We’ve put together an *essential* LGBTQIA+ reading list for all book lovers, including both adult and YA titles! Check it out below and let us know what your favourite LGBTQIA+ reads are in the comments below!
Queer, There and Everywhere by Sarah Prager
World history has been made by countless lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer individuals—such as Abraham Lincoln and Eleanor Roosevelt. Sarah Prager delves deep into the lives of 23 people who fought, created, and loved on their own terms. Like everyone should. Read more here!
Mislaid by Nell Zink
It’s 1966 and Freshman Peggy has fallen under the spell of her professor, Lee. They begin an ill-advised affair that results in an unplanned pregnancy and marriage. The two are all wrong for each other—she’s a lesbian, he’s gay—but it takes a decade of emotion before it all falls apart. Read more here!
The Miseducation of Cameron Post by Emily M. Danforth
Cameron Post feels a mix of guilt and relief when her parents die in a car accident. Their deaths mean they will never learn the truth she eventually comes to—that she’s gay. Orphaned, Cameron lives with her old-fashioned grandmother and her ultraconservative aunt Ruth. When she’s eventually outed, her aunt sends her to God’s Promise, a religious conversion camp that is supposed to “cure” her homosexuality. Read more here!
We Are Water by Wally Lamb
After 27 years of marriage, Annie Oh—wife, mother, and artist—has fallen in love with Viveca, a wealthy, cultured, and confident Manhattan woman. The two plan to wed in Connecticut, where gay marriage has recently been legalized. But this provokes mixed reactions and opens a Pandora’s box of toxic secrets. Read more here!
Simon vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli
This precious story is about theatre-kid Simon Spier who has been anonymously emailing with another student at his school. When one of their emails falls into the wrong hands, though, his secret is at risk of being thrust into the spotlight. Find out more here!
The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzi Lee
A young bisexual British lord, Henry “Monty” Montague, embarks on an unforgettable Grand Tour of Europe with his best friend…. /secret crush. This is the historical teen fiction novel you DEFINITELY need in your life. Read more here!
Georgia Peaches and Other Forbidden Fruit by Jaye Robin Brown
When Joanna meets the perfect girl for her, she has to decide whether to break a promise that could change everything for her and her family or lose out on this love. Read more here!
Of Fire and Stars by Audrey Coulthurst
Princess Dennaleia has kept her magic a secret her whole life. But from the moment she enters the kingdom of her betrothed, her magic begins to grow out of control. Meanwhile, she’s learning the ins and outs of the land of her betrothed from her fiancé’s sister, Princess Mare. At first, they can’t stand each other. But they grow on each other, as Mare realized that Denna is smart, strong, a potential friend—or maybe more. Read more here!
Symptoms of Being Human by Jeff Garvin
Riley Cavanaugh is gender fluid. Some days Riley identifies as a boy, and others as a girl. But Riley isn’t exactly out yet. And between starting a new school and having a congressman father running for re-election in conservative Orange Country, the pressure is building up in Riley’s life. So Riley starts an anonymous blog to vent. Which is great. Until it goes viral. Read more here!
If You Could Be Mine by Sara Farizan
17 year-old Sahar has been in love with her best friend, Nasrin, since they were 6. But Iran is a dangerous place for two girls inlove. Sahar and Nasrin could be beaten, imprisoned, even executed if their relationship came to light. So they carry on in secret—until Nasrin’s parents announce that they’ve arranged for her marriage. Read more here!
Ramona Blue by Julie Murphy
Love can sometimes be more fluid that you first think. Ramona is sure of three things: she likes girls, she’s devoted to her family, and she knows she’s destined for something bigger than the trailer she calls home in Eulogy, Mississippi. Forced to be the adult of her family, the return of her childhood friend Freddie brings a welcome distraction… and some unexpected feelings. Read more here!
The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller
The Song of Achilles is an action-packed adventure about an awkward young prince who has been exiled to the kingdom of Phthia. Patroclus is to be raised in the shadow of King Peleus and his golden son, Achilles. Achilles is the “Best of all the Greeks”—strong, beautiful, the child of a goddess. Despite their differences though, the boys become steadfast companions. Their bond deepens as they grow into young men, much to the displeasure and fury of Achilles’ mother, Thetis. Read more here!
What’s your favourite LGBTQIA+ book, Savvy Readers? Did we miss it? Tell us in the comments below or on Twitter @SavvyReader! We can’t wait to talk about LGBQT+ reads with you!