[Book Recs] Bi/Pan Protagonists

Happy Pride Month, please enjoy some bi/pan recs from your friendly neighborhood [demi]bisexual bookwyrm. 

  • Running with Lions by Julian Winters seems to be pretty high on lists of queer books by Black authors — and deservedly so. It’s a fun summer training camp story about a wonderfully inclusive boys’ soccer team, trying to figure out their five-year plans and their feelings for each other.
  • The Black Veins by Ashia Monet is the diverse friendship-centered road trip adventure you didn’t know you needed in your life, narrated by a Black bisexual girl who just wants to save her family. 
  • The Sound of Stars by Alechia Dow features a Black biromantic ace protagonist with anxiety, bonding over books and music with an alien who doesn’t want to be one of the overlords of humanity. 
  • Small Town Hearts by Lillie Vale was one of my Top Reads of 2019; what better time to re-start shoving this atmospheric summer romance at y’all? Believe me, you need Babe Vogel, bisexual barista and baker, in your life.
  • Brooklyn Brujas by Zoraida Córdova is a series I’ve been meaning to finish, with a bisexual Latina lead coming to terms with the magic powers (and love interests) she doesn’t want.
  • The Sidekick Squad series by C.B. Lee: diverse teen superheroes fight evil and systemic corruption while dealing with the messiness of personal identity and relationships. Enough said.
  • An Absolutely Remarkable Thing by Hank Green isn’t heavy on the romance, but it does center on a bisexual New Adult protagonist who has both male and female love interests. Come for the mystery of the Carls, stay for the social media whirlwind that ensues.
  • If We Were Villains by M.L. Rio exemplifies dark academia. There’s Shakespeare, interpersonal tensions as the characters vie for the best roles, and of course the drama of figuring out how exactly one of them ended up dead.
  • Red, White & Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston probably doesn’t need yet another blogger promoting it, but I’m including it because for me it actually lives up to the hype and I just had to promptly reread it. I adored the banter between FSOTUS Alex Claremont-Diaz and Prince Henry of Britain, and I wish like hell theirs was the world we lived in.
  • What are your favorite books featuring bi/pan characters?
  • Do you prefer books with minimal/no romance, or do you prefer a stronger romantic subplot?

8 thoughts on “[Book Recs] Bi/Pan Protagonists

  1. Great list! While there are awesome bi characters all around, I hope we’ll get to see more explicitly pan characters, too.

    Some of my fave bi/pan characters in no particular order: 1) Nina from Six of Crows; 2) Jane from Dread Nation; 3) Kat from We Used To Be Friends; 4) Alice from Let’s Talk About Love (biromantic ace); 5) Enrique from The Gilded Wolves.

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    1. absolutely agree! I labeled the post “bi/pan” because technically if it’s not specified in-text you can’t tell me the character can’t be pan, though admittedly I know most authors intended them to be bi (the way some authors seem to think “attracted to the same gender” is shorthand for gay/lesbian even if you don’t specify 😕)

      aaaaaanyway, Nina and Enrique are two of my bi/pan faves; I’ll definitely have to check out Dread Nation and We Used to Be Friends!

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  2. The Brightsiders by Jen Wilde is one of my fave books with an bisexual MC. I also really loved The Sons of Thestian by M. E. Vaughan, which is a fantasy series with a bisexual MC. Thanks for sharing, I’m adding more to my TBR!! 💙💜💕

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