OQS Readers! I’m Erica, another associate editor at Book Riot, and I’m filling in for Danika this week. I’m going to keep it short and cute with y’all and just share a little bookish tea, a few new releases, and some things you should check out at Book Riot.
Before we get into newsletter things, though, I’d like to highlight another queer-focused non profit in Ukraine called Insight. Before the current crisis, the organization served everyone under the LGBTQI umbrella, helping them get mental health care, legal help, and find doctors. Now, they’re focused on getting people much needed shelter, food, and other basic things. If you’re interested in helping, check out their insta, specifically the linktr.ee donation link.
All the Links Fit to Click
Chapter one of Eleutheria by Allegra Hyde, recommended by Lydia Conklin (also mentioned below in New Releases)
LGBTQ Book Riot Posts
New Releases This Week
Lakelore by Anna-Marie McLemore (Trans, Nonbinary YA Magical Realism)
There are stories of a world beneath the lake made of air and water. The only ones to have seen it, though, are Bastián, who has their anxieties stored there in the form of living Mexican folk art statues, and Lore, who once went to the lake seeking refuge. Now, the underwater world is starting to come to the surface, threatening to bring all of Lore’s and Bastián’s secrets along with it. They have to work together to make sure that doesn’t happen.
And They Lived . . . by Steven Salvatore (Gender Questioning YA Contemporary)
Chase loves everything Disney and has started his first year of college to study animation. Naturally, he dreams of a Happily Ever After, but doesn’t quite think he’s good enough to have it. When he meets poet Jack, he’s still trying to figure out his gender identity and recovering from an eating disorder, but Jack seems to be one of the few people that really gets him. Together, they embark on a journey of self discovery, sex positivity, and healing. So basically, feelings!
The Way Spring Arrives and Other Stories, Edited by Yu Chen and Regina Kanyu Wang (LGBTQ Inclusive SF/F Anthology)
Feast your eyes upon these 17 stories written, edited, and translated to English for the first time by a team of nonbinary and female creators.
Hungry? Journey to the end of the universe and eat at a restaurant where you pay your tab with a story in “The Restaurant at the End of the Universe: Tai-Chi Mashed Taro” by Anna Wu, translated by Carmen Yiling Yan. Or, watch as stars are reared by young people on their own road to self discovery in “The Stars We Raised,” by Xiu Xinyu, translated by Judy Yi Zhou. Then there’s the titular tale by Wang Nuonuo and translated by Rebecca F. Kuang (author of The Poppy War) that tells of how a young woman and her companion learn of love and myth as they travel to sway the world’s oceans, bringing about spring.
The Circus Infinite by Khan Wong (Asexual Sci-Fi/Fantasy)
Eleutheria by Allegra Hyde (Sapphic Contemporary)
Daughters of the Deer by Danielle Daniel (Two Spirit Historical Fiction)
All That’s Left in the World by Erik J. Brown (M/M YA Dystopian)
The Best Liars in Riverview by Lin Thompson (Queer Middle Grade)
One for All by Lillie Lainoff (LGBTQ YA Historical)
Messy Roots: A Graphic Memoir of a Wuhanese American by Laura Gao (F/F YA Graphic Novel)
A Far Wilder Magic by Allison Saft (Queer Author YA Historical Fantasy)
Don’t forget you can get three free audiobooks at Audiobooks.com with a free trial!
Annnd, that’s all, folx! Like I said, cute and short. If you’d like to keep in touch, you can follow me on Twitter @erica_eze_, check out In Reading Color (a newsletter that covers literature by and about people of color), In the Club (a newsletter to keep your book club well read and fed), or the Hey YA podcast I cohost with Tirzah Price.
Until next we meet, happy reading!