Book Recommendations: Pride Month Edition – 10 Books with Bisexual and Pansexual Rep to Read During Pride Month!

A warm welcome back to the Book Rack, friends! We’re back with yet another book recommendation post and I’m so excited to share today’s list of books that you can all read during Pride – and beyond Pride Month!

Check out our last blog post here!


Hang the Moon by Alexandria Bellefleur

  • In need of a great book that acknowledges that bisexuals are still queer, regardless of if they're in a straight presenting relationship? How about a book that takes special care to include consent in its sex scenes? Or perhaps you just need a book with an adorable love story that might inspire you to go out and make a fresh start of your own? This is the book for you! 

  • Hang the Moon reads like a classic rom-com, updated for the 21st century. Bellefleur peppers the book with Seattle landmarks and traditions and occasional nods to classic rom-com films. Snappy banter and modern dating humor brighten this grounded yet optimistic romance, and though the story feels complete, readers will ache for just a few more pages as they fall in love right along with Brendon and Annie.

  • Each story has astrology themes and the series is tied together by a made up dating app that uses astrology to match people.

 


The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater

  • This first in a four-novel series draws readers into a world where time enfolds hauntingly, and magic informs reality.

  • Equal parts thriller and mystery, with a measured dash of romance sprinkled on top, The Raven Boys is an intricately layered read that will probably leave you with more questions than answers.

  • Blue is the daughter of the town psychic in Henrietta, Virginia, but is too practical to believe in things like spirits or true love. Her policy is to stay away from Aglionby boys...but it may be that one in particular can change her mind about magic, and maybe even love.

 


The Chosen and the Beautiful by Nghi Vo

  • Immigrant. Socialite. Magician. The American immigrant narrative that Gatsby always should have been.

  • The novel tells the classic story from the viewpoint of Jordan Baker, who in this iteration is Vietnamese-American, queer, and a latent practitioner of magic. Nick Carraway and Jay Gatsby play supporting roles to Jordan and Daisy, and Vo's storytelling makes it easy to believe that magic and queerness were always lurking under the surface of Fitzgerald's fictional world.

  • With its rich prose and beautiful imagery, this is the perfect read for fans of the original source material, The Great Gatsby, and new readers alike.

 


Conversations with Friends by Sally Rooney

  • Conversations With Friends follows the lives of Francis and Bobbi, best friends and undergrads who befriend Nick and Melissa, a married couple in their 30s, quickly becoming ensnared in the drama of the pair’s romantic and personal lives.

  • It’s a quick, witty, and fun read, with characters that are salaciously insufferable, and always entertaining.

  • It’s also being adapted into a miniseries from Hulu/the BBC slated for release in 2022, so get ahead of the zeitgeist and read it today!

 


Blue Flag, Volume 1 by Kaito

  • Love is already hard enough, but it becomes an unnavigable maze for unassuming high school student Taichi Ichinose and his shy classmate Futaba Kuze when they begin to fall for each other after their same-sex best friends have already fallen for them.

  • Coming of age and first loves are rarely as cut and dry as we would like. Blue Flag embraces that confusion and messiness, creating a series that is as heartfelt as it is heartbreaking. This manga toes the line between bitter and sweet at times, but man is it worth it.

  • I wish we had more series like this instead of empty glitter and overused plots. 

 


Once & Future by Cory McCarthy and A.R. Capetta

  • This is a feminist Arthurian retelling but set in space! 

  • Legends as you've never seen them! The titans of Arthurian myth are recast as a diverse group representing a variety of races, sexual orientation, and gender identity.

  • The story unfolds from both Ari and Merlin's alternating points of view.

 


The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid

  • Evelyn Hugo, a starlet from the 50’s - 80’s, reminded me of Elizabeth Taylor, an entitled beauty who expected to get all she ever wanted.

  • Evelyn chooses an insignificant journalist, Monique Grant, to interview her and write her exclusive life story.

  • It’s a love story of a strong, courageous woman, who’s seven husbands were merely a “backdrop” in her life! 

 


Bonds of Brass by Emily Skrutskie

  • A young pilot risks everything to save his best friend—the man he trusts most and might even love—only to learn that his friend is secretly the heir to a brutal galactic empire.

  • A fast-paced space opera with heart and style, Bonds of Brass had me screaming KISS ALREADY on every page.

  • This book started as Finn/Poe fanfic and we are here for it! 

 


Dowry of Blood by S.T. Gibson

  • A Dowry of Blood is an exquisitely written retelling of Dracula’s brides told in the format of a letter to Dracula himself, written from one of his scorned wives.

  • I was completely enamored by this short yet powerful expression of love, obsession, desire, and power.

  • Featuring queer and polyamorous representation, this is a brilliant and inclusive reimagining that left me blown away.

 


Some Girls Do by Jennifer Dugan

  • In this YA contemporary queer romance from the author of Hot Dog Girl, an openly gay track star falls for a closeted, bisexual teen beauty queen with a penchant for fixing up old cars.

  • Some Girls Do illustrates the complexities of navigating your own identity under the guise of family expectations, and that coming out hardly ever as simple as it seems.

  • Opposites attract and inspire in this beautiful and emotional novel of self-discovery.