The Pride Tag! // In Which I Shower Becky Albertali With Love

Mel @ A Word and a Whisper created the Pride Tag, a super fun cute tag based on the colours of the rainbow flag. Since it’s Pride, what better time than to do this tag? Thank you again Mel for tagging me in the comments! And don’t forget to check out her blog if you haven’t yet

Red โ€“ Life โ€“ name an author who gives you life

Lately it’s definitely been Becky Albertali, which of course has to do with Love, Simon and Leah on the Offbeat coming out, but I’ve just been filled with so much love for this woman??

Orange โ€“ Healing โ€“ pick a book that helped you through a rough time

The first time I read Simon vs I didn’t know I was bi yet (had been repressing the hell out of it! Fun!) so the second time I read it when I had come out? SUCH a different experience and it helped me so much?? I could definitely use this one for yellow as well (then again I can use all of the books in this post for yellow except Anger is a Gift) but it’s healed me so much?? I can’t even describe it to be honest, but Love, Simon has had the same effect on me.

Yellow โ€“ Sunlight โ€“ pick a book that makes you happy

I could go with so many books for this question – most of the books I’ve chosen for this tag would fit this question, but I’ve decided to go with The Upside of Unrequited. While the protagonist herself isn’t queer, she has two moms who are planning their wedding (same sex marriage has just been legalised and everyone is just celebrating and it’s so wonderful?) and her twin sister is a lesbian who ends up dating a pansexual Korean girl. The book ends with a big gay wedding – what better way to end a book?

Green โ€“ Nature โ€“ what tropes, buzzwords, etc., are you naturally drawn to when choosing a book?

๐Ÿ’›ย If it’s queer you most likely got me
๐Ÿ’›ย Though I’m drawn to any kind of diversity tbh
๐Ÿ’›ย Writers and bookworms as characters!
๐Ÿ’›ย Boarding schools
๐Ÿ’›ย Friendship!!!
๐Ÿ’›ย Magic
๐Ÿ’›ย Road trips
๐Ÿ’›ย This is really hard because there’s so much??
๐Ÿ’›ย Enemies to lovers!
๐Ÿ’›ย Banter
๐Ÿ’›ย Cute animals that don’t die!! *looking at a certain author who traumatised me which I’ll never get over* I mean I literally bought The Unexpected Everything on a whim because there was a pug on the cover dskgj*
๐Ÿ’›ย There are so many more but I can’t think of any others?? Oh well this is too long anyway

* Don’t be fooled the pug is barely there :( There are lots of cute dogs in general though and I loved the book so itย wasย worth it butย the pug

Blue โ€“ Peace/Harmony โ€“ what is your ultimate OTP?

I wouldn’t call Leah and Abby my ‘ultimate’* OTP, but I do love them and shipped themย a lotย during Leah on the Offbeat – definitely an OTP!

* What even IS an ultimate OTP like I can’t have only one I love so many ships and it really depends on whether I’ve just (re)read a book because at some point I’ll slowly start to forget about it and obsess over the next ship?? Like half the time I even forget pretty much all of my ships because I’m a goldfish and if I don’t see them?? I forget they exist

Violet โ€“ Spirit โ€“ pick a book that speaks to you on a personal level

Definitely Queens of Geek! This was one of the first books I truly felt represented in multiple ways: both the bi rep and the anxiety rep was so so on point. Like Charlie never realising that she had crushes on female celebrities, just thinking she admired them a lot?? SAME.

Brownย โ€“ POC LGBT Pride โ€“ pick a book featuring queer characters of color

Are you all getting tired of me yelling about Anger is a Giftย yet because listen I still barely see it around so SOMEONE has to yell about it all the time and that someone is me because I love this book to pieces and it’s so important yet also so underrated *sobs* Please read Anger is a Gift all of the main characters are either brown or black and Moss’ friend group is very queer (even a trans friend and a nonbinary friend!!)

I tag whoever wants to do this!

Have you read any of these? Which books would you use for your answers? Let me know in the comments!

20 thoughts on “The Pride Tag! // In Which I Shower Becky Albertali With Love

  1. aw, thank you for doing my tag! I’m so honored :D I’ve been meaning to read Queens of Geek for a while…have you read her other book, The Brightsiders? That one is also very excellent and very queer!

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  3. YOUR SIMON VS. AESTHETIC IS ON POINT AHHH I love it so very much.
    And yay I love your picks for what makes you want to pick up a book! I also love when there are roadtrips featured, writers or bookworms as characters and cute banteeeeeeeeeer as well ahhhh. <3
    Lovely answers for this tag, Michelle! <3 <3

  4. This really was a bit of a love fest for Becky Albertalli, but she so deserves it! Her characters are so relatable and she’s doing her best to give us the queer content we crave :D
    I wish there were more writers as characters! I just remember the love interest in The Unexpected Everything being an author and it was about the best thing to ever happen!!

    • Haha right? :P I didn’t mean to but before I knew it I had used her or her books for like half the questions ๐Ÿ˜‚
      Yesss oh my goodness I loved him so much, especially because he was a writer! :D

  5. Happy Pride!! ๐ŸŒˆ๐Ÿ’— I love this post (I see so many amazing books ๐Ÿ˜) and I love Becky Albertalli as well! Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda is one of my favorite books and I can’t wait to read What If It’s Us by her and Adam Silvera when it comes out.

    • Happy Pride to you too ๐Ÿ’•Thank you! Ahhh me neither! I need that book ASAP, though I’m also a bit worried because I’ve heard Silvera’s books rip hearts out haha (it’s why I still haven’t read any of his books ๐Ÿ˜‚)

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  7. Ahhh lovely picks, lovely aesthetics, lovelovelove!!!!

    Omg I ship so much and I’m a multishipper, don’t make me choose!! Of course I have top tier OTPs but but anywho. Bless the show Sense8 for all the ships. Basically anything is canon and there’s no need to justify your ship because YES.

    • Thank you! Hahaha I feel you – I have so many ships and OTPs?? Oh that’s great! I don’t watch Sense8 because I’ve heard it’s pretty graphic, but I love that you can just ship anything and it will be canon haha

  8. Omg AGREED about Anger is A Gift! It’s amazing and important and brutally heartbreaking but so so well written. โค๏ธ๐Ÿ’”I wish way more people read it!! And also this is the best thing ever that Simon Vs was such a healing book for you!! I’m so so glad! (Also love your total list of things that make you want to read a book!)

  9. Happy Pride, Michelle!! ๐ŸŒˆ

    This post is so aesthetically pleasing sndjfndjsdf, the moodboards are gorgeous!! ๐Ÿ˜ And I’m so happy you loved both Simon Vs. and its movie adaption. I neeeeed to finally get around to reading Anger is a Gift, I’ve heard such amazing things about it.

    This is such a wonderful post! โค

    • Happy Pride to you too! (last day ๐Ÿ˜ข)

      Ahh thank you โค I definitely recommend Anger is a Gift, though it’s pretty graphic so please be careful if that could be triggering for you!

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