It’s another Thursday and over here at Charlotte, Somewhere that can only mean one thing: tag time! This week I am sharing The LGBTQ+ Rep Book Tag which I saw on Narrative Paradise and which was originally created by The Sassy Library Fox.
Female Strength: A book with a lesbian heroine
Cinderella is Dead by Kalynn Bayron. The main character has a lot of reasons for not wanting to follow in the traditional Cinderella story that rules the world she lives in, one of which is that she is in love with another woman. I adored the romance in this and Sophia is a brilliant heroine.
Cinnamon Roll: A book with an adorable gay character
Boy Queen by George Lester is a truly wonderful story and if you haven’t read it yet, you must. I don’t know if adorable is the right word, but I have a lot of love for Robin Cooper. I adored watching him find his place in the world, and there are definitely adorable moments for him as a baby Drag Queen.
Boys & Girls: A book with bi rep done right
Heartstopper by Alice Oseman. All the Alice Oseman books have amazing rep, but I’m choosing Heartstopper because it’s a personal favourite. I adore Nick and Charlie, and I love how Alice explores Nick discovering he is bisexual and working through his feelings for Charlie.
The Body & The Soul: A book with a transgender character
Felix Ever After by Kacen Callendar. This is one of my most recent reads and I was blown away by it. Felix is a trans man who is struggling in many ways with his identity and transition whilst also dealing with someone at school dead naming him and posting pictures of him before his transition. It’s a brilliant read.
We’re All Queer: A queer rep you’d love to see more often in books
I would love to see more representation of pansexual and demisexual characters. I really struggle to think of books with this representation. If you know of any then please hit me up in the comments – I would love to know.
All About Pronouns: A book with a non-binary character
The Strangeworlds Travel Agency by L. D. Lapinski has a non-binary character in one of the worlds that Flick and Jonathan visit. I loved how L.D. included this in their work in a way that is natural and part of the story without the whole story being about their identity. It’s a non-binary person living their best life and we need more books like this.
A Romantic Ace: A character that belongs on the ace/aro spectrum
Summer Bird Blue by Akemi Dawn Bowman. It’s a while since I read or talked about this one but the main character, Rumi, is asexual and this is explored in the story in a really sensitive and brilliant way.
Sapphic Love: Your favorite f/f couple
Ead and Sabran from The Priory of the Orange Tree by Samantha Shannon. This is one of the most gorgeous, slow burn, intense f/f relationships I’ve read. I adore them both and am very invested in their relationship.
One Big Family: A book that features lots of LGBTQ+ Reps
Loveless by Alice Oseman. I would expect nothing else from Alice’s work. Her books are always really inclusive of different identities. Part of this is set in a university LGBTQ+ society which opens the story up to include lots of rep outside of the main characters.
Boys Love: Your m/m OTP
Nick and Charlie from Heartstopper by Alice Oseman. Is this becoming an Alice Oseman fan post? Quite possibly yes. But Nick and Charlie truly are the best m/m couple. They’re adorable and I love how they navigate all the difficult things in their lives together.
Side Kick: Your favorite LGBTQ+ side character
Irris from State of Sorrow and Song of Sorrow by Melinda Salisbury. is asexual. It’s not a huge part of the story but I loved how she discusses it with Sorrow. And I adore her as a character. Everyone needs a friend like Irris to hold them up when they’re struggling and give them a kick when they need it. Irris is tbe best.
Stealing the Show: An LGBTQ+ side character couple that rocks your socks
Felix and Michael from The Love Hypothesis by Laura Steven. These are the main character’s dads and are the absolute stars of the show for me. I love them so much. I love their dynamic, how they work together and Felix’s brilliant sense of humour.
Strong Beliefs: An LGBTQ+ book that deals with religion
How we Fight for Our Lives by Saeed Jones. This is a really powerful memoir, which in part deals with Saeed’s very religious grandmother and her response to discovering he is gay. Highly recommend the audiobook narrated by the author. It’s a fantastic listen.
Rainbows Everywhere: A book with an unapologetic cover
Afterlove by Tanya Byrne. Girls are kissing on the front cover of a book and one of them is a person of colour. This is such stunning, celebratory and unapologetic cover. I love it so much and can’t wait to have the finished copy in my hands.
Future Generations: Your most anticipated LGBTQ+ release
This Poison Heart by Kalynn Bayron. Look at that stunning cover! This book has LGBTQ+ rep, magic, and a poison garden. What’s not to love?
What LGBTQ+ releases are you looking forward to? Any recommendations?