Hello friends and welcome to my first wrap up of 2019. I had to start with favourite kind of book ever – the queer stuff (*rainbows and fireworks now*). This was probably the most difficult list to make because I read so many amazing books featuring LGBTQ+ beings (humans and/or otherwise) so if a book hasn’t shown up on this list then it’s most likely found itself on another one of my upcoming favourites of 2019 posts. I hope you like this post.
5. Alex In Wonderland by Simon James Green
It’s absolutely no shocker that there is a Simon James Green book on this list (and if you count one of the later books then he’s actually here twice). Alex In Wonderland is yet another fabulously British, super angsty, awkward and above all else hilarious tale from one of my absolute favourite authors! The most light hearted and romantic read I picked up this year and the perfect break from the more hard-hitting, sadder more abundant YA.
4. Proud by Various Authors
The queerest book to be published in 2019 had to find its way on to this list and here it is. Proud (complied by the fabulous Juno Dawson) is a collection of stories, poetry and art from authors and artists who identify as LGBTQ+. There’s something for everyone and every mood in this book and I’m so glad it exists. It contains stories and art by some of my faves (hello again SJG, Alice Oseman) and I even found some new favourites in the likes of Dean Atta (more on this excellent human later). I was included on the blog tour for this book so free to check out my review etc.
3. The Love And Lies of Rukhsana Ali by Sabina Khan
This is one of those books that I would read and love even though it was going to one hundred percent break my little heart, and it did all three. The Love and Lies of Rukhsana Ali follows Bangladeshi-American Rukhsana whose life begins to implode when her religious and conservative parents find her kissing another girl. It’s not long before they’ve forced her to fly to Bangladesh in hopes of curing her homosexuality. I have a full review with all my feelings here (and there’s a load of them).
2. The Black Flamingo by Dean Atta
So, I first came across Dean Atta in Proud (you know the rainbowy book from 2 seconds ago?) where he included a poem entitled “How To Come Out As Gay” which is literally one of the only poems to ever speak to me. I was so lucky to get an advanced copy Dean’s debut YA novel which is completely told in verse and illustrated by the super talented Anshika Khullar. It follows mixed-race Michael who sets out to discover his true self, find his wings and transform into the Black Flamingo through the power of Drag. Full review here.
Birthday by Meredith Russo
And…my favourite LGBTQ+ book of 2019 us Birthday by Meredith Russo (and if you have had a proper conversation with me since I read it then it will come as absolutely no shock). Birthday is an own-voices novel that follows Morgan (a trans girl) and Eric, two people born on the same day who set out to discover and become their true selves. Told only on their birthday each year we watch them grow up, grow apart and strive to find their way back to each other. This book had me crying the first time I read it and even more the second time. It’s one of the best books I’ve ever read and if you haven’t read it yet then you really must. Here’s my review!