if you know me, you’d know that queer books are my favorite thing.
hello!! it is finally summer, which means a break from school and more blogging for me! i am so happy to have more time to devote to the blog now <3 i miss writing and reading so much, you guys. it’s been awhile since a Classic madeline tbr listTM, so here we are! and it’s finally pride month– the gayest time of the year, and an even better excuse to read exclusively queer books. 🌈🌈 also, i am Very Behind on my goodreads challenge and i’m hoping the promise of Gay Books will help me catch up…
01. Radio Silence (obviously!)
i’ve finally made the verdict. this is my favorite book of all time, at least for the moment. i love the focus on platonic relationships and friendships, and the tiny, careful details placed into the prose never fail to make me smile. i just find the whole book so relatable in so many ways, and i think that’s a huge reason why it is so dear to me. i don’t know exactly how to explain it succinctly, but it’s so much better if you go into it with no information. PLS READ AND STAN RADIO SILENCE. that’s all.
i’ve just learned that paperbackdreams is hosting a radio silence live show (along with readwithcindy) on June 15, and I AM EXCITE. i want nothing more than to hear kat rant about Radio Silence live.
radio silence has a whole plethora of queer characters, including a demisexual character, which i really loved reading.
ok,, so i might have already finished reading and lOVED this one?? i started it right before bed, which was, um, a really bad idea because i was so hooked. normally, i don’t go for really fluffy and/or new adult books because it’s not exactly my taste, but i ended up really appreciating this one + also being glued to the pages for hours on end. i miss the feeling of being desperate to keep reading and finish a book, and i was actually able to feel that with this book which was also a great thing!
also, biracial (mexican american) protagonist!! being biracial myself, i love seeing biracial rep in books as some of you already know!
03. On A Sunbeam
On A Sunbeam is a webcomic by Tillie Walden (whose art i ADORE with my whole heart) featuring a f/f relationship! i just barely started it last fall, but then moved into school, wasn’t able to bring the book along, and promptly did not finish it. the webcomic is available online (for free!) as well as in a physical copy. the physical copy is absolutely gorgeous, and i kid you not, i looked at the art for hours after i bought it.
webcomics are a relatively new thing for me, and they’re also pretty sweet bc they take less time to read and i can still count them on my goodreads challenge lmao. 😂
04. King of Scars
ah so i’m pretty sure that Nina is either bisexual or pansexual, and she has a female love interest in this book, but please correct me if i am wrong! i completely missed the hype surrounding King of Scars when it released months ago, and i am doing my best to catch up with the grishaverse fandom! don’t mind me, just a small gay trying to catch up with the happenings of the book community.
while this book probably doesn’t feature being queer as a main theme, i know i really need to read this before summer ends, and june is as good a time as any tbh.
your girl just finished Madeline Miller’s other book Circe and was crushed by its amazingness. apparently, i already read The Song of Achilles a couple years ago, but in the spirit of Circe (and my classics-loving self), i’m gonna try to reread it this month and focus more on the language and the way the book was crafted. i actually heard Madeline Miller talk in person about how she writes her books, and i wanna reread with her talking points in mind.
now, reading this book will be Very Contingent on whether i can find it in my local library, which is unlikely because alabama libraries tend not to buy f/f books. they’ve made it to (stocking but not accepting) the white cis gay male books, but not to the sapphic ones 🙃🙃🙃
i’ve heard many things about how this book is so underrated yet so amazing, and i intend to find out whether they are true. i feel that as a sapphic booknerd, i need to read more f/f books such as this one!!
books i might read
- I Wish You All the Best – there has been a ton of hype surrounding this book for months now, and plus, i need to read more books with enby protagonists! here, it’s really an issue of access for me–let’s hope my library has it or buys it! i haven’t been in the right mood to read it yet, but let’s hope!
- We Contain Multitudes – i received this as an ARC, yet i have had neither the time nor the patience to read at all during the last month of school, so obviously i didn’t read it. 🙁 maybe this month??
- Proud – hmm i really want to read this anthology at some point, but 1) idk if i will have time this month, and 2) will i be able to get my hands on it? we’ll see!
and that, folks, is my tbr for pride month. who even knows if i’ll stick too this strictly (uh probably not), but it was fun nonetheless to make a lil list of books i’m excited for this summer. you can follow me on twitter or goodreads for updates on my pride month reads!