So in my role as Failure Bi™ I completely missed Bi Visibility Day this week.
So to make up for my failure, I thought instead I’d make a list with some of my favourite books with bi characters as well as some of my most anticipated bi books to come!
Books I’ve read
Deposing Nathan – Zack Smedley
This book is one of my favourite books of the year, it absolutely broke me. Discussing the intersectionality of religion and bisexuality, this is the story of Nate and Cameron, how they fell in love, and how Nate ends up stabbing Cam. This book is so emotionally powerful, addressing the validity of bisexuality as an identity and at it’s heart has a powerful message about learning to love yourself and who are it. It is utterly captivating, and I so want you to read it! If I haven’t yet persuaded you, check out my full review of this book here!
The Fever King – Victoria Lee
I still can’t believe this book only published in March, I feel like I’ve had it in my life and obsessed over it for so long. EVERYONE in this book is queer! And if that doesn’t sound incredible enough itsmyfavouritebookeverandtyoureallyreallyreallyneedtoreadit. Set in a dystopian US where most of the population has been wiped out by a deadly virus, Noam wakes up and survives – but he’s changed. He has magic now. Taken in by Calix Leher, one of the most poweful men in the new state of Carolinia, Noam is tutored in magic and science, alongside Dara and Ames. But Noam wants to bring the government down – and though he’s falling for Dara, he just doesn’t seem to be on the same side… Be warned: The Fever King will cause you so much pain. This book owns my heart – find out more in my full review here!
I Wish You All the Best – Mason Deaver
Another book that immediately jumped to my all time favourites, I Wish You All the Best has TWO bisexual MCs: Ben and Nathan. This is Ben’s story: when they come out as non-binary to their parents, they are kicked out of home. Highly emotional and personal, this book is an inspiring coming of age story about acceptance and love and it is honestly just so perfectly stunning!! Full review here!
Shatter the Sky – Rebecca Kim Wells
Dragons & bisexuals, bisexuals & dragons – could a book need more? How about a kind of bi love triangle that actually shows BOTH sides of bisexuality?! That would be a yes yes yes. When Maren’s girlfriend Kaia is kidnapped by the evil oppressors who rule their country, Maren vows to rescue her. She sneaks into the dreaded Dragon training fortress, aiming to steal a dragon and rain fire to get Kaia back. On route, she mets Sev, a guard at the fortress who seems to be hiding a secret as well. I adored the magic system in this book, and the way the dragons could be controlled with different aromas. The dragons are both fearsome and adorable, and I’m so keen to read the sequel! A full review can be found here.
Missing, Presumed Dead – Emma Berquist
This book is so awesome – it’s dark and gritty, fantastic portrayal of mental illness, oh and a girl who falls in a love with a ghost?! Lexi has the power to see when a person dies – if she touches them, she sees their death. When she see’s the death of Jane, it’s particularly violent. And then Jane comes back as a ghost, to exact revenge on her killer and Lexi, feeling guilty for not saving Jane, helps her hunt the killer down. This has magic, mystery, thriller elements and I loved the MC Lexi. I loved how the book shows how the magic really impacts on Lexi, and how lonely she is because of it – I feel like it’s really rare to see such a horrifically negative impact of magic on someone? Usually even if bad things happen, there is still wonder in having the magic – but in Missing, Presumed Dead it really is such a burden for Lexi, and it’s so emotional at points as we see Lexi suffer. I have a full review of this book here!
Books to come
The Henna Wars – Adiba Jaigirdar
Pub date: Spring 2020
Goodreads: Page Street has acquired Adiba Jaigirdar’s The Henna Wars. Pitched as When Dimple Met Rishi meets Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda, the romcom is about two teen girls with rival henna businesses who fall in love. The projected pub season is spring 2020. You can find out more about The Henna Wars on Adiba’s website!
Scavenge the Stars – Tara Sim
Pub date: January 2020
Scavenge the Stars is a gender-swapped retelling of The Counte of Monte Cristo with a bi MC and I am so here for this! Goodreads: When Amaya rescues a mysterious stranger from drowning, she fears her rash actions have earned her a longer sentence on the debtor ship where she’s been held captive for years. Instead, the man she saved offers her unimaginable riches and a new identity, setting Amaya on a perilous course through the coastal city-state of Moray, where old-world opulence and desperate gamblers collide. Amaya wants one thing: revenge against the man who ruined her family and stole the life she once had. But the more entangled she becomes in this game of deception—and as her path intertwines with the son of the man she’s plotting to bring down—the more she uncovers about the truth of her past. And the more she realizes she must trust no one…
The Love Hypothesis by Laura Steven
Pub date: March 2020
BI ROMCOM ALERT BI ROMCOM ALERT BI ROMCOM ALERT. I adore Laura’s Exact Opposite of Okay series – she is probably the funniest author I’ve ever read. And now she’s coming with a BI ROMCOM if you hadn’t already got that. Goodreads: Physics genius Caro Kerber-Murphy knows she’s smart. With straight As and a college scholarship already in the bag, she’s meeting her two dads’ colossal expectations and then some. But there’s one test she’s never quite been able to ace: love. And when, in a particularly desperate moment, Caro discovers a (definitely questionable) scientific breakthrough that promises to make you irresistible to everyone around you, she wonders if this could be the key. What happens next will change everything Caro thought she knew chemistry – in the lab and in love.
Is her long-time crush Haruki with her of his own free will? Are her feelings for her best girl friend some sort of side-effect? Will her dog, Sirius, ever stop humping her leg?
Ace of Spades – Faridah Àbíké-Íyímídé
Pub date: 2020
Faridah wrote a create post regarding the bi rep in Ace of Spades earlier this week – check it out here to learn more about this book! Also there’s a cat called Bullshit in this book and if that isn’t the greatest thing ever, I don’t know what is.
Goodreads: Usborne has acquired an “explosive” high-school thriller by debut author Faridah Àbíké-Íyímídé that examines institutionalised racism.
Ace of Spades is about Devon and Chiamaka – rivals at the Niveus Private Academy. An anonymous texter starts spreading secrets about the two students, who find themselves at the centre of a disturbing game.
Only Mostly Devastated – Sophie Gonzales
Pub date: March 2020
Bi rep in a book advertised as Grease but gay?!? As a massive musical fan THIS IS MY JAM! I have an eARC of this – thank you for granting my wish on NetGalley – and I cannot wait to read!
Goodreads: Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda meets Clueless, inspired by Grease.
When Ollie meets his dream guy, Will, over summer break, he thinks he’s found his Happily Ever After. But once summer’s ended, Will stops texting him back, and Ollie finds himself one prince short of a fairytale ending. To complicate the fairytale further, a family emergency sees Ollie uprooted and enrolled at a new school across the country—Will’s school—where Ollie finds that the sweet, affectionate and comfortably queer guy he knew from summer isn’t the same one attending Collinswood High. This Will is a class clown, closeted—and, to be honest, a bit of a jerk.
Ollie has no intention of pining after a guy who clearly isn’t ready for a relationship. But as Will starts ‘coincidentally’ popping up in every area of Ollie’s life, from music class to the lunch table, Ollie finds his resolve weakening.
The last time he gave Will his heart, Will handed it back to him trampled and battered. Ollie would have to be an idiot to trust him with it again.
I hope you enjoyed this list featuring some of my favourite bi books of the year as well as some of the 2020 books I cannot wait to read! I would absolutely love to hear some of your favourite bi recs – because in making this list, I realised how few I actually have on my shelves and that needs immediately RESOLVED. So send all your bi recs my way, stay strong, and remember: your bisexuality is valid regardless of your relationship.
Rach + Draco