Musing About Things: Happy Pride Month & Book Recs

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Hi guys, welcome to Book Munchies’ Musing about Things: A Discussion (Post). Inspired by memes such as Books and a Beat‘s Musing Monday & Caffeinated Book Reviewer‘s Caffeinated Confessions (etc.), this is a Book Munchies discussion post, where I’ll be rambling about (mostly) book-related things and hopefully you guys will join in on the fun too (:
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Happy (almost end of) Pride Month! To celebrate pride, I wanted to share a few of my favourite reads that have some great LGBTQ+ characters! I’ll admit, I didn’t always read a ton of LGBTQ+ books, but I love that it’s a lot easier to find LGBTQ+ themed books and making it easier for me to diverse my reading collection more (:

If you like contemporary YA books, there’s a few pretty good reads! So I know I was pretty late getting to reading Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda, but I gladly jumped onto this bandwagon! This was such a fun book and I loved seeing Simon figure out his crush on Blue and suddenly coming out at his school. Another great Albertalli read is The Upside of Unrequited! Even though our main character Molly isn’t LGBTQ, the story was chalked full of great LGBTQ characters including her sister and her super awesome moms, and was a cute coming of age story! Queen of Geeks is for the geeky at heart, set at a comic-con about three best friends, not only is there a bisexual Asian heroine who’s trying to balance fame and privacy, we also get to explore issues surrounding mental health, too.

If you rather read some non-contemporary here’s super awesome fantasy and historical reads! Both The Shades of Magic and Six of Crows series are fantastic fantasy reads (seriously, these are easily top5 favourite series of all time for me) that boost some pretty amazing LGBTQ+ characters that you will fall in love with. Seriously the OTPs of Rhys & Alucard and Jesper & Wylan had me grinning like a fool, their so freak’n cute. Speaking of freak’n cute couples, let me introduce to Monty & Percy of The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue. This was pretty rompy historical YA adventure featuring Monty, our bisexual lord, who’s going on a Grand Tour when all hell breaks loose, including his feelings for Percy, his best friend.

The Him series is a great M/M meets sports romance. There’s a big dose of sexy and adorable, and a dash of hockey love to top it off. There’s Wes, who was a gay professional athlete who was quite comfortable with sexuality, but who hadn’t yet come out in the sports world. And then there’s Jamie who’s still figuring out his sexuality has he starts developing feelings for Wes.

I unfortunately didn’t get to go to my local Pride Parade this year because I had to work, but they’re always so fun! I hope anyone celebrating Pride Month had a awesome time doing it!

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Have you read any of these books? Did you enjoy them too?

Any LGBTQ+ recommendations for me? I’ve heard amazing things about Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe but still haven’t gotten to it, eep!

Did you celebrate Pride Month? What fun stuff did you do?

Author: Cyn

noun. a bum a student again. A master’s student…oooh. procrastinator. reader. eater. sleeper. music listen-er. movie go-er. Loves food too much.

13 Replies to “Musing About Things: Happy Pride Month & Book Recs”

  1. I actually haven’t read any of these books yet, probably the first I’ll tackle is Gentleman’s Guide. 🙂 Great post! Glad to see so much love for books featuring LGBTQ+ themes and characters!

    Cass @ Words on Paper

  2. So many here I love! Simon, Upside, Him/Us!! I really want to get to Six of Crows and A Darker Shade of Magic. Great post and thanks for sharing these!!

  3. Oh goodness, my brain overloads trying to settle on good ones to recommend. Teen ones are MJ O’Shea’s Moon series (this is PNR), Trailer Trash by Marie Sexton, Lovespell by Mia Kerrick, and One Man Guy by Michael Barakiva. Beau North’s Modern Love, Trust the Focus by Megan Erickson, Christmas Kitsch, Carry the Ocean by Heidi Cullinan, Steamroller by Mary Calmes and Rush by Nyrae Dawn are good NA ones. I plan to read Him this summer. I did not know about the Gentleman’s Guide so I’ll have to check it out.

    I live away from things so no Pride Parades here. I watched a few clips on You.tube that people posted.

  4. I haven’t read any of these books yet, but the Him and Us ones sound great. How can a book be bad if it has hockey in it. 🙂 I think my daughter picked up a copy of Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda. She didn’t get to go to the local Pride Parade either. We were both working.

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  5. I loved Six of Crows, and need to try Kennedy’s book. Our cousin marked in NY and for the first time, it was televised.

  6. I haven’t read any of these…I do like the look of them, especially the YA books. Enjoy! Here’s MY MUSING MONDAYS POST

  7. Thank you so much for all the good recommendations! I have some of these in my pile and just haven’t gotten around to them yet.

  8. Thank you for introducing me to that historical YA novel it sounds like something I need to read like yesterday! Hearing it mentioned in connection with 2 other series I am dying to read (they’re queued on my audible list just waiting for me to finish rereading HP) makes me really want to get my hands on it! Must add it to my list right now.

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  9. I haven’t read any of these but I do have several of them on my tbr list. I think Him and Us both look like great reads.

  10. I’ve only read Six of Crows and I loved it a lot! Jasper and Wylan gave me all the feels! I’m don’t really enjoy reading LGBTQI romances though. But I enjoyed reading Sarina Bowen and Elle Kennedy! Her latest romantic suspense had another LGBT romance and it was super hot!

  11. I LOVED Him/Us and Queens of Geek so much! I own Six of Crows, The Upside of Unrequited, and Simon vs the Home Sapiens Agends but I haven’t gotten to read them yet. I really need to work them into my schedule soon! Great list!

  12. Forever flailing about the awesomeness that is The Gentleman’s Guide… I freaking love that book! It is rompy, as you said, but also chock-full of nuance and sensitivity. Kudos to Mackenzi Lee. Believe it or not, I still haven’t read Simon Vs.! I’m hoping to read it this summer!

  13. Yesss I absolutely love so many of these reads especially Six of Crows (surprise surprise) and Simon Vs! I’m seeing all the hype about Gentlemen’s guide now.

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