Category Archives: Fave Five

Fave Five: Queer YA for Pop Music Lovers

I’ll Be the One by Lyla Lee

This is What it Feels Like by Rebecca K. Barrow

The Brightsiders by Jen Wilde

It Goes Like This by Miel Moreland (2021)

Kiss & Tell by Adib Khorram (2022)

Fave Five: New Halloween Reads

For lots more that’s perfect for the Spooky Season, click here.

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

Fave Five: Poetry by Indigenous Authors

Feed by Tommy Pico (Kumeyaay)

Postcolonial Love Poem by Natalie Diaz (Gila River)

full metal indigiqueer by Joshua Whitehead (Oji-Cree)

Disintegrate/Dissociate by Arielle Twist (Cree)

You Are Enough: Love Poems for the End of the World by Smokii Sumac (Ktunaxa)

Fave Five: Queer Nordic Fiction

The Mercies by Kiran Millwood Hargrave (Norwegian Historical)

The Seafarer’s Kiss by Julia Ember (Norse YA Fantasy reimagining of “The Little Mermaid”)

The Raven and the Reindeer by T. Kingfisher (Fantasy reimagining of “The Snow Queen”)

The Engelsfors series by Mats Strandberg and Sara Bergmark Elfgren (Swedish Urban YA Fantasy)

Last Night in Nuuk by Niviaq Korneliussen (Greenlandic Contemporary)

Bonus: For an Icelandic novel with a major queer secondary, try Miss Iceland by Auður Ava Ólafsdóttir

Double bonus: Coming up in 2021, check out Norwegian Historical YA The Reckless Kind by Carly Heath

Fave Five: Memoirs by Queer Black Authors

How We Fight for Our Lives by Saeed Jones

Redefining Realness and Surpassing Certainty: What My Twenties Taught Me by Janet Mock

Officer Clemmons by François S. Clemmons

I Can’t Date Jesus by Michael Arceneaux

The Other Side of Paradise by Staceyann Chin

Bonus: These are all Adult, but for a YA memoir-essay collection, try All Boys Aren’t Blue by George M. Johnson.

Fave Five: M/F Trans Romance

These are all Adult titles. For YA titles, click here and see below.

Reverb by Anna Zabo (Contemporary, trans M/cis F)

The Queer and the Restless by Kris Ripper (Contemporary, trans M/cis F)

Hold Me by Courtney Milan (Contemporary, cis M/trans F)

The Right Thing to Do at the Time by Dov Zeller (Contemporary, trans M/cis F)

Caroline’s Heart by Austin Chant (Fantasy, trans M/trans F)

Bonus: For some YA titles not included in the linked post, check out Birthday by Meredith Russo (cis M/trans F) and Stay Gold by Tobly McSmith (trans M/cis F)

Double Bonus: For a novelette, check out The Rat-Catcher’s Daughter by KJ Charles (Historical, trans M/cis F)

Fave Five: LGBTQ Desi YA by Desi Authors

 We Are Totally Normal by Rahul Kanakia (B)

The Henna Wars by Adiba Jaigirdar (L)

The Love & Lies of Rukhsana Ali (L) and Zora Hossain Is Here (B) by Sabina Khan

Jaya and Rasa by Sonia Patel (T)

Kings, Queens, and In-Betweens by Tonya Boteju (L)

Bonus: For MG, check out Maulik Pancholy’s The Best At It (G)