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  • Writer's pictureLynn Lovegreen

Books for Pride Month and Beyond

If you’ve been following me for a while, you probably saw last year’s list of recommended LGBTQIA+ books. If not or if you’d like to see it again, here’s the link:


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Since last summer, I have read a ton of books, including some new queer titles. Here are my latest recommendations. One is a memoir intended for adults, and the rest are YA novels.


How to Excavate a Heart by Jake Maia Arlow

This is a YA Jewish sapphic romance perfect for science nerds and anyone who enjoys enemies to lovers romance. And I haven't even mentioned the strong family and feminist vibes--there's so much to enjoy here! ⁠


Playing with Myself by Randy Rainbow

I'm a Randy Rainbow fan, so had to get his memoir as soon as I heard about it. The book is everything I hoped for--funny, informative, and heartwarming. 


Jay’s Gay Agenda by Jason June

When Jay lived in rural Washington, he was the only gay kid. Now that he’s in Seattle, he can’t wait to check off his romantic to-do list, like going on a first date and kissing a guy. But it turns out to be more complicated that he expected. Torn between new friends and old, and his heart and his hormones, Jay finds his way to his own HEA. This funny, upbeat queer romance was joyful and heartfelt at the same time. I want to read all of Jason June’s books now!


The Year I Stopped Trying by Katie Heaney

Mary is an overachiever, until she wonders why she tries so hard. As she navigates a year of not trying, she discovers who she is and what really matters, including a few surprises she never saw coming. This novel is full of heart, humor, and the big questions that teens have at this stage in life.


Between Perfect and Real by Ray Stoeve

Dean knows he's a trans guy, but he hesitates to come out. When he's cast as Romeo, it could be the moment he's looking for, or how he loses his girlfriend and family. I loved the heart and humor, and the diverse cast of characters. The author does a great job showing the turmoils of teen life, as well as a trans teen's journey to find himself. ⁠


Also, if you’re looking for great queer reads as they’re released throughout the year, author Dahlia Alder hosts a blog just for you. Check out LGBTQ Reads at



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