TBR Update // books with lgbtq+ characters

Yes! I’m talking about books! A new and exciting thing! Okay, not really. I’ve been feeling pretty exhausted so far this week because of exams, so I thought it would be nice to just sit down and be excited about books. 😀 Also, it is Pride Month, and I am feeling Extra Queer — WHAT COULD BE BETTER?!

There are so many awesome books with LGBTQ+ characters that I hope to read in the near future. (Mostly YA.) I started compiling a list of books for this post and I ended up with SOO MANY. There’s a lot of wonderful LGBTQ+ YA out there!

wild beauty

Wild Beauty by Anna Marie McLemore I’ve talked about it several times here, but I absolutely loved When the Moon Was Ours by this author. It was one of my favourite books of last year! Wild Beauty sounds amazing, and I can’t wait to read more of McLemore’s beautiful writing when it releases in October. The cover is also SO BEAUTIFUL, AAH.

little & lion

Little & Lion by Brandy Colbert I found this book scrolling through my TBR on my tumblr, and I’m so glad I did. It’s girl who falls in love with the girl her brother is also in love with; the MC is black and Jewish, and although I haven’t heard much about it I really look forward to its release in August!

we are okay

We Are Okay by Nina LaCour This is another author I’m returning to — Everything Leads to You was a wonderful queer girl story which made my heart sing with joy. This one sounds like a really interesting and nuanced read, and I also absolutely ADORE the cover. (What can I say?)

queens of geek

Queens of Geek by Jen Wilde I LOVE NERD BOOKS. I think that cons and nerd spaces are really cool because the experiences I’ve had have been pretty queer-friendly. AND I AM JUST EXCITED FOR GEEKY STUFF, because yay. Also, this has an Autistic narrator, and one of the MCs is Chinese-Australian which is cool!

peter darling

Peter Darling by Austin Chant A trans retelling of Peter Pan! Aah! I admit, I don’t have any particularly strong feelings about Peter Pan, but I’m super excited to see what this book does.

our own private universe

Our Own Private Universe by Robin Talley I love reading happy queer stories, especially ones with queer girls! This sounds super cute, and I’ve heard that it also discusses safe sex which is awesome. (Because my sex ed at school basically only explaining straight/cisgender/allosexual things in terms of sex. We did have one lesson on, like, LGBTQ+ stuff though? So I guess it’s improving.)

juliet takes a breath

Juliet Takes a Breath by Gabby Rivera I HAVE BEEN WANTED TO READ THIS FOR AGES. It’s about a gay Puerto Rican girl, Juliet, figuring herself out, in which there are many queer ladies. YAY.

the midnight star

The Midnight Star by Marie Lu I’ve actually already read the first two books in this trilogy, but for some reason I never finished it… So I need to do that! The last book finished on a bit of a cliffhanger, if I remember.

the color purple

The Color Purple by Alice Walker I feel like I’m really missing something reading this… It’s one of the Important Books You Should Read, and I JUST REALLY WANT TO READ IT. *nods a lot* (Yes. This entire post is essentially just ‘I REALLY WANT TO READ THIS AND THIS AND THIS.’)

tash hearts tolstoy

Tash Hearts Tolstoy by Kathryn Ormsbee This reminds me that…I REALLY NEED TO LOOK INTO WAR & PEACE THINGS. I love the Great Comet of 1812 musical which is based off War & Peace, but I do find the book rather daunting. Anyway. Not actually this book. This book is about internet people! I love people on the internet. And from what I understand, there’s asexual representation, which is awesome since I haven’t seen that very often.

There were SO MANY other awesome books that I didn’t get the time to include in this post, alas! But there are many wonderful books with LGBTQ+ characters around and that makes me super happy. If you have any recs or just want to chat about books then I’d love to hear them! ❤

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26 thoughts on “TBR Update // books with lgbtq+ characters

  1. These all look so good! I’ve read The Color Purple, and can confirm it is 100% worth a read – touches on racism and women’s rights as well as sexuality too, and is just generally an all-round amazing book. I would really recommend watching the film as well if you enjoy the book 🙂

  2. What a lovely selection of books! I’ve been wanting to read Queens of Geek for AGES now! I really hope I’ll get around to it soon! And I’ve had Juliet Takes a Breath on my Kindle for way too long now. Another book I need to read ASAP! 😂

  3. …I think I have to read Peter Darling. Thanks for bringing these to my attention, it can be pretty difficult to find good LGBTA+ fiction!! Xx

  4. Oh! Awesome
    I haven’t read any of those yet! Adding them to my list
    The ones I recommend:
    – Annie on My Mind, by Nancy Garden
    – Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe, by Benjamin Alire Sáenz
    – The Gives Light Series, by Rose Christo

    More historical/fantasy ones:
    – The Song of Achilles, by Madeline Miller
    – Captive Prince, by C.S. Pacat

    The ones I want to read but haven’t yet:
    – Girlhood, by Cat Clarke
    – The Upside of Unrequited, by Becky Albertalli
    – Wolfsong, by T.J. Klune
    -Timekeeper, by Tara Sim

    What I find very hard is to find a GOOD fantasy/science fiction novel where at least one of the main characters are LGBTQ+ T^T

    1. I’m glad I could rec some new books to you! And THANKS SO MUCH, eep. I’ve read a couple of those — in particular I love Ari & Dante — but Girlhood, The Upside Down of Unrequited and Timekeeper are all on my list. *nods*

      As for LGBTQ+ fantasy and sci-fi, I’d really recommend Malinda Lo’s books (Ash & Huntress for fantasy, and Adpatation & Inheritance are sci-fi). I also enjoyed the Darker Shade of Magic series, and, although it is actually magical realism instead of fantasy, When The Moon Was Ours is one of my favourite books with LGBTQ+ characters. 🙂 Hope those help a bit, but there are tons of places you can find recs online if you’re interested! (Haha can you tell I’m enthusiastic?)

      1. Ah!! Thank you very much for more recommendations! (my TBR list is crying tho hahahaha). I hadn’t heard about these books yet(only read the Darker Shade of Magic series) and When the Moon Was Ours particularly seems wonderful! Will read asap.
        And I’m always searching for recs but I’m somewhat picky (and lately a slow reader but shh) so I have started reading some LGBTQ+ books just to find myself disappointed and giving up in the middle T^T
        But thanks again! It’s good to see more people enthusiastic about it xD

  5. Ahhh such a great list Eve!! ❤ I am SO excited for so many of these! Wild Beauty sounds so, so, amazing and Queens of Geek utterly geeky perfection omg. I've also heard such lovely things about Tash Hearts Tolstoy, and YAY for asexual rep! Need to read all these books asap oh my gosh.

  6. Wait, The Young Elites books have LGBTQIA+ characters in them? WHY HAS NO ONE TOLD ME THIS OMGGGG. I need to read these books even MORE now *screaming*

    I have read most of the books on this list, and have enjoyed all of them 😀 I will say, though, that only one of the narrators in Queens of Geek is autistic, but there is still one narrator that is (and it’s #ownvoices, too!) so the rep is still there *cheers*

    We Are Okay was beautiful. It’s very much a character book rather than a plot book so if you are okay with that then I think you will love it, especially since you liked Everything Leads to You!

    I am SUPER KEEN for Tash Hearts Tolstoy because asexual rep OMG YESSSS.

    I hope you love all the books on this list, Eve!!

    1. Yeah! I haven’t finished the series but in book 2 there was an f/f couple, if I remember, but I’m not sure how much they’re present in book 3.

      Aah, I’m so glad to hear that! Oh no, I’m sorry — I think I probably misread a review whilst researching. But thanks for letting me know! 🙂

      Yep, that was the sense I got, but I usually prefer to read wonderful characters over a lot of plot, so. *nods*

      YESS it’s so awesome! And thank you, hopefully I will 🙂

  7. Thank you so much for all these recommendations! I’ve heard so many great things about all of these but seeing them on this list gives me even more motivation to read them ASAP. 🙂 Thanks for sharing and, as always, fabulous post! ❤

  8. Thank you for all of these wonderful recommendations. I’m looking forward to reading all of them *clicks open a new tab for to put all of these books on hold* I’m also in love with the cover of Wild Beauty.

    I’m new to blogging and book reviewing, and I was wondering if you had any tips for newbie bloggers and book reviewers.

    If you have the time, please check out my blog @breenysbooks. I’d love any feedback. Have a wonderful day.

    1. You’re welcome, I do hope you enjoy them! And ME TOO, it’s so beautiful. ❤

      I don't do many reviews on my blog, but in general for blogging I'd say the most important thing is to build relationships with other people! Read other blogs and see what you like about them, comment on posts, make friends, maybe take part in some twitter chats if you have twitter. 🙂 Hope those help!

      Of course, I'll check it out now!

  9. SO MANY EXCITING BOOKS ON THIS LIST THAT I MUST READ. Have you read Queens of Geek yet? It’s SO GOOD. My favourite read of the year along with The Hate U Give *nods*

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