I started Friday Fives back when I started up the blog again and wanted to make sure I kept at least one regular post a week. This was, of course, before I knew there were others out there. But I decided to keep it, especially since I have the whole year planned out. In December, I decided to change it to Friday Fives instead to have more room for topics.
It’s June and we all know what this means: corporations come out to support LGBTQ+ people for the month and then do absolutely nothing to actually change anything for LGBTQ+ people. In my corner of the universe and internet, we support queer people all year around. Since it is June, let’s all make a point to read at least one queer book, especially if you don’t read queer books. Here are some authors I’d recommend to start with.
James Baldwin: A classic author to read and one who’s writing truly makes you think. Go Tell it on the Mountain is my personal favorite, but any of his will be great to read, especially for the Black Queer experience.
Nina LaCour: I absolutely love her young adult writing and Everything Leads to You is such a fun, , cute book. It’s definitely one to read if you’re looking for a lighthearted, fun, YA book.
Jericho Brown: Also a Queer Black author. His poetry is beautiful and thought-provoking. Any of his poetry collections could (and should) be read.
Emily M. Danfort: I’m still not sure I fully understand Plain Bad Heroines, but I do know that that book made me think and wonder and believe in new things and new ways of life and love. I will definitely re-read this one, and anyone should read it.
Casey McQuiston: One of these days, I’ll stop singing the praises of Casey McQuiston. That day is not today! Red, White, and Royal Blue is amazing and I definitely plan on reading her other books soon. The way she writes romances is so believable and makes me want to fall in love myself.
Happy Reading Darlings!