January 30, 2023

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Based on your 2022 reading, which queer book should you pre-order in 2023?

The end of 2022 is fast approaching. How has your reading life been this year? Have you read a lot of great books? Have you struggled through one dyslexia after another? Have you discovered great new authors or have you stuck with your old favourites? Are you happy with what you read, or do you wish you had branched out a little more?

No matter how you answer these questions, 2023 is a clean slate. Whether you’ve just had the best or worst year of reading of your life, you determine what comes next. But sometimes it’s difficult to know exactly what you want to change about your reading, even when you know what currently works and what doesn’t.

That’s where this quiz comes in! We could all use a little excitement and inspiration, right? There’s nothing quite like looking forward to some great pre-orders, especially if you’re looking to shake up your reading in 2023. So tell us all about how your 2022 reading went, and we’ll come up with the perfect queer for 2023 to pre-order for you! Consider it a gift to your future self: whether you pre-order from your local indie, add it to a library, or simply add the title to your TBR, it will hopefully be a reminder of all the good books to come in the future New Year.

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I keep my exoskeletons to myself by Marisa Crane (January 17)

This powerful, introspective book is set in a version of the United States where, instead of going to jail, wrongdoers get an extra shadow. It is an intricate character study of a grieving widow, a meditation on queer parenting, and an exploration of state power, surveillance, and liberation.

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My Dear Henry by Kalynn Bayron (March 7)

If you’re looking for a compelling, thoughtful read, this YA novel has it all: magic, romance, and adventure! Set in 1885 London, it’s a strange gothic retelling of Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde with a teenager trying to figure out why his best friend has disappeared – and why the mysterious new stranger in town is so familiar.

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The People Who Report More Stress by Alejandro Varela (April 4)

This collection of interconnected stories features a queer and Latino cast of parents, lovers and friends, all trying to survive as best they can in New York City and the surrounding suburbs. The stories focus on the everyday realities of long-term partnerships, work, parenting, racism, alienation and more. If you’re looking for something that’s as funny as it is sharp, Varela should definitely be at the top of your list.

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Resolution by Jennifer Savran Kelly (February 7)

A journey of gender discovery! Messy Queer Relationships! Lesbian Mash! This book sounds like queer heaven. Dawn is a bookbinder living in New York in 2003, but she’s stuck: in her relationship, in her work, in her body, in her gender. Then she finds a love letter on the back cover of a 1950s lesbian pulp novel, and her obsession with finding the author of the letter takes her to a place she didn’t expect.

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Sorry Bro by Taleen Voskuni (January 31)

It’s time for a queer romcom! This charming romance follows Nar, a bisexual Armenian-American woman who reluctantly allows her mother to convince her to attend a series of Armenian cultural events taking place in the city. The intended purpose, of course: to meet a nice man. But she meets a nice woman instead, a woman who makes her feel like she can be herself. The only problem: now she just has to tell her mom about it.

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Choosing Family by Francesca Royster (February 7)

This memoir isn’t just about Royster’s journey to motherhood. It’s also about all of the ways that queer people and Black people have been raising families outside of white, heteronormative expectations for centuries. Royster shares stories of her African American family, growing up in Chicago, and the winding road she and her partner traveled to becoming mothers. It is a beautiful, moving and insightful book.

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Hijab Butch Blues by Lamya H

In this memoir in essays, Lamya H shares the stories from the Quran that shaped her understanding of herself as a queer Muslim person. As a teenager and young adult, struggling to understand her identity and her desires, she turns to the Qur’an and finds a wealth of stories that speak to her – tales of resistance and resilience, and about people who, like her, don’t fit into neat boxes .

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Leg of Greg Marshall (June 13)

Greg Marshall combines plenty of hilarity with a poignant coming-of-age story in this memoir. He writes about growing up gay in the 1990s, as a young man asserting his disabled identity as someone with cerebral palsy, and all the messes that play out in between. It’s the perfect mix of heartfelt, thoughtful and a little absurd – because who takes life too seriously?

Looking for more queer book recommendations? Take this quiz for great reviews for 2022 queer books or this one to find your next fun YA queer read. Looking for a queer YA thriller? We have a quiz for that too! You can even design your perfect dinner party and get an under-the-radar queer shot!