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Queer Generations: Queer YA with Queer Parents

Does anyone else feel like this week is wonky? Have we tried turning it off and turning it on again? I feel like all my plans have gone sideways. Luckily, there are always queer books to bring me comfort.

This week, I wanted to highlight the Sylvia Rivera Law Project, which provides legal aid to low income trans, intersex, and gender-nonconforming people of color in New York City. You can find out more about them on the SRLP website and you can help out using their donation page.

If you know of a queer charity/nonprofit you’d like to see highlighted on OQS, let me know!


Queer Generations: Queer YA with Queer Parents

I recently read Home Field Advantage by Dahlia Adler (out June 7th) — which is a delight, by the way — and I was struck by the detail that one of the main characters has a bisexual mom. Amber is closeted at school, but totally out and accepted at home. (She’s still finding a label for herself, but it seems like polysexual fits best.)

the cover of Home Field Advantage

From board books upwards in age categories, it’s become much more common to find families with two moms or two dads. This felt different to me, though. Amber’s mother is single. She makes bi jokes. I don’t think I’ve ever seen a bisexual parent who is single in YA — or possibly any book? — before. It felt like a very normal, natural part of her family and home life. In a culture that still labels queer people and books about us as inherently too sexual or age inappropriate for kids and teens, this really stood out to me. (It might also be because I am now closer to her age than Amber’s…)

That got me thinking that I’ve noticed more YA books lately that have multiple generations of queer people in the family. Here are a few!

the cover of Full Disclosure

Full Disclosure by Camryn Garrett

This novel is packed full of queer people, which is always a plus. Simone is a teenager who has been HIV positive since birth, which is managed well with medication. It’s not a coincidence that she has two dads: after seeing so many of their friends go through the AIDS crisis, they wanted to be able to help raise a kid with HIV, knowing the stigma she would face. This is primarily a M/F romance, but it’s also about living as an HIV-positive teen, deciding who it’s safe to tell that to and when she has to hide it to keep herself safe. She’s surrounded by not only her two dads as support, but also a queer friend group: one is also bisexual and one is an asexual lesbian.

cover of the dead and the dark by courtney gould

The Dead and the Dark by Courtney Gould

Logan’s dads have a ghost hunting TV show that always has them on the road. When they stop into her dads’ hometown, though, Logan is on edge. She knows how homophobic it was for them to grow up there, and it hasn’t seemed to change much since. She resents the town for hurting her dads and is now facing that discrimination herself as a lesbian. This is a paranormal thriller/horror story with an F/F romance.

the cover of I Kissed Shara Wheeler by casey mcquiston; green with illustration of a young blonde woman holding a pink envelope covered in red lipstick kisses

I Kissed Shara Wheeler by Casey McQuiston

While this is a completely different genre than The Dead and the Dark, they do have something in common: they’re both about queer teenagers returning to their queer parents’ homophobic hometown. Like Logan, Chloe resents the town for being cruel and bigoted to her parent. Unlike Logan, though, this isn’t a temporary pit stop. Chloe has to live here until graduation, and she’s funneled her anger into showing up the school’s golden girl Shara Wheeler and attempting to snatch valedictorian status from her. But then Shara kisses her, disappears, and leaves a series of coded notes behind her. Now Chloe will have to find her — just out of a sense of competition, of course.

This Poison Heart cover

This Poison Heart by Kalynn Bayron

While the previous three books I listed all have some connection between the parents’ identities and the main characters’, it doesn’t have to be that way. I haven’t read This Poison Heart yet, but as far as I can tell, Briseis has two moms and is also queer, and that’s not a plot point. Considering that queerness is at least somewhat heritable, it makes sense! So I’m hoping we soon see more families like this depicted in fiction. This is a story about magic and poisonous plants and Greek/Roman Mythology — with an F/F romance in there as well. I’ve heard only amazing things about this series!

This isn’t a complete list! You can find more YA books with queer parents (books with queer main characters as well are highlighted) at LGBTQ Reads, put together by who else but Dahlia Adler. (Yes, the author of Home Field Advantage. She’s just that good.)

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New Releases This Week

the cover of Ma and Me

Ma and Me: A Memoir by Putsata Reang (Lesbian Memoir)

Putsata Reang was born in Cambodia, where she and her mother fled when she was just a baby. She barely lived through the experience and spent her childhood trying to live up to being a good Cambodian daughter. That carefully built dynamic between her and her mother crumbles, though, when she marries a woman.

the cover of Melt With You

Melt With You by Jennifer Dugan (F/F YA Contemporary)

If you’re looking for a sweet sapphic YA romance to read this summer, you can’t get better than this. Fallon and Chloe used to be best friends. Then they kissed, and Chloe left for college, and now they aren’t speaking anymore. But to make this messy situation a lot worse, their moms are best friends who own an ice cream truck together, and Chloe and Fallon have been tasked with taking it on a road trip through state fairs this summer. Yes, it’s a friends to lovers to enemies ice cream truck road trip romance. And look at that cover! Who could resist? I’m a few chapters into this one and loving it so far.

the cover of The Lesbiana's Guide to Catholic School

The Lesbiana’s Guide to Catholic School by Sonora Reyes (YA Contemporary)

I was already excited to read this book from the title and cover alone, but then I saw this tweet from the author describing it in the style of a Reddit post: “I (16F) got sent to a Catholic school with my brother (15M) after getting outed at my old school. I’m not out at the new school, but there’s this openly queer girl (16F) there who makes my gay heart do happy little flips. How do I date her without letting her know I’m gay?” That last line made me cackle, and I can’t wait to dive in.

Darknesses by Lachelle Seville (Lesbian Vampire Fantasy)

the cover of The Days of Bluegrass Love

The Days of Bluegrass Love by Edward van de Vendel, translated by Emma Rault (M/M YA Contemporary)

Twelfth by Janet Key (Queer Middle Grade Mystery)

If You’re a Drag Queen and You Know It by Lil Miss Hot Mess and Olga De Dios Ruiz (Picture Book)

Heathen: The Complete Series Omnibus Edition by Natasha Alterici, Ashley A. Woods, Rachel Deering, and Morgan Martinez (Sapphic Fantasy Graphic Novel)

the cover of the Heathen omnibus

Galaxy: The Prettiest Star by Jadzia Axelrod, illustrated by Jess Taylor (Gender Identity Sci Fi Graphic Novel)

I Want to be a Wall, Vol. 1 by Honami Shirono (Asexual Woman and Gay Man Manga)

Grandmaster of Demonic Cultivation: Mo Dao Zu Shi Vol. 2 by Mò Xiāng Tóng Xiù (M/M Fantasy Light Novel)

The Book of Non-Binary Joy: Embracing the Power of You by Ben Pechey (Non-Binary Nonfiction)


That’s it for me this week! Until next time, you can find me at my bi and lesbian book blog, the Lesbrary, as well as on Twitter @danikaellis. You can also hear me on All the Books or you can read my Book Riot posts.

Happy reading!

Danika

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The Fright Stuff

Horror and History in Burn Down, Rise Up

Hey‌ ‌there‌ horror fans, ‌I’m‌ ‌Jessica‌ ‌Avery‌ ‌and‌ ‌I’ll‌ ‌be‌ ‌delivering‌ ‌your‌ ‌weekly‌ ‌brief‌ ‌of‌ ‌all‌ ‌that’s‌ ‌ghastly‌ ‌and‌ ‌grim‌ ‌in‌ ‌the‌ ‌world‌ ‌of‌ ‌Horror.‌ ‌Whether‌ ‌you’re‌ ‌looking‌ ‌for‌ ‌a‌ ‌backlist‌ ‌book‌ ‌that‌ ‌will‌ ‌give‌‌ you‌ ‌the‌ ‌willies,‌ ‌a‌ ‌terrifying‌ ‌new‌ ‌release,‌ ‌or‌ ‌the‌ ‌latest‌ ‌in‌ ‌horror‌ ‌community‌ ‌news,‌ ‌you’ll‌ ‌find‌ ‌it‌ ‌here‌ in‌ ‌The‌ ‌Fright‌ ‌Stuff.

The reason I started adding these sort of “Fright Stuff Book of the Month” newsletters to my monthly roster was to give me the space to focus on one book that I’d read recently that really got to me. Lists are fun, but sometimes I want to sink my teeth into a text, shake it a bit, and see what falls out. Because, as I know you’re all aware, there is some incredible horror being published right now. Particularly by groups whose voices have been underrepresented by the genre in the past. This month’s book pick is one that has stuck with me since I finished it, not just because of all the mold and rot (my favorite), or the sweet Sapphic romance, or that gorgeous neon cover I’m obsessed with.

But also because it’s a vital book, the message and themes of which will always be important and relevant. More so now than ever.

burn down rise up book cover

Burn Down, Rise Up by Vincent Tirado

Burn Down, Rise Up is the debut YA novel of non-binary, Afro-Latine author, Vincent Tirado. Set in Tirado’s native Bronx, the book introduces readers to fifteen year old Raquel, whose life has just been upended by a violent attack that leaves her mother in a coma, infected by some unidentifiable mold-like substance that is slowly killing her. At the same time, Cisco – the cousin of Raquel’s crush Charlize – disappears and eye witnesses identify him as the person who attacked and infected Raquel’s mother. Along with two other teens, Raquel and Charlize must venture into a world of ghosts and dark histories, chasing a dangerous urban legend that may hold the key to saving their loved ones. But only if the girls can survive the Echo Game.

Sinister urban legends and Sapphic horror are always catnip for me, so obviously I leapt at the chance to read Burn Down, Rise Up. And it was every bit as fantastic as I expected it to be. But what really struck me when I was reading, and stuck with me long after, was Tirado’s use of Bronx history as the backbone of their novel. I went into this novel knowing nothing about the history of the Bronx, and came out on the other side both astounded by my own lack of knowledge and horrified and enraged once again at how much blatant racism and inhumane cruelty can be acted out in a single location.

But then, the whole point of the Echo Game is that there are points in history so terrible that they leave a permanent mark on the world. After all, what else are ghosts.

Tirado’s novel is a scathing indictment of the worst parts of the Bronx’s history, played out by literally walking their characters through a distorted otherworld where an avatar of every Slum Lord who ever left his tenants in rotting houses or burned them out for profit now rules over a scorched land of wraiths and violence. But it’s also a novel about hope, and perseverance as a community. Fighting back as a community.

In a conversation about the history of the Bronx that took place early in the book, Raquel’s father pointed out that in the aftermath of the Bronx burning, it was the locals who brought the borough back to life: “We had to rebuild the Bronx, literally. A few grassroots organizations formed. They taught residents carpentry so we could actually renovate our homes. We took special care of it because it was ours. And we had no one else – only each other.” (77) And when it comes to defeating the Echo Game and saving her mother, Raquel learns for herself how much stronger she is, how much stronger they all are, when they stand together and fight back.

I said in my May new reads Fright Stuff that if you buy one book this month it should be Burn Down, Rise Up and I mean it. There are a lot of amazing books coming out this month, but this one is something really special. It has so much heart and humanity. Tirado took a dark, awful moment in history, shined a light on the consequences of letting hate run rampant, but also showed their readers that out of the worst, bleakest of times, communities can survive and rise together.

“What else does a phoenix do when it’s done burning?” (76)

Fresh From the Skeleton’s Mouth

Most of you have probably already seen this Best Horror Books of All Time list from Esquire floating around your social media feeds, but if you haven’t be sure to check it out!

Okay, so not all thrillers are horror, but some are! And I can’t resist a book that embodies the phrase “Be Gay, Do Crimes”. So head over to Novel Suspects for a list of YA Thrillers Featuring LGBTQIA+ Folks Getting Into Trouble.

We have a cover reveal for Cale Dietrich’s forthcoming queer slasher novel Pledge, about a fraternity initiation gone murderously awry!

Hailey Piper was on the Sexy Books Podcast, talking about her fabulous horroromance novel Queen of Teeth, which is as romantic as it is gross (goodbye forever peanut butter).


As always, you can catch me on twitter at @JtheBookworm, where I try to keep up on all that’s new and frightening.

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The Kids Are All Right

New Shapeshifting Fantasy Adventure, a Perfect Baby Shower Gift, and Picture Books for Grads

Hey readers,

Happy May! As we head into graduation season, here’s to hoping everyone finds something to be inspired by. I’m a personal fan of picture books as gifts for adults, both young and old, and I’ve included some options for you this time around.

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Bookish Swaddling Blanket

Every season is baby shower season, and this cute blanket is perfect for bookish loved ones looking to share their love of the written word with little ones who don’t know what that is just yet. $32

New Releases

The Donut Trap by Juliet Tieu

After graduating college and having no job prospects, Jasmine returns home to work in her family’s donut shop. When a rent increase threatens the future of her family business, she turns to Alex, her old college crush, for help. Sparks fly and there seems to be hope of a future romance until a disastrous dinner date shatters preconceptions and puts both sets of parents against the match. Will Julie be able to pull it all together to save her family business and the hope of a future with Alex?

Cover of The Singles Table

The Singles Table by Sara Desai

After a terrible break-up, Zara makes a new rule to only be the matchmaker and not the matched. One wedding, she is sat at the same table as Jay, and they strike up a bargain; if he introduces her to his celebrity clients, she will find him his perfect match. However, as the spend the wedding season together, they begin to wonder if they’re avoiding the happily ever after staring them in the face.

Until next week!
Chelsea

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What's Up in YA

YA Romance Adaptations Galore, Witchy Paperbacks, and More YA Book News and New Books: May 5, 2022

Hey YA Readers!

Let’s dive into this week’s YA book news and new books. I don’t know about you, but I’m having a hard time believing it’s May, especially as here in the upper midwest, it still feels like March weather-wise. Give me sun and heat for outdoor reading, please!

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Show them how a Librarian rolls with this Librarian coffee mug! The perfect gift for any librarian.

New Releases

The Donut Trap by Juliet Tieu

After a terrible break-up, Zara makes a new rule to only be the matchmaker and not the matched. One wedding, she is sat at the same table as Jay, and they strike up a bargain; if he introduces her to his celebrity clients, she will find him his perfect match. However, as the spend the wedding season together, they begin to wonder if they’re avoiding the happily ever after staring them in the face.

Cover of The Singles Table

The Singles Table by Sara Desai

After a terrible break-up, Zara makes a new rule to only be the matchmaker and not the matched. One wedding, she is sat at the same table as Jay, and they strike up a bargain; if he introduces her to his celebrity clients, she will find him his perfect match. However, as the spend the wedding season together, they begin to wonder if they’re avoiding the happily ever after staring them in the face.

Riot Recommendations

Thanks for hanging out, and we’ll see you on Saturday with a fresh batch of book deals.

I hope you’re reading something great in the mean time.

— Kelly Jensen, @heykellyjensen on Instagram.

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Unusual Suspects

The 2022 Edgar Allan Poe Mystery Award Winners

Hi mystery fans! Let’s catch-up on roundups, news, adaptations and find some things to watch shall we?

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“Directed by David lynch” perfect as a gift for the twin peaks fan in your life!

New Releases

The Donut Trap by Juliet Tieu

After graduating college and having no job prospects, Jasmine returns home to work in her family’s donut shop. When a rent increase threatens the future of her family business, she turns to Alex, her old college crush, for help. Sparks fly and there seems to be hope of a future romance until a disastrous dinner date shatters preconceptions and puts both sets of parents against the match. Will Julie be able to pull it all together to save her family business and the hope of a future with Alex?

Cover of The Singles Table

The Singles Table by Sara Desai

After a terrible break-up, Zara makes a new rule to only be the matchmaker and not the matched. One wedding, she is sat at the same table as Jay, and they strike up a bargain; if he introduces her to his celebrity clients, she will find him his perfect match. However, as the spend the wedding season together, they begin to wonder if they’re avoiding the happily ever after staring them in the face.

Browse all the books recommended in Unusual Suspects previous newsletters on this shelf. See upcoming 2022 releases. Check out this Unusual Suspects Pinterest board and get Tailored Book Recommendations!

Until next time, keep investigating! In the meantime, come talk books with me on TwitterInstagramGoodreads, and Litsy–you can find me under Jamie Canavés.

If a mystery fan forwarded this newsletter to you and you’d like your very own, you can sign up here.

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The Fright Stuff

May I Offer You A New Horror Release?

Hey‌ ‌there‌ horror fans, ‌I’m‌ ‌Jessica‌ ‌Avery‌ ‌and‌ ‌I’ll‌ ‌be‌ ‌delivering‌ ‌your‌ ‌weekly‌ ‌brief‌ ‌of‌ ‌all‌ ‌that’s‌ ‌ghastly‌ ‌and‌ ‌grim‌ ‌in‌ ‌the‌ ‌world‌ ‌of‌ ‌horror.‌ ‌Whether‌ ‌you’re‌ ‌looking‌ ‌for‌ ‌a‌ ‌backlist‌ ‌book‌ ‌that‌ ‌will‌ ‌give‌‌ you‌ ‌the‌ ‌willies,‌ ‌a‌ ‌terrifying‌ ‌new‌ ‌release,‌ ‌or‌ ‌the‌ ‌latest‌ ‌in‌ ‌horror‌ ‌community‌ ‌news,‌ ‌you’ll‌ ‌find‌ ‌it‌ ‌here‌ in‌ ‌The‌ ‌Fright‌ ‌Stuff.

Happy May, folks! Though I can barely believe it here we are again: it’s new releases day. Time flies when you’re having scary fun! Every month so far this year has been jam packed with amazing new horror books, and May is proving to be no exception. I’ve picked out my top must-have titles for the month, and I can’t wait to share these exciting forthcoming titles with you!

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“Directed by David lynch” perfect as a gift for the twin peaks fan in your life!

New Releases

The Donut Trap by Juliet Tieu

After graduating college and having no job prospects, Jasmine returns home to work in her family’s donut shop. When a rent increase threatens the future of her family business, she turns to Alex, her old college crush, for help. Sparks fly and there seems to be hope of a future romance until a disastrous dinner date shatters preconceptions and puts both sets of parents against the match. Will Julie be able to pull it all together to save her family business and the hope of a future with Alex?

Cover of The Singles Table

The Singles Table by Sara Desai

After a terrible break-up, Zara makes a new rule to only be the matchmaker and not the matched. One wedding, she is sat at the same table as Jay, and they strike up a bargain; if he introduces her to his celebrity clients, she will find him his perfect match. However, as the spend the wedding season together, they begin to wonder if they’re avoiding the happily ever after staring them in the face.

As always, you can catch me on twitter at @JtheBookworm, where I try to keep up on all that’s new and frightening

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Read This Book

Read This Book: Charming as a Verb by Ben Philippe

Welcome to Read This Book, a newsletter where I recommend one book that I think you absolutely must read. The books will vary across genre and age category to include new releases, backlist titles, and classics. If you’re ready to explode your TBR, buckle up!

This week’s pick is a hilarious and thoughtful read from Ben Philiipe! If you’re unfamiliar with his YA novels and adult essay collection, perhaps you’ve heard of a little show called Only Murders in the Building? He’s also a writer on the first season! Let’s dive in!

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Show them how a Librarian rolls with this Librarian coffee mug! The perfect gift for any librarian.

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Charming as a Verb by Ben Philippe

Henri is a Haitian American teen living in New York City. He attends a fancy private high school on scholarship and lives in a really nice apartment building on the Upper West Side…because his dad is the super. He’s got big goals and dreams of getting into Columbia, which would send his parents over the moon. The only issue? Living in New York is expensive. College is expensive. Enter: Henri’s side gig. He created and runs an app for a dog walking service, and walks dogs himself, essentially double dipping on the service and earning tips. It’s a pretty benign hustle in the grand scheme of things, but when he’s found out by Corrine, an intense classmate who happens to live in his building, she promises to keep his secret…if he helps her elevate her social status to become a well-rounded candidate for college recommendation letters.

I really loved this book a lot because first of all, it’s really, really funny. I know that humor can be. subjective thing in books, but Philippe is a truly funny writer who uses jokes and humor to poke fun at and explore larger and more complex issues, such as racial injustice, classism, and the challenges that Henri’s family faces as Haitian immigrants. But there are also lots of pop culture references and genuinely funny moments that truly help break things up! I also really enjoyed that this book is a sneaky exploration of how far you have to go to achieve your dreams and the ethical quandaries that arise. Henri lives in an unjust world and is working within an unjust system—there’s no doubt about that. While he’s generally a good person and fairly honest, he does engage in some deception and dishonesty to get where he wants to be, and he’s forced to truly reckon with that in a big way when his choices have consequences that extend beyond him. I loved that this book swings from funny moments to serious ones, and that Henri and the reader really think about the impact that one person’s choices can have and how difficult it can be to get ahead when the world is stacked against you. Plus, there’s a great slow-burn romance at the center that is really sweet to behold!

Cover of The Singles Table

The Singles Table by Sara Desai

After a terrible break-up, Zara makes a new rule to only be the matchmaker and not the matched. One wedding, she is sat at the same table as Jay, and they strike up a bargain; if he introduces her to his celebrity clients, she will find him his perfect match. However, as the spend the wedding season together, they begin to wonder if they’re avoiding the happily ever after staring them in the face.

Bonus: I listened to the audiobook, narrated by James Fouhey, and it was excellent!

Happy reading,
Tirzah

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Past Tense

May Historical Fiction You Need on Your TBR

New month, new historical fiction coming in hot to wreck your TBR! I always love seeing what new releases are coming out every month and sharing them with all of you. Maybe it’s a sadistic desire to make everyone else’s to be read lists as horrifyingly unattainable as mine (2,333 titles and counting) or maybe it’s just because I love introducing people to their next favorite read. Either way, here are six historical fiction novels coming out this May that shouldn’t be missed. Go ahead and add them to your TBR while silently cursing my name. Don’t worry; I get it.

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The Hacienda by Isabel Cañas

Described as Mexican Gothic meets Rebecca, this historical haunted house novel set in the wake of the Mexican War of Independence follows a woman looking for security after her father is executed and her home burned to the ground, so much so that she ignores the rumors about her new husband and his dead first wife. But Hacienda San Isidro is not the home she imagined. She feels watched all the time and her new sister-in-law won’t even enter the house at night. A local priest, who is more witch than man of God, is the only one who will take her fears seriously. But even his powers may not be enough to keep the darkness of San Isidro at bay.

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Mansions of the Moon by Shyam Selvadurai

Shyam Selvadurai’s Mansions of the Moon is a sweeping reimagining of ancient India which tells the story of Yasodhara, the wife of the man who would become the Buddha. He wasn’t the Buddha when she married him, though; he was just Siddhartha Gautama. But as his spiritual calling pulls him away from her and leaves their marriage crumbling, Yasodhara is forced to question how a woman alone in ancient India can get by–and how she might find her own spiritual enlightenment, even without her husband.

That’s it for now, folx! Stay subscribed for more stories of yesteryear.

If you want to talk books (historical or otherwise), you can find me @rachelsbrittain on InstagramGoodreadsLitsy, and occasionally Twitter.

Right now I’m reading Ten Steps to Nanette: A Memoir Situation by Hannah Gadsby. What about you?

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Our Queerest Shelves

Which Books Belong in the Queer YA Canon?

Another day, another book ban. Did you hear the one about the author who was told not to read the book It’s Okay To Be a Unicorn! because a parent complained there was a rainbow on it? I’ll admit, after years of covering this, my eyes are starting to glaze over when I see a new, more ridiculous book ban or educational gag order. After all the work queer people and people of color have done over the years to move the needle just an inch forward, it’s depressing to see this massive backslide. But apathy is just what they want for us, so it’s time to dig deep and keep fighting for inclusive education and access to diverse books. We can’t let these right-wing “parent rights” groups take away all the progress that’s been made.

And while I’m on the topic, might I recommend donating to EveryLibrary? They’ve been fighting for libraries and against censorship throughout this tidal wave of book bans, and they’re building networks of support across the country to keep the fight going and prevent future censorship. For more information, check out the post for the matching campaign we did for them in 2021.

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Libraries are for everyone!

This pin is wearable art but has a practical purpose too: multiple librarians have said that their patrons saw them wearing the pin and started good, big conversations because they felt welcome and safe.

New Releases

The Donut Trap by Juliet Tieu

After graduating college and having no job prospects, Jasmine returns home to work in her family’s donut shop. When a rent increase threatens the future of her family business, she turns to Alex, her old college crush, for help. Sparks fly and there seems to be hope of a future romance until a disastrous dinner date shatters preconceptions and puts both sets of parents against the match. Will Julie be able to pull it all together to save her family business and the hope of a future with Alex?

Cover of The Singles Table

The Singles Table by Sara Desai

After a terrible break-up, Zara makes a new rule to only be the matchmaker and not the matched. One wedding, she is sat at the same table as Jay, and they strike up a bargain; if he introduces her to his celebrity clients, she will find him his perfect match. However, as the spend the wedding season together, they begin to wonder if they’re avoiding the happily ever after staring them in the face.

That’s it for me this week! Until next time, you can find me at my bi and lesbian book blog, the Lesbrary, as well as on Twitter @danikaellis. You can also hear me on All the Books or you can read my Book Riot posts.

Happy reading!

Danika

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New Books

New Books for the First Tuesday of May!

Greetings and salutations, Tuesday friends! I hope you were able to enjoy your weekend and get some reading done. I don’t know what switch has flipped in my brain, maybe it’s the warmer weather, but I am extra-excited to read these days. I spent almost the whole weekend with my nose in a book, and I was able to read a couple wonderful things that you’ll be hearing me talk about a whole bunch in the future!

Now, today’s books: I do these first Tuesday megalists because the first Tuesday of each month has so many new releases, and it’s fun to round some of them up. Below, you’ll find titles (loosely) broken up into several categories, to make it easier for your browsing convenience. I hope you have fun with it! And as with each first Tuesday newsletter, I am putting a ❤️ next to the books that I have had the chance to read and loved.

And speaking of today’s great books, for this week’s episode of All the Books! Danika and I discussed some of the wonderful books that we’ve read, such as Book of NightI Kissed Shara WheelerTrust, and more. And thank you to everyone who has sent us all the adorable pet pictures. 😘

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Librarian Mug by JFWCreations

Show them how a Librarian rolls with this Librarian coffee mug! The perfect gift for any librarian.

New Releases

The Donut Trap by Juliet Tieu

After graduating college and having no job prospects, Jasmine returns home to work in her family’s donut shop. When a rent increase threatens the future of her family business, she turns to Alex, her old college crush, for help. Sparks fly and there seems to be hope of a future romance until a disastrous dinner date shatters preconceptions and puts both sets of parents against the match. Will Julie be able to pull it all together to save her family business and the hope of a future with Alex?

Cover of The Singles Table

The Singles Table by Sara Desai

After a terrible break-up, Zara makes a new rule to only be the matchmaker and not the matched. One wedding, she is sat at the same table as Jay, and they strike up a bargain; if he introduces her to his celebrity clients, she will find him his perfect match. However, as the spend the wedding season together, they begin to wonder if they’re avoiding the happily ever after staring them in the face.

Thank you, as always, for joining me each week as I rave about books! I am wishing the best for all of you in whatever situation you find yourself in now. And yay, books! – XO, Liberty ❤️