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5 Amazing 2019 Novels With Lesbian Leads

What’s Women’s History Month if we don’t shine a spotlight on our queer sisters? These books all feature a leading lesbian character, and were released this year. I am happy to say that there are many, but I made a little list of what I think are the most promising reads that you can have in your shelf! Goodreads and Book Riot inspired the selections. Take a look!


1. Listen by Kris Bryant


Book cover for Listen, featuring music note made of lovehearts

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Former child music prodigy Lily Croft spends most days in her home office crunching numbers and analyzing data as an actuary. Once she filled concert halls across the world, until the pressure got to be too much and forced her retreat. When her boss hands her a temporary assignment, Lily has to leave the safety of working from home to work with people at an office. She keeps her head down and stays focused, but one night on her way to the train station, she hears music wafting from The Leading Note and the life and feelings she suppressed for over a decade bubble up to the surface.

Lily is inexplicably drawn to Hope D’Marco, Leading Note’s gorgeous and brilliant founder. But falling for Hope and re-exploring her passion for music force Lily to face her past. Will she go back into hiding, or have the courage to confront the consequences of her past and present colliding?


2. Thorn by Anna Burke



Book cover for Thorne, feature a thorned black branch with a heart shaped drop of blood falling from a thorn

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On a cold day deep in the heart of winter, Rowan’s father returns from an ill-fated hunting trip bearing a single, white rose. The rose is followed by the Huntress, a figure out of legend. Tall, cruel, and achingly beautiful, she brings Rowan back with her to a mountain fastness populated solely by the creatures of the hunt. Rowan, who once scorned the villagers for their superstitions, now finds herself at the heart of a curse with roots as deep as the mountains, ruled by an old magic that is as insidious as the touch of the winter rose.

Torn between her family loyalties, her guilty relief at escaping her betrothal to the charming but arrogant Avery Lockland, and her complicated feelings for the Huntress, Rowan must find a way to break the curse before it destroys everything she loves. There is only one problem―if she can find a way to lift the curse, she will have to return to the life she left behind. And the only thing more unbearable than endless winter is facing a lifetime of springs without the Huntress.


3. Willa & Hesper by Amy Feltman


Book cover for Willa and Hesper featuring pastel colored watercolor painting of two girls in collared shirts with a citrus fruit hanging from a branch

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Willa’s darkness enters Hesper’s light late one night in Brooklyn. Theirs is a whirlwind romance until Willa starts to know Hesper too well, to crawl into her hidden spaces, and Hesper shuts her out. She runs, following her fractured family back to her grandfather’s hometown of Tbilisi, Georgia, looking for the origin story that he is no longer able to tell. But once in Tbilisi, cracks appear in her grandfather’s history- and a massive flood is heading toward Georgia, threatening any hope for repair.

Meanwhile, heartbroken Willa is so desperate to leave New York that she joins a group trip for Jewish twentysomethings to visit Holocaust sites in Germany and Poland, hoping to override her emotional state. When it proves to be more fraught than home, she must come to terms with her past-the ancestral past, her romantic past, and the past that can lead her forward.


4. The Love & Lies of Rukhsana Ali by Sabina Khan


Book cover for The Love and Lies of Rukhsana Ali featuring the title set vertically down the body of a girl wearing black and looking sideways out of the picture, against a green background

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Seventeen-year-old Rukhsana Ali has always been fascinated by the universe around her and the laws of physics that keep everything in order. But her life at home isn’t so absolute.

Unable to come out to her conservative Muslim parents, she keeps that part of her identity hidden. And that means keeping her girlfriend, Ariana, a secret from them too. Luckily, only a few more months stand between her carefully monitored life at home and a fresh start at Caltech in the fall. But when Rukhsana’s mom catches her and Ariana together, her future begins to collapse around her.

Devastated and confused, Rukhsana’s parents whisk her off to stay with their extended family in Bangladesh where, along with the loving arms of her grandmother and cousins, she is met with a world of arranged marriages, religious tradition, and intolerance. Fortunately, Rukhsana finds allies along the way and, through reading her grandmother’s old diary, finds the courage to take control of her future and fight for her love.

A gritty novel that doesn’t shy away from the darkest corners of ourselves, The Love and Lies of Rukhsana Ali provides a timely and achingly honest portrait of what it’s like to grow up feeling unwelcome in your own culture and proves that love, above all else, has the power to change the world.


5. Meg, Jo, Beth, and Amy: A Graphic Novel: A Modern Retelling of Little Women by Rey Terciero & Bre Indigo


Book cover for Meg, Jo Beth and Amy, featuring a polaroid of the four characters sitting on stairs

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Meg, Jo, Beth, and Amy are having a really tough year: Not only is their father overseas with the military and their working overtime to make ends meet, but each girl is struggling with her own unique problems. Whether it’s school woes, health issues, boy troubles, or simply feeling lost, the March sisters all need the same thing: support from each other. By coming together–and sharing lots of laughs and tears–these four young women find the courage to discover who they truly are as individuals…and as a family.

Meg is the eldest March. She has a taste for the finer things in life–especially when it comes to clothes and parties–and dreams of marrying rich and leaving her five-floor walk-up apartment behind.

Jo pushes her siblings to be true to themselves, yet feels like no one will accept her for who she truly is. Her passion for writing gives her an outlet to feel worthy in the eyes of her friends and family.

Beth is the timid sister with a voice begging to be heard. Guitar in hand, her courage inspires her siblings to seize the day and not take life for granted.

Amy may be the baby of the family, but she has the biggest personality. Though she loves to fight with her sisters, her tough exterior protects a vulnerable heart that worries about her family’s future.


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Anne Frank

Anne Frank’s Diary Is Being Adapted into a Beautiful Graphic Novel

Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl has been read by many people all over the world and is remembered as a truly emotional yet accurate journal of the little girl’s life and struggles during the Holocaust. Her legacy has lived on through her personal writings for generations and continues to do so with new adaptations. Now, the renowned diary is due to be adapted into a graphic novel.




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The Anne Frank Foundation has been innovating new ways of reaching more readers and in educating people across the world. This year, the foundation approached illustrator David Polonsky and screenwriter Ari Folman to work on the graphic novel version of Anne’s diary. The pair has already created another masterwork with their renowned animated film Waltz With Bashir, which had been Oscar-nominated. Their take on the illustrations does not shy away from Anne’s harsh reality, while still representing the young girl’s innocent attitude towards her situation.


The graphic novel, Anne Frank’s Diary, has been out in Hebrew and several other European languages for a year now. However, the English version has just been released, so be sure to get your copy!




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Buffy the Vampire Slayer Reboot Comic Releases in 2019

Buffy’s Back! Shedding her 90s familiarity, Buffy the Vampire slayer is stepping into the present with a new appearance and outlook on life. Along with a TV reboot on its way, Boom! Studios is revving up the comic book for release in 2019. The series will be overseen by creator Joss Whedon along with his creative team Jordie Bellaire and Dan Mora. Buffy and the Gang must juggle not only the monsters that go bump in the night but also themes of identity, agency and empathy. Being a teenager in 2019 just got more dangerous and the gang, Buffy, Giles, Willow, Xander and Cordelia, must figure out how to face it.



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Hellmouth, a gateway to demon realm located beneath the school is releasing demonic forces. While Buffy and the Gang are exploring self-discovery and learning the meaning of growing up, they are also trying to maintain the safety of the people of Sunnydale. Though the comic and the TV show are both reboots, the comic will not be following the story line of the show, so it’ll be fun to see where they take it. Buffy the Vampire Slayer # 1 will be arriving January 9th, 2019. Welcome back to Hellmouth! Slaying is in session!


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A New Issue of ‘the Umbrella Academy’ Is Out Just in Time for the Netflix Series!

The long-awaited adaptation of The Umbrella Academy will be coming to Netflix early next year. February 15th— just after Valentine’s Day— will see the premiere of the series based on Gerard Way and Gabriel Bá’s comic books. A smattering of stills have recently been released, and the series looks incredible so far.


A still from 'The Umbrella Academy' showing the main cast standing around an ash scattering while holding umbrellas.

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A still from 'The Umbrella Academy' showing the main cast sitting at a kitchen table.

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These images are not the only new Umbrella Academy material to excite fans, as Way and Bá have just released the first issue in a new UA story arc, Hotel Oblivion. This is big news, bigger than many other comic releases, because its October 3rd release date comes nearly ten years after the previous Umbrella Academy series, Dallas, which came out in 2009. While fans are very pleased with the release and eager to pick up their copies of Hotel Oblivion, they are still curious as to what exactly took so long to get this comic out there, especially since the first two volumes were only separated by about a year.



The covers of Volumes 1 and 2 of 'The Umbrella Academy'

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The explanation is actually quite simple; while the concept for the third installment in The Umbrella Academy has been settled for quite some time now, (the title was announced by Way back in 2009 at San Diego Comic Con) getting the comic written and drawn was interfered with by Way and Bá’s other creative ventures, especially Way’s musical career, which he describes in a recent interview with Entertainment Weekly:


“[My Chemical Romance] was ending, and touring on Danger Days took a lot of my mental and physical capacity,” Way says. “I found I couldn’t write on the road like I used to. I wrote the first Umbrella Academy series completely on the road, in all different cities. I found I was able to do that, so I thought it would be the same thing when I went out on Danger Days and it wasn’t. It was really taxing. The band kinda took awhile to dissolve as well. I wasn’t really in the mood to write comics until I did a solo record. Then I started to re-engage, but it never felt like the right time. The story changed and evolved a lot. The ideas and core elements were there, but I kept having to make it fresh for myself and change things and really tell the story I wanted to tell.”


Cover of 'Hotel Oblivion'

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Thankfully, now that the Netflix series is underway, Way and Bá are determined to keep up momentum to prevent the show’s storyline from surpassing the comics, therefore fans can expect a steady stream of Umbrella Academy issues until the series meets its conclusion:


“We have this show now, so we need to stay ahead of them and give them a blueprint for what they might do,” Way says. “In order to do that, the idea is to take very little time in between arcs and just start working on a new arc right after the last one is done. That way we can eventually get to the end of this story.”




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R.L. Stein Rolls Out New Goosebumps-Inspired Graphic Novel

King of childhood nightmares, R.L Stine, the author of the Goosebumps books, is trying his hand in writing a graphic novel inspired by Goosebumps series. R.L Stine has partnered with Boom! Studio to launch Just Beyond seriesThe Scare School. The story follows two versions of the same middle-school, that exist in the same time and place as each other.



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The twelve-year-old characters, in old fashioned clothing, are traveling between the worlds, running from a cyborg that is seeking to drag them back to their own world. R.L Stine will be showing up at New York Comic Con to preview his new graphic novel. Check out the exclusive look into R.L Stine Just Beyond graphic novel.


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