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Queer 2020 Releases I Can't Wait For (Part 1)

This is in no way an exhaustive list of queer titles that are being released in the first half of this year because we are being spoiled! There's honestly at least ten coming out (ha) each month which is unbelievably awesome and makes me so, so happy! But the same books don't appeal to everyone and therefore I decided to make a list purely of the releases that I am most excited about. There are some I've left off because of the genre (you'll notice that this list is 99% contemporary YA) or it's a series I haven't yet started or even because I am looking forward to it coming out but am just unlikely to actually read it this year. 

2019 Favourites

The last day of the year has finally arrived and with it brings the inevitable - looking back at the memories, the moments and of course, the books. I started out the year with the intention of reading at least 80 books and the secret hope that I would hit 100 for the second year running. I managed 112 and honestly I have no idea how. I'm a fast reader yes but still, 112?! That's more than I've ever read in one year before in my life. I'm actually stupidly proud of it. 

Even though I read so many books this year narrowing down my favourites was surprisingly easy. For every ten books I read, one of them stuck with me long after I turned the final page. Looking at my bookcase this past week I was prepared to struggle but instead I found myself drawn towards the following nine. I could have included a few more, and I do have a little honourable mentions list at the bottom but ultimately these are the books that wiggled into my heart and stayed there. The books that I want to shout from the rooftops about and recommend to every single person I know, starting with you.

the importance of being represented

I remember searching desperately for characters who looked like me (or rather, looked like the thing that I might be but was too scared to admit yet, even to myself.) I stared at every blurb I found, scanning the shelves at the school library, the public library and the ones in the bookshops in the hope that suddenly there would be a bright beam of rainbow light and any potential queer book there would launch itself into my arms. Unsurprisingly, that didn't happen.