Hi there, welcome back for another post!
This month is Pride Month, and so I thought I would put together a list of books that are great to read this time of year. So as we come to the end of June, why not check out one of these fantastic books?
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1. *‘Carry On’ by Rainbow Rowell
‘Carry On’ by Rainbow Rowell used to be one of my favourite books, and it was one of the first books I read that had an unexpected LGBTQ+ storyline. This book is refreshing in its move away from the typical boy/girl school relationship, and I loved the romantic element interwoven into this book.
I would really recommend this book for avid readers of Young Adult fiction.
2. * ‘The Price of Salt’ by Patricia Highsmith
I’ve actually not read this one, but a few weeks ago I featured a guest post which recommended this book as a good LGBTQ+ choice, and now I’d really like to give it a read!
This novel focuses on the romance between two women during the 1950s, and it is known for its explicit discussion of female sexuality. I think it sounds like the perfect read to try this June, and I’m definitely going to check it out soon.
3. * ‘The Well of Loneliness’ by Radclyffe Hall
I read this book quite a while ago, but it is known as the ultimate discussion of female sexuality. Published in 1928, Hall discusses the life of Stephen Gordon, an upper-class woman who must battle with prejudice and rumour concerning her sexuality, figuring out how to live her life under the scrutiny of a judgemental society.
This book is a revered piece of lesbian fiction, and so I would definitely recommend it to anyone wanting to explore expressions of female sexuality in the past.
4. ‘Tales of the City’ by Armistead Maupin
This is another title that I haven’t read yet- but I’m really excited to try it soon! My mum loves this series, which focuses on a vibrant LGBTQ+ community living in San Francisco during the 1970s and 1980s. Comprising of nine books, the series follows the characters through various storylines, depicting important events such as the AIDS crisis.
I’m really excited to try the * first book in this series. As an LGBTQ+ author himself, Maupin encountered a lot of prejudice when his books first came out, and the televised series was eventually cancelled due to the themes discussed. However, you can check out a new mini-series on Netflix which leads on from the original TV series.
5. * ‘Rubyfruit Jungle’ by Rita Mae Brown
I’m currently reading this book and I would really recommend it for an honest exploration of female sexuality- and the way in which sexuality cannot always be confined to a defintion. ‘Rubyfruit Jungle’ is also an important lesbian text, written during the 1970s and depicting the story of a young girl who is fearless and “boy-ish”.
I’m looking forward to sharing all my thoughts on this book in the next few days, so stay tuned for a full review!
I hope there’s some helpful recommendations on this list- I’m super excited to try a couple of the titles that I haven’t read yet, and I really recommend those that I’ve already tried. All of these titles offer a greater understanding of the struggles of the LGBTQ+ community- both in the past, and in society today.
If you’re looking for more about some of the themes discussed in these books, feel free to check out my latest article for The Mantle.
Have you read any of these titles? Would you like to try any of them now? Have you got any LGBTQ+ recommendations? Let me know all your thoughts in the comments below.
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