Ah, it’s Saturday afternoon and chances are that I am currently curled up in bed with my dearest Sir Khebbertons, which isn’t a bad way to spend a weekend that is supposed to be cool and cloudy but is instead infested with grotesque heat and sunshine.
If you saw my Currently Reading post from earlier, you may have noticed that one of the books I’m working on is an adult Queer contemporary with a bisexual main character. As someone who has struggled with their sexuality for a while (I feel like I have bits of this and a splash of that) and has been feeling too insecure to figure it out (which I’m actually diligently working on), the book triggered a desire in me to read more literature with bisexual characters.
So far, most of the books that I’ve come across are from the young adult genre. A lot of the adult ones are quite heavy on the sexual interactions or are blatant erotica, which I’m usually not a huge fan of, although I don’t mind the occasional dabbling here and there. I know many fellow bloggers and bookworms also had plenty of wonderful things to say about most of the novels listed here, which makes me more inclined at checking them out (literally as I have every single one of these on my library hold list at the moment).
Queens of Geek by Jen Wilde
Queens of Geek is an #OwnVoices Queer YA contemporary novel about three friends who attend a convention together and two of them find romance. The main character is a bisexual girl and there are many other Queer characters in the novel. This interests me because I remember it being one of the first bisexual novels that was marketed by bloggers upon its release, but the added bonus of geek culture sounds positively superb.
The Brightsiders by Jen Wilde
The Brightsiders is authored by the same lady as above and this one revolves around a bisexual girl who’s also a rock-star that must navigate through a break-up, coming out, and finding love in places that shall only complicate her life—especially as a member of a band—much more than it already is. I love the idea of a girl in a band falling in love with band mates or experiencing love in unorthodox ways, so on the list it went.
Not Your Sidekick by C.B. Lee
Not Your Sidekick is an #OwnVoices Chinese-Vietnamese American and #OwnVoices Queer YA superhero story about a young girl who’s trying to survive high school as being the only member of her family who doesn’t have superpowers. Then she discovers a seemingly perfect and paid internship in order to add some pizazz to her college applications. The only downside is that the internship is for the town’s shadiest supervillain. I love villains and villain-adjacents, so I’m super curious to see how the protagonist handles this new internship. Also, the story just sounds like it’s going to be a lot of fun.
Necrotech by K.C. Alexander
Necrotech is an #OwnVoices Queer, cyberpunk, science-fiction novel about a girl who wakes up in a strange laboratory only to discover that her girlfriend was taken from her and turned into a cybernetic zombie, essentially. Pissed off and hurting, the protagonist goes on a vengeful, violent, and vulgar mission to stop the arseholes who did this to her and her loved one. The cover is badass and I’m a sucker for cyberpunk narratives. I did try to read this a couple of years ago, but made the mistake of picking it up during a rut. This time I’m looking forward to giving it my full, book-addicted attention!
Reign of the Fallen by Sarah Glenn Marsh
Reign of the Fallen is a YA fantasy, supernatural novel (and I believe it’s also #OwnVoices Queer, but I’m not 100% sure) about a Necromancer who experiences a terrible loss when her partner accidentally sees a dead spirit. As she mourns the loss and tries to solve the mystery behind the arrival of more dead spirits in the world, she starts to fall for her late partner’s sister. I like supernatural narratives, and this one sounds like it may be quite dark. Plus, necromancers are usually badass. Let’s hope the protagonist is too.
Turning Japanese by MariNaomi
Turning Japanese is an #OwnVoices Japanese-American adult graphic memoir about the authors time working illegally at host bars, while trying to find a way to connect with her Japanese roots and heritage. Of course, the number one reason I wanted to read this is because it’s non-fiction Japanese story and I’m obsessed with Japanese literature. The second reason is that it sounds like it’s going to be an immensely fascinating tale of self-identity and self-exploration that I may be able to relate to on a few levels.
Beneath the Citadel by Destiny Soria
Beneath the Citadel is a YA fantasy novel (I’m not sure if this is #OwnVoices Queer, but if you do, please let me know in the comments so that when I review it, I can list it as #OwnVoices!) that follows the orphaned daughter of rebels that resides in a city called Eldra, where old prophecies rule the oppressive powers of the High Council. In order to keep fighting the Council, the girl named Cassa, together with her mates, goes on a quest to unravel the mystery of the last prophecy to help them with their cause. There wasn’t anything distinctly unique about the premise that caught my attention, but for some reason reading over it made me very curious about the story within the pages. Also, the cover is kind of neat.
Those are the six novels on my immediate TBR list, and I shall start reading them as soon as my holds come in from the library. If you have any recommendations for me of books with bisexual protagonists, regardless of the gender, please drop them in the comments down below! I’d be immensely appreciative. Bonus hugs and love if the books are authored by POC (people of colour) and/or are #OwnVoices Queer. Genres I like are contemporary, science-fiction, fantasy, and historical fiction; adult or young adult.
Hope y’all have a pleasant rest of the weekend.
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