#RainbowReadathon TBR and Other QTPOC Books to Read During Pride Month

So…the pandemic has really killed my ability to read novels recently, but I’m trying to turn that momentum around by participating in a reading challenge, #RainbowReadathon (@RainbowReadThon on Twitter).

The goal is to read 9 books, one with a cover corresponding to the color of each of the 8 stripes in the original Pride flag, plus one multicolored one. Here’s my TBR!

Rainbow Readathon 2020 TBR

  • Pink: The Henna Wars by Adiba Jaigirdar – Young Adult, Contemporary, Bengali Irish MC, f/f romance
  • Red: Felix Ever After by Kacen Callender – Young Adult, Contemporary, Nonbinary (Demiboy) Black MC, enby/m romance
  • Orange: We Are Totally Normal by Rahul Kanakia – Young Adult, Contemporary, Gay Indian MC, m/m romance
  • Yellow: I’ll Be the One by Lyla Lee – Young Adult, Contemporary, Fat Bisexual Korean MC, m/f romance
  • Green: If It Makes You Happy by Claire Kann – Young Adult, Contemporary, Polyamorous Asexual Black MC, f/f queerplatonic relationship
  • Turquoise: All Boys Aren’t Blue by George M. Johnson – Young Adult, Memoir, Gay Black MC
  • Indigo: No More Heroes by Michelle Kan – Young Adult, Urban Fantasy, Genderfluid Aromantic and Asexual MC
  • Violet: You Should See Me in a Crown by Leah Johnson – Young Adult, Contemporary, Bisexual Black Girl MC, f/f romance
  • Multicolor: We Unleash the Merciless Storm by Tehlor Kay Mejia (Sequel to We Set the Dark on Fire) – Young Adult, Dystopian, Queer Latina MC, f/f romance

Assuming I finish the books above, I’m hoping to get around to some other books by QTPOC:

Darius the Great Deserves Better by Adib Khorram (Sequel to Darius the Great is Not Okay, which I reviewed here; out August 25th, 2020) – Young Adult, Contemporary, Biracial Iranian American MC, m/m romance

The Summer of Everything by Julian Winters (out September 8th, 2020) – Young Adult, Contemporary, Gay Black MC, m/m romance

Each of Us a Desert by Mark Oshiro (out September 15th, 2020) – Young Adult, Fantasy, Sapphic Latina MC, f/f romance

How It All Blew Up by Arvin Ahmadi (out September 22nd, 2020) – Young Adult, Contemporary, Gay Muslim Iranian American MC

The Mermaid, the Witch, and the Sea by Maggie Tokuda-Hall – Young Adult, Fantasy, Queer Japanese-coded MC, f/genderfluid romance

The Black Flamingo by Dean Atta – Young Adult, Novel-in-Verse, Gay Black MC

The Stars and the Blackness Between Them by Junauda Petrus – Young Adult, Contemporary, Black MC and Trinidadian Immigrant MC, f/f romance

Juliet Takes a Breath by Gabby Rivera – Young Adult, Contemporary, Lesbian Puerto Rican MC

How to Be Remy Cameron by Julian Winters – Young Adult, Contemporary, Gay Black Adoptee MC

Cinderella is Dead by Kalynn Bayron (out July 7th, 2020) – Young Adult, Fantasy, Lesbian Black MC, f/f romance

Cemetery Boys by Aiden Thomas (out September 1st, 2020) – Young Adult, Fantasy, Gay Trans Latinx MC, m/m romance

The Black Veins by Ashia Monet – Young Adult, Fantasy, Bisexual Black Girl MC

For a comprehensive list of 2020 queer YA books, see this post by Michelle @ Magical Reads. And while you’re here, if you haven’t seen it already, please also check out my Twitter thread featuring 2020 YA books by Black authors.

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