana

Once & Future by AR Capetta and Cory McCarthy (Bks)

Blackheart Knights by Laure Eve

Legendborn by Tracy Deonn (Bks)*

The Other Merlin by Robyn Schneider (Bks)

Spear by Nicola Griffith

Bonus: For an Arthuriana anthology with queer rep, check out the upcoming Sword Stone Table ed. by Swapna Krishna and Jenn Northington (Bks), coming July 13, 2021

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*MC is not queer AFAIK but a love interest and many in the cast are

Fave Five: LGBTQ Merfolk, Part II

For Part I, click here.

Into the Drowning Deep by Mira Grant

The Magic Fish by Trung Le Nguyen

The Deep by Rivers Solomon

The Fate of Stars by S.D. Simper

In Deeper Waters by F.T. Lukens

Bonus: Coming up in July, check out Once Stolen by D.N.Bryn, the followup to Our Bloody Pearl

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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