Our Queerest Shelves

Queer Books From 2021 You Probably Missed

I regret to tell you I’ve fallen back into a reading slump since last time I wrote, but hope springs eternal! There are so many incredible (and so very queer) books on my TBR that I’m bound to get pulled in again soon. Some of them are in this very newsletter!

This week, I wanted to highlight the Sylvia Rivera Law Project, which provides legal aid to low income trans, intersex, and gender-nonconforming people of color in New York City. You can find out more about them on the SRLP website and you can help out using their donation page.

If you know of a queer charity/nonprofit you’d like to see highlighted on OQS, let me know!

Bookish Goods

a photo of a Sappho bust lamp

Sappho Bust Lamp by StaticGazeFollow

I’ve been admiring this Sappho bust lamp for about a year now, which means I should definitely buy it, right? It would really gay up the place. Etsy also offers Sappho bust planters and statues. $35

New Releases

the cover of Didn't Nobody Give a Shit What Happened to Carlotta

Didn’t Nobody Give a Shit What Happened to Carlotta by James Hannaham (Trans Woman Fiction)

After two traumatic decades of being held in a men’s prison, Carlotta, an Afro-Latina trans woman, is back in Brooklyn and trying to rebuild her life, including reconnecting with her son. This is a stream-of-consciousness story in the style of Ulysses where Brooklyn is as much the main character as Carlotta is.

cover of Dead Flip by Sara Farizan; 1980s movie poster-style image of several teens and arcade games under neon text

Dead Flip by Sara Farizan (Lesbian YA 90s Horror)

In 1987, Cori and Maz’s friend Sam disappeared. Five years later, the two have drifted apart: Maz is convinced Sam was pulled into a pinball machine, while Cori believes he’s dead. They’re thrown back together, though, when they find Sam standing outside his house like he never left — exactly like he never left. He’s still 12. Now they have to figure out what happened and keep him safe.

The Dreaming by Andre Bagoo (Gay Short Stories)

Real Bad Things by Kelly J. Ford (Queer Thriller)

A Taste of Gold and Iron by Alexandra Rowland (M/M Fantasy Romance)

cover of A Taste of Gold and Iron by Alexandra Rowland; illustration of two men with dark hair, one with a beard, wearing royal garments

A Love For Micah by Eskay Kabba (M/M Romance)

In the Event of Love by Courtney Kae (F/F Romance)

Harley Quinn: The Animated Series Vol. 1: The Eat. Bang! Kill. Tour by Tee Franklin and Max Sarin (F/F Superhero Comic)

Patisserie of Love Vol. 1 by Anna Hanamaki (Yaoi Manga)

Seaside Stranger Vol. 4: Harukaze no Étranger by Kii Kanna (Yaoi Manga)

PULSE Vol. 1 by Ratana Satis (Yuri Manga)

Diary of a Misfit: A Memoir and a Mystery by Casey Parks (Lesbian Memoir)

Don’t Look Away by Danielle Laidley (Trans Woman Memoir)

Feels Right: Black Queer Women and the Politics of Partying in Chicago by Kemi Adeyemi (Nonfiction)

For more new releases, check out our New Books newsletter!

Queer Books From 2021 You Probably Missed

Since I started book blogging, and especially since cohosting All the Books, I’ve been a front list reader: my TBR is dominated by books that aren’t even out yet, or have only just come out. So today, I’m taking a moment to talk about some books that came out a year ago almost exactly that I don’t see talked about a lot now, but are worth a second look.

In the Watchful City cover

In the Watchful City by S. Qiouyi Lu

This is a novella about a fantasy city protected by a living system called the Gleaming. One day, a stranger arrives in town with “curiosities” from elsewhere, and Anima, a part of the Gleaming, begins to see the world in a whole new way. The book also has several main characters who use neopronouns, including æ/ær.

the cover of The Ophelia Girls

The Ophelia Girls by Jane Healey

A bonus to waiting a year after the pub date: this is in paperback as of last month! From the author of The Animals at Lockwood Manor, Ophelia Girls is an unsettling story told in two time periods. In the 1970s, Ruth and her friends try to stage the painting of the drowning of Ophelia over and over — until the river takes one of them for good. Ruth returns to the estate as an adult with a teenage daughter, Maeve, who has recently recovered from cancer. Maeve feels misunderstood — except by Stuart, a childhood friend of Ruth’s. This is a story about a 40-year-old man grooming a 17-year-old, so do be prepared for that going in. (To be clear, the text portrays this as something disturbing; it doesn’t condone it.) Ruth is a lesbian, and there’s a gay side character.

As always, if there’s a topic you’d like queer books recommendations for, let me know on Twitter and it might be my next Riot Rec!

All the Links Fit to Click

Adiba Jaigirdar’s Hani and Ishu’s Guide to Fake Dating won the YA Book Prize!

The Unapologetic Dyke Camp Style of Tasmyn Muir’s Locked Tomb Series

That’s it for me this week! Until next time, you can find me at my sapphic book blog, the Lesbrary, as well as on Twitter @danikaellis. You can also hear me on All the Books or you can read my Book Riot posts.

Happy reading!