JUNE + JULY LGBT Releases To Look Out For That I Will Clutch In My Clammy Hands Forever


I’m not gonna feel guilty. these books all sound great, and there are a lot more!! these are just the ones that i’m super(!!) excited for and really want to SHOVE at everyone.

plus??? promo-ing books at the moment is probs not the easiest thing with you know,, the whole world freaking out and i think that rn all us readers are extremely thankful for the escapism that books are providing right now!!


also??? look at me?? actually not living under a rock?? and kind of knowing about new releases??? what is this??? magic.

Also this post took so long to format you have nO IdEa.

June releases:

You Don’t Live Here (June 2nd 2020) sapphic!!


bisexual coming-of-age story???? er yes please??? said to be perf for Becky Albertalli and Adam Silvera fans??? YES PLEASE??? THIS,,, while very sad seems like it could also be hilarious AND FLUFFY??? yes PLEASE????

With her mother now dead and father out of the picture, Sasha moves in with her estranged grandparents. Living in her mom’s old bedroom, Sasha has no idea who she is anymore. Luckily, her grandparents are certain they know who she should be: A lawyer in the making. Ten pounds skinnier. In a socially advantageous relationship with a boy from a good family—a boy like Cole Edwards. Sasha tries to make everything work, but that means folding away her love of photography, her grief for her mother, and her growing interest in the magnificently clever Lily Chen. Sasha wants to follow Lily off the beaten path, to discover hidden beaches, secret menus, and the truth about dinosaur pee.

goodreads page here

The Falling in Love Montage (June 9th 2020) sapphic!! ❤

the cover is super cute so just get it for that, ok? this sounds super cute tho and you should read it too??? it sounds like an adorable ooops-i-fell-in-love-and-didn’t-mean-to which just SCREAMS ADORABLE??? OK???? SO?? LET’S ALL READ IT?

Saoirse doesn’t believe in love at first sight or happy endings. So she’s not looking for a relationship. She doesn’t see the point in igniting any romantic sparks if she’s bound to burn out.But after a chance encounter at an end-of-term house party, Saoirse is about to break her own rules. For a girl with one blue freckle, an irresistible sense of mischief, and a passion for rom-coms. Unbothered by Saoirse’s no-relationships rulebook, Ruby proposes a loophole: They don’t need true love to have one summer of fun, complete with every cliché, rom-com montage-worthy date they can dream up—and a binding agreement to end their romance come fall. It would be the perfect plan, if they weren’t forgetting one thing about the Falling in Love Montage: when it’s over, the characters actually fall in love… for real.

goodreads page here

Love, Creekwood (June 30th) m/m and sapphic

this is either going to be amazing!! or!! ekkk!! but i’m optimistic. i LOVED Simon Vs. and i haven’t read the Leah book yet but idk if i want to just yet ://// ill have to cram that one in right before i read this book because?? am curious???

It’s been more than a year since Simon and Blue turned their anonymous online flirtation into an IRL relationship, and just a few months since Abby and Leah’s unforgettable night at senior prom. Now the Creekwood High crew are first years at different colleges, navigating friendship and romance the way their story began—on email.

goodreads page here

july releases

Boyfriend Material (July 7th)

sounds like the perf hate-to-love story that we all want NOW. YES PLEASE. ALL MINE. reminds me a littttttle teeeny tiiiiiny bit of Red White Royal Blue but instead of fake-friends-to-friends-to-boyfriends we have fake-bfs-to-real-bfs and it sounds HILARIOUS BUT CUTE. I WANT IT. NOW.

Luc O’Donnell is tangentially–and reluctantly–famous. Luc’s back in the public eye, and one compromising photo is enough to ruin everything. To clean up his image, Luc has to find a nice, normal relationship…and Oliver Blackwood is as nice and normal as they come. He’s a barrister, an ethical vegetarian, and he’s never inspired a moment of scandal in his life. In other words: perfect boyfriend material. Unfortunately apart from being gay, single, and really, really in need of a date for a big event, Luc and Oliver have nothing in common. So they strike a deal to be publicity-friendly (fake) boyfriends until the dust has settled. Then they can go their separate ways and pretend it never happened. But the thing about fake-dating is that it can feel a lot like real-dating. And that’s when you get used to someone. Start falling for them. Don’t ever want to let them go

goodreads page here

Girl, Serpent, Thorn (July 7th) sapphic!!

pretty cover? hello? she can kill people with her touch?? is this envy? i think so!!! tho rly,,, , this sounds super creepy and i want?? lowkey haven’t read a fantasy book since *mumbles* last year but… I’m sure it’ll be fine?? it’ll be fine.

There was and there was not, as all stories begin, a princess cursed to be poisonous to the touch. But for Soraya, who has lived her life hidden away, apart from her family, safe only in her gardens, it’s not just a story.As the day of her twin brother’s wedding approaches, Soraya must decide if she’s willing to step outside of the shadows for the first time. Below in the dungeon is a demon who holds knowledge that she craves, the answer to her freedom. And above is a young man who isn’t afraid of her, whose eyes linger not with fear, but with an understanding of who she is beneath the poison. Soraya thought she knew her place in the world, but when her choices lead to consequences she never imagined, she begins to question who she is and who she is becoming…human or demon. Princess or monster.

goodreads page here

Loveless, (july 7th)

#own-voices!! ace-author

I LOVE ALICE OSEMAN!! I CANNOT WAIT FOR THIS ASEXUAL REPRESENTATION???? this book sounds like it’s going to smush my heart?? can someone be on stand-by to hugs me after i read it? i’m really gonna need it *stocks up on tissues*

Georgia has never been in love, never kissed anyone, never even had a crush – but as a fanfic-obsessed romantic she’s sure she’ll find her person one day. As she starts university with her best friends, Pip and Jason, in a whole new town far from home, Georgia’s ready to find romance, and with her outgoing roommate on her side and a place in the Shakespeare Society, her ‘teenage dream’ is in sight.

But when her romance plan wreaks havoc amongst her friends, Georgia ends up in her own comedy of errors, and she starts to question why love seems so easy for other people but not for her. With new terms thrown at her – asexual, aromantic – Georgia is more uncertain about her feelings than ever. Is she destined to remain loveless? Or has she been looking for the wrong thing all along?

goodreads page here

The Extraordinaries (July 14th)


#own-voices!! queer-author

neurodiverse queer kids being extra-superheroes? sounds like my cup of tea!! GET. INTO. MY. CLAMMY. HANDS. this just sounds like perfection? yes please?

Some people are extraordinary. Some are just extra. TJ Klune’s YA debut, The Extraordinaries, is a queer coming-of-age story about a fanboy with ADHD and the heroes he loves. Nick Bell? Not extraordinary. But being the most popular fanfiction writer in the Extraordinaries fandom is a superpower, right? After a chance encounter with Shadow Star, Nova City’s mightiest hero (and Nick’s biggest crush), Nick sets out to make himself extraordinary. And he’ll do it with or without the reluctant help of Seth Gray, Nick’s best friend (and maybe the love of his life).

goodreads page here

I Kissed Alice (July 28th) sapphic!!

HATE-TO-LOVE AGAIN??? PLEASE GET ON MY BOOKSHELF. Online frienship-turned-feelings while hating each other in person?? this book has the potential to be AMAZING AND I WANT IT. IT SOUNDS LIKE IT COULD BE CUTE *insert ‘tm’ logo thing here*.

Rhodes and Iliana couldn’t be more different, but that’s not why they hate each other. Hyper-gifted artist Rhodes has always excelled at Alabama’s Conservatory of the Arts despite a secret bout of creator’s block, while transfer student Iliana tries to outshine everyone with her intense, competitive work ethic. Since only one of them can get the coveted Capstone scholarship, the competition between them is fierce. They both escape the pressure on a fanfic site where they are unknowingly collaborating on a graphic novel. And despite being worst enemies in real life, their anonymous online identities I-Kissed-Alice and Curious-in-Cheshire are starting to like each other…a lot. When the truth comes out, will they destroy each other’s future?

goodreads page here

Are you excited for any of these books? have you heard of them? which are you most looking forward to? let me know in the comments ❤

50 thoughts on “JUNE + JULY LGBT Releases To Look Out For That I Will Clutch In My Clammy Hands Forever”


      Ahhhhhhh I don’t know a LOT about the book but it sounds like its going to be amazing and I cannot wait to be surprised and blown awayyyyyyyyy!!! i hope that you get to read it soon ❤

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  1. PRIDEEEEE!!!!

    Ah Lu, I have an eARC of The Extraordinaries (I keep wanting to say Extradinaires wow anyways) and I am SO HERE for the gay superheroes!! Literally like my perfect book.

    I also have Date Me Bryson Keller, Only Mostly Devastated and also Tash Hearts Tolstoy on my (hopeful) pride tbr.

    So looking forward to Loveless omg. And I Kissed Alice!!

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  2. I’m so excited for Girl, Serpent, Thorn!! I mean, morally grey characters and monster girlfriends 🥺 Also, Loveless is gonna save 2020, I’m calling it. Alice Oseman is one author I have lots of trust in, and I’m so excited to read a book with an ace/aro protagonist, because I’m ace-questioning, hehe

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    1. YES IT WILL OH MY GOSH, LOVELESS COME LOVE US ALL. Yeah I feel like shes just so SAFE. She talks about things in a respectful way while still having a great story / writing!! Ahhh I’m so happy that you’ve got a book that you can relate to (or hope to relate to!!) — that’s so important. if you ever wanna talk to someone I’m here ❤

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  3. i can’t explain how excited i am for all of these!!! i wish they had already been released because I NEED THEM ASAP. 😭 The Falling In Love Montage sounds like the cutest, fluffy summer romance (that cover 😍) and i am totally with you in saying that Loveless will probably smush my heart. amazing post, Lu!! 💖💖

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  4. Oh these all sound so good!!
    Becky Abertalli is one of my faves so a) can’t wait for a new!! book!! (although I haven’t read Leah yet either oops) and b) anything described as perfect for Abertalli fans goes right on the tbr list. I always see her combined with Adam Silvera too but I haven’t read anything by him (apart from What If It’s Us)?? I so need to but his books just sound kind of intense?
    Boyfriend Material also sounds great because fake dating is 100% my favourite trope. & Also you mentioning RW&RB just reminds me that I still have to read it! It’s been on my tbr list for so long and I’m so bad at just not reading hyped books until years later (*still mad about not getting to SoC sooner I won’t lie).

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    1. 1) PLEASE READ RWBR!!!!
      2) Adam Silvera books are intense but worthh ittttttt!
      3) omg the boyfriend material does sound good,,, but now there are some reviews cropping up claiming it’s not so great??? 😦 *sobs*
      4.1) OH MY GOSH LOVE, CREEKWOODDDDDD. I can’t wait?????
      4.ii) are you gonna read the Leah book first or just dive into LC bc I kinda can’t be bothered for the leah book???

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      1. Really?? That sucks.
        And I don’t know actually because the reviews seem to be pretty mixed & I’ve heard there’s some problematic stuff in there so that’s leaning towards no? But I also feel like I can’t skip it when it’s technically a third installment so idk🥴

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                1. yeaaahhh and it’s like,,, attatched to the Leah book I guess?? urggggg :/// I really didn’t want to read the Leah book *sobs like a two year-old having a tantrum* maybe I’ll ask s/o on GR that’s read an arc if it’s necessary???


                    1. What i’ve gathered: it ight make more sense to read the Leah book, but unless you’re worried about spoilers it won’t be a problem to read LC!! I think I’m going to just read LC!! i kind of know what happens in the book so it won’t be too bad??

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  5. Okay, I think it is about due time I read something by Alice Oseman! Not sure which of her books I will like most, but I gotta start somewhere! 🙂 Great list!

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  6. aah i literally just went through and added a lot of these to my tbr last night!!!! and i kissed alice/the falling in love montage both look like the sapphic story of my DREAMS!!! i’m super excited for so many of these ❤ thank you for putting this list together (and yes the formatting PAIN!!)

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        1. Saaaaameeeeeeee!!! It makes me anxious to read it!!! i already ahad to remove some books from here because I found reviews (many many many reviews) about how awful they were when they could have been absolutely amazing *sobs*

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                1. OMG YES EXACTLY. Same here… i already had some doubts about the republican stuff?? hoping that the love interest would be a Dem too?? but ://// apparently not and instead the writer just literally took RWRB and made it rly harmful to poc and qpoc!! like!! wut!!

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                  1. omg RWRB was amazing (plot, rep, characters – qpoc!!) and the fact it’s being compared as a worse version of that? makes me MAD!! i know not much about american politics since i’m in australia but i get basic things?? and the fact it’s like an enemies to lovers but not makes me sadder!!

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                    1. i know right??? and someone on twitter literally said that the plot is THE EXACT SAME. like wit. how is this even allowed???? IT’S RIDICULOUS. I’m SO glad for those people who reviewed it and we’ve all saved our time (and coin) and DIDN’T support this book!!

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  7. hey idk if you’ve been paying to recent discussions on twitter, but a lot of (q)poc have been talking about how the state of us has the potential to be super harmful to qpoc, since it’s a poc democrat/white republican situation. a goodreads review just went up highlighting the problems so i’d recommend you take a look at it (jenreadsromance) and reconsider it being on this list! ❤

    but i’m super excited for a bunch of these, especially all the sapphic ones. girl, serpent, thorn looks like the morally grey sapphic book of my heart, and the kissing montage/i kissed alice both look like such cute romances!!

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    1. Oh shit I had no idea! That shit needs to GO ASAP!! Thank you for telling me 💕

      The other ones do seem really cute!!! And Girl Serpent Thorn sounds like the BEST morally grey thing everrrr!!

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  8. I’m so excited to be reading The State of Us next month! I had read SDH’s YA 2019 release and it was a disappointment, but this one looks promising. Also The Falling in Love Montage sounds amazing! I’ve been anticipating it for forever. And I Kissed Alice sounds so good, it’s so sad the release date got pushed to July. Also, for some other June/July queer releases, have you heard of I’ll Be the One by Lyla Lee (bi, fat & Korean rep), You Should See Me in a Crown by Leah Johnson (sapphic Black rep), or Cinderella is Dead by Kaylnn Bayron (sapphic Black rep)? Those are a few others I’m excited for.

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    1. AHHHHHH!!!! IM SO EXCITED TOO! Sorry you didn’t like it (I didn’t even know it existed!!) I hope you love The Falling In Love Montage, it just sounds so fuffy??1??!?! ohhh wow I hadn’t heard of those!! I’ll have to check them out (I live under a rock!!) thank you sm for telling me about them ❤

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      1. (reading a review my excitement for tsoh has suddenly withered but oh well 😭) and omg I know it sounds so amazing!!! And I’m so glad I enlightened you to them.

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        1. TSOU.. yeah someone just told me about how problematic it actually is.,,, I had some doubts bc you know,, Republicans, but I was willing to give it a chance but now definitely not!

          I’ve added them all the ones you recommended to my tbr they all sound great!!

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