The Library is Open: Drag Queen Book Recos

The Library is Open

Hey Bookworms!

I don’t know about you but I am completely obsessed with Rupaul’s Drag Race. For those who do not know what it is, Rupaul’s Drag Race is a reality TV competition for Drag Queens to compete to be America’s next Drag Superstar. Think America’s Next Top Model meets Project Runway.

There is fashion, make-up, runways, acting, music, comedy and so much more. But what makes the show is the Drag Queens themselves. Their larger than life personalities, outrageous costumes and makeup, and their outstanding stage presence make them superstars in their own right.

I have selected 12 of my favorite drag queens from all 9 seasons of Drag Race and matched them up with books that suit their personality and aesthetic!


RajaRaja, also known as Raja Gemini, is the stage name of Sutan Amrull, an Asian-American make-up artist and drag performer.

Season 3 WINNER!

Raja Recommends:


Sharon NeedlesSharon Needles is the stage name of Aaron Coady, an American drag performer, and recording artist.

Season 4 WINNER!

Sharon Needles Recommends:


Jinkx MonsoonJinkx Monsoon is the stage name name of Jerick Hoffer, a drag performer, actor, and Broadway singer.

Season 5 WINNER!

Jinkx Monsoon Recommends:


Bianca Del RioBianca Del Rio is the stage name of Roy Haylock, an American drag performer, insult comic, and costume designer.

Season 6 WINNER!

Bianca Del Rio Recommends:


Violet ChachkiViolet Chachki is the drag name of Jason Dardo, a drag performer from Atlanta, Georgia.

Season 7 WINNER!

Violet Chachki Recommends:


PearlPearl Liaison, or simply known as Pearl, is the stage name of Matt James, a drag performer and DJ from Brooklyn, NY.

Season 7 Runner-Up!

Pearl Recommends:


Bob the Drag QueenBob The Drag Queen is the stage name of Christopher Caldwell, a drag performer and activist from New York City, New York.

Season 8 WINNER.

Bob the Drag Queen Recommends:


Kim Chi

Kim Chi is the stage name of Sang-Young Shin, a drag performer and costume designer from Chicago, Illinois.

Season 8 Runner-Up!

Kim Chi Recommends:


Naomi SmallsNaomi Smalls is the stage name of Davis Heppenstall, a drag performer and model from Redlands, California.

Season 8 Runner-Up!

Naomi Smalls Recommends:


ValentinaValentina is the stage name of James Leyva, a drag performer from Los Angeles, California.

Season 9 (7th Place)

Valentina Recommends:


Shea CouleeShea Couleé is the stage name of Jaren Shea Merrell, a drag performer from Chicago, Illinois.

Season 9 (3rd Place)

Shea Coulee Recommends:


Sasha VelourSasha Velour is the stage name of Sasha Steinberg, a drag performer from Brooklyn, New York.

Season 9 WINNER!

Sasha Velour Recommends:




jesse name graphic[1168]Jesse is a 20 something college student/server and dwells in Toronto, Canada. He enjoys reading about fantastical worlds, listening to KPOP, and being a couch potato.


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Do you watch Rupaul’s Drag Race? Who is your favorite Queen? Let me know in the comments below!


15 thoughts on “The Library is Open: Drag Queen Book Recos

  1. I love this!!! I watch Ru Paul’s when it’s on TV (I don’t keep up with the competition or know any of the Queens, but I do love the show!!). And I also love the recommendations!! I am totally going to go check some of these books out!


  2. I love RuPaul’s Drag Race! It is one of my top shows! I love your recommendations especially for Bob the Drag Queen, Bianca Del Rio, and Sasha Velour! They were spot on. Love this post.


  3. To be honest, before reading this I served myself a cup of tea. This was so fun to read, Jesse! Now, who isn’t obsessed with Rupaul’s Drag Race? Or RuPaul, directly? ❤ ahahahaha
    I need to read these recs, especially Raja's. Those books have been in my TBR for ages!


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