Reading is the moment when we meet the art; an encounter with the mind of the writer, with gentleness or rudeness. It's a journey in which we set our sail along with the characters to discover the part of our inner self. The rise of the digital age allows us to read as many as we can now. We are ditching physical books and turning to Kindle books, iBooks, Kobo, etc. Impacted by the social movement — LGBT and pride, more children and teenagers these days, seem to grow interested in LGBT content. Here’re 10 LGBT YA books you should definitely check out in pride month.
Part 1: 10 Amazon LGBT YA Books to Read in Pride Month
1.Felix Ever After by Kacen Callender
2. Stay Gold by Tobly McSmith
Looking for a new life at Hillcrest High School, Pony desperately wants to get rid of his past in old school after coming out as transgender. On the very first day of school, he locked eyes with cheerleader Georgia, who just wants to keep a low profile until graduation in searching for more to life. Spark starts flying. He as a transgender and she as a hermit, how would the story begin with these two? Read on if you are interested.
3. The Black Flamingo by Dean Atta
As a mixed-race gay teen growing up in London with origins of Greek-Cypriot and Jamaican, Michael has never felt quite like how he should be and who he is, not until he finds the Drag Society. Beautifully told with wisdom and honesty, as a debut of Dean Atta, the book is inspiring at looking for the layers of identity — something that supposedly reveals who we are and allows us to shine.
4. The Falling in Love Montage by Clara Smyth
This is stunning debut by Clara Smyth. Saoirse doesn’t believe in love at first sight or happy endings, at least not until she met Ruby with blue freckles at an end-of-term house party. Romantic sparks ignited and Ruby proposed a loophole — they will have a summer of all the fun and every cliché, rom-com montage-worthy date they can dream up; agreed to end when fall comes. As if it’s the perfect plan, but love often comes for real when it’s over.
5. What If It’s Us by Becky Albertalli & Adam Silvera
What if your life is like a romantic Broadway play? The characters fall in love at the right time and mean to be together happily ever after. Is it destiny when Arthur and Ben meet-cute at the post office in New York? Not sure. Real-life is not all about the happy ending. Arthur is only in New York for the summer and Ben is experiencing a post-breakup. They get separated anyway. But if they are meant to be, they’ll be reunited. Wanna know the rest of the story? Read it for yourself.
6. The Fascinators by Andrew Eliopulos
A magic-infused YA novel about love and friendship. It’ll surely bewitch you with its heart-wrenching plot. Sam, James, and Delia live in a small town with a passion for the school’s magic club. When the senior year starts, the friendships crack subtly when Sam seems to in love with James whereas Delia is upset about the magic club. When summer is over, the unidentified danger is approaching — some threats from sketchy magickers put a target on all their backs. Can magic fix all the problems? Find out for yourself.
7. Pet by Akwaeke Emezi
A compelling and timely young adult debut by Akwaeke Emezi, raising complicated questions upon a young person’s choice in a surrounding of denial. One day Jam met Pet, a creature that emerges from one of her mother’s paintings with horns and colors and claws, claiming it’s here to hunt monsters. The fact makes her reconsider what she’s been told -- there are no more monsters in the city of Lucille. She’ll have to protect her best friend and uncover the truth that no one admits.
8. You Don’t Live Here by Robyn Schneider
Sasha moves in with her grandparents when her mother is dead and her father vanishes. Being told to become a lawyer in the future, beneath the surface she doesn’t know what to do and who she is. The encounter with Cole Edwards is even confusing as she is considered as a plus one girlfriend, not an individual. Not until she met Lily Chen, she realized that she wanted to follow her off the beaten path -- an adventurer who discovered hidden beaches, secret menus, and the truth. A story of a girl’s journey to look for the real self and identity.
9. All Boys Aren’t Blue by George M. Johnson
All Boys Aren’t Blue is a series of personal essays from famous journalist LGBTQIA + activist George M. Johnson. He reflects on his past teenage life as black queer boys -- from memories of bullies. to flea marketing with beloved grandmother, to the first sexual relationship. With Johnson’s emotionally frank writing style, the book covers the topic such as gender identity, masculinity, brotherhood, family, structural marginalization that appeared in the life of queer men of color. One of the best LGBT YA books of 2020.
10. I’ll Be the One by Lyla Lee
Skye Shin has made up her mind to become the world’s first plus-sized K-pop star even though the Korean pop entertainment industry holds standards of fat-phobic beauty. She had enough the rules from society, the media, and even her mother set for girls like her, all drive her crazy. Fearlessly, she’ll challenge thousands of performers internationally. After nails her audition, she is going to deal with the hardship of practice, sudden media fame, and her sparks with her fellow competitor Henry. All she knows is that she is going to win without losing herself. Truly brave.
Part 2: How to Read LGBT YA Books on Kindle?
To read LGBT + YA books on Kindle, you will need a kindle App or Kindle eBook, and an amazon account. First off, you have to locate the books on Amazon and purchase them; secondly, to add the purchased books to your Kindle library. Just search the name of books on Amazon. After you placed the order, you’ll get notified that your book is waiting for you in the Kindle library and available to read immediately.
You can purchase and download as many books as you want, just make sure you have enough space on your device. Here we’ll go with the example of the Kindle APP.
- 1.Launch the Kindle app on your iPhone or iPad, and tap “Library” so you can see all the books in the library. Look for the LGBT YA book you just purchased and tap it.
- 2.The book will start downloading and finish until a check appears next to it.
- 3.Then you’ll see the “About this book” section, it’s about the book’s feature; you can skip it if you want, just tap the X in the upper right corner and start reading the book.
Part 3: How to Enjoy LGBT YA Books from Kindle on iBooks?
Readers who use iBooks might want to add the Kindle books to iBooks for convenience. iBooks could have a better interface for some people; unlike Kindle, iBooks is easy to use with its built-into-the-app browser so you don’t have to jump out of the app to purchase books. If you want to enjoy LGBY YA Kindle books on iBooks, an DRM(Digital Right Management) removal is required at first. Just like any other online digital content, such as video and audio, the Kindle books are also encrypted to prevent them from being copied and pirated for the interest of the author. To freely transfer Kindle books to iBooks, you’ll need tools to help remove the DRM, and Leawo Prof. DRM is the best software available on the market.
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- Convert DRM-protected eBook from Kindle, Kobo, Adobe to DRM-free epub, mobi, azw3, txt, etc., format
Before everything, you’ll need to launch Kindle APP on your computer and log in. Make sure all the eBooks have been downloaded to the Kindle library.
◎ Step 1: Launch Leawo Prof. DRM
Launch Leawo Prof. DRM and click the icon of eBooks to enter the eBook Converter.
◎ Step 2: Add Source File
Click the "Add Files" button to add source files or simply just drag and drop.
If you click “Add files”, you’ll see a popup window with the “Kindle” option on the left sidebar. Choose the eBooks you want to remove DRM and click the “Add” button.
◎ Step 3: Set Output Format
Click the pencil icon on the right side of loaded Kindle books, this is where you can set the output format. Please mind that iBook supports ePub and PDF format. You can edit it one by one or check the "Apply to all eBook Files" button to edit all.
◎ Step 4: Set Output Directory
You can edit the output directory in the “Output” box at the bottom of the screen. Change it if necessary.
◎ Step 5: Convert Kindle books to iBooks
Click the “Convert” button in the bottom right corner to start conversion. The converted eBooks with DRM removal will be in the designated folders soon.
That’s it for the DRM removal for Kindle books. Since your Kindle books have been converted into ePub or PDF files, so you can freely transfer them into iBooks. Simply launch iBooks on your computer and you should be able to read converted files freely. Once the books have been added to iBooks, you can read them on any Apple device with iBooks installed.