It’s Pride: LGBT books I’ve read this year

Time for the second part of the It’s Pride! feature here at A Word and a Whisper to celebrate LGBT Pride Month πŸ™‚ Today I’m going to be talking about some queer books I’ve read this year and what I thought of them.


  • Before I Let Go |Β Marieke Nijkamp – Ugh ugh ugh, I HATED this book. Actually I might have read it last year. But it’s a 2018 book so I wanted to talk about it. So this book is about Corey and how she goes home to her weird town after her friend Kyra dies mysteriously. She learns that Kyra was painting “prophecies” during manic depressive episodes. I hated this book because nobody took Kyra’s mental illness seriously, and it just seemed like a thriller device for the book even though it obviously was serious. I really didn’t like this one.
  • Let’s Talk About Love | Claire Kann – I ADORED this book; it was so delightful. It’s about a black ace girl who works at a library for the summer and falls for a guy Takumi. This book is just full of love and seems to be a good ace representation. It brought up a lot of topics related to being ace that I myself have never considered (probably because I do not identify as ace). I just loved Alice and thought the romance was so cute and all the characters were joyful.
  • Leah on the Offbeat | Becky Albertalli – I was so excited for a book about a fat, bisexual girl drummer. Sadly, I was really disappointed. It read like Simon fanfic, and none of the characters felt fully realized to me. There’s also a really hurtful bi comment in there that is never dealt with enough, and it bothered me. This book claimed to be great bisexual rep, but it still felt like it was lifting up white gay guys by not being a full enough story.



  • Love & Other Carnivorous PlantsΒ  | Florence Gonsalves – I was so excited for this book, but was disappointed by this one as well, unfortunately. It’s about a girl who just got out of a mental institution struggling with an eating disorder, who falls for a girl she met while inside the institution. I really wanted to like this one so much, and I did like the writing and find the voice very strong and different, but the story fell flat for me. You can read more of my thoughts here.
  • The Brightsiders |Β Jen Wilde – No pun intended, but this book was such a huge bright spot for me last month. I LOVED Jen Wilde’s sophomore novel and am now even more excited to read QUEENS OF GEEK when I can get around to it. You can read my full gushing here, but in short, this book has super amazing diversity, and puts a great twist on a teen celebrity story that I just loved.


Unfortunately, it seems like I haven’t really enjoyed most 2018 queer books I’ve read so far. I’m hoping I’ll enjoy more from the list I posted last week though. I also have a lot of queer books on my backlist TBR that sound really good, so maybe I should read some of those also. In short, I am hoping that the queer books will only get better from here.


Are any of these on your TBR? Have you read any? What did you think?

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  1. I’m so glad you enjoyed Let’s Talk About Love, I heard so many great things about this book from fellow bloggers, I’ll have to read it eventually πŸ™‚ And yay for The Brightsiders, it was such a great book πŸ˜€

    1. I haven’t seen many reviews of it but I’m so happy that people like it! It was just so delightful and made me feel so warm and fuzzy πŸ™‚

    1. omg, The Brightsiders is one of my favorites so far this year. So good!

      But yeah, Leah was disappointing and I am still a little sad about it :/

  2. Can’t wait to pick up The Brightsiders πŸ˜€ It will most likely be my next read after Ace of Shades (though an ARC might come in between but then after that one, I’ll definitely pick up The Brightsiders)

    I loved Leah on the Offbeat, but yeah that comment bothered me too :/ I do kind of get where Leah was coming from, but since Abby was questioning her sexuality it was not okay, especially since the comment was never addressed again?

    Sorry to hear that you haven’t enjoyed most of your queer reads this year, hopefully the next ones will be amazing πŸ™‚

    1. I hope so. I’m debating reading Ace of Shades since I heard it’s actually diverse, but I might go with Daughter of the Burning City first.

      I was just so disappointed with Leah :/ I’m happy you liked it though πŸ™‚

      1. I’m not that far in yet, but I am enjoying it so far. One of the main characters is black and bi, and I just learned that apparently there’s a genderfluid character as well! (though I haven’t met them yet)

        Yeah I completely get why! I was taken aback to read that line, as it’s not what I expect from Becky Albertali, as she talks to so many people, hires sensitivity readers etc.

        1. ahhhh yes genderfluid rep!! now I definitely need to read it πŸ™‚

          I was just really surprised, especially considering how much Leah is being touted as excellent bi rep.

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