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6 LGBTQIA+ Reads to Add to Your 2018 TBR

It’s June Swooners (Juners?) and you know what that means…


In honor of this glorious month, here are four LGTBQIA+ books we can’t wait for (and two that have already come out!) that have a little something for everyone. There will be thrills, there will be chills, there will smooches, there will be epic missions into space, and everything in between!

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Let’s Talk About Love by Claire Kann

Alice is secretly asexual, and that’s the least important thing about her.

She’s a college student, has a great job, amazing friends, and is fine being single—nope, that’s a lie. Alice wants rom com–grade romance: feels, cuddling, kissing, and swoons galore—as long as it doesn't lead to having sex.

When her last relationship ends, Alice swears off relationships for good. Stick a fork in her, she’s done. Everyone Alice tries to date is so sure love and sex have to go together, and there doesn’t seem to be any way to convince them otherwise.

But when Alice meets Takumi, who she can't stop thinking about, she doesn’t know what to do. If Alice tells him the truth, it can only end in heartache. But there’s something about Takumi that makes him worth the risk...

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The Brightsiders by Jen Wilde

As a rock star drummer in the hit band The Brightsiders, Emmy King’s life should be perfect. But there’s nothing the paparazzi love more than watching a celebrity crash and burn. When a night of partying lands Emmy in hospital and her girlfriend in jail, she’s branded the latest tabloid train wreck.

Luckily, Emmy has her friends and bandmates, including the super-swoonworthy Alfie, to help her pick up the pieces of her life. She knows hooking up with a band member is exactly the kind of trouble she should be avoiding, and yet Emmy and Alfie Just. Keep. Kissing.

Will the inevitable fallout turn her into a clickbait scandal (again)? Or will she find the strength to stand on her own?

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SuperMoon by H. A. Swain (6/12/18)

Her parents emigrated from Earth to the Moon in hopes of a better life; now Uma has to decide if her assignment in their colony is worth dying for in this YA novel.

Uma meets an Earthen girl who becomes a fast friend, and much more. What Uma doesn't know is that the girl is assigned to infect Uma with a plague that a rogue faction of Earthen scientists hope will wipe out Moon soldiers. Will Uma be the cause of a pandemic? Whom can she trust, and moreover, whom does she love?

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Unbroken: 13 Stories Involving Disabled Teens edited by Marieke Nijkamp (9/18/18)

The #1 New York Times–bestselling author of This Is Where It Ends edits a collection of short stories for teens featuring disabled main characters.

This anthology explores disability in fictional tales told from the viewpoint of disabled characters, written by disabled creators. With stories in various genres about first loves, friendship, war, travel, and more, Unbroken will offer today's teen readers a glimpse into the lives of disabled people in the past, present, and future.

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Check, Please!: #Hockey by Ngozi Ukazu (9/18/18)

The hilarious and heartbreaking confessions of a figure skater turned collegiate hockey player who's terrified of checking... and is desperately in love with the captain of his hockey team

A collection of the first half of the mega-popular webcomic series of the same name, Check, Please!: #Hockey is the first in a hilarious and stirring two-volume coming-of-age story about hockey, bros, and trying to find yourself during the best four years of your life.

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Black Wings Beating by Alex London (9/25/18)

Brysen and Kylee are twins but they couldn't be more different. Brysen wears his heart on his sleeve and strives to be a falconer like his late father.

Kylee has no time for love and runs their family's business to make end's meet. She wants nothing to do with falconry even though she may have a power hidden deep inside that begs otherwise.

Together they embark on a journey—Brysen to save the boy he loves, and Kylee to save Brysen from getting killed—into the treacherous Uztari mountains. They are hunting the legendary Ghost Eagle, a beast deadly enough to sway the tides in a territorial war about to ravage their village.

What are some of your favorite queer reads, Swooners? Whether it’s an old favorite or something new you can’t wait to sink your teeth into, comment with a title below so we can create a kickass reading list for June and beyond!

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Liz O.

Brooklyn resident, sarcasm connoisseur, pop culture junkie, food obsessed. I am on the editorial board for Swoon, binge reading manuscripts …

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