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Sapphic Books to Read on a Rollercoaster

We are midway through a two week long heat wave here, and there’s been a steady cool breeze through my window today, so I’m wearing a hoodie for the first time in ages. It feels weird to have sleeves. And pants. But I’m excited to briefly not be reduced to laying down on the tile floor to try to keep a human temperature.

This is the last time I’ll be reminding you to apply for our Editorial Operations Associate position! If you love being the person who holds the clipboard, come work with us! Applications are open until August 8th.

This week, I want to spotlight The Okra Project. They offer “free, delicious, and nutritious meals to Black Trans people experiencing food insecurity.” You can help out at their donate page.

Bookish Goods

a photo of a read more queer books tote bag

Read More Queer Books Tote Bag by JazzyDesignsEtsy

Transport your beach reads with this Read More Queer Books tote bag! $9

New Releases

the book eaters cover

The Book Eaters by Sunyi Dean (Lesbian Fantasy)

Devon is a book eater who has run away from the controlling book eater network of families to protect her mind eater son. But that means finding him humans to feed on while she searches for some alternative. I just finished this one, and I loved it. In alternating chapters, we see Devon on the run, willing to sacrifice anything for her son, constantly going from one bad situation to another; and then we see her childhood and how she got to this point. I talk about it more in depth on this week’s All the Books episode.

the cover of The Devouring Wolf

The Devouring Wolf by Natalie C. Parker (Sapphic Middle Grade Fantasy)

This is a “queer tale about kid werewolves,” which is good enough for me. Also, that cover is perfect. It follows Riley and four other werewolf kids who don’t shift into wolves when they come of age, like they were supposed to. Now, they’re being chased by The Devouring Wolf, which is supposed to just be a campfire story. I can’t wait to get my paws on this one.

Dogs of Summer by Andrea Abreu, translated by Julia Sanches (Sapphic Fiction)

Radiant Fugitives by Nawaaz Ahmed (Lesbian Fiction) (Paperback Rerelease)

the cover of All This Could Be Different

Boulder by Eva Baltasar, translated by Julia Sanches (Lesbian Fiction)

All This Could Be Different by Sarah Thankam Mathews (Sapphic Fiction)

Don’t Make Me Do Something We’ll Both Regret: Stories by Tim Jones-Yelvington (Queer Short Stories)

Small Angels by Lauren Owen (Lesbian Gothic Fiction)

Mademoiselle Revolution by Zoe Sivak (Bisexual Historical Fiction)

the cover of Don't Make Me Do Something We'll Both Regret

Ben and Beatriz by Katalina Gamarra (Pansexual Much Ado About Nothing Reimagining)

Dirt Town by Hayley Scrivenor (Lesbian Mystery)

Heartstrings by Rachel Spangler (F/F Romance)

Set in Stone by Stela Brinzeanu (F/F Historical Romance)

Real Sugar is Hard to Find by Sim Kern (Queer SFF Short Stories)

cover of Dauntless by Elisa A. Bonnin; illustration of two young woman in sci-fi gear in a jungle

A Broken Blade (The Halfling Saga #1) by Melissa Blair (Sapphic Fantasy)

Unwieldy Creatures by Addie Tsai (Queer Frankenstein Retelling)

Fault Tolerance (Chilling Effect #3) by Valerie Valdes (Pansexual Sci Fi)

Dauntless by Elisa A. Bonnin (Sapphic YA Fantasy)

Slaughter at Seabridge by Cassidy Frost (Bisexual YA Horror)

Katerina Cruickshanks by Daniel Gray-Barnett (Nonbinary Picture Book)

the cover of Knocking Myself Up

Kind Like Marsha: Learning from LGBTQ+ Leaders by Sarah Prager and Cheryl Thuesday (LGBTQ Nonfiction Picture Book)

Bolero by Wyatt Kennedy & Luana Vecchio (Bisexual SFF Graphic Novel)

Knocking Myself Up: A Memoir of My (In)Fertility by Michelle Tea (Queer Memoir)

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Riot Recommendations

Now that we’ve tipped into August, I’m determined to make the most of the rest of the summer, including some seasonal reads. One thing I can’t resist in the summer is queer books set at amusement parks: I loved the drama and fun of Hot Dog Girl by Jennifer Dugan, I can’t wait to get my hands on the graphic novel Lifetime Passes by Terry Blas and Claudia Aguirre, and there’s nothing quite like the premise of an M/M YA set at a country music theme park (A Little Bit Country by Brian D. Kennedy). For a version that lends itself to both summer and fall, there’s the Deadendia graphic novels, which take place at a haunted house (slash portal into hell) at an amusement park.

While this is a little subgenre, I can’t seem to find any by authors of color. I did some poking around, and it looks like about 70% of park attendees are white, but that’s still 30% who are people of color. Besides, publishers are notorious about pigeon holing authors of color into writing only about tragedy and racism. I would love to see some books on this theme published by authors of colors in the future, because this is such a fun, joyful little subgenre.

the cover of Almost Flying, showing girls on a rollercoaster

Almost Flying by Jake Maia Arlow

Dalia’s dad is getting remarried, and he insists that she needs to bond with her new stepsister, Alexa. Luckily, Alexa was already planning an amusement park trip, and Dalia has been desperate to ride a roller coaster for the first time. She invites along a new friend, Rani, and she soon discovers Alexa has brought a secret guest of her own: her girlfriend. As they explore the park together, Dalia realizes that she might also be interested in girls — specifically, Rani.

the cover of The Stars and the Blackness Between Them

The Stars and the Blackness Between Them by Junauda Petrus

Audre has just been kicked out of her home in Trinidad after being caught with her girlfriend. Now, she’s being sent to live with her estranged father in the U.S. When she gets there, she becomes friends with Mabel, who keeps getting sicker. This only has one scene set at an amusement park, but I promise you that includes a rollercoaster ride you won’t forget.

All the Links Fit to Click

Why Do the Gays Care So Much About Percy Jackson? (I find it odd this article doesn’t mention the upcoming (very queer) Nico book co-written by Mark Oshiro!)

Did Somebody Say Lesbian Sasquatch Horror-Comedy “Bachelor” Parody?

Paper Girls Takes Us On A Time Warp and Sets Up Destined Queerness and How the Paper Girls Show Is Different from the Comics

That’s it for me this week! Until next time, you can find me at my sapphic 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!