Diverse Reads: Bisexual Protagonists

Add these books to your diverse reading list. These 10 books, ranging from fantasy to contemporary, all feature bisexual protagonists.

Ash

by Malinda Lo
After her father’s death, Ash’s life devolves into a world of despair. That is, until she meets Kaisa, the King’s huntress, and joins her hunting troupe. But when the fairy Sidhean claims Ash’s life, she must decide what life she wants to lead and whom she wants to love.

Over You

by Amy Reed
Sadie and Max are best friends, so it’s only natural for them to want to spend the summer together, even if it is in Nebraska. Max meets Dylan, who is the quintessential tall, dark and dangerous; their relationship may ruin anything Max ever had with Sadie.

Our Own Private Universe

by Robin Talley
It is a summer of risks, love and new experiences for Aki. She meets Christa at church camp in Mexico and knows she is older and more experienced in areas of love and sex. Aki and Christa find themselves together but discover themselves in the midst of their relationship.

Run

by Kody Keplinger
Bo is wild and Agnes is cautious; these friends couldn’t be more different. They discover their friendship might be something more, so when Bo needs to skip town, Agnes doesn’t hesitate to go with her. But a runaway road trip is more difficult than they thought when they must confront Agnes’s blindness, Bo’s past, and some deep secrets.

Queens of Geek

by Jen Wilde
Charlie, Taylor and Jamie get to go to their favorite convention, SupaCon. They know it’s going to be amazing, but none of them are prepared for how life-changing a weekend can be. Charlie meets someone who could be the love of her life, while Taylor starts to be honest about her feelings for Jamie and learning to step out of her shell.

Autoboyography

by Christina Lauren
Tanner is forced to move to Utah, which is the last place he wants to be. His friend dares him to join a class where the final assignment is to write a book draft. Tanner gives it a go and finds some writing skills of his own, while also maybe finding the love of his life.

The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue

by Mackenzi Lee
Monty is a classic English rebel — drinking too much, staying out too late, and waking in the beds of both men and women. When he, his sister, and his best friend take a Grand Tour of Europe, it is understandable that they go looking for trouble. And yes, they find quite a lot of it.

Ramona Blue

by Julie Murphy
In small-town Mississippi, Ramona lives her life the best she can. Being a 6-foot-3-inch lesbian with blue hair is her style, but it doesn’t help her much in the town. Her world is turned upside down when her sister gets pregnant and her old childhood friend moves in next door; these events will make Ramona question everything she ever knew about her life and herself.

Carry On

by Rainbow Rowell
Simon Snow is the “chosen one.” Baz is his sworn enemy. It is their last year at a magical school for wizards and the showdown of their lives is on the horizon. But when the two start to become friends, their relationship and adventures will change their lives and the world in which they live.

Wild Beauty

by Anna-Marie McLemore
Estrella’s family has tended the magical garden of La Pradera for almost a century. When a strange boy stumbles into their territory with no knowledge of who he is or where he’s from, Estrella helps him pick up the pieces of his life while also trying to protect the secrets of her family.

 

Give us your recommendations for books with bisexual protagonists in the comments below!

 

 

 

Win a Chance to Meet Author Sarah J. Maas!

Tickets to see Sarah J. Maas on Wednesday, September 13, at the Lone Tree Arts Center have sold out, but you still have a chance to get in and meet (and have a book personalized by) the No. 1 New York Times bestselling author of the Throne of Glass series. Here’s how!

Enter Our Instagram Contest for a Chance to Win!

#SJMatDCL Contest

Entering the contest is easy! Simply follow @dclcolorado on Instagram; share a photo on your own feed of a #bookstagram featuring one of Sarah’s  books; and then tag @dclcolorado in the post and use the hashtag #SJMatDCL.

Winner receives a free event ticket, including a signed hardcover copy of Tower of Dawn (her new book!), and a guaranteed meeting/photo op with the author herself.

Deadline for entries is Monday, August 28, at 6PM. If you win, you’ll also receive a print of your winning Instagram photo, signed by Sarah J. Maas and mounted for hanging. The winner will be announced Friday, September 1. You could be famous!

 

 

New Books Now Available at DCL

Here are just a few of the many new books available at Douglas County Libraries this month.

Midnight at the Electric

by Jodi Lynn Anderson
The lives of Adri, Catherine and Lenore are intertwined, but not in the way one would think. Adri lives in 2065 Kansas, Catherine lives in 1930’s Kansas, and Lenore lives in England in 1919. As Adri is preparing to go to Mars, she stays with her cousin in Kansas, where the training takes place. Upon settling in, she comes across letters written from Lenore. Through journals and, later, letters, Catherine narrates her own story of being in Kansas during the Dust Bowl.

The Twisted Ones (Five Nights at Freddy’s #2)

by Scott Cawthon
It’s been a year since the horrific events at Freddy Fazbear’s Pizza, and Charlie is just trying to move on. Even with the excitement of a new school and a fresh start, she’s still haunted by nightmares of a masked murderer and four gruesome animatronic puppets. Charlie thinks her ordeal is over, but when a series of bodies are discovered near her school bearing wounds that are disturbingly familiar she finds herself drawn back into the world of her father’s frightening creations. Something twisted is hunting Charlie, and this time if it finds her, it’s not letting her go.

The Hundredth Queen

by Emily R. King
As an orphan ward of the Sisterhood in the ancient Tarachand Empire, 18-year-old Kalinda is destined for nothing more than a life of seclusion and prayer. Plagued by fevers, she’s an unlikely candidate for even a servant’s position, let alone a courtesan or wife. Her sole dream is to continue living in peace in the Sisterhood’s mountain temple. But a visit from the tyrant Rajah Tarek disrupts Kalinda’s life. Within hours, she is ripped from the comfort of her home, set on a desert trek, and ordered to fight for her place among the rajah’s 99 wives and numerous courtesans. Her only solace comes in the company of her guard, the stoic but kind Captain Deven Naik. Faced with the danger of a tournament to the death — and her growing affection for Deven — Kalinda has only one hope for escape, and it lies in an arcane, forbidden power buried within her.

Generation One

by Pittacus Lore
It has been one year since the breathtaking events of United as One — and our world will never be the same. The invasion of Earth was thwarted by our alien allies known as the Garde. But in doing so, they unleashed their Loric energy and it spread throughout the globe. Now human teenagers have begun to develop incredible abilities — Legacies of their own. As the world tries to figure out how best to deal with the emergence of these powerful and potentially dangerous individuals, the Garde allies have come up with their own solution. They’ve created an academy where they can train this new generation to control their powers and, hopefully, one day help mankind. But that day may come sooner than any of them ever imagined.

Now I Rise (The Conqueror’s Saga #2)

by Kiersten White

After failing to secure the Wallachian throne, Lada Dracul is out to punish anyone who dares to cross her blood-strewn path. Filled with a white-hot rage, she storms the countryside with her men, terrorizing the land, accompanied by her childhood friend Bogdan. But brute force isn’t getting Lada what she wants. And thinking of Mehmed brings little comfort to her thorny heart. There’s no time to wonder whether he still thinks about her, or even loves her. She left him before he could leave her.

What Lada needs is her younger brother Radu’s subtlety and skill. But Mehmed has sent him to Constantinople — and it’s no diplomatic mission. Mehmed wants control of the city, and Radu has earned an unwanted place as a double-crossing spy behind enemy lines. Radu longs for his sister’s fierce confidence — but for the first time in his life, he rejects her unexpected plea for help. Torn between loyalties to faith, to the Ottomans, and to Mehmed, he knows he owes Lada nothing. If she dies, he could never forgive himself — but if he fails in Constantinople, Mehmed may never forgive him.

 

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Fiction Feature: Genies

These captivating books about genies are magical—and they’re perfect for fantasy readers wishing for something new!

Exquisite Captive

by Heather Demetrios

Nalia is a jinni of tremendous ancient power, the only survivor of a coup that killed nearly everyone she loved. Stuffed into a bottle and sold by a slave trader, she’s now in hiding on the dark caravan, the lucrative jinni slave trade between Arjinna and Earth, where jinn are forced to grant wishes and obey their human masters’ every command. She’d give almost anything to be free of the golden shackles that bind her to Malek, her handsome but cruel master, and his lavish Hollywood lifestyle.

Enter Raif, the enigmatic leader of Arjinna’s revolution and Nalia’s sworn enemy. He promises to free Nalia from her master so she can return to her ravaged homeland and free her imprisoned brother—but for an unbearably high price. Nalia’s not sure she can trust him, but Raif’s her only hope of escape. Earth has become more perilous than ever for Nalia, whose enemies are on the hunt. There’s just one catch: For Raif’s unbinding magic to work, Nalia must gain possession of her bottle and convince the dangerously persuasive Malek that she truly loves him. Battling a dark past and harboring a terrible secret, Nalia soon realizes her freedom may come at a price too terrible to pay. But how far is she willing to go for it?

Rebel of the Sands

by Alwyn Hamilton

Mortals rule the desert nation of Miraji, but mystical beasts still roam the wild and barren wastes, and rumor has it that, somewhere, djinni still practice their magic. But there’s nothing mystical or magical about Dustwalk, the dead-end town that Amani can’t wait to escape from.

Destined to wind up “wed or dead,” Amani’s counting on her sharpshooting skills to get her out of Dustwalk. When she meets a mysterious and devastatingly handsome foreigner in a shooting contest, she figures he’s the perfect escape route. But in all her years spent dreaming of leaving home, she never imagined she’d gallop away on a mythical horse, fleeing the murderous Sultan’s army with a fugitive who’s wanted for treason. And she never would have predicted falling in love with him, or that he’d help her unlock the powerful truth of who she really is.

Castle in the Air

by Diana Wynne Jones

Far to the south of the land of Ingary, in the Sultanates of Rashpuht, there lived in the city of Zanzib a young and not very prosperous carpet dealer named Abdullah who loved to spend his time daydreaming. He was content with his life and his daydreams until, one day, a stranger sold him a magic carpet.

That very night, the carpet flew him to an enchanted garden. There, he met and fell in love with the beauteous princess Flower-in-the-Night, only to have her snatched away from under his very nose by a wicked djinn. With only the magic carpet and his wits to help him, Abdullah sets off to rescue his princess.

 

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New May Releases

Don’t want to break the bank? Check out these exciting new May releases — literally, check them out — from the library!

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Flame in the Mist by Renee Ahdieh

Release Date: May 16

In need of another strong heroine? Meet Mariko, the daughter of a samurai who is betrothed for purely political reasons … until bandits attack her home, forcing her to masquerade as a boy to infiltrate the Black Clan and discover who wants her dead.

 

 

 

 

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The Names They Gave Us by Emery Lord

Release Date: May 16

A heartfelt, endearing novel with all the feels. Lucy is hit with a curve ball when her mother’s cancer returns, her boyfriend hits “pause” on their relationship, and she is sent to help at a camp for “troubled teens”instead of Bible camp. This is a diverse story filled with important characters and relevant issues to teens today.

 

 

 

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When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon

Release Date: May 30

This POV romantic comedy is the perfect read for summer, and it comes out just in time! Dimple and Rishi unexpectedly end up at the same computer coding camp and discover their parents have been arranging their marriage for years. Despite their “accidental” circumstances, Dimple and Rishi are in for more surprises as the summer continues and love grows.

 

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Ramona Blue by Julie Murphy

Release Date: May 9

You’re going to fall in love with Ramona, a 6-foot-tall lesbian with a fierce devotion to her family. Nothing proves her devotion more than when her younger sister, Hattie, becomes pregnant. Ramona’s life and her hard-set rules quickly tumble and she must learn to become more fluid than she ever thought she could be. This story, from an author known for her unique voice, should not be missed.

 

 

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Girl Out of Water by Laura Silverman

Release Date: May 2

Laura Silverman’s debut is being compared to the likes of Anna and the French Kiss and The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants. So you know it’s got to be good, right? Ansie is headed to California for the summer when her aunt gets into a car accident. She decides to help watch her two younger cousins in glamorous Nebraska. Battling with her desires, Ansie spends the summer deciding between love and duty, for herself and her family.

 

 

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One of Us Is Lying by Karen M. McManus

Release Date: May 30

Five kids go into detention, but only four come out. Basically, it’s The Breakfast Club turned mystery/thriller in modern-day society. With social media revealing secrets and the chances of someone going to jail or being the next victim, the stakes are high in this new YA novel.

 

 

 

 

 

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A Million Junes by Emily Henry

Release Date: May 16

This book has been pitched as Romeo and Juliet meets One Hundred Years of Solitude. Now, before you blow this off as required reading, you have to meet June and hear her family’s legendary storytelling. Ghosts, magic and wolves thrive in this magical realism book.

 

 

 

 

 

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Windfall by Jennifer E. Smith

Release Date: May 2

What would you do if you had a million dollars? What about $140 million? Alice buys Teddy a lottery ticket for his 18th birthday. Together they decide just what they would do if they could do anything. Then Teddy wins the lottery! This story is cute and happy, even as these friends discover the corruption of money, friendship, and what the true value in life is.

 

 

 

Tell us in the comments which one you plan to read first!