The LGBTQ+ Rep Book Tag

Hellooo :)) I have had a traumatic night 😂. So I went out earlier with a friend to walk his dog and we were chatting, minding our own business when a seagull swoops down and tries to get a cat on the opposite side of the road. Ten seconds later this same seagull flies back around and dives at us!!! We ducked. We screamed. I am scarred.

Apparently this isn’t the first “seagulls gone wild” incident either and, according to my friend, police were called earlier today because seagulls were just diving at people.

So yeah … I am never leaving my house again. The seagulls are rising up.

Anyways, focusing on something not bird related, I am here today with a tag created by the amazing Virginia @ The Sassy Library in celebration of it being pride month. Thank you so much for the tag! If you go over to her post she has really cute graphics to go with the questions.

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Rules:

  • Thank whoever tagged you and link to their blog post.
  • Link to the original creator: The Sassy Library Fox! And please credit The Sassy Library Fox if you use (copy & paste) the artwork/ graphics.
  • Match books with the given prompts.
  • Tag as many people as you like!
  • Post the rules and the list of prompts in your tag post.

1.Female Strength: A book with a lesbian heroine

For this question I am going with Hannah from These Witches Don’t Burn by Isabel Sterling. She is an elemental witch dealing with a blood ritual interrupting her start of summer party, having to team up with her ex-girlfriend and crushing on the cute new ballerina.


2.Cinnamon Roll: A book with an adorable gay character

I swear I’m not just repeating books from my recent list of recommendations but Nick Bell from The Extraordinaries by T.J. Klune is such a sweet and adorable character you can’t help but love despite his flaws.


3.Boys & Girls: A book with a bi rep done right

I thountitledught the bisexual representation in Red, White & Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston was really well done, from Alex’s coming out and the realisation that making out with your highschool best friend isn’t a “no homo” situation, to the overall chaotic bisexual energy he exudes throughout the novel.

Another is Queens of Geek by Jen Wilde. I haven’t read this yet but I have bought it recently and I’ve heard it has some pretty good bisexual representation.


4.The Body & The Soul: A book with a transgender character

52339313._SX318_SY475_I sadly haven’t read any books with a transgender character yet. I have read the Magnus Chase trilogy by Rick Riordan where Alex Fierro is introduced but she’s a genderfluid character so I don’t know if that counts. (If you haven’t read that trilogy yet though, get on that).

One of my anticipated releases of this year though is Cemetety Boys by Aiden Thomas which comes out this September and I am 99.9% sure this features a transgender brujo who performs some sort of necromancy spell. I am definitely planning on reading this as soon as I can.


5. We’re All Queer: A queer rep you’d love to see more often in books.

I would really love to see more Aro/Ace characters in books both focusing on the characters sexuality and them coming to terms and realising this, but also books where the character is ace/aro and that is simply a fact about them that is represented while they’re also a magical chosen one or something.

I also really want to see more f/f romances. I still feel like it’s always m/m books that are the most hyped which is great, don’t get me wrong, but I want that same energy with cute and adorable f/f romances. (This is something I am seeing more of though so I’m happy)


6. All About Pronouns: A book with a non-binary character

There is a non-binary character in The Black Veins by Ashia Monet called Jamie who has purple hair and two mums and I there really wasn’t enough of them in the book. Overall this book wasn’t amazing but I had to appreciate the representation and how accurate and authentic the fictional teenagers felt.


7. A Romantic Ace: A character that belongs to the aro/ace spectrum

42115981._SY475_I haven’t read over many books where the characters are canonically on the aro/ace spectrum but one I really liked was Tash from Tash Hearts Tolstoy by Kathryn Ormsbee and I am really looking forward to reading about Georgia from Loveless by Alice Oseman which comes out soon.

Other characters I really like include Neil Josten from All For the Game and Julian Blackthron from The Dark Artifices. These two are both demisexual however it’s never stated in exact words. I know in Neils case the author did say she wrote him as demisexual however at the time (early 2000’s) she never realised there was an exact name for it.


8. One Big Family: A book that features lots of different LGBTQ+ reps

I think Virginia said this too but I’m going with the Hearstopper graphic novels by Alice Oseman which has a big group of friends, the majority of who are LGBT+ and I love them all.

I’ve got the three released volumes of this graphic novel but I think I’m going to go back on Webtoons and catch up to the monthly updates.


9. Sapphic Love: Your favourite f/f couple

These two aren’t from a book so I don’t know if it counts but I want to talk about them so I’m going with Avalance aka Sara Lance and Ava Sharpe from Legends of Tomorrow. Sara is a badass ex-assassin who has died many times and Ava is a clone and together they are the co-captains on a timeship.

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I love these too so much. I love this show so much. Go watch it if you haven’t already. It gets wierder and wilder with every season.


10. Boys Love: Your m/m OTP

Andrew Minyard and Neil Josten from All For the Game by Nora Sakovic.

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I’m trash for this series, this isn’t new information to anybody, but I really love the dynamic between these two and the fact that their relationship develops over several books which I personally don’t see happen often with LGBT+ couples.


11. SIDE KICK: Your favourite LGBTQ+ side character.

untitledI read Chain of Gold by Cassandra Clare recently and I fell in love with many of the side characters so I’m including them all (except Charles, I don’t like him).

Matthew Fairchild radiates chaotic bisexual energy and I am rooting for him and his happy ending, Alistair Carstairs deserves better and I’m hoping for that, Anna Lightwood is an icon who we should all bow down to, Thomas Lightwood is a sweetie who I’m hoping gets more page time in the future and together the two cousins cement the Lightwood family as the gayest of the shadowhunters.


12. Stealing The Show: An LGBTQ+ side character couple that rocks your socks.

Nico di Angelo and Will Solace had only a handful of scenes in The Hidden Oracle by Rick Riordan and yet they were my favourite part of the book. Maybe this is just because Nico is one of my favourite characters but yeah …

Also Gibby and Jasmine from The Extraordinaries by T.J. Klune were a highlight of thhe  book.


13. Strong Beliefs: An LGBTQ+ book that deals with religion.

… the Magnus Chase series and/or the Trials of Apollo series by Rick Riordan ???

This counts right? Norse gods. Greek gods. Various lgbt+ characters. I’m saying it counts.


14. Rainbows Everywhere: A book with an unapologetic cover.

Are these unapologetic? I don’t know but they’re cute.


15. Future Generations: Your most anticipated LGBTQ+ release.

I have many and I shall be talking about them tomorrow so for now all I’m going to say is that the fact that I haven’t read The Love Hypothesis by Laura Steven which features a genuis bisexual girl with a dog called Sirius makes me sad.


I Tag (if you want, no pressure):

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Doing this tag has helped me de-stress after the whole seagull incident so once again a big thank you to Virginia, this was a lot of fun:) Thanks for reading and stay safe.

Elli xx

8 thoughts on “The LGBTQ+ Rep Book Tag

  1. First of all: Take care and don’t go out! Evil seagulls are scary!! XD
    And secondly: YAY! You did the tag! I loved all your answers and I’m even more curious about “All for the Game” now! This has been on my TBR for ages and I really need to get to it. I agree the bi rep in RWARB was great! I loved Alex so much even though I wasn’t his biggest fan at the beginning. I guess that was only because I was already in love with Henry though. *lol* The world really needs more f/f books too. I made the experience that they are always kind of in the background and never as much the focus as in m/m books. Also Alex Fierro is kinda special because Alex is gender fluid but also kind of transgender. She/He is able to change genders along with her/his gender fluidity (something I kinda envy, I’d love to be able to do that too. *lol*) so I suppose you might say that kind of makes Alex both?! It’s a little bit confusing… and this comment is already too long! Sorry! *lol*
    Still, thank you so much for doing my tag! ❤

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  2. I don’t know if you’ve seen the Bad Lip Reading about Yoda and seagulls but that was YOU!! The seagulls poked your knees!!

    This is a perfect tag! Thank you so much for tagging me! I can’t wait to fill out the prompts.

    Also, genderfluid can be considered trans! Think of trans as an umbrella over non-binary and other gender experiences. Not all non-binary people identify as trans; however, their experiences can and do count as trans experiences because their gender differs from their assigned gender at birth!

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    1. I wanted to know what you meant so I went and watched it omg 😂 I’ll make sure to sing that next time.

      And thankyou for letting me know about that, I didn’t really know where genderfluid would fall under. Can’t see your answers 🙂

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  3. Oh my god I really don’t like seagulls either. I lived in Exeter for a year and those seagulls are terrifying, absolutely unafraid of humans and properly dive bombed my brother for his sandwich once. Traumatised!! Thanks so much for the tag as well!! I’m dying to carry on with the AFTG trilogy, I’ve only read book 1 but I’ve heard the sequels like knock your socks off and I also want to see the ship rise 😂

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