Diversity Spotlight Thursday #5: Queer Edition!

Good morning, biblio-dragons! Welcome back to another week of sharing fantastic diverse literature! The meme was created by the wonderful Aimal Farooq over at Bookshelves & Paperbacks in an effort to feature more diverse authors and books within the bookworm community! If you are interested in checking out this fun diversity party, just click the BOLD PINK WORDS!

**Please note that credit for the awesome banner featured in this post also goes to Aimal!!**


A Diverse Book That I’ve Read & Enjoyed!

The Abyss Surrounds Us by Emily Skrutskie is a queer, young adult, science-fiction novel that has a F/F romance. It’s a badass book about pirates, sea creatures, wonderful oceanic places, and what it’s like to lose your way only to find it in unexpected ways. I loved everything about it from the setting and world building to the multi-dimensional and diverse group of characters! If you want a book that’s fast-spaced with imaginative writing, check it out!

A Diverse Book That’s Been Released But I Haven’t Read (Yet)!

It Looks Like This by Rafi Mittlefehldt is an #OwnVoices, young adult, contemporary novel with a M/M romance. It’s about a kid named Mike, who’s father is a pastor to an evangelical church and overall wishes for a more jock-like son. Meanwhile, Mike meets a boy named Sean, the “new kid” in the neighbourhood. Playing games of basketball, partnering up for a school project, and then eventually spending a night together on the beach evolves their friendship into something more. A novel that explores being gay in a neat and tidy suburban world, this book sounds emotional and extraordinary. It came out in September 2016.

A Diverse Book That’s Not Been Released Yet!

The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice & Virtue by Mackenzie Lee basically takes Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda and tosses it into the 1700s! The protagonist is a bisexual and the romance is M/M. A young British lord, Henry “Monty” Montague, doesn’t care that his roguish passions are far from suitable for the gentleman he was born to be. But as Monty embarks on his grand tour of Europe, his quests for pleasure and vice are in danger of coming to an end. Not only does his father expect him to take over the family’s estate upon his return, but Monty is also nursing an impossible crush on his best friend and travelling companion, Percy. So Monty vows to make this yearlong escapade one last hedonistic hurrah and flirt with Percy from Paris to Rome. It releases on June 27th 2017.


6 thoughts on “Diversity Spotlight Thursday #5: Queer Edition!

  1. I am dying to get my hands on The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice & Virtue, especially since I keep on hearing it as a readalike to Simon. Rarely do we see historical fiction and LGBT representation, and so I’m so glad that’s changing! Thank you for doing Diversity Thursday Spotlight, they are so fun and enjoyable to browse through 🙂


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