Our Queerest Shelves

Queering the Timeline

There are two different books out today about queer kids/teens living through weird timelines! One is Sliding Doors-style, and one is Groundhog Day-style. They also have delightfully complementary covers.

Since it’s Pride month, I want to highlight The Okra Project, a mutual aid collective that provides support for Black Trans people. You can help out at their donate page.

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Bookish Goods

a round pink earring with the text Stonewall is a riot

Stonewall Was a Riot Earrings by WildFancyDesign

Remember the true meaning of Pride with these earrings. (This is a queer-owned shop!) $28+

New Releases

This week only has a few children’s and YA releases, so I get to talk about each of them!

the cover of Going Bicoastal

Going Bicoastal by Dahlia Adler (Bisexual YA Contemporary)

Dahlia Adler is a name you need to know in queer YA. First of all, she writes amazing books like this one, Home Field Advantage, Cool for the Summer, and more. But she also happens to run one of the best queer book blogs out there, which I’ve mentioned many times in this newsletter: LGBTQ Reads.

I managed to get an ARC of Going Bicoastal, so I can tell you it’s just as good as the stunning cover would suggest! This is the most bisexually structured book I’ve ever read. Natalya has to make a choice between spending the summer with her estranged mother in L.A. (where she meets and falls for a boy) or with her dad in NYC (where she gets to know the girl she’s been crushing on from afar). In alternating chapters, we see her life in both versions, Sliding Doors-style — because binary choices are bullshit. It feels completely natural to swap between them, and it’s comforting, because, as the cover says, “There’s more than one path to happily ever after.”

the cover of Vivian Lantz's Second Chances

Vivian Lantz’s Second Chances by Kathryn Ormsbee (Bisexual Middle Grade Time Loop Story)

The first day of school is always hard, especially for Vivian. She’s had a string of bad luck with first days. But the first day of 8th grade turns out to be the worst one yet — and then she has to do it all over again, stuck in her own Groundhog Day scenario. Along the way, she has to let go of trying to have the “perfect” first day, and instead learn to be true to herself, even when it’s messy.

the cover of The Summer You Were There Vol. 3

The Summer You Were There Vol. 3 by Yuama (Yuri YA Manga)

Kaori convinced shy Shizuku to start fake dating her in order to inspire Shizuku’s writing. Of course, real feelings start to develop between them — but they’re made more complicated when Kaori admits to her past as a school bully, and it comes out that Shizuku is hiding her own secrets.

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Riot Recommendations

We need more queer Black books. One of the best ways to get more into the world is to preorder the ones we do have to show publishers that there is demand for these books. So, here are a couple queer Black books available to preorder now!

the cover of A Song of Salvation

A Song of Salvation by Alechia Dow (July 11)

This is a YA space opera with a gay main character, Wesley. He’s a smuggler saving up to travel, and his latest job — transporting a wanted celebrity to some backwater planet called Earth — should set him up for life.

Zaira is the goddess Indigo reborn…though she’s never been able to access her powers. Now, she’s being sacrificed by the emperor. Her only chance is escaping and finding the prophesied boy Wesley, who is destined to help her take down the emperor and the god of destruction he worships.

Pick up The Sound of Stars while you wait!

the cover of Congratulations, The Best Is Over!, showing a cupcake that has fallen icing down

Congratulations, the Best Is Over! by R. Eric Thomas (August 8)

R. Eric Thomas finally had himself figured out and found success in his writing — so how did he end up back in the hometown that he hates? In these funny and insightful essays, Thomas discusses going to his 20-year high school reunion, dealing with a plague of gay frogs, and lots more.

Pick up Here for It while you wait!

All the Links Fit to Click

The full trailer for Nimona is out!

Most Anticipated LGBTQ Adult Fiction: July-December 2023

School Library Journal: Publishers Take Pride in Their LGBTQIA+ Titles

That’s it for me this week! Until next time, you can find me at my sapphic book blog the Lesbrary and (sigh) Twitter. You can also hear me on All the Books or you can read my Book Riot posts.

Happy reading!