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Top 5 PRIDE books

Hello friends!! Welcome to Top 5 Tuesday!! This week’s topic is top 5 PRIDE books!!

Yes, it is PRIDE month!! 🏳️‍🌈 🏳️‍🌈 🏳️‍🌈 🏳️‍🌈 🏳️‍🌈 HUZZAH!! Honestly, June is one of my most favourite months (not just because it’s my birthday month). I love all things PRIDE, not least because it’s my people. But it’s also fun and joyous and colourful!! And it’s about time we celebrate that people can be themselves, whatever that means. And that we can see all of true selves in literature now. Which is absolutely something to celebrate!!

Anyway, we’re here this week to talk about all the PRIDE books on our ‘read’ shelves. And I am so excited, because I just finished a book last night that is absolutely going to make this list. So that’s twice this week that I can shout about this book. This list is going to feature a whole bunch of books that have bisexual characters, because I want to celebrate my little B under the LGBTQ+ umbrella. 🩷💜💙

The April to June 2024 topics are out now!! Top 5 Tuesday was created by Shanah @ Bionic Book Worm, and is now being hosted here @ Meeghan reads.

Let’s look at my top 5 (read) PRIDE books.

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top 5 PRIDE books

The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo — Taylor Jenkins Reid

The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid

NOTE: I finished this book in one day — yesterday to be exact. And it made me laugh and cry and have so many emotions. It was amazing and I probably won’t stop thinking about it for quite some time.

Aging and reclusive Hollywood movie icon Evelyn Hugo is finally ready to tell the truth about her glamorous and scandalous life. But when she chooses unknown magazine reporter Monique Grant for the job, no one is more astounded than Monique herself. Why her? Why now?

Monique is not exactly on top of the world. Her husband has left her, and her professional life is going nowhere. Regardless of why Evelyn has selected her to write her biography, Monique is determined to use this opportunity to jumpstart her career.

Summoned to Evelyn’s luxurious apartment, Monique listens in fascination as the actress tells her story. From making her way to Los Angeles in the 1950s to her decision to leave show business in the ‘80s, and, of course, the seven husbands along the way. Evelyn unspools a tale of ruthless ambition, unexpected friendship, and a great forbidden love. Monique begins to feel a very real connection to the legendary star. But as Evelyn’s story nears its conclusion, it becomes clear that her life intersects with Monique’s own in tragic and irreversible ways.

Perfect on Paper — Sophie Gonzales

NOTE: Just the most wonderful YA story about a smol bisexual disaster. Darcy reminds me so much of myself at that age, and this book make me BAWL my eyes out.

Her advice, spot on. Her love life, way off.

Darcy Phillips:

  • Can give you the solution to any of your relationship woes ― for a fee.
  • Uses her power for good. Most of the time.
  • Really cannot stand Alexander Brougham.
  • Has maybe not the best judgement when it comes to her best friend, Brooke… who is in love with someone else.
  • Does not appreciate being blackmailed.

However, when Brougham catches her in the act of collecting letters from locker 89 ― out of which she’s been running her questionably legal, anonymous relationship advice service ― that’s exactly what happens. In exchange for keeping her secret, Darcy begrudgingly agrees to become his personal dating coach ― at a generous hourly rate, at least. The goal? To help him win his ex-girlfriend back.

Darcy has a good reason to keep her identity secret. If word gets out that she’s behind the locker, some things she’s not proud of will come to light, and there’s a good chance Brooke will never speak to her again.

Okay, so all she has to do is help an entitled, bratty, (annoyingly hot) guy win over a girl who’s already fallen for him once? What could go wrong?

Perfect on Paper by Sophie Gonzales

The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue — Mackenzi Lee

The Gentleman's Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzi Lee

NOTE: Oh, what’s this? Another bisexual disaster? I might have a type… or I am a type?? This book gave me so much joy, while making me want to scream simultaneously. A wondrous time.

Henry “Monty” Montague was born and bred to be a gentleman, but he was never one to be tamed. The finest boarding schools in England and the constant disapproval of his father haven’t been able to curb any of his roguish passions not for gambling halls, late nights spent with a bottle of spirits, or waking up in the arms of women or men.

But as Monty embarks on his Grand Tour of Europe, his quest for a life filled with pleasure and vice is 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 traveling companion, Percy.

Still it isn’t in Monty’s nature to give up. Even with his younger sister, Felicity, in tow, he vows to make this year-long escapade one last hedonistic hurrah and flirt with Percy from Paris to Rome. But when one of Monty’s reckless decisions turns their trip abroad into a harrowing manhunt that spans across Europe, it calls into question everything he knows, including his relationship with the boy he adores.

The Kings of Nowhere — C.G. Drews

NOTE: ACTUALLY CRYING OVER THESE CHARACTERS. If I loved them less, I might be able to talk about it more. (Yes, I am willing to steal from Emma to explain my emotions here.)

The Kings of Nowhere is the second book in The Boy Who Steals Houses series. The below blurb is for this book (and I have removed the two lines that are spoilers for book 1). But you should definitely read them in order.

Avery Lou has given up stealing houses now he’s meant to build them. Forced to stay with the De Lainey family, Avery feels like he’s drowning. He hates that Sam chose the De Lainey’s instead of running away with him. And he hates working in their construction company while Vin, the thief who hurt Sam, still walks free. Avery wants revenge.

Swapping the sharp-edged world of burglary and car theft for the homey chaos of big family life is a wild adjustment, and Avery’s determined to sabotage his time with the De Lainey’s. Avery just has to stay immune to Jeremy’s charming shenanigans. Easy… sort of. But Avery’s war against Vin has brought trouble to the De Lainey door and he can’t survive this fight alone.

The Kings of Nowhere by C. G. Drews

Heartstopper — Alice Oseman

Heartstopper Volume 1 by Alice Oseman

NOTE: I have no more words, only tears. If you don’t know about Heartstopper you should really rectify that. Even if it’s through Netflix. (And if you do watch the show, feel free to check out my post on Isaac and his books.)

Charlie, a highly-strung, openly gay over-thinker, and Nick, a cheerful, soft-hearted rugby player, meet at a British all-boys grammar school. Friendship blooms quickly, but could there be something more…?

Charlie Spring is in Year 10 at Truham Grammar School for Boys. The past year hasn’t been too great, but at least he’s not being bullied anymore. Nick Nelson is in Year 11 and on the school rugby team. He’s heard a little about Charlie the kid who was outed last year and bullied for a few months but he’s never had the opportunity to talk to him.

They quickly become friends, and soon Charlie is falling hard for Nick, even though he doesn’t think he has a chance. But love works in surprising ways, and sometimes good things are waiting just around the corner…

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What are your top 5 PRIDE books?

until next time, happy reading! Meeghan xo

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