Immersing Myself in Audiobooks: June 2020 (Black LGBTQ+ books)

Hello book nerds! Happy happy Pride Month to everyone! And when I say everyone, I mean everyone! Whether you’re out and proud, in the closet, or questioning, this is your month, too! I hope you got to celebrate it in your own way. 💗

So, since it’s Pride Month, I made a vow to read books that are in the LGBTQ+ spectrum. This includes the audiobooks I will listen to! I also decided to listen to books by Black authors to help uplift their stories and voices in these hard times. And so, as a result, I listened to audiobooks of Black LGBTQ+ books this month!

I listened to a total of four books, and I gave all of them (yes, ALL OF THEM) 5 stars! These were just amazing, I swear!

You Should See Me in a Crown

Title: You Should See Me in a Crown
Author: Leah Johnson
My rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
Genre/s and Tags: Young adult, Contemporary, Romance, Coming of Age, Realistic Fiction, Sapphic

I saw this book getting a lot of hype and attention on both Twitter and Instagram so I decided to give it a try. And wow, wow, wow. I’m convinced this book added 10 years to my life span!

This was so good! So cute and wholesome and full of fluff. Showed the importance and beauty of friendships, of family, of young love. There are also great character developments, especially the main character’s. And this was also so damn relatable! Honestly, this book is just perfect. Kudos to the author, and of course, the narrator (who did a pretty great job!)!

I also definitely got myself a physical copy, because y’all, it’s THAT good.

The Black Flamingo

Title: The Black Flamingo
Author: Dean Atta
My rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
Genre/s and Tags: Young Adult, Poetry, Novel in Verse, Coming of Age, Contemporary

If I knew this book was a novel in verse, I would have read this sooner! Nevertheless, it’s an amazing book that needs to be read by more people! This perfect book beautifully tackles gender and sexuality from childhood to adulthood, and I am in awe.

Dean Atta really knows his craft. He knows how to steal the readers’ breaths away and wow our minds with only his words. I loved everything about Michael’s journey—his mistakes, his experiences, his self-realizations, his achievements, his drag queen person, everything! Plus, the way gender and sexuality is talked about in this book is just amazing, enlightening, and wholesome. Such an amazing read!

Also, Dean Atta was also the one to narrate the audiobook and they’re brilliant!

King and the Dragonflies

Title: King and the Dragonflies
Author: Kacen Callender
My rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
Genre/s and Tags: Middle Grade, Contemporary, Realistic Fiction

I wanted to read Kacen Callender’s work before diving into Felix Ever After and this seemed like a good pick. It really was a good pick, of course!

This books is just amazing. It explored grief, self-identity, sexuality, friendship, and family in a melancholic yet tender way. Such a great ending to King’s story (which I loved), but now I feel like I want more. Kudos to the author and the narrator!

Clap When You Land

Title: Clap When You Land
Author: Elizabeth Acevedo
My rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
Genre/s and Tags: Young Adult, Contemporary, Poetry, Novel in Verse

Elizabeth Acevedo was the who introduced me to novels in verse with her debut novel, The Poet X, and I’ve been a fan ever since!

This is another novel in verse from Acevedo, and it did not disappoint! If anything, it just proved to me that Acevedo is amazing.

This was such a beautiful book! There’s so much story here—about families (and how messy they can be), about identity, about race, about being a woman, about dreams and passion, about healing. I was working while I was listening to the audiobook, and I swear, it took all my strength not to cry. Kudos to the author and the other narrator! They did so good!

And there you have it! I had so much fun with the audiobooks I listened to this month. These Black LGBTQ+ novels deserve so much more hype and acknowledgment and praise. In fact, there are a lot more books by Black authors and queer authors that deserve so much more from us bookworms as a community.

I hope we continue to actively look for these books, uplift them, and give them the attention they deserve. Not just every Pride Month, but in every month of every year.

How about other book nerds out there? How did y’all celebrate Pride Month? Did you get to read queer books as well? Tell me in the comments!

5 thoughts on “Immersing Myself in Audiobooks: June 2020 (Black LGBTQ+ books)

  1. I’ve recently been trying out audiobooks myself and finding I actually like them. Thank you for these recommendations, will be checking them out soon! 💓


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