Before I get into this list, know one thing about me—I own a lot of books that I have not read yet. I may have a bit of a problem. One thing I’ve noticed, when perusing my Goodreads account to form a list for this week’s post, is that I own a lot of the hyped and well-known LGBTQ+ books, especially in YA. But almost all of them are still waiting in the wings for me to read. It’s tragic, really. I need to reorder my shelves to prioritize these books. So! When I say this list was difficult to draft, it’s only because I don’t read as fast as I purchase. I’m working on it. Ha.
So! I’m altering this post a little bit. I’m also including the top 5 LGBTQ+ books that are on my TBR and that I already own. Meaning I’ll be reading them soon. To try to even the playing field!
Without further ado…
5. Lone Wolf + Sing You Home by Jodi Picoult
These were my first foray into LGBTQ+ issues in books, I’m sorry to say. Not that JP doesn’t do a great job, I just feel I should have gone outside my comfort zone earlier in my esteemed reading career. Jodi Picoult, around this time, started adding at least one LGBT (usually L or G) character to each of her books, which I loved and appreciated and wanted more of. I don’t know why it took me so long to seek out more books with LGBTQ+ representation, but it took me a while. And now here I am.
If you’re wondering about these two in particular, here’s the barest of synopses. Lone Wolf is about an esteemed researcher of gray wolves, known for leaving his family and living in the wilderness with a wolf pack for a period of time. He is in a car accident with his daughter and is brain dead, and his son decides to take him off life support after not being in his life for years. There is a lawsuit, as in most JP books. It’s different and really good. Sing You Home is also different and really good – there is a singer/songwriter who has been trying to conceive with her husband for years. They’ve depleted their savings and he finally leaves her. She still wants to use their frozen embryos to keep trying without him (eventually with her new partner), but he doesn’t want that. Another lawsuit.
They’re both really good, but neither has the LGBTQ+ issue at the forefront. Which, I guess, maybe makes them even better, because it isn’t used as a plot device. You decide.
4. Out on Good Behavior by Dahlia Adler
Oh my goodness, this book. It’s the third in the Radleigh trilogy (although it can stand alone), and is about Frankie and Samara, and it’s just lovely and sexy and a joy to read. It’s new adult, so the romance is at the forefront. So good. You can read my review here.
3. Jerkbait by Mia Siegert
Twins who play hockey together—that’s what this book is about. It’s narrated by Tristan, but it’s really about Robbie, who comes out and whose world goes to shit because of it. The issues of LGBTQ+ bullying in sports is something I had never thought much about, but wow, did this book bring that to the forefront for me. You can read my review here.
2. Labyrinth Lost by Zoraida Cordova
Alex is a powerful young bruja but thinks her powers drove her father away, so she tries to give them back to Los Lagos. In return, her family is kidnapped and trapped in another realm, and Alex has to rescue them with a brujo named Nova and her best friend Rishi. Alex is clearly attracted to both of them, making her the first bisexual protagonist that I’ve ever read. I hope to read many many more. You can read my full review here.
1. Dreadnought by April Daniels
Okay okay. Trans girl superhero. Do I need to say more? This book is just so good. I can’t wait for the second one! You can read my full review here.
Now for my LGBTQ+ TBR
If you’ll remember from previous posts, I generally know very little about books before I start reading them. So seriously, I know very little about these books other than there are LGBTQ+ protagonists in all of them. So. Here’s the list. And that’s all she wrote!
- Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Saenz
- And I Darken by Kiersten White
- Girl Mans Up by M-E Girard
- Six of Crows + Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo
- We Are Okay by Nina LaCour
- Noteworthy by Riley Redgate
- Black Iris + Cam Girl + Bad Boy by Elliot Wake
- Of Fire and Stars by Audrey Coulthurst
- How to Make a Wish by Ashley Herring Blake
- Get It Together Delilah by Erin Gough
- Not Your Sidekick by C.B. Lee
- More Happy than Not + History is All You Left Me by Adam Silvera
- If I Was Your Girl by Meredith Russo
- Gena/Finn by Hannah Moskowitz and Kat Helgeson
- This is Where It Ends by Marieke Nijkamp
- A Safe Place with You by Cesar L. Baquerizo
- Coins in the Coffee Cup by Ambriehl Khalil
- The Before Now and After Then by Peter Monn
- Tell Me Again How a Crush Should Feel by Sara Farizan
I seriously need to learn how to read faster.
What do you think of my choices, either of books I’ve already read and those on my TBR? Let me know in the comments!