LGBT+ Book Recommendations

by , Monday June 19, 2017
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LGBT+ Book Recommendations

LGBT+ Book Recommendations

Want to know what stories you can read in celebrating this feature month? Here's some great places to start

 

 

Skulduggery Pleasant

As if an arrogant, hilarious, sharply dressed detective who is a literal skeleton isn't enough to make you want to read the immense and magnificent Skulduggery Pleasant series, there are also some quality LGBT characters. They may not come up for a while into the series, but there's plenty of witty banter and saving the world and other cool characters to keep you occupied! Much like Harry Potter, this series starts off with smaller books more oriented towards younger readers, but it gets increasingly complex and dark and is just wonderful the whole way through. 10/10 would recommend.

 

The Art of Being Normal 

The Art of Being Normal by Lisa Williamson is great, it presents a few different sides of gender nonconformity while still being about other things. It's not perfect but it's pretty close.

 

Love to Hate

A series written by our very own ProdigyLove to Hate is both beautifully written and incredibly relatable. As well as showcasing an adorable same-sex relationship, the series provides a touching and realistic exploration of asexuality.

 

Radio Silence (bi/demi/gay)

From the author of Solitaire, Alice Oseman's Radio Silence is an equally riveting and relatable story about forging friendships, fitting in (or not), and making your own path. Bursting with diversity, there POC main characters, as well as explicitly bisexual and a-spec (demisexual) characters. All are brilliantly written, easy to identify with, and give an already fantastic plot even more depth. Highly, highly recommended, especially for any fans of Welcome to Night Vale.

 

Song of Achilles

I cannot recommend The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller, and nor will I apologize for including it in every rec list I've ever made. It's beautiful and elegant, and paints a realistic and heart-wrenching picture of a same-sex couple in ancient Greek times. There is no praise high enough for this book, in my opinion.

 

Inexplicable Logic of my Life (gay)

Like Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe, Benjamin Alire Saenz's latest book weaves hispanic-american culture, homosexuality, and coming-of-age narratives into a wonderful, touching story. I especially like the way he framed this story; instead of dealing with homophobic attitudes from the perspective of the gay man, he instead tells the story through the lens of his adopted son. It's a heartwarming story, but, like Saenz's other book, will undoubtedly make you think philosophically too.

 

The Raven Cycle (gay/bi)

The Raven Cycle by Maggie Stiefvater is a multi-faceted series dealing with magic and dead welsh kings and dreams and... elite prep schools. It's fantastic for its character development just as much as, if not more than, its plot. The characters are dynamic, flawed, and relatable. Even if the first book doesn't hook you, the characters only get better and better. And I promise there is some canon LGBT content in there, but no spoilers!

 

Will Grayson, Will Grayson

This co-authored book is a hysterical read with a realistic portrayal of issues and relatable characters. The writing is witty, tense and funny, and with its relatable characters, the book draws you in from the start.

 

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