Most of these are queer, and all of these are about embracing being yourself! Recommended by bookseller Gina.
Malinda Lo$10.99 $10.11
"As a queer reader, it feels like a welcoming hug. It’s a voice telling you, you’re not weird, your love isn’t wrong. Instead of driving home some kind of moral, Lo comforts young readers in a way they may not even notice."
N. K. Jemisin$28.00 $25.20
"You've read a lot of books about New York City, but you haven't read this one. Steeped in culture, Jemisin delivers a fantasy world that blends effortlessly with reality... This tediously researched masterpiece uses fantasy as a tool to shine a light on what truly makes us human."
Shion Miura$14.95 $13.75
"A love letter to love letters, THE GREAT PASSAGE warms the heart of any word lover. The socially awkward Majime weighs his words carefully as he ponders how our word choices affect our relationships with each other. He thoroughly dissects the definition of love as he fumbles through conversations with a woman who has caught his interest, much to the amusement of his loud, extroverted coworker. Watching these relatable, quirky characters work together to build a dictionary is like sitting in a room drinking tea with close friends. I dare you not to search for the definitions of right and left as you're reading..."
Marie Rutkoski$18.98 $17.46
"Like no meet cute I've ever seen before. THE MIDNIGHT LIE kept me up far past midnight. Sid and Nirrim are the bickering, reluctant soulmates you've been waiting for. A masterfully woven mystery in a world so detailed it's tangible."
Jessie Sima$17.98 $16.54
"I'm always flipping through kids' books lately to find stuff for my niece. Watching Kelp go on this journey of self discovery ended up being a story I wanted her to see but also made me so happy."
Tamsyn Muir$25.99 $23.39
"I've been pitching this book to people as 'Lesbian necromancers in the tone of Deadpool.' It's nothing like I've ever read before and I flew through the 500 pages in 2 days because it was such a compelling, hilarious, memorable read."
"I've never read anything so simultaneously awkward and beautiful. Felicia Day is as relatable as she is inspiring. Her stories will leave any nerd nodding along with sympathy, while also leaving creatives with a spark in their eye hearing about her unique drive that bolstered her into Hollywood and YouTube stardom."
Niki Smith$12.99 $11.95
"This graphic novel captured my heart in an instant. The focus on blue and pink was a beautiful, subtle detail in a story about gender. Hawke and Grayce protect each other while learning about themselves and the result is a heartwarming tale that will stay with me for years to come."
Becky Chambers$17.99 $16.55
"If you're looking for a sci fi novel set in a not so distant future where humans are the least evolved species—having to catch up on everything from physics and language to gender and sexuality—look no further."
Ngozi Ukazu$16.99 $15.63
"I didn't expect to be so taken with a story about a Southern-raised vlogger who joins his college hockey team, bakes pies, and falls in love with the team's MVP... "
Jason Reynolds$7.99 $7.35
"I needed that."
Jen Wang$16.99 $15.63
"Being closeted is a strange, complicated feeling that LGBTQIA readers can viscerally relate to in this story. Prince Sebastian knows in his heart what makes him happy, but he goes to great lengths to hide his hobby from his family (and subjects). This story is all about finding an ally who accepts and supports you, then turning one ally into many. Dive into the optimism and gorgeous artwork that will leave you refreshed and smiling."