At the start of Pride month, when I announced all the posts I was planning, I also mentioned that I was going to be asking everyone about their favourite queer books. I’ve asked at the end of every post this month, and conducted a couple polls on Goodreads, and my gosh did this bookish community deliver. I wasn’t expecting so many answers, and honestly I’m not sure I was prepared to write a post with this many books! This definitely will not be in my usual list format, because that would take me years, but I will be at least including a link to each of the books on Goodreads.
Your Favourite Books With LGBTQA+ Representation
I’m going to start with the recommendations from my fellow bloggers!
Aurora Libralis‘s favourite is Wild Beauty by Anna-Marie McLemore. Arin from Tomes of Our Lives and Margaret @ Wild Zeal both recommended The Miseducation of Cameron Post by Emily M. Danforth and Red, White & Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston. Margaret also love everything by Becky Albertalli and Mackenzi Lee, and Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Sáenz.
Coincidentally, Ari and Dante was the most popular book of the polls! I didn’t personally like it, and you can read my review here, but it’s clearly a favourite for many other people. I’ll try to write the rest of this list roughly in popularity order, but it might be a little bit random. I’ll get to everything though!
The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzi Lee
The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid
I’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson
Carry On by Rainbow Rowell
What If It’s Us by Becky Albertalli and Adam Silvera
Autoboyography by Christina Lauren
The Art of Being Normal by Lisa Williamson
Leah on the Offbeat by Becky Albertalli
Girl Made of Stars by Ashley Herring Blake
Chronicles of Fen: Cernuin by Y. W. Lumaris
Cloaked in Shadow by Ben Alderson
The Last to Let Go by Amber Smith
Widdershins by Jordan L. Hawk
Out of Salem by Hal Schrieve
Queens of Geek by Jen Wilde
Wolfsong by T. J. Klune
The Watchmaker of Filigree Street by Natasha Pulley
Prince’s Gambit by C. S. Pacat
Daughters of a Coral Dawn by Katherine V. Forrest
We Set the Dark on Fire by Tehlor Kay Mejia
They Both Die at the End by Adam Silvera
Lies We Tell Ourselves by Robin Talley
Proxy by Alex London
History Is All You Left Me by Adam Silvera
Radio Silence by Alice Oseman
How to Make a Wish by Ashley Herring Blake
I Wish You All the Best by Mason Deaver
The Foxhole Court (series) by Nora Sakavic
The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde
Forgive Me If I’ve Told You This Before by Karelia Stetz-Waters
When the Moon Was Ours by Anna Marie-McLemore
Of Fire and Stars by Audrey Coulthurst
The Prince and the Dressmaker by Jen Wang
If I Was Your Girl by Meredith Russo
All Out anthology edited by Saundra Mitchell
Phew, that was quite a list. Look at all those queer books! Hopefully it’s enough recommendations to keep everyone going for a while – I know I found quite a few new titles. On another note, it was super awesome having everyone take part in this. I really appreciated getting to see that there are so many people out there who love LGBTQ+ literature! I hope that the list of books like these continues to grow and grow; queer narratives are so important.
Were your favourite books on this list? Are there any you think should be up there? Talk to me in the comments!