Your Ultimate Summer Reading List


7 Upcoming Summer Reads to Keep an Eye Out For

1. The Strangers in Paradise Omnibus, Terry Moore (July)

Terry recently announced that with all the work around the omnibus, along with a Treasury edition for the fall, the new full-length Strangers in Paradise novel he talked about for this year will probably be pushed to 2014. All the more time for us who haven’t read any of it to get up to speed.

2. Freak of Nurture, Kelli Dunham (May 21, Topside Press)

I loved My Awesome Place, the autobiography of Cheryl B., a book which had the double bonus of introducing me to Dunham as well, who was Cheryl’s partner until Cheryl’s untimely death. Dunham has clearly persevered since the loss of Cheryl, as this newest book is slated to be a collection of hilarious personal essays, a la the style of David Sedaris. Speaking of which–

3. Let’s Explore Diabetes With Owls, David Sedaris (Little, Brown and Co.)

Okay, so this one is already out, but I probably won’t get to it until the summer (or next summer, or the one after that), so let’s just go with it. Who doesn’t love David Sedaris? The titles of his books alone deserve all the awards.

4. The Ocean at the End of the Lane, Neil Gaiman (June 18, HarperCollins)

I know this is two dudes in a row for what I promised would be a lady loving list, but let’s be truthful here, lesbians love Neil Gaiman. The Internet has been all atwitter about this newest release, his first book aimed at adults since 2005.

5. Queers Dig Time Lords, edited by Sigrid Ellis and Michael Damian Thomas, with an introduction by John Barrowman and Carole E. Barrowman (June 4, Mad Norwegian Press)

I just received an advanced copy of this so I can’t tell you if it’s good or not yet, but I CAN tell you that queers really do dig time lords. They really, really do.

6. If You Could Be Mine, Sara Farizan (August 20, Algonquin)

Two teenaged girls in modern day Iran attempt to figure out how they can sustain their love in a country where homosexuality isn’t allowed–but gender reassignment surgery is. So excited for this one.

7. The Fainting Room, Sarah Pemberton Strong (May 7, ig publishing)

For creepy family drama fans, this deals with a kooky teenager who gets involved with an older couple whose marriage is crumbling, and basically even after reading a more in-depth review at Lambda, I still feel a little confused about it all. But intrigued. Alls I know is that the cover is of the back of a red headed gal filled with tattoos, so, I have a hunch I might be into her. Or, I mean, the book, I might be into the book.

That’s all I’ve got for the summer, although there are a LOT of other exciting queer releases waiting for us in the fall, so look forward to another reading list then.

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