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With the holiday over, it’s time to start planning what we’ll be reading next! From fantastical stories about reincarnation to historical romances filled with eroticism, we’ve got you covered for the month of January with a list of LGBTQ+ books you should read.
Special shoutout goes to Netgalley, the premiere source of getting books in advance if you’re looking to review books. All the summary’s were sourced from Netgalley and we hope this helps get readers interested in these creative queer writers!
1. Be Dazzled by Ryan La Sala
Summary: Project Runway goes to Comic Con in an epic queer love story about creativity, passion, and finding the courage to be your most authentic self.
2. Lava Red Feather Blue by Molly Ringle
Summary: On a magically hidden North Pacific island, when a man awakens a sleeping beauty of a prince, it’s only the beginning of the fairy tale, as breaking the spell unleashes a dangerous force among the fae too.
3. The Heiress: The Revelations of Anne de Bourgh by Molly Greeley
Summary: In this gorgeously written and spellbinding historical novel based on Pride and Prejudice, the author of The Clergyman’s Wife combines the knowing eye of Jane Austen with the eroticism and Gothic intrigue of Sarah Waters to reimagine the life of the mysterious Anne de Bourgh.
4. Detransition, Baby by Torrey Peters
Summary: ‘A voraciously knowing, compulsively readable novel’ Chris Kraus ‘Tremendously funny and sexy as hell’ Juliet Jacques ‘Emotionally generous, richly textured, and deeply intelligent’ Claire Lombardo Reese nearly had it all: a loving relationship with Amy, an apartment in New York, a job she didn’t hate. She’d scraped together a life previous generations of trans women could only dream of; the only thing missing was a child. Then everything fell apart and three years on Reese is still in self-destruct mode, avoiding her loneliness by sleeping with married men. When her ex calls to ask if she wants to be a mother, Reese finds herself intrigued. After being attacked in the street, Amy de-transitioned to become Ames, changed jobs and, thinking he was infertile, started an affair with his boss Katrina. Now Katrina’s pregnant. Could the three of them form an unconventional family – and raise the baby together?
5. Thor: Daughter of Asgard by Genevieve McCluer
Summary: Hannah Olsen just wanted to be an accountant. She met the girl of her dreams and was more than ready to settle in for an ordinary life. Then she found out she was the reincarnation of Thor. Suddenly, she’s thrown into a world of magic and intrigue, unexpected attraction, and a mystery she’s got to unravel. All she can count on are her friends and her partner, and perhaps her new crush. With their help, she just might be able to find her way in this new life, and maybe stop an evil plot along the way.
6. The Clinch by Nicole Disney
Summary: Brooklyn and Eden’s rivalry attracts worldwide attention, but as they spend time together, Eden sees past Brooklyn’s showmanship to who she really is. They ought to be perfect for one another, but can either really fall in love with the person standing in the way of her dreams?
7. His Brother’s Viscount by Stephanie Lake
Summary: As a baron’s youngest son, Hector Somerville has no real prospects. He will not inherit, and he’s overshadowed by two perfect brothers. While searching for ways to improve his situation, Hector finds respite in an invitation to a country estate—and has a second chance at rekindling his illicit affair with Viscount Wentworth, captain of HBMS Dragon. The upcoming fortnight could be everything Hector dreamed of since their disastrous parting.
Wentworth has forsaken love, and yet, memories of guilt and heartache resurface. He loved a boyhood friend once, Hector’s older brother William, until the man left him, trampling his heart in the process. Years later, he wonders if he ever fell out of love. Is his heart bound by William, or can he create a life with Hector?
8. The Revolution and the Fox by Tim Susman
Summary: Two years after the Revolutionary War, the new College of Sorcery in East Georgia is in trouble. Kip, Emily, Malcolm, and Alice have survived political attacks from Victor Adamson, but their money is running out. The International Exposition of Sorcery is their last chance to find a rich donor, but once they’re there, things get much worse. The few students they have are kidnapped, and Kip gets wind of a sinister plot against all Calatians. Within days, the four friends find themselves in a race against time to save their students, their school, and the world as they know it.
9. Choosing Grace by Regina Jamison
Summary: As a young African American woman from Durham, North Carolina, Sky Valentine is tired of being boxed in by small minds and Southern expectations. To escape the restraints of her Southern upbringing, Sky flees to Rhode Island to attend college. Once there, Sky doesn’t just work on her degree, she also works on shedding many of the things that peg her as a Southerner.
10. The Beautiful Things Shoppe by Philip William Stover
Summary: It’s only when two of New Hope’s historic landmarks—each as different as Danny and Prescott—are threatened that a tentative alliance forms. And with it, the first blush of romance. Suddenly, running The Beautiful Things Shoppe together doesn’t seem so bad…until Danny’s secret threatens to ruin it all.
Queerly Not Straight posts every Tuesday with opinion pieces, listicals, reviews, and more focused on the LGBT community (and occasionally about the Latinx community since I am Latinx.)