TTT: Favorite LGBTQIA+ Books

HAPPY PRIDE! I’m going to keep shouting it every day all day, and today, specifically, we’re going to talk about my favorite LGBTQIA+ books. There are a lot that I haven’t read, and a lot that are written by straight white people, and I am working on reading more #ownvoices rather than just the ones that Instagram shouts about the loudest. This list is definitely going to change by the end of this month because I’m reading so many amazing books right now, and I can’t wait to see what it looks like in the future. Let’s get to it!


Simon vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli is both an excellent book and adaptation, and I cry just thinking about it. One of my absolute favorite parts about it is the way that Simon’s parents responded to him coming out, but particularly his father. Seeing a man cry and remind his son that he loved him and be emotional, both on page and on screen, is so, so important, and I love that it’s featured in a book that I know so many people have read, inside and outside of the queer community.


I do, of course, want to recognize that the relationship in The Wicker King by K. Ancrum is very toxic and unhealthy, but watching Jack & August grow throughout this book, and seeing them in the future setting of The Weight of the Stars just made my heart sing. I still think about the feverish day I spent reading this entire thing, and how I just could not function unless I was reading it. This is such an expertly crafted story.

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Hell, I’m going to try my best not to just start screaming about Once & Future by Amy Rose Capetta & Cori McCarthy because THIS BOOK. It’s so unapologetically queer, and it’s incredible. It’s the gay space opera of my dreams, and there is not a single thing that I don’t love wholeheartedly in this duology. Sword in the Stars, the sequel, completely blew my expectations out of the park, and I’m just so happy this story exists.


I also have to try really hard not to just weep uncontrollably about Amberlough by Lara Elena Donnelly. I’m still trying to find a way to fill the void in my heart that Cyril & Aristide left behind, and honestly? I don’t think I ever will fill it. I think I’m just going to be a shell of my former self for the rest of my life thinking about the happy ending they deserved and got.

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The very idea of Autoboyography by Christina Lauren had me hooked right from the beginning, but then the actual execution? Godsdamn, this is good. I loved not only the developing relationship between the two MCs, but the friendship that acted as a foundation. I loved the discussion of religion, the way school & religious & familial expectations can be so harmful to queer teens trying to figure things out, and the different time spent lifting up both platonic friendship and romantic interest.


I’m starting to realize that I did a lot of shouting for most of these books when I first read them, and Summer of Salt by Katrina Leno got to the point where I just started tagging endless people on my personal Instagram story because I needed to get this into every person’s heart possible. This book is about a lot, not just the sapphic romance, and so I would definitely say go into it knowing what you’re reading, but it deals with each of its topics with empathy, strength, and beauty.


I remember weeping about The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender and just wishing so desperately that there was a queer version of it, and then When the Moon was Ours by Anna-Marie McLemore came around and wrapped me in the warmest hug. The writing in this is pure magic. There’s always the conversation that fantasy books transport us into a different world, but the writing in this really feels like being transported into raw magic. I don’t even know how to describe it correctly. It’s just gorgeous.

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I mean, we all knew Red, White & Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston was going to show up on this list. I read it twice in less than a year, and I already want to reread it again. I’d somehow forgotten just how outstanding it was, and the second time felt somehow almost better than the first time. It literally has every single thing I have ever wanted in a queer contemporary ever.

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Can I rec the entire Heartstopper by Alice Oseman series? Because the whole thing is just beautiful. The artwork is wonderful, the story is delightful, THE CHARACTERS. Nick will destroy my heart forever. Charlie has my heart forever. Everything about this is just the best. And I know it’s on Tumblr, and you can read it for free, but I beg you to support Oseman and buy the physical (or electronic) paperbacks! They’re so well done, and it’s so nice to have the story broken up like that into actual arcs instead of just bingeing everything at 2AM.


I just read On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous by Ocean Vuong recently, and wow. Wow. It absolutely blew my mind. I kept finding myself putting it down every few pages to just try to digest the beauty of the language and the heartache of the story. This was honestly one of the most incredible books I’ve ever read, and I’m going to be thinking about it for a long time.

What is your favorite LGBTQIA+ book?

9 responses to “TTT: Favorite LGBTQIA+ Books”

  1. waytoofantasy Avatar

    Adding a few books to my list from this, thanks!

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    1. marydrover Avatar

      Yay, I hope you enjoy!

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  2. Marie Avatar

    This is a lovely selection! I really enjoyed Summer of Salt and Red, White and Royal Blue. I’ve heard amazing things about The Wicker King, so, so curious to read it! 😀

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    1. marydrover Avatar

      It’s such a fantastic story, honestly, I literally could not put it down. I hope you enjoy it!

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  3. Margaret @ Weird Zeal Avatar

    Simon vs. is still one of my favorite queer books…and it also happened to be one of the first that I read! It will always hold a place in my heart ❤
    Ahhh I definitely need to read Autoboyography and On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous – they both sound absolutely incredible!! And yep, I completely relate to having read RWRB twice and already wanting to reread it. Let’s see how many times I can read it and escape into that world before the election this year! 😅
    And of course, Heartstopper is nothing but perfection ❤

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    1. marydrover Avatar

      Simon vs. is truly just one of the sweetest books ever. I read it because the movie was coming out, but I’ll never forget how head over heels I fell in love with it.

      On Earth was AMAZING! Not at all what I expected, but so, so well written. I hope you enjoy it!

      Oh my gosh, for real, though, I feel like I’m definitely going to reread RWRB again before the election, oi, we need some good political vibes!


  4. Jenna @ Falling Letters Avatar

    Summer of Salt! It’s been awhile since I’ve seen that book mentioned. I don’t really remember it so well haha but I know I read it last summer and enjoyed it. I also adore Ava Lavender and When the Moon Was Ours! I don’t buy a lot of books but both of those are on my shelf (along with all of Anna-Marie Mclemore’s other titles). Some of my other fave LGBTQIA+ books are In Other Lands, Radio Silence, The Devouring Gray, and White is for Witching.

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    1. marydrover Avatar

      It’s so good! Honestly, it was so powerful to me, and I don’t know how to stop thinking about it, haha. I haven’t read any of those yet, so I’m off to Goodreads! Though I did buy all of Alice Oseman’s books and am just waiting for them to slooooooooowly arrive in the mail.

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