10 LGBT+ Book Recommendations in One Sentence | Part 1

Since it’s (still) pride, I wanted to give you a lot of book recommendations, and since I have A LOT of book recommendations, I thought it might be smart to challenge myself and do this super quick. All of the below-mentioned books were 4 or 5 star reads, and you probably know quite a few of them because I talk about them a lot (or at least, that’s what it feels like). I have listed the representation as best as I could but for a lot of these it has been a while since I have read them and I might have forgotten about some things, so feel free to send me additions if neccessary.

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I Was Born For This by Alice Oseman

Trans boyband member meets Muslim fangirl and struggles with mental health, fame and fan culture.

Rep: trans male biracial MC, female Muslim questioning MC.

Leah on the Offbeat by Becky Albertalli

Sarcastic fat bi girl falls for best friend’s girlfriend and has to survive her final year of high school.

Rep: female bisexual MC, black female LI, gay side-characters, f/f ship, m/m ship which is not the main focus of the book. (WARNING: companion sequel to Simon Vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda)

At The Edge of The Universe by Shaun David Hutchinson

A boy’s boyfriend disappears and nobody remembers him oh and also the universe is shrinking.

Rep: male gay MC, m/m ship (also: depression).
Check content warnings before reading!

Autoboyography by Christina Lauren

Bisexual boy falls for (teen) writer in writing class and decides to write an autobiography.

Rep: male bisexual MC, male Mormon LI, m/m ship.

Far From The Tree by Robin Benway

Three siblings find each other after 15 years and find out what it really means to be family.

Rep: lesbian MC, f/f ship (also: biracial (Mexican/white) MC, growing up without parents/in the foster system, teen pregnancy, adoption, several m/f ships).

Tash Hearts Tolstoy by Kathryn Omsbree

A girl’s Anna Karenina retelling web series goes viral and she comes to terms with her asexuality.

Rep: asexual MC (two mlm side characters), m/f ship.

Not Your Sidekick by C.B. Lee

Daughter of superheroes accidentally starts working for villain and also falls for the cute girl that works there.

Rep: bi Vietnamese-Chinese MC, f/f ship, black trans character (also: the second book in the series is about the black trans character).

Daughter of the Burning City by Amanda Foody

Magical girl (“illusion worker”) has to solve the murders of her family members (that she created with her illusions).

Rep: bisexual MC, a-spec LI (demiromantic asexual, confirmed by author), m/f ship.

Girl Made of Stars by Ashley Herring Blake

After Mara’s twin brother is accused of rape, her life falls apart and she doesn’t know who to trust anymore.

Rep: Bisexual MC with undiagnosed PTSD symptoms, genderqueer LI (also: Korean-American character), f/gq ship, m/f ship.
Check content warnings before reading!

Simon Vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli

Gay boy tries to hide his identity but gets blackmailed and is also in love with his online penpal. (I swear it’s better than it sounds)

Rep: gay MC, several “LIs” including a bisexual boy and black boy, m/m ship (also: Jewish character).

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Have you read any of these books? Did you enjoy them? Which books would you recommend?

By the way if any of the terms I used are unclear, feel free to ask me (but google is also always there to answer all your questions and google probably knows better than I do :P)

48 thoughts on “10 LGBT+ Book Recommendations in One Sentence | Part 1

  1. Not Your Sidekick sounds like such a fun book! I really want to check it out at some point. Thanks so much for putting this list together. It’s so crazy how when I was in middle school and looking for queer representation there were so few books out there but now there are so many! And good ones too! Good job, society, lol 🙂

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    1. It is super fun and cute! I hope you love it! Yess I can barely remember if there was / if I read any books with queer rep 5-10 years ago, and now there’s so much! It makes me happy 🙂

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    this is so funny. like, the universe is sinking, no big deal. I really want to read this book.

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  3. I’m currently reading The Upside of Unrequitted by Becky Albertalli but I didn’t know that even half of these books were LGBT+, so thank you. I’ll be picking up some of them in the near future 😊

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  4. Girl Made of Stars sounds amazing and the cover is gorgeous! I’m also super excited to read Daughter of the Burning City. I’m in love with the cover. I think I bought it simply because of the cover but I’m so glad to hear you enjoyed it! 😀

    Amber @ Escape Life in the Pages

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  5. I love this post Lia!! I’ve read like more than half of these, which makes me super happy, but oh my god I didn’t know Far From the Tree had a lesbian biracial MC??? My interest in it has piqued. (Also Amanda Foody confirmed that in DOTBC, Luca(s?) is demiromantic asexual! And Sorina is definitely bisexual and I believe it’s been confirmed by Foody.)

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  6. I love, love, love how you formatted this post with a great tagline! 😍 I’ve read Simon VS. and Leah on the Offbeat, but the rest of the books are nearly all on my TBR and I’m so excited to read them! I think Tash Hearts Tolstoy and Autoboyography are free on Rivited this month, so I should get to them first 🙂

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  7. I’m reading Leah on the Offbeat right now and loving it and I absolutely love Simon vs. the Homo-Sapiens Agenda! I can’t wait to read the rest on this list!

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  8. This is the exact post I needed. I have been wanting to read way more lgbtqia books in general not just because of pride, so thank you so much for this list!! ❤️

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      1. Mainly because of Leah XD and the blackmailing thing… and the fairy happy ever after kind of ending that I find to be a bit farfetched. XD and more… you can check my reviews haha yes… reviews I read it 2 times… why? I am not sure XD

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