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From March 20-27 2023, there will be a trans read-a-thon. Here are some recs for books, whether you participate or not, that feature or are by trans humans!

The Sunbearer Trials

The Sunbearer Duology: Book #1

By: Aiden Thomas
Narrated by: André Santana
Length: 13 hours 28 minutes

"Listeners will be captivated by the detailed descriptions of the cities within Reino del Sol and the fantastical beings who inhabit them. Santana keeps the tension in his narration taut as Teo wrestles with both physical challenges and his own feelings of inferiority." - AudioFile Magazine

Welcome to The Sunbearer Trials, where teen semidioses...
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The Echo Wife

By: Sarah Gailey
Narrated by: Xe Sands
Length: 8 hours 25 minutes

“Riveting. There's a dark streak in Sarah Gailey's work, and it's really dark here. Come for the clones and the gossipy conceit of a husband having an affair with the wife's clone. Stay, because you can't stop listening. So much menace. So much horror. I lost sleep over this one. Read more

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Juniper & Thorn

A Novel

By: Ava Reid
Narrated by: Stina Nielsen
Length: 11 hours 55 minutes

“Horror and romance, the magical and monstrous all merge together in this gruesome gothic fantasy inspired by The Grimm Brothers’ Juniper Tree. This is a viscerally potent story about surviving familial abuse, finding your power, and the potential of love for mutual self-liberation, that captures all the beauty and gore of the old fairy tales... Read more

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The Wolf and the Woodsman

A Novel

By: Ava Reid
Narrated by: Saskia Maarleveld
Length: 13 hours 9 minutes

In the vein of Naomi Novik’s New York Times bestseller Spinning Silver and Katherine Arden’s national bestseller The Bear and the Nightingale, this unforgettable debut— inspired by Hungarian history and Jewish mythology—follows a young pagan woman with hidden powers and a one-eyed captain of the Woodsmen as they form an unlikely alliance to... Read more

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The Deep

By: Rivers Solomon, Daveed Diggs, William Hutson & Jonathan Snipes
Narrated by: Daveed Diggs
Length: 4 hours 1 minute

“This book has the power to transform. The approach to trauma (both individual and generational), the world building, the relationships... Solomon has created something undeniably special and incredibly important. And the mythology? I am blown away. Give me more Black mermaids STAT! Read more

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Hell Followed with Us

By: Andrew Joseph White
Narrated by: Shaan Dasani, Graham Halstead & Avi Roque
Length: 10 hours 47 minutes

“With much inspiration taken from the ancient horror stories of The Bible, Hell Followed with Us is a post-apocalyptic adventure featuring queer teens as the heroes. A new plague has been released upon the world by an evangelical cult, The Angels. Benji’s mother is one of their leaders, his father his greatest ally, and he: a trans boy trapped... Read more

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Upright Women Wanted

By: Sarah Gailey
Narrated by: Romy Nordlinger
Length: 3 hours 52 minutes

“Sarah Gailey has made me fall in love with them all over again. This novel is quirky, occasionally funny, and constantly heart wrenching. It's for anyone who's ever felt out of place, and a reminder of the beauty that can come when you accept yourself and find your people. Read more

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Magic for Liars

A Novel

By: Sarah Gailey
Narrated by: Xe Sands
Length: 9 hours 7 minutes

“When Ivy was a child, her sister went off to a school for mages, leaving her feeling abandoned in the non-magical world. So when her sister’s boss turns up at Ivy’s detective practice a couple of decades later and asks her to solve a murder, she’s less than enthused. Mixing noir tropes with the classic setting of a school for practitioners of... Read more

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The Seep

By: Chana Porter
Narrated by: Shakina Nayfack
Length: 3 hours 4 minutes

“A unique alien invasion story that focuses on the human and the myriad ways we see and don’t see our own world. Mesmerizing.”
—Jeff VanderMeer
A blend of searing social commentary and speculative fiction, Chana Porter’s fresh, pointed debut explores a strange new world in the wake of a benign alien invasion.Trina FastHorse Goldberg-Oneka is a... Read more

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A Country of Ghosts

Black Dawn Series

By: Margaret Killjoy
Narrated by: Bea Flowers
Length: 5 hours 40 minutes

Dimos Horacki is a Borolian journalist and a cynical patriot, his muckraking days behind him. But when his newspaper ships him to the front, he’s embedded in the Imperial Army and the reality of colonial expansion is laid bare before him. His adventures take him from villages and homesteads to the great refugee city of Hronople, built of glass,... Read more

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Finna

Finna: Book #1

By: Nino Cipri
Narrated by: Amanda Dolan
Length: 3 hours 5 minutes

Nino Cipri's Finna is a rambunctious, touching story that blends all the horrors the multiverse has to offer with the everyday awfulness of low-wage work. It explores queer relationships and queer feelings, capitalism and accountability, labor and love, all with a bouncing sense of humor and a commitment to the strange.



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Defekt

Finna: Book #2

By: Nino Cipri
Narrated by: Ramon De Ocampo
Length: 4 hours 29 minutes

Find out if five Dereks are better than one in Nino Cipri's Defekt, the sequel to Finna, the surrealist world-hopping adventure.



Derek is LitenVärld's most loyal employee. He lives and breathes the job, from the moment he wakes up in a converted shipping container at the edge of the parking lot to the second he clocks out of work eighteen hours... Read more

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Freshwater

By: Akwaeke Emezi
Narrated by: Akwaeke Emezi
Length: 6 hours 42 minutes

An extraordinary debut novel, Freshwater explores the surreal experience of having a fractured self. It centers around a young Nigerian woman, Ada, who develops separate selves within her as a result of being born "with one foot on the other side." Unsettling, heartwrenching, dark, and powerful, Freshwater is a sharp evocation of a rare way of... Read more

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The Death of Vivek Oji

A Novel

By: Akwaeke Emezi
Narrated by: Yetide Badaki & Chukwudi Iwuji
Length: 7 hours 38 minutes

“This is not your usual mystery - it's a piecing together not of facts but of the soul. How did Vivek Oji die? The answer is complex, told in layered stories from Vivek's life from the ones who loved him the most. This book is about the parts of ourselves we hold secret, and the ones that make us feel the most free. It's honest, compelling,... Read more

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The Good Luck Girls

The Good Luck Girls: Book #1

By: Charlotte Nicole Davis
Narrated by: Jeanette Illidge
Length: 11 hours 56 minutes

"Narrator Jeanette Illidge delivers a resonating performance of this YA fantasy...this immersive story is hard to pause." - AudioFile Magazine

Westworld
meets The Handmaid’s Tale in this stunning fantasy adventure from debut author Charlotte Nicole Davis.


Aster, the protector
Violet, the favorite
Tansy, the medic
Mallow, the fighter
Clementine, the... Read more

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The Sisters of Reckoning

The Good Luck Girls Series: Book #2

By: Charlotte Nicole Davis
Narrated by: Jeanette Illidge
Length: 13 hours 32 minutes

The good luck girls are free.They all crossed the border to freedom in Ferron—except Aster, who stayed behind to help more good luck girls find their freedom. But news of a new welcome house opening and the surprise return of an old friend fill Aster with a need to help all good luck girls. And from there grows a wildly ambitious plan to free... Read more

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Light From Uncommon Stars

By: Ryka Aoki
Narrated by: Cindy Kay
Length: 13 hours 13 minutes

“Narrated by Cindy Kay who lends her melodic voice to bolster the story and gives characters respectful, authentic accents. I love this story! Read more

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Cemetery Boys

By: Aiden Thomas
Narrated by: Avi Roque
Length: 13 hours 47 minutes

“"Listening to Cemetery Boys made me smile. A lot. Aiden Thomas presents a story of persistence, mystery, and finding one’s place in the world. Yadriel, a trans, teenage, latinx boy, lives in a family of brujos and brujas. After coming out as trans his family does not know where he fits within their traditions. With the help of his opinionated... Read more

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Bitter

By: Akwaeke Emezi
Narrated by: Bahni Turpin
Length: 7 hours 11 minutes

From National Book Award finalist Akwaeke Emezi comes a companion novel to the critically acclaimed PET that explores both the importance and cost of social revolution--and how youth lead the way.

After a childhood in foster care, Bitter is thrilled to have been chosen to attend Eucalyptus, a special school where she can focus on her painting... Read more

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Pet

By: Akwaeke Emezi
Narrated by: Christopher Myers
Length: 5 hours 32 minutes

National Book Award Finalist

Stonewall Book Award Winner

"[A] beautiful, genre-expanding debut...Pet is a nesting doll of creative possibilities." (The New York Times)

The award-winning, genre-defying novel by the New York Times best-selling author of The Death of Vivek Oji that explores themes of identity and justice and asks: How do you share the... Read more

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