This week it’s “Favorite Book Quotes,” aka some of my favorite quotes from books! Most of these are queer, which was completely unexpected. No spoilers in terms of plot points.
I try saying it out loud. “Demiboy.” Demiboy, demiboy, demiboy. I smile a little. I smile, and then outright laugh, and I might even begin to cry a little, because I know what Bex was talking about now. The confidence that spreads through me. I know that this is right. It’s kind of amazing, that there’s a word that explains exactly how I feel, that takes away all of my confusion and questioning and hesitation—a word that lets me know there are others out there who feel exactly the same way that I do.Felix Ever After by Kacen CAllender
Trans joy!! Gender euphoria!! We love to see it!
Red’s letters she keeps in her own body, curled beneath her tongue like coins, printed in her fingers’ tips, between the lines of her palms. She presses them against her teeth before kissing her marks, reads them over when she shifts her grip on motorcycle handles, dusts soldiers’ chins with them in bar fights and barracks games.This is How You Lose the Time War by Amal El-Mohtar & Max Gladstone
I mean this book is iconic for it’s quotes, I had to include one of the highlights I made.
Before this summer, I’d never considered there was anything beyond he or she. Or that folks could experience a multitude of genders within their person, like what?! That sounded amazing. Beautiful. Wild like the universe.Juliet Takes a Breath by Gabby Rivera
This is the only one taken from an ARC (because I haven’t gotten to buying my own copy.) I’m terrible at pain, but if I ever got a tattoo, I want “Wild like the universe” on my body.
They imagined themselves dressing like a man, with their hair tied up like a man. It felt different. Not right, exactly, but there was something there.
I want. I want
Akesha’s limbs trembled with the rush of adrenaline. This was it, the answer they had been looking for, scrambling to find over the past few days, ever since Mokoya dropped her bag of secretsThe Black Tides of Heaven by Neon Yang
I think this was the first coming out I read in relation to like, gender, and man, did it hit me hard.
“It’s beautiful out,” she said. “I thought we could go down by the water?”
Eighteen years minus two months of living on an island and I had never wanted more to go and look at the waves.Summer of Salt by Katrina Leno
This book has so many romantic lines like this. It’s the main reason why I love this book, these cute, romantic lines that just get you giggling.
“I’ve been mentally preparing myself to come out all over again, but I’ve been doing that for a while now. That was one of the things I realized early. If you’re queer, your life has the potential to become one long coming-out moment. If I ever want to be called the right pronouns, I’ll have to correct people and put myself out there first and who knows what could happen.”I Wish You All The Best by Mason Deaver
The accuracy!! I’d say every queer person deals with coming out multiple times, but this definitely hits with nonbinary people who don’t present as one gender or another.
Jackie flipped the sign on the door to CLOSED, her hand touching the window, leaving its ghost upon the glass, a hand raised to say “Stop” or “Come here” or “Hello” or “Help” or maybe only “I am here. This hand, at least, is real.”Welcome to Night Vale by Joseph Fink & Jeffrey Cranor
Very rude for Fink and Cranor making me deal with this baller line in the first chapter of this book.
There was so much more to Dara than the cold, bitter façade he’d presented. He was that, too, but he was also Dara: the effortless genius, the political critic and poker cheat, the boy who analyzed everything he read according to poststructuralist theory and kept fresh flowers in a vase on his bedside table. Dara, who claimed he hated everything but secretly dreamed of counting the stars.The Fever King by Victoria Lee
I just love these boys so much!!!
These were people who were happy with themselves. They liked themselves, not in spite of who they were but because of who they were. It didn’t make sense, not hardly. That kind of joy shouldn’t have been an option for women like these ones. It was as lush as a table laid to creaking with ripe fruit and crackle-skinned meat and whole-fat butter. It was a temptation. It was a promise. It was impossible.Upright Women Wanted by Sarah Gailey
THIS is how you write internalized homophobia, by giving them this hope that they don’t have to hate themselves forever.
Eventually Rangi fell into a deep sleep, radiating warmth like a little glowing coal in the hearth. Kyoshi realized that comforting her throughout the night was both an honor and a torture she wouldn’t have traded for anything in the world.The Rise of Kyoshi by F.C. Lee
These two were so cute, I was not expecting it!