2020 LGBTQ+ RELEASES PART II

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So. The first part of this did really well and as well as being thankful for all the support, it also makes me so happy seeing all the excitement for books featuring diverse characters. Not only that but the fact that I can write a second part to this post (and perhaps a third) just goes to show how much more diverse books are becoming. There was a time where you would struggle to find books featuring characters with different identities and sexualities. Now look! Of course there’s still a way to go but I’m so happy we’re on the right track. For now, here are another twenty books being released in 2020 featuring LGBTQ+ characters in order of release! 

 

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We Used To Be Friends by Amy Spalding
(bisexual MC, f/f romance)

If there’s one topic YA books don’t deal with too often, it’s friendship breakups. The idea that they can be as heartbreaking as romantic breakups definitely needs to be explored and this book does exactly that. As well as featuring a bisexual main character and a f/f romance, this dual POV contemporary definitely needs to be added to your TBRs.
Release Date: January 7th 2020

 

 

 

The Seep by Chana Porter 45448133
(trans MC)

This speculative fiction novel tells the story of a middle-aged trans woman whose life is changed after an alien invasion known as The Seep. In a world where anything can be imagined and everything is connected, Trina and her wife live a happy life. However, when Trina’s wife, Deeba imagines herself as a baby – and therefore the chance to start a new life, Trina is devastated when it comes true and she’s left alone. Struggling with alcoholism, Trina joins forces with a young boy and embarks on a special quest.
Release Date: January 21st 2020

 

 

 

40077157._SY475_The Circus Rose by Betsy Cornwell
(queer MCs)

Although I was unable to find the actual sexualities of the characters, this is marketed as a queer retelling of Snow White and Rose Red and let’s face it, that’s all we need to know. However, we follow the story of twins, Rosie and Ivory who have grown up on the road under the care of their ringmaster mother. However, when shadows fall over the land and preachers fill the squares, disaster soon strikes during Rosie’s tightrope act. Not only that but we can also expect a found family so… say no more.
Release Date: January 21st 2020

 

 

 

Heartstopper Volume III by Alice Oseman43449920._SY475_
(m/m romance)

I think everybody and their mother knows about Heartstopper whether they’re a fan or not so I won’t delve into specifics. However, the third part in this graphic novel features a trip to Paris and all the cuteness we have grown to love. This series also features a f/f romance and a trans side character and spoiler alert, 99% of the characters are rays of sunshine.
Release Date: February 6th 2020

 

 

 

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Ink in the Blood by Kim Smejkal
(nb, trans, gay, lesbian and bi characters)

So this book is full to the brim of different sexualities and identities and the author has said, ‘Orientation, identity, and expression are along continuums and there is no binary, but to use familiar terms, the novel features nonbinary and trans characters, and on-page m/m, f/f, and bi rep.’ As for the story, it delves into tattoo magic and a world where ink is the weapon.
Release Date: February 11th 2020

 

 

 

The Unspoken Name by A.K. Larkwood45046552
(sapphic characters)

Csorwe knows when she is going to die, she will sacrifice herself at the Shrine of the Unspoken. However, on the day of her death, she is offered another option – help this powerful mage topple and empire and take back the throne as an assassin. Although I am not 100% of the representation, I do believe there are lesbian, gay and bisexual characters.
Release Date: February 11th 2020

 

 

 

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Witches of Ash & Ruin by E. Latimer
(bisexual MC)

So the author has described this book as ‘hella gay’ so safe to say, I’m excited. Not only is it hella gay, but it also mixes modern witchcraft with Celtic mythology. Its protagonist, Dayna, is also struggling to cope with her OCD and the fact that she was outed in a conservative Irish town. The synopsis also hints at a f/f relationship which I’m very excited for!
Release Date: March 3rd 2020

 

 

 

The Winter Duke by Claire Eliza Bartlett46734428
(sapphic MCs, f/f romance)

If I’m honest, I was already sold on this book when I saw that it was inspired by Anastasia. Then I heard that it was a book about wlw and I was even more convinced. When Ekata’s family falls victim to a strange sleeping sickness, she has no choice but to become duke of her kingdom, as well as inheriting her brother’s warrior bride. Marketed as a political mystery filled with ice and underwater kingdoms, it sounds like an interesting take on the YA fantasy genre.
Release Date: March 3rd 2020

 

 

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The Midnight Lie by Marie Rutkoski
(f/f romance, lesbian MCs)

Marie returns with a friends to lovers f/f fantasy and it already looks amazing. Nirrim lives in a land full of crime and poverty – pleasures are reserved for the High Kith and villagers such as Nirrim are not even permitted to sample sweets or wear colour. However, everything changes when she meets Sid, a traveler from far away who reveals that magic exists and together, they set off to discover magic for themselves.
Release Date: March 3rd 2020

 

 


The Love Hypothesis by Laura Steven46898331._SY475_
(bisexual MC)

Straight A student, Cara, has her entire future planned, however, there’s one thing she has always struggled with – love. When she one day discovers a scientific breakthrough which could make her irresistible to everybody around her, she wanders if chemistry is the only way to love. However, when her long-term crush, Haruki and her girl best friend show an interest, is it because of science or are their feelings real? Also marketed for fans of Sex Education, consider me intrigued.
Release Date: March 5th 2020

 

 

 

42442934._SY475_Queen of Coin and Whispers by Helen Corcoran
(f/f romance, demi MC)

When Lia inherits a kingdom from her corrupt uncle, she hires a new spymaster, Xania who aims to avenge her murdered father. However, it isn’t long before the two fall for each other but will they choose vengeance and duty over love? The author has said both Lia and Xania are lesbians and Xania is demisexual. We’re also being treated to queer friendships and a predominately female cast. It needs to get on my shelf right now.
Release Date: April 6th 2020

 

 

 


All Boys Aren’t Blue by George M. Johnson39834234._SY475_
(queer MC)

This non-fiction book tells the story of journalist and LGBTQ+ activist, George M. Johnson and what it was like for him growing up as a queer black teen. It shows how despite everything, you can fight for yourself and others and strive for equality. We have also been blessed with the world’s softest cover and I can definitely see this book becoming an important addition to our shelves.
Release Date: April 28th 2020

 

 

 

42115981._SY475_Loveless by Alice Oseman
(aro-ace MC)

I have no regrets with including Alice twice on this list and including one of my most anticipated books of 2020. This is her own voices book including an aro-ace protagonist, Georgia. Believing she is an anomaly for never having a crush or a relationship but still enjoying romantic films and weddings, she still thinks she’ll find her person one day… right? However, when she starts university and recruits the help of her roommate, Rooney, Georgia discovers that she is not an anomaly and begins her journey to self-acceptance.
Release Date: April 30th 2020

 

 

 

The Scapegracers by Hannah Abigail Clarke46287674._SY475_
(lesbian MC)

This book needs all the hype because, wait for it, teenage lesbian finding her coven amongst the popular girls at school. Are you sold? Despite starting out as an outsider performing tricks in secret, that all changes when three popular girls at school pay her to perform magic at a Halloween party. After that, the girls become inseparable and plan parties, curse ‘dudebros’ and help to find protagonist, Sideaways a girlfriend. A book dealing with the complexities of teenage girls and their friendships? Yes please.
Release Date: May 12th 2020

 

 

 

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The Friend Scheme by Cale Dietrich
(m/m romance)

This ‘part thriller/part romance’ YA novel definitely sounds like my cup of tea, especially when you consider a son of a mobster and the son of a police commissioner falling in love, a first for them both. A forbidden m/m romance? Sign me up. This book also deals with gender roles and masculinity which I’m interested to see. Also also, how soft is that cover?
Release Date: May 26th 2020

 

 

 

 

Camp by Lev A.C. Rosen48081823
(gay MC)

Although our main character is gay, this story featuring a camp for queer teens is full to the brim with LGBTQ+ characters including trans, lesbian, gay, pansexual, demisexual and bisexual representation. Randy Kapplehoff loves his time at Camp Outland, however, when he falls for Hudson, a guy who only likes straight-acting guys, Randy decides to come back as ‘Del,’ a version of himself that is buff and masculine. However, when the boys do become closer, Randy must decide if this relationship is worth hiding who he is. An important book that deals with toxic masculinity within the queer community.
Release Date: May 26th 2020

 

 

 

46398041The Dark Tide by Alicia Jasinska
(sapphic MCs, f/f romance)

This is one of those books that upon reading the synopsis, you immediately want it in your hands. This book tells the story of the Witch Queen, who lures a boy back to her palace every year on Walpurgis Night. However, sure that her brother will be chosen next, Lina decides to take matters into her own hands and recruits her crush, Tomas to help break into the palace. However, when the Queen takes Tomas, she offers Lina a trade – she’ll let him go if Lina takes his place. However, when the two women fall for each other, they must choose what or who to sacrifice.
Release Date: June 1st 2020

 

 

 

Cinderella is Dead by Kalynn Bayron43900612._SY475_
(f/f romance)

“A YA fantasy in which queer black girls team up to overthrow the patriarchy in the former kingdom of Cinderella.” I mean?? Set many years after Cinderella found her prince, teenage girls are called to the Annual Ball where they will be selected by men based on their finery. If they are not chosen, they disappear. Sophia who would much rather be with her childhood best friend, Erin has no choice but to flee into the mausoleum where she meet Constance and her sisters, descendants of Cinderella. Together the girls team up to take down the king once and for all.
Release Date: July 7th 2020

 

 

 

44211453The Fell of Dark by Caleb Roehrig
(gay MC)

2020 is going to be the comeback of vampires and not just any vampires, gay vampires. In his town of Fulton Heights, August Pfeiffer is used to his fair share of supernatural drama. However, when a hot mysterious vampire rolls (stalks?) into town with a warning, August lands himself deep in the drama. A dark power is creeping through the town and despite being seemingly normal, August is the key to stopping it.
Release Date: July 14th 2020

 

 

 

Zara Hossain is Here by Sabina Khan47152243
(bisexual MC)

This young-adult contemporary tells the story of, as you guessed it, Zara, a Pakistani immigrant living in Texas with her family. Struggling with the Islamophobia she faces at school whilst trying not to jeopardise her family’s visa status, everything changes for Zara when her house is vandalised by racist graffiti and a violent crime is committed. The author has promised us a love triangle, friendship and what it’s like to fight for where you belong.
Release Date: November 10th 2020

 


As always, I hope you find a new favourite and most importantly, support these authors however you can!
Lots of Love,
Angharad
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6 thoughts on “2020 LGBTQ+ RELEASES PART II

  1. Ahh thanks for putting this together! I’m super behind on books, I can’t even remember what the 2019 releases were let alone what’s coming out in 2020 but it looks like there’s some great books on here. I can’t wait for Heartstopper III and I also added The Seep onto my TBR as it sounds great.

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  2. Ahhhh yet more books I need to add to my TBR! I’m really keen to check out We Used To Be Friends – friendship break-ups aren’t talked about enough, and they’re heart-breaking – and I really need to read some Alice Oseman. Witches of Ash & Ruin, Queen of Coin and Whispers, The Scapegracers and Cinderella is Dead are all going on my TBR. Thanks so much for bringing these to my attention!

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