Hey friends, today I’m here to share with you my June TBR for 2021!
So I know this is a little late, I usually like to get this up at the start of the month, but better late than never right?
June is Pride month, marking the anniversary of the uprising that took place at the Stonewall Inn in New York City, after it was raided by the police and LGBTQIA+ people fought back against the long standing police brutality. Stonewall say that “this anniversary is a reminder of the power of standing together in defiance of those who seek to divide us.”
While we should be reading diversely all year round, which is something I do try my best to do, I thought that this month I’d put together a TBR of solely LGBTQIA+ books. I’ve chosen four books that I’ve been really excited to pick up, but given how successful the last few months have been in terms of reading I am hoping to get around to more than just these.
Here are the books on my June TBR!
First up is Queer Power, a “celebration of icons, activists and game changers from across the rainbow”! This is a book packed with advice, information, quotes and motivation, covering topics like gender, coming out, mental health, activism and being an ally. And of course, it’s full of Dom’s amazing illustrations and artwork. This is such a stunning book inside and out and I already know I’m going to love it.
First of all, why has it taken me so long to pick this up? Well yes it was really hard to get hold of here in the UK for a while, but now that I’ve got it I don’t want to wait any more! I’ve heard such glowing reviews of this book, an own voices story of first love and identity, featuring a transgender, Black and queer main character. Also this cover is BEAUTIFUL.
I loved the first three instalments of this LGBTQIA+ graphic novel, and I know this won’t be any different. Nick is bisexual, Charlie is gay, and this is the story of their relationship. It covers so many different subjects such as coming out, understanding your sexuality, bullying, first love, mental health, homophobia and more, but I understand that this particular collection discusses OCD and eating disorders in detail so please bear that in mind going in.
So funnily enough I don’t really know much about this book, except for that some friends enjoyed it! Not only is the cover super cute, but the blurb says that this is an own voices queer rom com debut, with a “free-spirited social media astrologer who agrees to fake a relationship with an uptight actuary until New Year’s Eve—with results not even the stars could predict!” This sounds perfect.
There we have four books I’m planning to read this Pride! Some of them I have waited far too long to pick up, and other more recent releases have been highly anticipated ever since I heard of their publication. What are you planning to read this month?
Remember, boost and support the voices of LGBTQIA+ people and be an ally always, not just during Pride month 💖