Today, I wanted to recommend you some of my favourite novels that feature characters from the LGBTQIAP+ community. I’ve read quite a bit of those in the last year, but still not enough. There are still so many perspectives and identities that I haven’t read about. This list is definitely not finished as I’ll want to add more books in the future. I can always make a part 2, right? If you have any good recommendations of your own, let me know! Let’s get into mine!
The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid
I read this over the summer and immediately fell in love with it. It tells the story of a Cuban bisexual actress in the 60’s and it’s one you don’t want to miss! There’s also a cast of LGBT+ side characters. This has been hyped up so much lately and I definitely think it deserves that. It was such an entertaining and intriguing novel that went a lot deeper than you would think. It has two of the most well-rounded female characters I’ve read in a while. The book gave wonderful commentary on the racism, sexism and heteronormativity of the 1960’s mainly. The story was heartbreaking at times and it made me sob. Twice. Overall, I would most highly recommend this and I gave it 5 stars!
Girl Made of Stars by Ashley Herring Blake
This is such an amazing novel. It made me sob twice. The story is so heartbreaking yet hopeful at the same time. The book is about a girl whose twin brother rapes one of her best friends. The nuances that came with that story were so wonderfully written and discussed. I really liked the writing style and I loved the main character Mara. I also liked Charlie, her ex-girlfriend (who’s genderqueer!) and Hannah. I loved the bisexual rep. It’s some of the best I’ve read so far. This is one of the best books of the year. It’s definitely going to be in my favourites list. I can only gush right now and scream READ IT!!
The Color Purple by Alice Walker
I highly enjoyed reading this novel. It’s one of the few classics about which I can say that. The book tells the story of a black lesbian woman in the south of the US, from the 1910s until the 1940s. I really liked both of the sisters, Celie and Nettie. Their stories were so heartfelt. I also really liked Shug, the love interest, as a character. The plot of this book was good, and so was the writing style. I feel that it added a lot to the narrative. In short, I’m very glad I’ve read this novel and I’m happy it stood the test of time. I would highly recommend it. I gave it 4 out of 5 stars.
Simon vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli
I’ve read this book multiple times as it’s one of my favourites! I can’t help but smile when I read it as it always makes me feel fuzzy inside. The story is about a closeted gay teen and his anonymous correspondence with Blue. I totally shipped Simon and Blue and will continue to do so forever. I really enjoy Becky Albertalli’s writing style. It’s funny and she can write a good teen character without it getting cringy. I always fly through this book and finish it in a day, which is unusual for me. Recently, the movie adaptation Love, Simon came out, but I still think the book is better. Anyway, I gave this 5 out of 5 stars and I would most highly recommend it!
Dress Codes for Small Towns by Courtney C. Stevens
This book is amazing. I loved it much more than I had expected. It’s about a girl trying to figure out her sexuality. She doesn’t label herself and feels attraction to men and women within the book. It’s also about a tight-knit group of friends. The book is so immersive. I loved the characters. They were amazing, interesting, funny, different … I loved them and all the ways they were connected. I felt for Billie through her struggles. The plot was entertaining throughout and kept me hooked. The writing style was lovely and I even laughed once in a while. Overall, I loved this book and I would highly recommend it! I gave it 5 out of 5 stars.
Blue is the Warmest Color by Julie Maroh
I also wanted to include a graphic novel in this list, and this one immediately came to mind. It’s about a girl discovering she’s lesbian and it has a f/f relationship. The story really hit me, but I can’t explain why. It made me feel things and I really liked it. The ending was heart-breaking. I liked the art style and its creative use of blue. I gave this 5 out of 5 stars and I would highly recommend it.
Not Your Sidekick by C.B. Lee
I finished this only last month, but what a delight it was to read! It’s a super fun story involving superheroes, villains and the line between good and bad. I loved the characters and their friendships. The main character Jess was awesome. She was kind, but also kicked ass. I also loved Abby. The romance between her and Jess was so cute, fluffy and heartwarming! The book is also wonderfully diverse with a Chinese-Vietnamese American bisexual woman in the lead, other side characters of colour and a black trans side character! I would highly recommend this. I’m currently reading the sequel and I’m really enjoying it! That trans side character, Bells, is now in the lead!
Juliet Takes a Breath by Gabby Rivera
I think this is the first book I ever read with a lesbian main character. She’s also Puerto Rican. The book is about her journey with feminism. I absolutely loved it. It dealt with topics such as diversity, feminism, queerness, intersectionality, queer- and POC- only spaces, etc. in such amazing ways! I found myself highlighting so many passages in this book! It’s also a funny book and that’s always a big plus. I really liked the characters. The main character was funny, relatable and felt very real. Overall, I would most definitely recommend this. It’s one of my favourites!
I’ll Give You The Sun by Jandy Nelson
This is the story of a twin brother and sister and how they lost and found each other. The brother, Noah, is gay and we read about him discovering that and falling in love. The book also deals with grief and art. I absolutely love all of the characters. They’re all imperfect and a little broken, but that’s okay. What I love most about this book is the writing style. It’s so lyrical and immersive. This is the kind of book that engrosses you completely in its world. It’s a work of art.
(This post is long enough already haha. But I recommend these too!)
- Style by Chelsea M. Cameron
- Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard trilogy by Rick Riordan
- Autoboyography by Christina Lauren
- George by Alex Gino
- We Are The Ants by Shaun David Hutchinson
Will you pick these up? Have you read any of them? What did you think? Do you have any recommendations of your own?
That’s all for today! I hope you enjoyed this post! Thanks for reading! See you next time!
Lots of love,
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