The Curated Bookshelf

Enjoy a curated selection of books all based on a theme that changes every month. Pick up that book you’ve been meaning to get or find new stories to explore.

This month’s theme: June is Pride Month. All books feature LGBTQ characters.

black truffle and spice mathis bailey
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A story of food, romance, and mystery, it focuses on a multicultural couple, but includes her gay roommate and his own intense romance.

on home becca spence dobias
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This is a story of women and motherhood with the main character being a lesbian who finds herself going home to a small town.

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This is a relatively short, fast-paced mystery that involves a growing relationship between two women.

merry arlan breaking the curse will soulsby mccreath
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I will sing the praises of this book forever. Set in an openly accepting and inclusive world, Merry’s male roommate is in a relationship with a young man whose family gets Merry involved in a mission involving the all-male Guardians, and her friend is non-binary.

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This is a fun paranormal romance featuring a magical Midwestern town, four witch families, a revenge plot, and the sweetest romance between witches Emmy and Talia.

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While neither of the main characters is anything but straight, their community features a young Dominican man in the process of transitioning to they/them.

The Kingdoms by Natasha Pulley
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This is surprisingly sweet romance hidden under the guise of alternate historical fiction with one man doing everything in his power to be reunited with the man he loves.

Honey Girl by Morgan Rogers
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More women’s fiction than romance,, this kicks off with Grace waking up in Vegas realizing she’s married and has no idea who her wife is.

the city of dusk tara sim
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A dark and complex fantasy focusing on four heirs who claim descent from one of the four gods, they readily seek and form varied relationships and bonds in a world that doesn’t even blink once about them.

The Bone Shard Daughter by Andrea Stewart, the first book in the Drowning Empire series
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This one follows a cast of characters, including two women from two different classes struggling to make their relationships work.

The Jasmine Throne by Tasha Suri
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A complex Indian-inspired fantasy romance, this one offers a slow burn romance between an exiled princess and a maidservant stuck with her.

Malice by Heather Walter
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A retelling of Sleeping Beauty, Malice has the villain, Dark Grace Alyce, and the Princess Aurora falling in love, a romance no one will support.