Happy Canada Day! Here are some queer reads set in the Great White North!

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Happy Canada Day! Joyeuse fête du Canada!

To celebrate, we’d like to share with you a brief list of queer Canadian lit, as recommended by folks on our twitter! I’ve tried to separate these by province/territory whenever possible. For multi-book series, I’ve just listed the first book. One note:

If I’ve made a mistake with regards to orientation/gender identity in the book, genre, or location, please do not hesitate to correct me. I’m basing everything on Goodreads and user tags, which may not be accurate.

One more note: Casey the Canadian Librarian has an incredible list of Canadian Queer Women’s Classics, which I highly recommend you check out.

Now go curl up with a nice cup of Timmies and have a lovely Canada Day! (And if you have other recommendations, toss ’em in the comments and we’ll add them to the list. If possible, please include where in Canada the book is set!)

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Just Love’s Favorite Books of 2017!

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2017 is behind us (don’t let the door hit ya’ on the way out!) and we’re looking forward to 2018! But before we start thinking about the upcoming releases in the New Year, it’s time for us to reflect on our favorite reads of the last year.

Curious to see how our Faves stacked up against our Most Anticipated of the year? Check out our predictions from January 2017 here!

Also, stay tuned in the next couple of days for a big announcement from the Just Love team!

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Top of the Stack: December 2017

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JLR Top of the Stack

2017 is drawing to a close, but there are still tons of great books to read before we ring in 2018! So it’s time again for our Top of the Stack!

The weather is growing chilly and grey (unless you’re in the Southern hemisphere, you lucky ducks), and it’s the perfect time to curl up with a good book and a warm drink. So here are our most anticipated reads of December… go forth and add to your TBRs!

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TRANS BOOK MONTH: Caissa reflects on a book written by fellow trans partners

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Throughout the month of July, we at Just Love want to celebrate and highlight books by trans authors and about trans characters! We’ve had some amazing posts throughout the month, and hope you’ll check them out. Today, one of the Just Love team writes about a very personal trans book:

Caissa reflects on a book written by fellow trans partners

I remember it well: the day that a book changed my life.

I know, I know, everyone says that. But I mean it.

I had some time to kill after work one day last year, so I visited my favorite feminist bookstore to browse for a bit. Amidst all the rainbow items and erotica novels in the LGBTQ section, a book with a bright orange and yellow cover caught my eye.

“Love Always,” it read. “Partners of Trans People on Intimacy, Challenge, and Resilience.”

The bookstore may have gotten dusty.

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TRANS BOOK MONTH: By Trans For Trans, by B R Sanders

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As part of Trans Book Month on Just Love, in which we are highlighting trans literature, we have invited several authors to share some of their thoughts with us. Please welcome B R Sanders who’s kicking off these guest posts today…


By Trans For Trans

This is a famous quote from Toni Morrison that has guided my writing career:

“If there’s a book that you want to read, but it hasn’t been written yet, then you must write it.”

I love this quote. It is a guiding star, particularly for those of us writers who are marginalized. One of the main reasons I started writing fiction was precisely because I so rarely saw representations of people like myself in the genres I most often read: I wanted to read more fantasy and science fiction about transgender people. And I wanted the trans people in these stories to just be people. I wanted to read about trans people living full lives. I wanted to read about them making choices and struggling with things beyond their trans identity.

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TRANS BOOK MONTH: Mel Recommends Books with Trans Characters

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Throughout the month of July, the Just Love team is super excited to highlight trans books and elevate trans writers! Our goal for the month is to provide a forum for discussion of trans lit topics, ranging from publishing trans stories, to consent and harmful tropes within those stories. There are some absolutely phenomenal authors contributing their voices this month, to which you can check out the schedule here!

Today, we’re recommending books with trans main characters to you. Most of them we already read and reviewed, but there are some upcoming books on the list as well.  We separated them by genre and added some tags to help you find a book to your liking.

(ETA: Books in lila are recommendations by commenters on this post.)
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