Caitsbook Top 5: LGBTQ+ Reads!
Here is a list of my favorite LGBTQ+ reads. Now, in order to count for this list, at least 50% of the book had to follow an LGBTQ+ character (so I couldn’t include The Raven Cycle or Six of Crows, sadly, but maybe I’ll make another list later!). And if you’re wondering why you’re favorite isn’t included- I probably just haven’t read it yet! There are so many great LGBTQ+ novels in the world and unfortunately, I have yet to read every single one (emphasis on yet).
5. Queens of Geek by Jen Wilde
Two very different friends go to the convention of a lifetime. Taylor, who suffers from anxiety, prefers to blend in, but Charlie, a bisexual vlogger and actress, loves to stand out. This diverse book is fantastic for anyone who has dreamed of going to Comic Con.
“That’s what we do. We walk a tightrope every day. Getting out the door is a tightrope. Going grocery shopping is a tightrope. Socializing is a tightrope. Things that most people consider to be normal, daily parts of life are the very things we fear and struggle with the most, and yet here we are, moving forward anyway. That’s not weak.”
4. Autoboyography by Christina Lauren
Tanner Scott has moved from California to a Mormon town in Utah, and from out of the closet to back in. Throw in some romance and writing, and this book will make you fall in love.
“This is how we reveal ourselves: these tiny flashes of discomfort, the reactions we can’t hide.”
3. Of Fire and Stars by Audrey Coulthurst
A lesbian princess novel! Denna is betrothed to the prince of another kingdom, but things get complicated when she starts falling for his sister.
“Partnerships can be built, but love can’t be coaxed. Love should feel like the first time you gallop a horse flat out. It should make your blood sing. It should terrify you. And some part of you should recognize it the first time you meet the other person’s eyes.”
2. Simon vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli
An awkward and relatable love story. When Simon’s emails to the anonymous guy he’s falling for get discovered, he will do anything to avoid being outed.
“Why is straight the default? Everyone should have to declare one way or another, and it shouldn’t be this big awkward thing whether you’re straight, gay, bi, or whatever. I’m just saying.”
1. The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzi Lee
Gay 17th century European road trip. That is all you need to know before jumping into this hilarious book that will steal your heart.
“We are not broken things, neither of us. We are cracked pottery mended with laquer and flakes of gold, whole as we are, complete unto each other. Complete and worthy and so very loved.”