Our Queerest Shelves

Queer Fantasy Novels to Vote for in the Goodreads Choice Awards

Regardless of how you feel about Goodreads (and I’ve had my fair share of complaints), it’s worth scrolling through the Goodreads Choice Awards to get introduced to some new releases you might not have learned about otherwise. And, of course, I’m going to pull out some queer options you can vote for this year!

The charity I want to highlight this week is PFLAG’s Read With Love program, which is attempting to get more diverse books into libraries. You can find out more at their website, including ways to donate.

Bookish Goods

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New Releases

Making Love with the Land: Essays cover

Making Love with the Land: Essays by Joshua Whitehead (Two-Spirit Essays)

From the author of Jonny Appleseed comes a collection of essays that are part memoir, part cultural commentary, “explor[ing] the relationships between body, language, and land.”

the cover of A Pros and Cons List for Strong Feelings

A Pros and Cons List for Strong Feelings by Will Betke-Brunswick (Genderqueer Graphic Memoir)

This memoir follows Will in the months after their mother is diagnosed with cancer, through hospital visits, jigsaw puzzles, and coming out as nonbinary. Each of the characters in this graphic memoir is represented as a bird!

Love in the Big City by Sang Young Park, translated by Anton Hur (Queer Fiction) (Paperback Rerelease)

Undercover” (Into Shadow collection) by Tamsyn Muir (Queer Short Story)

the cover of Her Vixen Actress

The Husky and His White Cat Shizun, Vol. 1 by Rou Bao Bu Chi Rou (M/M Historical Fiction)

All Work, Let’s Play by Rosyln Faulk (Bisexual M/M Romance)

Shy by Ashish Rastogi (M/M Sports Romance)

Her Vixen Actress by Violet Cowper (F/F Historical Romance)

Securing Ava by Anne Shade (F/F Romantic Suspense)

Born Andromeda by K.M. Watts (Bisexual F/M/M Polyamorous Sci Fi)

the cover of Love and War

The Frenemy Zone by Yolanda Wallace (F/F YA Contemporary)

Reader, I Murdered Him by Betsy Cornwell (Sapphic YA Historical Thriller)

Beneath the Burning Wave by Jennifer Hayashi Danns (Queer YA Fantasy)

Wicked Little Things by Justin Arnold (Queer YA Horror)

Love and War by Andrew Wheeler and Killian Ng (M/M Graphic Novel)

Failed Princesses, Vol. 6 by Ajiichi (Yuri Manga)

Yuri is My Job!, Vol. 10 by Miman (Yuri Manga)

Futari Escape by Shouichi Taguchi (Yuri Manga)

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Riot Recommendations

It’s the Goodreads Choice Awards, AKA the book popularity contest of the year! They usually end up with very boring results, let’s be honest: just the books the most people have heard about, which are usually (white, cis/allo/het, neurotypical) bestsellers. But one can dream, so I thought I’d highlight some of the queer hopefuls in a few categories! This week: the fantasy category.

Cover of Legends & Lattes by Travis Baldree

Legends & Lattes by Travis Baldree

This book seems to just be getting more and more popular since it was first published in February (and has since been picked up by Tor). It’s a cozy sapphic fantasy about an orc who retires from a life of adventuring to open her own coffee shop.

cover of The Book Eaters by Sunyi Dean

The Book Eaters by Sunyi Dean

I’ve recommended this book before, but I’m here to do it again. Devon is on the run with her young son, Cai. She comes from a society of book eaters; people who survive off consuming books instead of food. But Cai is a mind eater, and instead of giving him up to be used as a weapon, she’s willing to sacrifice everything to keep him safe. Even if it means feeding him human minds. This is a thought-provoking sapphic dark fantasy.

Other queer books in this category include When Women Were Dragons by Kelly Barnhill, The Atlas Six by Olivie Blake, Kaikeyi by Vaishnavi Patel, and The World We Make (Great Cities, #2) by N.K. Jemisin — not a bad showing!

As always, if there’s a topic you’d like queer books recommendations for, let me know and it might be my next Riot Rec!

All the Links Fit to Click

Sapphic Literature Is on the Rise. Hopefully, It’s More Than Just a Trend

Sisters In Crime announced the winner of the Pride Award for Emerging LGBTQIA+ Crime Writers

‘My diabolical delight’ – Sarah Waters on her rip-roaring, salacious classic Fingersmith (Which is turning 20!! This is one of my favourite books of all time.)

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!