LIST: 2021 lgbtq+ ya releases

2021 lgbtq+ ya releases banner

It’s that time . . . happy pride month, lovelies!! To celebrate, I’m continuing my tradition of compiling all the YA LGBTQ+ releases of the year; here are the lists from 2019 and 2020. These lists get longer every year, but seriously, the list this year was a monster to put together.

So to celebrate Pride 2021, here’s a list of all the LGBTQ+ YA releases in 2021! There are 200+ books on this list, and I spent a full week trying to make this list as thorough with the representation as I possibly could.

As always, a huge thank you to Charlotte, who co-runs readsrainbow (a blog dedicated to LGBT media), along with Anna, for sending me many of the titles on this list. Please go follow them! They host monthly book clubs dedicated to LGBT books in addition to reviewing and recommending so many LGBT titles. Also, LGBTQ Reads (run by Dahlia Adler) is another great resource if you’re looking for more books to read. Again, this list is a YA list, but both of those websites I link recommend books and put together lists for all age ranges.

As always, I am only human and I make mistakes. If you see any mistakes here, please let me know, and I’ll amend it as soon as I can! I tried to note representation as specifically as possible, but I haven’t read most of this list and had to rely on other people’s reviews. Let me know if there’s something on-page that’s not noted here! I also noted content warnings, but know that I could not get them for every single book.

This is a more of a masterlist rather than a recommendation list; again, I have not read most of the books on this list, so I cannot vouch for them all. Also, there are a few books by authors who have done questionable and problematic things; I made the decision to leave out a few of these books but kept some in. If you’re curious, you can message me and I can let you know which of these are on the list. I don’t mean to stop you from reading these authors, which are why they are still on the list, but I personally do not support them and their actions.

If you’re going to buy anything off this list, might I suggest buying from a Black-owned bookstore? Or buying from Bookshop.org, a website that donates part of its proceeds to indie bookstores?

KEY

organized by release date then alphabetical
*** = written by an author of color
🌈 = romance

GENRES

🎈 = contemporary
🧑 = horror
✨ = fantasy
🌿 = historical
πŸ“š = anthology
πŸŒƒ = science fiction
🌺 = historical fantasy
πŸ” = mystery

TABLE OF CONTENTS

january
book:rep:author:
Lore by Alexandra Bracken
(cw: sexual assault (described in ch. 33), eye gore, blood, violence)
✨
gay Korean-American side character, gay Black side character
🌈 side m/m
Be Dazzled by Ryan La Sala
🎈
gay protagonist, bisexual love interest
🌈 m/m
gay author
You Have a Match by Emma Lord
(read my review here)
🎈
sapphic main character, adopted Filipino-American love interest, sapphic Filipina-American side character
🌈 side f/f
One of the Good Ones by Maika Moulite & Maritza Moulite ***
🎈 πŸ”
Black lesbian protagonistBlack authors
Siege of Rage and Ruin (The Wells of Sorcery #3) by Django Wexler
✨
bisexual protagonist, wlw love interest
🌈 f/f
The Witchling’s Girl by Helena Coggan
✨
bisexual protagonist, sapphic love interest
🌈 f/f
Soul of Cinder (Heart of Thorns #3) by Bree Barton
(cw: suicidal ideation, mentions of rape and victim blaming)
✨
bisexual protagonist
🌈 m/f
Earth Reclaimed by Sara Codair
✨
nonbinary protagonist, trans main charactersnonbinary author
The Night Belongs to Us by Katie Brown
🎈
lesbian protagonists
🌈 f/f
Winterkeep (Graceling Realm #4) by Kristin Cashore
(cw: parental abuse (emotional, physical, gaslighting))
✨
bisexual brown protagonist, brown side characters
Girl on the Line by Faith Gardner
(cw: past suicide attempt)
🎈
bisexual protagonist with bipolar II disorder, sapphic love interest
🌈 f/f
sapphic author
A (Complicated) Love Story Set in Space by Shaun David Hutchinson
(cw: sexual assault)
πŸŒƒ
gay protagonist and love interest
🌈 m/m
gay author
Wench by Maxine Kaplan
(cw: magic involving self-harm)
✨
bisexual protagonist, sapphic love interest, gay side characters
🌈 f/f
Last Night at the Telegraph Club by Malinda Lo ***
🌿
Chinese-American lesbian protagonist, lesbian love interest, Chinese and Chinese American side characters, lesbian side characters
🌈 f/f
lesbian Chinese-American author
The Warlock Snare by Jimena i. Novaro
✨
bisexual protagonist, nonbinary love interest
🌈 m/nb
Shadow City (The City of Steel and Diamond #2) by Francesca Flores ***
✨
bisexual Latinx-coded protagonistbisexual Latina author
The Girls I’ve Been by Tess Sharpe
(cw: child abuse, domestic abuse, violence, threats of rape, implied torture, implied child sexual abuse, parental abuse (emotional, physical))
πŸ”
bisexual protagonist, bisexual love interest with endometriosis, sapphic side character
🌈 f/f
sapphic author
february
book:rep:author:
Muted by Tami Charles ***
(cw: rape, physical abuse, homophobia)
🎈
lesbian Haitian-American protagonist, wlw Dominican-American wlw love interest
🌈 f/f
Black author
Yesterday is History by Kosoko Jackson ***
(cw: discussions of cancer)
🌿 πŸŒƒ
Black gay protagonist, gay love interests, Black side characters
🌈 m/m
gay Black author
The Boy From the Mish by Gary Lonesborough
🎈
gay Indigenous Australian protagonist and love interest, Indigenous Australian
🌈 m/m
gay Indigenous Australian author
What Big Teeth by Rose Szabo
(cw: blood, gore, body horror)
🧑
sapphic protagonist, gay side characters, bisexual side charactersnonbinary author
This Golden Flame by Emily Victoria
✨
aromantic asexual protagonist, gay side character, nonbinary side characterasexual author
Billions of Beautiful Hearts by Kevin Craig
🎈
nonbinary protagonist and love interest
🌈 nb/nb
The Gilded Ones (Deathless #1) by Namina Forna ***
✨
West African-inspired world and characters; sapphic side characters, trans side characters
🌈 side f/f
Sierra Leonean author
Stormbreak by Natalie C. Parker
✨
bisexual protagonistsapphic author
Curse of the Divine (Ink in the Blood #2) by Kim Smejkal
✨
bisexual protagonists, nonbinary and trans side characters
🌈 f/m
As Far As You’ll Take Me by Phil Stamper
(cw: outing, homophobia, F-word slur, disordered eating)
🎈
gay protagonist and love interest
🌈 m/m
gay author
Of Silver and Shadow by Jennifer Gruenke
✨
sapphic main characters
🌈 f/f
Project Pay Day by Brent Hartinger
🎈
gay protagonistgay author
Love is for Losers by Wibke Brueggemann
🎈
lesbian protagonist and love interest
🌈 f/f
Mazie by Melanie Crowder
🌿
lesbian side characters
A Dark and Hollow Star (A Dark and Hollow Star #1) by Ashley Shuttleworth
(read my review here)
✨
lesbian protagonist with depression, pansexual protagonist, gay protagonist, bisexual protagonist, genderfluid side character
🌈 f/f
pansexual genderfluid author
The Shadow War by Lindsay Smith
(cw: war crimes, torture)
🌺
wlw protagonists, mlm protagonists
🌈 f/f, m/m
march
book:rep:author:
Chain of Iron (The Last Hours #2) by Cassandra Clare
(cw: alcoholism)
🌺
biracial (Iranian, white) protagonist, bisexual main character, gay main characters. lesbian main character
I Think I Love You by Auriane Desombre
🎈
bisexual protagonist, lesbian protagonist
🌈 f/f
Phoenix Flame (Havenfall #2) by Sara Holland
✨
bisexual protagonist, gay side characters
Down Comes the Night by Allison Saft
(cw: cw: gore, murder, implied torture, detailed descriptions of surgical procedures)
(read my review here)
✨
bisexual protagonist, wlw side character
🌈 f/m
Infinity Reaper (Infinity Cycle #2) by Adam Silvera ***
✨
gay protagonist, lgbtq+ castgay Puerto Rican author
Follow Your Arrow by Jessica Verdi
🎈
bisexual protagonist
City of Spells (Into the Crooked Place #2) by Alexandra Christo
✨
sapphic protagonists
🌈 f/f
Perfect on Paper by Sophie Gonzales
(cw: biphobia, internalised biphobia)
(read my review here)
🎈
ownvoices bisexual protagonist and side character, trans girl side character, lesbian Vietnamese-American side character, gay side characterbisexual author
Fragile Remedy by Maria Ingrande Mora
(cw: implied human experimentation, abuse, descriptions of gore, starvation, drug abuse)
πŸŒƒ
gay protagonist, Black gay love interest, trans side character
🌈 m/m
Can’t Take That Away by Steven Salvatore
(cw: suicidal ideation, depression, assault, transphobia, misgendering, homophobia, bullying, Alzheimer’s, death of a grandparent)
🎈
genderqueer protagonistgenderqueer author
Ravage the Dark (Scavenge the Stars #2) by Tara Sim ***
✨
bisexual protagonist, asexual side character, lesbian side characters, trans side characters
Sweet & Bitter Magic by Adrienne Tooley
(read my review here)
✨
lesbian protagonist, bisexual protagonist
🌈 f/f
lesbian author
Magic Mutant Nightmare Girl (Magic Mutants #1) by Erin Grammar
(cw: grief, depression, anxiety, mild gore, death of a parent)
✨
bisexual protagonist with anxiety, lesbian side characters, bisexual side characters, pansexual side characters, asexual side characters
🌈 f/m
author with social anxiety
Noelle: The Mean Girl (Flyy Girls #3) by Ashley Woodfolk
🎈
sapphic protagonist, lesbian love interest
🌈 f/f
That Way Madness Lies edited by Dahlia Adler (***)
(cw: for each story)
πŸ“š
nonbinary protagonist, gay protagonist, trans charactersLGBTQ+ authors
On This Unworthy Scaffold (Shadow Players #3) by Heidi Heilig ***
✨
pansexual protagonist with bipolar disorder, biracial (Southeast Asian-coded, white) protagonistpansexual biracial (Chinese, white) author with bipolar
The Mirror Season by Anna-Marie McLemore ***
(cw: sexual assault, sexual harrassment, victim blaming, racism, panphobia, homophobia)
✨ (magical realism)
Latinx pansexual protagonist, lesbian Latinx side character
🌈 f/m, side f/f
queer bigender Mexican-American author
Five Ways to Fall Out of Love by Emily Martin
🎈
bisexual love interest
🌈 f/m
Bruised by Tanya Boteju ***
(cw: self-harm, emotional abuse, death of parents, grief)
🎈
sapphic Sri Lankan-Canadian protagonist, sapphic love interest, nonbinary side character, deaf side character
🌈 f/f, side nb/f
sapphic Sri Lankan-Canadian author
Flamefall (The Aurelian Cycle #2) by Rosaria Munda
(cw: mentions of a past sexually coercive relationship)
(read my review here)
✨
mlm protagonist, mlm side character
🌈 m/m
She’s Too Pretty to Burn by Wendy Heard
(cw: death by drowning, parental abuse (emotional))
(read my review here)
πŸ”
wlw protagonist, Latinx wlw protagonist
🌈 f/f
april
book:rep:ownvoices for:
The Sky Blues by Robbie Couch
(cw: homophobia, racism, F-word slur, past death of a parent, vomiting)
🎈
gay protagonist, mlm love interest, Black side character, Iraqi side character, autistic side character, gay side characters
🌈 m/m
gay author
Take Three Girls by Cath Crowley, Simmone Howell, and Fiona Wood
(cw: body shaming, sexism, drug addiction, alcoholism)
(read my review here)
🎈
bisexual protagonist, wlw love interest
🌈 f/f
Zara Hossain Is Here by Sabina Khan ***
(cw: racism, Islamophobia, xenophobia, gun violence, homophobia, biphobia)
🎈
Muslim Pakistani-American bisexual protagonist, lesbian love interest, Mexican-American side character
🌈 f/f
Muslim Pakistani-American author
Oculta (A Forgery of Magic #2) by Maya Motayne ***
(cw: violence, gore, body horror)
✨
Latinx-coded characters and setting, gay protagonistLatina author
Poison Priestess (Lady Slayers #2) by Lana Popović
🌺
bisexual protagonist
House of Hollow by Krystal Sutherland
(cw: gore, body horror, past suicide, compulsion, sexual assault)
✨ 🧑
bisexual protagonist, lesbian protagonist, British Korean side character
Victories Greater Than Death by Charlie Jane Anders
(cw: racism, transphobia, eugenics, mentions of abuse in past)
πŸŒƒ
sapphic protagonist, sapphic trans girl love interest, nonbinary side characters, Indian side character
🌈 f/f
The Serpent’s Curse (The Last Magician #3) by Lisa Maxwell
(cw: mentions of past parental abuse (emotional, physical), forced drug use)
(read my review here)
🌺
lesbian main character, Chinese main character, Black side characters
Between Perfect and Real by Ray Stoeve
(cw: transphobia, homophobia, mentions of dead naming (name not on page), outing, dysphoria, mention of suicide)
(read my review here)
🎈
trans boy protagonist, lesbian side character, gay Black side character, bisexual Japanese-American side character, trans girl side character, nonbinary side charactertrans author
Kate in Waiting by Becky Albertalli
🎈
Jewish protagonist, gay Black main character, trans girl side characterbisexual Jewish author
The Key to You and Me by Jaye Robin Brown
🎈
lesbian protagonist, wlw love interest and side characters
🌈 f/f
In Deeper Waters by F. T. Lukens
✨
mlm protagonist and love interest
🌈 m/m
These Feathered Flames (These Feathered Flames #1) by Alexandra Overy
(read my review here)
✨
lesbian protagonist and love interest
🌈 f/f
She Drives Me Crazy by Kelly Quindlen
(cw: toxic relationship)
(read my review here)
🎈
lesbian protagonist, lesbian Indian-American love interest, Black side character
🌈 f/f
lesbian author
Witches Steeped in Gold (Witches Steeped in Gold #1) by Ciannon Smart ***
✨
Jamaican-inspired world and characters; wlw side characters
🌈 side f/f
Jamaican author
What’s Not to Love by Emily Wibberley and Austin Siegemund-Broka
(cw: vomiting (ch. 1, 2))
(read my review here)
🎈
bisexual side character
Chaos on CatNet (CatNet #2) by Naomi Kritzer
(cw: conversion therapy, parent abandonment)
πŸŒƒ
wlw protagonist and love interest
🌈 f/f
This Can Never Not Be Real by Sera Milano
(cw: suicide, death of a parent, blood, guns, Islamophobia)
🎈
lesbian protagonist, sapphic protagonist
cw: suicide, death of a parent, blood, guns, Islamophobia
LGBTQ+ author
may
book:rep:author:
Indivisible by Daniel Aleman ***
🎈
gay Mexican-American protagonist, gay side characterMexican-American author
Counting Down with You by Tashie Bhuiyan ***
(read my review here)
🎈
Muslim Bangladeshi-American protagonist with anxiety and side characters, Indian-American side character, bisexual biracial (Chinese, white) side character, wlw Black side character
🌈 side f/f
Muslim Bangladeshi-American author
Meet Cute Diary by Emery Lee ***
(cw: panic attacks, misgendering)
🎈
bisexual trans multiracial (Afro-Puerto Rican, Japanese, white) protagonist, mlm side character, asexual nonbinary Cuban side character with anxiety, Cuban lesbian side character, gay genderqueer side character
🌈 trans/m
trans multiracial (Black, Asian, Latinx) author
When You Get the Chance by Tom Ryan and Robin Stevenson
🎈
gay protagonist, lesbian/pan (questioning) protagonist, nonbinary love interest
🌈 f/nb
gay author
All Kinds of Other by James Sie ***
(cw: homophobia, transphobia, deadnaming, outing, misgendering)
🎈
gay trans boy protagonist, gay protagonist
🌈 m/m
Any Place But Here by Sarah Van Name
🎈
bisexual protagonist and side character, lesbian side character
Cool for the Summer by Dahlia Adler
(cw: biphobia)
(read my review here)
🎈
bisexual Jewish protagonist, bisexual Jewish Syrian-American love interest, Japanese-American side character, aromantic asexual Black side character
🌈 f/f
bisexual Jewish author
Fence: Disarmed (Fence #2) by Sarah Rees Brennan
🎈 graphic novel
mlm protagonist and love interest
🌈 m/m
From Little Tokyo, with Love by Sarah Kuhn ***
(cw: racism, homophobia)
(read my review here)
🎈
biracial (Japanese, white) protagonist, biracial (Filipino, Chinese) love interest, wlw Japanese-American side characters, Japanese-American side charactersbiracial (Japanese, white) author
Baby & Solo by Lisabeth Posthuma
(cw: homophobia)
🌿
gay protagonist
The Other Side of Perfect by Mariko Turk ***
🎈
biracial (Japanese, white) protagonist, mlm side characters
🌈 side m/m
biracial (Japanese, white) author
The Outrage by William Hussey
πŸŒƒ
gay protagonist and love interest
🌈 m/m
gay author
Some Girls Do by Jennifer Dugan
(cw: parental abuse (emotional), homophobia, internalized homophobia)
(read my review here)
🎈
lesbian protagonist, bisexual protagonist, trans boy side character, Black side character, pansexual side character
🌈 f/f
May the Best Man Win by Z.R. Ellor
(cw: transphobia, deadnaming (name not on page), homophobia, mentions of death of a sibling)
🎈
gay trans boy protagonist, mlm protagonist
🌈 m/m
gay trans author
Off the Record by Camryn Garrett ***
(cw: mentions of sexual abuse, sexual harrassment, and sexual assault)
🎈
fat Black bisexual protagonist with anxietyBlack author
It Goes Like This by Miel Moreland
🎈
lesbian protagonist and love interest, bisexual side character, nonbinary side character
🌈 f/f
Mister Impossible (Dreamer Trilogy #2) by Maggie Stiefvater
✨
gay protagonist, bisexual love interest
🌈 m/m
In the Ravenous Dark by A.M. Strickland
(cw: blood, gore)
✨
pansexual protagonist, lesbian love interest, asexual nonbinary side character, m/f/f side polyamory
🌈 f/f
LGBTQ+ author
Coming Home (Cherrington #2) by Rebecca J. Cafferygay protagonist, pansexual protagonist
🌈 m/m
LGBTQ+ author
Hani and Ishu’s Guide to Fake Dating by Adiba Jaigirdar
(cw: racism, biphobia, lesbophobia, Islamophobia)
🎈
Muslim bisexual Bangladeshi-Bengali protagonist, lesbian Indian-Bengali protagonist
🌈 f/f
Muslim Bengali author
The Boi of Feather and Steel (The Girl of Hawthorn and Glass #2) by Adan Jerreat-Poole
✨
nonbinary protagonist, gay side characternonbinary author
Aetherbound by E. K. Johnston
πŸŒƒ
queer protagonist, trans side character
Pumpkin (Dumplin’ #3) by Julie Murphy
🎈
fat gay protagonist, wlw main character and love interest
🌈 side f/f
fat queer author
Not My Problem by Ciara Smyth
🎈
lesbian protagonist and love interest
🌈 f/f
lesbian author
june
book:release date:info:
Ace of Spades by Faridah Γ€bΓ­kΓ©-ÍyΓ­mΓ­dΓ© ***
πŸ”
June 1rep: Black lesbian protagonist, gay Black protagonist, gay side character, bisexual side character
🌈 f/f
author: Black author
The Ghosts We Keep by Mason Deaver
🎈
June 1rep: nonbinary protagonist
cw: death of a sibling (brother), grief
author: nonbinary author
The Witch King (The Witch King #1) by H. E. Edgmon
✨
June 1rep: gay trans boy protagonist, mlm love interest
cw: transphobia, misgendering, deadnaming (name not on page), sexual harassment, abuse (emotional, physical), blood, gore, mentions of death of a parent
🌈 m/m
author: gay trans author
The Passing Playbook by Isaac Fitzsimons ***
🎈
June 1rep: trans mlm biracial (Black, white) protagonist, gay love interest, bisexual side character, nonbinary side character, biracial (Black, white) autistic side character, Black side characters
cw: mentions of past transphobic violence, religious homophobia
🌈 m/m
author: Black trans author
Never Kiss Your Roommate by Philline Harms
🎈
June 1rep: lesbian protagonist, bisexual protagonist, Black bisexual love interest, pansexual love interest
cw: kidnapping, mentions of a past abusive relationship
🌈 f/f, m/m
Jay’s Gay Agenda (Jay’s Gay Agenda #1) by Jason June
🎈
June 1rep: gay protagonist, gay Chinese-American love interest, gay genderqueer side character, gay side character
cw: vomiting
🌈 m/m
author: genderqueer author
The Lucky List by Rachael Lippincott
🎈
June 1rep: bisexual protagonist, wlw love interest
🌈 f/f
The Love Song of Ivy K. Harlowe by Hannah Moskowitz
🎈
June 1rep: lesbian protagonist, love interest, and side characters
🌈 f/f
The Girl from the Sea by Molly Ostertag
🎈 graphic novel
June 1rep: lesbian protagonist, sapphic love interest
🌈 f/f
author: lesbian author
Better Together by Christine Riccio
🎈
June 1rep: bisexual protagonist
Trouble Girls by Julia Lynn Rubin
🎈
June 1rep: bisexual protagonist, lesbian love interest
cw: domestic abuse, sexual assault, past child sexual abuse
🌈 f/f
The (Un)popular Vote by Jasper Sanchez ***
🎈
June 1rep: transmasculine pansexual bipolar protagonist, gay Jewish love interest, bisexual side character, nonbinary side character, queer side characters
cw: transphobia, homophobia, deadnaming (name on page), misgendering
🌈 m/m
author: transmasculine author
The Darkness Outside Us by Eliot Schrefer
πŸŒƒ
June 1rep: gay protagonist and love interest
🌈 m/m
author: gay author
You’re The One That I Want by Simon James Green
🎈
June 3rep: gay protagonist and love interest
🌈 m/m
author: gay author
The Sea is Salt and So Am I by Cassandra Hartt
🎈
June 8rep: bisexual protagonist
cw: grief, depression, suicide ideation, suicide attempt, toxic relationship, self-harm, cancer, vomiting
🌈 m/m
Queen of All by Anya Leigh Josephs
✨
June 8rep: plus-sized neurodivergent lesbian protagonist, plus-sized sapphic Black love interest
🌈 f/f
author: LGBTQ+ author
Renegade Rule by Ben Kahn and Rachel Silverstein, illustrated by Sam Beck
🎈 graphic novel
June 8rep: sapphic protagonists
The Marvelous by Claire Kann ***
πŸ”
June 8rep: questioning (lesbian?) protagonist, wlw protagonist
cw: panic attacks, emotional abuse, mentions of death of a parent
All Our Hidden Gifts by Caroline O’Donoghue
✨
June 8rep: sapphic protagonist, genderfluid love interest, lesbian side character, Filipino side character
🌈 f/genderfluid
Girls at the Edge of the World (Untitled #1) by Laura Brooke Robson
✨
June 8rep: bisexual protagonist, sapphic protagonist
🌈 f/f
Fire With Fire by Destiny Soria ***
✨
June 8rep: bisexual biracial (Mexican, white) protagonist, biracial (Mexican, white) protagonist, mlm side characters
cw: torture, blood
author: biracial (Mexican, white) author
Love and Other Natural Disasters by Misa Sugiura ***
🎈
June 8rep: lesbian Japanese-American protagonist, lesbian Japanese-American love interest, lesbian Taiwanese-American love interest, bisexual Black side character, gay Japanese-American side character, gay Filipino-American side character, Japanese-American side characters
🌈 f/f
author: Japanese-American author
Violet Ghosts by Leah Thomas
✨
June 8rep: mlm trans boy protagonist, mlm love interest
cw: molestation, rape, suicide, domestic abuse,  transphobia
🌈 m/m
Fifteen Hundred Miles From The Sun by Jonny Garza Villa ***
🎈
June 8rep: gay Mexican-American protagonist, gay Vietnamese-American love interest, Latinx side characters, pansexual Latinx side character, Black side character
cw: parental abuse (physical, mental), homophobia, outing, use of slurs
🌈 m/m
author: gay Mexican-American author
Afterlove by Tanya Byrne ***
✨
June 10rep: British Indo-Guyanese lesbian protagonsit, lesbian love interest, Turkish side character, British Indian side character, hijabi side character, Indo-Guyanese side characters
🌈 f/f
author: lesbian British Indo-Guyanese author
Monstrous Design (Battalion of the Dead #2) by Kat Dunn
🌺
June 10rep: lesbian biracial (Black, white) protagonist, bisexual protagonist, gay protaognist, Black protagonist, side character with Parkinson’s disease
cw: past child abuse, gore
Indestructible Object by Mary McCoy
🎈
June 15rep: polyamorous bisexual protagonist, queer/nonbinary parents
A War of Swallowed Stars (The Celestial Trilogy #3) by Sangu Mandanna ***
πŸŒƒ ✨
June 15rep: ownvoices Indian-inspired world and characters, wlw side characters
🌈 side f/f
You’re So Dead by Ash Parsons
πŸ”
June 15rep: sapphic protagonist and love interest
🌈 f/f
Blood Like Magic (Blood Like Magic #1) by Liselle Sambury ***
(read my review here)
✨
June 15rep: Trinidadian-Canadian protagonist and side characters, Mexican-Canadian trans boy love interest, Trinidadian-Canadian trans girl side character, Trinidadian-Canadian demisexual lesbian side character
cw: blood, gore, whipping scene within the context of slavery, gun/police violence, discussion of and character with an eating disorder, violence, mentions of substance abuse and addiction, mentions of child neglect
🌈 f/trans m
author: Trinidadian-Canadian author
Darling by K. Ancrum ***
🎈 πŸ”
June 22rep: Black protagonist, Russian biromantic asexual love interest, Black side characters, lesbian side character, bi side character, biracial (Ojibwe, white) bisexual side character, hard of hearing side character, Ojibwe bisexual side character, Ojibwe side character, Korean-American side character
🌈 f/m
author: Black bisexual author
L.I.F.E. by Felyx Lawson
🎈
June 25rep: gay protagonist, mlm love interest
🌈 m/m
This Poison Heart (This Poison Heart #1) by Kalynn Bayron ***
✨
June 29rep: Black bisexual protagonist, sapphic love interest, Black sapphic parents, Black side characters
cw: blood, violence, death of a loved one
🌈 f/f
author: Black sapphic author
Stranger Things: Rebel Robin by A.R. Capetta
🌿
June 29rep: lesbian protagonist
author: queer agender author
Gearbreakers by Zoe Hana Mikuta ***
πŸŒƒ
June 29rep: Korean-coded bisexual protagonist, Korean-coded lesbian protagonist, Korean-coded side character
cw: torture, violence, blood
🌈 f/f
author: bisexual biracial (Korean, white) author
july
book:release date:info:
There’s Magic Between Us by Jillian Maria
✨
July 6rep: pansexual protagonist, Asian sapphic love interest, genderfluid side character
🌈 f/f
author: sapphic author
Rise to the Sun by Leah Johnson ***
🎈
July 6rep: Black bisexual protagonist, Black lesbian protagonist, Black sapphic side character, biracial (Indian, white) side character
cw: shooting, revenge porn
🌈 f/f
author: Black author
Summer in the City of Roses by Michelle Ruiz Keil ***
✨ (magical realism)
July 6rep: queer protagonists and side characters
What We Devour by Linsey Miller
✨
July 6rep: biromantic asexual protagonist
cw: self-harm, violence, blood, abuse
Any Way the Wind Blows (Simon Snow #3) by Rainbow Rowell
✨
July 6rep: bisexual protagonist, gay protagonist
🌈 m/m
It Ends in Fire by Andrew Shvarts
✨
July 6rep: bisexual protagonist
The Taking of Jake Livingston by Ryan Douglass ***
✨
July 13rep: Black gay protagonist and love interest, Black side characters, gay side characters
🌈 m/m
author: gay Black author
Flash Fire (The Extraordinaries #2) by T. J. Klune
✨
July 13rep: gay protagonist with ADHD, bisexual love interest, lesbian side characters
🌈 m/m
author: gay author
The Mythic Koda Rose by Jennifer Nissley
🎈
July 13rep: lesbian protagonist
author: sapphic author
Wings of Shadow (Crown of Feathers #3) by Nicki Pau Preto
✨
July 13rep: pansexual protagonist, gay protagonist
🌈 m/m
Up All Night edited by Laura Silverman (***)
πŸ“š
July 13rep: LGBTQ+ characters
author: LGBTQ+ authors
The River Has Teeth by Erica Waters
✨
July 20rep: sapphic protagonists
🌈 f/f
After You Died by Dea Poirier
πŸ”
July 27rep: bisexual protagonist
🌈 m/f
august
book:release date:info:
The Wild Ones by Nafiza Azad ***
✨
August 3rep: sapphic main characters, characters of color
author: Muslim Indo-Fijian author
The Dead and the Dark by Courtney Gould
🧑
August 3rep: lesbian protagonists, bisexual Latino main character, gay main character
🌈 f/f
author: lesbian author
A Lesson in Vengeance by Victoria Lee
πŸ”
August 3rep: lesbian protagonists, Black side character
cw: death, violence, emotional abuse, full list here
🌈 f/f
author: bisexual agender author
Like Other Girls by Britta Lundin
🎈
August 3rep: butch lesbian protagonist, wlw love interest
🌈 f/f
cw: sexism
author: LGBTQ+ author
Like a Love Song by Gabriela Martins ***
🎈
August 3rep: Brazilian protagonist, Jewish bisexual love interest, lesbian Pakistani-American side character, bisexual Brazilian-American side character
🌈 f/m
author: queer Brazilian author
Rebel Boys and Rescue Dogs, or Things That Kiss with Teeth by Brianna R. Shrum
🎈
August 3rep: trans boy protagonist
🌈 trans m/f
Fresh by Margot Wood
🎈
August 3rep: bisexual protagonist, wlw love interest
🌈 f/f
author: bisexual author
Only on the Weekends by Dean Atta ***
🎈
August 5rep: gay protagonist, love interest, and side characters
🌈 m/m
author: gay author
The Sisters of Reckoning (The Good Luck Girls #2) by Charlotte Nicole Davis ***
✨
August 10rep: Black sapphic protagonist, bisexual love interest, Black side characters, lesbian side characters, Native American-coded side characters, Black trans side character
cw: past sexual abuse, mentions of child prostitution, torture
🌈 f/f
author: Black nonbinary lesbian author
Cheer Up: Love and Pompoms by Crystal Frasier and illustrated by Val Wise
✨
August 10rep: lesbian protagonist, trans girl protagonist, nonbinary side character
cw: transphobia
🌈 f/f
Edie in Between by Laura Sibson
✨
August 24rep: sapphic protagonist and love interest
🌈 f/f
Both Sides Now by Peyton Thomas
🎈
August 24rep: trans boy mlm protagonist, gay love interest
cw: racism, transphobia, homophobia, misgendering
🌈 m/m
Not Your Hero (Sidekick Squad #4) by C. B. Lee ***
πŸŒƒ
August 31rep: bisexual protagonist, biracial (Vietnamese, Chinese) love interest, trans boy main character, asexual main character
🌈 f/f
author: queer biracial (Vietnamese, Chinese) author
Anything But Fine by Tobias Madden
🎈
August 31rep: mlm protagonist and love interest, Muslim Indonesian side character
🌈 m/m
author: mlm rep
september
book:release date:info:
We Are Not Broken by George M. Johnson ***
memoir
September 7rep: queer Black narrator
A Clash of Steel: A Treasure Island Remix by C.B. Lee ***
🌺
September 7rep: Chinese sapphic protagonists
🌈 f/f
author: queer biracial (Vietnamese, Chinese) author
Act Cool by Tobly McSmith
🎈
September 7rep: trans boy protagonist
cw: mentions of conversion therapy
author: trans author
The Girls Are Never Gone by Sarah Glenn Marsh
🧑
September 7rep: bisexual protagonist with diabetes, sapphic love interest
🌈 f/f
author: bisexual author with diabetes
The Night When No One Had Sex by Kalena Miller
🎈
September 7rep: sapphic protagonist
The City Beautiful by Aden Polydoros
🌺
September 7rep: gay Jewish protagonist, gay love interest
🌈 m/m
author: gay Jewish author
The Scratch Daughters (Scapegracers #2) by Hannah Abigail Clarke
✨
September 14rep: lesbian protagonist, sapphic love interest, Black sapphic side character, Chinese-American bisexual sdie character, mlm side characters
🌈 f/f
author: nonbinary lesbian author
The Lost Girls by Sonia Hartl
✨
September 14rep: bisexual protagonist, wlw love interest
🌈 f/f
A Dark and Starless Forest by Sarah Hollowell
✨
September 14rep: fat bisexual protagonist, Black side characters, Latinx side characters, pansexual nonbinary side character, trans girl side character, deaf side characters, demiromantic asexual side character, asexual side character
author: fat queer author
Witch Rising (B*WITCH #2) by Paige McKenzie and Nancy Ohlin
✨
September 14rep: sapphic main character, Black trans girl main character, Japanese-American main character, sapphic biracial (Black, white) main character, sapphic Latina main character
🌈 f/f
The Hollow Heart (The Midnight Lie #2) by Marie Rutkoski
✨
September 14rep: sapphic protagonist, lesbian love interest
🌈 f/f
author: sapphic author
Before We Were Blue by E.J. Schwartz
🎈
September 14rep: sapphic protagonist, Jewish sapphic protagonist
cw: disordered eating, anorexia, antisemitism, suicide ideation,mentions of  sexual assault
🌈 f/f
author: Jewish author
Can’t Say It Went to Plan by Gabrielle TozerSeptember 14rep: wlw protagonist and love interest
🌈 f/f
Two Winters by Lauren Emily Whalen
🎈
September 14rep: bisexual protagonists
To Break a Covenant by Alison Ames
🧑
September 21rep: sapphic protagonists
🌈 f/f
Sidelined by Kara Bietz
🎈
September 21rep: mlm protagonists
🌈 m/m
The Bronzed Beasts (The Gilded Wolves #3) by Roshani Chokshi ***
🌺
September 21rep: biracial (Algerian, French) protagonist, bisexual biracial (Filipino, Spanish) protagonist, ownvoices Indian (Tamil) protagonist, Jewish protagonist, mlm biracial (Haitian, French) main character
author: biracial (Filipino, Indian) author
Things We Couldn’t Say by Jay Coles ***
🎈
September 21rep: bisexual Black protagonist, bisexual love interest, wlw side characters
cw: racism, racial profiling, religious homophobia, parental abuse (verbal, emotional)
🌈 m/m
author: Black author
Into the Dying Light (The Age of Darkness #3) by Katy Rose Pool
✨
September 21rep: mlm protagonists
🌈 m/m
The Other Merlin (Emry Merlin #1) by Robyn Schneider
✨
September 21rep: bisexual protagonist
author: wlw author
Iron Widow (Iron Widow #1) by Xiran Jay Zhao ***
✨
September 21rep: Chinese-coded cast and setting, bisexual protagonists
🌈 f/m/m polyamory
author: nonbinary Chinese-Canadian author
Before We Disappear by Shaun David Hutchinson
🌺
September 28rep: gay protagonists
🌈 m/m
author: gay author
Dark Rise (Dark Rise #1) by C. S. Pacat
✨
September 28rep: bisexual protagonist, mlm protagonist
🌈 m/m
Some Faraway Place (The Bright Sessions #3) by Lauren Shippen
✨
September 28rep: wlw protagonist and love interest
🌈 f/f
Sisters of Shadow (Sisters of Shadow #1) by Katherine Livesey
✨
September 30rep: sapphic protagonist and love interest
🌈 f/f
october
book:release date:info:
Needlework by Julia Watts
🎈
October 5rep: gay protagonist, Black side character
Tonight We Rule the World by Zack Smedley
🎈
October 5rep: mlm protagonist
cw: sexual assault
author: mlm author
Squad by Maggie Tokuda-Hall *** and illustrated by Lisa Sterle
✨ graphic novel
October 5rep: queer protagonists
author: queer biracial (Japanese, white) author
The Ballad of Dinah Caldwell by Kate Brauning
πŸŒƒ
October 12rep: polyamorous bisexual protagonist, wlw love interest
🌈 f/f/m
author: bisexual author
The Heartbreak Bakery by A. R. Capetta
🎈
October 12rep: queer agender protagonist, demisexual genderfluid love interest, trans side characters
🌈 agender/genderfluid
author: agender queer author
Thronebreakers (Crownchasers #2) by Rebecca Coffindaffer
πŸŒƒ
October 12rep: pansexual protagonist, gay side characters, wlw side characters
🌈 f/m
author: nonbinary gray-asexual author
Our Way Back to Always by Nina Moreno ***
🎈
October 12rep: bisexual Latina protagonist, Latino love interest
🌈 f/m
author: Cuban-American rep
Aristotle and Dante Dive into the Waters of the World (Aristotle and Dante #2) by Benjamin Alire SΓ‘enz ***
🌿
October 12rep: Mexican-American gay protagonists
🌈 m/m
author: gay Mexican-American author
Jade Fire Gold by June C.L. Tan ***
✨
October 12rep: Chinese-inspired world and characters; lesbian side characters
cw: self-harm, child abuse (physical, verbal, emotional)
🌈 side f/f
author: Chinese author
On Top of Glass by Karina Manta
memoir
October 19rep: bisexual narrator
City of Shattered Light by Claire Winn
πŸŒƒ
October 19rep: bisexual protagonists, mlm side characters
cw: gun violence, emotional abuse, mentions of suicide, terminal illness
🌈 f/f, side m/m
Tink and Wendy by Kelly Ann Jacobson
✨
October 26rep: bisexual protagonist
november
book:release date:info:
Fat Angie: Homecoming (Fat Angie #3) by e.E. Charlton-Trujillo ***November 2rep: fat sapphic protagonist
🌈 f/f
author: LGBTQ+ author
The Reckless Kind by Carly Heath
🌿
November 2rep: hard-of-hearing asexual protagonist, gay protagonist and main character
cw: mentions of child abuse, suicide ideation, death of a parent
🌈 m/m
Faith: Greater Heights (Faith Herbert Origin Story #2) by Julie Murphy
✨
November 2rep: fat bisexual protagonist
ownvoices for: fat rep, queer author
Girls of Fate and Fury (Girls of Paper and Fire #3) by Natasha Ngan ***
✨
November 2rep: Asian-inspired world and characters; sapphic protagonist and love interest
🌈 f/f
author: queer biracial (Chinese-Malaysian, white) author
The Grimrose Girls by Laura Pohl ***
✨
November 2rep: lesbian protagonists, aromantic asexual protagonist
🌈 f/f
author: LGBTQ+ author
Spin Me Right Round by David Valdes ***
 πŸŒƒ
November 2rep: gay Cuban-American protagonist, LGBTQ+ side characters
author: gay Cuban-American author
Briar Girls by Rebecca Kim Wells ***
✨
November 2rep: bisexual protagonist, sapphic love interest
🌈 f/f
author: bisexual Korean-American author
All of Us Villains (All of Us Villains) by Christine Lynn Herman and Amanda Foody
✨
November 9rep: bisexual protagonists
author: bisexual author
Pixels of You by Ananth Hirsh and Yuko Ota, illustrated by J.R. Doyle
πŸŒƒ graphic novel
November 9rep: sapphic protagonists
🌈 f/f
Our Violent Ends (These Violent Delights #2) by Chloe Gong ***
🌺
November 16rep: Chinese protagonist, main character, and side characters; gay main character; gay Korean main character, Chinese trans girl main character
cw: torture, gore, violence, murder (including mass murder), parental abuse, war themes
🌈 m/m
author: Chinese author
december
book:release date:info:
If This Gets Out by Sophie Gonzales and Cale Dietrich
🎈
December 7rep: bisexual protagonist, gay protagonist
🌈 m/m
author: bisexual author, gay author
The Midnight Girls by Alicia Jasinska
✨
December 7rep: sapphic protagonists
🌈 f/f
author: sapphic author
Heartstopper: Volume Four (Heartstopper #4) by Alice Oseman
🎈
December 7rep: gay protagonist, bisexual protagonist, wlw side characters, trans side character
🌈 m/m
Fools In Love: Fresh Twists on Romantic Tales edited Rebecca Podos and Ashley Herring Blake (***)
🎈
December 7rep: LGBTQ+ characters
author: LGBTQ+ authors
The Coldest Touch by Isabel Sterling
✨
December 7rep: lesbian protagonist, wlw protagonist
🌈 f/f
author: bisexual author
Gentleman’s Club by N.T. Herrgott
✨
December 15rep: trans boy protagonist
Here’s To Us (What If It’s Us #2) by Adam Silvera *** and Becky Albertalli
🎈
December 28rep: gay Puerto Rican protagonist, gay protagonist, bisexual side character
🌈 m/m
author: gay Puerto Rican author, bisexual author

What books on this list are you most excited for? Let me know in the comments below!

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