#5OnMyTBR is a bookish meme hosted by E. @ Local Bee Hunter’s Nook where you chose five books from your to-be-read pile that fit that week’s theme. If you’d like more info, head over to the announcement post!
This post is going up very late because ya girl has been a busy bee today. We recently purchased a house and will be moving soon, so there’s been a lot of going through stuff and packing. It’s… not fun, but I’m still so excited to get into our new place! I also fell into a book and have just emerged, lol. I’m sure you all know how it is 😉
Anyways, to the post! This week’s #5OnMyTBR theme is actually a freebie. Seeming as we are in Pride month and I’m still boosting Black voices with everything going on, I decided to focus on five LGBTQIA+ books written by Black authors! I’m so eager to pick up all five of these books!
#1. Cinderella Is Dead by Kalynn Bayron
Cinderella Is Dead is a YA fantasy that will be coming out in July. It sounds like it’s going to be incredible! We are thrown into a fairytale world long after Cinderella has found her prince. Now, all the eligible maidens are made to attend the Annual Ball, where they will be matched with men to marry… or mysteriously disappear. We follow Sophia, who is in love with her best friend, Erin, and wants nothing to do with the Annual Ball. She flees, only to find herself embroiled with a plot to bring down the king himself.
I mean… does that not sound amazing?! Also… the cover. We know I’m a sucker for a nice cover.
#2. The Black Veins by Ashia Monet
The Black Veins is a more recent addition to my TBR. I stumbled across it after liking quite a few of the author’s tweets and deciding to follow her. The synopsis calls it the “no-love-interest, found family adventure you’ve been searching for”, so you know I was all in! Found family is one of my favorite things in books and a YA with no random love interest? YES, PLEASE, THANK YOU! Throw in two magical governments fighting and a road trip/quest to gather the most powerful magicians on the planet and I don’t know how this book missed my radar in 2019! It’s absolutely primed for me to adore it.
#3. You Should See Me in a Crown by Leah Johnson
You Should See Me in a Crown has been on my radar for a minute. First, that gorgeous cover grabbed my attention. Then, the premise of this YA contemporary just drew me in. Liz Lighty is a young, Black woman desperate to escape her small, Midwestern town. She has all her plans in order to go to the prestigious Pennington College… until her financial aid falls through. Liz doesn’t see another way out until she is reminded that her school grants a scholarship to whomever is crowned prom king and queen. Liz has no desire to wear the crown, but she will fight through her fears to win a chance at Pennington. But then, a new girl comes to school. A girl who is also in the running to be prom queen and a girl who Liz just might be falling for…
How could I not want to know how it all ends? And I am completely on-board with a book that promises me a little Black Girl Joy 💕
#4. Felix Ever After by Kacen Callender
Felix Ever After is another book that landed on my TBR because of a gorgeous cover. I mean… look at it! I also need to be better about broadening my reading and I have yet to read a book featuring a transgender main character. Now seemed as good a time as any ($&@! TERFs. Lookin’ at you J.K.). This story follows Felix, a transgender teen who starts receiving transphobic messages after someone posts pictures of him pre-transition alongside his deadname. Felix’s plan for revenge, however, lands him in a kind of love triangle and loads of feelings. This sounds like it’s going to be so stinkin’ good and I can’t wait to read it!
#5. The Wicker King by K. Ancrum
The Wicker King just sounds like it’s going to be a wild ride. It follows August, who is trying to help his friend Jack. Jack has degenerative hallucinatory disorder and is slowly falling into a world that only he can see. Jack takes them on a quest which causes even August to question what is real and what’s not. I’ve heard a lot of wonderful things about not only this book, but K. Ancrum as an author. I haven’t read anything by her, as of yet, but I’m excited to explore this strange world she has created. I’m hoping to love it as much as everyone else does!
There you have it! Five books that I can’t wait to get my greedy little hands on, lol. Have you read any of these books? Are there any other LGBTQIA+ books by Black authors you would recommend? Let me know in the comments!
And, as always, happy reading!