LGBTQ+ book recommendations

I’ve been reading more and more diverse books lately and yet I feel like I’m not reading enough diverse books. Do you know the feeling? I think you do! However, I’ll present you some of my favourite books/series that feature LGBTQ+ characters! Maybe the list will be helpful to some of you, I know I adore to inspire my tbr list from other people’s recommendations. So, let’s begin!

  1. All for the Game series by Nora Sakavic – this series came as a surprise for me because I didn’t enjoy the first book that much! There was a lot of violence and I didn’t know why the characters behaved as strange as they did. I took a long time to warm up to Andrew and his gang’s problematic actions, but wow, the second and third book will blow you away. This book is very diverse, there’re gay characters, the protagonist is pansexual (?), the main relationship is a MxM one. Yes. Amazing! Go read it! Also, don’t judge the series by their covers. Thanks!
  2. Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli – I guess I’m a little bit late to this party because I’m very bad with very hyped books, I read them only after the hype had died or the movie adaptation is coming up. I’m that person. This book is so great because the relationship between Simon and Blue is very well developed and it happens (most of it) online, through emails, but it’s still very deep and well-built. Loved it!
  3. Captive Prince series by C.S.Pacat – I adore those covers *heart eyes*. Excuse me and my totally embarrassing cover-lusting moment. I know this series has got a lot of bad reviews as of lately and I can understand them. But I still loved the books, they’re quite graphic and I understand why some people would find some parts unnecessary and too harming. But I feel like Pacat has been highly inspired by the Roman society and twisted some things here and there, but kept the atmosphere! But that’s perfectly okay if you don’t like this kind of thing, you should read things you’re comfortable with! Anyway, if you like the Roman Empire and hate-to-love relationships, this one is for you!
  4. Blue is the Warmest Color by Julie Maroh – I feel ashamed that I haven’t watched the movie yet, but that’s me. I can assure you that the graphic novel is amazing though! This is a book about two girls falling in love and the complications that come with it, and the author doesn’t shy away from presenting every aspect of the relationship and I thought that was amazing!
  5. Everything Leads to You by Nina LaCour – This is fluff at its best, I also adored the film industry aspect and the mystery going on here! It was really cute!
  6. Gena/Finn by Hannah Moskowitz, Kat Helgeson – This is told through chats, texts and it’s amazing. It’s more focused on friendship, but it features a bisexual MC.
  7. The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller – Is there ever going to be a list where I don’t recommend this book? I don’t think so! This spins mythology and the Illiad in the greatest way possible, in this book Achilles and Patroclus are in love! (let’s be honest, we all got those vibes from mythology, didn’t we?)
  8. The Addicted series & Like Us series by Becca and Krista Ritchie – I should probably clarify some things here! In the original series (The Addicted series), there’s a character who’s pansexual, then in the Like Us series, which is more of a spin-off, we have a bisexual protagonist and a gay protagonist. I love these series so much especially because of how they treat feminism, family and friendships. And also, thank god for the amazing, supportive love interests that are so rare in the New Adult genre, but are so present in these books!
  9. Coffee Boy by Austin Chant – This is so great, especially since it’s a novella (I have a hard time connecting with characters in novellas, usually, but I really enjoyed this one!). The MC is a transexual and the love interest is bisexual and their love is very cuteee.
  10. The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid – I won’t go too much into it because I’ve reviewed it a while ago, here on the blog and on goodreads. And also, because of spoilers. Anyways, it’s diverse and it’s amazing and you should check it out!

I think I will post my LGBTQ+ TBR sometime soon too, because there are many new releases that I’d like to read and also some books that have been out for a long time and I haven’t read yet (I’m looking at you, I’ll Give You The Sun).

What are some of your favourite LGBTQ+ books? How important do you think it is for us to read more diverse books? Tell me all about it in the comments!


8 thoughts on “LGBTQ+ book recommendations

  1. Marie says:

    I’m sorry but I have to start my comment with: YOU NEED TO READ I’LL GIVE YOU THE SUN. It is so, SO good, it’s one of my favorite books and just read it ahah 🙂 More seriously, I hope you’ll read and love it as much as I did 🙂
    This is such a fantastic list! I tend to be the person late to the hype sometimes just as well, you’ve got nothing to worry about ahah. Simon vs. is such an adorable book, I loved it. I also really enjoyed Everything Leads to You, the film aspect was so, so cool in the book,too. I have read Gena/Finn and if I overall enjoyed it, I… felt a bit weird about the end and everything that suddenly happened? It started off fun and turned really…well, upside down, if you know what I mean ahah. Still, it was a fun read and I loved the unique way it was formatted 🙂
    Great post! 🙂

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    • thecursedbooks says:

      I know, I know! I feel so bad about not reading it yet, especially since I read The Sky is Everywhere and I liked (and I heard I’ll Give You the Sun is even better), so yes. I will or I will feel ashamed about it for the rest of my life.
      I agree with everything you said, Gena/Finn was a bit anti-climatic? There were many things left unexplained and I didn’t like the fact that they never explained why Charlie, Finn’s husband, was so jealous of Gena (was it only because he was overjealous, did they really have more feelings for each other besides the friendly ones, yap). I didn’t like this book as much as the others. But like you said, it was still really fun and great if you’re in a reading slump.
      Thank you! 🙂

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      • Marie says:

        Ohhhh, The Sky Is Everywhere was SO heartbreaking. I cried. A lot. But I loved this book so much ❤ I loved both this one and I'll Give You The Sun equally, I can't wait to know how you feel about it 🙂
        It was a bit frustrating, yes. I would have loved to know more about Charlie's side, why he was jealous and everything else. There were many things left unsaid. It was still a fun read though 🙂

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  2. daniellethamasa says:

    I’m sure I could think of quite a few LGBTQIAP+ books to add to a recommendation list, but since I am working on a series of recommendation posts divided by different genres/themes/tropes, I will just double down on finishing my diverse reads recommendations and get that up sometime soon.

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