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lgbt+ book recommendations

I often see people talking about how they would like to read more lgbt+ books/series but do not know where to find them. SO I’ve made this list to give people somewhere to start !

PLEASE NOTE; I’ve written which stories are #ownvoices that I know of, some of them that I didn’t mention may be - sometimes it is hard to know, especially since it’s not something all authors write in bio’s ect. :) Please forgive and correct if you know some are #ownvoices that I have not mentioned. 

f/f

  • counting to zero - a.j quinn (#ownvoices)
  • everything leads to you - nina lacour
  • of fire and stars - audrey coulthurst
  • not your sidekick - c.b lee (poc)
  • the long way to a small, angry planet - becky chambers (#ownvoices)
  • a closed and common orbit - becky chambers (#ownvoices)
  • ice massacre - tiana warner
  • axiom: the last hope - marie rachel pearcy (#ownvoices)
  • get it together, delilah ! - erin gough
  • empress of the world - sara ryan
  • the upside down of unrequited - becky albertalli
  • girls man up - m-e girard
  • tell me again how a crush should feel - sara farizan
  • juliet takes a breath - gabby rivera

m/m

  • the foxhole court - nora sakavic (also poc)
  • the raven cycle - maggie stiefvater
  • six of crows duology - leigh bardugo (also poc)
  • aristotle and dante discover the secrets of the universe - benjamin alire saez (ft. poc characters) (#ownvoices)
  • will grayson, will grayson - john green and david levithan (semi #ownvoices)
  • we are the ants - shaun david hutchinson (#ownvoices)
  • the five stages of andrew brawley - shaun david hutchinson (#ownvoices)
  • the mortal instruments - cassandra clare (also bi rep, poc)
  • the dark artifices - cassandra clare (also bi rep)
  • the love interest - cale dietrich
  • captive prince series - c.s pacat
  • the song of achilles - medeline miller
  • whatever. or how junior year became totally fucked - s.j goslee
  • grasshopper jungle - andrew smith
  • ill give you the sun - jandy nelson
  • simon vs the homosapiens agenda - becky albertalli
  • carry on - rainbow rowell
  • boy meets boy - david levithan (#ownvoices)
  • two boys kissing - david levithan (#ownvoices)
  • the perks of being a wallflower - stephen chbosky
  • the gone series - michael grant (also, lesbian character. However, both side characters (though major ones), and not explored until later books. both poc )

trans

  • a kind of justice - renee james (#ownvoices)
  • if i was your girl - meredith russo (#ownvoices)
  • the art of being normal - lisa williamson
  • george - alex gino (#ownvoices)
  • every heart a doorway - seanan mcguire (asexual character)
  • coffee boy - austin chant
  • when the moon was ours - anna-marie mclemore 
  • roller girl - vanessa north (also f/f couple)

bi

  • adaptation - malinda lo (#ownvoices)
  • ash - malinda lo (#ownvoices)
  • radio silence - alice oseman

other lgbt:

  • magnus chase and the gods of asgard - rick riordan (genderfluid character)
  • every heart a doorway - seanan mcguire (asexual character)
  • the long way to a small, angry planet - becky chambers (gender fluid and non-binary characters - NOTE: this is a space opera and features aliens who are non-binary/gender fluid not humans. however, the main character who is human is lgbt - this is a very socially aware book and I recommend it even if it’s non-human characters) 

FINAL NOTE: I have not read all these books and cannot comment on the representation in all of them, but I have only included books I’ve heard good reception about. 

feel free to add on !! or check my READING LIST for more

Some recommended LGBTQ+ fantasy novels:

  • A Darker Shade of Magic series by V.E. Schwab
  • V.E. Schwab writes genuine characters and weaves a fantastic story filled with magic. It’s the second book that really brings out the LQBTQ+ relationship. I would recommend ADSOM to anyone who loves Harry Potter (and was pissed by lack of representation), or to anyone who loves magic, portal fantasies, or parallel worlds. 
  • Carry On by Rainbow Rowell
  • Once again, if you love Harry Potter, you’ll LOVE this, and if you didn’t love Harry Potter you still might. This book is the best of contemporary relationships, magical schools, and parlous adventures.  
  • Six of Crows duology by Leigh Bardugo
  • Do you like heists? Do you like morally ambiguous characters and antiheroes? If so, you’ll like this book. 
  • Every Heart a Doorway by Seanan McGuire
  • What happens when children come back to the real world after the portal fantasy ends? Every bit as magical and whimsical as the portal fantasy stories.

Most of these are pretty popular, but I’m always surprised in my real life how few people have read them.

These LGBTQ+ characters aren’t defined by their orientation, or gender. It’s really nice to read something with casual representation, that normalizes something other than straight. All of these books are from my favorite shelf, because not only are they wonderful stories with beautiful writing, they all have diverse characters, and not just LGBTQ+.  

Five Favs: Books with LGBTQ Characters

What do you read if you love fantasy and representation? I highly recommend the following:

Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo

A fantasy heist novel featuring a racially diverse cast of characters, including a bisexual gunslinger and a gay demolitions expert. Part of a duology (book two is called Crooked Kingdom).

A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab

What’s the opposite of bisexual erasure? Because basically everyone in this series is bi. V.E. Schwab has stated that “it is a world that cares about magical hierarchy more than heteronormativity.

Every Heart a Doorway by Seanan McGuire

How many fantasy novels do you run across with an asexual main character? Not enough (and in fact, this one is technically a novella). Here you will also find a transgender character and explicit discussion about gender roles and nonconformity.

Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard by Rick Riordan

Each of Riordan’s novels is more inclusive than the last, but we don’t meet my favorite argyle-wearing pottery-making genderfluid einherji until book two (The Hammer of Thor). Book 1, of course, is still well worth the read (Muslim Valkyrie? Yes please.)

The Will of the Empress by Tamora Pierce

The Circle of Magic books were a staple of my childhood. Imagine my delight when one of the main characters comes out as a lesbian in book 9! Plus, in books 1- 8, we get Lark and Rosethorn, two ladies living together in domestic bliss who raise our main characters. Start this series with Sandry’s Book.

Happy Pride, and happy reading!

See more of Robin’s recs…

Where did you find the whipped cream?” he asked.
“You had milk, I had science,” said Jack. “It’s amazing how much of culinary achievement can be summarized by that sentence. Cheese making for example. The perfect intersection of milk, science, and foolish disregard for the laws of nature.
—  Every Heart a Doorway by Seanan McGuire

Happy Asexual Awareness Week! Here are some canon a-spec ladies of lit.

Felicity Montague: The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue. Author confirmation.

Ling Chan: The Diviners.

Sandrilene Fa Toran: Circle of Magic. Author confirmation.

Nancy: Every Heart a Doorway.

Keladry of Mindelan: Protector of the Small. Author confirmation on aro rep. Author confirmation on ace rep.

Natalie Oscott: The Tropic of Serpents.

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Children have always tumbled down rabbit holes, fallen through mirrors, been swept away by unseasonal floods or carried off by tornadoes. Children have always traveled, and because they are young and bright and full of contradictions, they haven’t always restricted their travel to the possible […] Children follow the foxes, and open the wardrobes, and peek beneath the bridge. Children climb the walls and fall down the wells and run the razor’s edge of possibility until sometimes, just sometimes, the possible surrenders and shows them the way to go home.

seanan mcguire

Down Among the Sticks and Bones works as both a standalone and as the second in the Wayward Children series. Seanan McGuire returns to the world of Wayward Children to tell the story of Jack and Jill, the twins who grew up with oppressive parents, and the brutal world they find themselves in that on some level frees and another traps them both.

McGuire’s writing acquires a new level of style in this novella. Her prose takes on a very fairy tale-like way of shifting from Jack to Jill and back again. Small touches like the titles of the parts and chapters go a long way to form that very steady, fairytale rhythm without losing connection to these characters. Their story goes deep into gender roles: the Wolcotts are people who don’t know how to raise children, and they are harsh, prescribing gender roles on Jack and Jill that will put them into toxic, difficult relationships and situations later on in their tales. She also deals I believe with a version of OCD, although it is not named in the story. McGuire’s characters are diverse and complex, as are her worlds. I appreciate the way she weaves diverse experiences into her stories about these intriguing worlds. This isn’t a story about Jack and Jill’s world; it’s primarily a story about Jack and Jill themselves, which is what makes it such a compelling tale about poor parenting and the toxic way it an effect children as they grow.

“The thought that babies would become children, and children would become people, never occurred to them. The concept that perhaps biology was not destiny, and that not all little girls would be pretty princesses, and not all little boys would be brave soldiers, also never occurred to them.”