Great Bisexual Books – Recommendations & Giveaway

January 27, 2018     The Bluestocking Bookworm     Books, Giveaway

Hello, awesome nerds!

Early this week, Kirkus posted another really awful, tone-deaf review of a book with bisexual representation. They completely missed the point of bisexuality, and it was honestly just a trash fire.

trash fire

Accurate image of the review!

The book they reviewed was Inkmistress by Audrey Coulthurst. And Twitter was having none of it. So, a lot of giveaways started. Audrey herself is hosting a bunch, as well as other authors who are either bisexual or have bisexual books. And I wanted to do one, too! But I wanted to do mine a little differently. I wanted to have the pool of books available for giveaway built by the people who would be entering.

I asked for submissions, recommendations, and nominations. And you all delivered! We have a whopping 42 books in the pool, with nominations coming in from Twitter, Facebook, Discord, and Tumblr. And one of you is going to be able to pick one of them to win for your very own!

The GREAT Bisexual Books

A small key for the symbols beside the books –
♦ = not yet released
▼ = bisexual rep more prominent later in the series

  • Adaptation by Malinda Lo
  • All the Feels by Danika Stone
  • The Alchemists of Loom by Elise Kova
  • Beauty Queens by Libba Bray
  • Between the Blade and the Heart by Amanda Hocking
  • They Both Die at the End by Adam Silvera
  • Ash by Malinda Lo
  • Carry On by Rainbow Rowell
  • Bubblegum by Sari Taurez
  • To Raise a Clenched Fist to the Sky by T. Thorn Coyle
  • A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab ▼
  • Into the Drowning Deep by Mira Grant
  • Far From You by Tess Sharpe
  • The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzi Lee
  • Nevernight by Jay Kristoff ▼
  • Reign of the Fallen by Sarah Glenn Marsh
  • Unspoken by Sarah Rees Brennan ▼
  • Of Fire and Stars by Audrey Coulthurst
  • In Other Lands by Sarah Rees Brennan
  • Furyborn by Claire Legrand ♦
  • Inkmistress by Audrey Coulthurst ♦
  • We Are Okay by Nina LaCour
  • Spellbook of the Lost and Found by Moïra Fowley-Doyle
  • Chameleon Moon by RoAnna Sylver
  • Swordspoint by Ellen Kushner
  • The Seafarer’s Kiss by Julia Ember
  • Otherbound by Corinne Duvyis
  • Pantomime by Laura Lam
  • Noteworthy by Riley Redgate
  • Queens of Geek by Jen Wilde
  • The Scorpion Rules by Erin Bow
  • How to Make a Wish by Ashley Herring Blake
  • Wild Beauty by Anna-Marie McLemore
  • Leah on the Offbeat by Becky Abertalli ♦
  • Luck in the Shadows by Lynn Flewelling
  • Labyrinth Lost by Zoraida Cordova
  • Indigo Springs by A.M. Dellamonica
  • Not Your Sidekick by C.B. Lee
  • Ice Massacre by Tiana Warner
  • Heart of Brass by Felicity Banks
  • Pale Winter Sun by Michael R Collins
  • River of Teeth by Sarah Gailey

Please be sure to note that as this pool was built by you all, I don’t have firsthand knowledge of the potential triggers contained within. Please do your research and know your limits. ♥

The Rules

I know no one likes rules. But them’s the breaks.

  1. You do not have to be following me (on any platform) to win.
  2. This giveaway will run from Sunday, January 28, 2018 to Sunday, February 11, 2018.
  3. Winner will receive their choice of any one (1) book from the selection of 42 books posted on the giveaway blog post. Estimated retail value of this prize is $15 CAD. Actual value of the prize is not to exceed $25 CAD. The book received may not be exactly as shown on giveaway post.
  4. In the instance that the book promoted is a part of a series, you may select any other book in that same series as your prize.
  5. You must be from a country where either Book Depository or Wordery ships for free.
  6. You must respond within 48 hours of being contacted for the giveaway to claim your prize. If you do not respond within 48 hours, you will forfeit your prize and a new winner will be drawn.
  7. You must be over the age of 18 or have parental consent to enter.
  8. Your shipping address will be used for the sole purpose of sending your prize to you. It will not be sold, traded for magic beans, or used for any other purpose. Once the prize has been received, your address will be destroyed from my records.

Bluestocking Bookworm is henceforth and forevermore released from any and all liability related to this giveaway. I promise to place the order for your selected book via either Book Depository or Wordery. Whatever happens after that, including but not limited to – the book arriving late, being lost in transit, arriving damaged, a pre-ordered book not arriving on the release date, you disliking the book, you being triggered by the book, or the book not being exactly as shown are beyond my control. In the case of a book arriving damaged or being lost, I will do my best to work with the shipping company to obtain a replacement, but if they can’t help you, neither can I.

If you have any questions about the giveaway or the terms outlined here, please e-mail me: info [at] bluestockingbookworm [dot] com

By entering the contest, you agree to the above rules.

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Editing to add: I will be contacting the winner via the e-mail provided in Rafflecopter.

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97 responses to “Great Bisexual Books – Recommendations & Giveaway

  1. I have read we are okay and ice massacre! two really great books 😊 I also have beauty queens and I can’t wait to check it out. wild beauty and labirynth lost are some of my most desired reads right now 💕

  2. This is great 🙂 gonna share your post in my update today. No, I don’t think I’ve read any of these, mostly because newer releases reach me only in the form of ARCs, or not at all 🙂 thank you for this giveaway! A great idea.

    • Ugh, the trials of being an international book lover. Like, I don’t even have it all that bad, as I am in Canada and can get books pretty readily. I wish this wasn’t a problem. Books are awesome and should be named a basic human right, imo. ♥ Good luck!

    • Currently it would have to be River of Teeth by Sarah Gailey (this one is on sale right now for $1.99 on most ebook platforms!). Mostly because it was the most recent one I read, and also because I just love her characters and worldbuilding! When I talked to her about the bi character, she said that he could also be interpreted as pansexual, depending on your opinions on gender and how it all fits together – since one of his love interests is nonbinary. How about you?

  3. I love love love love LOVE the Darker Shade of Magic books! They’re some of my favorites of all time. I haven’t read any of the others, though a lot of them are high on my TBR! Thank you for the giveaway, Erin! ❤️❤️

  4. This is an awesome list. I read and loved 5 of them, and have copies of 4 other titles on the list. I may have included Autoboyography too (I just loved that book!). I read 2 of the Lynburn Legacy books back in 2013 (someday I will finish this series), is the rep in the 3rd book?

  5. Mel

    I’m super excited to read these! Though some I have read and there was NOT explicit bi rep (in one you were lead to believe the character was straight and just experimenting). But as a bi girl myself I’m super happy that your hosting this!

    • Oh no, I am so sorry about that! ♥ Which book was it?
      I tried really hard to just reach out to the community and ask for what they wanted to see. I haven’t personally read many books on this list. Again, I am so sorry.

  6. Reese

    This is such a great idea (and it’s wonderful to finally see some quality representation in literature: some people see us, we’re not invisible unicorns, omg!)
    I’ve read a few of those, and LOVED them: Unspoken, In Other Lands, Swordspoint, A Darker Shade of Magic; I’ve liked others, like Adaptation, Far From You, Gentleman’s Guide To…
    Others, i’ve yet to read and I didn’t know they had bi characters, so I gotta get on that!
    So double thanks, for the giveaway and for the great list of books <3<3<3<3

  7. Vanessa

    Oh, this is a great giveaway! As a bisexual person myself (well, the asexual one is in there too, but let’s not go into details), I’m always happy to see and support something like this. I’ve only read five books on the list and will look them all up now!

    I also have another rec: The Fire’s Stone is a standalone fantasy book by Tanya Huff has three main characters, two of which would probably qualify as bisexual or possibly pansexual (well, one of them definitely does, but the other is still figuring himself out and might be gay).

    • I am somewhere on the asexual spectrum myself ♥ Still trying to figure out exactly where (demi, grey, etc) I am, but I know that asexuality fits me. I hope to do a giveaway of more books with positive rep INCLUDING asexual people in the future! Thanks for the recommendation ♥

  8. This list shows so many books that I didn’t know had any rep in them! It’s nice to see so many. I didn’t see the Kirkus review but now I’m totally curious. I have Inkmistress and I have been waiting for Of Fire and Stars – I’ve always wanted to read The Seafarer’s Kiss!
    Wonderful of you! 😊😊😊

  9. I actually run a book club for sapphic (lesbian and bi) books (@sapphicbookclub on twitter) and we’re actually reading Ice Massacre in March! And I’ve read and bunch from the list, all great recs!

      • I always have a tons of f/f books to recommend but it’s hard to find explicitly bisexual ones on page so we usually just go for anything as long as it has f/f relationships (whether one of them is bi/pan/ace/lesbian/whatever).

  10. I’ve read the Alchemists of Loom & ADSOM! I have Inkmistress, though, and I’m just REALLY excited to get to that!

  11. @C_L_McCollum

    Man I have read FAR too few of these, but hey it means I’d have a lot of choices if I won! *crosses fingers*

      • @C_L_McCollum

        (Ack just saw this response! LOL) Anyway at the moment (as lord knows my book cravings change by the minute LOL) I am champing at the bit to get both REIGN OF THE FALLEN and A DARKER SHADE OF MAGIC (yes I know I am SO FAR BEHIND on this series, but oh well LOL)

  12. Ceili Erickson

    I’m so excited about this giveaway/rec list, but so sad and angry about the reason it was made. Sigh. I’m glad we’re responding by lifting up bi books and authors wherever possible. From this list I’ve read Beauty Queens, Ash, A Darker Shade of Magic, Gentleman’s Guide, Of Fire and Stars, We Are Okay, Queens of Geek and Not Your Sidekick- and a bunch of the others listed are on my TBR! I have heard that Carry On perpetrates bi erasure because Simon Snow apparently thinks he’s straight and then jumps to thinking he must be gay when he starts crushing on a guy. I haven’t read it, so I don’t know, but I’ve read negative reviews. Just a heads-up! 🙂

  13. Scarllet

    Labyrinth Lost is so great, I loved it! There are a handful others that I’ve read that I loved too or want to read!!! 💖💜💙

  14. Allen

    I’ve read A Darker Shade of Magic and Nevernight. Both are impressive and outstanding! And The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue was such a fun and read! I am amazed how Lee managed to handle sensitive topics like epilepsy, racial color, and queer culture in 18th century.

  15. Toni

    I loved some of these, including The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue. So good! A bunch more are already on my kindle, and there are so many more on this list that I need to read too!

  16. Lorien

    I haven’t read any of these but I’m so interested in A Darker Shade of Magic and Not Your Sidekick!

  17. Anna Ripley

    The only one of these books I’ve read is In Other Lands, and it is one of my favorite books. I initially read the online version and when I realized that it had been published I immediately ordered it. The main character, Elliot, is hilarious and rude and trying so hard to figure out his place in the world. I read a lot of fantasy, and usually at best fantasy books don’t have annoying gender dynamics, but In Other Lands actually explores and talks about gender in a super interesting way.

    On top of that, Elliot is bi, and he says something like he always knew and that it just feels like it makes sense, which is how I feel about my own pansexuality. And it was really nice to read a character who was the same.

    Also thank you for doing this give away!

  18. Of this list I’ve only read A Darker Shade of Magic (which is rad), but my little sister loved We Are Okay–she likes sad stories and bisexuals a lot. I’ve been meaning to read Beauty Queens, Noteworthy and Pantomime, and I own an ebook copy of Ice Massacre but I haven’t read it yet.

  19. Erin

    This is so great!! Maybe it would be easier for kids to find their identities if there was more representation like this!!

  20. Pryia

    beauty queens is truly one of the funniest books i’ve ever read in my life! Not only does it have bi rep, it also has great lesbian and trans representation as well.

  21. Yves

    This is so exciting! I don’t know a lot of these books, surprisingly, and I’m really excited to see some new names.

  22. I’ve read Ash and Seafarer’s Kiss, and they were both such lovely queer fairy tale retellings! I’m a huge fan of fairy tales and wish there were more LGBT+ centered reimaginings of them. Know of any other great ones I can check out?

  23. Lara Maynard

    The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzi Lee Has been on my TBR. Even went so far as to check it out of the library, but had to return it before I could get to it.

  24. I am so excited about the fact that you’re doing this! I’ve been on an LGBT book reading kick at the moment and been looking for good lists so I can’t wait to dive into some of these. Of Fire and Stars by Audrey Coulthurst is the only one on this list I’ve read so far though… but it was absolutely amazing! Definitely worth a read especially if you love princesses and those kinds of stories!

  25. Sarah

    Labyrinth Lost was a great book. I really liked the world building and magical system she created. Of Fire and Stars is on my to read pile right now so I’m doubly looking forward to it after seeing it here.

  26. I haven’t seen the Kirkus dumpster fire, now you have me curious. I’m more in kids collection development so I’m still pissed at them over the stick and the bad mood which they weren’t called on, so this is amazing to see. I loved Gentleman’s Guide, and most of the rest of these are on my interminable goodreads list.

    After plowing through wayward children I’m dying to read into the drowning deep, despite being a bit of a wimp about horror! Labyrinth lost also sounded scary but amazing. (Clearly I just need to agree to losing a few night’s sleep!)

  27. CJ Stratton-Buys

    I’m so glad that Into the Drowning Deep by Mira Grant is on this list! It’s one of my favorite books, and the two queer ladies (one of whom is autistic) are such awesome characters. I can’t recommend it enough to anyone who likes creepy, scary, science-y books!

  28. Lee W

    I have read and really enjoyed Swordspoint, Ash, Noteworthy, How to Make a Wish, and Luck in the Shadows. Some of the others I’ve read and they didn’t click with me, and the ones I haven’t read I’m adding to my to-read list!

  29. Meredy

    I am definitely taking this list and running with it, after seeing a couple books on’t that I have read, and several more that’ve caught my eye in the past but that I wasn’t sure about. Thanks so much for this giveaway- whether I win anything or not, I will definitely be reading more given rep reassurance <3

  30. This is a really great list! I’ve read Ash, Swordspoint, and Luck in the shadows, and have a bunch of the others on my to read list — I’m even more hype to read them now!

    For people looking for even more bi books, I definitely suggest checking out some of the queer-specific small presses and looking to see if they have a bi category:
    https://www.lessthanthreepress.com/books/index.php?main_page=index&cPath=123
    https://riptidepublishing.com/search/site?f%5B0%5D=im_field_title_orientation%3A588
    https://www.lethepressbooks.com/store/c47/Bisexual_Fiction.html
    https://www.harmonyinkpress.com/books/bisexual-9-c
    (etc)!

  31. I just read Beauty Queens last year and it killed me, and In Other Lands and Ash are some of my favorites. I am slowly working my way through this list. It is the best list.

  32. Lynn

    I haven’t read any of these books, but many of them are already on my “to read” list – Adaptation and We Are Okay especially are ones I’ve been meaning to read. And they all look so good!

  33. This is a great giveaway! I’m surprised I’ve already read so many of the books listed haha.
    But I’m always looking for more books with bi rep 😀

  34. Chelsea Johnston

    Gosh this is such an amazing idea and the list is fantastic! So many of these books are favorites of mine and the rest are pretty much all high on my to read list. I’m especially in love with Luck in the Shadows, Not Your Sidekick, Labyrinth Lost, Of Fire and Stars, Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue, the A Darker Shade of Magic series, Ash and Carry On. I’m also finally reading Ice Massacre now and really enjoying it.

    As a pansexual (well demi-gray pansexual) I’m always happy to hear about better bi/pan rep and it means so much to see people finding, and passing along, such stellar selections.

  35. Emily D

    My absolute faves are Beauty Queens, They Both Die at the End, Carry On, In Other Lands, Swordspoint (such a classic!), and Unspoken. So many great books here!!

  36. Sarah

    So many great books! Labrynth Lost and Genteleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue were my very favorite books of 2017! They’re amazing. As are, I’m sure, every single one of the books on this list. (All of which I’m going to jot down to remember, because I always need more bisexual books on my TBR).

  37. I absolutely love The Gentleman’s Guide To Vice and Virtue and recommend it to everyone now because it is such a great read. And I really liked Becky Albertalli’s earlier books so I’m looking forward to Leah on the Offbeat too.

  38. Lyzz

    What an awesome giveaway! Several of the books on the list are on my TBR but the only ones I’ve actually read are In Other Lands, A Darker Shade of Magic, and Not Your Sidekick, all of which are amazing!

    In Other Lands completely destroyed me in the best possible way. I started reading it early one afternoon and literally did not stop until I finished it the next morning. It’s now one of my favorites of all time and I’m very excited that some lucky person might win it in this giveaway! And even if I don’t win myself, I’m definitely bookmarking this list to check out the books that are new to me.

  39. Set_Beast

    Carry On and The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice & Virtue were both fantastic reads, I highly recommend them to anyone looking for some fantasy/adventure! 🙂

  40. Untold is such a great book, as is the rest of the series. Sarah Rees Brennan’s ”In Other Lands’ also has a bi protagonist and other bi characters, and is generally made of awesome.

  41. Barbara

    Luck in the Shadows and Swordspoint are two of my favourite books, and there are so many more I’m excited to read!

  42. Bibibigots

    The less than epic adventures of tj and amal by ek weaver has a bi lead. Its all available to read online for free and contains some adult content.

  43. Madeline

    I’ve read A Darker Shade of Magic and loved it. And I just recently stumbled across Spellbook for the Lost and Found and I’m so excited to read it! It sounds like such a refreshing read.

  44. Julia

    I don’t think I’ve read any of these, they all look good! If I had to choose I guess I would go with Into the Drowning Deep because I have enjoyed other work by the author. Thanks!

  45. Olivia Williams

    I *highly* recommend Unspoken if you like sad boys and angry lesbians. That series has made me cry twice.

  46. Cathy

    This is a great giveaway! I have read Carry On, The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue and Not Your Sidekick which were all awesome.

  47. Kate

    So glad to see V.E Schwab in this list – I think she is one of my favourite authors of all time! I loved Nevernight, Carry On, and A gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue too. I’d love a chance to read any of Malinda Lo’s books since I heard she’s fantastic.

  48. Gail

    very exciting! I’ve read far less books from this collection that I thought I would have – if that makes any sense…

  49. Trish

    Thanks for hosting this giveaway! My job doesn’t leave me a lot of time to go searching out new books so I rely heavily on other people’s recommendations and reviews. Just having a list like this to start from is awesome, but winning a book would be the cherry on top! 🙂