Book Releases: April 2020

In these weird times, all of us could use something nice to read. Especially if wanting to read books means pre-ordering them and helping out authors who are debuting in upcoming months. And hey!, if you can afford it, consider using an indie bookstore for all your orders! Which should be plenty, given how many great books are coming out next month, just saying.

So, without further ado, here are 85 (!) LGBT April releases!

(As always, the rainbow emoji indicates that the rep is ownvoices.)

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Book Releases: 2020 Books by UK & Irish Authors

It’s yet another round-up post! But this time it’s books by authors based in the UK and Ireland (I say “based in”, some may still be published by American publishers, but most not). Because this is one of many areas overlooked in favour of US output.

So here are 53 releases from this side of the pond that you can look forward to!

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Book Recs: Mysteries

I’m a simple reader: give me a good mystery and I will be satisfied. Make it gay and I will be over the freaking moon. And I’ve finally read enough excellent mysteries that I can make a rec list of them!

I have fairly high standards for mysteries, I’ll admit. I mean, I want something where I could potentially guess the culprit myself for a start. But not too easily. Basically I have to be able to follow along but also have some element of actual mysteriousness. I told you it was high standards.

But that, of course, means that all the books on this list are especially excellent (not that they wouldn’t be otherwise but. Stringent criteria and all).

So, onwards.

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ARC Review: Queen of Coin and Whispers

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‘She loved me as I loved her, fierce as a bloodied blade.’

When teenage queen Lia inherits her corrupt uncle’s bankrupt kingdom, she brings a new spymaster into the fold … Xania, who takes the job to avenge her murdered father.

Faced with dangerous plots and hidden enemies, can Lia and Xania learn to rely on each another, as they discover that all is not fair in love and treason?

In a world where the throne means both power and duty, they must decide what to sacrifice for their country – and for each other …

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Queen of Coin and Whispers

Helen Corcoran

Published: 23rd April 2020
Goodreads
Rep: lesbian mcs, lesbian, gay & bi side characters

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Book Releases: January-June 2020 Books With Bi Protagonists

If you’re looking for books with bisexual and/or pansexual characters, you’re in luck. Here’s a list of all books coming out in January-June 2020 that fit that description.

Finding specific rep in upcoming books isn’t always easy, so I want to make some things clear before we start:

1) I included only books that use the bi & pan labels or, in case of sff ones, that make it clear from context the characters are bi or pan. It’s not always clear-cut but I figured that if you’re looking for bi/pan rep, you’re looking for something concrete;

2) I did not include books which I wasn’t sure about, because I didn’t want to falsely advertise. If there’s anything I missed that you know for a fact features a bi or pan protag, please let me know!

I’ll be also marking YA books with a ✌️ emoji, if that’s something that you’re interested in. And, as always, a 🌈 emoji indicates an ownvoices book.

(You might also be interested in these posts about 2020 YA releases & 2020 releases with non-cis characters.)

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Book Club: The Stars and the Blackness Between Them

Last month, we read The Stars and the Blackness Between Them. I say “we” but Anna didn’t actually manage to read it (something called a “book slump”, she says). So what you get is just my review.

So yeah. Enjoy.

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Book Club: March Read

For March’s read, you voted we pick sci-fi. So the chances of Anna not reading a third book club book in a row have immediately skyrocketed.

We ended up picking a very recent release from an author we have both liked the short stories of for March’s read. Hopefully, that means we’ll both read the book for the first time in about 3 months.

So take a look to see what we selected.

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Book Releases: March 2020

March brings us another 81 releases – we are really being spoiled this year, aren’t we – featuring some of mine and Anna’s most anticipated. And, like last month, they’re all in one place!

You can find all our previous releases posts here. Any errors in rep are mine, etc, etc.

Enjoy!

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Book Recs: Books By and About QPOC

Today, I have for you a massive rec list of books by and about QPOC (and Latinx authors/characters). There are fifty books on here – though that isn’t the sum total of those I know, so if your favourite isn’t here, it’s simply because I couldn’t fit it.

It’s gonna go like this: I’ve split this post into contemporary, historical, science fiction or dystopia, and fantasy sections. In each section, half the books have been released, half are upcoming (barring sci fi, where I could only find 4 upcoming releases).

So, enjoy!

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Book Recs: Poetry Collections (II)

I said I want to make this a series of poetry recommendations, but the first and only post so far is from July last year… But I am here with ten more poetry collections and better late than never, right?

Like last time, I changed our traditional “Why Should I Read It?” section into a place to share my favourite quotes from a book. Or at least one of many favourites…

Let’s go then!

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