Be Gay Read Books Book Club

Calling all lovers of queer sci-fi/fantasy/horror/romance!

We are happy to launch our Be Gay Read Books Book Club. We will meet virtually the last Wednesday of every month to talk about the Book Club pick of the month, and any other great books we've been reading lately.

Our June Book Club pick is Chosen and the Beautiful by Nghi Vo! To participate in our virtual book club, type in your email below to get our super secret Zoom links, our book club activity kits, and more! Our first meeting will be on June 30 at 7:00pm.

If you're interested in virtually yelling about books with other genre fic readers, click the button below to sign up for our secret Zoom links! (No Zoom bombing allowed!)

                                                                     

Once you've entered your email, you're good to go. Scroll through our book club picks, preorder away, and happy reading!

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The Chosen and the Beautiful Cover Image
By Nghi Vo
$26.99
ISBN: 9781250784780
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days. Please note that sometimes a book is available on our website but not currently on the store shelves
Published: Tordotcom - June 1st, 2021

June Book Club Pick

Lyrical, lush, magical, and sexy, THE CHOSEN AND THE BEAUTIFUL is everything a retelling of THE GREAT GATSBY should be. Nghi Vo's coming-of-age novel celebrates queerness, subversiveness, and multiculturalism, reimagining 1920s New York socialites Daisy, Tom, Gatsby, Nick, and Jordan, who takes center stage as an Asian immigrant adoptee. You won't so much read this book as drink it in like an enchanted elixir. Absolutely spellbinding! - Alyssa 


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The Jasmine Throne (The Burning Kingdoms #1) Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780316538510
Availability: Backordered
Published: Orbit - June 8th, 2021

July Book Club Pick

A princess who is wrongfully imprisoned and a maid hiding a powerful secret join forces against the patriarchy in this Southeast-Asian inspired epic fantasy. The Jasmine Throne has a unique magic system, incredible world building, and queer romance!

"It’s SO good! I loved the Empire of Sand world so much and my expectations were high for this book. The world-building is so intricate and the characters complex and relatable. I can’t wait for the next one!?" - Julie


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She Who Became the Sun Cover Image
$27.99
ISBN: 9781250621801
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: Tor Books - July 20th, 2021

August Book Club Pick

 

What would you sacrifice for your own ambition?

Through dual POV narratives, this book tells the stories of Zhu and Ouyang,  two survivors who suffered tragic losses and ruthlessly clawed their way into positions of power through manipulation and bloodshed. When they are set against each other as generals of rival armies, the threads of fate that bind them are set ablaze with their burning for power and their lives will never be the same. 

This enthralling historical epic with small fantasy elements that swept me from burning monastery to burning battlefield crushed my open heart in its brutal searing palms and I felt blessed to be present for the entire journey. Heartbreaking, lovely, bloody, and burns with a radiance of ten thousand suns. An unmissable historical fantasy debut! -Jess


The All-Consuming World Cover Image
$25.95
ISBN: 9781645660200
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: Erewhon - September 7th, 2021

September Book Club Pick

In Locus and British Fantasy Award nominee Cassandra Khaw’s first novel, a crew of diminished former criminals get back together to solve the mystery of their last, disastrous mission. But the universe’s highly-evolved AI has its own opposing agenda... and will do whatever it takes to keep humans from ever controlling them again. 
Maya has died and been resurrected into countless cyborg bodies through the years of a long, dangerous career with the infamous Dirty Dozen, the most storied crew of criminals in the galaxy, at least before their untimely and gruesome demise. Decades later, she and her diverse team of broken, diminished outlaws must get back together to solve the mystery of their last, disastrous mission and to rescue a missing and much-changed comrade . . . but they’re not the only ones in pursuit of the secret at the heart of the planet Dimmuborgir. 

The highly evolved AI of the galaxy have their own agenda and will do whatever it takes to keep humanity from ever regaining control. As Maya and her comrades spiral closer to uncovering the AIs’ vast conspiracy, this band of violent women—half-clone and half-machine—must battle their own traumas and a universe of sapient ageships who want them dead, in order to settle their affairs once and for all.


Summer Sons Cover Image
$26.99
ISBN: 9781250790286
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: Tordotcom - September 28th, 2021

October Book Club Pick

The Sound and The Fury meets Fast and Furious in this queer gothic horror from Lee Mandelo that made me laugh out loud, cry (a lot), and pace the room clutching the book to my chest and talking to myself because I had so many feelings about it. Andrew and Eddie have always been unnaturally close for best friends, but after Eddie dies and Andrew essentially inherits his life, he has to learn to function alone. Eddie's death raises more questions than it answers, though, and Andrew's investigation will unearth deeper truths than he bargained for. 

- Lizy


Under the Whispering Door Cover Image
$26.99
ISBN: 9781250217349
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: Tor Books - September 21st, 2021

November Staff Pick

When a reaper comes to collect Wallace Price from his own funeral, Wallace suspects he really might be dead.

Instead of leading him directly to the afterlife, the reaper takes him to a small village. On the outskirts, off the path through the woods, tucked between mountains, is a particular tea shop, run by a man named Hugo. Hugo is the tea shop's owner to locals and the ferryman to souls who need to cross over.

But Wallace isn’t ready to abandon the life he barely lived. With Hugo’s help, he finally starts to learn about all the things he missed in life.

When the Manager, a curious and powerful being, arrives at the tea shop and gives Wallace one week to cross over, Wallace sets about living a lifetime in seven days. 

By turns heartwarming and heartbreaking, this absorbing tale of grief and hope is told with TJ Klune's signature warmth, humor, and extraordinary empathy.


Light From Uncommon Stars Cover Image
$25.99
ISBN: 9781250789068
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: Tor Books - September 28th, 2021

December Book Club Pick

 

This lyrical, delightful, queer SF novel is Good Omens with a Faustian bargain.

Shizuka Satomi is a brilliant, cursed violinist who must win her soul back from damnation. To do this, she must take seven prodigies as students, then entice each to trade their soul for fame. She has already delivered six.

However, rather than the usual pampered genius, the seventh, Katrina Nguyen, is a young transgender runaway with a wild talent, who is fleeing an abusive home.

Meanwhile, Lan Tran, a starship captain, has crossed the galaxy with her family to make a new life running a local donut shop. But though she saved them from a galactic war, nothing can stop the end of existence itself.

Faustian bargain meets space opera in this genre-bending novel of three vastly different women. Bombarded by catastrophe, misunderstanding, and fate, each has come to San Gabriel Valley, just outside of Los Angeles, to escape their fates, find their voices, and save the universe.


A Marvellous Light (The Last Binding #1) Cover Image
$27.99
ISBN: 9781250788870
Availability: Not Yet Published - Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: Tordotcom - November 2nd, 2021

January Book Club Pick

Brimming with magic, romance, and mystery, A Marvellous Light is simply marvelous. Robin is a cheery, warm, nonmagical person who is thrust into a world of impossible magic and hair-raising danger when he is accidentally assigned to work in a magical bureau. He is partnered with Edwin, a cold, enigmatic magician who seemingly wants nothing to do with Robin or the liability he presents. But when Robin and Edwin encounter a terrifying curse, a mysterious fog faced man, a murderous maze, a sentient house pulsing with ancient magic, and powerful contract magic that would be deadly in the wrong hands, they realize that the only way to survive is to stick together. 


This historical fantasy/romance was equal parts gripping, sexy, and thrilling, and had me flipping pages for sleepless night after sleepless night. I am infatuated with Robin and Edwin and can't wait to see where Freya Marske takes them next! 

-Jess