Book Release Round Up – 16 LGBTQ+ 2019 Releases

I’m at Pride in NYC today so I thought I should celebrate by, once again, talking about some LGBTQ+ books.

I’m always looking for more LGBTQ+ reads, and 2019 is really stepping up to the plate, so I thought I should compile a list of some great books that I loved or hope to love.

Normally, I would write out a full synopsis for each book, but since I want to talk about quite a few of them (and my synopses always end up a little wordy) I’m just going to try and describe a book to the best of my ability in under 5 words. Let’s see how this goes. Every book will have a Goodreads link in case you want to see the full description of the book!

Alright, lets get started!

Early 2019 Releases

All of these books have already been released, which means you have no excuse to not pick them up and start reading now!

We Set The Dark on Fire by Tehlor Kay Mejia

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Series: We Set the Dark on Fire #1 (Duology)
Genre: YA Dystopian
Page Count: 384 pages
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books
Release Date: 2/26/2019
Summary: forbidden love, oppression, spies, rebellion




Small Town Hearts by Lillie Vale

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Series: N/A
Genre: YA Contemporary
Page Count: 336 pages
Publisher: Swoon Reads
Release Date: 3/19/2019
Summary: Summery, beach, Bi MC




Once & Future by Amy Rose Capetta and Cori McCarthy

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Series: N/A
Genre: YA Sci-Fi/Retelling (King Arthur)
Page Count: 352 pages
Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
Release Date: 3/26/2019
Summary: Comedy, female King Arthur





The Devouring Gray by Christine Lynn Herman

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Series: The Devouring Gray #1 (Duology)
Genre: YA Fantasy (Urban Fantasy/Magical Realism)
Page Count: 368 pages
Publisher: Titan Books
Release Date: 4/2/2019
Summary: Stranger Things meets The Raven Boys



The Princess and the Fangirl by Ashley Poston

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Series: Once Upon A Con #2 (Trilogy, companion novels)
Genre: YA Contemporary/Retelling (The Prince and the Pauper)
Page Count: 320 pages
Publisher: Quirk Books
Release Date: 4/2/2019
Summary: Conventions, mistaken identity, lesbian



Don’t Date Rosa Santos by Nina Moreno

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Series: N/A
Genre: YA Contemporary
Page Count: 336 pages
Publisher: Disney-Hyperion
Release Date: 5/14/2019
Summary: Latinx, a curse, summery, bi



I Wish You All The Best by Mason Deaver

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Series: N/A
Genre: YA Contemporary
Page Count: 336 pages
Publisher: Push
Release Date: 5/14/2019
Summary: nonbinary main character, anxiety



Red, White, and Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston

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Series: N/A
Genre: Romance (Contemporary) *Not YA
Page Count: 423 pages
Publisher: St. Martin’s Griffin
Release Date: 5/14/2019
Summary: Politics, enemies to lovers, gay & bi rep!



[Related: Red White and Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston – The Perfect Read for Pride Month (Review)]

Late 2019 Releases

Anything from here on is not yet released (as of me writing this), but will be soon! I know, it’s awful to wait, but now you can plan your preorders and get excited to dive in when they hit the shelves!

Call Down the Hawk by Maggie Stiefvater

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Series: Dreamer Trilogy #1 (Spin-off of The Raven Cycle)
Genre: YA Fantasy (Magical Realism)
Page Count: 448 pages
Publisher: Scholastic
Release Date: 11/9/2019
Summary: dream magic, Ronan’s book!




How to Be Remy Cameron by Julian Winters

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Series: N/A
Genre: YA Contemporary
Page Count: 340 pages
Publisher: Duet
Release Date: 9/10/2019
Summary: Identity and labels, rom-com




Tarnished Are The Stars by Rosie Thor

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Series: N/A
Genre: YA Sci-Fi
Page Count: 384 pages
Publisher: Scholastic
Release Date: 10/15/2019
Summary: cat-and-mouse game, ace, lesbian



Beyond the Black Door by A.M. Strickland

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Series: N/A
Genre: YA Fantasy
Page Count: 400 pages
Publisher: Imprint
Release Date: 10/29/2019
Summary: court intrigue, asexual romance, mysterious



Wilder Girls by Rory Power

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Series: N/A
Genre: YA Horror
Page Count: 368 pages
Publisher: Delacorte Press
Release Date: 7/9/2019
Summary: feminist horror, sapphic, quarantine




The Never Tilting World by Rin Chupeco

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Series: The Never Tilting World #1 (Duology)
Genre: YA Fantasy
Page Count: 400 pages
Publisher: HarperTeen
Release Date: 10/15/2019
Summary: Avatar the Last Air Bender meets Mad Max, climate change


Crier’s War by Nina Varela

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Series: Crier’s War #1 (Trilogy)
Genre: YA Fantasy
Page Count: 448 pages
Publisher: HarperTeen
Release Date: 10/1/2019
Summary: enemies to lovers, lesbian




Gideon the Ninth by Tamsyn Muir

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Series: The Ninth House #1 (Trilogy)
Genre: Fantasy *Not YA
Page Count: 352 pages
Publisher: Tor
Release Date: 9/10/2019
Summary: Lesbian necromancer, political intrigue


[Related: 12 LGBTQ+ Reads for Pride Month 2019! ]

Bonus 2020 Releases!

Since obviously 16 books isn’t enough, I thought I should include some hints at what 2020 might bring. So here are 5 LGBTQ+ books hitting shelves next year. I know the wait is long, but I’m sure it will be worth it!

The Gravity of Us by Phil Stamper

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Series: N/A
Genre: YA Contemporary
Page Count: 352 pages
Publisher: Bloomsbury YA
Release Date: 2/04/2020 (My birthday!)
Summary: Journalism, gay, children of astronauts.




Scavenge the Stars by Tara Sim

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Series: Scavenge the Stars #1 (Duology)
Genre: YA Fantasy/Retelling (The Count of Monte Cristo)
Page Count: 336 pages
Publisher: Disney Hyperion
Release Date: 1/07/2020
Summary: Bi, Revenge, fake identities



When We Were Magic by Sarah Gailey

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Series: N/A
Genre: YA Fantasy
Page Count: –
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Release Date: 3/03/2020
Summary: Comedy, witches, magic gone wrong




Ink in the Blood by Kim Smejkal

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Series: In in the Blood #1 (Duology)
Genre: YA Fantasy
Page Count: 448 pages
Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers
Release Date: 2/11/2020
Summary: Magic tattoos, traveling theater troupe



Reverie by Ryan La Sala

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Series: N/A
Genre: YA Fantasy
Page Count: 384 pages
Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire
Release Date: 1/07/2020
Summary: fantasy worlds, drag queen sorceress




And there it is! 16 LGBTQ+ books that either have been released in 2019, or will be released before the year is over. Plus, five 2020 releases I’m dying for!!

What is your favorite LGBTQ+ read from 2019?







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