Happy PRIDE month! As if my blog wasn’t gay enough, I found this tag a while ago and wanted to do it for Pride month.
If you didn’t already know the gay flag (the traditional rainbow pride flag for everyone) was made with each color meaning something different. In fact the flag originally had 8 colors, but 2 were left off due to high demand and the need for an even number of stripes.
This book tag is inspired by the meaning behind the 6 colors on the pride flag, so let’s get started.
(Also, all books I’m mentioning will be queer because this is a queer book tag!)
1. Red (Life) – A book with a spirited protagonist totally proud of who they are. Someone who gives you LIFE!
This probably goes to my guilty pleasure, MASK OF SHADOWS and Sal, who is very clear with their genderfluid identity. The rep isn’t the beeeeeest but I really enjoyed it and I’m planning on rereading the duology this month if I have time.
2. Orange (Healing) – A book that made you, as the reader, find a deeper meaning or catharsis in your own life.
Not sure how to go about this question, but I’m going to interpret this as “what made you good cry,” so I’m going with THE FEVER KING. The last 30% of the book destroyed me and I can’t wait to reread it.
3. Yellow (Sunshine) – A book that fills you with so much joy it could brighten even your darkest day.
QUEENS OF GEEK or NO MAN OF WOMAN BORN. QUEENS OF GEEK is just a sweet, sweet contemporary with plot that’s low on stakes but still interesting. Plus it has a lot of lovely rep and the cover is bright pink. NO MAN OF WOMAN BORN makes me happy because it’s so many different types of trans people in different types of fantasy worlds and no matter the ending of the story, the concept itself makes me happy.
4. Green (Nature) – A book that is set out of this world — a reality different to our own.
CITY OF STRIFE takes place in the fictional fantasy city of Isandor and so many of the characters fall in the LGBTQ+ community.
While this is the first book that pops up in my head for a queer fantasy book, it still has homophobia, or at least does in a different country. For a book with no homophobia, check out OF FIRE AND STARS.
5. Blue (Peace) – A book where one of the characters finds peace with a difficult truth.
WE ARE OKAY by Nina LaCour. I forget if Marin finds peace, but she definitely starts that process. It’s a f/f contemporary, but the focus is really on Marin and her family.
6. Purple (Spirit) – A book that deals with LGBT+ themes and religion.
My gut instinct is AUTOBOYOGRAPHY which deals with Morman-ism and two gay boys, but I’m going to also go with OUT OF THE BLUE. It’s a little lighter on the religious themes, but it’s whole premise is two girls fall in love while there are angels falling from the sky. There are light religion talks throughout.
If you want to do this tag, consider yourself tagged! And have a lovely and safe pride!