For me, summer is the perfect time for fun, light-hearted contemporaries, with soft romances.
And there have been a lot of great LGBTQIA+ contemporaries that have hit shelves in the last couple of months.
So I’ve rounded up seven that I think would be ideal for the warm summer weather, and you might just want to add to your TBR.
The Princess and the Fangirl by Ashley Poston
Rep: F/F romance, M/M romance
Premise: While at a sci-fi convention for the weekend, actor Jess and convention pro Imogen have to swap lives so they can find out who stole Jess’s secret script.
If you need convincing: There are two f/f romances, it’s full of fandom and nerdy goodness, characters from Geekerella make an appearance, and there’s ENEMIES-TO-LOVERS.
Hot Dog Girl by Jennifer Dugan
Rep: F/F romance, bisexual MC
Premise: Lou wants to have a the best summer ever, but she’s landed a job working at the fairground and her crush is already with someone else. Summer is going to be trickier than she thought.
If you need convincing: Amusement park vibes, fake dating trope (which is challenged and addressed), SHE WEARS A GIANT HOT DOG OUTFIT.
The Music of What Happens by Bill Konigsberg
Rep: M/M romance
Premise: Max and Jordan meet in Arizona during a scorching summer and discover what it’s like to find someone who’s your opposite, but who understands you better than anyone else.
If you need convincing: The author has said this story is personal to their own experiences, both romantic and platonic relationships are celebrated, meet-cute at an 80s style food truck, need I say more?
Proud edited by Juno Dawson
Rep: F/F romance, M/M romance, transgender characters, bisexual characters, questioning characters
Premise: An anthology of LGBT+ stories about all different issues, ranging from coming out, to discovering your sexuality, and questioning your gender identity.
If you need convincing: Heart-warming stories, uplifting messages and morals, every story is written by a queer person and they all have an illustration at the end.
Kings, Queens, and In-Betweens by Tanya Boteju
Rep: The main character is biracial and identifies as queer, but is still exploring her sexuality
Premise: After her mother’s departure, Nima, bored of her insular town, becomes immersed in a nearby drag scene as she questions and explores her identity.
If you need convincing: Drag queens and kings, cute love interest, characters respecting each other’s pronouns and using them correctly (be still my beating heart).
Going Off Script by Jen Wilde
Rep: F/F romance, Indian American love interest
Premise: Bex gets her dream internship working on her favourite TV show, but when the head writer passes off her script as his own and straight-washes her lesbian character, she decides it’s time to fight back.
If you need convincing: So many queer characters, MCs challenge sexism and homophobia, Dad jokes, critique of Hollywood culture.
The Weight of the Stars by K. Ancrum
Rep: F/F romance, and black main characters
Premise: Ryann dreams of being an astronaut, but doesn’t think she’ll ever get there. She meets Alexandria, whose mom is on a space mission and after an awful car accident, the two grow closer.
If you need convincing: Found families, incredible cast of diverse characters, beautiful writing, a mix of sci-fi and contemporary.
These are just a few of my recs for your LGBTQIA+ summer reading lists (I can definitely rec more if you want). Are you planning on picking any of these up?
14 thoughts on “7 new LGBTQIA+ contemporaries for your summer reading list”
I loved this blog post! Most of them were already on my wish-list (especially The Princess and the Fangirl, Hot Dog Girl and Going Off Script) but I’m glad I discovered some new ones too!
I’ve already read and adored proud but these all sound So Amazing, needless to say I think my Pride TBR may be a bit over ambitious😂
Yes! Proud is so good. Hope you find some other favourites in this list! Haha mine is definitely over-ambitious, but there are just so many queer books that I want to read! 😀
Thank you for this wonderful list! Kate! I LOVED Going off Script so, so very much, such a great book. I can’t wait to read Hot Dog Girl, it sounds like such a fun read 🙂
I am LOVING all the new LGBTQIA books, it’s about time there is more representation in fiction 🖤
THANK YOU FOR THIS POST! I’ve been wanting to find more books with LGBTQIA+
I just downloaded Hot Dog Girl on audible but I didn’t know that the main character was Bi! This is really exciting and cannot wait to listen to this. Great list of recommendations!
Really like the look of The Music of What Happens and Hot Dog Girl as they both sound really cute. I’m also reading What If It’s Us by Becky Albertalli at the moment which is M/M and enjoying that too.
Hot Dog Girl looks so cute!
Haha I think so too – the cover is just lovely. I’m hoping to read it this month so I’ll update you on how it is!
Fantastic List!! I loved Going Off Script and I’m currently reading The Princess and the Fangirl – I’m a huge fan of fandom contemporary books 😊💕