Hi all ! Today I’ve decided to finally do the A to Z of Queer Lit challenge. This is a tag I’ve seen everywhere lately with it being Pride Month, and I’ve always wanted to do it, so it’s finally time. that I really have wanted to do ever since I saw it.
This is basically a list of A to Z queer lit, where from A-Z each letter corresponds with the title of the book or the author of the book. This was created by George Lester on Youtube.
A: Peter Darling by Austin Chant ➤
Peter Darling is an ownvoices retelling of Peter Pan. In this, Peter is a trans boy who returns to Neverland as an adult to find everything has changed. It follows Peter as he tries to finish the Pirate/Lost Boy war that has erupted in his absence. It is also about Peter being trans, and how Neverland offers a place for people to be themselves. There is also an m/m relationship between Peter and Captain Hook which I didn’t know how much I needed until it happened.
B: Cloaked in Shadow by Ben Alderson ➤
Another ownvoices fantasy story featuring elves and a warring kingdom. This follows Zacriah, who gets taken to the Capital of the city to join the Kings personal army of magical elves. There is an m/m romance and lots of political intrigue.
C: Red, White and Royal Blue by Casey McQuinston ➤
I just finished this and I loved it so much! This book is super hyped, so most people probably know about it. It follows the First Son of the United States who has to pretend to be best friends with the Prince of Wales for a publicity stunt but ends up falling for him and the two start a secret romance. This was SO funny and I loved the romance.
D: Daughter of the Burning City by Amanda Foody ➤
This is a YA fantasy with some parallels to The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern. It follows a bisexual main character with the ability to make illusions that look and act like people. When someone starts murdering them – which Sorina didn’t even think was possible, she needs to find the killer. There is also a demiromantic asexual side character who I LOVE.
E: The Abyss Surrounds Us by Emily Skrutskie ➤
One of my all time favourite queer series. This is set in a futiristic sci-fi world where scientists train giant sea monsters called Reckoners to protect ships from Pirates when crossing the ocean. When Cass, Reckoner trainer, is kidnapped by pirates in order to train a stolen Reckoner, she becomes embroiled in a government conspiracy. This has true enemies to lovers romance I LOVE
F: Far From You by Tess Sharpe ➤
This is such an underrated sapphic read! It’s a YA mystery/thriller which I don’t see heaps of queer characters in. It follows a girl who wants to prove her girlfriend didn’t die in a drug deal gone wrong but was actually murdered. This isn’t exactly a happy f/f romance since one of the girls is dead, but it is still a really good book with a bi main character!
G: Girls of Paper and Fire by Natasha Ngan ➤
This is one I read when it came out and I still LOVE IT. The sequel is coming out soon I can’t wait. This is a Malaysian inspired fantasy following a girl called Lei who is chosen to be one of the Kings concubines – a Paper Girl. She falls in love with Wren, another concubine, and the two have to navigate a dangerous court and situation if they want any hope of freedom. This book has a lot of dark content but it’s really good and explores its themes so well.
H: History is All You Left Me by Adam Silvera ➤
I could have included all of Adam Silvera’s books since I like them all but History is my favourite. This is about grief, specifically, a boy mourning the death of his ex-boyfriend who he thought he would eventually get back together with. I love this books exploration of messy relationships and the unreliable narrator. This is another sad book but I love it and it’s obviously #OwnVoices.
I: If I Was Your Girl by Meredith Russo ➤
This is a pretty well-known book but I think it’s gone off the radar lately and I’m bringing it back. This is a contemporary following a trans girl called Amanda who falls for the popular boy at her new school but is unsure how to navigate being trans and having feelings for him. I loved this book because it explored tran issues in such an authentic way but also kept so many YA contemporary romance tropes.
J: Running With Lions by Julian Winters ➤
A TRUE ROMCOM! This book is so adorable. It follows a soccer team on school camp. The captain, Sebastian, is confronted with his old best friend turned enemy who’s joined the team and he has to coach him before the season starts. This is such a joyous and fun book that explores being a young bi teen and body positivity in men and I thought it was so cute!
K: The Gallery of Unfinished Girls by Lauren Karcz ➤
This is a pretty quiet sapphic read both in terms of content and popularity. It is about a girl who has lost her artistic motivation and sense of self. Through fabulism, it explores the power of art and identity, and how people can come to find themselves. The main character is bisexual.
L: Little & Lion by Brandy Colbert ➤
This is a book I have seen criticised for the bi rep, but I really liked it. It follows the relationship between two half-siblings, Little & Lion, after Little comes back from college. It also is about exploring your sexuality and trying to figure things out. I thought this was a really honest book with a great flawed main character and some messy dynamics that worked out well in the end.
M: Into the Drowning Deep by Mira Grant ➤
This is a recent read for me but I LOVED IT. This is genuinely one of the scariest books I’ve ever read – it follows a crew of scientists and film experts trying to capture of rumoured killer mermaids in the Marianna Trench. There is a lot of queer characters and an f/f relationship and its SO scary, but so good!
N: We Are Okay by Nina LaCour ➤
Another recent fave, that I have been talking about a lot! This is about a bisexual main character called Marin who leaves her hometown to move to uni with nothing but her phone, wallet, and a picture of her mother. It is about what made Marin’s life, and her relationship with her ex-girlfriend Mabel, fall apart and I LOVE IT.
O: Of Fire and Stars by Audrey Coulthurst ➤
Back to YA fantasies – this got a little bit of hype for a while but with queer royalty stories back on the radar, it’s time to bring it back. This is about a princess betrothed to a prince, who falls for the prince’s sister instead. It has magic, and political intrigue, and girlfriends, and it’s so pure.
P: The Priory of the Orange Tree by Samantha Shannon ➤
This was a fairly hyped fantasy release this year but did you know it has an f/f main couple? Because I didn’t until I read it and I was SO PLEASANTLY SURPRISED. This is a high fantasy featuring dragons and a lot of religious/mythology and hidden histories. I enjoyed this so much and the main f/f couple was so cute.
Q: Queens of Geek by Jen Wilde ➤
Queens of Geek is a much older for me but an all-time favourite. This is about three Australian teens who go to comic-con and what happens. One of the girls, a popular vlogger called Charlie, a Chinese-Australian bisexual girl. She has a romance in this that is SO ADORABLE.
R: Reign of the Fallen by Sarah Glenn Marsh ➤
One of my all-time favourite queer fantasies that I talk about so freakin much. Basically, bisexual necromancers, who have to constantly raise the king from the dead so the monarchy never changes. It has an f/f romance and is ownvoices for the bi rep, and I love it so much!
S: We Are the Ants by Shaun David Hutchinson ➤
Sort of like Silvera, Hutchinson is one of my favourite authors and I could have included any of his books but chose this because it’s my favourite. This is about a boy who gets abducted by aliens who give him the choice to press a red button to stop the world ending, but Henry isn’t sure if the world ending would be so bad. This is ownvoices gay rep and has a pan love interest and it’s one of my favourite books of all time.
T: The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid ➤
EVERYONE knows about this book by this point but I couldn’t not include it, because I love it. If you don’t know about this book somehow, it follows a retired movie star called Evelyn Hugo recounting the details of her life including the truth behind her seven marriages. It is AMAZING and I love it so much.
U: Under the Lights by Dahlia Adler ➤
I don’t talk about this book as much as I should! It has two stories both about movie stars – the more relevant one follows a Korean-American actress who falls for another girl and has to work through her sexuality to realise she is a lesbian. It is written so well and is criminally underrated.
V: Simon Vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli ➤
I didn’t exactly what to include this because Everyone knows it at this point but it’s all I had for V. This is a well known high school romance that was adapted in Love, Simon, a movie I also adore.
W: I Wish You All the Best by Mason Deaver ➤
This is my current read – it is sadder than I expected but great. It follows Ben after they come out to their parents as non-binary and get kicked out of home, leading them to move in with their estranged sister. Ben also falls into a romance with a boy at school called Nathan. It is ownvoices for the non-binary and gay rep.
X: A Lake of Feathers and Moonbeams by Dax Murray ➤
Maybe a stretch but Dax has an X in it so we’re going with it. This is an extremely queer retelling of Swan Lake featuring an f/f/nb polyam romance. Katya is an enchantress living in the middle of a forest – when she helps her partner Ivan trap a princess as a swan, she gets thrown in the middle of a historic war between two kingdoms.
Y: You Know Me Well by Nina LaCour and David Levithan ➤
This isn’t a book I hear a heap about even though it is by two well loved queer YA authors. This is about two characters, a boy and a girl, who sit near eachother and class but don’t know eachother are gay and lesbian. It is set over Pride Month and has both an f/f and m/m romance and I love it so much.
Z: Labyrinth Lost by Zoraida Cordova ➤
Last but not least! I need to mention Labyrinth Lost, which is a brilliant YA urban fantasy featuring Brujas. This reminds me of City of Bones but like, as in the good stuff of it? This follows Alex, who accidentally uses a spell to make her entire family disappear on her death day. Now, she needs to find them in the underworld.
until next time!