20 YA books to read for Pride Month πŸŒˆ

Hi friends! I hope you are doing okay πŸ’› Happy Pride Month to everyone! Whether you are sharing this part of yourself with the world, still questioning, quiet or loud, you are valid and wonderful.

Today and for this Pride Month, I thought I’d take some time as usual to share some book recommendations…. as always, I started my list and realized I had easily over 40 books to share, sooooo after a little bit of time, I managed to narrow it down to 20 books, otherwise we’d still be here tomorrow. Oops.

I hope you’ll take some time to add these lovely books to your TBRs, because, whether I’ve read and recommend them or am eagerly anticipating them, they all sound SO! Very! good! and we always need this kind of goodness in our lives okay.

πŸ“š YA books for Pride Month: Books I’ve read and recommend πŸ’›

This is What it Feels Like, Rebecca Barrow

Why I recommend it πŸ”Ž This is one of the most underrated, yet most amazing books I’ve read, really, I adore it. It deals with complicated friendships, teenage motherhood, addiction, unhealthy relationships, it has music at its heart and some of the most wonderful f/f romance as well. I! Love! This! Book!

πŸ“– find it on goodreadsπŸ“– read my review

How To Make A Wish, Ashley Herring Blake

Why I recommend it πŸ”Ž Oh this is another little gem I’ll recommend to everyone. It’s an emotional contemporary with a very complicated and sometimes even hard to read mother/daughter relationship, but it also has one of the softest f/f romance between a bisexual main character and her love interest, a biracial lesbian girl. I just fell for them and ahh I loved themmmm!

πŸ“– find it on goodreadsπŸ“– read my review

By Any Means Necessary, Candice Montgomery

Why I recommend it πŸ”Ž I’m on a roll with the underrated books I hope you’ll pick up here! By Any Means Necessary was such a great surprise, I enjoyed it SO much. With a witty writing voice and a great main character, this book tackles family, friendship, gentrification, homophobia. We have a black gay lead and an Afro-Latino bi love interest in this, too!!

πŸ“– find it on goodreadsπŸ“– read my review

Small Town Hearts, Lillie Vale

Why I recommend it πŸ”Ž My favorite ahh I’m just very soft for this book okay. The small town sea side setting, the cakes, the warmth of this book, the fact that it deals with friendships, too. Oh and the romance! Our lead is a bisexual cafΓ© baker and her romance with the sweet, soft Levi was slow burning and wonderfully amazing to read.

πŸ“– find it on goodreadsπŸ“– read my review

The Black Veins, Ashia Monet

Why I recommend it πŸ”Ž This book was one of these fun, addictive reads with this cast of characters that are squad goals, really. The magic and adventure of it all, the diverse and queer cast of characters, the action and and just plain fun of this all makes The Black Veins an urban fantasy book I 200% recommend reading and devouring.

πŸ“– find it on goodreadsπŸ“– read my review

We Set The Dark On Fire, Tehlor Kay Mejia

Why I recommend it πŸ”Ž It’s been a hot minute since I screamed about We Set The Dark on Fire, so here I am again. THIS DUOLOGY IS FIERCELY AMAZING AND I ADORE IT okay. From the stunning world building to the characters you’ll root for, to the f/f romance I SCREAMED ABOUT, this, this is amazing okay.

πŸ“– find it on goodreadsπŸ“– read my review

Final Draft, Riley Redgate

Why I recommend it πŸ”Ž An underrated read I mentioned quite a few times now, Final Draft remains one of these amazing little gems you should check out. Aside from the fact that it has a main character that struggles with writing (and 200% relatable),Β  our lead is also a pansexual, biracial Equatorian plus-size girl with anxiety and we also have a Korean, lesbian character and friendships to loversssss hello.

πŸ“– find it on goodreadsπŸ“– read my review

Verona Comics, Jennifer Dugan

Why I recommend it πŸ”Ž I really, really enjoyed Verona Comics, because despite its endearing illustrated cover, this book was much deeper (and much harder to read) than it seems. Aside from dealing with mental health, this book gives us a wonderfully complex and realistic relationship with a queer and a bisexual main character and I really enjoyed this book!

πŸ“– find it on goodreadsπŸ“– read my review

Everything Leads To You, Nina LaCour

Why I recommend it πŸ”Ž Ooh would you look at that, an old favorite! Everything Leads To You just makes me happy, okay. I loved the Hollywood setting, the hint of mystery, the f/f romance and just everything about this okay.

πŸ“– find it on goodreads

The Fever King, Victoria Lee

Why I recommend it πŸ”Ž Hello, if you haven’t added The Fever King to your TBR what are you doing?? This duology was such a stunning work of art. I loved the world-building, the incredible cast of diverse, queer characters, the complexity of it all and I just was out of breath reading this because it was so good.

πŸ“– find it on goodreadsπŸ“– read my review

πŸ“š YA books for Pride Month: Books I want to read πŸ’›

YouΒ  Should See Me in a Crown, Leah Johnson

Why I want to read it πŸ”Ž This book has released not that long ago and I’m SO excited!! A Black, queer girl with anxiety running for prom queen, cute f/f romance (falling for the competition?!), apparently this book also has wonderful friendships and amazing character growth and so here for this.

πŸ“– find it on goodreads

The Henna Wars, Adiba Jaigirdar

Why I want to read it πŸ”Ž I’ve been anticipating this little book for a while now and some of my friends have read it and made me even! more! excited! to read it (looking at you may). This book is about a Bengali Muslim main character coming out to her parents as a lesbian and, while it has what seems to be a lovely f/f romance, it also has incredible character growth and sisters!!!! relationships!!! and it sounds overall like a wholesome book I’ll fall in love with okay I am hyped.

πŸ“– find it on goodreads

The Weight of Stars, K. Ancrum

Why I want to read it πŸ”Ž Another book on my TBR for a little while now that I’m eager to read! I’ve heard that this book is absolutely stunning, really. It has a almost all POC and/or queer cast, a beautifully slow burning romance that I’m here for and I don’t know, it feels like the kind of book that quietly devastates you?

πŸ“– find it on goodreads

Crier’s War, Nina Varela

Why I want to read it πŸ”Ž Oh Crier’s War is one very hyped book and… well I recently added it to my mountain of a virtual TBR because of you all. I’m just so curious about this android-like and human world, the enemies to lovers slow-burning, angsty romance, the everything I need this book okay.

πŸ“– find it on goodreads

Cinderella is Dead, Kalynn Bayron

Why I want to read it πŸ”Ž HELLO! I am screaming I NEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEED THIS BOOK. Oops, sorry I snapped a little bit. Cinderella is Dead is just one of my most anticipated reads! Look at that stunning cover! IMAGINE a Cinderella retelling 200 years later with a cast of queer, black girls teaming up to overthrow the patriarchy????!!!!

πŸ“– find it on goodreads

Dark and Deepest Red, Anna-Marie McLemore

Why I want to read it πŸ”Ž I just recently found out that this book is set in Strasbourg (I mean… this is almost home – thank you Laurie for letting me know!) and I’m excited to read it even more now. I mean, all of Anna-Marie McLemore’s books are on my TBR already, so this one had to make its way here, too. I’m just SO curious about the stunning prose, the fairy-tale like story, the queer and trans rep and everything about it, really.

πŸ“– find it on goodreads

The Sound of Stars, Alechia Dow

Why I want to read it πŸ”Ž Ah this was on my most anticipated 2020 books list and I hope I can read this soon! I mean, a world where art and books are illegal, a plus-size, biracial black, demisexual main character, a promising romance and story about humanity and I’m just so, so, so pumped for this.

πŸ“– find it on goodreads

On a Sunbeam,Β  Tillie Walden

Why I want to read it πŸ”Ž Once again I need to say that this book is on my TBR because of may (my friend has the best recs i’m so thankful okay) and I rarely reach out for graphic novels, but this one sounds so wholesome, with a story set in space and a wonderful cast of queer characters and I hear it’s the kind of soft story I need and I’m just so excited to read it.

πŸ“– find it on goodreads

Picture Us in the Light, Kelly Loy Gilbert

Why I want to read it πŸ”Ž Okay so I really want to read this book, but I also hear it’s quite sad, so I’ve been a little nervous about picking it up. Apparently this deals with family secrets and it’s both devastating and beautiful and has a main character struggling to share his love for his best friend, too and this sounds like such an important read.

πŸ“– find it on goodreads

The Fascinators, Andrew Eliopulos

Why I want to read it πŸ”Ž A contemporary with a small town setting, focused on friendship and with a hint of magic and a main character in love with his best friend (can you tell I love that trope?) and it sounds kind of really lovely.

πŸ“– find it on goodreads

 

Do you want to read any of these books? Did you read them already?

What are some books you’d recommend for Pride Month? Let me know in comments!

 

 

 

 

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84 thoughts on “20 YA books to read for Pride Month πŸŒˆ

  1. I’m so excited to read the Wight of our stars!! I feel like it will be a five star read for me!! Also you literally made me add small town hearts to my tbr even though I’m picky when it comes to ya contemporary…you just made it sound so awesome!! Everything leads to you was so cute and the romance was SO soft. I seriously think more people should read it. This is such a great list Marie!

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    1. Aaah yay me too! It sounds like such an excellent read.
      This made my entire day, thank you so much ❀ I hope you'll love Small Town Hearts, and thank you so, so much! πŸ˜€

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  2. Rebecca Barrow’s book is so underrated. That book was fabulous! The friendship dynamics were quite complex, and I loved watching these three young women tackle their individual problems, while repairing their friendship.

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  3. This is an amazing list!!! I just finished reading the Henna Wars, and it is amazing! The sister relationship is so sweet, and all aspects of it are great. I really want to read the Weight of the Stars, Cinderella is Dead and You Should See me in a Crown, because they all look fantastic!

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  4. The Henna Wars was so good, i hope you enjoy it when you read it!! the sister relationship in it was definitely one of my favorite parts. i’m currently reading Everything Leads To You right now and it’s so interesting!! i’m really glad to hear that you liked it. 😊 i want to read You Should See Me In A Crown, Dark and Deepest Red, and The Sound Of Stars so badly as well, i hope we both love all of them! amazing post ❀❀

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  5. Hi Marie!
    I really love this list. I’ll have to add Cinderella is Dead to my TBR because it sounds really fascinating. The Sound of Stars also sounds like an amazing book and it has the most beautiful cover πŸ™‚

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  6. I can’t believe I haven’t read We Set The Dark On Fire yet πŸ™ˆ I definitely hope to soon as it sounds incredible. Same with Criers War which I’ve also heard a lot of wonderful things about. I have quite a few of these on my TBR tbh but the ones I hope to get to first, other than the two that I just mentioned are Dark & Deepest Red, Black Veins, Fever King (mostly because I’ve heard that the villain in it is amazing πŸ˜‚) Small Town Hearts & Cinderella Is Dead (I seriously need to read more retellings!!). I hope you enjoy all of the ones on your TBR ☺️

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    1. Ahhh I hope you can soon, it’s so, so, AMAZING ❀
      The villain is incredibly well crafted in The Fever King, I can highly recommend this book, I loved it so much πŸ™‚
      Thank you so much Charlotte!

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  7. I haven’t read any of these! I need to do some serious catching up on my YA contemporaries. I think they all sound amazing but for the title alone the first one I want to read is Cinderella Is Dead. I mean… title goals. If that isn’t a thing it should be a thing.

    I have also been meaning to read a Nina LaCour book for absolutely ever. I LOVED You Know Me Well, the book she co-wrote with David Levithan a few years back and somehow still have not got around to picking up one of her solo novels. I’ve heard We Are Okay is amazing too.

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    1. I so agree with you, this is title goals ahah I’m obsessed with it. I can’t wait to read it πŸ™‚
      I hope you’ll love Nina LaCour’s books! Everything Leads To You is the only one I read, but I heard We Are Okay is incredible πŸ™‚
      Thank you! ❀

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  8. love this post so much, marie!! i can’t tell you how excited i am for The Black Veins and You Should See Me in a Crown! even though they’re both by Black authors and have Black characters, I think they’re not going to focus on the hardships of being Black much. and i love that, because i think we should read and uplift books about Black joy as much as we do ones about Black pain. i also recently read The Henna Wars, and it was so much better than I thought it would be! i love how it followed a gay character from a culture that has a lot of homophobia, and it showed me that qpoc books just Hit Different compared to white queer books, haha

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    1. Ahh I’m so, so excited for you to read both of them! The Black Veins was such a thrilling, addictive kind of read and I grew fond of all the characters so quickly. I hope you will, too πŸ˜€
      I so agree with you on that, we need to read these kind of books so much!
      I’m so happy you loved The Henna Wars! I am so, so so sooooooooooo pumped to read it ahah i hope I can get a copy soon πŸ˜€
      Thank you so much ❀

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  9. Thank you for taking the time to compile this amazing list! You have always been my go-to book blogger to find amazing book recommendations from!

    This is What it Feels Like and The Henna Wars both have amazing book covers!! I’m excited to read the rest❀️

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    1. Thank YOU so much for reading it, I’m so, so happy you enjoyed it and ah this just made my entire week, thank you 😭
      Right? They’re some of my favorite book covers of all times, they’re so wonderful ❀

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  10. Love this post and all your recs

    Ah I’ve been hearing ALL THE HYPE for You Should See Me In A Crown and Fever King and I really really want to read those ❀

    Ahh I didn't know Verona Comics was queer. Now I'm even more hyped, it sounds so lovely. Gives me all the Tweet Cute vibes

    And The Fascinators sounds so up my alley

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  11. I just added By Any Means Necessary to my TBR because it sounds like exactly the kind of book I’ll love! And Final Draft sounds really good as well! I’m so happy you chose to recommend underrated books, because you helped me find some new books to read!

    You Should See Me In a Crown is at the very top of my TBR! I’ll probably be reading it this weekend, and I’m so very excited! I also have recently heard such good things about The Weight of the Stars, that I’ve added that book to my TBR as well, although I don’t know how soon I’ll get to that one.

    As for books you didn’t mention that I’m excited for, I just ordered a copy of The Black Flamingo yesterday because I’m a sucker for novels told in verse, and I couldn’t resist that cover! I also plan on buying myself Felix Ever After as soon as I read a few more books on my TBR, so that I have room for it on my shelves!

    And I really enjoyed On a Sunbeam when I read it last year, so I hope you do to! I read a lot of LGBTQ+ graphic novels in 2019, and that’s one of the ones that stood out to me, along with Kiss Number 8, which is a really great (and really funny) graphic novel hasn’t received the attention that it deserves!

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    1. aaah this makes me so, so happy, i’m so glad i could make you discover some new books ❀

      I've been seeing The Black Flamingo around lately, I think I'll have to add it to my TBR, it sounds so lovely!

      I'm glad you recommend On a Sunbeam, I'm so curious to read that one. Thank you for the recommendation, I'll have to check out Kiss Number 8 as well now πŸ˜€

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  12. This is such a great list Marie ❀ Thank you so much for the recommendations, I've been looking for more books to read while at home. I've always been interested to read You Should See Me in a Crown as well as Everything Leads to You. The latter book, I've had in my TBR for so long, but I just haven't had the chance to get a copy. πŸ™‚ Will definitely make time to read these diverse reads and more.

    jillian @ jillian etc.

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  13. I really want to read a lot of books on this list. I’ve seen You Should See Me in a Crown everywhere, and it totally seems like a book I would love. I also have been trying to get my hands on Cinderella is Dead, but it doesn’t seem to be available in ebook format in my country! Hopefully I’ll be able to get to some of these before Pride Month is over! I did just finish a fantastic memoir for pride month, How We Fight For Our Lives by: Saeed Jones. It was a heavy read, but so well written!

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    1. Ahh I hope you’ll get to read these books soon! Cinderella is dead sounds fantastic, I really hope you can pre order a copy as soon as possible ❀
      Thank you so much, Emily! πŸ™‚

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  14. What a great list, Marie! πŸ₯° I love How to Make a Wish so much, I hope that it’ll get some more love as I wish more people would know about it! I hope to read more books by the author as well, as she’s got more YA and also some cute Middle Grade out there 😊 I also hope to start reading You Should See Me in a Crown soon, as I have heard only praise for the story so far πŸ˜„

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  15. Absolutely wonderful post, Marie! I love so many of the books you mentioned here ☺️ Crier’s War is an incredible, emotional, & engaging read, set in such a fascinating world, and I’m so excited for you to read it !! I’m currently reading You Should See Me in a Crown and I’m reallyyy enjoying it, it’s so cute hehe πŸ’• And The Sound of Stars sounds like such a cool book as well, I ordered it recently and it should be coming soon! I’m excited to read it πŸ™‚ I hope you’re doing well btw ❀

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  16. By Any Means Necessary is next up on my TBR and I’m so excited for it πŸ˜€ And Final Draft is one that I’ve had my eye on for a while – it sounds wonderful! Everything Leads to You and On a Sunbeam are both some of my favorite queer books, and I just finished You Should See Me in a Crown yesterday and adored it!!

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    1. Aaaah I hope you’ll love both, they are so wonderful ❀ and yay! I keep on hearing incredible things about You Should See Me in a Crown, very excited to read it πŸ™‚

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  17. Crier’s War is one of my all time favorite novels! The slow burn romance, the tension, the hate-to-love!! It’s all so well-written and ah, just read it already, Marie!! ❀ Sadly, that’s the only one I’ve read from your list, but there are SO MANY I do want to read, especially The Henna War, You Should See Me in a Crown, How To Make a Wish, and The Black Veins. Great post, Marie! πŸ™‚

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    1. You have me so, so, SO excited to read Crier’s War, it sounds INCREDIBLE. I really hope I can get a copy soon… and find a way to read all the books all at once, so many books to read ahah.
      Thank you so much! ❀

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  18. me seeing you put multiple recs of mine in this post: 😎😎😎 but YES i am so excited for you to read the henna wars and on sunbeam (and the weight of the stars… and you should see me in a crown… and picture us in the light…) — i think you’re going to adore them all πŸ₯Ί i really want to read this is what it feels like, it looks so lovely and soft ❀ and the sound of stars looks absolutely amazing and i've heard only great things about it!!

    (also originally 40 books!! more words from you!!! we were robbed)

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    1. This post was 80% sponsored by your recommendations haha. I feel like I’d love all of these books and I really hope I will get them soon!! ❀ ❀
      I knoooow ahah, i could have put a longer list together, but this one was exhausting already 😭

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  19. god, i need to read more of nina lacour’s books. i read ‘we are okay’ a loooong time ago and from what i remember, i loved it so why haven’t i read more of her books????? (it’s b/c of the kind of person that i am i know) ALSO GOSH ALL her covers are SO PRETTY 😭

    see, i devoured the fever king immediately after it came out and it WRECKED me and now i’m scared to read the sequel because paaaaiiiiiin (im weak) ✌

    marie, on a sunbeam is SO GORGEOUS. i read it on my laptop and my eyes nearly cried from all the prettiness (+ the story is amaze and so so gay)

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    1. right ahh she has the best book covers ever, I really need to read we are okay sometime. But I get it, i’m the same way ahah πŸ™‚

      BUT YOU SHOULD read The Electric Heir you will love love love love ittttttt! πŸ˜€

      Ahh this makes me so happy, I need to read this as soon as possible then. Thank you!! ❀

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  20. There are so many amazing books on this list!! I’ve read The Henna Wars and it’s really, really cute, despite some minor issues I had with FlΓ‘via buuuut everything else was adorable. I also wanna read You Should See Me In a Crown asap! And I might have to look up the other books – especially The Fever King, how haven’t I read it already??

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