#5OnMyTBR: LGBTQ+ main characters

#5OnMyTBR is a bookish meme hosted by E. @ Local Bee Hunter’s Nook! You can read the announcement post here and see the list of prompts here!) It occurs every Monday when we post about five books on our TBR.

Upcoming June prompts:

  • 08/06/2020 — Pride Free Day
  • 15/06/2020 — Rainbow (on the cover, made from covers… be creative!)
  • 22/06/2020 — LGBTQ+ History (non-fiction or historical novels)
  • 29/06/2020 — LGBTQ+ Author

These are all books I’m extremely excited for that have been recommended to me one time or several! ‘Loveless’ by Alice Oseman also makes the list but given that I’ve mentioned it obsessively in the past few months I’ll give this one a rest (for today).

‘History Is All You Left Me’ by Adam Silvera

When Griffin’s first love and ex, Theo, accidentally drowns, his universe implodes. Even though Theo had moved to California and started seeing Jackson, Griffin never doubted Theo would return to him. Now, the future he’s been imagining is gone. 

To make things worse, the only person who truly understands his heartache is Jackson. But no matter how much they open up to each other, Griffin’s downward spiral continues, and the secrets he’s been keeping are tearing him apart. 

If Griffin is ever to rebuild his future, he must first confront his history, every last heartbreaking piece in the puzzle of his life.

‘The Prince and the Dressmaker’ by Jen Wang

Paris, at the dawn of the modern age.

Prince Sebastian is looking for a bride―or rather, his parents are looking for one for him. Sebastian is too busy hiding his secret life from everyone. At night he puts on daring dresses and takes Paris by storm as the fabulous Lady Crystallia―the hottest fashion icon in the world capital of fashion!

Sebastian’s secret weapon (and best friend) is the brilliant dressmaker Frances―one of only two people who know the truth: sometimes this boy wears dresses. But Frances dreams of greatness, and being someone’s secret weapon means being a secret. Forever. How long can Frances defer her dreams to protect a friend?

‘Cemetery Boys’ by Aiden Thomas

When his traditional Latinx family has problems accepting his gender, Yadriel becomes determined to prove himself a real brujo. He performs the ritual himself and sets out to find and free the ghost of his murdered cousin.

However, the ghost he summons is actually Julian Diaz, the school’s resident bad boy, and Julian is not about to go quietly into death. He’s determined to find out what happened and tie up some loose ends before he leaves. Left with no choice, Yadriel agrees to help Julian, so that they can both get what they want. But the longer Yadriel spends with Julian, the less he wants to let him leave. 

‘Deathless Divide’ (‘Dread Nation’, #2) by Justina Ireland

After the fall of Summerland, Jane McKeene hoped her life would get simpler: Get out of town, stay alive, and head west to California to find her mother. But the safe haven of Nicodermus is not what it appears. Caught between mysteries and lies, the undead, and her own inner demons, Jane soon finds herself on a dark path of blood and violence that threatens to consume her.

Katherine Deveraux never expected to be allied with Jane McKeene. But after the hell she has endured, she knows friends are hard to come by. Watching Jane’s back, however, is more than she bargained for, Katherine begins to fear that there is no happily-ever-after for girls like her.

‘George’ by Alex Gino

When people look at George, they think they see a boy. But she knows she’s not a boy. She knows she’s a girl.

George thinks she’ll have to keep this a secret forever. Then her teacher announces that their class play is going to be Charlotte’s Web. George really, really, REALLY wants to play Charlotte. But the teacher says she can’t even try out for the part . . . because she’s a boy. 

With the help of her best friend, Kelly, George comes up with a plan. Not just so she can be Charlotte — but so everyone can know who she is, once and for all.

Thanks for reading! Are any of these on your list or have you already read them – and what did you think? Let me know below!

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