Welcome back, it’s Tuesday, which mean’s it’s also Top 10 Tuesdays, which is now hosted by Jana @ThatArtsyReaderGirl, make sure to check her blog out!
So this Tuesday is a freebie! I’ve decided to open up with my top 10 books by LGBTQIA+ authors or books that feature LGBTQIA+ main characters. Some of these I’m sure I’ve mentioned before on this blog or wrote reviews about, but I will take any opportunity to celebrate them. I’m also really looking forward to any suggestions you all might have of more books to read by LGBTQIA+ authors.
Anyways, here’s the list:
This is a really interesting YA romance featuring a very diverse cast. The main character is straight, but her love-interest is Bi and her best friend is a lesbian. Standing up for LGBTQIA+ rights is one of the main focuses of the narrative, in addition to race issues. The book heavily promotes activism in youth groups and I really enjoy the roller-coaster of a ride this book takes you on in regards to that.
I’m including Book 2 on this list instead of Book 1 simply because I really enjoyed this one more than the first. I can’t really pinpoint why other than I was finally familiar with all the characters and I liked the overall “conflict” of this book better. It’s a really cute, sporty, gay graphic novel romance between two college hockey players (well, one of them has graduated). This series is also really diverse, which is cool. I also just like reading books about hockey.
This is the second book in the “Singing Hills Cycle” but I wanted to include it because I almost like this one more than the first. Really, you don’t have to read them in order because they deal with very different aspects while carrying the same main character who is non-binary. It’s a novella, but it’s amazing how much storytelling Vo packs into this book. It’s a quick bite, but you’ll be hungry for more once you finish. I can’t wait till the next book comes out.
A co-worker recommended this book to me and I really enjoyed it! It’s a YA realistic fiction about a young girl who gets sent to a conversion camp when they find out she’s gay. She makes friends with a group of the kids there who are all there for various reasons. It chronicles her life a bit before she gets sent away and a decent chunk of time while she’s at the camp. It’s a bit of a long story, but Emily is a really interesting character and I enjoyed following her over the course of this portion of her life.
This is a middle-grade graphic novel that is semi-autobiographical about a young boy who is struggling with identity, with his gayness but also with his biracial identity. Bullying is a heavy aspect to this novel and there are many dark moments, but ultimately this is a book about hope and things getting better and I really love recommending this to readers. The illustrations are beautiful. This is definitely one of the best graphic novels I’ve read.
Speaking of really great graphic novels! I love this series in general. It’s a really sweet YA graphic novel romance about two British high schoolers. There are themes of bullying and depression, but it’s a very positive book overall and there are so many cute moments. The whole cast of characters is very diverse, featuring gay, lesbian, and trans teens. I only just read this book last year but it is already one of my new favorite series that I turn to when I want to read something comfy and cute.
I read this book initially for a class, but I ended up really enjoying it. It’s a YA realistic fiction about a teen who develops a really close friendship with another boy that turns into something more. It’s very much a self-discovery book, with some deeper themes about the meaning of life and what the future might hold. I liked the philosophical nature of the book and it really made me think while I read this which I really enjoyed. It’s very different than most YA books I’ve read, which is another reason it’s on this list!
I read this as part of a work book club. I’d never ready anything by this author before, but I thought it was a very interesting new-adult book. This book is very heavy – it tackles death of a family member and grief. The main character also has a very complicated relationship with her girlfriend. It’s a short novel, but LaCour packs a lot into it and there are some very real, honest, beautiful moments in it.
I’m including a non-fiction book on here because I just read it and found it so fascinating! Asexuality is also often left out of discussion in LGBTQ topics, and this book addresses that and society’s general obsession with society of everyone having a significant other to live a fulfilled life. I appreciate Chen’s look at the many different aspects of asexuality, including aromantic and gray-ace. It’s a really interesting read and I highly recommend it.
I’ve talked up this book before on this blog, but I’ll do it again. It’s a dark academia novel about a group of theater major friends and one of them dies. It’s never explicitly said, but the main character is most likely bisexual. There’s a lot of dark intrigue and thriller aspects to the story, which slowly pieces together the events that caused the main character to be arrested for murder – but did he do it? I highly recommend this book and it has one of my favorite literary ships of all time, so there’s that.
How about you?
What are some of your favorite LGBTQIA+ books ? Please post yours in the comments and share the love! I hope you enjoyed the post and thank you for stopping by!