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Your Favorite Queer Books of May

Every month, I round up the links that you all clicked on the most from last month’s Our Queerest Shelves newsletters. I love seeing which titles caught your eye — was it because you wanted to buy it right that second, or you just wanted to learn more about it? I can’t know that for sure, but it’s useful information to see what you’re most interested in. And while we’re at it, why not take a look at the most clicked-on Etsy items from last month?

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With that housekeeping out of the way, let’s talk about the most clicked-on Etsy items and books of May!

#3 Most Clicked On Etsy Item:

The third most clicked-on Etsy item in May was these moon earrings in the trans flag colors from the May 14th new releases round-up. The shop has other pride flag designs, too. $13

#2 Most Clicked On Etsy Item:

two agender shirts, one with UFOs and the text  Error 404: Gender Not Found and one of a skeleton holding coffee with the text  I Don’t Have a Gender, I Have Anxiety.

I’m glad you all clicked on these because they’re some of my favorite finds of May. These two agender pride shirts from the same store (Error 404: Gender Not Found and I Don’t Have a Gender, I Have Anxiety) were included in the Happy Agender Pride! newsletter. $33 each, sizes up to 5XL.

#1 Most Clicked On Etsy Item:

a tee shirt with an illustration of a raccoon reading and the text Read Queer All Year

And this shouldn’t have been a surprise, but the most clicked-on Etsy item of last month was this Read Queer All Year tee shirt with an adorable raccoon that was included in the May 21st new releases round-up. $32

Now, let’s jump into the most clicked-on books from the May newsletters!

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What’s your favorite queer book you read in May? Let’s chat in the comments!

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