By Victoria Bromley
Here’s our list for some of our favorite LGBTQ+ reads!
As an ally, I love to read books which focus on characters within the LGBTQ+ community to learn and show support. While it’s Pride month, this a perfect time to sit back with a book and read about the LGBTQ+ community, however it’s also important to remember that you can read these books and show support throughout the whole year.
Hopefully this list of recommendations will help you find books which will last you through June and so forth. Ranging from YA fiction to nonfiction, there should be something for everyone.
History is All You Left Me – Adam Silvera
This is one of my all time favourite YA books. While his bestseller ‘They both die at the end’ is the most well known and loved on Bookstagram and Booktok, Silvera’s ‘History is all you left me’ goes deeper into gay relationships and the struggle of love, loss and heartbreak.
What if it’s Us – Adam Silvera and Becky Albertalli
Another book by Silvera makes it onto this list, this time partnered with the ‘Love, Simon’ author Becky Albertalli. With the sequel coming out in December (in the UK), there isn’t a better time to get your hands on this emotional and fun book about two boys who fall in love in New York.
Detransition, Baby – Torrey Peters
To educate yourselves more about the trans community, ‘Detransition, Baby’ couldn’t be more perfect to teach you about the hardship and struggles transgender people face in society. This book was heartbreaking and raw. Revolving around the themes of motherhood, relationships, love, gender and race, this book covers everything.
Untamed – Glennon Doyle
This nonfiction book about Doyle’s life experiences as a gay wowan is a memoir with the message that everyone should be living their truest, most beautiful life. This is such an inspirational book about setting yourself free from the cages that trap you from living how you truly wish to live. The book focuses on themes of religion, motherhood, relationships, sexuality and much more!
The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo – Taylor Jenkins Reid
One of my favourite books this year! Set in 1950’s Hollywood, Evelyn Hugo grows up with a dream to become a famous actress. Along the way she acquires many husbands yet the true love of her life is someone else, someone she isn’t supposed to love. As Evelyn enlists journalist Monique to write her life story in the present day, Evelyn tells the story of her many husbands and the love of her life.
We Have Always Been Here – Samra Habib
This is another memoir about living as someone you have been told not to be, yet this book specifically highlights the life of being a queer Muslim. Habib’s culture and religion does not accept her sexuality, and her journey to self-acceptance and her true identity is beautiful to read. This book was truly eye-opening and taught me so much about religion and sexuality.
On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous – Ocean Vuong
‘Little Dog’ is a young Vietnamese boy who moves to America with his family. He writes a letter to his illiterate mother about his life, focusing on the abuse he experiences and his sexuality. A very powerful and moving story about identity and family. This book has one of my favourite quotes of all time!
Red, White & Royal Blue – Casey McQuiston
Another Booktok favourite is ‘Red, white & royal blue’, telling the love story of an English Prince and the first son of the USA. From enemies to lovers, Alex realises that he’s not straight, but bi. Henry and Alex must keep their love secret from their family and the public. A really adorable and sweet read.
The Heartstopper Series – Alice Oseman
Written as a graphic novel, this comic style book tells the story of two school boys Nick and Charlie, exploring their sexuality and growing love for each other. The illustrations were amazing and the plot was so emotional. There are multiple storylines with other characters which explores the trans community and other deep issues such as eating disorders. Volumes 1-4 are available to buy.
The Art of Being Normal – Lisa Williamson
The final book on this list is another novel exploring the trans community. David is a teenage boy who wants to be a girl, he doesn’t believe he fits in. Leo was brought up without his dad and wishes that he had a ‘normal’ upbringing. When Leo transfers to David’s school, they become close friends and help each other live the way they want to. Another beautifully written and thought provoking story.
Hopefully this list is a great start to help you find books written about the LGBTQ+ community.
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