I was tagged by Inge @ Of Wonderland for the Queer Eye book tag, and I couldn’t be more excited. I recently binge-watched Queer Eye, and I adore the show. This tag was created by Ayla @ Books and Babbles.
The Queer Eye Book Tag consists of five categories (one for each of the Fab Five – Food & Wine, Fashion, Grooming, Design & Culture). For each category, just pick a book that comes to mind (or two, or more…). There’s a “bonus” category inspired by the QE Hip Tips at the end of each episode: #QEBOOKTIP. This is where you can talk about your favourite queer book(s). When you’re done, tag your bookish friends to do this as well!
Food and wine // Antoni
Antoni might be my favorite of the Fab 5. Sorry! There’s just something so welcoming about him, and the way he approaches the others’ relationship with food.
I can’t help but think of The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender by Leslye Walton when I think about food. This is the story of the Lavender/Roux family through generations, with some magical realism added in, and focuses mainly on the women of the family. The bakery that was mentioned so often in this book was divine. The descriptions of cakes, sweets and bread made my mouth water.
Fashion // Tan
Another favorite! Honestly, I have a hard time sticking to my favorite. They’re all great, okay?
I chose two books for this topic, oops! I chose The Kiss Quotient because one of the main characters, Michael, wants to be a designer and works as a tailor. I loved reading about his love for clothes and how he made a dress for Stella. I also chose The Bone Witch because of the beautiful descriptions of the asha’s traditional clothing: the hua.
Grooming // Jonathan
I know this seems like a weird pick, because it is a book about rape and rape culture. But the main character has this habit that calms her down, sort of like a action that anchors and calms her. That habit is painting her lips and nails red. So yeah, while it’s not a happy book whatsoever, I think All the Rage fits this topic well.
Design // Bobby
I chose The Upside of Unrequited because of Molly’s love for Pinterest. Especially with how excited she was to decorate a wedding venue. I could see her collaborating with Bobby to create the most special place for someone’s wedding! I also chose Everything Leads to You, which is a bit of an obvious choice since the main character designs movie sets.
Culture // Karamo
I chose Quiet because Karamo helps people to embrace and love themselves. He helps them understand themselves better, and that’s exactly what Quiet did for me. I also picked Am I Normal Yet? because Evie’s story is one of self-love and acceptance too. Evie has OCD, and is recovering from a bad period. It’s about challenging what ‘normal’ means, how OCD and mental illness change you, about friendships, and more. It’s everything Karamo loves, I think. I also picked Children of Blood and Bone because Karamo doesn’t just want people to love themselves, but to love others and understand their struggles too. Children of Blood and Bone is a fantasy novel, but it also forces you to think about racism, oppression, power dynamics, privilege, etc.
Guess who couldn’t choose? This one. These are all books I love with LGBT+ rep! I recently read Running With Lions and discovered it’s an adorable sports camp book with a m/m relationship. Radio Silence is one of my all-time favorite reads and has a bisexual main character, a gay side character and a demisexual or (?) asexual main character. The Melody of You and Me is one of the most adorable f/f books I’ve read, even though it was super short. Obviously have to mention Leah On the Offbeat, because I adored it. I don’t want to spoil anything, but The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet features an incredibly adorable f/f relationship too. I adored The Alchemists of Loom, and love the fact that it’s a fantasy novel with a bisexual main character. Lastly, I want to mention the Magnus Chase books by Rick Riordan because Alex is life. And I’m glad he’s making his books more realistic (I don’t mean the fantasy parts, obviously) by including more diversity.