LGBTQ+ Books I Need to Read

Morning, bloggers!

Pride Month is an annual celebration that honors the Stonewall Uprising in Manhattan in 1969. Over the decades, it has transformed into something more.

And while I see my community start its Pride festivities, more gay and trans people are being targeted. In my town, a rainbow crosswalk was vandalized. However, it is rallying around the residents affected. So I want to show my support by highlighting books I’ve been wanting to read.

I hoped to publish my post yesterday, but I wanted to take some time, do more research, and show respect for the titles and authors. So I hope you love this post!

Girls of Paper and Fire by Natasha Ngan

I’m disappointed in myself for not reading this book sooner. Many trusted bloggers have recommended this title. Now, the only reason why I’m hesitant in tackling this emotional novel is the sexual abuse the main character faces. But it’s one book that needs to be tackled.


Carry On by Rainbow Rowell

Readers have pitched Carry On as the gay version of Harry Potter, but better. And frankly, if I don’t read it because of that reason, then I’d pick it up for the Supernatural theme song reference. I’ve never read anything from Rainbow. But I want to give this title a chance.


Ace of Shades by Amanda Foody

Last year, I bought Ace of Shades, and I put it on my shelf and let other books entice me. How does that happen? I don’t know. But I regret not reading it. And with Kal from Reader Voracious raving about it, I’m intrigued to see how Levi, the bi main character, steals my attention!


Girl Mans Up by M-E Girard

This genderqueer novel is the nominee of the William C. Morris YA Debut Award and the winner of the Lambda Literary Award for LGBT Children’s/Young Adult of 2017.

I’ve heard a lot of buzz about it, and I have to support a Canadian writer and story, right? Damn straight. And it focuses on genderqueer, which I don’t see often in books.


The Disasters by M. K. England

With a bi main character at the helm of this space adventure and a ragtag group, you know you’re in for a fun read. I’m looking for angst, banter, and superb one-liners.


Like a Love Story by Abdi Nazemian

Like a Love Story brings us back to 1989 in New York, where the AID epidemic was burning its way through the city. I was born in that year, but I grew up in the 90s. I didn’t learn how awful those times were until I was much older. So having a gay storyline focusing on that era, I know this book is important.


What books do you want to read for Pride Month? Who are your favourite gay, trans, and genderfluid characters? Let’s chat.

9 thoughts on “LGBTQ+ Books I Need to Read

  1. yesss, whole-heartedly support The Disasters, such a great read!

    I read Her Royal Highness over the last week and really enjoyed it, such a sweet f/f romance. I’m not sure what I’ll move onto next for Pride Month, I’ve started Teeth In The Mist because YA horror is my jam, but I should pick another LGBT+ for this month.


  2. I’ve finally had a good reading month again! I just finished reading «these witches don’t burn» by Isabel Sterling and it was just as entertaining as I hoped with lesbian/bi witches and mysteries everywhere. Just read & reviewed heartstopper as well and that was amazing too. I have to read most of the books on your list as well, but I’ve read «girl mans up» and it’s one of those books I wished existed when I was younger as it really shows teens the bad sides of trying to define yourself after other’s expectations. Hope you like them all!


  3. I’ve heard such incredible things about Like a Love Story, I can’t wait to read it! And ohmygosh I can’t believe I STILL haven’t read Carry On – it’s what the Cursed Child should’ve been 🙂


  4. Ugh some bi main characters yes! I’ve been looking for some books with main bi representatives so I’m super excited to check these out!


  5. I support Carry On and The Disasters! I really liked both of them, and although Carry On is not for everyone, it’s great if you ignore the Harry Potter parallels! And the main characters are especially good! Can’t wait to see what you think about these 🙂


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