Book Recommendations : LGBT+ Reads

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Hello, darlings! I’m finally back and I know that technically it’s not June (Pride Month) anymore, but since I was on a hiatus and since I believe it’s always important to support and read lgbt+ books, I figured I’ll write this post anyway.

I’ll talk about books that I’ve read and books that are on my radar and that I hope to read soon. As always, I’m going to let you know which are the books that I’ve actually read and which are the ones that have been recommended to me by very trusted friends.

Let’s get right into it!

 

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  1. Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli – gay rep, m/m romance, lots of Oreo. This is a very cute contemporary book, it also has a movie adaptation that sadly I haven’t seen yet, but I plan on doing that soon. I would totally recommend it if you’re looking for an adorable romance or if you’re a fan of the pen pal trope.
  2. The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller – gay rep, m/m romance, mythology – my weakness. You probably know already that Miller’s books are my Achilles’ heel, therefore this book had to be on the list. Also, it was a much needed retelling of the Illiad.
  3. The Foxhole Court by Nora Sakavic – gay rep, possibly demi rep, m/m romance, sports. This series is so dear to me because it surprised me a great deal, I was meh about the first book and then I continued with the series because of the tumblr hype (thank you!) and I loved the second and third books in the series. Amazing. Be aware that this one can get pretty graphic with violence and deals with serious stuff like rape and drug abuse.
  4. Let’s Talk About Love by Claire Kann – asexual rep, biromantic rep, owns my heart now and forever. This one has the cutest romance ever, I love both Alice and Takumi so much!!! they are my babies forever. You can find my review here.
  5. I Was Born for This by Alice Oseman – gay rep, bi rep, I’m going to recommend this book to every living soul forever because it’s that good. It got bands, fandom, complex plots, lots of friendships and everything you need in a book basically. Haven’t you read it yet? What are you doing with your life??? You can find my review here.
  6. The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid – bi rep, lesbian rep, f/f romance, gay side character, such a cool plot, i’m in love. This one broke my heart and probably it will break yours as well! It’s about an actress, her seven husbands and the huge question that plagues the press – “who was her true love?”. You can find my review here.
  7. Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo – gay rep, bi rep, m/m romance, I just love my kiddos, yet I still haven’t read the second book. But I’m going to read it and probably reread this one as well! Heist, amazing characters, i love my girls and my boys so much.
  8. The Brightsiders by Jen Wilde – bi rep, trans rep, band, lots of music and a great squad. I really liked this book. You can find my review here.
  9. Coffee Boy by Austin Chant – trans rep, bi rep, gay rep, m/m romance. This one is very short and sooo cute, I really loved it. I heard the author has another book out which is a retelling of Peter/Hook and I’m sooo interested in that one as well.
  10. How to Make a Wish by Ashley Herring Blake – bi rep, lesbian rep, f/f romance. This one was really cute, but also quite painful and frustrating to read because of a certain plot. You can find my review here.
  11. Everything Leads to You by Nina LaCour –  lesbian rep, f/f romance, movie industry. I loved this book, read it a while ago when it first came out and I super adored it. Would totally recommend it if you’re looking for a summer-y, cute romance.
  12. The Dark Wife by Sarah Diemer – lesbian rep, f/f romance, Hades/Persephone retelling. This one fell rather short on me, but I still liked it and lots of people adore it, so if you love mythology and the Hades/Persephone myth, this one might be totally for you. You can find my review here.
  13. Lambs Can Always Become Lions by Charlotte Anne Hamilton – lesbian rep, f/f romance, genderbent Robin Hood retelling. I absolutely loved this one, it was so creative and sooo good. I wish more people read it (actually I wish more people read more f/f books, in general, but that’s another discussion).
  14. Ripped Pages by M. Hollis – f/f romance, lesbian rep, Rapunzel retelling. Love, love this, it’s absolutely CUTE, YOU NEED IT IN YOUR LIFE.

 

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LGBT+ BOOKS THAT I WANT TO READ

 

 

 

 

 

 

  1. The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzi Lee – gay rep, bi rep, m/m romance. I really liked Lee’s book on forgotten women from history and I’m curious about this one. I need to read it soon enough.
  2. The Miseducation of Cameron Post by Emily M. Danforth – f/f romance, has movie adaptation coming out soon and I need to read it this month probably. PLEASE TALK MORE ABOUT THIS BOOK BECAUSE IT SURELY DESERVES MORE HYPE. I mean, it’s a f/f movie adaptation coming up, it’s ya, hype it more, people.
  3. More Happy than Not, They Both Die at the End, History is All You Left Me by Adam Silvera – m/m romance, I need to read all those books by Adam Silvera, I mean, I don’t know what I’m doing with my life anymore.
  4. Leah On the Offbeat by Becky Albertalli – f/f romance, heard mixed things about this one, but I’m still interested in reading it. We’ll see how it is.
  5. If I Was Your Girl by Meredith Russo – trans rep,  I’ve heard only good things about this one and it looks great. It’s a high priority for me.
  6. Peter Darling by Austin Chant – m/m romance, Peter Pan/Captain Hook retelling, sounds amazing, super creative.
  7. Running with Lions by Julian Winters – m/m romance, sports romance, the cover is absolutely beautiful, I’m getting happy feels from it. It seems amazing.

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What are your favourite lgbt+ reads? 

Did you read any of those that are on my priority TBR? What did you think of them?

 

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39 thoughts on “Book Recommendations : LGBT+ Reads

  1. nikaleigh says:

    Great post! I’ve been wanting to read The Song of Achilles for a while now ( I LOVED Circe!) and had no idea that there was an LGBT aspect to it! Your post made me want to pick it up even more!

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    • Marta says:

      Thank you very much! ❤ I'm glad you liked it and yay, you loved Circe as well!! The Song of Achilles is a retelling focused on the romance between Achilles and Patroclus, it's absolutely amazing and I totally recommend it to you! Though it's very different from Circe, it's still a must-read book, in my opinion.

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  2. bwreviews says:

    One book on your TBR (If I Was Your Girl) is on my will not read list. Just because I know the author (who is own voices) admitted to fudging things that the MC would have been able to surgically do. I want more own voices writers, but I’m not down with changing the reality of surgeries since I know those intimately. It leaves a bad taste in my mouth. I’ve heard great things about it too, but I have no interest in reading it.
    – Caidyn

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      • bwreviews says:

        Yeahhh, like she’s not old enough to have all the surgeries since she’s fully transitioned surgically. Little things like that. But you’re welcome! If you read it, I hope you enjoy it despite that.

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  3. Amara @ Novelated says:

    These all sound so good. Gentlemen’s Guide was one of my favorites last year and I already reread it again this year.

    I will try to read some of these this year and I also love the Foxhole Court series, it was amazing

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    • Marta says:

      I will probably read Gentlemen’s Guide this summer, fingers crossed because everyone has been raving about it and I’m feeling bad for not reading it yet.
      Yay, glad you loved The Foxhole Court, it’s so underrated, I wish more people read it!

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  4. Marie says:

    Welcome back ❤ ❤
    This is such a great post and there are so many good books there – I loved Everything Leads To You, I Was Born For this, The Brightsiders, Simon vs. ❤ I haven't read Evelyn Hugo, but everyone has been talkin about that book, so maybe I should aha 🙂
    I hope you'll get to read More Happy Than Not – it was such a good book, but prepare some tissues haha 🙂 ❤

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    • Marta says:

      Thank you so much, Marie!! ❤❤
      You should definitely read Evelyn Hugo and then come cry to me about it because it’s going to be super intense. Anyway, I expect Twitter updates if you ever start reading it.
      That’s exactly why I haven’t read anything written by Adam Silvera yet, I don’t want to cry!!! 😢

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  5. Aimee (Aimee, Always) says:

    YAAAS SIMON! ♥ The movie’s really cute as well, Marta, and I can’t wait for you to watch it. ♥ I also need to read Let’s Talk About Love and I Was Born For This, so I’m glad you loved those! Leah on the Offbeat, Running with Lions, and The Gentleman’s Guide are on my TBR as well.

    – Aimee @ Aimee, Always

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  6. Charvi says:

    I’ve read like 3 of the books you recommended and 4 are on my TBR. And again I have three of the ones you want to read (they are all lovely!) and three are on my TBR! Really hope I can get to those soon and thanks for the new recommendations ♥️

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    • Marta says:

      Yay, so happy you loved it! ❤ YESSSS, please come cry to me after you’ve read The Seven Husbands, it will break your heart (I’m sorry in advance for it), but you’ll also love every second of it.

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  7. kozbisa says:

    Adored Simon, and I also enjoyed Leah, though I had one small issue with it, but otherwise, it was classic Albertalli. The one thing I will say about The Brightsiders is that there was so much diversity in that book, and it never seemed forced. I loved SoC. It’s just an amazing series. I really want to read I Was Born for This and If I Was Your Girl. Both sound amazing and I have only seen raves for them. Three fave LGBT books of mine are Whatever by Goslee, I’ll Give You the Sun by Nelson, and Autoboyography by Christina Lauren.

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    • Marta says:

      Yesss, I heard that there are some issues with Leah. I’m a bit hesitant towards picking it up, but I’ll probably still give it a chance. I totally agree about The Brightsiders, it was the first book I read that used the “they” pronoun and everything was so great about the diversity in that book. I Was Born for This is just as great at handling diversity, it never felt forced, quite on the contrary, it felt throughly researched and considerate.

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    • Marta says:

      I really need to get to it since it has a sequel now that sounds amazing as well ❤ I’m a bit hesitant about Leah because I’ve seen some negative reviews, but I’ll probably still give it a chance.

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  8. Caro @ bookcheshirecat says:

    Really great Recommendations post! 💕 I adored the Brightsiders so I’m very glad that you decided to include it in your post 😍 How to Make a Wish is so great as well! I really need to read If I was your Girl too and it’s happening very soon as I have it on my TBR for a Readathon 🙂

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  9. NeriSiren says:

    Great list! I loved Simon, and the movie is really fun, very rom com 🙂 Now I totally want to read The Brightsiders, Coffee Boy, and Let’s Talk About Love! And I’m thrilled to hear there may be a f/f teen movie soon!

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  10. KAPTURE says:

    *adds all of these to my to-read list!!* Thank you for recommending these! I’ve been struggling to find good books revolving this topic. I also recommend Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe!!

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  11. Ilsen Leon says:

    I’ve read Simon vs. and They Both Die At The End and they are both my absolute favorites! Leah on the Offbeat is ehh. I’m a bit disappointed. But I still like it enough to enjoy it. Just wasn’t my favorite.

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  12. s0phiegrace says:

    One to definitely add to your list is ‘When Katie met Cassidy’ -a real easy read but both super sexy and heartwarming. Literally listing all of these books down rn so i can start buying!! I just posted an LGBT Tag if you’d like to take a look 🙂

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