Happy Tuesday friends! Pride month is here, and this year, there are some amazing books coming out that I absolutely cannot wait to read. Dive in below to see the Top 5 Pride Books of 2023 on my TBR!
Today’s topic is actually a prompt from Top 5 Tuesday, a weekly bookish meme originally created by The Bionic Bookworm and now being hosted by Meeghan Reads.
Top 5 Pride Books Of 2023 On My TBR
If you have seen my list of most anticipated book releases for summer 2023, then you already know that this summer I am excited to dive into many LGBTQ+ stories about love, family, and coming of age. Without further ado, here are the top 5 pride books of 2023 that I plan on reading before the end of summer this year.
1. The Dos And Donuts Of Love by Adiba Jaigirdar
Baking competition, second chance romance, and a plus-sized, queer Bangladeshi protagonist? YES, please! I am actually currently reading The Dos And Donuts Of Love and I am finding the story incredibly adorable. Stay tuned for my review at the end of the week!
2. Going Bicoastal by Dahlia Adler
I love stories about what-ifs and summer romances, and Going Bicoastal by Dahlia Adler sounds like it’s right up my alley.
A lovely YA romance novel where in two alternate timelines, we see our protagonists living out two very different summers–one in which she stays with her dad and asks out the girl she has been crushing on, and another in which she mends bridges with her estranged mother and meets a guy she never thought she would run into–Going Bicoastal is next on my Pride Books Of 2023 TBR and it’s giving me the same vibes as Netflix’s Look Both Ways, but with a queer, YA twist.
3. Saint Juniper’s Folly by Alex Crespo
As much as I love fluffy summer romances, I am also a big fan of thrillers, fantasy, and mystery. So of course, Saint Juniper’s Folly by Alex Crespo is going to be on my list of the top 5 pride books of 2023.
An upcoming debut YA novel about the lives of three teenagers living in Saint Juniper, Vermont, Saint Juniper’s Folly is a story about a boy trapped in a haunted house in the woods, a witch with a troubled past who is banned from practicing magic, and a boy who discovers there is so much more happening in the small town he is trying to escape than he could ever dream of.
4. Lush Lives By J. Vanessa Lyon
A queer story about two ambitious women in NYC trying to make their careers in the arts, Lush Lives by J. Vanessa Lyon sounds like the perfect high-stakes, high-drama love story that I like to binge-read during summer. Bonus points for having a plot that also centers around literature research! For these reasons, Lush Lives is on my TBR for Pride Books of 2023.
5. The Salt Grows Heavy by Cassandra Khaw
I fell in love with Cassandra Khaw’s writing when I read her horror novella These Deathless Bones. I have been wanting to read more of her works since then, but her titles are unfortunately unavailable in my country at the moment.
Regardless, I am excited for The Salt Grows Heavy by Cassandra Khaw, which takes a new dark spin on the Little Mermaid’s story…or rather, the continuation of it.
And that wraps up my list of the top 5 pride books of 2023 that I plan on reading this year! Which books are you planning on reading for Pride Month? Share your reading list or TBR for Pride Month in the comments below, and feel free to leave links if you are participating in this week’s Top 5 Tuesday as well!