#AsexualAwarenessWeek: Asexual book recommendation

Hello, booklies!

Today’s post is a pretty important one to me. Its Asexuality Awareness Week and being asexual is an important part of identity. I have only mentioned it in passing on the blog, but I’m actually aroace (aromantic asexual). I’m grey/demiromantic and demisexual, which are on the aromanticism and asexuality spectrums respectively.

Today, I’ll be recommending some books with asexual rep in them. I haven’t read a good number of these books, because a little over a year ago before becoming more involved in book twitter, I didn’t know they existed, and they’re books mostly on my wishlist.

1. The Black Veins by Ashia Monet

The Black Veins is one book practically dripping with diverse rep. Black and POC rep, mental illness rep, and queer rep. I nearly wept when the author tweeted that one of the supporting characters and Guardians, Antonio, was demiromantic and demisexual, which made a lot of sense because I could my younger self in Ant sometimes. Ashia Monet isn’t ace, but is aro themself.

2. Summer Bird Blue by Akemi Dawn Bowman

I’ve always heard about Summer Bird Blue whenever books with aroace rep was being discussed and I only got it lately and can’t wait to read it. Rumi, the main character is aroace questioning, but the quotes I’ve see is one of the most relatable characters I’ve ever seen, because of her thoughts I see the questions I asked and still ask myself.

3. Let’s Talk About Love by Claire Kann

Let’s Talk About Love talks about the difficultly in dating while being ace. Alice, the main character, is a biromantic asexual and its an own voices book. I’d love to read Alice’s story one day.

4. Technically, You Started It by Lana Woods.

Technically, You Started It is another book that I’ve had for a while, but I haven’t gotten around to read. Its said to be a cute book from all I’ve heard and one of main characters is demisexual!

5. Tash Hearts Tolsoy by Kathryn Ormsbee

Tash Hearts Tolsoy was supposed to be one of my reads for Pride Month, but I missed to chance to read it on Riveted Reads and June wasn’t my best month. THT has an own voices ace rep.

6. Belle Revolte by Linsey Miller

Belle Revolte is 2020 release and a book I’m still a little salty I got declined for. Its kind of a Princess and the Pauper retelling sapphic girls and the mc is also ace!

7. Tarnished Are The Stars by Rosiee Thor

Tarnished Are The Stars is a new book, released a life over a week ago. One of the main characters is an asexual who embraces his identity.

8. Radio Silence by Alice Oseman

Radio Silence is another book I haven’t read yet, but hope to read someday. It has strong themes of friendship and a demisexual mc. Alice Oseman is also aroace, so its kinda own voices.

9. Loveless by Alice Oseman

I can’t say I’m overly enthusiastic about the name, but Loveless is one book I can’t wait to read. The entire concept of the book makes me feel seen, and its one book I know would be make me cry and happy at the same time. Loveless an aroace main character and its own voices

10. The Lady’s Guide to Petticoats and Piracy by Mackenzi Lee

The Lady’s Guide to Petticoats and Piracy, the sequel to the The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue, is a YA historical fiction, following Felicity Montague’s pursuits. It has a black, Muslim sapphic hijabi pirate and Felicity herself is aroace!

11. Sawkill Girls by Claire Legrand

Sawkill Girls is a book I really want to read despite not reading horror. Its fantasy-horror story with strong themes of friendship and has good queer rep. One of the main characters, is a black biromantic asexual.

12. Daughter of a Burning City by Amanda Foody

Daughter of a Burning City is a dark fantasy set in a traveling circus city. It has an asexual love interest, which is own voices.

13. Bone Season by Samantha Shannon

Bone Season is a dystopian fantasy novel with a demisexual main character.

14. That Kind of Guy by Talia Hilbert

I haven’t read this book yet, and I definitely will as soon as I can because hello, its by Talia Hilbert! TKG has a demisexual male MC.

15. Not Your Backup by C.B. Lee

Not Your Backup is the third installment of the Sidekick Squad series and is one book I really want to read. It challenges internalised aphobia is which is something a lot of aspec people deal with and the main character is aroace and Latinx


Have you read any of these books? What other books do you recommend?


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8 thoughts on “#AsexualAwarenessWeek: Asexual book recommendation

  1. This is such a great compilation of ace books! I’ve been meaning to add more to my shelf so this is a great resource. I actually started Tarnished are the Stars earlier today, so I’m excited to see the representation in it. Thanks for providing such a lovely resource!

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  2. This is a great post! I love finding out about more ace books (especially in fantasy, which means I’m definitely eyeing The Bone Season now 👀), and there definitely needs to be more light shed on them.

    Also, Beyond the Black Door (which released just yesterday, the 29th) has an ace bi/demiromantic protagonist and an ace/trans side character! One of the very best ace books I’ve ever read, since it made me feel so seen. 💜

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