Pride Flag Book Recs

Our first rec list of the month has a theme! And that is, books which fit the labels assigned to the colours in Gilbert Baker’s pride flag (with the added black and brown stripes, obviously).

So we took each label as a prompt and tried our best to come up with a theme, and a book each to pick that theme.

And if you want to take this as a book tag and do your own post, please do because we would love to see what you’d rec!

(As ever, 🌈 means the author identifies as LGBT.)

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QPOC


Theme: books by and about QPOC
Anna’s pick: On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous by Ocean Vuong 🌈
Charlotte’s pick: The Empress of Salt and Fortune by Nghi Vo 🌈

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Healing


Theme: a book that feels like healing
Anna’s pick: The Midnight Lie by Marie Rutkoski 🌈
Charlotte’s pick: This is How You Lose the Time War by Amal el-Mohtar 🌈 & Max Gladstone

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Sex


Theme: a romance novel
Anna’s pick: A Tiny Piece of Something Greater by Jude Sierra 🌈
Charlotte’s pick: Hold Me by Courtney Milan 🌈

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Life


Theme: a book that celebrates LGBT lives
Anna’s pick: Felix Ever After by Kacen Callender 🌈
Charlotte’s pick: Last Bus to Everland by Sophie Cameron 🌈

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Sunlight


Theme: a book with summery vibes
Anna’s pick: By Any Means Necessary by Candace Montgomery 🌈
Charlotte’s pick: Don’t Date Rosa Santos by Nina Moreno 🌈

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Nature


Theme: a book that connects to nature
Anna’s pick: Taproot by Keezy Young 🌈
Charlotte’s pick: Wonders of the Invisible World by Christopher Barzak 🌈

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Magic/Art


Theme: a fantasy novel
Anna’s pick: The Never Tilting World by Rin Chupeco 🌈
Charlotte’s pick: Steel Crow Saga by Paul Krueger

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Serenity


Theme: a book that leaves you feeling calm
Anna’s pick: The Weight of the Stars by K. Ancrum 🌈
Charlotte’s pick: The Gallery of Unfinished Girls by Lauren Karcz

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Spirit


Theme: a book that makes you feel connected to the community
Anna’s pick: Sappho: Poems & Fragments by Sappho 🌈, trans. Josephine Balmer
Charlotte’s pick: Sonetos del amor oscuro by Federico GarcΓ­a Lorca 🌈

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Since you’re here, please consider doing any number of the following to support Black Lives Matter, and the protests regarding police brutality in the USA.

Donate to bail funds and supplies for protestors, gofundmes of victims of police violence, mutual aid organisations and Black-owned businesses impacted by the violence.

You can donate even if you have no funds by watching videos where all ad revenue will go towards the BLM movement.

Sign petitions.

Get in contact with mayors and district attorneys, and maintain pressure on them.

Educate yourself further through the resources found on the carrd and others.

Pride was initiated following riots against police violence and raids, and those at Stonewall Inn were led by trans and lesbian women of colour, many of whom were Black. We owe them our support.

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