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10 Queer Books with Black Main Characters for Black History Month

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Graphic 2 of 2 for this post, showing ten book covers atop stripes in the colors of the Philadelphia Pride Flag. The ten books are: The Will of the Empress by Tamora Pierce, Brooms by Jasmine Walls and Teo DuValli, Sweethand by N. G. Peltier, When the Stars Alight by Camilla Andrew, Rust in the Root by Justina Ireland, The Monsters We Defy by Leslye Penelope, You Made a Fool of Death with Your Beauty by Akwaeke Emezi, The City We Became by N. K. Jemisin, A Master of Djinn by P. Djèlí Clark, and Anger is a Gift by Mark Oshiro.

With February ending soon, Black History Month 2024 is approaching it’s end. Earlier this month, we shared 15 of our favorite queer books by Black authors. Basically all of the books on our first list have Black main characters, too, but that wasn’t enough – we wanted more. So we intentionally avoided overlap with that list when we made this one – 10 more queer books to celebrate Black characters, these all with Black main characters! (They may also have Black authors, we’re not saying they don’t, and in fact some authors overlap with the other list – we just wanted MOAR BOOKS.)

  1. The Will of the Empress (The Circle Reforged series) by Tamora Pierce
  2. Brooms by Jasmine Walls and Teo DuVall
  3. Sweethand (Island Bites series) by N. G. Peltier
  4. When The Stars Alight (The Essence of the Equinox series) by Camilla Andrew
  5. Rust in the Root by Justina Ireland
  6. The Monsters We Defy by Leslye Penelope
  7. You Made a Fool of Death with Your Beauty by Akwaeke Emezi
  8. The City We Became (Great Cities series) by N.K. Jemisin
  9. A Master of Djinn (The Dead Djinn Universe) by P. Djèlí Clark
  10. Anger Is a Gift by Mark Oshiro

What are your favorite queer books with Black main characters?

Want to chat your favorite reads with us? Join our Book Lover’s Discord server!

You can view this list as a bookshelf on Goodreads! The Goodreads list also includes books from our other Black History Month list, and as with our other Goodreads shelves, we’ll continue to add to it as we add more queer books to our account.

Love reading queer books? Our Queer Book Challenge is running on Storygraph through the end of 2024. Come join us!

The contributors to this list are Nina Waters ( @unforth on Tumblr), Dei Walker ( @dei2dei on Tumblr), Adrian Harley ( @adrianharley on Tumblr) and an anonymous contributor.

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7 Works with Aromantic Representation for Aromantic Awareness Week!

A graphic created with text and book covers overlaying stripes in the colors of the aromantic flag (dark green, light green, white, light gray, black). The text reads "7 Aro Books for Aromantic Week" and this is followed by 7 book covers. The books are: Archivist Wasp by Nicole Kornher-Stace; An Accident of Stars by Foz Meadows; Not Your Backup by C. B. Lee; Hockey Bois by A. L. Heard; Sheepfarmer's Daughter by Elizabeth Moon; Convenience Store Woman by Sayaka Murata; and The Priory of the Orange Tree by Samantha Shannon.

Today, February 18th, marks the beginning of Aromantic Spectrum Awareness Week! To celebrate, we asked our contributors to recommend to us books with aro characters. This was a doubly challenging ask, because we also did a rec list for Aromantic Awareness Week last year, and we didn’t want any repeats this year!

Recommendations contributed by Shadaras (@shadaras on Tumblr), Nina Waters (@unforth on Tumblr), Polls (@not-gwaenchanha on Tumblr), and Shea Sullivan.

What are your favorite aro books? There’s no such thing as too many aro books on our bookshelves!

You can view all the aromantic books we’ve recommended as a bookshelf on Goodreads!

Want to chat your favorite reads with us? Join our Book Lover’s Discord server!

Love reading queer books? Our Queer Book Challenge is running on Storygraph through the end of 2024. Come join us! We’ve hit 100 readers, and it’d be awesome to have even more!

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Celebrate the Year of the Dragon with 26 Dragon-y Books!

A graphic entitled "Our Favorite Books with Dragons." It has a gray background and decorative border, and black silhouette clipart of a dragon. It shows four book covers: The Dragon of Jin-Sayeng by K. S. Villoso, When Women Were Dragons by Kelly Barnhill, Highfire by Eoin Colfer, and After the Dragons by Cynthia Zhang. Graphic 1 of 3 for this post.
A graphic featuing 11 book covers. It has a gray background and decorative border, and black silhouette clipart of a dragon. The book covers art: The Girl Who Fell Beneath the Sea by Axie Oh, Copper Coins by Mu Su Li, The Tea Dragon Society by Katie O'Neill, Hands Off Evil Dragon by Kitty Roe Factory, Dungeon Meshi by Ryoko Kui, Phoenix Extravagant by Yoon Ha Lee, Wyrms: An Anthology of Dragon Drabbles edited by Eric Fomley,, To Shape a Dragon's Breath by Moniquill Blackgoose, The Priory of the Orange Tree by Samantha Shannon, Seraphina by Rachiel Hartman, and Sorcerer to the Crown by Zen Cho. Graphic 2 of 3 for this post.
A graphic featuing 11 book covers. It has a gray background and decorative border, and black silhouette clipart of a dragon. The book covers art: The House of Binding Thorns by Aliette de Bodard, Wild Magic by Tamora Pierce, Dragon Slippers by Jessica Day George, The Five Ancestors: Dragon by Jeff Stone, Magyk by Angie Sage, Dragon Keeper by Carole Wilkinson, Eon: Dragoneye Reborn by Alison Goodman, Where the Mountain Meets the Moon by Grace Lin, Draggon-Ridden by T. A. White, His Majesty's Dragon by Naomi Novik, and In The Vanishers Palace by Aliette de Bodard. Graphic 3 of 3 for this post.

大家,新年快乐!Happy New Year, everyone! Today, February 10th, is Lunar New Year, and in many countries that use the lunar calendar, the new year to come is the year of the dragon, so we thought it’d be fun to share some of our favorite books featuring dragons! These books have a mixture of dragon type (some more Western, some more Eastern), and some are queer and some aren’t. The common theme is the prominence of dragons in the plot, because we LOVE dragons!

  1. The Dragon of Jin-Sayeng (Chronicles of the Bitch Queen series) by K.S. Villoso
  2. When Women Were Dragons by Kelly Barnhill
  3. Highfire by Eoin Colfer
  4. After the Dragons by Cynthia Zhang
  5. The Girl Who Fell Beneath the Sea by Axie Oh
  6. Copper Coins by Mu Su Li
  7. The Tea Dragon Society (The Tea Dragon Society series) by K. O’Neill
  8. Hands Off, Evil Dragon! by Kitty Roe Factory
  9. Dungeon Meshi by Ryoko Kui
  10. Phoenix Extravagant by Yoon Ha Lee
  11. Wyrms: An Anthology of Dragon Drabbles by Eric Fomley
  12. To Shape a Dragon’s Breath (Nampeshiweisit series) by Moniquill Blackgoose
  13. The Priory of the Orange Tree (The Roots of Chaos series) by Samantha Shannon
  14. Seraphina (Seraphina series) by Rachel Hartman
  15. Sorcerer to the Crown (Sorcerer Royal series) by Zen Cho
  16. The House of Binding Thorns (Dominion of the Fallen series) by Aliette de Bodard
  17. Wild Magic (The Immortals series) by Tamora Pierce
  18. Dragon Slippers (Dragon Slippers series) by Jessica Day George
  19. Dragon (Five Ancestors series) by Jeff Stone
  20. Magyk (Septimus Heap series) by Angie Sage
  21. Dragon Keeper (Dragon Keeper series) by Carole Wilkinson
  22. Eon: Dragoneye Reborn (Eon series) by Alison Goodman
  23. Where the Mountain Meets the Moon (Where the Mountain Meets the Moon series) by Grace Lin
  24. Dragon-Ridden (Dragon Ridden Chronicles series) by T.A. White
  25. His Majesty’s Dragon (Temeraire series) by Naomi Novik
  26. In the Vanishers’ Palace by Aliette de Bodard

What are your favorite dragon books? We’d love to add to our list!

The contributors to list this are: Alex, Owl Outerbridge, Hermit, D. V. Morse, Nina Waters, Shadaras, Sebastian Marie, Tris Lawrence, and anonymous.

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Happy Black History Month! Check Out 15 of Our Favorite Queer Reads by Black Authors

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A graphic with a white square overlaid with 10 book covers, all against a backdrop of the Philadelphia Pride flag. The ten book covers are: Nothing Burns as Bright as You by Ashley Woodfolk; You Should See Me in a Crown by Leah Johnson; Rise to the Sun by Leah Johnson, The Poison Heart by Kalynn Bayron, The Taking of Jake Livingston by Ryan Douglass, The Summer Prince by Alaya Dawn Johnson; How to Find a Princess by Alyssa Cole; Honey Girl by Morgan Rogers; My Dear Henry by Kalynn Bayron, and Freshwater by Akwaeke Emezi. Graphic 2 of 2.

February is Black History Month in the United States, and Duck Prints Press is joining in the celebration by sharing 15 of our favorite queer reads by Black authors! The contributors to this list are Shadaras, boneturtle, Tris Lawrence, Sebastian Marie, Shea Sullivan, Terra P. Waters, and an anonymous author.

  1. An Unkindness of Ghosts by Rivers Solomon

  2. The Fifth Season (The Broken Earth Trilogy) by N.K. Jemisin

  3. A Necessary Chaos by Brent Lambert

  4. The Prey of Gods by Nicky Drayden

  5. So Many Beginnings: A Little Women Remix (Remixed Classics Series) by Bethany C. Morrow

  6. Nothing Burns As Bright As You by Ashley Woodfolk

  7. You Should See Me in a Crown by Leah Johnson

  8. Rise to the Sun by Leah Johnson

  9. This Poison Heart (This Poison Heart Series) by Kalynn Bayron

  10. The Taking of Jake Livingston by Ryan Douglass

  11. The Summer Prince by Alaya Dawn Johnson

  12. How to Find a Princess (Runaway Royals Series) by Alyssa Cole

  13. Honey Girl by Morgan Rogers

  14. My Dear Henry: A Jekyll & Hyde Remix (Remixed Classics Series) by Kalynn Bayron

  15. Freshwater by Akwaeke Emezi

What are YOUR favorite reads by Black authors? We’d love to find more to add to our to-be-read piles!

Want to chat your favorite reads with us? Join our Book Lover’s Discord server!

You can view this list as a bookshelf on Goodreads!

Love reading queer books? Our Queer Book Challenge is running on Storygraph through the end of 2024. Come join us!

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Our Favorite Reads of 2023

A graphic showing 9 book covers over a rainbow gradient background, with the text "Our Fave Reads of 2023." The book covers are: Shubeik Lubeik by Deena Mohamed; Consort of Fire by Kit Rocha; The Spear Cuts Through the Water by Simon Jimenez; Light From Uncommon Stars by Ryka Aoki; Mo Du by Priest; Hijab Butch Blues by Almya H; Death by Silver by Melissa Scott and Amy Griswold; The Wolf of Oren-Yaro by K. S. Villoso; and Gideon the Ninth by Tasmyn Muir. Graphic 1/2 for this post.
A graphic showing 12 book covers over a rainbow gradient background. The books are: November by Thomas Olde Heuvelt; Camp Damascus by Chuck Tingle; To Drive the Hundred Miles by Alec J. Marsh; Siren Queen by Nghi Vo; The Heart-Break Bakery by A. R. Capetta; Many Drops Make a Stream by Adrian Harley; Heaven Official's Blessing by Mo Xiang Tong Xiu; Add Magic to Taste; A Power Unbound by Freya Marske; The Last Sun by K. D. Edwards; Silver in the Wood by Emily Tesh; and Open Throat by Henry Hoke. Graphic 2/2 for this post.

Inspired by this post from the Queer Liberation Library, we asked our awesome rec-list contributors to name their one favorite read of 2023, and the result is a list wonderful in its diversity of formats, genres, characters, stories, and authors. Check um out!

What was YOUR favorite read of 2023? Dare ya to try to pick only one!

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32 of Our Favorite Sci-Fi Reads for National Science Fiction Day

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A space background with a rainbow nebula, with 11 books displayed. The books are: The Kaiju Preservation Society by John Scalzi, Hench by Natalie Zina Walschots; Little Mushroom by Shishi; Always Human by Ari North; More Than We Deserve by Nicola Kapron; Sorcerer to the Crown by Zen Cho; Ocean's Echo by Everina Maxwell; Aurora Rising by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff; Iron Widow by Xiran Jay Zhao; Crash Course by Wilhemina Baird; and Light from Uncommon Stars by Ryka Aoki. Graphic 2 of 4 for this event.
A space background with a rainbow nebula, with 10 books displayed. The books are: We Have Always Been Here by Lena Nguyen; Emergent Properties by Aimee Ogden; Victories Greater than Death by Charlie Jane Anders; Gideon the Ninth by Tasmyn Muir; The Fever King by Victoria Lee; All Systems Red by Martha Wells; Infomocracy by Malka Older; Zero Sum Game by S. L. Huang; Binti by Nnedi Okorafor; and Unconquerable Sun by Kate Elliot. Graphic 3 of 4 for this event.
A space background with a rainbow nebula, with 11 books displayed. The books are: A Pslam for the Wild Built by Becky Chambers; This is How You Lose the Time War by Amal El-Mohtar and Max Gladstone; Trigun Maximum by Yasuhiro Nightow; Legend of the Galactic Heroes by Yoshiki Tanaka; In the Lives of Puppets by TJ Klune; Mega Man by Ian Flynn; Mega Man Megamix by Hitoshi Ariga; Ghost in the Shell by Masamune Shirow; Once & Future by A. R. Capetta and Cory McCarthy; Five-Twelfths of Heaven by Melissa Scott; and The Big Sigma Collection by Joseph Lallo. Graphic 4 of 4 for this event.

Duck Prints Press LOVES kicking off the new year with one of our favorite annual recommendation lists: science fiction stories (ideally queer, but it wasn’t required) to celebrate National Science Fiction Day! For this year, 14 Duck Prints Press contributors suggested a whopping 32 awesome science fiction books. Note that there’s no overlap with last year (by design) so make sure you also check out Our Ten Favorite Science Fiction Reads of 2022 for some more titles to add to your 2024 TBR.

Our 2024 Science Fiction Recs:

  1. The Kaiju Preservation Society by John Scalzi
  2. Hench by Natalie Zina Walschots
  3. Little Mushroom by Shisi
  4. Always Human by Ari North
  5. More Than We Deserve by Nicola Kapron
  6. Sorcerer to the Crown by Zen Cho
  7. Ocean’s Echo by Everina Maxwell
  8. Aurora Rising by Amie Kaufman
  9. Iron Widow by Xiran Jay Zhao
  10. CrashCourse by Wilhelmina Baird
  11. Light from Uncommon Stars by Ryka Aoki
  12. We Have Always Been Here by Lena Nguyen
  13. Emergent Properties by Aimee Ogden
  14. Victories Greater than Death by Charlie Jane Anders
  15. Gideon the Ninth by Tamsyn Muir
  16. The Fever King by Victoria Lee
  17. All Systems Red by Martha Wells
  18. Infomocracy by Malka Older
  19. Zero Sum Game by S. L. Huang
  20. Binti by Nnedi Okorafor
  21. Unconquerable Sun by Kate Elliott
  22. Psalm for the Wild-Built by Becky Chambers
  23. This is How You Lose the Time War by Amal El-Mohtar & Max Gladstone
  24. Trigun and Trigun Maximum by Yasuhiro Nightow
  25. Legend of the Galactic Heroes by Yoshiki Tanaka & Katsumi Michihara
  26. In the Lives of Puppets by T. J. Klune
  27. Mega Man by Ian Flynn & Pat Spaz Spaziante
  28. Mega Man Megamix by Hitoshi Ariga
  29. Ghost in the Shell by Masamune Shirow
  30. Once & Future by A. R. Capetta & Cory McCarthy
  31. Five-Twelfths of Heaven by Melissa Scott
  32. The Big Sigma by Joseph R. Lallo

Want to come read some of these books with us? Join our 2024 Queer Book Challenge on Storygraph! One of our challenges there is to read a queer science fiction book, and there’s a lot on this list that’d count!

You can check out all our sci-fi recs on this Goodreads shelf.

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Read Queer in 2024: A Storygraph Reading Challenge!

Looking to queer your bookshelf in 2024? Then join us as we host a low-key, fun reading challenge!

A screen capture from the webpage Storygraph, showing "The Duck Prints Press 23024 Queer Book Challenge." Text on the page proceeds to read: Hosted by unforth. 11 participants, 95 books added. Starts: Monday, 01 January 2024. Ends: Tuesday, 31 December 2024. Your challenge progress. (an empty bar). 0% (0 prompts completed out of 1). We at Duck Prints Press (an indie press that publishes primarily queer stories by mostly queer creators) thought it'd be fun to throw together a reading challenge to read queer books in 2024! If you read even one queer book (queer characters, queer author, whatevs!) then you'll win, and then you can have fun seeing how many of our other challenges you can meet, too. Come read with us, it'll be fun. :D. Challenge prompts. 1. read a queer book (17 books added).

The idea is simple: read even one queer book, and you can win this challenge! Once you’ve done that, you can explore our 39 bonus prompts, encouraging you to read queer books new and old, queer books from different genres, queer non-fiction books, and queer books about identities you are familiar with and those you’re unfamiliar with. We’ve been working on populating the list with suggestions (and would definitely love your help in fleshing them out, there’s so much great queer lit out there – I personally primarily read queer books from East Asia so those stories are rather over-represented in our suggestions right now!) and we’re really excited to see what books people read, what books people suggest, and how many queer books we, collectively, can read in 2024!

So as you plan your reading with an eye toward the new year, why not join us? We’d love to have you!

You can see all 40 of our prompts and join the challenge here!

And, looking for a supportive, friendly community to chat with about all your new reads? Come join our Book Lover’s Discord, too! Joining is absolutely not a requirement, but it is a great way to make some new bookish friends!

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Happy Transgender Awareness Week! Enjoy Our 11 Favorite Trans Reads

Graphic labeled "11 Books for Trans Week." The background is the trans flag: a pastel blue stripe, a pink stripe, a white stripe, another pink stripe, and another blue stripe. Atop that are 11 book covers. The books are:

"Cemetery Boys" by Aiden Thomas
"The Order of the Pure Moon Reflected in Water" by Zen Cho
"Victories Greater Than Death" by Charlie Jane Anders
"Beating Heart Baby" by Lio Min
"Hell Followed With Us" by Andrew Joseph White
"Boys Run the Riot" by Keito Gaku
"Not Your Villain" by C. B. Lee
"The Witch King" by H. E. Edgmon
"The Passing Playbook" by Isaac Fitzsimons
"A Lady for a Duke" by Alexis Hall
"The Mask of Mirrors" by M. A. Carrick

Today, November 13th 2023, is the first day of Transgender Awareness Week! I’m pretty sure there’s no one involved with Duck Prints Press in any capacity who isn’t aware of trans people (many of us ARE trans people!) but are you aware of these awesome books with trans characters? We’ve collected a list of our eleven favorite trans reads, and now we bring them to you. We hope you love them, too!

  1. Cemetery Boys by Aiden Thomas
  2. The Order of the Pure Moon Reflected in Water by Zen Cho
  3. Victories Greater Than Death by Charlie Jane Anders
  4. Beating Heart Baby by Lio Min
  5. Hell Followed With Us by Andrew Joseph White
  6. Boys Run the Riot by Keito Gaku
  7. Not Your Villain by C. B. Lee
  8. The Witch King by H. E. Edgmon
  9. The Passing Playbook by Isaac Fitzsimons
  10. A Lady for a Duke by Alexis Hall
  11. The Mask of Mirrors by M. A. Carrick

You can find these, and other awesome reads with trans characters, on our “trans character” bookshelf on Goodreads!

Love queer stories? Love talking about books? So do we! Come join our Book Lover’s Discord server, and join us for book chats, author meet-and-greets, DPP news and updates, and more! Or, become a Patreon backer at any level and you can be part of the chat where we plan these rec lists!

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National Non-Fiction Day: 31 Titles to Get Your Queer Learn On!

A graphic (one of three) with text that reads "31 Queer Non-Fiction Books for National Non-Fiction Day." There are six book covers on the graphic: "Fine" by Rhea Ewing; "Gender Born, Gender Made" by Diane Ehrensaft; "Dear Senthuran" by Akwaeke Emezi; "Fun Home" by Alison Bechdel; "Ace: What Asexuality Reveals about Desire, Society, and the Meaning of Sex" by Angela Chen; "Here For It: Or, How to Save Your Soul in America" by R. Eric Thomas; and "Transforming: The Bible and the Lives of Transgender Christians" by Austen Hartke. The background of the graphic has indecipherable words in classic fonts overlaid with a rainbow, with red at the top, then orange, yellow, green, blue, and finally purple at the bottom.
Graphic Two (of three) of recommendations for non-fiction day - this graphic is a continuation of the first image in this series, though this one doesn't repeat the label. It shows the covers of 12 books. These books are:
"Bitch: On the Female of the Species" by Lucy Cooke
"Unmasking Autism" by Devon Price
"My Lesbian Experience with Loneliness" by Kabi Nagata
"Transister: Raising Twins in a Gender-Bending World" by Kate Brookes
"Hola Papi: How to Come Out in a Walmart Parking Lot and Other Life Lessons" by John Paul Brammer
"Strangers: Homosexual Love in the Nineteenth Century" by Graham Robb
"London and the Culture of Homosexuality, 1885 - 1914" by Matt Cook
"Queer Your Craft" by Cassandra Snow
"Female Husbands: A Trans History" by Jen Manion
"The Ethical Slut" by Janet W. W. Hardy and Dossie Easton
"The New Queer Conscience" by Adam Eli; and
"Before We Were Trans" by Kit Heyam.

The background of the graphic has indecipherable words in classic fonts overlaid with a rainbow, with red at the top, then orange, yellow, green, blue, and finally purple at the bottom.
Graphic three (of three) of recommendations for non-fiction day - this graphic is a continuation of the first image in this series, though this one doesn't repeat the label. It shows the covers of 12 books. These books are:
"Testosterone Rex: Myths of Sex, Science, and Society" by Cordelia Fine
"Peculiar Places: A Queer Crip History of White Rural Nonconformity" by Ryan Lee Cartwright
"Delusions of Gender: How Our Minds, Society, and Neurosexism Create Difference" by Cordelia Fine
"Queer Budapest, 1873 - 1961" by Anita Kurimay
"LGBTQ-Inclusive Hospice and Palliative Care" by Kimberly D. Acquaviva
"Queering Colonial Natal: Indigeneity and the Violence of Belonging in Southern Africa" by T. J. Tallie
"Handbook of LGBT Elders" edited by Debra A. Harley and Pamela B. Teaster
"LGBT Transnational Identity and the Media" by Christopher Pullen
"Gender Diversity: Crosscultural Variations" by Serena Nanda
"LGBTQ Cultures: What Healthcare Professionals Need to Know about Sexual and Gender Diversity" by M. J. Eliason and P. L. Chinn
"The Terrible We: Thinking with Trans Maladjustment" by Cameron Awkward-Rich
"Trans Bodies, Trans Selves: A Resource for the Transgender Community" edited by Laura Erickson-Schroth

The background of the graphic has indecipherable words in classic fonts overlaid with a rainbow, with red at the top, then orange, yellow, green, blue, and finally purple at the bottom.

In the past year, we’ve posted a lot about our favorite queer fiction titles. We wanted to take Non-Fiction day to talk about the non-fiction titles that have impacted us! Whether self-help, memoirs, psychology, history, sociology, or a different non-fiction genre, these are books that have helped us learn, helped us teach, helped us improve, helped us see and be seen, and helped us be more informed. So join us as we introduce our thirty-one recommendations for National Non-Fiction Day!

You can view this list as a shelf on Goodreads!

It can be so difficult to find good non-fiction resources on queer topics. Which titles to DO you recommend?

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Celebrate Asexual Awareness Week with These 15 Books!

On April 6th, International Asexuality Day, Duck Prints Press posted a list of 10 of our own books featuring asexual characters. Now, in honor of Asexual Awareness Week, we’re back with fifteen more recommendations from our contributors!


The Romantic Agenda by Claire Kann

Joy is in love with Malcolm.
But Malcolm really likes Summer.
Summer is in love with love.
And Fox is Summer’s ex-boyfriend.

Thirty, flirty, and asexual Joy is secretly in love with her best friend Malcolm, but she’s never been brave enough to say so. When he unexpectedly announces that he’s met the love of his life—and no, it’s not Joy—she’s heartbroken. Malcolm invites her on a weekend getaway, and Joy decides it’s her last chance to show him exactly what he’s overlooking. But maybe Joy is the one missing something…or someone…and his name is Fox.

Fox sees a kindred spirit in Joy—and decides to help her. He proposes they pretend to fall for each other on the weekend trip to make Malcolm jealous. But spending time with Fox shows Joy what it’s like to not be the third wheel, and there’s no mistaking the way he makes her feel. Could Fox be the romantic partner she’s always deserved? 


Elatsoe by Darcie Little Badger

Imagine an America very similar to our own. It’s got homework, best friends, and pistachio ice cream. 

There are some differences. This America been shaped dramatically by the magic, monsters, knowledge, and legends of its peoples, those Indigenous and those not. Some of these forces are charmingly everyday, like the ability to make an orb of light appear or travel across the world through rings of fungi. But other forces are less charming and should never see the light of day. 

Elatsoe lives in this slightly stranger America. She can raise the ghosts of dead animals, a skill passed down through generations of her Lipan Apache family. Her beloved cousin has just been murdered, in a town that wants no prying eyes. But she is going to do more than pry. The picture-perfect facade of Willowbee masks gruesome secrets, and she will rely on her wits, skills, and friends to tear off the mask and protect her family. 


Commit to the Kick by Tris Lawrence

For eighteen years, Alaric has lived under the cloying politics of family and his Clan community. His freshman year is supposed to be a chance to explore a world where Clan and his shapeshifting Talent isn’t central to his life. But when his inner bear bursts forth during his first football game, endangering those around him, Alaric realizes that it’s not so easy to ignore his past, or his own internalized anger.

In his quest for anger management, Alaric begins to train in taekwondo, and makes new friends in both sports. He finds that he is creating his own small community, where Clan, Mages, other Talents, and even humans come together and build their own found family.

When Alaric receives news that something has happened to his brother Orson, he must return and deal with his Clan and his place in their world. He discovers that old prejudices are still strong between Clan and Mage communities, but that both may be in danger from a creature long thought to be only a legend. Alaric must figure out how to move forward and prevent a war and protect both his home and newly built communities, his found family with him every step of the way. 


Every Heart a Doorway by Seanan McGuire

Eleanor West’s Home for Wayward Children
No Solicitations
No Visitors
No Quests

Children have always disappeared under the right conditions; slipping through the shadows under a bed or at the back of a wardrobe, tumbling down rabbit holes and into old wells, and emerging somewhere… else.

But magical lands have little need for used-up miracle children.

Nancy tumbled once, but now she’s back. The things she’s experienced… they change a person. The children under Miss West’s care understand all too well. And each of them is seeking a way back to their own fantasy world.

But Nancy’s arrival marks a change at the Home. There’s a darkness just around each corner, and when tragedy strikes, it’s up to Nancy and her new-found schoolmates to get to the heart of the matter.

No matter the cost.


All Systems Red by Martha Wells

In a corporate-dominated spacefaring future, planetary missions must be approved and supplied by the Company. Exploratory teams are accompanied by Company-supplied security androids, for their own safety.

But in a society where contracts are awarded to the lowest bidder, safety isn’t a primary concern.

On a distant planet, a team of scientists are conducting surface tests, shadowed by their Company-supplied ‘droid — a self-aware SecUnit that has hacked its own governor module, and refers to itself (though never out loud) as “Murderbot.” Scornful of humans, all it really wants is to be left alone long enough to figure out who it is.

But when a neighboring mission goes dark, it’s up to the scientists and their Murderbot to get to the truth.


Not Your Backup by C. B. Lee

Emma Robledo has a few more responsibilities that the usual high school senior, but then again, she and her friends have left school to lead a fractured Resistance movement against a corrupt Heroes League of Heroes. Emma is the only member of a supercharged team without powers, she isnt always taken seriously. A natural leader, Emma is determined to win this battle, and when thats done, get back to school. As the Resistance moves to challenge the League, Emma realizes where her place is in this fight: at the front.


Rule of Wolves by Leigh Bardugo

The Demon King. As Fjerda’s massive army prepares to invade, Nikolai Lantsov will summon every bit of his ingenuity and charm–and even the monster within–to win this fight. But a dark threat looms that cannot be defeated by a young king’s gift for the impossible.

The Stormwitch. Zoya Nazyalensky has lost too much to war. She saw her mentor die and her worst enemy resurrected, and she refuses to bury another friend. Now duty demands she embrace her powers to become the weapon her country needs. No matter the cost.

The Queen of Mourning. Deep undercover, Nina Zenik risks discovery and death as she wages war on Fjerda from inside its capital. But her desire for revenge may cost her country its chance at freedom and Nina the chance to heal her grieving heart.

King. General. Spy. Together they must find a way to forge a future in the darkness. Or watch a nation fall.


Coffee Cake by Michaela Grey

Bran Kendrick never expected to fall in love. He’s asexual, after all. What chance does he have of finding someone who’ll see past that? So when Malachi Warren catches his eye, Bran tells himself his crush will pass. Malachi disagrees. He has been attracted to Bran for some time, something he is delighted to find Bran reciprocating. They begin to date and feel their way through an intimate relationship that meets both their needs. Suddenly Bran finds himself juggling a new boyfriend, a demanding job, and a college degree he’s not sure he wants, but he couldn’t be happier-until a series of seemingly random accidents befall Malachi. When they escalate, Bran realizes someone is trying to take away the best thing that ever happened to him, and he must scramble to keep Malachi safe while they search for the would-be killer.


Tarnished are the Stars by Rosiee Thor

A secret beats inside Anna Thatcher’s chest: an illegal clockwork heart. Anna works cog by cog — donning the moniker Technician — to supply black market medical technology to the sick and injured, against the Commissioner’s tyrannical laws.

Nathaniel Fremont, the Commissioner’s son, has never had to fear the law. Determined to earn his father’s respect, Nathaniel sets out to capture the Technician. But the more he learns about the outlaw, the more he questions whether his father’s elusive affection is worth chasing at all.

Their game of cat and mouse takes an abrupt turn when Eliza, a skilled assassin and spy, arrives. Her mission is to learn the Commissioner’s secrets at any cost – even if it means betraying her own heart.

When these uneasy allies discover the most dangerous secret of all, they must work together despite their differences and put an end to a deadly epidemic — before the Commissioner ends them first.


The Lady’s Guide to Petticoats and Piracy by Mackenzi Lee

A year after an accidentally whirlwind grand tour with her brother Monty, Felicity Montague has returned to England with two goals in mind–avoid the marriage proposal of a lovestruck suitor from Edinburgh and enroll in medical school. However, her intellect and passion will never be enough in the eyes of the administrators, who see men as the sole guardians of science.

But then a window of opportunity opens–a doctor she idolizes is marrying an old friend of hers in Germany. Felicity believes if she could meet this man he could change her future, but she has no money of her own to make the trip. Luckily, a mysterious young woman is willing to pay Felicity’s way, so long as she’s allowed to travel with Felicity disguised as her maid.

In spite of her suspicions, Felicity agrees, but once the girl’s true motives are revealed, Felicity becomes part of a perilous quest that leads them from the German countryside to the promenades of Zurich to secrets lurking beneath the Atlantic.


Firebreak by Nicole Komher-Stace

“Twenty minutes to power curfew, and my kill counter’s stalled at eight hundred eighty-seven while I’ve been standing here like an idiot. My health bar is flashing ominously, but I’m down to four heal patches, and I have to be smart.”

New Liberty City, 2134.

Two corporations have replaced the US, splitting the country’s remaining forty-five states (five have been submerged under the ocean) between them: Stellaxis Innovations and Greenleaf. There are nine supercities within the continental US, and New Liberty City is the only amalgamated city split between the two megacorps, and thus at a perpetual state of civil war as the feeds broadcast the atrocities committed by each side.

Here, Mallory streams Stellaxis’s wargame SecOps on BestLife, spending more time jacked in than in the world just to eke out a hardscrabble living from tips. When a chance encounter with one of the game’s rare super-soldiers leads to a side job for Mal–looking to link an actual missing girl to one of the SecOps characters. Mal’s sudden burst in online fame rivals her deepening fear of what she is uncovering about BestLife’s developer, and puts her in the kind of danger she’s only experienced through her avatar.


The Marquis Who Mustn’t by Courtney Milan

One good fraud deserves another…

Miss Naomi Kwan has spent years wanting to take an ambulance classes so that she can save lives. But when she tries to register, she’s told she needs permission from the man in charge of her. It would be incredibly wrong to claim that the tall, taciturn Chinese nobleman she just met is her fiancé, but Naomi is desperate, and desperate times call for fake engagements. To her unending surprise, Liu Ji Kai goes along with her ruse.

It’s not that Kai is nice. He’s in Wedgeford to practice his family business, and there’s no room for “nice” when you’re out to steal a fortune. It’s not that the engagement is convenient; a fake fiancée winding herself into his life and his heart is suboptimal when he plans to commit fraud and flee the country.

His reason is simple: Kai and Naomi were betrothed as children. He may have disappeared for seventeen years, but their engagement isn’t actually fake. It’s the only truth he’s telling.


Fire Becomes Her by Rosiee Thor

Flare is power.

With only a drop of flare, one can light the night sky with fireworks . . . or burn a building to the ground — and seventeen-year-old Ingrid Ellis wants her fair share.

Ingrid doesn’t have a family fortune, monetary or magical, but at least she has a plan: Rise to the top on the arm of Linden Holt, heir to a hefty political legacy and the largest fortune of flare in all of Candesce. Her only obstacle is Linden’s father who refuses to acknowledge her.

So when Senator Holt announces his run for president, Ingrid uses the situation to her advantage. She strikes a deal to spy on the senator’s opposition in exchange for his approval and the status she so desperately craves. But the longer Ingrid wears two masks, the more she questions where her true allegiances lie.

Will she stand with the Holts, or will she forge her own path?


First Test by Tamora Pierce

In the medieval and fantastic realm of Tortall, Keladry of Mindelan is the first girl to take advantage of the decree that permits females to train for knighthood. Up against the traditional hazing of pages and a grueling schedule, Kel faces only one real roadblock: Lord Wyldon, the training master of pages and squires. He is absolutely against girls becoming knights. So while he is forced to train her, Wyldon puts her on probation for one year. It is a trial period that no male page has ever had to endure and one that separates the good natured Kel even more from her fellow trainees during the tough first year. But Kel Is not a girl to underestimate, as everyone is about to find out…


Unbury the Bones by Coyote JM Edwards

Luck is NOT on their side.

When a series of bizarre coincidences leaves a man bleeding out in an alleyway, the Ember Guard call on their secret weapon: a takeout-fueled nonbinary vampire and their werewolf partner who’s more puppy than beast. 

Grim knows Embervein like they know their own skeleton — a little too well. They may have a knack for sorting out the arcane, but their freak ability to see every body’s bony insides has left Grim hiding from the one thing they really crave. If they can’t learn to accept their unique talents — and the friendship of a good wolf — how will they be able solve this mystery before someone else gets hurt…or worse? 

The Ember Bones novellas feature an honest depiction of platonic intimacy, thrilling mysteries that won’t make you puke, and happy endings galore.


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