Brigid Downey

June 18, 2020

Book Rainbow! | Pride 2020

HAPPY PRIDE! I’m so so excited to bring you a book rainbow this year. Every single book on this list has LGBTQIA+ representation and some of them have other representation. I will try to outline the diversity as I find it, but some of these books I haven’t read yet and if I got any of the diversity points wrong and you’ve read the book please correct me! I’m getting my information from internet research while trying not to spoil myself.

So without further ado–here are my picks for my 2020 LGBT Pride Book Rainbow!

{More about PRIDE Month in my History of Pride Post: https://brigiddowney.com/staging/1422/black-lives-matter-and-the-history-of-pride-month-the-stonewall-riots/]


Red, White, and Royal Blue | Casey McQuiston

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I can’t believe I haven’t read this book yet. I know, I’m a bad book blogger, but I haven’t read this book and upon reading further on it I need to. I recently ordered it from my local indie bookstore and I’m so excited for it to come!

[My local indie bookstore is A Room of One’s Own Books and Gifts in Madison, WI]

Belle Révolte | Linsey Miller

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This is another one I just ordered so I had to have two pink! (I could have had a third because I’m currently reading “It’s Not Like It’s a Secret”). This one is so intriguing to me. The author says most of the main characters are LGBT+ and they’re trying to break down the binary system they live in. I’m here for a good rebellion and I’m so excited to read it!


Dark and Deepest Red | Anna-Marie McLemore

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This is actually the last book I ordered in my most recent indie bookstore order. Josie actually found this one in an online ad and sent it to me. She knows I love fairytale retellings and as a dancer myself growing up I adore “The Red Shoes.” I’m really excited to read this one, it looks pretty intense.


Felix Ever After | Kacen Callender

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This book looks so cute, but also like it’s going to break my heart several times when I read it! A lot of these books I look up at the beginning of the year when the anticipated releases lists go out and then I forget about them. Felix Ever After was one of these books and I’m excited it made it’s way back on my list again.


The Song of Achilles | Madeline Miller

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So I had never heard of this one, but apparently Josie’s read it– and we own a copy! I’m just going to go add that to my teetering to-be-read pile now…


The Gilded Wolves

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I’m very excited to read this one and I think it’s because of the rich diversity the book claims to have. I have Filipino family who I know are always looking for more representation so I’m excited to read this one and see if I would recommend it to them.

[My cousin is actually a LGBTQIA+/Filipino artist and you can check her out here: https://www.instagram.com/lena_art1223/]


Girls of Paper and Fire | Natasha Ngan

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I’m freaking out about this book and I need to buy it ASAP. The cover is gorgeous, I keep hearing amazing things about it, and I just need more and more powerful rebellion girls in my life.


You Should See Me in a Crown

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This one is another one that’s going to get me emotional isn’t it? I’ve seen this one popping up on Twitter as it’s release date approaches and as someone who adores The Prom Musical I feel like I need to get my hands on this book!


We Set the Dark on Fire | Tehlor Kay Mejia

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You guys know I couldn’t do an LGBT Book haul without mentioning this book! If you’re sick of hearing me scream about it– sorry not sorry. I was just telling someone the other day that this book made me feel seen. I’m going to do a reread soon for pride month, but if you want a book with no white characters, a wlw love story that will pull on your heartstrings, and a kick-ass taking down the patriarchy rebellion– then you need to get your hands on this duology.

[Read my reviews of We Set the Dark on Fire and We Unleash the Merciless Storm.]

What LGBTQIA+ books have you read lately?

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