Hiya everyone! My name is Dami Fawehinmi (she/they/he @JournalsOfDami) and I’m the founder of Queer, Black and Bookish (@QueerBlackAndBookish);  a platform and space for Black LGBTQIA+ people across the world to meet, read books, check out bookstores and just talk about all things bookish! 

We exist to amplify books that exemplify our existences and we’ve found a wonderful array of Black LGBTQIA+ books and just had so much fun. A number 1 priority is Black Queer Joy, where we’re able to just have a good time and rest, which for us is so important.

This guest post is to continue our goal of creating a safe space and platforming Black LGBTQIA+ and LGBTQIA+ authors, with so many wonderful stories to share, to cherish and to love. Hope you enjoy!

 

Starting off with Off the Record by Camryn Garrett (TW: SA)

Our main character is passionate and powerful writer, Josie Wright, who wins a contest to write for a high-profile magazine, 'Deep Focus'. With shimmering celebrities, sullen producers, and talented stylists, Josie works to find out where she fits in, while also staying true to her writing and understanding the power of using your voice and your art to support others. A poignant book covering the reality of millions of people around the world, and showing how our experiences can come together to bring needed change, and a safer world.

 

 

 

Next is Blackout, written by Dhonielle Clayton, Tiffany D. Jackson, Nic Stone, Angie Thomas, Ashley Woodfolk, and Nicola Yoon.

If you like a collection of short stories in one, this book is for you! All the stories within it are joined together as a Black love story during a power outage in NYC. Each story provides a unique lens into different forms of love, familial, platonic, and romantic. I love this book so much because it shows the way a community can come together to look after one another, to become vulnerable and learn to be who they need to in times of tribulation. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Last but certainly not least is, Hani and Ishu’s Guide to Fake Dating. Often, I find my TBR (to be read) list getting longer and longer while I spend more time enjoying each book I read at my own pace, possibly while the kettle boils in the morning or while I wait for a meeting to start, but this book was in my bag at all times.

I was hooked from the first page and fell in love with the beauty of Hani and Ishu’s journey to love. With so many twists and turns as they find themselves, beautiful characters and their exploration into their identities while understanding never to sacrifice their happiness for anyone. 

 

I hope you enjoyed this round up of my favourite YA books, there are so many more stories out to check out and fall in love with, to see yourself in and get immersed in. Happy reading everyone!

 

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