Hello everyone! As some of you already know, June is Pride Month. Throughout the month of June, people from all around the world organize events to celebrate queer culture and to raise awareness about issues affecting the LBGTQ+ community. Over here at Quills and Stardust, we will be celebrating Pride Month throughout the month of June through a series of articles featuring queer literature and characters. Book recommendations, character spotlights, blogger and bookstagrammer shoutouts… I’ve got a lot of fun stuff planned for this month to properly celebrate Pride Month. So keep an eye out for all of these upcoming posts and to all of you joining us this month, both the queer and the queer-friendly, I wish you a very happy Pride Month.
To kick-start this month’s series of Pride posts, today I’ll be sharing with you all the books that I’ll be reading in the month of June. In the spirit of Pride Month, I went through my bookshelves and selected a few books that either feature queer culture as a central theme or which simply feature LGBTQ+ characters. I’ll probably not be able to read everything on this list this month, but my aim is to read at least 4 of these 6 books.
Without further delay, on to the books ^_^
My Pride 2019 Reading List
1. Call Me By Your Name By André Aciman
This is the story of a romance that blooms between an adolescent boy and a man who comes as a summer guest to his parents’ mansion on the Italian Riviera. While both at first try to feign indifference to each other, there mutual attraction soon becomes impossible to ignore. Set with the backdrop of a sultry Italian summer, what enfolds is the discovery of an intimacy and a passion that will change their lives forever.
2. The Price Of Salt (Also known as ‘Carol’ in certain editions) by Patricia Highsmith
Therese Belivet is a stage designer trapped in a joyless department store day job. Carol Aird is a suburban housewife currently going through a divorce. Their seemingly average realities suddenly takes a turn for the unexpected when they one day enter each other’s lives. At first finding salvation from their lives in each other, Therese and Carol very quickly fall in love and set out across the United States together. Soon after though, they begin to be pursued by a private investigator, who starts to blackmail Carol into choosing between her new lover, and the daughter she left behind.
3. Tin Man by Sarah Winman
Ellis and Michael meet when they are twelve years old and a deep friendship grows between them. Soon they are doing everything together, cycling in the streets of Oxford, teaching each other how to swim, discovering a shared love for poetry… And very soon, their friendship begins to turn into something stronger. But then we fast forward to a decade or so later and everything is different. Ellis is now married to a woman called Annie and Michael is nowhere to be seen. What could have happened in the years between then and now? Soon a story begins to emerge. One which is somewhat like a love story, but not entirely quite so.
4. Fingersmith by Sarah Waters
After being orphaned as an infant, Sue Trinder was left in the care of Mrs Sucksby, under whose tutelage she was raised to become a ‘fingersmith’, one of the many petty thieves employed in Mrs Sucksby’s household. One day, Sue receives an alluring proposition from a con man known as the Gentleman: To pose as a maid for Maud Lilly, a naïve noble woman, and help the Gentleman seduce her and steal her fortune. Eager to prove herself to her adopted family, Sue agrees to the plan. Soon though, once Sue comes to properly know Maud Lilly, she begins to care for her in very unexpected ways…
5. The Gentleman’s Guide To Vice And Virtue by Mackenzi Lee
Henry “Monty” Montague has spent a roguish youth full of gambling halls, unabashed drinking and romantic trysts with countless men and women. Now that he is set to take over his family’s estate and put his frivolous past behind him, he decides to embark on a Grand Tour of Europe and make the trip his final journey of hedonistic delights. Accompanying him is his best friend Percy, with whom he is completely in love with, unbeknownst to the other boy. However, what sets out to be a carefree trip of Europe soon takes a harrowing turn as the travelling companions become the targets of an unexpected manhunt.
6. The Gilded Wolves by Roshani Chokshi
1889, Paris. Séverin Montagnet-Alarie is a wealthy hotelier by day and a treasure-hunter by night. When he is contacted by an elite order and tasked with finding a treasure unlike anything he’s ever hunted before, he decides to put together a team of experts to help him in this peculiar quest. Joining him are a severely indebted engineer, an exiled historian, a dancer with a mysterious past and a comrade of arms. As the quest unfolds in ways none of them could have predicted, they soon begin to find themselves entangled in the dark and dangerous secrets of a Paris very different from the one they thought they knew.
So those are the books that I’ll be reading this Pride Month. To see my thoughts on these books, tune back in next month for my reading wrap-up, which will be posted in early July. You can also follow me on Goodreads here to get regular updates on my reading progress and to see my individual ratings and reviews for these books.
What will you be reading this Pride month? Share your book recommendations with me down in the comments below 🙂