Pride Flag Book Tag, #QueerInSpace day 6

Over on Booktube, Common Spence created the Pride Flag Book Tag back in June. I love these questions… they get at some of the reasons queer books are so important to me. And amidst a queer readathon seemed the perfect time to do the tag on my blog!

Red (Life): A book with a spirited protagonist totally proud of who they are. Someone who gives you life!

The Summer of Jordi Perez by Amy Spalding. I had some small problems with this book but none of them were the amazing main character. Abby was everything I wish I was: she was motivated, she had plans, she knew what she wanted and no one was taking that from her. I could say so much more but I don’t want this to turn into an “I love Abby” post. For more of my thoughts, you can check out the review I posted earlier this year.

Orange (Healing): A book that made you, as the reader, find a deeper meaning or catharsis in your own life.

Ash by Malinda Lo. This book is everything to me. Ash was the first book with queer ladies that I ever read. I wrote a lot then and it was the first time I realized I could write queer love stories. It’s one of the only books that I own in multiple formats and when the 10th anniversary edition comes out it will also be one of the only books I have multiple copies of. Most importantly, it gave me the purpose to write stories that can do for people what Ash did for me.

Yellow (Sunlight): A book that fills you with so much joy it could brighten even your darkest day.

All Systems Red by Martha Wells. I relate to Murderbot deep in my soul. It has a hilarious, dry sense of humor that will never fail to make me giggle. I just re-read it for the readathon and I want to make SO MANY Murderbot bookmarks.

Green (Nature): A book that was set out of this world– a reality different to our own.

The Abyss Surrounds Us by Emily Skrutskie, The Long Way to a Small Angry Planet by Becky Chambers, The Cybernetic Tea Shop by Meredith Katz, Every Heart a Doorway by Seanan McGuire, Girls of Paper and Fire by Natasha Ngan, Strange Grace by Tessa Gratton, and Mask of Shadows by Linsey Miller (honestly, though, pretty much all the books on all the rec lists for this readathon). Queer sci-fi and fantasy stories are one of my favorite things ever, so I couldn’t pick just one. Here’s a bunch. I love them all.

Blue (Serenity): A book where one of the characters finds peace with a difficult truth.

Hullmetal Girls by Emily Skrutskie. I don’t want to talk too much about what the difficult truth is, but it’s a sci-fi dystopia so I’m sure you can guess some of it on your own. There’s a lot of action and agendas in this story and I loved every page of it.

Purple (Spirit): A book that deals with queer themes and religion.

Georgia Peaches and Other Forbidden Fruit by Jaye Robin Brown. I’ve talked about this book a couple of times recently. It’s an old favorite of mine and follows a teen who is both gay and Christian. She has no problem reconciling her faith with her identity, but other folks seem to and she’s striving to help close that gap. I’m in the middle of a reread that I’m planning to finish in early 2019… with all the thoughts and feelings I’m having about this book, I’ll probably write a review after.

What do you think? Do you have another book you think would work for a category? Did I add anything to your TBR? Let me know in the comments!

Author: SeeOwlRead

They/She. I’m a queer reviewer and librarian.

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