My 5 Favorite LGBTQ+ Books

Given that it is still pride month, I figured I would publish a list of my five favorite books with queer rep in them! I feel like I haven’t done a list post in a long while so I thought I’d start with this! I clearly don’t know what to say in my intros, given the blatant repetition, so I’m just going to hop right into this!
(I am now going through my books and wondering how the heck I’m going to be able to choose five)

Felix Ever After, by Kacen Callender

I have talked about this book before and I will continue to talk about this book because I very much love this book.
This book is all about exploring identity and who you are and it’s also just queer teens being happy. But it also explores a lot of important issues and a lot of unfortunate issues that black, trans, queer teens face.
When I picked this thing up, I did not at all expect it to be such a good book. I usually read fantasy back then (though now I’m in a realistic fiction kick) so I sort of just read it because it was there. But all the representation felt so natural and the book itself is just so well written and an excellent story that I loved it so much. Would 100% recommend to anyone looking for a book.

Loveless, by Alice Oseman

There are a lot of mixed reviews on this one but I loved this book and I would still recommend it to anyone. It’s okay if you didn’t like it, etc but…I did. Clearly.
I’d probably go into why it actually is a good book and defend it from other people’s views but given that this is where I’m supposed to say why I like this book not talk about why others don’t, I won’t.
Anyways. I loved this book because it had aroace rep, which is not often seen at all, and I thought this rep was great (though some people will say otherwise). But the thing I loved most about this book was the friendships. Georgia, the MC had AWESOME friends who totally stick with her through everything and I just loved seeing that so much since awesome friendships like that are so rare in books (you’ve heard me say that 1,000 times before, I bet).

I’ll Be the One, by Lyla Lee

This book is basically a ray of sunshine.
Seriously, this thing is such an amazing book to read. Though it hits on a lot of hard topics and is super important for that, it’s also able to keep up a lot of fun and sweet moments. I really enjoyed this book just through and through and would highly encourage everyone to read it! There’s some awesome rep in it (MC and LI are both bi, there are two side characters in an F/F relationship) and it’s just such an amazing book.

Can’t Take That Away by Steven Salvatore

This is not a book that I have talked about on my blog at all, mainly because I just read it, but it was AWESOME. There were honestly a few parts that weren’t perfect but overall I really enjoyed this book. I loved to see all the friendships, especially, because it was super cool throughout the book to see how Carey slowly gains more and more friends who help them and they become closer with the friends that they have.

Full Disclosure by Camryn Garrett

This is another one that I read super recently and enjoyed. Just like a lot of the other books, there are some important discussions in it and also I learned a lot about HIV which is not something I knew ANYTHING about before and I’m glad this book is the one that I read to teach me about it because there is a lot of stigma around it and by reading this book to learn about it, I never fell into that stigma in the first place.
The main character’s sexuality is not the main focus of the book but throughout the book she is questioning and ends up figuring out her sexuality in the end, and also her two closest friends are both queer.

I have literally no idea how every single one of these books ended up being realistic fiction given that I barely read that genre until late April (though let it be known that I’d read two of these before then).

That’s all for this post! What are some of your favorite LGBTQ+ books? Have you read any of these books? Let me know what you think in the comments, I’d love to speak with you!
As always, stay safe and keep on reading!

37 thoughts on “My 5 Favorite LGBTQ+ Books

  1. Loveless is the only one of these books I’ve read which, while I didn’t love it as a story (contemporary just isn’t my go to genre – I just enjoy fantasy a lot more), I did appreciate reading a novel with aro/ace rep.

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    1. Aah, yeah, I get that, I didn’t used to read a lot of contemporary either. I really only started reading it in April or so and I don’t know why but then I got really into it. Maybe because I’m writing contemporary right now as well. I’m glad you enjoyed the aro/ace rep though!

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      1. Makes sense!
        I do go through phases of just reading contemporary like last year when I just had the urge and read 5 contemporary novels in one week but yeah, feel like 95% of my reading is fantasy and sci-fi.
        But yeah, while I didn’t love the story, I did appreciate the rep and have to admit that while I’ve identified as asexual for years now, I’ve not really spent a lot of time thinking about my sexuality until I read Loveless and had a moment where I realised that actually I do identify as aromantic as well. So I do have Loveless to thank for that πŸ˜€

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      2. Haha yeah I’ve been on this looooong contemporary phase, since the end of April, but I do still pick up some fantasy as well.
        Yeah, Loveless actually helped me in a similar way! I was pretty sure I was ace at the time but not certain and there was one part when Sunil was describing like how he knew he was asexual and said something about something about the way allo people think about sex or whatever and I basically thought, ‘people really think like that?’ and the very next line, georgia thought the very same thing. It was really a time when I was like…oh okay yeah I guess I really might be ace.

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      3. I did really like the different conversations in the book about people describing their sexualities and what it meant for them, and the many aromantic and asexual characters with different perspectives because it highlighted how there isn’t just one type of way to be asexual or aromantic.
        That’s why I’m glad a book like this exists – representation in books does matter and can be really useful for just helping people learn about themselves.

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      4. Yeah, exactly!!! Okay so a lot of people have problems with Loveless in the fact that they think that it only represents aromanticism and asexuality in one way, and I just…don’t really understand it??? Like I feel like it very clearly stated at one time that different people experience it different ways. It’s a book that is following one person, it’s not like it can cover everyone’s experiences, (it’s not even POSSIBLE to cover everyone’s experiences) and I thought it did a good job of showing that that WASNT everyone’s experiences. But that’s just my opinion.

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      5. Yeah, I don’t get why people say that’s a problem with the book that it mainly focuses on the experiences of one person while mentioning how it’s different for other people…I mean that’s just most books? I don’t read one novel about a gay couple and assume that’s absolute only way for a relationship like that to work. Alice Oseman is just one author and writes characters in a certain way with the help of her own experiences – she’s not going to fit everyone’s viewpoint.
        Really, it just shows that we need more books written by different people to tell those other stories and not expect it all from one book…because that would probably be a terrible story to actually read!

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      6. EXACTLY! Like, just because this is ONE book about an aroace experience and there’s not many books about this doesn’t mean that it’s the only way. Especially because it says that in the book. People are so hung up on this I feel like! And I totally agree, we need way more books about different experiences and stuff.

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      7. They really are, they’re blaming this one book for having a main character with a specific experience that is the focus of this one story.
        You don’t have to like it (which I didn’t because I was mostly just so annoyed at how Georgia sometimes felt she was shaming people for having sex, especially Rooney and never fully acknowledged that she was sex repulsed) and they’re are some valid arguments to be made about the pan rep in the book but it’s a useful story to have out there – way better anyway than my first experience of asexuality in the media which was that episode of House about 10 years ago where the asexuality was explained as either a medical condition or someone faking…

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      8. Yeah, exactly…
        Yeah! I agree that those things it might have been good to have mentioned, especially because I do know there were some people who were hurt by how Georgia sex-shamed Rooney but I totally agree, it is still a super good book.
        Oh, ew, that’s awful. Yeah, wasn’t it usually called a medical condition or something until kinda recently?

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      9. I believe (could be wrong about this though) that it was up until less than 10 years ago, 2012 or 2013 I think, that the DSM counted any lack of sexual desire as a disorder.

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  2. great post!! i also really enjoyed Loveless and I’ll Be the One!! for I’ll Be the One, i agree that it was basically sunshine in book form – it was so positive and empowering πŸ₯Ί Felix Ever After has been on my TBR since forever and i hope to read it soon ahh. and some of my recent favorite LGBTQ+ books are Perfect on Paper, Hani and Ishu’s Guide to Fake Dating, and Cemetery Boys πŸ₯°

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    1. Thank you! Wow it seems like we have very similar taste in books haha. I’ll Be the One is really a total comfort read I mean it addresses serious topics and stuff but it’s also still so amazing. Oh, I hope that you read Felix Ever After soon, it’s a really good book!
      I love ALL those books as well! I just finished Hani and Ishu’s Guide (review coming soon) and it was AMAZING. Cemetery Boys was another favorite of mine, I read it in one sitting, and Perfect on Paper is a really great book as well. I’m kinda running out of adjectives here as you might be able to tell but what I’m trying to say is all those books are awesome and I totally agree with you.

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      1. haha no worries about running out of adjectives – i feel that too hard πŸ˜‚ and lol i love how similar our book tastes are, our taste in books is superior tbh 😌 ahh yes i’m very excited to read Felix Ever After, and looking forward to your review for Hani and Ishu!! ☺️

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  3. ahh I’ve read so many of these, and yes, they are all gems. (I still really REALLY need to get to loveless tho, my copy came in the mail and I promised myself id read is asap). you were totally right about Felix ever after!! I just finished it a couple days ago, but the discussions about identity were everything. I didn’t even mind the love triangle that much, because wowza, that book was amazing. ahaha the contemporaries have seeped into your mind!! love this list!!

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    1. YES! I feel like our reading preferences are so similar haha (as evidenced by my enjoyment of literally all the books you recommended me last month haha). Ohmygosh pleasepleaseplease read Loveless pleeeeeease. It’s so good. You need to read it. I was literally just looking back at some quotes from it. And it’s just so good. TELL ME WHAT YOU THINK OF IT IMMEDIATELY AFTER YOU FINISH IT (haha sorry that was a bit intense). Oooh I’m so glad that you enjoyed Felix Ever After! YES! Yah, the love triangle wasn’t even that bad, I agree. It was just such a good book that the love triangle didn’t really make an impact! Haha yes now the contemporaries are everywhere for me. Thank you!

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      1. ayyyy and elite taste we have *high five* ahhhhh i’m so glad to hear that, seriously my favorite words ever as a blogger. i swear i’m going to!!! it’s here and queued up and everything. i have complete faith that i’ll like it (as evidenced by your intense screeching and the fact that oseman has magic words, and thus fab books) I WILL I WILL I WILL!!! I PINKY SWEAR ILL COME AND SCREECH ABOUT IT WITH YOU (nah we appreciate the enthusiasm lol). yesss i’m so glad i read it!!! everything about it was so well written and the characters were messy and amazing just wow wow wow. hehe contemporary takeover 😈

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