Hello bookworms!! Welcome to Top 5 Tuesday!! This week’s topic is a freebie! I have slightly adjusted my topic for this week, which is now top 5 queer books on my TBR.
My plan for this week was to rave about all the latest queer books that I have read this month. And now it’s the second last day of the month, and I haven’t even finished two books. Or my May wrap-up. It’s pretty fair to say that June kicked my butt. But eventually I will catch up!! I’m not sure when eventually will happen, but I hope it’s soon!!
If you missed the June topics post, please click here, and I will actually be posting either the July-September topics or the July-December topics later this week!! I just can’t decide how far down the road I want to go. What’s your preference?? Top 5 Tuesday was created by Shanah @ Bionic Book Worm, and is now being hosted here @ Meeghan reads.
top 5 queer books on my TBR
The Witch King – H.E. Edgmon
The Witch King is one that I got for my birthday this month, and I am super keen to read it!! I’ve heard nothing but absolutely amazing things about it so far, and I’m hoping to read it in July!!
Wyatt would give anything to forget where he came from—but a kingdom demands its king.
In Asalin, fae rule and witches like Wyatt Croft… don’t. Wyatt’s betrothal to his best friend, fae prince Emyr North, was supposed to change that. But when Wyatt lost control of his magic one devastating night, he fled to the human world.
Now a coldly distant Emyr has hunted him down. Despite transgender Wyatt’s newfound identity and troubling past, Emyr has no intention of dissolving their engagement. In fact, he claims they must marry now or risk losing the throne. Jaded, Wyatt strikes a deal with the enemy, hoping to escape Asalin forever. But as he gets to know Emyr, Wyatt realizes the boy he once loved may still exist. And as the witches face worsening conditions, he must decide once and for all what’s more important — his people or his freedom.
Jay’s Gay Agenda – Jason June
Another adorable birthday book is Jay’s Gay Agenda. I actually thought this one was a standalone, but it looks like it has a sequel coming… I can’t deal with heartache, so it might go on the pile for a ‘closer to sequel release date’ read!!
There’s one thing Jay Collier knows for sure — he’s a statistical anomaly as the only out gay kid in his small rural Washington town. While all this friends can’t stop talking about their heterosexual hookups and relationships, Jay can only dream of his own firsts, compiling a romance to-do list of all the things he hopes to one day experience — his Gay Agenda.
Then, against all odds, Jay’s family moves to Seattle and he starts his senior year at a new high school with a thriving LGBTQIA+ community. For the first time ever, Jay feels like he’s found where he truly belongs, where he can flirt with Very Sexy Boys and search for love. But as Jay begins crossing items off his list, he’ll soon be torn between his heart and his hormones, his old friends and his new ones… because after all, life and love don’t always go according to plan.
Blanca & Roja – Anne-Marie McLemore
I have to admit, I got a very good haul for my birthday this year… and Blanca & Roja is another one. This one is a retelling of Swan Lake, and we all know how much I love retellings. This one IS a standalone, and it’s been on my wishlist for ages!!
The biggest lie of all is the story you think you already know.
The del Cisne girls have never just been sisters; they’re also rivals. Blanca as obedient and graceful as Roja is vicious and manipulative. They know that, because of a generations-old spell, their family is bound to a bevy of swans deep in the woods. They know that, one day, the swans will pull them into a dangerous game that will leave one of them a girl, and trap the other in the body of a swan.
But when two local boys become drawn into the game, the swans’ spell intertwines with the strange and unpredictable magic lacing the woods, and all four of their fates depend on facing truths that could either save or destroy them. Blanca & Roja is the captivating story of sisters, friendship, love, hatred, and the price we pay to protect our hearts.
We Contain Multitudes – Sarah Henstra
I got a copy of We Contain Multitudes for Christmas last year… and I still haven’t read it. Although to be fair, I’m sure there are books that I got for Christmas the year before that, which I also haven’t read. Let’s not go down that path!!
I think this one is going to smash my heart into a million pieces though… so we’re saving it for when I need a good cry.
Jonathan Hopkirk and Adam “Kurl” Kurlansky are partnered in English class, writing letters to one another in a weekly pen pal assignment. With each letter, the two begin to develop a friendship that eventually grows into love. But with homophobia, bullying, and devastating family secrets, Jonathan and Kurl struggle to overcome their conflicts and hold onto their relationship… and each other.
Cemetery Boys – Aiden Thomas
With all the screwing around it took for me to get a copy of this book (almost 6 months of delays and order cancellations), I finally got this. And it has sat on my shelf almost ever since. I have actually read the first 30 pages. But it was months ago now, and so I think I’ll need to start it again when I get some free time!! BUT, I feel like it will also be a good October book…
Yadriel has summoned a ghost, and now he can’t get rid of him.
When his traditional Latinx family has problems accepting his gender, Yadriel becomes determined to prove himself a real brujo. With the help of his cousin and best friend Maritza, he performs the ritual himself, and then sets out to find the ghost of his murdered cousin and set it free.
However, the ghost he summons is actually Julian Diaz, the school’s resident bad boy, and Julian is not about to go quietly into death. He’s determined to find out what happened and tie up some loose ends before he leaves. Left with no choice, Yadriel agrees to help Julian, so that they can both get what they want. But the longer Yadriel spends with Julian, the less he wants to let him leave
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