• Sarah Taphom


Updated: Aug 17, 2018

So I posted this during Pride Month on my old blog, but I figured I'd better update it with some of the new books I've gotten recently. This is essentially every LGBTQIA+ standalone that I already own in no particular order (because let's face it, my actual TBR for such books would be never-ending).

Click on the title to head over to the Goodreads page and check them out!

The Love Interest by: Cale Dietrich

This book is about an organization that trains teenage spies, one to be a Goody Twoshoes and the other to be Bad Boys so that they can seduce people. But things could go wrong when two of them fall for each other. I’ve actually had the pleasure of talking with Cale on Twitter (he’s AMAZEBALLS) to gush about Love, Simon so eep! I knew I had to check out his book.

Out Loud: The Best of Rainbow Radio by: Ed Madden and Candace Chellew Hodge

A history of the southern radio show that took the world by storm, Rainbow Radio was South Carolina’s first gay and lesbian radio show. I picked this book up at a booth during my very first visit to the Decatur Book Festival with Madelyn (hey girl hey @snorting.books on IG) a couple years ago and I’ve been dying to read it ever since.

Queer 13 by: Clifford Chase

Basically, lesbian and gay writers recall seventh grade lol. I think I found this gem in my local Goodwill and have read a couple of chapters, but I really wanna dive into it at some point. (LOL I had this out on my desk in school once so I could read after I finished a test and my teacher looked like she wanted to say something, but couldn’t.)

Drag Teen by: Jeffery Self

This is about a guy and his friends trying to win a drag competition because he needs scholarship money. I’m sorry for my lazy and bad summary lol. I was immediately taken by the plot and gorgeous cover, but one of the main characters had the same name as someone I had a falling out with, so I haven’t read it yet for that reason LOL.

One Man Guy by: Michael Barakiva

Alek’s dreams of a relaxing summer are squandered when his parents announce he’s attending summer school, where he’s immediately smitten by a certain Ethan. One of my bookish friends told me to check it out and I happily obliged.

Trans Mission: My Quest to a Beard by: Alex Bertie

It’s a memoir about his early life and growing up realizing he was transgender. I found it in a little indie bookstore when I was in London(?) and I pounced on it because of the cover. I didn’t actually know Alex was a YouTuber or anything like that. I actually got through like a fourth of it on the plane home, but stopped because school. Hopefully I’ll pick it up again soon, because I really liked what I read.

Girlish: Growing Up in a Lesbian Home by: Lara Lillibridge

This is a memoir about a girl growing up with lesbian moms, unobsessed by her parents’ sexuality in a world that is.

Draw the Line by: Laurent Linn

A hate crime forces a closeted boy to draw his own superhero and decide who he wants to be in his small Texas town. Pretty sure I saw this on a blogpost somewhere and was intrigued.

The Apocalypse of Elena Mendoza by: Shaun David Hutchinson

A girl born from a virgin mother discovers she has the power to heal her crush – something else that can’t be explained. Total cover buy and I loved We Are the Ants, so after that book, Shaun David Hutchinson became an autobuy author for me.

Carry On by: Rainbow Rowell

I see this as a gay Harry Potter fan-fiction with vampires lol. I have started this and not finished it so many times omg. Also, I originally had the hardcover, but the paperback is way better designed imo.

To my understanding, it's either the book that the girl in Fangirl (also a Rainbow Rowell book) is writing the fan-fiction of, or it is that fan-fiction. It could be neither lol.

At the Edge of the Universe by: Shaun David Hutchinson

A boy’s world literally begins shrinking as his memories start to disappear.

Again, I loved We Are the Ants, so Shaun David Hutchinson is an autobuy author for me.

Binge by: Tyler Oakley

A series of personal essays by one of YouTube’s most prominent influencers. I found this randomly at a Books-A-Million (my first visit to one ever) and it was the last SIGNED one so it was obviously meant to be.

The Miseducation of Cameron Post by: Emily M. Danforth

I really liked the movie cover of this (which has been happening more and more recently, and my sister was kind enough to buy it for me). In short, this is a story about a queer girl who is sent to conversion therapy by her conservative aunt. I can't wait to read it, and am even more excited to eventually watch the film. This was on my BookTubeAThon TBR, but I kinda failed there lol.

Middlesex by: Jeffrey Eugenides

I think I've seen this on a couple of must-read book lists, and it is about Cal, who is a hermaphodite and goes through the book learning about the history of her family.

Tell Me Again How a Crush Should Feel by: Sara Farizan

Leila, a Persian teenager, has gone through most of high school without a crush. Which is good, because her heritage makes her stand out enough in her eyes. But when she meets Saskia, she has to learn to navigate her feelings and how everyone keeps secrets.

Openly Straight by: Bill Konisberg

I've heard so many good things about this book and the sequel, Honestly Ben, which, alas, I do not own.

Although Rafe never caught much heat for being gay and out, a new school means a new opportunity for him to not just be the gay guy. But when he falls in love with Ben, everything he thought he wanted goes out the window.

When the Moon Was Ours by: Anna-Marie McLemore

I received this book in a Goodreads giveaway a while back and have been yelled at by many a friend to go and start it already.

The description doesn't actually say anything helpful lol, but I believe it features a trans character and queer girls, which I am here for. (I hope I'm not wrong here lol).

The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by: Taylor Jenkins Reid

It seemed like this book blew up overnight, because I went from not even knowing it existed, to seeing rave reviews everywhere. It is about a Cuban woman who is giving her life story to a journalist about her many husbands, only to reveal that the one great love of her life was a woman.

The 57 Bus: A True Story of Two Teenagers and the Crime That Changed Their Lives by: Dashka Slater

I've heard lots of really great things about this book, and it's one of the only non-fiction on this list and in general. It talks about two characters, a white agender teen named Sasha, and a black teen, and how a hate crime connects the two together.

Lost Soul, Be at Peace (ARC) by: Maggie Thrash

This gorgeous sequel to Honor Girl gets real about teen angst, and I am so excited for the release in October, because that means I get a full color copy.

Just Juliet: An LGBT Love Story by: Charlotte Reagan

I remember receiving a free ebook version of this book, but I can't remember where or who it was from. But this seems like a pretty simple book: Lena, the popular girl with the cheerleader best friend and football player boyfriend meeting the new girl, Juliet.

Style by: Chelsea M. Cameron

Chelsea actually sent me an eARC of this a while ago, but it got lost and I just now remembered about it. It is about two girls who just want to finish high school and go to college, but something in them ignites when they're paired together in AP English.

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I feel like all I've been posting lately are reviews that I'm obligated to post and updates that nobody cares about. I swear I haven't forgotten about this blog - I love the idea of a written platform