Sometimes, covers are beautiful enough that they really do justify buying the book regardless of the content. Today, I highlight some of my favourite LGBTQ book covers, but let me know what yours are!
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Unfortunately, this week’s LGBTQ YA and children’s new releases are disproportionately by white authors. We need more intersectional queer books.
No Boy Summer by Amy Spalding (F/F YA Contemporary)
Sisters Lydia and Penny’s respective relationship dramas blew up their lives last year, so this summer, they have a pact: no boys. No drama. This brings them closer than ever, until Lydia has a coffee shop meet cute with Fran. Dating a girl isn’t against technically against the rules…right?
Jude Saves the World by Ronnie Riley (Nonbinary Middle Grade Contemporary)
Jude is a nonbinary 12-year-old with a best friend named Dallas. When Stevie is bullied by her classmates for possibly liking girls, Jude quickly invites her into their friend group, and the three of them become inseparable. Together, they decide to found a Diversity Club, where everyone can be themselves. But will they be able to get the support to start it?
Sasaki and Miyano: First-Years, Vol. 1 by Shou Harusono and Kotoko Hachijo (BL YA Manga)
This is a prequel series to Hirano and Kagiura, which is a BL romance between roommates. These short stories explore what these characters were like as first years, including seeing familiar situations from new perspectives.
Alondra by Gina Femia (Bisexual YA Contemporary)
Secret Rules to Being a Rockstar by Jessamyn Violet (Queer ’90s YA Contemporary/Historical)
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I stepped away from queering the Read Harder challenge for a while, but I’ve returned today with task #10: Read a book you know nothing about based solely on the cover. You get a little bit of cheat, knowing that these books are all queer, but I won’t tell you anything else about them so you can follow the prompt. Instead, I’ll talk about why I find these covers so intriguing!
The Salt Roads by Nalo Hopkinson
I feel like I never shut up about this book, but that’s because I love it. And at home, I have my copy face out, because that cover is stunning. It’s a gorgeous painting with a whimsical, magical feeling — and hints the story inside is a little bit…strange. Is that a chamber pot so prominently featured?
Felix Ever After by Kacen Callender
I had to include this cover, which is such a beautiful, loving rendition of a Black transmasc teenager — I wish we had so many more book covers like this. Also, did you know this book was challenged in a school library because the cover shows someone with top surgery scars? (Attend your school board meetings! Vote book banners out!) Looking at reviews, I saw so many people mention that they felt seen by having this representation on the cover and that it was one of the reasons they picked the book up.
Her Majesty’s Royal Coven by Juno Dawson
This has several cover designs, but I’m talking about this UK variant today — though I like the American cover, too. I love the contrast between the old-fashioned illustration in the background with a pentagram, reflecting that same juxtaposition in the title. That’s only highlighted by the neon colors, which makes this a modern and eye-catching design.