Off the Shelf: New LGBTQIA+ Books to Celebrate Pride Month

Posted June 7, 2023

By Alaina Sprockett
Adult Services Librarian

Pride Month in June is a time for celebration, activism, and reflection. It’s also a time to explore new and exciting books that explore LGBTQIA+ experiences, identities, and stories. Whether you are part of the LGBTQIA+ community or an ally, there’s never been a better time to dive into the diverse world of queer literature.

Here are 8 new releases to celebrate Pride Month. Happy Pride!

The Fiancée Farce: A Novel  by Alexandria Bellefleur 

Follow Tansy Adams, a witty bookstore owner, as she weaves a web of lies to appease her nosy stepfamily, only to have it all come crashing down when she meets the real-life inspiration behind her fake girlfriend. With endearing characters, witty banter, and plenty of swoon-worthy moments, readers won’t be able to resist rooting for Tansy and Gemma’s happy ending as their fake relationship turns into something real.

Confidence: A Novel by Rafael Frumkin

In this thrilling tale of cons, hustles, and the twisted nature of the American Dream, two long-time friends and occasional lovers embark on what they hope is a lucrative career in scam artistry before heading to juvie.

In the Lives of Puppets by TJ Klune

In a world where humans and robots coexist hidden among trees, Victor unwittingly unearths a dark past shared by a mysterious android named “HAP” and his fatherly inventor, Giovanni Lawson. As they embark on a perilous journey to rescue Giovanni, Victor grapples with conflicting emotions towards HAP. Can he accept love with conditions?

The Foxglove King by Hannah Whitten

In Hannah Whitten’s gripping new fantasy series, a young woman’s journey to escape a deadly cult at thirteen, master death magic, and enter the treacherous world of the Sainted King’s court, is marked by politics, religion, and forbidden love. Can she uncover the truth about mysterious deaths, or will her past catch up to her?

Flux by Jinwoo Chong

Get ready for a mind-bending debut novel that weaves together the lives of three characters, whose realities begin to unravel in Jinwoo Chong’s “Flux.” This neo-noir, speculative fiction, and ’80s detective show-inspired novel explores themes of grief, trauma, and identity while asking the ultimate question: can we change our past or future, and what truths do we owe ourselves and our families?

Best Men by Sidney Karger

In this charming tale, Max and Chasten, two best men, fall in love during a wedding and must navigate their newfound relationship without stealing the show. As the wedding approaches, they struggle to coexist in Paige’s life without making everything about them. Can they keep their spark alive, or will their love go up in flames?

Love at First Set by Jennifer Dugan

In Jennifer Dugan’s heartwarming romantic comedy, a drunken pep talk in a bathroom changes everything for Lizzie. She convinces a bride-to-be to call off her wedding, falls for the newly single Cara, and must keep her involvement a secret. Follow Lizzie’s journey of self-discovery as she explores the risks and rewards of love in this charming tale.

The Secret Lives of Country Gentlemen by KJ Charles

Sir Gareth Inglis inherits his family title and a manor on the Romney Marsh, which is home to cutthroats and thieves. Joss Doomsday, who runs the Doomsday smuggling clan, blackmails Gareth to recant his testimony against Joss’s sister. After a tumultuous reunion, Gareth and Joss cannot stay away from each other and embark on a dangerous and mysterious journey. Along the way, Gareth may finally find true love with Joss, the least likely of scoundrels.


Looking for more books to enjoy?

Stop by your local library branch and ask a librarian or visit NoveList for reading ideas.