June is a month of celebrations! We have commemorated Women’s Month, AAPI Month, and how it is Pride Month! Pride is the opportunity to learn and to broaden our horizons about diversity, empathy and understanding, and acceptance. Let’s leave behind any prejudice or judgments, let’s forget about gender roles and the binary of things, and let’s enjoy life at its maximum! Be who you want to be, and let others be who they want to be!
Reading and listening to books will always be one of the best ways to learn more about others and their experiences, and for that, we will go over 5 diverse books that keep you entertain and will teach you more about the world
May the Best Man Win by ZR Ellor
This novel is the debut novel of ZR Ellor! He grew up in Washington DC and is a literary agent! He has studied biology and English which became his escape from a lifetime of work in sciences.
On one hand, we have Jeremy Harkiss, cheer captain and student body president, won’t let coming out as a transgender boy ruin his senior year. Instead of bowing to the bigots and outdated school administration, Jeremy decides to make some noise – and how better than by challenging his all-star ex-boyfriend, Lukas, for the title of homecoming king? On the other hand, we have Lukas Rivers, football star and head of the Homecoming Committee, is just trying to find order in his life after his older brother’s funeral and the loss of his long-term girlfriend – who turned out to be a boy.
These two boys will clash in plots of sabotage to win the crown! Might they be able to win? Or will they make each other lose? Are there still butterflies flapping in their stomachs?
Jay’s Gay Agenda by Jason June
Jason June is a genderqueer writer mermaid who writes young adult contemporary rom-com full of love, lust, and hijinks, and Jay’s Gay Agenda is Jason June’s debut novel! – by the way, Jason June is the whole name like Mary-Kate, but without the hyphen.
Jay Collier is the common only gay kid in his small rural Washington town – and we know he will struggle –. Starting with his “Gay Agenda”, all his friends can’t stop talking about their heterosexual hookups and relationships, but Jay can only dream of his own firsts compiling a romantic experience.
However, everything changes when his family moves to Seattle and Jay discovers, in his new high school, a thriving LGBTQIA+ community – he is now free to be himself and he finally fits and belongs somewhere-. But the struggles aren’t over because Jay’ll soon be torn between his heart, his hormones, his old friends, and his new ones. But the bright side is… that is crossing things from his agenda… that is good… right?
Winter’s Orbit by Everina Maxwell
Everina Maxwell is the author of Winter’s Orbit, a queer romantic space opera about a diplomat who enters into an arranged marriage to save his planet.
A famously disappointing minor royal and the Emperor’s least favorite grandchild, Prince Kiem is summoned before the Emperor and commanded to renew the empire’s bonds with its newest vassal planet. The prince must marry Count Jainan, the recent widower of another royal prince of the empire. But Jainan suspects his late husband’s death was no accident. And Prince Kiem discovers Jainan is a suspect himself. But broken bonds between the Empire and its vassal planets leave the entire empire vulnerable, so together they must prove that their union is strong while uncovering a possible conspiracy.
Stay Gold by Tobly McSmith
Tobly McSmith is the co-creator/writer of seven somewhat successful musical parodies, including Friends! The Musical Parody. He was born in Texas but now lives in the great city of New York.
Stay Gold is the debut novel of Tobly McSmith, and the story goes around Pony, who just wants to fly under the radar during senior year. Ponie is tired from all the attention he got at his old school after coming out as transgender. But it’s hard to live your best life when the threat of exposure lurks down every hallway and in every bathroom.
Now, we have Georgia who is beginning to think there’s more to life than cheerleading. She also wants to keep a low profile until graduation by not dating anyone. – and we know where this is going… don’t we? – Funny and poignant, clear-eyed and hopeful, Stay Gold is a story about finding love – and finding yourself.
The Black Tides of Heaven by Neon Yang
Neon Yang, formerly J. Y. Yang, is a Singaporean writer of English-language speculative fiction. Yang is non-binary and queer and uses they/them pronoun. So, I know the audiobook cover does not wow us upfront, but you have to check the Kindle cover… and you will see why this book caught my attention first.
For fans of fantasy, we have The Black Tides of Heaven! Mokoya and Akeha, the twin children of the Protector, were sold to the Grand Monastery as infants. While Mokoya developed her strange prophetic gift, Akeha was always the one who could see the strings that moved adults to action. While Mokoya received visions of what would be, Akeha realized what could be. What’s more, they saw the sickness at the heart of their mother’s Protectorate.
An as in all fantasy novels, a rebellion is brewing… Akeha leaves the Tensorate behind and falls in with the rebels. But every step Akeha takes towards the Machinists – the villains of the story – is a step away from Mokoya. Can Akeha find peace without shattering the bond they share with their twin?
Which books are you reading for Pride Month?
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