2022 Pride Recs

Hello and welcome back to our newest program, Abi Remembers This Blog Exists!

That’s a lie, it’s actually a rebranding of our extremely old program, Abi Feels Guilty About Never Using This Blog. Whatever. Guilt isn’t productive. You know what is? Sharing my favorite queer reads of this year so far. (Yes, this was meant to be a Pride Month post but then my photo editing program broke itself so I had to wallow for several weeks before accepting that it wasn’t going to fix itself and I had to uninstall and reinstall it. Also then I got COVID. Doesn’t matter, there’s functionally no difference between what I read in June and what I read the rest of the year.)

Skye Falling by Mia McKenzie! My first read of 2022 was a sweet contemporary about a woman named Skye who donated her eggs twelve years ago and is suddenly contacted by the resulting kid, a tween who wants to get to know her… oh, and Skye recently embarrassed herself hitting on this girl’s aunt. I love that so much of the cast is queer and there’s both romance and familial and platonic love. The main character has a distinct voice even in her head so if you don’t like very “voicey” narration you may not like it, but I enjoyed the humor of it. It’s fast-paced and a good read.

Girl Serpent Thorn by Melissa Bashardoust: This YA fantasy by the author of one of my favorite books (Girls Made of Snow and Glass) didn’t live up to the amount I hyped it up for myself, but it’s a solid read about a princess who’s poisonous to touch and is desperate to get rid of her curse — desperate enough to accept the aid of a mysterious newcomer to the castle, or perhaps even the moth-winged demon girl chained in the dungeon. Bashardoust writes sweet romance and deep mother-daughter relationships that are always so much more complex than they first appear.

A Spindle Splintered by Alix E. Harrow: This fantasy novella of inter-multiverse travel surprised me with how much I like it. The “Sleeping Beauty meets Into the Spiderverse” pitch is incredibly on point, and it ends up being really fun.

The Very Nice Box by Laura Blackett and Eve Gleichman was a choice outside my reading comfort zone that I really loved. It’s a contemporary novel with suspense elements about a bisexual woman, Ava, who designs storage for an Ikea-like company. Ava has closed herself off ever since the tragedy that killed her family. A budding relationship with the new guy at work starts to nudge her open to the world again, but sometimes it seems like there’s something off about him… I liked that the main character has a very different kind of skillset than I usually read about and it was fun to read something with a bit of a thriller edge.

One Last Stop by Casey McQuiston is a contemporary romance with one big supernatural element, great romance, and lots of friendship. I love the hilarious cast of characters who make up August’s friends, and Jane is my kind of love interest.

A Marvellous Light by Freya Marske: A historical fantasy with a fascinating magic system, mlm romance, and a dangerous mystery. It took me a little while to get into the world and characters, but it was great once I did. The couple’s nerd/jock dynamic was fun and there were great side characters who I can’t wait to see more of in the sequel!

Epically Earnest by Molly Horan: A contemporary YA retelling of The Importance of Being Earnest that’s soft, sweet, and funny. There’s romance, but it’s really about family and growing up. It’s about being on the edge of a huge change in your life and figuring out if you’re going to continue to be the same person, or if that’s even possible. We need more Oscar Wilde retellings! Give them to me! Especially if they’re also f/f, please.

Okay, so, six of my seven recs are wlw. Just to even that out a bit, let me throw in that I also reread volumes one and two of Heartstopper recently, inspired by the show (Which was good! Did you watch it? Did you love it? My friends were all head of over heels for it, but I still think the comic is much better).

That’s all. Trying not to make posting again a whole big thing or else I’ll feel guilty again. Read gay books. Bye.

One thought on “2022 Pride Recs

  1. Of course I absolutely adored The Heartstopper show! 🥰 I’m actually still undecided on whether it may not have surpassed the graphic novels in adorableness – I guess we’ll have to wait for more seasons until I can give a final verdict 😇 Let’s just say I love both!

    And thanks for all the recommendations! I’ve heard loads of good things about A Marvellous Light, so you liking it has me even more intrigued…

    Anyway, it’s great to see you back, Abi! 💙


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