Rec me Sunday is a new series on Fictionally Sam where I basically give you recommendation of books based on different topics/tropes that will wreck you in all the best ways possible!
Happy Pride month storytellers! Not only does this month mark my entering the world on the back of a unicorn, but it also marks the celebration and awareness of the LGBTQIA+ community!
Usually my rec me Sundays are books that I have read, however with it being Pride month I wanted to do something LGBT themed–which brings me to my confession…I haven’t read a lot of books that have LGBT rep in it–well at least with reputable representation–that I would be comfortable making an actual post for. I am working on fixing this, so I thought it would be fun to show you the books that I do plan on reading!
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Everything Leads To You by Nina LaCour
A love letter to the craft and romance of film and fate in front of—and behind—the camera from the award-winning author of Hold Still.
A wunderkind young set designer, Emi has already started to find her way in the competitive Hollywood film world.
Emi is a film buff and a true romantic, but her real-life relationships are a mess. She has desperately gone back to the same girl too many times to mention. But then a mysterious letter from a silver screen legend leads Emi to Ava. Ava is unlike anyone Emi has ever met. She has a tumultuous, not-so-glamorous past, and lives an unconventional life. She’s enigmatic…. She’s beautiful. And she is about to expand Emi’s understanding of family, acceptance, and true romance.
My bisexual heart beats for a good f/f romance, and based off of the reviews I have read, this one delivers! I loved LaCour’s writing style in her book “We Are Okay” so I am excited to see her style again in this piece!
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The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzie Lee
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 yearlong 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.
You are probably wondering what on earth a Historical Fiction book is doing on my rec list. Well, let me explain–see what had happened was, I met Lee at my cities teen book convention (she is terribly sweet and terrific) and the way she described her novels (this and its sequel) I was sold. She read a little excerpt from the sequel and I was entranced and laughing by the end of it and wanted her to continue. After that, I hauled my curvy ass towards the conventions book shop, picked up the series and patiently waited in line to meet her in person and get them signed.
And this my friends is why Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue, a historical fiction novel, is on my rec list. Because I am gullible when things are pitched well.
The Brightsiders by Jen Wilde
A teen rockstar has to navigate family, love, coming out, and life in the spotlight after being labeled the latest celebrity trainwreck in Jen Wilde’s quirky and utterly relatable novel.
As a rock star drummer in the hit band The Brightsiders, Emmy King’s life should be perfect. But there’s nothing the paparazzi love more than watching a celebrity crash and burn. When a night of partying lands Emmy in hospital and her girlfriend in jail, she’s branded the latest tabloid train wreck.
Luckily, Emmy has her friends and bandmates, including the super-swoonworthy Alfie, to help her pick up the pieces of her life. She knows hooking up with a band member is exactly the kind of trouble she should be avoiding, and yet Emmy and Alfie Just. Keep. Kissing.
Will the inevitable fallout turn her into a clickbait scandal (again)? Or will she find the strength to stand on her own?
I am trash for anything Jen Wilde throws at me, so I am honestly shocked that I haven’t gotten around to reading this beauty yet. With a promise of a diverse cast and amazing queer rep–I am excited to delve into this world that Wilde has created for us. I do have to note that based off the reviews I have read from those I trust, this book does have trigger warnings which I will list below. If you are thinking about picking this book up alongside of me, please keep these in mind and always practice self care!
🚨TW:🚨 Biphobia, Transphobia, Homophobia, Abuse, Emotional Manipulation, Alcohol Abuse, and Anxiety
Pulp by Robin Talley
In 1955, eighteen-year-old Janet Jones keeps the love she shares with her best friend Marie a secret. It’s not easy being gay in Washington, DC, in the age of McCarthyism, but when she discovers a series of books about women falling in love with other women, it awakens something in Janet. As she juggles a romance she must keep hidden and a newfound ambition to write and publish her own story, she risks exposing herself—and Marie—to a danger all too real.
Sixty-two years later, Abby Zimet can’t stop thinking about her senior project and its subject—classic 1950s lesbian pulp fiction. Between the pages of her favorite book, the stresses of Abby’s own life are lost to the fictional hopes, desires and tragedies of the characters she’s reading about. She feels especially connected to one author, a woman who wrote under the pseudonym “Marian Love,” and becomes determined to track her down and discover her true identity.
In this novel told in dual narratives, New York Times bestselling author Robin Talley weaves together the lives of two young women connected across generations through the power of words. A stunning story of bravery, love, how far we’ve come and how much farther we have to go.
I am completely ignoring the fact that this has historical fiction elements in it, simply because the first time I read the synopsis of this book, I was instantly pulled in–by what? I’m not sure. I feel a connection already to this world, and am invested in these characters without having read a single page. I pray to God that this is a bop, because if it isn’t…mah heart.
Girls of Paper and Fire by Natasha Ngan
Each year, eight beautiful girls are chosen as Paper Girls to serve the king. It’s the highest honor they could hope for…and the most cruel.
But this year, there’s a ninth girl. And instead of paper, she’s made of fire.
In this lush fantasy, Lei is a member of the Paper caste, the lowest and most oppressed class in Ikhara. She lives in a remote village with her father, where the decade-old trauma of watching her mother snatched by royal guards still haunts her. Now, the guards are back, and this time it’s Lei they’re after–the girl whose golden eyes have piqued the king’s interest.
Over weeks of training in the opulent but stifling palace, Lei and eight other girls learn the skills and charm that befit being a king’s consort. But Lei isn’t content to watch her fate consume her. Instead, she does the unthinkable–she falls in love. Her forbidden romance becomes enmeshed with an explosive plot that threatens the very foundation of Ikhara, and Lei, still the wide-eyed country girl at heart, must decide just how far she’s willing to go for justice and revenge.
I am ashamed to say that this has been sitting on my stack of books for the hottest of minutes, and I had absolutley no clue that this book contained a f/f romance. To say I was shocked when I found out would be an understatement. An own-voice Asain fantasy novel, Girls of Paper and Fire is said to be full of queer rep, demons, half-demons, and kick ass females. I need to read this ASAP!
Like before, this book does come with trigger warnings from both the author/publisher as well as it’s reviewers, which can be found below. If you do decide to pick this book up, please keep these in mind and always practice self care!
🚨TW:🚨 Rape, Physical and Sexual Abuse, Opression, Slut-Shaming, and Violence
What are you favorite LGBTQIA+ books? Let me know!