Thursday discussion: books with LGBTQ+ representation I recommend

Happy Thursday, everyone!

ICYMI: I’ve rebranded Thursday’s Top 4 to be Thursday Discussion. TBH, I never liked the name TT4 and I didn’t like how it was so similar to T5W or T5T, but I could never figure out what to do differently. But recently, I was having issues coming up with four things for each post. Sometimes I’d have 9 books I wanted to talk about, sometimes I’d only have one. SO it’s been rebranded to a discussion post instead!

Essentially, just write a post based on the prompt for that week. The post can be as long or as short as you want, and you can talk about as much or as little as you want. Visit this page for the upcoming topics! It happens every other week, and I generally post the topics a month(ish) in advance.

This week the topic is books with LGBTQ+ representation, in preparation of pride next month! These are all books I’ve read and loved and highly recommend.

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Sawkill Girls by Claire LeGrand: this book is an older YA fantasy/magical realism/thriller, and features a f/f romance and an asexual main character. It’s super interesting, the mystery is really cool, the characters are great. I highly recommend it.

Broken Things by Lauren Oliver: this is a YA mystery that features a f/f romance. This book is perfect if you need something quick and easy to read.

Boy Meets Boy by David Levithan: Boy Meets Boy features a m/m romance (and is #ownvoices) and is really sweet. I highly recommend it if you want a light, fluffy, YA, m/m novel that also has great friendship.

Will Grayson, Will Grayson by John Green and David Levithan: WGWG features a m/m romance. It’s not the greatest, and it’s definitely a product of its time (and a typical John Green novel), but it’s one of my favourite John Green novels.

The Heart’s Invisible Furies by John Boyne: this book follows a gay man throughout his life in Ireland. It’s super interesting, and the exploration of his sexuality and relationship with Ireland is really interesting.

Ash by Malinda Lo: Ash is a f/f Cinderella retelling. It’s actually the first f/f book I ever read, so it has a soft spot in my heart because of that.

Every Heart a Doorway by Seanan McGuire: this book has a trans character and an ace character, and all the shitty stereotypes are challenged on-page and it’s fantastic!

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So those are some of my favourite LGBTQ+ books that I’ve read! Have you read any of these? What were your thoughts? Do you have any LGBTQ+ books I should read? Let me know!

Ally xx

8 thoughts on “Thursday discussion: books with LGBTQ+ representation I recommend

  1. Do you know if any of the m/m or f/f relationships include bi characters? I’m struggling to find some good bi representation and I really want to read more of them!

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    1. As far as I remember, in Sawkill Girls, it’s not explicit that the character is bi, but she does date guys before she dates the girl. And I can’t remember in Broken Things, but I think only one of the girls in the f/f romance was labelled as a lesbian and the other one was never 100% labelled.

      But same!! I feel like bi characters are still so underrepresented. I forgot to mention it in this post, but in the Darker Shades of Magic trilogy by V. E. Schwab, there’s a m/m romance in the later books with a character who’s bi!

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  2. I really enjoyed Sawkill Girls too, it was such an intense and atmospheric read! I didn’t know Broken Things had an f/f relationship in it, that makes me more excited to pick it up. Love this post!

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  3. Sawkill Girls was such a great read, although the ending was kind of a bit weird to me, lol, it went a bit overboard on the poetry and I didn’t get what was happening. BUT the relationships between the girls was amazing, both the platonic and romantic! ❤

    I really loved Beneath The Citadel, a fantasy book that had great diversity with bi, gay and ace characters. and Dare Mighty Things is one of my top faves, a sci-fi book with an ace main character. there's not a lot of ace rep out there and I find that aromantic aces are more common, so it was awesome to find a story with a hint of romance for the ace protagonist.

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    1. Ahhhh so glad you agree! I totally get that, too. The writing overall was close to too poetic, but it was definitely a bit much by the ending. But yes, the relationships were the best!

      Oooh I’ll have to look into those! I find there’s less diversity (generally) in genre fiction, so I’m always on the look out for diverse fantasy and sci-fi! Especially ace rep, which is so underrepresented just in general. Thank you for the recommendations! 💖💖

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