Since you all seemed to enjoyed my last post in which I recommended 10 LGBT+ books in one sentence, I wanted to do another post! I would do a third one, but I don’t think I have read enough LGBT+ that were so good I need to recommend them! 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.
The Apocalypse of Elena Mendoza by Shaun David Hutchinson
Girl finds out she has healing powers and then the apocalypse happens.
Rep: bi MC of Cuban descent (also: Islamic character, depression, questioning/aro/ace character)
The Gentlemen’s Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzi Lee
Life is all fun and games until you’re sent on a trip to “mature” and also fall for your biracial best friend (while growing up in racist Victorian England)
Rep: bi MC, biracial (black+white?) LI, aro-ace character (not named on page but pretty clear from context), m/m ship
Ace of Shades by Amanda Foody
Girl needs to find her mother in the City of Sin and finds herself becoming allies with a gang lord.
Rep: bi black MC (also: some minor queer characters)
Future Leaders of Nowhere by Emily O’Beirne
Two girls fall in love at a summer camp about leadership.
Rep: biracial (I think she was part Native-American, sorry I can’t for the sake of me remember the details) lesbian MC, bisexual MC.
Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo
Group of teens try to pull of the biggest heist in the history of heists while being completely badass.
Rep: gay MC, black bisexual MC (also: brown MC (from a fictional country reminiscent of India), fat MC, disabled MC, and rep of learning disability, touch-aversion, PTSD)
Girls Made of Snow and Glass by Melissa Bashardoust
Snow white retelling about family and how the evil queen became evil (and actually wasn’t that evil).
Rep: sapphic MC (also: sapphic LI)
Radio Silence by Alice Oseman
Artsy fangirl is asked to make art for her favourite podcast, becomes friends with the creator and learns to be herself.
Rep: biracial (Ethiopian/white?) bisexual MC (also: demi-ace character, gay character, Asian character, m/m ship)
Ramona Blue by Julie Murphy
Lesbian girl finds herself questioning her sexuality when she develops feelings for a boy and also has to deal with her pregnant sister, several jobs and living in poverty.
Rep: lesbian/questioning/bi MC (also: black LI, f/f and m/f ship)
None of the Above by I.W. Gregorio
A girl learns she is intersex which shifts her entire world.
Rep: intersex MC
Note: this book has mixed reviews and though it is a very important, I have also heard the representation has been found to be problematic.
The Long Way to A Small Angry Planet by Becky Chambers
Rosemary joins the crew of a spaceship filled with wonderful people that quickly become like family to her and goes on adventures through space.
Rep: I genuinely can’t remember most of the representation because there is so much of it and it’s been a while, but I do remember this: sapphic MC, f/f ship, enby MC and side characters, POC characters, possibly pan characters? (also: some of the characters are not human and there are inter-species relationships etc and I don’t know how to categorize that)
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)