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LGTBQ BOOKS

 If you are like me and love books you can relate to and are also queer as heck this is a list for you!! Working in a book store you get a lot of time to wander around and find good books and well teen LGBTQ books are my favorite to find. The list is small for now but I will be updating as I find more and more. All the main characters in these books will be queer, not the side characters so there lots of extra gay to go around. So here are some of my favorite LGBTQ books! 

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White spines… make me lose my mind.

A bunch of contemporaries on my TBR I’m desperate to make some time to read. Which pick do you suggest I start with first?

LGBT book list

Hey! I’m the anonymous who sent you an ask earlier about having an LGBT book list. I don’t have tumblr, hence the message :) So I’ve broken it into two major categories, and tried to include books from as many different genres as possible, so that there’s a wide variety for people to choose from.

Books whose major characters are LGBT and/or have LGBT themes:

Basically anything by David Levithan (YA)

If I Was Your Girl: Meredith Russo (YA)

Symptoms of Being Human: Jeff Garvin (YA)

The Perks of Being a Wallflower: Stephen Chbosky (YA)

Carry On: Rainbow Rowell (YA)

Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe: Benjamin Alire Saenz (YA)

Every Heart a Doorway: Seanan McGuire (YA)

I’ll Give You the Sun: Jandy Nelson (YA)

Basically anything by Poppy Z. Brite (horror and general fiction)

The Raven Cycle: Maggie Stiefvater (YA)

Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda: Becky Albertalli (YA)

Ask the Passengers: A.S. King (YA)

The Pants Project: Cat Clarke (MG)

The Song of Achilles: Madeline Miller (fiction)

Basically anything by Sarah Waters (fiction)

Nightrunner series: Lynn Flewelling (fantasy)

Valdemar: Last Herald-Mage series: Mercedes Lackey (fantasy)

None of the Above: I.W. Gregorio (YA)

Middlesex: Jeffrey Eugenides (fiction)

One Man Guy: Michael Barakiva (YA)

More Happy Than Not: Adam Silvera (YA)

The Art of Being Normal: Lisa Williamson (YA)

Gena/Finn, Not Otherwise Specified: Hannah Moskowitz (YA)

This is Where it Ends: Marieke Nijkamp (YA)

Tonight the Streets Are Ours: Leila Sales (YA)

The books in this part of the list have characters that are LGBT, but play only minor roles, or you don’t know about it until late in the book etc.

Books featuring minor LGBT characters:

Lola and the Boy Next Door: Stephanie Perkins (YA)

American Psycho: Bret Easton Ellis (fiction)

Garden Spells, Lost Lake, First Frost: Sarah Addison Allen (fiction)

Ready Player One: Ernest Cline (science fiction)

Emmy and Oliver: Robin Benway (YA)

The Millennium trilogy: Stieg Larsson (mystery/thriller)

Noggin: John Corey Whaley (YA)

Extraordinary Means: Robyn Schneider (YA)

Elusion, Etherworld: Claudia Gabel (YA)

Sarah’s Key: Tatiana de Rosnay (historical fiction)

Passenger, Wayfarer: Alexandra Bracken

And these books are ones I haven’t read but I believe have LGBT characters:

The Miseducation of Cameron Post: Emily M. Danforth

Rubyfruit Jungle: Rita Mae Brown

Keeping You a Secret: Julie Anne Peters

Fun Home: Alison Bechdel

Girl Walking Backwards: Bett Williams

Ash: Malinda Lo

Beautiful Music for Ugly Children: Kirstin Cronns-Mills

The Bermudez Triangle: Maureen Johnson

How to Repair a Mechanical Heart: J.C. Lillis

Annie on My Mind, Holly’s Secret: Nancy Garden

And the Band Played On: Randy Shiltz

Am I Blue?: Marion Dane Bauer

Maurice: E.M. Forster

Tell Me Again How a Crush Should Feel: Sara Farizan

Lies We Tell Ourselves: Robin Talley

The Price of Salt, or Carol: Patricia Highsmith

Everything Leads to You: Nina Lacour

Luna: Julie Ann Peters

Written on the Body, Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit: Jeanette Winterson

From the Notebooks of Melanin Sun: Jacqueline Woodson

The Color Purple: Alice Walker

More Than This: Patrick Ness

I am J: Cris Beam

For Today I am a Boy: Kim Fu

Hero: Perry Moore

Brokeback Mountain: Annie Proulx

Blue is the Warmest Color: Julie Maroh

Okay, I think that’s all I have for now, though I know I am missing a lot of books. This is a good start though for people looking for something to read. I’ve read all of these except for the last list, so any questions or recommendations, I am happy to provide. Also, I’m always up for chatting with a fellow johnlocker. The only friend I have who watches Sherlock is firmly in the ‘Sherlock is asexual, but if he loved anyone it would be Molly’ camp >_< Anyway, I love your blog. Keep up the great work. Cheers!

Kami


(referencing this post)

Wowee! Thanks for the fabulous list, Kami! I hope this will help out all of my followers looking for some literature!! :)

(lgbtqiap+) book recommendations

I was asked about book recs so I’m making this my masterpost, which I’ll update periodically! Also I’m making it a priority to give lgbt+ recs and try to be as specific as I can; other books that are not lgbt+ are listed at the bottom under the cut.


LGBTQIAP+ REP

(I’m going with what rep I remember, someone tell me if I’m missing something or if there’s a mistake!)

(I’m only going to include main characters and relationships)

(MG=middle grade; YA= young adult; A=adult; NA=new adult)

Trilogies:

  • Shades of Magic by V.E. Schwab (YA)
    • Rep:
      • the author has said that nobody in the trilogy is straight
      • the author has said that one of the protagonists would identify as genderfluid if she lived in our world (but there are no labels in the world where the novel is set)
        • I consider what’s written above as canon
      • two bi men (canon within the book)
    • lgbt+ relationship:
      • genderfluid person (identified within canon as a woman for lack of labels)/cis man
      • bi man/bi man
  • Captive Prince by C.S. Pacat (A)
    • Rep:
      • gay man, bi man
      • this is a homonormative society where everyone is shown to be gay or bi
    • lgbt+ relationship:
      • gay man/bi man
  • All for the Game by Nora Sakavic (A)
    • Rep:
      • two gay men, one demisexual man
    • lgbt+ relationship:
      • gay man/demi man
  • The Raven Cycle by Maggie Stiefvater (YA)
    • Rep:
      • gay man, bi man
    • lgbt+ relationship:
      • gay man/bi man

Duologies:

  • Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo (YA)
    • Rep: 
      • gay man, bi man (canon, within the book)
      • bi woman (canon, confirmed by the author but not explicit within the book)
    • lgbt+ relationship:
      • gay man/bi man
  • The Abyss Surrounds Us by Emily Skrutskie (YA)
    • lgbt+ relationship:
      • woman/woman 

Standalones:

  • Simon vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli (YA)
    • Rep:
      • gay man
    • lgbt+ relationship:
      • man/man
    • Theme:
      • coming out
  • Peter Darling by Austin Chant (YA)
    • Rep:
      • trans man
      • gay or bi man
    • lgbt+ relationship:
      • trans man/cis man
    • Theme:
      • coming out
      • transphobia
  • Queens of Geek by Jen Wilde (YA)
    • Rep:
      • bi woman, lesbian woman
    • lgbt+ relationship:
      • bi woman/lesbian woman
    • Theme: 
      • biphobia
  • The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller
    • lgbt+ relationship:
      • man/man
  • The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzi Lee  (YA)
    • Rep:
      • bi man, gay man 
      • ace woman
    • lgbt+ relationship:
      • man/man
    • Theme:
      • homo-, biphobia
  • How to Repair a Mechanical Heart by J.C. Lillis  (YA)
    • Rep:
      • gay man, bi man
    • lgbt+ relationship:
      • man/man
    • Theme: 
      • self acceptance
      • homophobia
  • A&B by J.C. Lillis  (YA)
    • Rep:
      • bi woman, lesbian woman
    • lgbt+ relationship:
      • woman/woman
  • The Darkest Part of the Forest by Holly Black (YA)
    • Rep:
      • gay man
    • lgbt+ relationship:
      • man/man
  • Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Sáenz  (YA)
    • Rep:
      • two gay men
    • lgbt+ relationship:
      • man/man
    • Theme:
      • coming out
  • George by Alex Gino (MG)
    • Rep:
      • trans girl
    • Theme:
      • coming out
  • Symptoms of Being Human by Jeff Garvin (YA)
    • Rep:
      • genderfluid person
    • lgbt+ relationship:
      • genderfluid person/woman
    • Theme:
      • coming out

Uncompleted series:

  • The Nevernight Chronicle by Jay Kristoff (A)
    • Rep:
      • two bi women
    • lgbt+ relationships:
      • bi woman/man
      • bi woman/woman

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lgbtq+ book recs

(* means that it’s a series)

  • carry on by rainbow rowell
  • more than this by patrick ness
  • the rest of us just live here by patrick ness
  • simon vs the homo sapiens agenda by becky albertalli
  • *the raven cycle by maggie stiefvater
  • far from you by tess sharpe
  • the darkest part of the forest by holly black
  • everything leads to you by nina lacour
  • you know me well by nina lacour & david leviathan
  • draw the line by laurent linn
  • aristotle and dante discover the secrets of the universe by benjamin alive sáenz
  • the song of achilles by madeline miller
  • the secret history by donna tartt
  • the goldfinch by donna tartt
  • this is where it ends by marieke nijkamp
  • more happy than not by adam silvera
  • we are the ants by shaun david hutchinson
  • *the gemma doyle trilogy by libba bray
  • *all for the game by nora sakavic
  • ash by malinda lo
  • *adaptation by malinda lo
  • tell me again how a crush should feel by sara farizan
  • under the lights by dahlia adler
  • black iris by elliot wake
  • afterworlds by scott westerfeld
  • ask the passengers by as king
  • *the young elites by marie lu
  • *six of crows by leigh bardugo
  • the miseducation of cameron post by emily m. danforth
  • lies my girlfriend told me by julie anne peters
  • *vanished by ee cooper
  • dangerous girls by abigail haas
  • reconstructing amelia by kimberly mccreight
  • fun home: a family tragicomic by alison bechdel
  • dare me by megan abbott
  • teeth by hannah moskowitz
  • i’ll give you the sun by jandy nelson
  • even in paradise by chelsey philpot
  • over you by amy reed
  • the picture of dorian gray by oscar wilde
  • the perks of being a wallflower by stephen chbosky
  • *the trials of apollo by rick riordan
  • the rehearsal by eleanor catton
  • love is the higher law by david levithan
  • all men of genius by lev ac rosen
  • between me and you by marisa calin
  • great by sara benincasa
  • *the diviners by libba bray
  • the summer i wasn’t me by jessica verdi
  • fan art by sarah tregay
  • *every day by david levithan
  • boy meets boy by david levithan
  • two boys kissing by david levithan
  • the game of love and death by martha brockenbrough
  • *shades of magic by ve schwab
  • the great american whatever by tim federle
  • if you could be mine by sara farizan
  • george by alex gino
  • if i was your girl by meredith russo
  • true letters from a fictional life by kenneth logan
  • symptoms of being human by jeff garvin

I just read a really nice lgbtq+ book called “Symptoms of Being Human” about a genderfluid teen named Riley and all the harassment, pain, and confusion that comes with being a genderqueer teen in a new highschool, while their dad gets them enough attention as a congressmen. It’s by Jeff Garvin, and I really recommend it. It’s got a good mix of queer, edgy, poc, and great characters. I absolutely adored Riley and their story moved me to tears. If you need more queer lit or just want to know wtf I’m talking about, please read it!!!!

a (very) small list of lgbt teen fiction!!

as a quick disclaimer i’d like to say that i haven’t personally read all of these books, but did my best going off of reviews, authors, and summaries to choose books that seemed suitable. if any of you find any faults with these books, feel free to lmk so i can remove them from the list!

WLW centric novels

Not Your Sidekick by C.B Lee is set in a world where superheroes and superpowers are the norm and features a girl who doesnt have superpowers, but does have a crush on the mysterious girl shes interning with

Saving Amy by Sarah Natalia Lee is a vampire themed lesbian novel

Ten Things I Can See from Here by Carrie Mac is about mentally ill Maeve, who falls in love with a girl who helps her to feel happier

Ramona Blue by Julie Murphy is about a girl who questions her sexuality, which seems to fluctuate between bisexual and lesbian

When Women were Warriors by Catherine M. Wilson is a story about a woman who strives to be an excellent swordswoman

MLM centric novels

Carry On by Rainbow Rowell is about a boy who is “the chosen one” and the vampire he begins to fall in love with. this is a personal fav bc im a sucker for vamps

At the Edge of the Universe by Shaun David Hutchinson is about a boy who loves boys, and is also trying to find out the current mysteries of the shrinking universe

Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Sáetz tells the story of two mexican american teenagers and their struggles with sexuality, ethnicity, and family matters

Boy Meets Boy by David Levithan takes the trope of “boy meets girl, struggles, and gets girl in the end” and tells it instead as a romance between two boys. A very, very lgbt friendly book with a satisfying relationship set in an extremely accepting community. Levithan has other lgbt books as well!

Trans centric books

Not Your Supervillain by CB Lee is a story about a trans boy teenager thats actually set to release this october (2017). Its written by an lgbt author and looks very promising imo

Symptoms of Being Human by Jeff Garvin details the life of a teenager named Riley who happens to be genderfluid, and what its like to identify as a boy one day and a girl the next

When the Moon was Ours by Anna Marie Milemon is described by Barnes and Nobles’ as a romance between “a queer Latina and a trans desi boy”

Dreadnought by April Daniels is the story of a trans woman superhero who follows in the footsteps of the famous hero Dreadnought after his death

Beautiful Music for Ugly Children by Kristin Cronn Mills is a story about a trans boy named Gabe who strives to show the world who he really is, not what everyone wants him to be

i hope to add onto this in the future!