For anyone who didn’t know, this week, from the 20th to the 26th of October, is Asexual Awareness Week! According to the official website:
…aces all over the world participate in Ace Week by creating educational resources, sharing information on social media, and organizing community events. These global initiatives serve to raise awareness, spread information, and spark discussion about ace identities. More and more people discover ace communities each year, and with them, find acceptance, comfort, and joy.
While I myself am not asexual, I thought that I would do a quick recommendation post in celebration of this week. All of these books have been recommended by own voices reviewers, and I’d definitely recommend seeking out own voices reviews! I’d specifically recommend going to Anniek’s Library, and there’s also a list on LGBTQ Reads.
- Summer Bird Blue by Akemi Dawn Bowman – This is a YA novel that follows Rumi following the death of her beloved sister Lea. It’s a complicated book that looks at grief, sexuality, and music. I have written a review of this book which you can also check out. Please make sure to look up the trigger warnings, as this is a heavy one.
- Not Your Backup by C.B. Lee – The third book in the Sidekick Squad series, Not Your Backup is about Emma, a Latinx teenager who throughout the novel explores being asexual and aromantic. Like the other books in the series this is a novel that magnificently combines fun antics with serious political commentary.
- The Lost Coast by Amy Rose Capetta – This witchy novel has a lot of representation of different sexualities, including asexuality. Leila, a witch with tree magic, is ace-spec and non–binary, and there’s some focus on her close relationship with another one of the characters, June. There are a lot of characters in this book though, so I do feel like her character was a little bit overlooked. I have written a review of this book here.
- Let’s Talk About Love by Claire Kann – This is a real stand-out book, in my opinion! Alice is an asexual biromantic black woman who has just been dumped by her girlfriend. The book follows her as she starts to heal from this relationship, as well as start therapy and wondering about her future. As someone who is not asexual, I thought that the book explained what it’s like really well. Please take note that the first couple of chapters contain a lot of acephobic material from Alice’s girlfriend.
- City of Strife by Claudie Arseneault – Finally, this book is a fantasy novel that has an almost entirely queer cast. You read that right! Specifically for this list, there’s Cal, who is asexual and aromantic, and Larryn who is gray-asexual and panromantic. The author also created the Aromantic and Asexual Speculative Fiction Database which you should definitely check out.
Books I want to read include:
Have you ever read a book with an asexual character? Do you have recommendations for me? Let me know!