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Queer YA Books To Vote For In the Goodreads Choice Awards

This Thanksgiving, let’s take some time to unpack the colonial legacy of this holiday. Autostraddle has an Anti-Colonial Reading List for Thanksgiving. You can also pick up some great queer and Two-Spirit novels! It’s worth remembering that homophobia and transphobia are inextricably linked to colonialism and white supremacy, and there’s no way to address the former without also dismantling the latter.

This is a great time to research your local Indigenous nations and donate to the organizations and campaigns they’re running. Another option is the LANDBACK campaign.

Bookish Goods

a photo of rainbow chandelier beaded earrings

Rainbow Beaded Earrings by BiuluArtisanBoutique

Show some pride with these rainbow earrings while also supporting an Indigenous-owned small business. Biulu Artisan Boutique is a co-op including Huichol, Cora, Tikuna, Andina (Quechua), and Embera peoples. $51

New Releases

cover of Astrid Parker Doesn't Fail by Ashley Herring Blake; illustration of a blond woman in a white dress and black high heels and a redheaded woman with short hair in overalls standing on the porch in front of a big wooden door

Astrid Parker Doesn’t Fail by Ashley Herring Blake (F/F Romance)

If you read Delilah Green Doesn’t Care, then you, too, have been eagerly anticipating the sequel following Delilah’s stepsister. Astrid is designing the Everwood Inn renovation for an HGTV show, but she keeps butting heads with the lead carpenter, Jordan — which turns out to make for good TV. But somewhere along the way, their animosity unexpectedly turns into something else…

The Red Scholar's Wake Book Cover

The Red Scholar’s Wake by Aliette de Bodard (Lesbian Space Opera)

Do I really have to say anything other than “lesbian space opera” and gesture towards the cover? There’s also space pirates, a sentient spaceship, and an F/F marriage of convenience. Oh, and did I mention that the sentient spaceship is who the main character is marrying?

Two Wrongs Make a Right by Chloe Liese (Queer F/M Romance)

Up To Snow Good by Charlie Novak (M/M Christmas Romance)

At Midnight: 15 Beloved Fairytales Reimagined edited by Dahlia Adler (YA Anthology with LGBTQ Stories)

the cover of Up To Snow Good

Love and Rockets: The First Fifty: The Classic 40th Anniversary Collection by Gilbert Hernandez, Jaime Hernandez, et al (Queer Graphic Novel)

Men I Trust by Tommi Parrish (Sapphic Graphic Novel)

Hirano and Kagiura, Vol. 1 by Shou Harusono (M/M Manga)

Catch These Hands, Vol. 3 by Murata (F/F Manga)

Sirius: Twin Stars by Ana C. Sánchez (F/F Manga)

Even Though We’re Adults, Vol. 5 by Takako Shimura (F/F Manga)

The Future Is Disabled: Prophecies, Love Notes and Mourning Songs by Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha (Queer Nonfiction) (Audiobook Rerelease)

For more new releases, check out our New Books newsletter!

Riot Recommendations

The Goodreads Choice Awards are still open for voting! If you haven’t voted already, consider giving some queer books a boost. Here are some of the LGBTQ options in the Best Young Adult Fiction category.

the cover of Hell Followed with Us

Hell Followed With Us by Andrew Joseph White

The New York Times calls this “A long, sustained scream to the various strains of anti-transgender legislation multiplying around the world.” It’s a post-apocalyptic story about Benji, a trans boy raised by a cult who used him to trigger the end of the world. He goes on the run, but he’s still mutating, becoming a monster that could end all of humanity. When he takes refuge with a group of queer teens, he soon finds they are keeping deadly secrets of their own.

the cover of The Lesbiana's Guide to Catholic School

The Lesbiana’s Guide to Catholic School by Sonora Reyes

I’m just going to use the author’s description of this book as a Reddit post, because I love it: “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?”

Other queer nominees in this category include She Gets the Girl by Rachael Lippincott and Alyson Derrick, Ophelia After All by Racquel Marie, I Kissed Shara Wheeler by Casey McQuiston, The First To Die at the End by Adam Silvera, and Loveless by Alice Oseman (American release).

All the Links Fit to Click

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Eight Romance Novels Featuring Trans Women, by Trans Authors

Eight Queer Romances to Read if You Love Hallmark Holiday Movies

The Well of Loneliness: The book that could corrupt a nation

All of the LGBTQ Characters in the MCU So Far

Pop Culture Happy Hour: Revisiting The Color Purple wars

Why Queers Should Play Tabletop Roleplaying Games

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!