Pride Month is celebrated every year in June to commemorate the anniversary of the 1969 Stonewall Riots. During this month, a lot of attention is given to LGBTQIA+ culture and it serves as a much-needed reminder that even though representation has come a long way in recent years, it requires a commitment to pursuing and uplifting queer voices. We think this is a great opportunity to put a spotlight on creators, authors, and stories that reflect the diverse range of experiences in the queer community.

In honor of Pride, here are 23 books releasing this month that you should add to your reading lists! The books on this list portray LGBTQIA+ characters from a variety of experiences and across a variety of genres, so you are sure to find something exciting to read this month!

1. Ace of Spades by Faridah Àbíké-Íyímídê

The cover of Ace of Spades by Faridah Àbíké-Íyímídê

In an ultimate combination of Get Out meets Gossip Girl, Ace of Spades is the perfect queer book you have to read this summer.

Devon and Chiamaka are the senior class prefects in the prestigious Niveus Private Academy. They are smart, focused, and all set to enter the Ivys with their perfect academic and extra-curricular records. But everything changes, when an anonymous entity called the Aces starts revealing all of their secrets.

Will the Aces sabotage the girls’ future, or will the girls ruin the Aces’ plans? Read this thrilling suspense to find out. Xoxo.

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2. Better Together by Christine Riccio

The Cover of Better Together by Christine Riccio

Two estranged sisters, Jamie and Siri get together to fix their broken family life. Despite having polar opposite personalities, they decide to switch places and confront their parents for separating them.

While navigating each other’s contrasting lifestyles was already complex, life gets more complicated when love gets into the picture. Siri develops a crush on Jamie’s best friend Dawn while Jamie ends up falling in love with a random stranger in New York.

In their quest of uniting their broken family, will the sisters be able to reignite love between their parents or will their personal lives get in between?

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3. The Darkness Outside by Eliot Schrefer

The Cover of The Darkness Outside by Eliot Schrefer

What happens when two sworn enemies are put together in the same spaceship?

This isn’t your typical YA haters turned lover’s story. Ambrose wakes up in the spaceship with absolutely no memory at all. All he knows is that the voice on board belongs to his mother and there is a brooding guy that won’t talk to him.

With their survival at stake, Ambrose and Kodiak need to find a way to reconcile and work together against an unknown force in space.

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4. The Ghosts We Keep by Mason Deaver

The Cover of The Ghosts We Keep by Mason Deaver

While we have plenty of stories describing the pain of losing a loved one, not many talk about the unilinear path of recovery that follows.

After losing his brother in a hit-and-run case, Liam is forced to deal with life alone. His life completely falls apart as he struggles to find the will to go on with life. People tell him that life goes on and he needs to cope with the grief. However, he does not know how to do it. He does not know if he can.

From survivor’s guilt to finding the reason to move on, in an honest and transparent way, this book recounts the struggle we face after losing someone we love.

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5. The Girl from the Sea by Molly Ostertag

The Cover of The Girl from the Sea by Molly Ostertag

After the success of The Witch Boy Trilogy, Molly Ostertag is back with a story of Morgan.

Morgan is your typical 15-year-old. She lives with her mom and brother in a tight-knit community where everyone is basically your extended family. But you know the thing with families, they have secrets. And Morgan’s biggest secret was wanting to leave this perfect island because they wouldn’t accept who she really was.

All she knew was that once she left the island, she’d be done be secrets. But what happens when she falls in love with someone that has the craziest secret amongst them all?

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6. Jay’s Gay Agenda by Jason June

The Cover of Jay’s Gay Agenda by Jason June

Revisit your teenage days with Jay’s Gay Agenda. All the way from wish lists and first date butterflies to complexities of first love and heartbreak, read this incredible LGTBQIA+ edition of finding love while balancing life.

By the way, we’re interviewing author Jason June on Instagram live, stay tuned for the announcement on our Bookstagram!

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7. The Love Song of Ivy K. Harlowe by Hannah Moskowitz

The cover of The Love Song of Ivy K. Harlowe
The cover of The Love Song of Ivy K. Harlowe

The Love Song of Ivy K. Harlowe follows the life of a high school graduate named Andie who is madly in love with her best friend Ivy.

Ivy, who is unabashedly sexual and sleeps with someone new every night and when she’s on the dance floor, she’s the one no one can tear their eyes from. To Andie, everyone loves Ivy but nobody can form a deep connection with her like Andie. That is until Dot comes along and Ivy finds herself looking for a relationship. 

This book grapples with Queer romance, blurred lines between friendship and love and the complexities of female friendships. It also portrays chronic illness and disability representation in an authentic and earnest light.

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8. Never Kiss Your Roommate by Philline Harms

The cover of Never Kiss Your Roommate by Philline Harms
The cover of Never Kiss Your Roommate by Philline Harms

Never Kiss Your Roommate is a dual-point-of-view novel set in an English boarding school. The book follows Evelyn and Seth as they join a new private institution (Seven Hills) in England after experiencing tough times in their personal lives. Together, they struggle to fit in at their new school. 

Evelyn’s roommate Noelle is unfriendly and bitter, who managed to send away her last roommate in tears. However, Evelyn instead of being intimidated by this mysterious roommate, is attracted to her. Never Kiss Your Roommate is a story full of queer friendship and queer romance. If you are a fan of enemies to lovers trope, this one should be on your must-reads!

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9. The Passing Playbook by Isaac Fitzsimons

The cover of The Passing Playbook by Isaac Fitzsimons
The cover of The Passing Playbook by Isaac Fitzsimons

Another high school read, The Passing Playbook follows a 15-year-old Spencer Harris, a black trans teen. After experiencing bullying at his old school, he is ready to start afresh at the most liberal school in Ohio (Oakley). 

Everything seems to be going well for Spencer at the new school. New friends who are very accepting, a decent shot at a starting position on the boy’s soccer team and even becoming a little something more than friends with one of his teammates. The only problem? No one at Oakley knows that he is trans. At Least not until his coach discovers the ‘F’ on Spencer’s birth certificate. Things go awry when Spencer is benched due to a discriminatory law. 

The Passing Playbook is a story about friendship, soccer, finding and standing up for one’s true self.

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10. Trouble Girls by Julia Lynn Rubin

The cover of Trouble Girls by Julia Lynn Rubin
The cover of Trouble Girls by Julia Lynn Rubin

This story takes the reader on a thrill ride with Riverdale-like aesthetics. Trixie lives a troubled life at home and she can’t wait to escape for a weekend getaway with her best friend Lux. On their dream trip, they stop by at a college bar where their fun time quickly turns violent. The event turns them from normal high school girls into wanted fugitives.

They soon realize that they can only rely on each other, and the love that they find for each other is the only thing that will make them stronger in the face of adversity. 

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11. The Un Popular Vote by Jasper Sanchez

The cover of The Un Popular Vote by Jasper Sanchez
The cover of The Un Popular Vote by Jasper Sanchez

The Un Popular Vote tells the tale of a transgender teen (Mark) who has to be stealthy because his dad is a congressman who wants to keep his son’s transition a secret. However, when Mark finds a manipulative candidate with a dangerous agenda running for the student body president, he decides to step out of the low profile that he had promised his father and insert himself as a political challenger. 

Mark’s story arc is not about figuring himself out or dealing with internalized transphobia, it’s about keeping the promise of staying stealth to his Father.

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 12. All Our Hidden Gifts by Caroline O’Donoghue

The cover of All Our Hidden Gifts by Caroline O'Donoghue
The cover of All Our Hidden Gifts by Caroline O’Donoghue

An easy-to-grasp fantasy novel that grapples with elements of tarot reading, witches, occult behavior and mysterious kidnapping. It follows Maeve, a high school student in Ireland who one day during detention discovers a pack of Tarot cards. What starts as a harmless bit of tarot reading ends up with a missing girl and sinister cult of radicals who take their political beliefs to a dark level. 

The book speaks of sexuality and gender in an informative way without scolding or guilt-tripping the readers. 

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13. Fire with Fire by Destiny Soria

The cover of Fire with Fire by Destiny Soria
The cover of Fire with Fire by Destiny Soria

Fire With Fire is a fantasy novel about two sisters, Dani and Eden who are trained in dragon slaying. They are the complete opposites of each other. For Dani, dragon-slaying takes a back seat to normal school life, while Eden has worked her whole life to be recognized as a dragon slayer. Things take a turn when Dani befriends a dragon (Nox) and creates a magical bond. 

With Dani being lost to the dragons, Eden reaches out to a set of mysterious sorcerers for help to save her sister. Now fighting against each other to save one another, they fail to see the bigger enemy lurking over their shoulders. 

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14. Girls at the Edge of the World by Laura Brooke Robson

The Cover of Girls at the Edge of the World by Laura Brooke Robson

Perfect for the fans of Rachel Hartmen and Rae Carson, Girls at the Edge of the World is an incredibly romantic fantasy set in a post-apocalyptic flood. While Natasha is hell-bent on ensuring that everyone gets a safe passage into the new world, Ella is simply driven by her thirst for revenge against the Kosyrovian Royal Court.

With a common goal, these girls team up to challenge the system. They’ve calculated every single variable to ensure this much-needed success. But when love sneaks up on them and gives them a new purpose in life, will they end up giving up on their initial agendas?

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15. The Marvelous by Claire Kann 

The cover of The Marvelous by Claire Kann
The cover of The Marvelous by Claire Kann

Six lucky teens are invited to spend an unforgettable weekend at the mansion of heiress and social media mogul Jewel Van Hanen. After vanishing for a year, Jewel announces she has chosen lucky users of her app “Golden Rule” access into her private life, and for a chance to win a life-changing cash prize. Only things don’t appear quite as they seem. The guests find themselves thrown into an elaborate estate-wide game, with every riddle and challenge tailored to each individual player’s strengths and weaknesses. 

This exhilarating premise is like a social media-era version of Charlie and The Chocolate Factory, and the novel also contains sapphic character and representation. It follows three players— Luna: Jewel’s biggest fan, Nicole: the darling of Golden Rule, and Stella: a brilliant outsider, as they navigate the insane puzzle set up by the reclusive heiress. 

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16. Violet Ghosts by Leah Thomas

The cover of Violet Ghosts by Leah Thomas
The cover of Violet Ghosts by Leah Thomas

Dani’s best friend is Sarah, who happens to be a ghost who has been dead for 20 years. Living with an abusive father and not fitting in at school, Sarah is the one thing that gets Dani through it all — and he thinks that they might be even be more than friends. But there’s one thing Dani can’t tell her. He knows that Sarah hates men, having been murdered by one, so he Is afraid to tell her that he is trans. 

One day, Sarah and Dani come across another ghost in the woods, suffering with the memory of her own brutal murder. The duo decide to help ghosts like this spirit find peace and give them a sanctuary to return to. But when an old friend reenters Dani’s life, and helps him find a sense of belonging, he begins to wonder if being a part of the living world means he needs to let go of his ghosts.  

This novel deals with a lot of heavy themes, such as trauma, abuse and struggling with one’s gender identity.

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17. Bi The Way: The Bisexual Guide to Life by Lois Shearing

The cover of Bi The Way by Lois Shearing
The cover of Bi The Way by Lois Shearing

Bi The Way is a thorough look into understanding and embracing your bisexuality. This essential guide contains accounts from bisexual advocates, practical guidance on topics such as dating, sex, coming out, biphobia, bi erasure, activism, and gender identity. The book is an honest and powerful manifesto that aims to shed light on a community that is often overlooked and has experienced a history of erasure.

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18. Gearbreakers by Zoe Hana Mikuta

The cover of Gearbreakers by Zoe Hana Mikuta
The cover of Gearbreakers by Zoe Hana Mikuta

In Gearbreakers, we meet Eris and Sona, two girls on opposite sides of a terrible war in a cyberpunk world, who discover that they are fighting for a common purpose. 

In the country of Godolia, a tyrannical power is spreading, aided by giant mechanized inventions called Windups. Eris is one of the rebels, a Gearbreaker who specializes in taking down these weapons of destruction. When a mission goes horribly wrong, she is thrown into a Godolia prison, where she meets Sona. Sona is a cybernetically enhanced Windup pilot, and at first Eris thinks she is the enemy, until Sona reveals she is a secret double agent, infiltrating the program to destroy it from within. The girls team up, with the odds stacked against them as they plot to destroy the overloads’ reign for good, and find themselves inadvertently growing closer, as allies, and maybe even something more.

A book that is a sapphic sci-fi adventure and uses the enemies to lovers trope? It can’t get any better than that. 

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19. This Poison Heart by Kalynn Bayron

The cover of The Poison Heart by Kalynn Bayron
The cover of The Poison Heart by Kalynn Bayron

From the author of Cinderella Is Dead comes a darkly evocative fairytale about Briseis, a girl who can grow plants with a single touch.

Bri has never known her biological family and has no idea where her gift comes from. When an aunt she’s never met dies and leaves her an old estate in rural New York, she and her adoptive parents leave their city life behind. Bri hopes that being surrounded by nature will help her gain control over her gifts, but the new home is eerier than she could have imagined. Her aunt has left her in charge of a secret apothecary and a garden filled with deadly botanicals that can only be entered by someone who shares Bri’s unique bloodline. 

Then strangers begin to drop by unexpectedly, asking Bri for special elixirs, which she learns she has a talent for creating. She meets Marie, an unusual young woman she is inexplicably drawn to, but Bri begins to suspect there is something Marie is not telling her, about the dark secrets of her sudden inheritance. Before she can do anything, a nefarious group arrives and demands Bri make them a rare elixir, one that grants immortality. Facing a centuries-old curse and deadly poisonous plants, Bri must take control of her gift to protect herself and her loved ones. 

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20. Indestructible Object by Mary McCoy

The cover of Indestructible Object by Mary McCoy
The cover of Indestructible Object by Mary McCoy

Lee has her life worked out. She loves her job as a sound tech at the local coffee shop, and she cohosts a popular podcast called ‘Artists in Love’ with her boyfriend. 

Then her boyfriend breaks up with her on air right free graduation. To make matters worse, the timing of her parents split and losing her job coincides with the breakup, and Lee’s perfect life is thrown out the window. Trying to make ends meet, Lee decides to start a new podcast with her new friends Max and Risa, called “indestructible objects” where they pose the question of whether love truly exists at all. As she starts to explore the love stories in the city of Memphis, Lee begins to wonder if maybe love is more than what she expected. 

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21. The Lucky List by Rachael Lippincott

The cover of The Lucky List by Rachael Lippincott
The cover of The Lucky List by Rachael Lippincott

A queer coming-of-age story dealing with themes of grief, love, and coming out, and perfect for fans of The Perks of Being a Wallflower. 

Emily had always considered herself lucky, that is, until she lost her mother to cancer three years ago. Now, about to go off to university, things are worse than ever as Emily packs away her mom’s things and her dad prepares to sell the house she grew up in. No one is talking to Emily due to an incident at school, except for one person: Blake.

Emily comes across a bucket list her mother had made in her senior year of high school, buried in the back of her closet. With the hope of fixing her life and feeling close to her mother, she decides to complete the bucket list with Blake’s help. Emily soon realizes there is another thing she has to check off for herself: accepting a secret part of herself she never got to share with the person who knew her the best.

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22. Love and Other Natural Disasters by Misa Sugiura 

The cover of Love and Other Natural Disasters by Misa Sugiura
The cover of Love and Other Natural Disasters by Misa Sugiura

Love and Other Natural Disasters is a rom-com set in San Francisco which tells the story of Nozomi, a queer Japanese-American teenager who struggles to recognize love outside of her picture-perfect ideals. On her first evening in San Francisco, she stumbles on the most gorgeous girl ever (Willow). Willow however, doesn’t seem all that interested in Nozomi. 

To Nozomi’s surprise, she finds Willow working at the same place as hers. Willow and Nozomi start a fake relationship to make Willow’s ex-girlfriend (Arden) jealous. They get into the relationship with different motives but will they come out of it together? If you want to read more, we published a full-fledged review of the book!

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23.  Fat and Queer: An Anthology of Queer and Trans Bodies and Lives

The cover of Fat and Queer
The cover of Fat and Queer

A collection of prose and poetry compiled by Bruce Owens Grimm, Miguel M. Morales, and Tiff Joshua TJ Ferentini explores the intersection of fat and queer identities, showcasing new, emerging and established queer and trans writers from around the world. This book challenges negative and damaging stereotypes of queer and fat bodies and gives the readers a way to reclaim their bodies and narrative while providing stories of support, inspiration and empowerment.

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    Trisha Jain is a recent graduate with a bachelor degree in economics and media studies from the University of Toronto. She likes to write, travel, and critically analyze new media. She is a reader of both fiction and non-fiction, and spends her time streaming Netflix shows endlessly.

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