LIST: 2022 lgbtq+ ya releases

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I can’t believe it’s already that time of the year, but happy pride month, lovelies!!! As usual, I compiled (almost?) all of the LGBTQ+ YA releases of this year to celebrate. You can view the lists from the previous years here:

As always, thank you thank you to Charlotte, who co-runs readsrainbow (a blog dedicated to LGBT media), along with Anna, for sending me the bulk of this list. I am forever grateful; please go follow them! This is a list of YA releases, but they are a great resource for LGBT novels for all age ranges, as is LGBTQ Reads (run by Dahlia Adler).

What’s a better way to celebrate Pride 2022 than going through this list of 200+ books detailed with all the representation I could find? (It was an effort of some 30+ hours rip.) So without further ado, here is a list of all the LGBTQ+ YA releases in 2022!

Of course, I am only human and there are bound to be errors in this post. If you see any mistakes, please let me know and I’ll fix it as soon as I can! * I tried to note any representation as detailed as I could, 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!

* If you are an author and would like me to edit or remove any personal information I have listed, I am more than happy to do so! Please message me and I will change it as soon as I can.

Also, I tried to include content warnings where I could, but please know that I could not find them for every single book. I would recommend you look into any content warnings before reading instead of depending on this post for them!

A typical disclaimer: this is more of a masterlist than a recommendation list. Again, I have not read most of the books on this list, so I cannot vouch for all of them. There are also a few books by authors who are known to have done some questionable and problematic things; 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 this books, which is why they’re still on the list, but I personally do not support them and their actions. I encourage you to make your own judgments; you can often go through reviews before deciding to read a book as well.


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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:
The Kindred by Alechia Dow ***
(read my review here)
πŸŒƒ
fat demiromantic asexual Black protagonist, bisexual Black protagonist, gay Black side character
🌈 f/m
Black author
Serendipity edited by Marissa Meyer (***)
🎈, πŸ“š
sapphic Black protagonists, Chinese-American protagonists, gay protagonists, lesbian Latine protagonist, sapphic Latine protagonist
🌈 f/f, m/m
LGBTQ+ authors, authors of color, LGBTQ+ authors of color
The Ivory Key (The Ivory Key Duology #1) by Akshaya Raman ***
✨
Indian inspiration and -coded characters, gay protagonist, lesbian side characters
🌈 side f/f
Tamil-American author
Spin Me Right Round by David Valdes ***
(cw: homophobia, teacher-student relationship, homophobic violence)
πŸŒƒ
gay Cuban-American protagonist and side characteres, gay Chinese-American love interest, nonbinary side character, Thai-American side character, Indian-American side character, Black side character
🌈 m/m
gay Cuban-American author
Love Somebody by Rachel Roasek
🎈
sapphic protagonists, nonbinary side character
🌈 f/f
bisexual author
Hopepunk by Preston Norton
(cw: conversion therapy, homophobia)
🎈
 gay main character, lesbian side characterbisexual author
The Bone Spindle by Leslie Vedder
✨
lesbian protagonist, sapphic love interest
🌈 f/f
queer asexual author
Icebreaker by A.L. Graziadei
🎈
bisexual protagonist, gay Black love interest, lesbian side characters, bisexual side characters
🌈 m/m
nonbinary author
Beyond the End of the World (The Other Side of the Sky #2) by Amie Kaufman & Meagan Spooner
✨, πŸŒƒ
bisexual protagonist
🌈 m/f
Game On edited by Laura Silverman (***)
🎈, πŸ“š
LGBTQ+ characters
🌈 f/f, m/m
LGBTQ+ authors, authors of color, LGBTQ+ authors of color
Coming Back by Jessi Zabarsky
✨, graphic novel
lesbian protagonists
🌈 f/f
Into the Midnight Void (Beyond the Ruby Veil #2) by Mara Fitzgerald
(cw: blood, eye gore, body horror)
(read my review here)
✨
lesbian protagonist and love interest, gay side character
🌈 f/f
At the End of Everything by Marieke Nijkamp
πŸŒƒ
nonbinary protagonistnonbinary author
Rebel Boys and Rescue Dogs, or Things That Kiss with Teeth by Brianna R. Shrum
🎈
trans boy love interest
🌈 f/trans m
The Temperature of Me and You by Brian Zepka
πŸŒƒ
gay protagonist and love interest
🌈 m/m
gay author
february
book:rep:author:
Murder of Crows by K. Ancrum ***
πŸ”
bisexual Cuban-American protagonist, lesbian side character, gay side character, sapphic side characterbisexual intersex Black author
Magical Boy Volume 1: A Graphic Novel by The Kao
✨, graphic novel
trans boy protagonist, lesbian side characters, gay side character
No Filter and Other Lies by Crystal Maldonado ***
🎈
fat bisexual Puerto Rican protagonist, fat sapphic love interest, Indian-American side character, Puerto Rican side characters
🌈 f/f
bisexual Puerto Rican author
Fire Becomes Her by Rosiee Thor
✨
aromantic bisexual protagonist, asexual nonbinary love interest, aromantic asexual side character
🌈 f/nb
queer author
The Gifts That Bind Us by Caroline O’Donoghue
(cw: transphobia, homophobia, self-harm)
✨
sapphic protagonist, bisexual genderfluid love interest, sapphic biracial (Filipino, Irish) side character, deaf side character, black side characters, side character with OCD
🌈 f/genderfluid
Across a Field of Starlight by Blue Delliquanti
πŸŒƒ, graphic novel
nonbinary protagonistsnonbinary author
Ophelia After All by Racquel Marie ***
(read my review here)
🎈
queer biracial (Cuban, Irish) protagonist, Pakistani-American side character, biromantic asexual Korean-American side character, bisexual Afro-Puerto Rican side character, aromantic side character, pansexual Black side characterqueer multiracial (Colombian, Cuban, Irish) author
Golden Boys by Phil Stamper
🎈
gay protagonists
🌈 m/m
gay author
Cold by Mariko Tamaki ***
πŸ”, graphic novel
sapphic protagonist, gay protagonistqueer biracial (Japanese, white) author
The Moonstone Girls by Brooke Skipstone
🌿
lesbian protagonist, gay main character
🌈 f/f
Bitter (Pet #0.5) by Akwaeke Emezi ***
✨
Black trans girl protagonist, lesbian Muslim side characternonbinary Nigerian-American protagonist
The Chandler Legacies by Abdi Nazemian ***
(cw: hazing (of a sexual nature), racism, sexism, sexual assault)
🎈
gay Iranian protagonistgay Iranian-American author
Extasia by Claire Legrand
(cw: cult/religious trauma, body horror, torture, attempted sexual assault, suicide, mentions of physical abuse and domestic abuse)
✨
sapphic protagonist, love interest, and side characters
🌈 f/f
From Dust, a Flame by Rebecca Podos
✨
sapphic Jewish protagonist, lesbian Jewish love interest, gay side character with ADHD, Black Jewish side character, nonbinary side character
🌈 f/f
Jewish author
The Turning Pointe by Vanessa L. Torres ***
🌿
Mexican-American protagonist, genderqueer love interest
🌈 f/genderqueer
Mexican-American author
march
book:rep:author:
Every Variable of Us by Charles A. Bush ***
🎈
bisexual Black protagonist, lesbian Indian-American love interest
🌈 f/f
queer Black author
The One True Me and You by Remi K. England
(cw: gender dysphoria, homophobia, transphobia, mentions of death of a parent by suicide)
🎈
questioning nonbinary protagonist, lesbian protagonist, Black side character, sapphic side character
🌈 nb/f
nonbinary author
Loveless (Osemanverse #10) by Alice Oseman
🎈
aromantic asexual protaognist
Travelers Along the Way: A Robin Hood Remix by Aminah Mae Safi ***
🌺
sapphic side characters
🌈 side f/f
Muslim mixed race author
And They Lived by Steven Salvatore
(cw: outing, homophobia, fatphobia, gaslighting, disordered eating and purging (graphic), suicidal ideation)
🎈
gay nonbinary protagonist, gay love interest
🌈 nb/m
gay genderqueer author
All That’s Left in the World by Erik J. Brown
πŸŒƒ
gay protagonist, bisexual/pansexual protagonist
🌈 m/m
gay author
Messy Roots by Laura Gao
(cw: racism)
graphic novel, memoir
[ memoir ]lesbian Chinese-American author
One for All by Lillie Lainoff
(cw: death of a loved one, mention of sexual assault)
🌿
protagonist with POTS, lesbian side character, demisexual biromantic side characterdisabled author
Great or Nothing by Joy McCullough, Caroline Tung Richmond ***, Tess Sharpe, and Jessica Spotswood
🌿
lesbian protagonist, Japanese-American side character, British Chinese side characterAsian-American author
Lakelore by Anna-Marie McLemore ***
✨
trans nonbinary Mexican protagonist with dyslexia, trans nonbinary Mexican protagonist with ADHD, lesbian side character
🌈 nb/nb
queer bigender Mexican-American author
Take Her Down by Lauren Emily Whalen
(cw: sexual assault, rape, self-harm, biphobia)
🎈
bisexual protagonist, lesbian side character, gay side character, nonbinary (demi-girl) side character
Right Where I Left You by Julian Winters ***
🎈
gay Black protagonist, bisexual brown love interest, bisexual side character, nonbinary side character
🌈 m/m
Black author
A Million Quiet Revolutions by Robin Gow
(cw: homophobia, transphobia, deadnaming, misgendering)
🎈
gay trans boy Puerto Rican protagonist, gay trans boy Jewish protagonist, queer nonbinary Latine side character, Puerto Rican side characters, Black side character
🌈 m/m
bisexual genderqueer author
Kiss & Tell by Adib Khorram ***
(cw: homophobia)
(read my review here)
gay protagonist, gay Iranian-American love interest, Vietnamese-Canadian side character, Indian-Canadian side character, Brazilian-Canadian side character
🌈 m/m
gay Iranian-American author
Forward March by Skye Quinlan
(cw: outing, homophobia, depression, mentions of self-harm)
🎈
asexual lesbian protagonist, bisexual love interest, nonbinary side character
🌈 f/f
asexual lesbian author
My Dearest Darkest by Kayla Cottingham
🧑
lesbian protagonist, bisexual protagonist
🌈 f/f
Survive the Dome by Kosoko Jackson ***
(cw: police brutality, racism, racial slurs, gun violence)
πŸŒƒ
gay Black protagonist and love interest, Latina side character
🌈 m/m
gay Black author
So This Is Ever After by F. T. Lukens
✨
bisexual protagonist, mlm love interest, lesbian side character, polyamorous side character
🌈 m/m
Anything But Fine by Tobias Madden
🎈
achillean protagonist and love interest, Muslim Indonesian side character
🌈 m/m
achillean author
Live, Laugh, Kidnap by Gabby Noone
🎈
lesbian protagonist, sapphic love interest
🌈 f/f
The Most Dazzling Girl in Berlin by Kip Wilson
🌿
lesbian protagonist and love interest, LGBTQ+ side characters
🌈 f/f
When Our Worlds Collided by Danielle Jawando ***
(cw: past parental abuse, violence, racial abuse and attack)
🎈
gay Black protagonist, Black protagonistsIrish-Nigerian-Ghanaian author
april
book:rep:author:
Dreams Bigger Than Heartbreak (Unstoppable #2) by Charlie Jane Anders
πŸŒƒ
sapphic protagonist, sapphic trans girl Black Brazilian protagonist, nonbinary side characters
🌈 f/f
trans author
Omens Bite (Sisters of Salem #2) by P.C. Cast and Kristin Cast
✨
lesbian protagonist, Egyptian side characters
She Gets the Girl by Rachael Lippincott and Alyson Derrick ***
🎈
lesbian protagonist, lesbian biracial (Korean, white) protagonist with anxiety, lesbian side characters
🌈 f/f
sapphic author, sapphic Asian-American author
This Rebel Heart by Katherine Locke
🌺
polyamorous Jewish protagonist, polyamorous genderqueer main character, polyamorous love interest
🌈 f/genderqueer/m
queer nonbinary Jewish author
Nothing Burns as Bright as You by Ashley Woodfolk ***
🎈
sapphic Black protagonist, bisexual Black love interest
🌈 f/f
Black author
Blaine for the Win by Robbie Couch
🎈
gay protagonist and side charactersgay author
Boys of the Beast by Monica Zepeda ***
🎈
gay Jewish Latine protagonist, Latine protagonists
🌈 m/m
Mexican-American author
Vile Stars by Sera Milano
(cw: toxic relationship, domestic abuse (emotional))
🎈
gay main characters
🌈 m/m
queer author
The Drowning Summer by Christine Lynn Herman
πŸ”
bisexual protagonist and love interest
🌈 f/f
bisexual author
Howl by Shaun David Hutchinson
(cw: sexual assault, homophobia)
🧑
gay protagonistgay author
Mamo, Vol. 1 by Sas Milledge
(cw: mention of past child abuse)
✨, graphic novel
apphic protagonist, sapphic Filipino protagonist, Filipino characters
🌈 f/f
I Am the Ghost in Your House by Maria Romasco-Moore
✨
bisexual protagonist
Sofi and the Bone Song by Adrienne Tooley
(read my review here)
✨
lesbian protagonist, sapphic love interest, gay side character, sapphic side character
🌈 f/f
bisexual author
Harley Quinn: Reckoning by Rachael Allen
(cw: domestic abuse, sexual harrassment)
πŸŒƒ
bisexual protagonistbisexual author
No Stopping Us Now by Lucy Jane Bledsoe
🌿
sapphic protagonist
Every Word You Never Said by Jordon Greene
(cw: homophobia, religious homophobia, bullying, ableism)
🎈
nonverbal, gay gender non-conforming protagonist, pansexual protagonist
🌈 m/m
gay author
Dig Two Graves by Gretchen McNeil
(cw: sexual harassment)
πŸ”
bisexual protagonist
Arden Grey by Ray Stoeve
🎈
questioning asexual protaognist, trans boy side characterqueer nonbinary author
may
book:rep:author:
An Unreliable Magic (A Hundred Names for Magic #2) by Rin Chupeco ***
✨
Filipino protagonist and side characters, gay main character, nonbinary Chinese main character, Japanese main characternonbinary Filipino author
The Queen of Junk Island by Alexandra Mae Jones
(cw: biphobia, homophobia, outing, sexual harassment)
🌿
bisexual protagonist, lesbian biracial (Indigenous, white) love interest, asexual side character, sapphic side characters, Indigenous side character
🌈 f/f
Wish Upon a Satellite by Sophie Labelle
🎈
trans nonbinary protagonist, trans girl love interest
🌈 nb/f
trans author
The Many Half-Lived Lives of Sam Sylvester by Maya MacGregor
🎈
autistic panromantic asexual nonbinary protagonist, sapphic Latine side character
I Kissed Shara Wheeler by Casey McQuiston
(cw: religious homophobia)
(read my review here)
🎈
bisexual protagonist, lesbian love interest, dyslexic gay Black main character, Black nonbinary achillean main character, lesbian side character, gay side character, nonbinary side character, bisexual side character
🌈 f/f, side m/nb
queer author
When You Call My Name by Tucker Shaw
🌿
gay protagonistsgay author
Burn Down, Rise Up by Vincent Tirado ***
(cw: gore, violence)
🧑
sapphic Afro-Dominican-American protagonist, sapphic Black love interest, Black side characters
🌈 f/f
nonbinary Afro-Latine author
If You Change Your Mind by Robby Weber
🎈
gay protagonist and love interest(s)
🌈 m/m
gay author
Gay Club! by Simon James Green
🎈
gay protagonist and side characters, lesbian side characters, trans side charactersgay author
The Summer of Bitter and Sweet by Jen Ferguson
🎈
asexual MΓ©tis protagonist, bisexual Black side character, bisexual side character, achillean side charactersMΓ©tis author
Dead End Girls by Wendy Heard
(cw: child abuse, death, lesbophobia)
πŸ”
lesbian protagonist, sapphic nonbinary protagonist
🌈 f/nb
CafΓ© Con Lychee by Emery Lee ***
🎈
gay Chinese-Japanese protagonist with ADHD, gay Puerto Rican protagonist with anxiety
🌈 m/m
trans multiracial author
Beauty And The Besharam by Lillie Vale ***
(read my review here)
🎈
Indian-American protagonist and side characters, Korean-American love interest and side character, queer demiromantic Indian-American side character, sapphic side characters, Mexican-American trans boy side character, Lebanese-American side character
🌈 side f/f
Indian-American author
Nate Plus One by Kevin van Whye ***
🎈
gay biracial (South African, white) protagonist, bisexual Indian-American love interest, gay side character
🌈 m/m
gay biracial author
Galaxy: The Prettiest Star by Jadzia Axelrod, illustrated by Jess Taylor
πŸŒƒ, graphic novel
trans girl protagonist, sapphic love interest
🌈 f/f
trans author, nonbinary artist
Melt With You by Jennifer Dugan
🎈
bisexual protagonist and love interest
🌈 f/f
The Days of Bluegrass Love by Edward van de Vendel, translated by Emma Rault
🎈
gay protagonist and love interest
🌈 m/m
The Lesbiana’s Guide to Catholic School by Sonora Reyes ***
(cw: outing, racism, lesbophobia, mentions of suicidal thoughts)
🎈
lesbian Indigenous Mexican-American protagonist, lesbian Chinese-American love interest, bisexual Indegenous Mexican-American side character, gay Black side character
🌈 f/f
nonbinary Mexican-American author
Only on the Weekends by Dean Atta ***
🎈
gay British Nigerian protagonist, gay Black love interest, trans boy love interest
🌈 m/m
gay Black author
Just Your Local Bisexual Disaster by Andrea Mosqueda ***
🎈
bisexual Mexican-American protagonist, lesbian love interest, sapphic side character
🌈 f/f
Mexican-American author
A Cruel and Fated Light (The Hollow Star Saga #2) by Ashley Shuttleworth
✨
lesbian protagonist with depression, pansexual protagonist, gay protagonist, bisexual protagonist, genderfluid side character
🌈 f/f, m/m
pansexual genderfluid author
Primal Animals by Julia Lynn Rubin
🧑
sapphic protagonist and love interest
🌈 f/f
sapphic author
Milo and Marcos at the End of the Word by Kevin Christopher Snipes
(cw: internalized homophobia, religious homophobia, parental abuse (emotional))
πŸŒƒ
gay protagonist and love interest
🌈 m/m
gay author
All Signs Point To Yes edited by g. haron davis, Cam Montgomery, and Adrianne White (***)
🎈, πŸ“š
queer Black protagonists, Korean protagonist, lesbian Latine protagonist, queer Latine protagonists, Ojibwe protagonist, demisexual protagonist, Peruvian protagonist, lesbian Puerto Rican-Uruguyan protagonist, pansexual Black protagonist, LGTBQ+ side characters of color
🌈 ?
LGBTQ+ authors (of color)
Speech and Debacles by Heather DiAngelis
🎈
bisexual protagonist with endometriosis
🌈 f/m
bisexual author with endometriosis
The Fae Keeper (The Witch King #2) by H. E. Edgmon
✨
gay trans boy protagonist, achillean Black love interest, biromantic asexual Native American side character, LGBTQ+ side characters
🌈 m/m
queer trans author
The Merciless Ones (Deathless #2) by Namina Forna ***
✨
West African inspiration, sapphic side characters, trans side characters
🌈 side f/f
Sierra Leonean-American author
Out of the Blue by Jason June
✨
queer genderqueer protagonist, gay love interest
🌈 genderqueer/m
genderqueer author
A Little Bit Country by Brian D. Kennedy
🎈
gay protagonists
🌈 m/m
gay author
Flip the Script by Lyla Lee ***
🎈
bisexual Korean-American protagonist, lesbian Korean love interest, pansexual Korean side character, Korean side characters
🌈 f/f
bisexual Korean-American author
Man O’War by Cory McCarthy
(cw: internalized homophobia, gender dysphoria)
🎈
pansexual nonbinary biracial (Lebanese, Irish) protagonist, bisexual agender love interest, asexual biracial (Lebanese, Irish) side character
🌈 nb/agender
queer trans biracial (Lebanese, Irish) author
Summer’s Edge by Dana Mele
πŸ”
lesbian protagonist, bisexual protagonistqueer author
Deep in Providence by Riss M. Neilson ***
(cw: grief, sexual harassment)
✨
Black protagonists, Filipino-American protagonist, sapphic protagonist and love interest
🌈 f/f
Filipino-Cape Verdean-American author
Improbable Magic for Cynical Witches by Kate Scelsa
🎈
lesbian protagonist and love interest
🌈 f/f
lesbian author
Kings of B’more by R. Eric Thomas ***
🎈
gay Black protagonists, bisexual side character
🌈 m/m
gay Black author
june
book:release date:info:
Only Pieces by Edd Tello ***
🎈
June 1rep: gay Mexican-American protagonist, Mexican-American side characters, gay side character
🌈 m/m
author: Mexican-American author
Home Field Advantage by Dahlia Adler
🎈
June 7rep: polysexual protagonist, butch lesbian protagonist
🌈 f/f
author: Jewish author
Happily Ever Island by Crystal Cestari
🎈
June 7rep: lesbian protagonist, sapphic love interest
🌈 f/f
Slip by Marika McCoola, illustrated by Aatmaja Pandya
(cw: attempted suicide of a side character, mentions of self-harm)
🎈, graphic novel
June 7rep: sapphic protagonist and love interest
🌈 f/f
Game of Strength and Storm by Rachel Menard
(cw: sexism, violence)
✨
June 7rep: demisexual protagonist, sapphic protagonist and side character
Out There: Into the Queer New Yonder edited by Saundra Mitchell (***)
πŸŒƒ, πŸ“š
June 7rep: view rep for each story in this review
🌈 m/m, f/m, f/f
author: LGBTQ+ authors, authors of color, LGBTQ+ authors of color
We All Fall Down (The River City Duology #1) by Rose Szabo
✨
June 7rep: queer genderfluid protagonist, butch lesbian protagonist, fat queer biracial (Black, white) protagonist, sapphic biracial (Black, white) protagonist
author: nonbinary author
The Gravity of Missing Things by Marisa Urgo
πŸ”
June 7rep: bisexual protagonist
🌈 f/m
author: bisexual author
Hell Followed with Us by Andrew Joseph White
(cw: violence, body horror, transphobia (deadnaming, misgendering), religious abuse, parental abuse, domestic abuse, self-injury, vomiting)
🧑
June 7rep: gay trans boy protagonist, autistic gay protagonist, LGBTQ+ characters
🌈 m/m
author: queer trans author
Glorious Poison (Battalion of the Dead #3) by Kat Dunn
🌺
June 9rep: lesbian biracial (Black, white) protagonist, Black protagonist, bisexual protagonist, gay protagonist
If You Still Recognise Me by Cynthia So ***
(cw: past toxic relationship, homophobia)
🎈
June 9rep: bisexual British-Chinese protagonist, lesbian British–Chinese side character, sapphic British-Indian side character, sapphic biracial (Black, white) side character, bisexual nonbinary Vietnamese side character, Chinese side characters, gay Chinese side character, gay and sapphic side characters
author: bisexual nonbinary British-Hongkongese author
Not Good for Maidens by Tori Bovalino
(cw: gore, body horror, violence, trauma)
🧑
June 14rep: bisexual protagonist, asexual protagonist, pansexual side character
🌈 f/f
Valiant Ladies by Melissa Grey
🌿
June 14rep: lesbian biracial (Indigenous Peruvian, Dutch) protagonist, sapphic Spanish-Peruvian protagonist, Peruvian side characters
🌈 f/f
The Sea Knows My Name by Laura Brooke Robson
(cw: sexual assault)
✨
June 14rep: bisexual love interest
🌈 f/m
The Comedienne’s Guide to Pride by Hayli Thomson
🎈
June 14rep: lesbian protagonist, sapphic love interest
🌈 f/f
author: lesbian author
This Wicked Fate (This Poison Heart #2) by Kalynn Bayron ***
✨
June 21rep: bisexual Black protagonist, sapphic love interest, sapphic Black parents, Black side characters
🌈 f/f
author: sapphic Black author
Epically Earnest by Molly Horan
🎈
June 21rep: bisexual protagonist, sapphic love interest, gay side characteres
🌈 f/f, side m/m
The Loophole by Naz Kutub ***
(cw: alcoholism, parental abuse, racism, Islamophobia)
✨
June 21rep: queer Muslim Indian protagonist
author: gay Muslim biracial (Indian, Malay) author
Bad Things Happen Here by Rebecca Barrow ***
(cw: murder, suicide ideation, self-harm, intrusive thoughts, mentions of drowning)
πŸ”
June 28rep: lesbian biracial (Black, white) protagonist with anxiety and depression, sapphic biracial (Filipino, white) love interest, biracial (Black, white) side character
🌈 f/f
author: queer Black author
Godslayers (Gearbreakers #2) by Zoe Hana Mikuta ***
πŸŒƒ
June 28rep: lesbian Korean-coded protagonist, bisexual Korean-coded protagonist
🌈 f/f
author: bisexual biracial (Korean, white) author
The Last Session Vol. 1: Roll for Initiative by Jasmine Walls, edited by Michael Moccio, illustrated by Dozerdraws
✨, πŸ“š
June 29rep: LGBTQ+ cast
july
book:release date:info:
The Promise of Lost Things by Helene Dunbar
✨
July 5rep: gay protagonists
🌈 m/m
Wash Day Diaries by Jamila Rowser and Robyn Smith ***
🎈, graphic novel
July 5rep: sapphic Black protagonists, Black protagonists
author: Black, Puerto Rican, and Dominican author, Jamaican author
The King is Dead by Benjamin Dean ***
πŸ”
July 7rep: gay Black protagonist
author: gay Black author
The Society For Soulless Girls by Laura Steven
🌿
July 7rep: sapphic protagonists
🌈 f/f
The You I See by Danny Freeman
🌿
July 12rep: gay protagonists
🌈 m/m
Wake the Bones by Elizabeth Kilcoyne
🧑
July 12rep: achillean main character and side character
🌈 m/m
author: queer author
Blackwater by Jeannette Arroyo and Ren Graham
✨
July 19rep: queer biromantic Black Puerto Rican protagonist, queer trans boy protagonist with a chronic illness, Black side character
🌈 m/m
Dauntless by Elisa A. Bonnin ***
✨
July 19rep: Filipino inspiration and -coded characters; lesbian protagonist, bisexual love interest
🌈 f/f
author: Filipino author
Heat Wave (The Extraordinaries #3) by T. J. Klune
✨
July 19rep: gay protagonist with ADHD, bisexual love interest, lesbian side characters
🌈 m/m
author: gay author
Youngblood by Sasha Laurens
(cw: lesbophobia, blood, violence)
✨
July 19rep: lesbian protagonist, sapphic protagonist, queer nonbinary side character, gay Salvadorian side character, Chinese side character, biracial (Indian, white) side character
🌈 f/f
Violet Made of Thorns (Untitled Duology #1) by Gina Chen ***
(cw: self-harm in a ritual/magical context, body horror)
✨
July 26rep: East Asian-coded protagonist, bisexual brown side character, lesbian side character
author: Chinese-American author
The Witchery by S. Isabelle ***
✨
July 26rep: sapphic Black protagonists
author: Black author
Long Story Short by Serena Kaylor
🎈
July 26rep: neurodiverse protagonist, biracial (Indian, white) love interest, Black side character, gay side character
author: bisexual author
Beating Heart Baby by Lio Min ***
🎈
July 26rep: adopted, pansexual biracial (Filipino, white) protagonist, achillean trans boy Korean-Japanese protagonist, lesbian Black side character, queer nonbinary side character
🌈 m/m
author: Chinese author
The Valkyrie’s Daughter (The Helheim Prophecy #1) by Tiana Warner
✨
July 26rep: sapphic protagonist and love interest, trans girl side character
🌈 f/f
author: LGBTQ+ author
august
book:release date:info:
The Feeling of Falling in Love by Mason Deaver
(cw: transphobia, misgendering, homophobia)
🎈
August 2rep: gay trans boy protagonist, achillean nonbinary love interest, gay side character, gay trans boy side character, bisexual Korean side character, bisexual Black side character, questioning Black side character
🌈 m/nb
author: nonbinary author
Bad At Love by Gabriela Martins ***
🎈
August 2rep: demisexual Brazilian protagonist, pansexual Brazilian-American protagonist, lesbian Black side character, Korean-American side character
🌈 m/f
author: Brazilian author
It Sounds Like This by Anna Meriano ***
🎈
August 2rep: fat questioning asexual Latine protagonist, Jewish gray-aromantic gray-asexual love interest with ADHD and APD, Latine side characters, Black side character, trans boy side character, nonbinary side characters
🌈 f/m
author: Latine author
These Fleeting Shadows by Kate Alice Marshall
🧑
August 9rep: sapphic protagonist and love interest
🌈 f/f
author: queer author
Furysong (The Aurelian Cycle #3) by Rosaria Munda
(cw: burnings, blood, branding, grief; mentions of past coercive sexual relationship, threat of rape)
✨
August 9rep: bisexual main character, gay main character
🌈 m/m
Blood Like Fate (Blood Like Magic #2) by Liselle Sambury ***
(cw: gun violence, eating disorder, blood, gore, violence, full list here)
✨
August 9rep: Trinidadian-Canadian protagonist and side characters, Mexican-Canadian trans boy love interest, Trinidadian-Canadian trans girl side character, Trinidadian-Canadian demisexual lesbian side character
🌈 f/trans m
author: Trinidadian-Canadian author
The Honeys by Ryan La Sala
(cw: blood, bullying, grief, homophobia, sexual harassment, transphobia, violence)
🧑
August 16rep: achillean genderfluid protagonist, lesbian side character, gay side character, questioning side character
author: queer author
The Drowned Woods by Emily Lloyd-Jones
✨
August 16rep: bisexual protagonist, sapphic love interest
🌈 f/f
This Is Why They Hate Us by Aaron H. Aceves ***
(cw: suicide ideation, intrusive thoughts, homophobia, anxiety, depression, mention of homophobic assault of a side character)
🎈
August 23rep: bisexual Mexican-American protagonist, Muslim bisexual Palestinian-American love interest, bisexual Afro-Puerto Rican/Cuban side character, bisexual Vietnamese-American side character, gay Mexican-American side characters, biracial (Black, white) side character
🌈 m/m
author: bisexual Mexican-American author
Clown in a Cornfield 2: Frendo Lives (Clown in a Cornfield #2) by Adam Cesare
🧑
August 23rep: gay main characters
🌈 m/m
Felix Silver, Teaspoons & Witches by Harry Cook
✨
August 30rep: gay protagonist, bisexual love interest
🌈 m/m
author: gay author
All of Our Demise (All of Us Villains #2) by Amanda Foody and Christine Lynn Herman
✨
August 30rep: bisexual protagonists
author: bisexual authors
Moon Dark Smile (Night Shine #2) by Tessa Gratton
✨
August 30rep: nonbinary character, genderfluid character, LGBTQ+ cast
author: queer nonbinary author
In the Shadow of the Throne by Kate Sheridan, illustrated by Gaia Cardinali
✨
August 30rep: gay Filipino protagonist, gay protagonist
🌈 m/m
september
book:release date:info:
Timberdark (Wranglestone #2) by Darren Charlton
🧑
September 1rep: gay protagonist and love interest
🌈 m/m
author: gay author
Aces Wild: A Heist by Amanda DeWitt
πŸ”
September 6rep: asexual protagonist and main characters, asexual nonbinary main character
Coven by Jennifer Dugan, illustrated by Kit Seaton
✨, graphic novel
September 6rep: sapphic protagonist and main characters, achillean side characters, Black side characters
Meet Me in Mumbai by Sabina Khan ***
🎈
September 6rep: Indian-American protagonist, sapphic parents
🌈 side f/f
author: Muslim Pakistani-American author
Destination Unknown by Bill Konigsberg
🌿
September 6rep: fat gay Jewish protagonist, gay love interest and side characters, lesbian side characters, trans girl Black side character, LGBTQ+ side characters, Jewish side characters
🌈 m/m
author: gay author
Self Made Boys by Anna-Marie McLemore ***
🌿
September 6rep: trans boy protagonist, Latino trans boy protagonist, lesbian Latina side character, achillean side characters
author: queer bigender Mexican-American author
Funeral Girl by Emma K. Ohland
✨
September 6rep: asexual protagonist, nonbinary side character
author: queer author
The Sunbearer Trials (The Sunbearer Duology #1) by Aiden Thomas ***
✨
September 6rep: trans boy Mexican protagonist, LGBTQ+ characters, Mexican inspiration and -coded characters
🌈 m/m
author: queer trans nonbinary Mexican-American author
It Looks Like Us by Alison Ames
🧑
September 13rep: asexual protagonist with anxiety, gay side character
Book of Dreams by Kevin Craig
🧑
September 13rep: gay protagonist
author: nonbinary author
Death by Society by Sierra Elmore
(cw: suicide ideation, depression, self-harm, bullying, domestic violence, racism, anxiety (social and generalized), and rape trauma syndrome (no rape depiction))
🎈
September 13rep: sapphic protagonists
🌈 f/f
author: Black author
Tragic Volume 1 by Dana Mele, illustrated by Valentina Pinti
🎈, graphic novel
September 13rep: bisexual protagonist
🌈 f/m
author: queer author
Eternally Yours edited by Patrice Caldwell (***)
✨
September 20rep: LGBTQ+ characters
🌈 (?)
author: LGBTQ+ authors, authors of color, LGBTQ+ authors of color
Other Ever Afters: New Queer Fairy Tales by Melanie Gillman
✨, graphic novel
September 20rep: LGBTQ+ cast
🌈 (?)
author: nonbinary author
Rust in the Root by Justina Ireland ***
🌺
September 20rep: sapphic Black protagonist, Black side characters
author: Black author
The Killing Code by Ellie Marney
πŸ”
September 20rep: sapphic protagonists
🌈 f/f
Fraternity by Andy Mientus
🌺
September 20rep: achillean protagonists, achillean Black protagonist
author: bisexual author
Bone Weaver by Aden Polydoros
✨
September 20rep: bisexual love interest, gay side character
🌈 f/m
author: bisexual Jewish author
The 99 Boyfriends of Micah Summers by Adam Sass
🎈
September 20rep: gay protagonist and love interest
🌈 m/m
author: gay author
How to Succeed in Witchcraft by Aislinn Brophy ***
✨
September 27rep: lesbian biracial (Black, white) protagonist, bisexual Latina love interest
🌈 f/f
author: bisexual biracial author
Lark & Kasim Start a Revolution by Kacen Callender ***
🎈
September 27rep: neurodivergent polyamorous nonbinary Black protagonist, queer trans Black love interest, queer Black side characters, trans Black side characters
🌈 nb/trans m
author: queer trans Black author
Foul Lady Fortune (Foul Lady Fortune #1) by Chloe Gong ***
(cw: violence, blood, mentions of human experimentation)
(read my review here)
🌿
September 27rep: demisexual Chinese protagonist, bisexual Chinese protagonist, bisexual Chinese main character, Chinese trans woman main character, aromantic asexual side character
🌈 f/m
author: Chinese-Kiwi author
october
book:release date:info:
Tasting Light edited by A.R. Capetta and Wade Roush (***)
πŸŒƒ, πŸ“š
October 4rep: nonbinary protagonist
author: LGBTQ+ authors, authors of color, LGBTQ+ authors of color
A Scatter of Light by Malinda Lo ***
🌿
October 4rep: bisexual biracial (Chinese, white) protagonist, butch lesbian love interest, queer side characters, nonbinary side characters
🌈 f/f
author: lesbian Chinese-American author
The First to Die at the End (Death-Cast #0) by Adam Silvera ***
πŸŒƒ
October 4rep: gay protagonists
🌈 m/m
author: gay Puerto Rican author
Anne of Greenville by Mariko Tamaki ***
🎈
October 4rep: adopted, sapphic Japanese-American protagonist, sapphic love interest, sapphic parents
cw: homophobia
🌈 f/f
author: queer biracial (Japanese, white) author
The Restless Dark by Erica Waters
✨
October 4rep: sapphic protagonists
🌈 f/f
author: queer author
Hollow by Shannon Watters and Branden Boyer-White, illustrated by Berenice Nelle, colored by Kaitlyn Musto
✨, graphic novel
October 4rep: sapphic protagonist and love interest
🌈 f/f
author: lesbian author
Twelfth Grade Night (Arden High #1) by Molly Horton Booth and Stephanie Kate Strohm, illustrated by Jamie Green
🎈, graphic novel
October 11rep: gender-nonconforming protagonist, bisexual side characters, lesbian side characters, queer side characters
🌈 (?)
The Edge of Being by James Brandon
🎈
October 11rep: pansexual protagonist, achillean side character, LGBTQ+ side characters
🌈 m/f
author: gay author
Reader, I Murdered Him by Betsy Cornwell
🌿
October 11rep: bisexual protagonist, sapphic love interest
🌈 f/f
author: bisexual author
Everyone Hates Kelsie Miller by Meredith Ireland ***
🎈
October 11rep: adopted demisexual Korean-American protagonist, Latine love interest
🌈 f/m
author: adopted demisexual Korean-American author
Not Your Hero (Sidekick Squad #4) by C. B. Lee ***
πŸŒƒ
October 11rep: bisexual protagonist, bisexual Chinese-Vietnamese love interest, trans side character
🌈 f/f
author: queer Chinese-Vietnamese-American author
The Nightland Express by J.M. Lee ***
🌺
October 11rep: trans genderfluid protagonist, achillean mixed race protagonist
author: queer biracial author
Fence: Rise (Fence #5) by C. S. Pacat, illustrated by Johanna the Mad
🎈, graphic novel
October 13rep: achillean main characters
🌈 m/m
When Angels Left the Old Country by Sacha Lamb
🌺
October 18rep: genderless Jewish protagonist, Jewish protagonist, sapphic main characters
🌈 nb/m, f/f
author: nonbinary author
Drizzle, Dreams and Lovestruck Things by Maya Prasad ***
🎈
October 18rep: South Asian-American protagonists, sapphic South Asian-American protagonist, bisexual South Asian-American father
🌈 f/f
author: South Asian-American author
Nothing Sung and Nothing Spoken by Nita Tyndall
🌿
October 18rep: sapphic protagonist and love interests
🌈 f/f
author: nonbinary author
The Scratch Daughters (Scapegracers #2) by Hannah Abigail Clarke
✨
October 25rep: lesbian protagonist, sapphic love interest, sapphic Black side character, bisexual Chinese-American side character, achillean side characters
🌈 f/f
author: lesbian author
The Sevenfold Hunters by Rose Egal ***
πŸŒƒ
October 25rep: Muslim bisexual Somali protagonist, bisexual Black protagonist, pansexual side character, lesbian side character
🌈 f/f
author: Muslim bisexual Somali author
november
book:release date:info:
How to Excavate a Heart by Jake Maia Arlow
🎈
November 1rep: lesbian Jewish protagonists
🌈 f/f
author: lesbian Jewish author
Seasparrow (Graceling Realm #5) by Kristin Cashore
(cw: rape, attempted rape, child abuse, PTSD, violence, physical abuse)
✨
November 1rep: demisexual protagonist
In the Key of Dale by Benjamin Lefebvre
(cw: grief, death of a parent (father))
🎈
November 1rep: queer protagonist and side characters
author: queer author
This is Our Place by Vitor Martins ***, translated by Larissa Helena
🌿, 🎈
November 1rep: lesbian Brazilian protagonist, bisexual Afro-Brazilian love interest, gay Afro-Brazilian protagonist, gay Brazilian love interest, gay Brazilian protagonist, achillean Brazilian love interest
🌈 f/f, m/m
author: Brazilian author
The Ones We Burn by Rebecca Mix
✨
November 1rep: lesbian protagonist, bisexual love interest, LGBTQ+ side characters
🌈 f/f
The Vermilion Emporium by Jamie Pacton
✨
November 1rep: bisexual protagonist, sapphic side characters
🌈 f/m, side f/f
author: bisexual author
Silver in the Mist by Emily Victoria
✨
November 1rep: asexual protagonist, nonbinary side character
author: asexual author
Bloodmarked (The Legendborn Cycle #2) by Tracy Deonn ***
✨
November 8rep: Black protagonist, pansexual main character, lesbian Taiwanese-American side character, gay side character, nonbinary side character, bisexual side character, wlw side character
author: pansexual Black author
Born Andromeda by K. M. Watts
πŸŒƒ
November 15rep: bisexual polyamorous protagonist, demisexual polyamorous love interest
🌈 f/m
author: nonbinary author
At Midnight edited by Dahlia Adler (***)
✨, πŸ“š
November 22rep: LGBTQ+ characters, characters of color
🌈 (?)
author: LGBTQ+ authors, authors of color, LGBTQ+ authors of color
The Marble Queen by Anna Kopp, illustrated by Gabrielle Kari
✨, graphic novel
November 22rep: sapphic protagonist and love interest
🌈 f/f
author: queer Jewish author
We Deserve Monuments by Jas Hammond ***
🎈
November 29rep: sapphic biracial (Black, white) protagonist, sapphic Black love interest, Black side characters
🌈 f/f
author: queer Black author
december
book:release date:info
Acting the Part by Z. R. Ellor
🎈
December 6rep: transmasc nonbinary protagonist, asexual love interest
🌈 nb/f
author: trans author
Never Ever Getting Back Together by Sophie Gonzales
🎈
December 6rep: bisexual protagonists, gay side character
🌈 f/f
author: bisexual author
The Shattered City (The Last Magician #4) by Lisa Maxwell
🌺
December 6rep: lesbian main character, Chinese main character, Black side character
This Cursed Crown (These Feathered Flames #2) by Alexandra Overy
✨
December 6rep: lesbian protagonist and love interest
🌈 f/f
A Million to One by Adiba Jaigirdar ***
🌿
December 13rep: sapphic protagonists, lesbian protagonist, Lebanonese protagonist, French Haitian protagonist
🌈 f/f
author: Muslim queer Bangladeshi-Irish author

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