10 LGBTQ+ books to read for Pride month

Happy Pride Month! We’ve curated a list of 10 LGBTQ+ books to get you reading in June and beyond. Whether you’re into forbidden romance, cosy crime, deliciously gay fantasy, or you’re looking for a guide to coming out, we’ve got something for you.

LESBIAN ROMANCE

When Sparks Fly by Kristen Zimmer

After a lifetime in the care system, Britton ends up living with Avery. Beautiful, popular and cool, Avery is everything Britton is not. And Britton knows the way her heart races whenever Avery enters the room can only mean one thing. Can two such different people ever find common ground?

When Sparks Fly is an unforgettable new adult lesbian romance, which is guaranteed to make you laugh and cry. Clear your schedule, because you won’t want to stop reading until you finish this book!

COzY CRIME

A Body on the Doorstep by Marty Wingate

Fiercely independent Mabel Canning can’t wait to begin working for the Useful Women’s Agency. But when she discovers a body on her client’s doorstep, it’s time to add solving murders to her job description…

This first book in the totally unputdownable London Ladies’ Murder Club series, set in the 1920s, introduces Cora and Skeff, an utterly brilliant lesbian couple. Two women in love solving murder mysteries. What more could you want?

HISTORICAL FICTION

The Company Daughters by Samantha Rajaram

Amsterdam, 1620. With no other choice, Jana and Sontje are forced to sign with the East India Company as Company Daughters: sailing to a colonial Dutch outpost to become the brides of male settlers they know nothing about. With fear in their hearts, the girls begin their journey – but what awaits them on the other side of the world is nothing like what they’ve been promised.

The Company Daughters was the finalist for the 2021 Bisexual Book Awards and the winner of the 2021 Golden Crown Literary Society Award for Debut Fiction. Based on true history, it’s absolutely unputdownable.

Romcom

About Last Night by Laura Henry

Audrey is starting over after a breakup. Then she had an unforgettable night with the most drop-dead gorgeous woman she’s ever seen in her life… who she’s been trying not to think about ever since. But then on her first morning at her new job, she walks into someone. The woman she last saw in her bed, is now technically her boss.

A fabulously feel-good, sexy, lesbian romcom that will have you glued to the pages until you’ve laughed till you cry! Did we mention a hiking guide with perfectly toned arms and sparkling sky-blue eyes?

Out on 19th July.

family drama

The Girl Who Couldn’t Leave by Catherine Miller

It’s been 1,825 days since Fiona Dexter last set foot outside 14 Wellington Drive. Five years ago, something happened that changed Fiona forever. Now she is too afraid to walk beyond her front gate. But today, her day is suddenly interrupted by a knock at the door and a stranger on the other side. Someone who could change everything.

The Girl Who Couldn’t Leave is the perfect hopeful and heart-warming read we all need!

LESBIAN ROMANCE

Forbidden Girl by Kristen Zimmer

She is your father’s deadliest rival. You’ve been taught to hate her. But what if you can’t resist her?

This wickedly steamy and gritty FF mafia romance is full of intense passion and irresistible desire, and is sure to get your heart rate up! Think hot lesbians and mafia rivalry. Forbidden Girl is like nothing you’ve ever read.

Out on 2nd July.

CHICK LIT

The Weekend Trip by Joanna Bolouri

Five old friends. Two new partners. One big problem… When Alex goes home to Ireland to be reunited with her oldest friends after a decade, it becomes clear that they are very different women than the girls they once were.

The drama-driven storyline of bisexual Rebecca and her partner Christine, among other friends’ affairs, will have you gasping and laughing out loud.

HISTORICAL FICTION

The Berlin Wife’s Vow by Marion Kummerow

Berlin, 1944. Edith Falkenstein weeps with joy when the crowds of brave women protesting on Rosenstrasse manage to save their Jewish relatives, including her husband Julius, from deportation to the camps. Their apartment, long stripped of its luxurious furnishings, has become a place of secret shelter—though it puts all their lives at risk. But as bombs rain a thunder of devastation on the city, their only option is to flee.

In The Berlin Wife’s Vow, you’ll meet Knut and Bernd, a lovely same-sex couple with a tragic story. It’s a gripping, heartbreaking read.

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FANTASy

Heir to Thorn and Flame by Ben Alderson

When the heir to the throne attacks Max, he accidentally responds with a lethal burst of magic. Max is certain he will be executed. Instead, the king forces him to take on the identity and duties of the heir. That includes an arranged marriage to the dangerously attractive Prince Camron. Living a lie, Max knows he can trust no one. Not Camron. And definitely not Simion, a handsome, dragon-riding spy sent to test his loyalty.

Heir to Thorn and Flame is the first book of a passionate and page-turning fantasy romance series that will have you reading late into the night.

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non-fiction

Love is Love by Matthew Mackinnon and Ryan Payne

Packed with bite-size entries, tips and advice on everything from coming out to working through some of the confusing feelings you might have, looking after your mental health, finding your tribe and feeling confident in your own skin, Matthew and Ryan have created the ultimate guidebook they wish they’d been given when they were discovering who they were.

Love is Love will help you navigate your journey through the rainbow and show you how to be proud to be authentically YOU!

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