wildthorne

welcome!!!!!! this is long overdue. i’ve been promising myself i’d made this forever. so here it is - the ultimate masterpost of wlw (women loving women) books. not all characters are lesbians, some are bi or pan, though all books feature f/f relationships and/or themes. there are 150+ recommendations, so enjoy!

YOUNG ADULT CONTEMPORARY:

FANTASY/PARANORMAL/SCIENCE FICTION:

CRIME/MYSTERY/THRILLER:

HISTORICAL:

ADULT FICTION:

COMICS BOOKS/GRAPHIC NOVELS:

NON-FICTION:

GAY GIRLS GUIDE TO LESBIAN ROMANCE NOVELS WITH A HAPPY ENDING

Annie on my mind- Nancy Garden

Keeping you a secret- Julie Anne Peters

Leaving L.A.- Kate Christie

Me and you and daisies- Lily R. Mason

The world unseen- Shamim Sarif 

Wildthorn- Jane England

Tipping the velvet- Sarah Waters

Dare truth or promise- Paula Boock

And Playing the role of herself- K.E. Lane

Hunter’s Way- Gerri Hill

Ash- Malinda Lo

The price of salt- Patricia Highsmith

Patience & Sarah- Isabel Miller

The Gravity between us- Kristen Zimmer

Her name in the sky- Kelly Quindlen 

Taking the long way- Lily R. Mason

Fingersmith- Sarah Waters

 

since it’s pride month i decided to just go on a lgbt+ binge read and i thought you guys would like to too, so below are some lgbt+ books you can check out if you want to.

children/middle grade:

young adult

new adult/adult

LGBT books

Gena/Finn by Hannah Moskowitz
The Song Of Achilles by Madeline Miller
Anything by Julie Anne Peters (almost all her books are LGBT (p.s. beware of Rage. It’s about an abusive relationship))
Aristotle and Dante discover the the secrets of the universe by Benjamin Alire Saenz (this book won the Stonewall Book Award)
Simon vs the homo sapiens agenda by Becky Albertalli
George by Alex Gino
History is all you left me by Adam Silvera
Star-crossed by Barbara Dee
Two boy kissing by David Levithan
You know me well by David Levithan and Nina LaCour
Everything leads to you by Nina LaCour
The miseducation of Cameron Post by Emily M. Danforth
Ash by Malinda Jo (I believe this is Cinderella retelling but with lesbians)
Beautiful Music for Ugly Children by Kirstin Cronns-Mills
How to repair a mechanical heart by J. C. Lillis
Not otherwise specified by Hannah Moskowitz
Am I blue? Coming out from the silence by Marion Dane Bauer
Golden Boy by Abigail Tarttelin (I’ve heard this deals with rape. I haven’t read it so precaution)
Orange isn’t the only fruit by Jeanette Wilson
Far from you by Tess Sharpe
Boy meets boy by David Levithan
Love in the time of global warming by Francesca Lia Block
The Art of being Normal by Lisa Williamson
Wildthorn by Jane Eagland
None of the above by I. W. Gregorio
The summer I wasn’t me by Jessica Verdi
Drama by Raina Telgemeier.
Gracefully Grayson by Ami Polonsky
I’ll give you the sun by Jandy Nelson
Lies We Tell Ourselves by Robin Talley

anonymous asked:

Hi, do you have any recs for novels set in the 1800/early 1900 with lgbtq protagonists (especially wlw)? Thanks :)

For early 1800s wlw, try Patience & Sarah by Isabel Miller. For Victorian, check out Fingersmith, Tipping the Velvet, and Affinity by Sarah Waters and Wildthorn by Jane Eagland, all of which are wlw. For early 1900s, check out Silhouette of a Sparrow by Molly Beth Griffin (wlw 1926), The Paying Guests by Sarah Waters (wlw 1922), The Last Nude by Ellis Avery (wlw 1927), and At Swim Two Boys by Jamie O’Neill (mlm, 1916). If historical fantasy is cool too, try Heather Rose Jones’s Alpennia series. If you’d like Regency as well, I don’t have any wlw recs, but KJ Charles writes m/m Romances set around then, starting with A Fashionable Indulgence.

music-in-the-bell-jar  asked:

Ash has already been mentioned, but also Huntress, the prequel to it. Also Wildthorn by Jane Eagland (just has a pretty Victorian dress/skirt/corset thing on the cover), VERY gay and VERY GOOD. Also Shadow Campaigns (entire series) by Django Wexler, not a Lesbian Book but one of the main characters (there are 2) is a big ol lesbian and she has an ex gf that she dreams about and then gets back togehter with so it is very gay but it also has a separate overarching awesome plotline.

thank you!

bobbimorsebartons  asked:

Five books on your to read list

I don’t really keep a “to-read list” so much as I keep a wishlist on both Amazon and Thriftbooks, then I purchase books periodically and then when they arrive, they sit on my shelf until I feel in my mood to read them. It’s kind of like how I deal with my queues on Netflix and Amazon Prime. I’ll watch something not on my “list” before I watch something on my list. It’s ridiculous. 

ANYWAY. 

Here are five books that I own that I have yet to have read. 

  1. Funeral Rites by Jean Genet
  2. The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman
  3. Wildthorn by Jane Eagland
  4. House of Leaves by Mark Z. Danielewski
  5. Tender Morsels by Margo Lanagan

ASK ME RANDOM SHIT

anonymous asked:

Hi! Do you have any recs for LGBT+ historical fiction books, possibly for some that don't have many sex scenes? I love your blog, I check it all the time:)

Sure! Here are YA books, which, in historical, are pretty safe on the sex scene front:

I don’t know frequency of sex scenes as much in adult histfic, but if you scroll down, you can find a whole bunch of historical titles and hopefully reviews can help you navigate the sex scene situation:

https://lgbtqreads.com/general-fiction/

I’m also pretty sure that despite being a Romance series, the Alpennia series by Heather Rose Jones is fairly light on sex. 

Hope you find good stuff!

Queer Women in Historical Fiction

It’s Women’s History Month in the US, the UK, and Australia. (My native Canada will celebrate in October, so Canadian readers, consider this advance notice to start stocking your shelves!)

If you’re a librarian or bookseller with some YA historical fiction out to celebrate, make sure you include some of these queer titles (and read Christie’s post about displays if you’re still unsure):

…And that’s all we’ve got! What historical titles are we missing that feature queer girls/women as main characters?

depressedhappyemma  asked:

Whoop I have a few names. TreasureTooth, WildThorn, LynxLeap, TwoEyes (like a cat with heterochromatic eyes), BearHeart, LilacFeather, DaisyFace, MoonPatch, SlateWater, ShadeFoot, and BarkLeaf. I'm trying to make my cat's names as unique as possible without making them seem stupid.

You’re talking to a blog dedicated to stupid names, I’m not the best source

Guest Post by Laura Lam

10 Diverse LGBTQIA+ YA I Really Should Have Read by Now But Will in 2016

I’ve been falling behind on reading YA in the past year, and it makes me sad. I can usually read about 2 books a week, but it still feels like I’m never making enough of a dent in the things I want to read. Now that I’m technically writing adult books for the most part, I’ve found I’ve been reading more adult SFF or crime/thriller, plus loads of research nonfiction books (here’s my Goodreads if you’re curious about my book lists). So my goal in 2016 is to read more YA again, specifically with LGBTIA+ characters.

1. Far from You by Tess Sharpe

Nine months. Two weeks. Six days.

That’s how long recovering addict Sophie’s been drug-free. Four months ago her best friend, Mina, died in what everyone believes was a drug deal gone wrong - a deal they think Sophie set up. Only Sophie knows the truth. She and Mina shared a secret, but there was no drug deal. Mina was deliberately murdered.

Forced into rehab for an addiction she’d already beaten, Sophie’s finally out and on the trail of the killer—but can she track them down before they come for her?

I’ve been meaning to read this since it came out! I bought it, but I haven’t gotten around to it yet. Tess is awesome and this thriller sounds so up my alley. It’d also be good research book, as a book I’ve turned in recently deals a lot with addiction.

 2. Everything Leads to You – Nina LaCour

A love letter to the craft and romance of film and fate in front of—and behind—the camera from the award-winning author of Hold Still.

A wunderkind young set designer, Emi has already started to find her way in the competitive Hollywood film world.

Emi is a film buff and a true romantic, but her real-life relationships are a mess. She has desperately gone back to the same girl too many times to mention. But then a mysterious letter from a silver screen legend leads Emi to Ava. Ava is unlike anyone Emi has ever met. She has a tumultuous, not-so-glamorous past, and lives an unconventional life. She’s enigmatic…. She’s beautiful. And she is about to expand Emi’s understanding of family, acceptance, and true romance.

I’ve heard this is basically a f/f sweet rom com in book form, which is exactly what I want. I just watched Blue is the Warmest Colour, and I want something like that but with a happier ending, so hoping this delivers *crosses fingers*.

 3. Afterworlds – Scott Westerfeld

Darcy Patel has put college and everything else on hold to publish her teen novel, Afterworlds. Arriving in New York with no apartment or friends she wonders whether she’s made the right decision until she falls in with a crowd of other seasoned and fledgling writers who take her under their wings…

 Told in alternating chapters is Darcy’s novel, a suspenseful thriller about Lizzie, a teen who slips into the ‘Afterworld’ to survive a terrorist attack. But the Afterworld is a place between the living and the dead and as Lizzie drifts between our world and that of the Afterworld, she discovers that many unsolved - and terrifying - stories need to be reconciled. And when a new threat resurfaces, Lizzie learns her special gifts may not be enough to protect those she loves and cares about most.

 I’ve been wanting to read this for ages, as I’ve long been a fan of Scott Westerfeld’s books. I like the idea of it being told in both the MC’s voice and bits of her novel. As an author who wrote a lot as a teen (all terrible; none remotely publishable), I think it’ll be a lot of fun.

 4. Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe – Benjamin Alire Sàenz

A lyrical novel about family and friendship from critically acclaimed author Benjamin Alire Sáenz.

 Aristotle is an angry teen with a brother in prison. Dante is a know-it-all who has an unusual way of looking at the world. When the two meet at the swimming pool, they seem to have nothing in common. But as the loners start spending time together, they discover that they share a special friendship—the kind that changes lives and lasts a lifetime. And it is through this friendship that Ari and Dante will learn the most important truths about themselves and the kind of people they want to be.

 I know, I know! Everyone seems to have read this book and loved it, it won all the awards, and I’m sure it’ll be (if it’s not already) a core pillar of LGBT YA. I really, really need to read it, as it sounds beautiful.

 5. The Summer Prince – Alaya Dawn Johnson

A heart-stopping story of love, death, technology, and art set amid the tropics of a futuristic Brazil.

 The lush city of Palmares Tres shimmers with tech and tradition, with screaming gossip casters and practiced politicians. In the midst of this vibrant metropolis, June Costa creates art that’s sure to make her legendary. But her dreams of fame become something more when she meets Enki, the bold new Summer King. The whole city falls in love with him (including June’s best friend, Gil). But June sees more to Enki than amber eyes and a lethal samba. She sees a fellow artist.

 Together, June and Enki will stage explosive, dramatic projects that Palmares Tres will never forget. They will add fuel to a growing rebellion against the government’s strict limits on new tech. And June will fall deeply, unfortunately in love with Enki. Because like all Summer Kings before him, Enki is destined to die.

 Pulsing with the beat of futuristic Brazil, burning with the passions of its characters, and overflowing with ideas, this fiery novel will leave you eager for more from Alaya Dawn Johnson.

 This book came out a month after Pantomime did (the first time), so I heard a lot about it at the time, but haven’t gotten around to reading it yet. Fururistic Brazil! Cool tech! Rebellion!

 6. Not Otherwise Specified – Hannah Moskowitz

Etta is tired of dealing with all of the labels and categories that seem so important to everyone else in her small Nebraska hometown.

 Everywhere she turns, someone feels she’s too fringe for the fringe. Not gay enough for the Dykes, her ex-clique, thanks to a recent relationship with a boy; not tiny and white enough for ballet, her first passion; and not sick enough to look anorexic (partially thanks to recovery). Etta doesn’t fit anywhere— until she meets Bianca, the straight, white, Christian, and seriously sick girl in Etta’s therapy group. Both girls are auditioning for Brentwood, a prestigious New York theater academy that is so not Nebraska. Bianca seems like Etta’s salvation, but how can Etta be saved by a girl who needs saving herself?

 The latest powerful, original novel from Hannah Moskowitz is the story about living in and outside communities and stereotypes, and defining your own identity.

All the Bs: Ballet, bisexuality, biracial (I think?). It also looks at the prevalence of eating disorders within the ballet word. It looks so good! I should have read it yesterday.

 7.  Cam Girl – Leah Raeder

Vada Bergen is broke, the black sheep of her family, and moving a thousand miles away from home for grad school, but she’s got the two things she loves most: her art and her best friend—and sometimes more—Ellis Carraway. Ellis and Vada have a friendship so consuming it’s hard to tell where one girl ends and the other begins. It’s intense. It’s a little codependent. And nothing can tear them apart.

 Until an accident on an icy winter road changes everything.

 Vada is left deeply scarred, both emotionally and physically. Her once-promising art career is cut short. And Ellis pulls away, unwilling to talk about that night. Everything Vada loved is gone.

 She’s got nothing left to lose.

 So when she meets some smooth-talking entrepreneurs who offer to set her up as a cam girl, she can’t say no. All Vada has to do is spend a couple hours each night stripping on webcam, and the “tips” come pouring in.

 It’s just a kinky escape from reality until a client gets serious. “Blue” is mysterious, alluring, and more interested in Vada’s life than her body. Online, they chat intimately. Blue helps her heal. And he pays well, but he wants her all to himself. No more cam shows. It’s an easy decision: she’s starting to fall for him. But the steamier it gets, the more she craves the real man behind the keyboard. So Vada pops the question: Can we meet IRL?

 Blue agrees, on one condition. A condition that brings back a ghost from her past. Now Vada must confront the devastating secrets she’s been running from—those of others, and those she’s been keeping from herself…

 This might be technically NA instead of YA, but rules are meant to be broken, right? ;-) I read and loved Unteachable by Leah Raeder a few years ago; and this looks just as awesome. It looks at gender identity as well and it’s definitely something I’m going to read sooner rather than later.

 8. Coda – Emma Treyvane

Ever since he was a young boy, music has coursed through the veins of eighteen-year-old Anthem—the Corp has certainly seen to that. By encoding music with addictive and mind-altering elements, the Corp holds control over all citizens, particularly conduits like Anthem, whose life energy feeds the main power in the Grid.

 Anthem finds hope and comfort in the twin siblings he cares for, even as he watches the life drain slowly and painfully from his father. Escape is found in his underground rock band, where music sounds free, clear, and unencoded deep in an abandoned basement. But when a band member dies suspiciously from a tracking overdose, Anthem knows that his time has suddenly become limited. Revolution all but sings in the air, and Anthem cannot help but answer the call with the chords of choice and free will. But will the girl he loves help or hinder him?

 This is another one I really should have read by now. Emma Trevayne is a friend and this is so up my alley it’s not even funny. Cyberpunk yesss. It’s another one I’ve bought but haven’t opened. How? I don’t know, but I’m gonna fix it.

 9. Wildthorn – Jane Eagland

Seventeen-year-old Louisa Cosgrove longs to break free from her respectable life as a Victorian doctor’s daughter. But her dreams become a nightmare when Louisa is sent to Wildthorn Hall: labeled a lunatic, deprived of her liberty and even her real name. As she unravels the betrayals that led to her incarceration, she realizes there are many kinds of prison. She must be honest with herself - and others - in order to be set free. And love may be the key…

Lastly, I just bought this a few days ago because it was pitched as YA Sarah Waters and really, that’s all you need to say to me before I yell “SOLD!” at the top of my lungs.


So there’s a selection of books I should have read over the last few years, but better late than never. What are some books you’ve been meaning to read but are amazed you still haven’t? What’s something you read that we shouldn’t miss?


Laura Lam is the author of the Micah Grey series: Pantomime, Shadowplay & the forthcoming Masquerade. The first two books in the series have just been re-released in ebook by Macmillan, with print to follow next year. Pantomime features a bisexual, genderfluid, and intersex character, the circus, and a hint of magic and more than a little romance. Her next book is the near-future thriller, False Hearts, out in June 2016, which features formerly conjoined twins, cults, and brain hacking.

anonymous asked:

are you participating in proudya readathon? can you list down some of the LGBT+ books you've read so I have some basis to start with...I really want to catch up! ofc, if only you don't mind.

Hi! I have a reading slump right now I couldn’t participate, but I’ve listed down some of the books I’ve read and love, my anticipated reads and the books I currently put on hold. 

Just a note, this list is predominantly about female characters who identify as lesbian or bisexual. This list specifically carter to my taste. I know them because they’re on my radar. Don’t treat this post as the only source of LGBTQ+ books. It’s not, it’s very lacking. If you have any suggestion or book rec for me, feel free to message me. If I’m interested, I’ll add it to my shelf.

Currently reading:  If I Was Your Girl by Meredith Russo, The Dark Wife by Sarah Diemer, The Beast of Callaire by Kelsey Saruuh and Colorblind by Siera Maley

Young Adult

New Adult:

What’s on my TBR/Anticipating:

Young Adult:

New Adult

Adult

nickyoflaherty  asked:

do you know of any historical fiction novels with bi, pan, or lesbian girls? i'm good with books with bi/pan girls who end up with a LI of any gender, but if the LI is a cis male, i'd like for the MC's sexuality to be pretty explicitly stated/shown. thanks!

My #ReadWomen Recommendations

Here are some of my favourite books written by some AWESOME ladies! Hope some of you can find something on here that interests you:

Classics/Literary Fiction

“The Thirteenth Tale” by Diane Settefield for a gothic, haunting tale of two sisters and a writer’s past

“The Secret History” by Donna Tartt for a modern Greek tragedy and the beautiful prose

“Emma” by Jane Austen for some good old English humour and because who doesn’t love Jane Austen (if you don’t, that’s okay!)

“Little Women” by L.M. Alcott

“Jane Eyre” by Charlotte Bronte

“Rebecca” by Daphne du Maurier

“A Novel Bookstore” by Laurence Cosse - a story of a small French bookstore that would be enjoyable for any lover of literature.

“The Bell Jar” by Sylvia Plath for a profound insight into a mental illness that’s still relevant today.

“A Tree Grows in Brooklyn” by Betty Smith for a sweet coming-of-age story of a girl who loved writing more than anything and for a strong, amazing mother figure.

“Speak” by Laurie Halse Anderson - published almost 20 years ago, the novel has never stopped being important and has helped many victims of sexual assault. “Speak” is important.

Historical Fiction

“In the Shadow of Blackbirds” and “The Cure for Dreaming” by Cat Winters for the ladies who were way ahead of their time and hauntingly beautiful writing that will stay with you a long time after you close the last page.

“Girl in Translation” by Jean Kwok for a story of an Asian-American immigrant, the hardships and triumphs and the love and heartbreak endured by her as she is forced to choose between two cultures.

“Purple Hibiscus” by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie for a coming-of-age story about the promise of freedom.

Fairytale retellings

“The Lunar Chronicles” by Marissa Meyer for a great cast of characters and our favourite fairytales re-imagined like never before

“Deathless” by Catherynne Valente for a re-imagination of Russian folklore intervined with the heartbreaking events of WWII.

Contemporary/Contemporary YA

“All the Rage” and “Cracked Up to Be” by Courtney Summers for a deep insight into rape culture and unlikeable, complex protagonists. Courtney Summers is amazing.

“The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks” by E.Lockhart for a story of a girl who is possibly a criminal mastermind at 16. The story is about how she got that way.

“The Language of Flowers” by Vanessa Diffenbaugh for an elegantly written story of second chances given to you by the people who love you and by things you love to do.

“Revolution” by Jennifer Donnelly. Most of you know that this is my favourite contemporary YA novel of all time, so I urge all of you to read it when you get the chance.

LGBT

“Fingersmith” by Sarah Waters for two very unlikeable, very complex heroines with tragically amazing backstories making their way through Dickensian England.

“Wildthorn” by Jane Eagland for a girl stuck in a Victorian asylum for daring to be herself.

“Everything Leads to You” by Nina LaCour for a romance between two girls driven together by their love for the art of film

Fantasy/Sci-fi/Urban fantasy/Magical realism

“Matthew Swift series” by Kate Griffin for an asexual protagonist who’s dead but not really, a lot of badass women of colour, and the magic of the great and terrible London as we’ve never seen before.

“The Invisible Library” by Genevieve Cogman (and the sequel comes out in December!) for some inter-dimension library travel, dragons and badass characters

“The Parasol Protectorate series” by Gail Garriger for an alternative, steampunk Victorian England populated by humans, werewolves, vampires and preternaturals, and some excellent smut.

“The Falconer” series by Elizabeth May for a steampunk Scotland, the evil Fae and a badass heroine

“The Diviners” by Libba Bray for the New York of the roaring 20s where dreams come alive and Naughty John makes you afraid to go to sleep. 

“Throne of Glass series” by Sarah J Maas for… well, most of you know what this one is about!

“Vampire Academy series” by Richelle Mead for an underrated boarding school vampire series with wonderful characters

“Bel Dame Apocrypha series” by Kameron Hurley for gritty cyberpunk, badass Muslim queer ladies and a lot of blood, guts and bug-based alien technology.


Mystery/Thriller

“Dublin Murder Squard series” by Tana French for five beautifully written gripping murder mystery novels with amazing characters (I love the first two books the most because CASSIE MADDOX)

“Books by Gillian Flynn” - yes, all three of her novels in all their glory of unreliable narrators and female villains.

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ya lit meme  2 | 10 series or books

wildthorn by jane eagland

“in the meantime, we have this. She opens her eyes and smiles at me and I smile back. The clouds in the window shift and a stripe of pale wintry sunshine falls across our tangled bodies, linking them with its golden band. And as I rest my cheek on her head, knowing that sometimes, this is enough…more than enough.”

anonymous asked:

Hello! can you suggest some well-written lgbt ya historical fiction novels? i've read the song of achilles and absolutely loved it and i'm desperate for any other ya historical novels focusing on lgbt people tbh. can you help?

You can find these on the website. In YA:

Some recs in Adult:

Female Protags

Male Protagonists

  • Regeneration by Pat Barker
  • The Whale by Mark Beauregard
  • Maurice by E.M. Forster
  • Arctic Summer by Damon Galgut
  • The Stranger’s Child by Alan Hollinghurst
  • While England Sleeps by David Leavitt
  • History of a Pleasure Seeker by Richard Mason
  • As Meat Loves Salt by Maria McCann
  • At Swim, Two Boys by Jamie O’Neill
  • The Master by Colm Toibin
  • The Book of Salt by Monique Truong

into-our-dream  asked:

Do you have any recommendations for fantasy books written by either lgbt people, women, or poc that feature main characters that are also one of those identities? All I can find is white dudes and it's driving me crazy

Haha it’s really harsh. Unfortunately a lot of what immediately springs to mind is p mediocre, and I got a lot of shit for having called one of them mediocre like I should be instead calling for better publishing practises so one mediocre book doesn’t matter so much but actually it would STILL BE MEDIOCRE IN THAT CASE IM JUST SAYING.

Anyway, Wicked Gentlemen by Ginn Hale is a m/m fantasy that I LOVE. SO good!
The doctrine of labyrinths is a series about two brothers featuring two sex worker characters (one f them is the main character, who is a gay wizard) and the cover art will make you embarrassed to be reading them but they are actually truly brilliant and Art (the books not the covers. The covers need to be submitted to a fantasy hall of shame)(esp the last one) tw there’s a brutal rape early on in the first book and one in the last book. Both are key plot points (dealing w the aftermath of trauma and then being traumatised again) but both are really painful and shitty.
Caitlín Kiernan is a trans author who has queer ppl in almost all of her books (except the low red moon series which is my least favourite so there you go) and writes disorienting terrifying fantasy mostly set in my baby stomping grounds of New England which I enjoy very much. I especially love the series that begins with blood oranges! That one is written as Kathleen Tierney.
Sarah Monette, who wrote the Doctrine of Labyrinths series, also has a book of interrelated short stories about a queer museum archivist who attracts ghosts.

Sarah Rees Brennan has secondary queer characters in both of her series, the Demon’s Lexicon and the Lynburn Legacy.
And that’s really it for books I think are quality–there are other books–a lot of other books–but they suffer imo from a variety of things like: trite and derivative (wildthorn, but that’s really more of a historical fiction anyway) to repetitive stylistic tics which begin to grate ENORMOUSLY once you’ve read more than three of their books, to being just totally dull, unbearably slow, and unengaging (other books I feel guilty naming).

I would WELCOME more recommendations!

Fantasy w poc is a bit easier, thank god, and if you’re also into sci-fi easier still. Nalo Hopkinson is brilliant! I got to sit next to her at Sirens lunch on year and we talked about femme/femme relationships in fiction and I almost died. Idk where to start with her books but Sister Mine? Maybe that’s too sci-fi idk.

Nnedi Okorafor wrote Who Fears Death (and maybe more by now, I should check) which is heartbreaking and wonderful.

China Miéville is a man, and I would have recommended Embassytown (i’m sorry I thought Un Lun Dun was boring) but I recently heard something about him and domestic violence and so idk. He wrote really movingly about winning a Lovecraft award and knowing that Lovecraft was a racist fuck and how painful and weird it is that this is even a situation.

Homegoing, the book I just finished is a little bit of fantasy, I guess more magical realism maybe?

Omg I don’t even know how I didn’t lead with these but The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms–anything by NK Jemisin!
And anything by Zen Cho! Who was my favourite discovery of the winter like holy heck–thank goodness she’s prolific!

anonymous asked:

best queer / female centric / poc centric YA novels?

tbh my last list covers almost all of these (especially the standalones) but i’m gonna list a bunch again are u ready (a lot of these are repetitive but that’s just me yelling PLEASE READ THEM)

books w lgbt characters
(these are almost all lgb, and i apologise for that. i need to read more books with trans characters & suggestions are encouraged)

  • love in the time of global warming, francesca lia block (edit: while this book has a trans boy, i have heard the sequel is transphobic so please be warned)
  • aristotle and dante discover the secrets of the world, benjamin alire sáenz
  • otherbound, corinne duyvis
  • far from you, tess sharpe
  • two boys kissing, david levithan (homophobia tw)
  • grasshopper jungle, andrew smith
  • the bane chronicles, cassandra clare
  • the raven cycle, maggie stiefvater
  • adaptation, malinda lo
  • the dark wife, sarah diemer
  • ash, malinda lo
  • empress of the world, sara ryan
  • scars, cheryl rainfield (self harm tw, rape tw, pedophilia tw)
  • wildthorn, jane eagland
  • keeping you a secret, julie anne peters (homophobia tw)

female centric

  • the mortal instruments, cassandra clare
  • the infernal devices, cassandra clare
  • vampire academy, richelle mead (self harm tw, mainly in the first book)
  • otherbound, corinne duyvis
  • far from you, tess sharpe
  • throne of glass, sarah j maas
  • adaptation, malinda lo
  • speak, laurie halse anderson (rape tw)
  • wintergirls, laurie halse anderson (anorexia tw, bulimia tw, self harm tw)
  • divergent, veronica roth

poc centric 

  • the hunger games, suzanne collins
  • aristotle and dante discover the secrets of the world, benjamin alire sáenz
  • love in the time of global warming, francesca lia block 
  • otherbound, corinne duyvis
  • the sword of summer, rick riordan (this might be a stretch, but)
  • the bane chronicles, cassandra clare
  • adaptation, malinda lo

+ bonus: books w/ disabled characters

  • the sword of summer, rick riordan
  • otherbound, corinne duyvis
  • unwind, neal shusterman
  • far from you, tess sharpe
Embrace it

After a break up, the biggest
Stone is not the pain one has
To face, but the vulnerability
She must show, not letting her
Heart be surrounded by wild
Thorns of denial while healing
The soul in bitter waters of
Sorrow, since the one she will
Encounter on her path could
Be the woman of her life

(short poem by lesbianespresso · Victoria Rudi)

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