5 LGBTQ+ Books I Need to Read

May 6, 2017 Discussion 26

Truth be told, I can’t really thing of any books I’ve read that had LGBTQ+ characters or romance at the forefront. The one that comes to mind is Carry On, which I LOVED, but other than that…


This lack of LGBTQ+ books in my reading life is not intentional. It’s just that contemporary/ romance in general isn’t a genre I read a lot of, and most LGBTQ+ books fall into those categories. I do see a lot of LGBTQ+ side characters in the fantasy and historical novels I read but they’re never the main character.

Even though I haven’t read that many, slowly more and more are making their way onto my TBR! Here’s 5 that I hope to read sometime soon.


Night Swimming

Night Swimming by Steph Bowe

In addition to being a LGBTQ+ read, this one is also a #LoveOzYA novel! Sent to me from Text publishing, it’s going to be my first love triangle that features two girls and one guy. It’s a proper triangle too, with two best friends crushing on the same girl (compared to the usual love triangle of two guys who don’t like each other chasing the girl).

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The Song of Achilles

The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller

I didn’t realise The Song of Achilles was featured a M/M romance until after I bought it. The main thing that made me want to read it was all they hype and the fact it’s set in ancient Rome.

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Clancy of the Undertow

Clancy of the Undertow by Christopher Currie

A loveozya F/F romance, this was sent to me unsolicited by Text Publishing (who also coincidentally sent me Night Swimming). It sounds like it will be full of feels revolving around family and getting to know yourself.

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Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe

Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Saenz

The hype behind this book is crazy! I’m so intrigued to see why basically everyone loves it so much. Plus I think I had a dream I owned it, and then was super surprised when I couldn’t find a copy for my photo so clearly my subconscious is telling me to get my act together.

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Simon vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli

Another M/M romance with a tonne of hype. A lot of my blogging friends highly recommend this so I’m checking it out for them. I’m also intrigued by the mystery aspect of Blue’s identity.

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What are your favourite LGBTQ+ reads?

26 Responses to “5 LGBTQ+ Books I Need to Read”

  1. kirsty @ kirstychronicles

    I absolutely adored simon vs and ari and dante. They’re both such amazing books. I’m really excited to read Benjamin Alire Saenz’s new book the inexplicable logic of my life. I believe the main character has gay parents (I could be wrong though), but that’s just something I don’t feel like I see a lot of in YA and I want more! Great list
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    • Bec

      I’ve heard great things about his books! Hopefully you get to read The Inexplicable Logic of me Life soon :)

  2. Sophie

    Hi Bec I’ve just finished an ARC of And I Rise the sequel of And I Darken. Radu loves men so I think it would fit your theme.

    • Bec

      I AM SO JEALOUS OMG!! I loved And I Darken and have requested And I Rise. Cannot wait to get my hands on it.

    • Bec

      So many books, so little time! Hopefully we get time to read Simon vs soon. I’m really looking forward to the Ancient Greece aspect of TSOA.

    • Bec

      The mystery identity of Blue is a massive draw for me, I must admit! Hopefully it’s a surprise I can’t guess.

  3. Marianne @ Boricuan Bookworms

    Omg so many books here! Simon vs, The Song of Achilles, Aristotle and Dante are some of my favorite books! I’d also recommend Everything Leads to You (f/f), Timekeeper (m/m), How to Make a Wish (f/f), and I’m currently reading Not Your Sidekick which is so good so far (f/f). :)

  4. Amanda

    The song of Achilles is wonderful! I would highly recommend the Captive Prince trilogy, which is also not a contemporary romance. I can’t say enough how wonderful those books are.

    • Bec

      OMG YES CAPTIVE PRINCE! I forgot about those! I love the sound of that fantasy series and have so many great things, plus Aussie author!

    • Bec

      Sometimes we need a fluffy adorable fantasy to break up the tears and heartbreak from epic fantasy haha.

      I don’t think I’m ever emotionally prepared for books. But you’re the kraken who barely cries, you should be right (unless this is the one book that eternally breaks you… good luck)

  5. Kelly

    It can sometimes be kind of a challenge to find speculative fiction starring LGBTQ+ characters! The Abyss Surrounds Us, The Scorpion Rules, and Timekeeper are really enjoyable reads with LGBTQ+ leads, if you’re looking to pick up more non-contemporary novels.
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    • Bec

      I love this list! So many are contemporaries and it’s really not a genre I read often. Thanks!

    • Bec


      I’m all down for a buddy read if there is ever a time that works for me and the other person haha.

  6. ShootingStarsMag

    Oh gosh, I LOVE LGBT+ fiction. Actually, I have a whole blog all about things LGBT+ – http://www.letsgetbeyondtolerance.blogspot.com.

    Anyway, Simon is a favorite of mine. As is Ari & Dante. Achilles is one I MUST read.
    I love so many adult lgbt books – particularly m/m. You get a lot of genres there.

    A YA genre fiction (superheroes!) is Dreadnought and it’s amazing and features a trans MC. Must read. OH! And a historical/steampunk is TimeKeeper by Tara Sim with a gay MC and omg, again read.

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    • Bec

      I noticed how many LGBTQ+ books you read, but I didn’t know you had a blog dedicated to it!

      There’s definitely a lot more in the adult romance section I think. That and YA contemporary is where I’ve noticed most.

      You are the third person to mention Timekeeper! It’s going to have to go on my list. Also HELL YEAH SUPERHEROES

  7. Micheline @ Lunar Rainbows Reviews

    I feel the SAME WAY Bec! I WANT to read LGBTQ books but since I don’t read many contemporaries or romances….the selection isn’t all that great. We NEED more diversity in fantasy books please! I didn’t know about the MM romance in The Song of Achilles but I did want to read that one regardless, so now I want to read it more! Aristotle and Dante is on my tbr shelf too :) Great post^^ ♥
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    • Bec

      I know right! I feel so awkward not having read that diversely, but it’s hard when my favourite genres don’t have that many I know about.

      Hopefully we both love those reads!

  8. Dragonfly @ Our Familiarium

    Unintentionally I’ve read a few lately! Benjamin’s “The Inexplicable Logic of My Life” was an awesome Own-Voices so I can wait to read Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe. The other really good one [review coming up soon] was “Things I Should have known” which is also an Own-voices where the MC is LGBTQ and autistic. It’s a gem! And I’m currently listening to Simon vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda . It seems goo so far!
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    • Bec

      I’ve started to see Things I Should Have Known all over instagram! I’m intrigued by it.

      I hope you continue to enjoy Simon!

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