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7 Excellent Books to Read During Pride Month

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June is Pride Month. For booklovers, that can only mean one thing: time to load up your reading list with stellar queer stories. To celebrate and show your support, why not pick up a list of some great LGBTQ+ books to learn about the struggles and celebrations of the community? So here I am with 7 great LGBTQ+-themed books to read this Pride Month.


1. Call Me By Your Name by André Aciman

You've probably seen Call Me By Your Name, the movie, but if you haven't read the book that it's based on, you're missing out. The novel is set in 1988 on the Italian Riviera. Narrated by 17-years old Elio, it tells the story of his brief summer romance with Oliver. When his professor father invites 24-year-old American student, Oliver, to stay and work with him that summer, a connection between Elio and Oliver builds. The two try to fight their feelings for each other, but eventually succumb to their attraction and begin an intimate affair. The way the author has described Elio’s feelings as they develop from mild crush to complete obsession is a delight to read. The beautiful prose makes it worth a read.

Another secret of the universe: Sometimes pain was like a storm that came out of nowhere. The clearest summer could end in a downpour. Could end in lightning and thunder.

— Benjamin Alire Sáenz, Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe

2. Aristotle And Dante Discover The Secrets Of The Universe by Benjamin Alire Sáenz

This is another book which you must read because of its beautiful, lyrical prose. When Aristotle meets Dante at the swimming pool, they seem to have nothing in common. But as they start spending time together, they forged a special friendship — the kind that changes lives and lasts a lifetime. It is through this friendship that Ari and Dante learn the most important truths about themselves. I highly recommend reading this.


3. Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli

This YA book tells the story of sixteen-year-old and not-so-openly gay Simon. Simon corresponds via emails with another closeted classmate with whom he has fallen in love. But when an email falls into the wrong hands, his secret is at risk of being revealed. Now he is being forced to come out but Simon doesn’t want to lose his friends and mess up a shot at happiness with the most confusing, adorable guy he has ever met.This heartwarming twenty-first-century coming-of-age, coming out story is a delight to read mainly because of how supportive Simon’s family and friends are.

This larger than life space was in fact just a room like any other. It struck Katie then how much it was about the people who filled a space with drama and personality, with love and grudges and out-size emotion, that made a place what it was.

— Camille Perri, When Katie Met Cassidy

4. When Katie Met Cassidy by Camille Perri

28 years old Katie is reeling from her broken engagement when she meets Cassidy on the subway. She never expected to be attracted to a woman but fate has another plans. Cassidy shows Katie her home away from home — a lesbian dive bar. Katie is fascinated by the close, tight-knit community, as well as Cassidy herself. Her budding feelings force her to reexamine not only her sexuality, but also her buttoned-up approach to life.


5. Red White & Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston

Red, White & Royal Blue is definitely worth all the hype. Alex, the son of the US President, and Henry, the Prince of Wales, can’t stand each other. When photos of their fight put the American and British relationship at risk, they are forced to go to press events together. But soon, their fake friendship turns real and then becomes something more. With politics, public opinion, and a presidential campaign in the works, their secret romance puts a lot at stake. This is kind of a fairy-tale romance with a difference. Definitely a book worth a read!

6. Boyfriend Material by Alexis Hall

This is the typical fake boyfriend story with a difference. Luc O'Donnell is reluctantly famous. His rock star parents split when he was young. Now after 20 years, his rock star dad is making a comeback — which means Luc's personal life is back in the public eye.

He needs to clean up his image and so he takes the help of Oliver, a vegetarian barrister who also needs a date for a big event. The two make a deal to be fake boyfriends in public and friends in private. But soon, the lines get blurred and they start to fall for each other. This book is hilarious. It’s the perfect rom-com to read this month.

I wish I knew how to quit you.

— Annie Proulx, Brokeback Mountain

7. Brokeback Mountain by Annie Proulx

Brokeback Mountain is a beautiful heartbreaking short story about two lonely cowboys falling in love. The novella is set in 1963. Two young men Ennis del Mar and Jack Twish are hired for the summer to look after sheep at a seasonal grazing range on the fictional Brokeback mountain in Wyoming. During their time on the mountain, they form a relationship that emotionally attaches them for the rest of their lives. This book is only 60 pages but still packs a powerful punch. Very emotional and moving…a must read!

7 Excellent Books To Read This Pride Month

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Shaloo Walia (author) from India on June 13, 2021:

They indeed are.

Shaloo Walia (author) from India on June 13, 2021:

You're welcome.

Shaloo Walia (author) from India on June 13, 2021:

Sure :)

Shaloo Walia (author) from India on June 13, 2021:

Thank you Nithya.

Shaloo Walia (author) from India on June 13, 2021:

My pleasure :)

Shaloo Walia (author) from India on June 13, 2021:

You're welcome :)

Rawan Osama from Egypt on June 08, 2021:

Useful and interesting books

Linda Crampton from British Columbia, Canada on June 08, 2021:

These sound like interesting books. I’ve heard of one of them, but the others are new to me. Thank you for sharing the information about them.

Devika Primić from Dubrovnik, Croatia on June 08, 2021:

swalia Book reviews get the attention of one to read such books. I enjoyed reading about it. Hope you share more about other books as well. I enjoy reading books in the winter time.

Nithya Venkat from Dubai on June 07, 2021:

A great list of books and reviews, thank you for sharing these. I Will bookmark it for future reference.

Chitrangada Sharan from New Delhi, India on June 07, 2021:

Sounds like a good list of books. You have presented a nice and helpful review of the suggested books for the pride month.

Thank you for sharing. Have a wonderful week ahead.

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on June 07, 2021:

Thanks for the list. I actually read one of them, but I will keep this as a reference for future reading. Have a wonderful week!

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