2023 Reading Challenge: LGBTQ+ Protagonists

Are you participating in our 2023 Reading Challenge?

If you’re participating in the category-based reading challenge, either by using the tracking sheet or on Beanstack, we can help you find books in each of the categories. Today we’re featuring books featuring LGBTQ+ protagonists. Below are just a few recommendations, but these aren’t all the books that fit the category. These are just a few ideas to help get you started.

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Middle Grade

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One true wayThe Civil War of Amos AbernathyToo Bright to See The best at it  / Alice Austen lived here

Young Adult

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When you get the chance /  Autoboyography Between perfect and realI wish you all the best  / Loveless 

Adult Fiction

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Yerba Buena First time for everything Detransition, baby Endpapers / The romantic agenda 

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Books Coming to the Screens this June!

The Boogeyman (from Night Shift) by Stephen King

The Boogeyman

Adaptation of Stephen King’s ‘The Boogeyman’.

June 2nd/ Theatres/ Put on hold

Aurora Teagarden Mysteries by Charlaine Harris

(Something New)

Aurora Teagarden Mysteries: Something New (TV Series) - IMDb

When Sally’s fiancée doesn’t appear her best friend Aurora asks Arthur to assist her look for him. Soon a body is found, everyone assumes it is Sally’s tardy groom, but when it turns out to be someone else, he becomes the main suspect.

June 9th/ Hallmark/ Put on hold

The Minds of Billy Milligan by Daniel Keyes

(The Crowded Room)

Film Updates on Twitter: "The poster for Apple TV+ series 'THE CROWDED  ROOM' starring Tom Holland and Amanda Seyfried. The first three episodes  debut on June 9. https://t.co/9MGuT20r70" / Twitter

In Manhattan in the summer of 1979, a young man is arrested for a shocking crime, and an unlikely investigator must solve the mystery behind it before the true criminal strikes again.

June 9th/ Apple TV

An Echo in the Bone (Outlander Season 7) by Diana Gabaldon


An English combat nurse from 1945 is mysteriously swept back in time to 1743.

June 16th/ Starz/ Put on hold

Black Clover series by Yūki Tabata

(Sword of the Wizard King)

Amazon cover imageBlack Clover: Sword of the Wizard King (2023) - IMDb

In a world where magic is everything, Asta, a boy who was born with no magic, aims to become the “Wizard King,” to overcome adversity, prove his power, and keep his oath with his friends.

June 16th/ Netflix/ Put on hold

Not Quite Narwhal by Jessie Sima

Not Quite Narwhal

Not Quite Narwhal follows curious and fun-loving Kelp, who has always believed he’s a narwhal like the rest of his family under the sea, until the day he makes the most amazing discovery – he’s actually a unicorn.

June 19th/ Netflix/ Put on hold

Gabriel’s Redemption by Sylvain Reynard

Gabriel's Redemption: Part One (2023) - IMDb

June 22nd/Passionflix/ Put on hold


Through my Window: Across the Sea

Based on characters written by Ariana Godoy

Through My Window: Across the Sea

Follows Raquel and Ares as they face challenges in the next chapter of their relationship and their individual lives.

June 23rd/Netflix/ Put on hold

The Perfect Find by Tia Williams

The Perfect Find - Wikipedia

After a high-profile firing, Jenna’s fashion career comeback hits a snag when she falls for a charming, much younger coworker – who happens to be her boss’s son. As sparks fly, Jenna must decide if she’ll risk it all on a secret romance.

June 23rd/ Netflix

The Time of Contempt by Andrzej Sapkowski (Witcher season 3)

When Does The Witcher Season 3 Come Out? First Look, Cast, Photos - Netflix  Tudum

Geralt of Rivia, a solitary monster hunter, struggles to find his place in a world where people often prove more wicked than beasts.

June 29th/ Netflix/ Put on hold

Based on the Comic Book series

The Flash

Barry Allen uses his super speed to change the past, but his attempt to save his family creates a world without super heroes, forcing him to race for his life in order to save the future.

June 30th/ Theatres/ Put on hold

 Nimona by N.D. Stevenson


Nimona is the only person that can help Knight Ballister Boldheart to prove his innocence, he is framed for a crime he didn’t commit.

June 30th/ Netflix/ Put on hold

 Jack Ryan by Tom Clancy

(Season 4)

Jack Ryan': Premiere Date, Release Pattern For Fourth & Final Season –  Deadline

Up-and-coming CIA analyst, Jack Ryan, is thrust into dangerous field assignments.

June 30th/ Amazon/  Put on hold



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