My Top 10 LGBT+ Books


So here I am, your local pansexual nerd, wandering innocently around the Internets. And then I start to stumble across a few bloggers who have done pride posts this month, and then a few more, and then a few more, and then a bunch more....

And then I come to an atrocious realization.

I, your local pansexual nerd, have not done a pride post yet.

*bangs head against wall*

SO. Without further delay (because there has already been far too much), here are ten book recommendations in honor of this pride month. <3

(as always, titles are links to reviews for those that have them!)


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This book was such a pleasant surprise?? I walked in totally unsuspecting of the gay I was about to encounter, and I stumbled across such a pure, sweet f/f relationship. I'll avoid going in more detail to avoid spoilers, but man. This one is so sweet <3


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If you've read my blog recently, you may know I hold a less-than-complementary view of this book as a whole. However, the m/m romance was so beautifully crafted and written; it was the main thing that kept me interested in the story. Shippity ship ship!!


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Perhaps THE iconic YA LGBT+ novel, Simon vs. is one of the cutest books I've ever read. It's heartwarming and sweet with a wonderful, gay narrator - definitely a must for any of y'all who enjoy fluffy romance.


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AND THEN WE HAVE TSOA.

Public Service Announcement: This book will rip your heart out and STOMP on it. Be prepared to bawl. It's been a year, and I'm still not over it.


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This book takes a different approach than the others on my list; it's not fiction, but memoir. I'm usually not a fan of YouTubers with book deals, but Tyler Oakley stands out as the hands-down exception. His book is hilarious and engaging, tracing the trials and travails of discovering your sexuality and coming out. For people who are more into memoir than fiction, this is the perfect pick.


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I may not be the biggest fan of The Raven Cycle as a whole, but The Raven King is downright amazing. Ronan and Adam are one of those couples it's impossible to not ship, and their dynamic is one of the sweetest, strongest bonds of any couple on this list. Who doesn't like Pynch, after all?

4. The King's Men by Nora Sakavic

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Wait?! There's stuff out there better than Stiefvater??

*cue the Stiefvater fans dying of shock*

The answer, of course, is hell yeah there is. Stiefvater is good, but Sakavic is awesome. TKM had me on the edge of my seat the whole time, turning the pages as fast as I could read in order to get to The Moment. I also found the way in which Neil and Andrew's romantic relationship evolved to be very well-thought-out and realistic, showing that not every couple goes to marriage and puppies right away.


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Let's make a brief foray out of the world of YA and venture into the adult section of the bookstore for a moment, because TVL is too amazing not to list. Lestat is an incredible narrator with an awesome, snarky voice, and he's by far my favorite bi character ever. For those who like paranormal and romance, this is a must-read.


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It's no secret that LGBT+ rep in fantasy is a lot rarer than it is in contemporary. (For some reason, fantasy authors seem to think dragon riders are realistic but gay people who, y'know, actually exist in the real world, aren't? Mcscuse me, honey, but I have something to tell you.) As an avid fantasy reader, I would definitely christen Carry On the quintessential, hands-down best LGBT+ fantasy novel. Though it begins as an intentional Harry Potter spinoff, it evolves into one of the most unique fantasies I've ever read. It completely turns the Chosen One trope on its head, and don't even get me started on the romance. Though Simon and Baz end up in love, they get there in different ways. And they're just SO.

FREAKING.

ADORABLE.


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And finally, the best LGBT+ novel I have ever read in my life. It Looks Like This is one of those books you want to force everyone to read, because it's just that important. It deals with how hard it is to be an LGBT+ kid in a homophobic, conservative home where you have to deal with the threat of conversion therapy or being kicked out on the street every single day. I'm lucky enough to have a mostly supportive family, but I go to a Christian, conservative school where many of my friends don't have that fortune.

If you've ever considered yourself a supporter of our community and rights, please, please read this book.

Honorable Mentions (cause apparently I don't think this post is gay enough yet):



Bonus - My Gay TBR:


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Let's chat! Have you read any of the books I featured? What did you think? What are your favorite LGBT+ books or characters? Any type of LGBT+ rep you'd like to see more? Comment below, and remember that you are all very beautiful pickles. <3

Namarië,
Ellie

24 comments:

  1. this is actually the first pride post i've seen this month! i would have done something on my blog, but i'm not exactly completely out yet, so that would have been complicated. (my family knows i'm asexual, but not that i'm biromantic.)

    i'll have to try to find "it looks like this." i could probably relate to it a lot. my family is quite conservative, as well as christian, so i don't think they would take it very well if i came out.

    i've heard that "queens of geek" and "fanart" are good lgbt+ books.

    xo loren

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    1. Awww, yeah. My mom doesn't know about me, either, but my parents don't really read my blog. Ahhh, I hope you read it and enjoy it!! Yess, I've heard so many good things about Queens of Geek as well. <3

      - Ellie

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  2. so at my school they had carry on but whenever i went to my school's library it wasn't available and i cried??
    lmao i need to make a pride post BUT i'm lazy af and have eighteen million drafts that i need to work on
    ALSO I NEED TO FIND IT LOOKS LIKE THIS. it honestly sounds like such a good book, and i can probably relate to it so much, since my family has no clue i have a gf/that i'm bi lol.
    -izzy-

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    1. Awww that sucks!! It was like that for me with The Raven King. They had multiple copies, and they were all checked out for three months straight (hah). I eventually ended up going to the city library. DUDE SAME I HAVE WAY TOO MANY. I hope you like it!!

      - Ellie

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  3. YES YES TO SIMON VS.!!! That is amazing and the movie BETTER not ruin it. I also love Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe -- Ari and Dnate are the BEEEEEST. It Looks Like This looks like a heartbreaking novel, and I'm sorry you didn't like Crooked Kingdom a lot! It's one of my favorite series. And I didn't know you were pansexual! Not that I have a problem with it, of course. ;) <3

    may @ forever and everly

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    1. Ahhhh, I'm so nervous for the movie! It was such a sweet book; I hope they don't make the film too dark or dramatic. I reeeeeeallly want to like Ari and Dante, but the writing style is just so thick. Who knows, maybe I'll grow to like it in the future. Thank you for commenting!

      - Ellie

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  4. WHY ARE ALL THE CUTE CINNAMON ROLLS NAMED SIMON?!?!?!? I really loved Carry On & Simon vs. the Homosapien Agenda-- I read the latter one easily and the swirly ride and just who Blue ends up being-- SQUEEE!!!! And like May, Aristotle & Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe is also a favorite of mine. SHADOW SCALE. THAT SHOCKED ME SO MUCH (in a good way) because I didn't suspect it, but it was there.

    I haven't read It Looks Like This, but I understand where the struggle LGBT+ kids come from because I have friends who deal with this every day. One of my friends dealt with so much bullying in elementary school by this girl with more conservative views, which sucks because it doesn't matter-- a person is still a person. Judge them by their character and who they are as a whole, not by their sex, color, etc. It's one of those things that makes me ticked off sometimes, when people can only see one thing.

    xoxo Abigail Lennah | Ups & Downs

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    1. IKR?! Tbh tho, I reeeeeealllly wanted Blue to be Cal. But his actual identity ended up being pretty great, too :) YESSS SHADOW SCALE. I about died.

      You should read it <3 I know?! Thank you?!

      - Ellie

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  5. Ooh, I have four of these on my TBR and didn't even realize some of them had LGBT characters! And I think Lestat was the first bi character I ever came across. Got to love him!

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    1. I hope you enjoy them! Same, actually - I think? (Maybe it was Marius.) Yesss, he's awesome.

      - Ellie

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  6. Ooh well I'm definitely adding It Looks Like This on goodreads because I don't think I've heard of it till now?! But hELLO THIS STIEFVATER-FAN REFUTES YOUR CLAIMS THAT SOMETHING COULD BE BETTER. *stamps foot* Pynch is pure perfection. And also Carry On was ridiculously adorable. I wish it hadn't been trying so hard to be Harry Potter at the beginning though?? It was so unique and lovely at the end I just <3 <3 <3
    Still trying to work up the courage to read The Song of Achilles.
    STILL FAILING.
    I also loooved Crooked Kingdom. 😍 I definitely wish there was more rep in fantasy!! It sorely needs it for sure.

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    1. YOU MUST ADD IT. I hope you enjoy the writing style? It may not be a Cait thing, but who knows. AHA, I KNEW DISRESPECTING STIEFVATER WOULD SUMMON YOU. This is a proven fact now XD THAT ENDING. AHHH.

      BUT YOU MUST. IT'S THE BEST.

      - Ellie

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  7. WINDWITCH!!!! Yes, yes, and yes.

    And I LOVED CARRY ON! At first I was reluctant, because the whole thing seemed like it was just a bland fantasy but NOPE. I was proved wrong!

    Overall your recommendations are the greatest <3

    - andrea at a surge of thunder

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    1. Ikr?! I was pretty reluctant for the first hundred pages, but then I was rapidly won over. Ahh, thank you!

      - Ellie

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  8. Happy pride month! This whole month I've literally only seen one blog post related to the lgbt community so thanks for this! Carry on is such a good book and I've been wanting to read Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda for ages!
    - Fifi
    beyondthedysphoria.blogspot.com

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    1. Happy pride to you, too! Ahhh, thank you! It's such an awesome book; I hope you like it.

      - Ellie

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  9. Ok I seriously need to read Windwitch (It's part of a series right?) I've been looking at it for so long I need to read it. These all look good- I haven't read any but Carry On which I wasn't a super fan of (a little too much making out for me haha) but I've been wanting to read some for a while. Love this pride post, it's so fun! I've been doing a lot of reading since summer started and have been thinking of you-- wish you were here to chat with me about all these books in person! ((Also have you done any of your college tours, I know you mentioned them to me a while back-- I just got back from a few more...ahhh...but I'm getting excited to take creative writing must admit))

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    1. Yes, you do, and yes, it is! The first book is Truthwitch (which is even better), and Windwitch is the second. Ahh, thank you! Awww, I wish that, too :( I was going to do them this summer, but we weren't able to carve out the time due to the frenzy around selling our house. We will go on fall break, however! Ooh, which ones have you gone to?

      - Ellie

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  10. Great post! I loooove Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda and I really, really need to read The Song of Achilles soon - I picked up a copy recently and now I feel as though I'm seeing it everywhere.

    Sarah Waters is a great author for LGBT+ stories and I think Robin Talley's debut, Lies We Tell Ourselves, is a really well done LGBT+ YA novel. I need to check out some of these fantasy recommendations because there does seem to be a severe lack of LGBT+ communities in the genre!

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    1. Thanks! FOR GOOD REASON, IT'S AMAZING. Oooh, I've never heard of either of them, so I'll DEFINITELY have to check out their books. Ohhh, there definitely is.

      - Ellie

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  11. Ooh, great post! :) you should really read Queens Of Geek. It's good.

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    1. Thank you! I've been hearing a lot of great things about that one.

      - Ellie

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  12. I've only read two books on your list (plus one on your TBR list). I have so much catching up to do!

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    1. Ooh, which ones? I hope you enjoy the ones you have yet to read!

      - Ellie

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