Some queer book recommendations because even though pride might be over, reading queer books never is

Happy Monday, everyone! I hope you had a great weekend!

Today, I thought I would recommend some queer books, as well as talk about some queer books on my TBR. As you likely know, June was pride. But, I think it’s important that we read queer books all the time, not just in a designated month. So I thought now would be a good time to talk about some!

Also, I’m using the term “queer” as a bit of a catchall because I think it’s arduous to write LGBTQ+ every time. I personally don’t have an issue with the term queer, but I apologize if it makes you uncomfortable.

Books I’ve read

For all these books, I tried to put a one-sentence synopsis of the book, so that you have a bit of an idea of what they’re about! I’ve indicated the character’s sexuality, if it’s mentioned in the book. I’ve also put whether the relationship is f/f or m/m, and whether the book is a romance or if the relationship is more of a side thing. I’ve put a (✨) for my personal favourite books.

  • Spellbook of the Lost and Found by Moïra Fowley-Doyle: magical realism where people keep losing things; lesbian main character, bisexual main character and side character, f/f relationship
  • Her Royal Highness by Rachel Hawkins (✨): Scottish boarding school romance where the love interest is a princess; bisexual and lesbian characters, f/f romance
  • This is How You Lose the Time War by Amal El-Mohtar and Max Gladstone: two agents of opposing sides in the time war communicate via letters and fall in love; f/f romance
  • Girls of Paper and Fire by Natasha Ngan: fantasy with a concubine-assassin lesbian love interest; f/f relationship
  • Check, Please! by Ngozi Ukazu (✨): gay hockey graphic novel; m/m romance
  • Wilder Girls by Rory Power: girls at a boarding school contract a weird disease and are cut-off from the rest of society; f/f relationship
  • Her Body and Other Parties by Carmen Maria Machado (✨): weird and brilliant short story anthology; f/f relationships
  • Red, White & Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston (✨): romance between the First Son of the US and the Prince of England; bisexual main character, gay love interest, m/m romance
  • The Rest of Us Just Live Here by Patrick Ness: urban fantasy from the point of view of the unimportant side characters; gay side characters
  • Conversations with Friends by Sally Rooney (✨): literary fiction about a woman having a relationship with her friend’s husband; lesbian side character, undefined queer main character, f/f relationship
  • Sawkill Girls by Claire Legrand: girls die every few months on this island and no one knows why; magical realism/fantasy; asexual main character, f/f relationship
  • Every Heart a Doorway by Seanan McGuire: when kids get lost in a fairytale world, they go to a special boarding school to learn how to cope with real life; asexual main character, trans side character
  • The Raven Cycle Series by Maggie Steifvater (✨): magical realism with psychics, gays, and dead Welch kings; gay side characters, m/m relationship in the later books
  • The Heart’s Invisible Furies by John Boyne: a gay man struggles his entire life; gay main character, m/m relationship
  • The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid (✨): Hollywood starlet had seven husbands and is spilling all her secrets; bisexual main character, lesbian love interest, f/f romance
  • The Shades of Magic trilogy by V. E. Schwab: fantasy with magic and action and gays; m/m side relationship in later books
  • Will Grayson, Will Grayson by John Green: gay and straight teenage boys struggle with life; gay main character, m/m relationship
  • Boy Meets Boy by David Levithan: a gay boy falls in love with another gay boy; gay main character, m/m romance

Books on my TBR

So, those are some queer books I want to read and highly recommend! Have you read any of these? What were your thoughts? Do you have any recommendations? Let me know!

Ally xx

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15 thoughts on “Some queer book recommendations because even though pride might be over, reading queer books never is

  1. WOW thank you so much for this! I’ve been meaning to read more LGBTQ+ books so this is really helpful! I absolutely loved The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo! It was such a great book and the story seemed so real!

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