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Rainbow Reading: Happy Birthgay!

A book in faded colors of the rainbow is open, and the words RAINBOW READING are on top of it.
illustration by A. Andrews

Hey hi, everyone!

Happy first birthday to the Rainbow Reading column! I’m honored and delighted to have pestered y’all for the last year, and I cannot wait to do it all over again. I’ve gotten to holler about so many amazing books, and y’all in the comments have introduced me to so many new favs, and you’ve even indulged my stupid jokes and overcommitted-bits while you were at it! (I particularly appreciate that last one.)

One last note — the HarperCollins Union’s strike continues with still (!) no word from management. There are some HarperCollins titles on this list, since the union isn’t calling for a boycott, and Rainbow Reading wholeheartedly supports the union as they pursue a fair contract for their workers. Visit their linktree here to learn more about how you can support them!

So, once more with feeling. 2023’s off to an exciting start, so let’s make like a hat and go on ahead; this week on Rainbow Reading, we’ve got:

Shelf Care: Reviews, Essays, and other Things of Note

Autocorrect: Books content from the last couple weeks at Autostraddle!

As ever, as always: we’ve had some absolutely banging books coverage here at Autostraddle over the last two weeks:

every single character in the new edition of Clue is gay: prove me wrong

That’s all she wrote, folks! If you’re a queer writer, particularly an early-career queer writer: I’d love to hear about the cool things you’re up to so that I can share links to your published essays, book reviews, short stories, poems, and longform features on LGBTQ+ topics! Please email me links for consideration at [email protected] with the subject line “Rainbow Reading Submission” — I’m an avid browser-tab-collector, and I especially want to hear from you if you’ve just landed your first publication or first major byline.

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Yashwina Canter is a reader, writer, and dyke putting down roots in Portland, Oregon. You can find her online at @yashwinacanter.

Yashwina has written 53 articles for us.


  1. Happy Birthday Rainbow Reading! I can’t believe it’s been a year.

    I just finished the very queer and very awesome fantasy novel The Unbalancing by R. B. Lemberg – it is amazing and I just need to squee about it. For Ursula LeGuin fans, it’s like an explicitly LGBTQ+ version of Earthsea and is also completely it’s own thing. It’s set in a country of islands where people’s magic is tied to their true names. The culture is so very, very queer, including the way gender is understood and the way families are organized. The plot centers around two messy, complicated people falling in love while trying to save their land from natural and magical disaster – it’s intense and devastating and ultimately hopeful (but not easy or fluffy).

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