Queer Book Recs

Image text reads, "Queer Book Recs Curated from the suggestions of actual queer people"

I regularly get asked for queer media recommendations, so in this year's Pridepalooza survey, I asked participants to share some of their favorites. First up is queer book recommendations!

The list below is the result of all of the wonderful suggestions from survey participants (who all identify as queer), plus some additions from suggestions on social media.

Quick disclaimer: These queer book recommendations come from responses to this year's Pridepalooza Survey and are listed in no particular order. I have not read many of these books, and it's not possible for me to independently verify what makes these books queer and who they may or may not be suitable for. The same goes for vetting the individual authors. I hate that I even have to say this, but it's the internet, so: please do your own research to determine which books are best for your own taste and give me the benefit of the doubt when it comes to these recommendations.

Now that that's out of the way, let's get into it!

A bookshelf full of books with a rainbow filter over it

Queer Book Recs

  • Of Fire and Stars – Audrey Coulthurst
  • Ash – Malinda Lo
  • To Believe In Women: What Lesbians Have Done For America* – Lillian Faderman
  • Ace: What Asexuality Reveals About Desire, Society, and the Meaning of Sex* – Angela Chen
  • The Percy Jackson Series – Rick Riordan
  • Lord of the Butterflies – Andrea Gibson
  • The Lady's Guide to Celestial Mechanics: Feminine Pursuits – Olivia Waite
  • The Secret Diaries of Miss Anne Lister* – Anne Lister (edited by Helena Whitbread)
  • Girl, Serpent, Thorn – Melissa Bashardoust
  • Zami: A New Spelling of My Name* – Audre Lorde
  • She's Not There: A Life in Two Genders* – Jennifer Finney Boylan
  • One Last Stop Casey McQuiston
  • The Song of Achilles Madeline Miller
  • Winter's Orbit – Everina Maxwell
  • Greedy: Notes from a Bisexual Who Wants Too Much* – Jen Winston
  • The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet – Becky Chambers
  • Stone Butch Blues – Leslie Feinberg
  • The Paying Guests – Sarah Waters
  • When Katie Met Cassidy – Camille Perri
  • Untamed* – Glennon Doyle
  • On Being Gay and Gray: Our Stories, Gifts, and the Meaning of Our Lives* – Brian McNaught
  • “Sex Camp”* – Brian McNaught
  • Confess: The Autobiography* – Rob Halford
  • Read Between the Lines – Rachel Lacey
  • The House in the Cerulean Sea – TJ Klune
  • Bride of the Corpse King: A Hades and Persephone Retelling – Emily Shore
  • Polysecure: Attachment, Trauma and Consensual Nonmonogamy* – Jessica Fern
  • Stray City – Chelsey Johnson
  • Punk Like Me – J.D. Glass
  • Butter Honey Pig Bread – Francesca Ekwuyasi
  • Call Me by Your Name – André Aciman
  • Find Me – André Aciman
  • Last Night at the Telegraph Club – Malinda Lo
  • Sword of the Guardian – Merry Shannon
  • Charon Docks at Daylight – Zoe Reed
  • Queer Magic: LGBT+ Spirituality and Culture from Around the World* – Tomás Prower
  • Red, White & Royal Blue – Casey McQuiston
  • Pleasure Activism: The Politics of Feeling Good* – adrienne maree brown
  • The City We Became – N.K. Jemisin
  • Straight Jacket: Overcoming Society's Legacy of Gay Shame* – Matthew Todd
  • Transforming: The Bible and the Lives of Transgender Christians* – Austen Hartke
  • The Starless Sea – Erin Morgenstern
  • Beyond the Gender Binary* – Alok Vaid-Menon
  • This Is How It Always Is – Laurie Frankel
  • Ask a Queer Chick: A Guide to Sex, Love, and Life for Girls Who Dig Girls* – Lindsay King-Miller
  • Annie on My Mind – Nancy Garden
  • Long Live the Tribe of Fatherless Girls: A Memoir* – T Kira Madden
  • The Life and Times of Butch Dykes: Portraits of Artists, Leaders, and Dreamers Who Changed the World* – Eloisa Aquino
  • Taproot: A Story About a Gardener and a Ghost – Keezy Young
  • Far From You – Tess Sharpe
  • Amateur: A True Story About What Makes a Man* – Thomas Page McBee
  • Juliet Takes a Breath – Gabby Rivera
  • In the Dream House* – Carmen Maria Machado
  • Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe – Benjamin Alire Sáenz
  • Bingo Love – Tee Franklin
  • Tipping the Velvet – Sarah Waters
  • The Very Nice Box – Eve Gleichman and Laura Blackett
  • Man Enough – Beth Burnett
  • Broken Horses: A Memoir* – Brandi Carlile
  • Ten Steps to Nanette: A Memoir Situation* – Hannah Gadsby
  • Orange Is the New Black: My Year in a Women's Prison* – Piper Kerman
  • Gender Queer: A Memoir* – Maia Kobabe
  • Cosmoknights – Hannah Templer
  • Strong Female Protagonist – Brennan Lee Mulligan and Molly Ostertag
  • The Seafire Series – Natalie C. Parker
  • Queer: A Graphic History* – Meg-John Barker and Jules Scheele
  • On Earth We're Briefly Gorgeous – Ocean Vuong
  • The Thirty Names of Night – Zeyn Joukhadar
  • Carry On – Rainbow Rowell
  • Loveless – Alice Oseman
  • Love & Other Disasters – Anita Kelly
  • The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo – Taylor Jenkins Reid
  • Afterparties: Stories – Anthony Veasna So

Note: A * symbol indicates that a book is non-fiction since I know a lot of y'all are #FictionOrBust folks.

If you're a book nerd like me, I hope you find a new favorite somewhere in this list. Happy reading!


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