So, I know it’s not technically pride month anymore but I’m still queer so I’m going to let the flag fly anyway. I saw this great tag over on Small Queer, Big Opinions and knew immediately I had to do it even though I wasn’t actually tagged. I’m just a rebel like that, I guess. The tag was initially created by Common Spence, who I didn’t know existed until I found this tag and realized I’d been missing out. Do yourselves a favor and follow both of these lovely individuals. 💖
I’m not going to tag anyone in particular so if you think you’d enjoy doing this one, consider yourself tagged! Let’s jump into the tag!
Red (Life) – A book with a spirited protagonist totally proud of who they are. Someone who gives you LIFE
The Six of Crows Duology is one of my favourite series, but my favourite character in the series is most definitely Nina. She’s proud of who and what she is and doesn’t let anyone look down on her for anything from her magic to her love of waffles. Reading her character makes me so happy because here is this teenager who is told so much is wrong about her and she just doesn’t let any of it even touch her. I also absolutely love that Leigh Bardugo won’t verbally confirm that Nina is bi, but instead says she would rather show us. I’m honestly really hoping we get to see this in the upcoming Grishaverse novel!
Orange (Healing) – A book that made you, as the reader, find a deeper meaning or catharsis in your own life
I remember not expecting much from The Nowhere Girls and then realizing that I should have expected a whole lot. This novel made me realize that I want to work with teens, especially teen girls. I want to make a place where they know it’s safe for them to hang out and not need to worry about what some guy is going to do to them or what the world will say about it. Before I read this book, I was on the fence about whether or not I wanted to transfer from the library branch I was working at to the branch I’m at now, a branch I work with both children and teens at. After reading this book, there was not a doubt in my mind that I needed to work with both. I’m so happy now to be able to help make that safe space for teens because of this book and its themes. Definitely worth a read!
Yellow (Sunshine) – A book that fills you with so much joy it could brighten even your darkest day
For this one, I have three words for you: Fluffy. Gamer. Romance. It’s so fluffy and happy and I just loved reading every moment of it! There are a couple instances of homomisia on the page from one of the MC’s parents so beware of that if you do read it. There is a bit of angst because it is a romance between a lesbian teen and a questioning teen and honestly if it hadn’t been there I wouldn’t have found it as believable. The romance itself was so fluffy and wonderful though and I can’t say that enough! Reading this one makes me very happy and I hope it does the same for you if you choose to read it.
Green (Nature) – A book that is set out of this world – a reality different to our own
Reign of the Fallen is set in a place called Karthia, where necromancers have been continuously resurrecting the king for an unknown but obviously very large amount of time. The main character is a bisexual necromancer who goes through a really heavy period with grief and addiction, which are both very accurately portrayed throughout the novel. Definitely something to be aware of if you choose to read it. But it’s such a unique novel with such good rep in it that I recommend it to those who can read it without being harmed by it.
Blue (Peace) – A book where one of the characters finds peace with a difficult truth
First let me go ahead and say that this is one of the most difficult books I’ve read this year. It’s a story about a few different gay boys but that’s not what makes it difficult. It’s told using the voice of a generation of gay men who died of AIDS. I cried so much while reading this book. During this novel, one of the two boys who are kissing to beat the world record for longest consecutive kiss realizes that it’s okay not to be in a relationship with the other one romantically. I honestly can’t remember which one this was, but I do remember them finding peace with this at the end of the novel. I was too emotional about this one to write a full review out, but it’s a quick read and I definitely recommend it.
Purple (Spirit) – A book that deals with LGBT+ themes and religion
I only very vaguely remember the story in this one, but I do remember enjoying it quite a bit when I read it. The main character in The Tiger’s Watch is a genderfluid soldier-in-training who is forced to hide in a monastery when their home is attacked. I remember not really feeling right about the romance in this, but the rest of the novel was a fun read. I did a full review of it back then, which you can find here.