I’m rather late in getting this blog posted (apologies!!) but I fell behind in my writing schedule.
June is Pride Month, and I wanted to do something similar to what I did with the BlackoutBestsellerlists initiative and buy two books written by fantasy authors who identify as LGBTQ+.
I discovered this is going to be a little more challenging than the first initiative I participated in. A Google search showed me many books featuring a character who is LGBTQ+, but that’s not quite what I’m looking for here. The best pre-made list I could put my hands on is from 2017. My goal this time around is to support authors of that community, although I do plan to buy more books featuring BIPOC main characters in the future.
I think I may have found a few to choose from. However, if you know of more authors who would be applicable, please let me know! I would love to have a broader list of authors to support.
EDIT: So I totally forgot about @ LGBTQreads on Twitter. Check them out. Lots and lots of book recs.
Of Fire and Stars, by Audrey Coulthurst
Link to paperback: https://bookshop.org/books/of-fire-and-stars/9780062433268
Description from Bookshop.org: “Betrothed since childhood to the prince of Mynaria, Princess Dennaleia has always known what her future holds. Her marriage will seal the alliance between Mynaria and her homeland, protecting her people from other hostile kingdoms.
But Denna has a secret. She possesses an Affinity for fire–a dangerous gift for the future queen of a land where magic is forbidden.
Now Denna has to learn the ways of her new kingdom while trying to hide her growing magic. To make matters worse, she must learn to ride Mynaria’s formidable warhorses before her coronation–and her teacher is the person who intimidates her most, the prickly and unconventional Princess Amaranthine, sister of her betrothed.
When a shocking assassination leaves the kingdom reeling, Mare and Denna reluctantly join forces to search for the culprit. As the two work together, they discover there is more to one another than they thought–and soon their friendship is threatening to blossom into something more.
But with dangerous conflict brewing that makes the alliance more important than ever, acting on their feelings could be deadly. Forced to choose between their duty and their hearts, Mare and Denna must find a way to save their kingdoms–and each other.”
Every Heart a Doorway, by Seanan McGuire
Link to hardcover: https://bookshop.org/books/every-heart-a-doorway/9780765385505
Description from Bookshop.org: “Eleanor West’s Home for Wayward Children
Children have always disappeared under the right conditions; slipping through the shadows under a bed or at the back of a wardrobe, tumbling down rabbit holes and into old wells, and emerging somewhere… else.But magical lands have little need for used-up miracle children.Nancy tumbled once, but now she’s back. The things she’s experienced… they change a person. The children under Miss West’s care understand all too well. And each of them is seeking a way back to their own fantasy world.But Nancy’s arrival marks a change at the Home. There’s a darkness just around each corner, and when tragedy strikes, it’s up to Nancy and her new-found schoolmates to get to the heart of things.No matter the cost.”
Huntress, by Malinda Lo
Link to paperback: https://bookshop.org/books/huntress/9780316039994
Description from Bookshop.org: “Nature is out of balance in the human kingdom. The sun hasn’t shone in years, and crops are failing. Worse yet, strange and hostile creatures have begun to appear. And the people’s survival hangs in the balance.
To solve the crisis, the oracle stones are cast, and Kaede and Taisin, two seventeen-year-old girls, are picked to go on a dangerous and unheard-of journey to Tanlili, the city of the Fairy Queen. Taisin is a sage, thrumming with magic, and Kaede is of the earth, without a speck of the otherworldly. And yet the two girls’ destinies are drawn together during the mission. As members of their party succumb to unearthly attacks and fairy tricks, the two come to rely on each other and even begin to fall in love. But the Kingdom needs only one huntress to save it, and what it takes could tear Kaede and Taisin apart forever.The exciting adventure prequel to Malinda Lo’s highly acclaimed novel Ash is overflowing with lush Chinese influences and details inspired by the I Ching, and is filled with action and romance.”
RESOURCES OTHER THAN AMAZON
I also recommend buying from sources other than Amazon if you can. Sites like bookshop.org and indiebound.org help to support indie bookstores. [Don’t be a jerk – these sites aren’t Amazon. Don’t treat them like they’re Amazon. In fact, don’t treat anyone like Amazon.]
Also, PLEASE leave reviews, share recommendations, share on social media — basically do whatever you do when you like a book. Getting the word out about a book you love is just as important to supporting that author as buying the book!
Remember that although this is Pride Month, you can buy books written by LGBTQ+ authors year-round. Same for Black and other BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, Person of Color) authors. Let’s move beyond the hashtag and make it a habit!