8 Books To Bring A Bit More Queer Joy To Your Life
Welcome to Hot Book Summer. From books about queer joy to snappy page turners you can read in a weekend, true crime books without the violence against women to Unbothered's picks of the best books written by Black women now, R29 has got your summer reading list sorted.
In many ways it's never been a better time to be an LGBTQ+ reader: books which span all genres and topics are being published regularly and access to long-forgotten classics as well as emerging writers has never been easier. Plus, it's Pride month, which means that it's peak time for lists of LGBTQ+ friendly books – so finding titles to add to your 'to read' list is hardly a challenge.
But there are times, such as now, when you want to make sure your read doesn't remind you just how awfully LGBTQ+ people are stilltreatedin2021. That doesn't mean it has to be saccharine or unrealistic. Just that there is a sense of joy, possibility or celebration at the heart of the book.
The following titles are all, in some way, an iteration of queer joy, whether it's an exploration of the ways families could form, a riotous piece of historical fiction or a genuinely happy ending for a relationship.
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No one has ever questioned whether Blake Lively and Ryan Reynolds look good together. The couple - who recently celebrated 10 years together - made their first red carpet appearance together in two years on August 3 to celebrate Reynolds' new movie, Free Guy. The last time the couple were on the red carpet together was when Lively confirmed she was pregnant with their third child, a daughter named Betty who is almost two, at the Detective Pikachu premiere.
Breastfeeding, despite being an entirely natural bodily function, is still speckled with shame for many. Disappointingly, stories of feeding mothers who have suffered abuse - or been sidelined - by daring to do it outside of a public toilet are still all too common. Which is why it's refreshing to see celebrities normalising breastfeeding, by posting beautiful, intimate photographs of themselves doing it.
On a particularly bleak day in February this year, the first arrivals were shuttled from an airport terminal to a hotel on the outskirts of Heathrow for 10 days of mandatory quarantine. Since then, tens of thousands have been through the process, with 7,942 people checking in on the week ending July 21 alone.