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Pride Month on Bookstagram was a royal mess. There was not a single day that went by in June that I didn’t see people using mostly non-LGBTQ+ books in their rainbows. Inspired by my frustration as a bisexual person, I decided to make a list documenting the spine colors of LGBTQ+ books to make your life easier and hopefully expand your TBR. I will be including mainly Young Adult Books, but there will be some Middle Grade, New Adult, and Adult Romances. 

 

This post is going to be broken up into 3 parts. There will be two parts for hardcovers: one part for spine color with the dust jacket on & one part for color without the dust jacket on, and then one part for paperback spine color. It’s going to be mainly US editions, but some UK & Special editions will be thrown in. Under each color section I have a ‘✹’ next to book listings that will be colored the approximate color that the spine is so you can seek out in between colors & because some color sections, like Green, have a lot of different shades including ones that lean towards another color. Also, I include the font colors on the spine for books with White & Black Spines. I will update this guide periodically as I find more books & new releases come out!


Symbol Guide:

♕ – Books that are available in both Paperback & Hardcover (US Editionwise)

♢ – Books that Hardcover & Paperback copies have the same Cover (Again, US Editionwise)

☆ – Hardcover Books that have the “Without Dust Jacket” color information listed. Note: Trying to find the spine colors without the dust jacket for every hardcover is nearly impossible as this is a one person job & I don’t own all of these books (and because some of them I simply never see on Bookstagram so I can’t visually verify the color). That being said, I didn’t want to leave out the ones I did know just because I didn’t know all of them. I do plan on updating the Without Dust Jacket information as I find more.

 

Additionally, I’ve added Content Warnings that I could find (Fadwa’s post about Bisexual Main Characters was a huge help with this). I strongly recommend seeking out #ownvoices reviews before selecting a book from the list below. Also, if you know of any content warnings I should add to certain books please tell me in the comments.


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Red

  •  ♕ / ♢ Simon vs the Homosapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli // Gay MC. Content Warning: Bullying, Sexual Harassment, Outing
  •  ☆ The Love Interest by Cale Dietrich // Gay MC.
  •  ♕  Bleed Earth by Kaitlin Ward // Lesbian MC.
  •  ☆ Tumbling by Caela Carter // Lesbian MC.
  • ☆ A Darkly Beating Heart by Lindsay Smith // Bisexual MC.
  • Inkmistress by Audrey Coulthurst // Bisexual MC.

Orange

  •  ☆ Five, Six, Seven, Nate! by Tim Federle // Gay MC. Content Warning: Bullying. (Note: This is the second book in a series. The first book is Better Nate Than Ever).
  • Lily and Dunkin by Donna Gephart // Trans Girl MC. Content Warning: Sexual Assault, Suicide, Bullying, Misgendering, Death. 
  •  Little Wrecks by Meredith Miller // Label-less WLW MC. Questioning MC.
  • ♕ / ♢ The Rise and Fall of a Theater Geek by Seth Rudetsky // Gay MC.
  • Winning by Lara Deloza // Lesbian MC. (Please Note: it’s a specific edition that has the Orange Spine).

Yellow

  • ♕ / ☆ Ask the Passengers by A.S. King // Lesbian MC.
  • ☆ Georgia Peaches and other Forbidden Fruit by Jaye Robin Brown // Lesbian MC. White font. Content Warning: Ableism, Racism, Biphobia, Child Abuse, Homophobia. 
  • ♕ One Man Guy by Michael Barakiva // Gay MC.
  • ☆ True Letters from a Fictional Life by Kenneth Logan // Gay MC.
  • ♕ Hold Me Closer: The Tiny Cooper Story // Gay MC.
  • ♕ / ☆ More Happy Than Not by Adam Silvera // Gay MC. Content Warning: Suicide, Homophobia, Homophobic slurs, Ableism. 
  • Timekeeper by Tara Sim // Gay MC.

Green

  • ☆ Little & Lion by Brandy Colbert // Bisexual MC.
  • ♕ / ♢ /  Anything Could Happen by Will Walton // Gay MC.
  •  ☆ The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzi Lee // Bisexual MC. Content Warning: Homophobia, Racism, Racial Slurs, Ableism, PTSD, Alcoholism, Parental Abuse.
  •  ☆ Lies My Girlfriend Told Me by Julie Ann Peters // Lesbian MC. Content Warning: Slut Shaming. 
  •  ♕ / ♢ / ☆ Wonders of the Invisible World by Christopher Barzak // Gay MC.
  • Noteworthy by Riley Redgate // Bisexual MC. Content Warning: Transphobia, Cissexism, Outing. 
  • ♕ Grasshopper Jungle by Andrew Smith // Bisexual MC. Gay MC.
  • The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid // Bisexual MC.

Blue

  • ☆ Dress Codes for Small Towns by Courtney Stevens // Genderfluid MC. Demisexual SC.
  • ♕ / ♢ / ☆ The Five Stages of Andrew Brawley by Shaun David Hutchinson // Gay MC.
  • ☆ The Art of Starving by Sam J. Miller // Gay MC. Content Warning: Eating Disorder, Body Horror, Homophobia. 
  • ☆ Leah on the Offbeat by Becky Albertalli // Bisexual MC.
  •  Better Nate Than Ever by Tim Federle // Gay MC.
  • Without Annette by Jane B. Mason // Lesbian MC.
  • ✹ ☆ The Rest of Us Just Live Here by Patrick Ness // Gay MC.
  • ♕ / ♢ Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Sáenz  // Gay MC.  See End Note.
  • You Know Me Well by  Nina LaCour and David Levithan // Lesbian MC. Gay MC.
  • ☆ As I Descended by Robin Talley // Bisexual MC. Content Warning: Biphobia, Racism, Ableism, Fatphobia, Slut Shaming, Transphobia, Outing, Drugging. 
  • ☆ Ramona Blue by Julie Murphy // No Labels Bisexual MC.
  • ☆ Of Fire and Stars by Audrey Coulhurst // Lesbian MC. Bisexual MC.
  • They Both Die At the End by Adam Silvera // Bisexual MC. Gay MC.

Purple

  • ☆ Daughter of the Burning City by Amanda Foody // Bisexual MC. Demiromantic Asexual SC.
  • ♕ / ☆ Ash by Malinda Lo // Bisexual MC. Content Warning: Abuse.
  • ☆ When the Moon Was Ours by Anna-Marie McLemore // Queer Girl MC. Trans Boy MC. Content Warning: Transphobia. 
  • ♕ /☆ Huntress by Malinda Lo // Bisexual MC.
  • ☆ Star-Crossed by Barbara Dee // Bisexual MC.
  • ☆ How to Make a Wish by Ashley Herring Blake // Bisexual MC. Yellow-ish Font. Content Warning: Parental Emotional Abuse.

Pink

  • Reign of the Fallen by Sarah Glenn Marsh // Bisexual MC.
  • ☆ It’s Not Like It’s a Secret by Misa Sugiura // Lesbian MC. Content Warning: Racism, Anti-Mexican Racism, Homophobia. 
  •  ♕ / ♢ / ☆ Everything Leads to You by Nina LaCour // Lesbian MC.
  • ♕ / ♢ Tell Me Again How a Crush Should Feel by Sara Farizan // Lesbian MC. Content Warning: D slur, Ableism, Biphobia, Slut Shaming.  
  • Winning by Lara Deloza // Lesbian MC.
  • ♕ / ♢ / ☆ Seven Ways We Lie by Riley Redgate // Pansexual MC. Aromantic Asexual SC.

Brown/Tan

  • ♕ / ♢ / ☆ The Miseducation of Cameron Post by Emily Danforth // Lesbian MC. Content Warning: Homophobia, Conversion Therapy. 

Grey

  • ☆ The Scorpion Rules by Erin Bow // Bisexual MC.
  • ☆ At the Edge of the Universe by Shaun David Hutchinson // Gay MC. Genderfluid SC. Content Warning: Rape, Racism, Child Abuse, Self-harm, Homophobia, Ableism. 

Black

  • ☆ Meg & Linus by Hanna Nowinski // Gay MC. Lesbian MC.
  • ♕ / ☆ And I Darken by Kiersten White // Gay MC. White Font.
  • ☆ Gena/Finn by Hannah Moskowitz & Kat Helgeson // Bisexual MC. White Font.
  • ♕ Highly Illogical Behavior by John Corey Whaley // Gay MC. Orange Font.
  • Jess, Chunk, and the Road Trip to Infinity // Trans Girl MC. Pansexual MC. Rainbow Font. Content Warning: Fatphobia, Gender Dysphoria, Biphobia, Transphobia.
  • ☆ Shallow Graves by Kali Wallace // Bisexual MC. Red Font.
  • ✹ ☆ Girl Mans Up by M-E Girard // Lesbian MC. Bisexual SC. White Font. Content Warning: Past Sexual Harassment, D-slur. 
  •  ☆ Love in the Time of Global Warming by Francesca Lia Block // Bisexual MC. Trans Boy MC. Gay SC. Blue Font.
  • ✹ ☆ The Island of Excess Love by Francesca Lia Block // Bisexual MC. Trans Boy MC. Gay SC. Pink Font. (Note: This is the second book in a series. The first book is Love in the Time of Global Warming).
  • ♕ / ☆ Far From You by Tessa Sharpe // Bisexual MC. Gold Font.
  • Tash Hearts Tolstoy // Asexual MC. Bright Pink Font.
  • ♕ / ♢ Openly Straight by Bill Koningsberg // Gay MC. White & Light Blue Font.
  • ✹ ☆ Fans of the Impossible by Kate Scelsa // Label-less Queer MCs. Yellow & White Font.
  •  ♕ / ☆ Labyrinth Lost by Zoraida Cordova // Bisexual MC. Gold Font.
  • The Gallery of Unfinished Girls by Lauren Karcz // Bisexual MC. White Font.
  • ☆ The Imposter Queen by Sarah Fine // Bisexual MC. White & Red Font.
  • ☆ None of the Above by I.W. Gregorio // Intersex MC. White Font. Content Warning: Sexual Assault, Transphobia, Transphobic Slurs. 
  • ☆ Girls Made of Snow and Glass by Melissa Bashardoust // Lesbian MC. White Font.
  • If I Was Your Girl by Meredith Russo // Trans Girl MC. White Font. Content Warning: Suicide Attempt, Attempted Rape, Outing. 

White

  • ☆ Boy Robot by Simon Cirtus // Gay MC. Black Font.
  • ☆ Let’s Talk About Love by Claire Kann // Biromantic Asexual MC. Purple Font.
  • ☆ Symptoms of Being Human by Jeff Garvin  // Genderfluid MC. Black Font.
  • ♕ / ♢ / ☆ The Great American Whatever by Tim Federle // Gay MC. Black Font.
  •  Ask Me How I Got Here by Christine Hepperman // Bisexual MC. Red Font.
  • ☆ George by Alex Gino // Trans girl MC. Rainbow font. Content Warning: Deadnaming, Transphobia.
  • ☆ Mask of Shadows by Linsey Miller // Genderfluid MC. Black Font. CONTENT WARNING: Self harm, Misgendering, PTSD, Abuse Mentions.
  • ♕ / ☆ I’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson // Gay MC. Rainbow . Content Warning: Outing.
  • ♕ / ♢  / ☆ Whatever.: or How Junior Year Become Totally F$@ked // Gay MC. Blue Font.

MultiColored:

  • ✹ ✹ ♕ / ♢ / ☆ The Porcupine of Truth by Bill Konigsberg // Gay MC.
  • ☆ Our Own Private Universe by Robin Talley // Bisexual MC.
  •  ☆ 10 Things I can See From Here by Carrie Mac // Lesbian MC.
  •   I Hate Everyone But You by Gaby Dunn & Allison Raskin // Bisexual MC. Black Font.
  •  ☆ We Are Okay by Nina LaCour // Lesbian MC. Bisexual SC. Content Warning: Family Death, Suicide. 
  • ♕ / ☆ Proxy by Alex London // Gay MC. Bisexual SC.
  • ☆ Wild Beauty by Anna-Marie McLemore // Bisexual MCs. Genderqueer SC.
  • Starting From Here by Lisa Jenn Bigelow // Lesbian MC. Gay SC.
  • ☆ Perfect Ten by L. Philips // Gay MC.
  •  ♕ / ♢  / ☆ We Are the Ants by Shaun David Hutchinson // Gay MC. Content Warning: Past Suicide, Suicide ideation, Homophobia. 
  •  ☆ History Is All You Left Me by Adam Silvera // Gay MC. Bisexual SC. Content Warning: Death 
  •  ☆ Every Heart a Doorway by Seanan McGuire // Asexual MC. Trans Boy SC. Bisexual SC.
  •  Radio Silence by Alice Oseman // Bisexual MC. Demisexual SC. Content Warning: Parental Abuse, Eating Disorder, Suicide Ideation. 
  • ☆ Otherbound by Corinne Duyvis // Bisexual MC.


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Red

  • Shallow Graves by Kali Wallace // Bisexual MC.
  •  Better Nate Than Ever by Tim Federle // Gay MC.
  • Five, Six, Seven, Nate! by Tim Federle // Gay MC. Content Warning: Bullying. (Note: This is the second book in a series. The first book is Better Nate Than Ever).
  • Tumbling by Caela Carter // Lesbian MC.
  • ♕ Proxy by Alex London // Gay MC. Bisexual SC.
  •  ♕ Ash by Malinda Lo // Bisexual MC. Content Warning: Abuse.

Orange

  • ♕ I’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson // Gay MC. Content Warning: Outing. 

Yellow

  • Georgia Peaches and other Forbidden Fruit by Jaye Robin Brown // Lesbian MC. Content Warning: Ableism, Racism, Biphobia, Child Abuse, Homophobia. 
  • Perfect Ten by L. Philips // Gay MC.
  • The Rest of Us Just Live Here by Patrick Ness // Gay MC.
  • 10 Things I Can See From Here by Carrie Ann // Lesbian MC.
  • History Is All You Left Me by Adam Silvera  // Gay MC. Bisexual SC.
  • ♕ More Happy Than Not by Adam Silvera // Gay MC. Content Warning: Suicide, Homophobia, Homophobic Slurs, Ableism.

Green

  • ♕ / ♢  We Are the Ants by Shaun David Hutchinson // Gay MC. Content Warning: Past Suicide, Suicide ideation, Homophobia. 
  •  ☆ Lies My Girlfriend Told Me by Julie Ann Peters // Lesbian MC. Content Warning: Slut Shaming. 
  • ♕ / ♢ Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Sáenz  // Gay MC.  See End Note.
  • True Letters from a Fictional Life by Kenneth Logan // Gay MC.
  •  ♕ / ♢ Wonders of the Invisible World by Christopher Barzak. Gay MC.
  • George by Alex Gino // Trans girl MC. Silver font. Content Warning: Deadnaming, Transphobia. 
  • Every Heart a Doorway by Seanan McGuire // Asexual MC. Trans Boy SC. Bisexual SC.
  • ☆ Wild Beauty by Anna-Marie McLemore // Bisexual MCs. Genderqueer SC.

Blue

  • The Art of Starving by Sam J. Miller // Gay MC. Content Warning: Eating Disorder, Body Horror, Homophobia. 
  •  Love in the Time of Global Warming by Francesca Lia Block // Bisexual MC. Trans Boy MC. Gay SC.
  • As I Descended by Robin Talley // Bisexual MC. Content Warning: Biphobia, Racism, Ableism, Fatphobia, Slut Shaming, Transphobia, Outing, Drugging. 
  • ♕ / ♢ The Great American Whatever by Tim Federle // Gay MC.
  • Meg & Linus by Hanna Nowinski // Gay MC. Lesbian MC.
  • Star-Crossed by Barbara Dee // Bisexual MC.
  • ♕ / ♢ Anything Could Happen by Will Walton // Gay MC.
  •  The Five Stages of Andrew Brawley by Shaun David Hutchinson // Gay MC.
  • The Scorpion Rules by Erin Bow // Bisexual MC.
  • ♕ Labyrinth Lost by Zoraida Cordova // Bisexual MC.

Purple

  • ♕ / ♢ The Porcupine of Truth by Bill Konigsberg // Gay MC.
  • ♕ Ask the Passengers by A.S. King // Lesbian MC.
  • ♕ Huntress by Malinda Lo // Bisexual MC.
  • Daughter of the Burning City by Amanda Foody // Bisexual MC. Demiromantic Asexual SC.
  • ♕ / ♢ Everything Leads to You by Nina LaCour // Lesbian MC.
  • How to Make a Wish by Ashley Herring Blake // Bisexual MC. Content Warning: Parental Emotional Abuse.

Pink

  •  The Island of Excess Love by Francesca Lia Block // Bisexual MC. Trans Boy MC. Gay SC. (Note: This is the second book in a series. The first book is Love in the Time of Global Warming).
  • I Hate Everyone But You by Gaby Dunn & Allison Raskin // Bisexual MC.
  • Gena/Finn by Hannah Moskowitz & Kat Helgeson // Bisexual MC.

Brown/Tan

  • ♕ / ♢ The Miseducation of Cameron Post by Emily Danforth // Lesbian MC. Content Warning: Homophobia, Conversion Therapy. 

Grey

  • Girls Made of Snow and Glass by Melissa Bashardoust // Lesbian MC.
  •  We Are Okay by Nina LaCour // Lesbian MC. Bisexual SC. Content Warning: Family Death, Suicide. 

Black

  • Boy Robot by Simon Cirtus // Gay MC. Blue Font.
  • When the Moon Was Ours by Anna-Marie McLemore // Queer Girl MC. Trans Boy MC. Yellow Font. Content Warning: Transphobia. 
  • The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzi Lee // Bisexual MC. Yellow Font. Content Warning: Homophobia, Racism, Racial Slurs, Ableism, PTSD, Alcoholism, Parental Abuse.
  • ♕ Far From You by Tessa Sharpe // Bisexual MC. Gold Font. Content Warning: Suicide Ideation, PTSD, Gun Violence. 
  • Mask of Shadows by Linsey Miller // Genderfluid MC. Silver Font.
  • ✹ None of the Above by I.W. Gregorio // Intersex MC. White Font. Content Warning: Sexual Assault, Transphobia, Transphobic Slurs. 
  • The Love Interest by Cale Dietrich // Gay MC. White Font.
  • Otherbound by Corinne Duyvis // Bisexual MC. White Font.
  • Of Fire and Stars by Audrey Coulhurst // Lesbian MC. Bisexual MC. Gold Font.
  • Little & Lion by Brandy Colbert // Bisexual MC. Blue Font.
  • A Darkly Beating Heart by Lindsay Smith // Bisexual MC.
  • ♕ And I Darken by Kiersten White // Gay MC. White Font.

White

  • Our Own Private Universe by Robin Talley // Bisexual MC.
  • Leah on the Offbeat by Becky Albertalli // Bisexual MC. Blue Font.
  • Let’s Talk About Love by Claire Kann // Biromantic Asexual MC. Purple Font.
  • Symptoms of Being Human by Jeff Garvin  // Genderfluid MC. Black Font.
  • ♕ / ♢ Seven Ways We Lie by Riley Redgate // Pansexual MC. Aromantic Asexual MC. Black Font.
  • Dress Codes for Small Towns by Courtney Stevens // Genderfluid MC. Black Font.
  • Girl Mans Up by M-E Girard // Lesbian MC. Bisexual SC. Black Font. Content Warning: Past Sexual Harassment, D-slur. 
  • Fans of the Impossible by Kate Scelsa // Label-less Queer MCs. Black Font.
  • The Imposter Queen by Sarah Fine // Bisexual MC. Red Font.
  • Ramona Blue by Julie Murphy // No Labels Bisexual MC. Light Pink Font.
  • At the Edge of the Universe by Shaun David Hutchinson // Gay MC. Genderfluid SC. Grey Font. Content Warning: Rape, Racism, Child Abuse, Self-harm, Homophobia, Ableism. 
  • It’s Not Like It’s a Secret by Misa Sugiura // Lesbian MC. Bright Green Font. Content Warning: Racism, Anti-Mexican Racism, Homophobia. 
  • ♕ / ♢ Whatever.: or How Junior Year Become Totally F$@ked // Gay MC. Blue Font.


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Red

  • ♕ / ♢  Simon vs the Homosapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli // Gay MC. Content Warning: Bullying, Sexual Harassment, Outing
  •  About a Girl by Joanne Horniman // Lesbian MC.
  •  ♕ Proxy by Alex London // Gay MC. Bisexual SC.
  •  Will Grayson, Will Grayson by John Green and David Levithan // Gay MC.  UK EDITION.
  • ♕  Bleeding Earth by Kaitlin Ward // Lesbian MC.
  •  ♕ Ash by Malinda Lo // Bisexual MC. Content Warning: Abuse.
  • Chameleon Moon by RoAnna Sylver // Trans Woman MC. Asexual MC. Nonbinary MC.

Orange

  • Poppy Jenkins by Clare Ashton // Lesbian MC.
  •  ♕ / ♢ The Rise and Fall of a Theater Geek by Seth Rudetsky // Gay MC
  • Not Your Sidekick by C.B. Lee // Bisexual MC. Trans Boy SC.
  • The Last Beginning by Lauren James // Lesbian MC.
  • ♕ / ♢ The Porcupine of Truth by Bill Konigsberg // Gay MC.

Yellow

  • Boy Meets Boy by David Levithan // Gay MC.UK EDITION. 
  • Drag Teen by Jeffery Self // Gay MC.
  • ✹ Wrong to Need You by Alisha Rai // Bisexual MC.
  • ♕ One Man Guy by Michael Barakiva // Gay MC.
  • The Rules of Ever After by Killian B. Brewer // Gay MC.
  • The Lawrence Browne Affair by Cat Sebastian // Bisexual MC.
  • I’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson // Gay MC. UK EDITION. 
  •  Hold Me Closer: The Tiny Cooper Story // Gay MC. UK EDITION. 

Green

  • ♕ / ♢ Anything Could Happen by Will Walton // Gay MC.
  •  No Holding Back by Kate Evangelista // Gay MCs.
  • ♕ / ♢ Wonders of the Invisible World by Christopher Barzak // Gay MC.
  • Not Your Villain by C.B. Lee // Trans Boy MC. Bisexual SC.
  •  The Ruin of a Rake by Cat Sebastian // Gay MC & Bisexual MC.

Blue

  • All the Feels by Danika Stone // Bisexual MC.
  • ♕ / ♢ The Five Stages of Andrew Brawley by Shaun David Hutchinson // Gay MC.
  • ♕ Highly Illogical Behavior by John Corey Whaley // Gay MC.
  • Don’t Tell My Mother by Brigitte Bautista // Lesbian MC.
  • ✹ Unmasked by the Marquess by Cat Sebastian // Nonbinary MC. Bisexual MC.
  • Boy Meets Boy by David Levithan // Gay MC.
  • ♕ / ♢ Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Sáenz // Gay MC.  See End Note.
  • If I Was Your Girl by Meredith Russo // Trans Girl MC. Content Warning: Suicide Attempt, Attempted Rape, Outing. UK EDITION. 
  • Been Here All Along by Sandy Hall. Bisexual MC.

Purple

  • ♕ / ♢ Huntress by Malinda Lo // Bisexual MC.
  • Juliet Takes a Breath by Gabby Rivera // Lesbian MC. Yellow Font. Content Warning: Transphobia, Anti Native. 

Pink

  •  ♕ / ♢ Everything Leads to You by Nina LaCour // Lesbian MC.
  • Hold Me by Courtney Milan // Bisexual MC. Trans Woman MC. Content Warning: Mentions of Past Transphobia & Past Suicide.
  • ♕ Tell Me Again How a Crush Should Feel by Sara Farizan // Lesbian MC. Content Warning: D slur, Ableism, Biphobia, Slut Shaming.  
  • Freak Show by James St. James // Gay MC.
  • Queens of Geek by Jen Wilde // Bisexual MC.
  • ♕ / ♢ Seven Ways We Lie by Riley Redgate // Pansexual MC. Aromantic Asexual MC.

Brown/Tan

  •  ♕ / ♢ The Miseducation of Cameron Post by Emily Danforth // Lesbian MC. Content Warning: Homophobia, Conversion Therapy. 

Black

  • ♕ Far From You by Tessa Sharpe // Bisexual MC. Pink Font.
  • The Abyss Surrounds Us by Emily Skrutskie // Lesbian MC. Light Blue Font.
  • Pantomime by Laura Lam // Intersex Bisexual Genderfluid MC. Yellow Font.
  • Peter Darling by Austin Chant // Trans MC. White Font.
  • Cam Girl by Leah Raeder // Bisexual MC. Blue Font.
  • ♕ Labyrinth Lost by Zoraida Cordova // Bisexual MC. Gold Font.
  • ♕ Grasshopper Jungle by Andrew Smith // Bisexual MC. Gay MC. Yellow Font.
  • The Dark Wife by Sarah Diemer // Lesbian MC. White Font.
  • Black Iris by Leah Raeder // Queer Girl MC. Purple Font. Content Warning: Suicide, Homophobia, Homophobic Slurs, Ableism. 
  • ♕ / ♢ Openly Straight by Bill Koningsberg // Gay MC. White & Light Blue Font.
  • ♕ And I Darken by Kiersten White // Gay MC. White Font.

White

  • Out on Good Behavior by Dahlia Adler // Pansexual MC. Lesbian MC. White Font.
  • The Seafarer’s Kiss by Julia Ember // Bisexual MC. Grey Font.
  • ♕ / ♢ The Great American Whatever by Tim Federle // Gay MC. Black Font.
  • ♕  Ask the Passengers by A.S. King // Lesbian MC. Yellow font.
  • ♕ I’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson // Gay MC. Rainbow. Content Warning: Outing.
  • ♕ Hold Me Closer: The Tiny Cooper Story // Gay MC. Black Font.
  • ♕ / ♢ Whatever.: or How Junior Year Become Totally F$@ked // Gay MC. Blue Font.
  • Empress of the World by Sarah Ryan // Bisexual MC. Black Font.

MultiColored:

  • Under the Lights by Dahlia Adler // Lesbian MC.
  • Dreadnought by April Daniels // Trans Girl Lesbian MC. Black Font. See End Note.
  •  ♕ More Happy Than Not by Adam Silvera // Gay MC. Black and White font. Content Warning: Suicide, Homophobia, Homophobic slurs, Ableism. 
  • Love Beyond Body, Space & Time: An Indigenous LGBT SCI-Fi Anthology by David Robertson, Cherie Dimaline, Gwen Benaway, and others. // Various MCs including a Trans Woman and two spirit characters. Yellow and White Font.

 

*End Note: Why Some Authors are Crossed out

Since I posted this list, some authors have shown themselves to be problematic to the point of me not wanting to promote their books in any ways. Benjamin Alire Sáenz has a history of harassing reviewers when he doesn’t like their reviewers (despite not being tagged). I can’t abide by that.

The reason I’m keeping the books on here and only crossing them out is because I don’t want to pretend that they weren’t on my list at some point. And, I hope it can inform your reading choices.

11 thoughts on “A Guide to LGBTQ+ Book Spine Colors for Bookstagram Rainbows

  1. Wow AJ!! This is list is amazing! I’m very impressed with how thorough this is. I can’t wait for next Pride when I can use this reference! 😀 — Actually, are you kidding me. I’ll start making gay-ass rainbows tomorrow!!

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    1. lacyliteracy says:

      Haha, thanks! And yes to rainbows all year round 🏳️‍🌈 🎉.

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  2. This is such a great post! I don’t spend that much time on Bookstagram, so I didn’t see that many rainbow spines photos, but I’ve heard that a lot of people didn’t use any LGBTQ+ books in their rainbows :/ Which is fine if you’re just making a regular rainbow (though maybe not do that during Pride) but when they talk about Pride in their caption?? My dudes you are missing the point

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    1. lacyliteracy says:

      Thank you!

      Yeah, I honestly couldn’t care less if people don’t use LGBTQ books in rainbows outside of pride month. What really gets me is when people would be like “in honor of being an ally to the lgbt community, here is my pride rainbow for pride month with ACOWAR and no LGBTQ books”. It’s just embarrassing & transparent.

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  4. This is such an amazing and creative post! I love all the support you give! I shall add these to my tbr.

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  5. Wow, I love this extensive guide post! Thanks for posting this Alexis; hopefully those high profile Bookstagram accounts can truly post with sensitivity the next time they do rainbow books covers.

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    1. lacyliteracy says:

      Thank you!!! Ugh, same like at least get one lgbtq book in your rainbow of sjm lmao

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  6. elina12345 says:

    Hi wow this is an amazing list! You are a superstar for putting this together. I just wanted to suggest adding some CWs for The Symptoms of Being Human; it’s been a while since I read it, but at least outing, transphobia, and sexual assault/rape (idk the scene was kinda vague but it’s there and I’m fairly sure it’s supposed to be rape :/ ). Keep up the good work! ❤

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    1. lacyliteracy says:

      Thank you!! I’ll make sure to add that.

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