Hi I have a lot of favourite queer books.
So since it’s pride month, I’m going to be recommending a few (a lot) of my favourites! I have far too many for just one post, so this’ll be in three different parts. Today I’m highlighting my all time favourite queer books. Part 1, queer comic recs, went up last Friday, and next week will be ones that didn’t quite make it into my favourites list, but that I still think deserve a mention.
So! On to the list now, shall we? (These are in no particular order)
Simon vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli
This is very possibly my all time favourite book. It makes me feel so happy and warm and I just,,, it will always hold a really special place in my heart.
If you’re one of the few people who still hasn’t read Simon Vs – PLEASE DO. It’s funny and sweet and adorable and so so HAPPY. I love this book with my whole entire heart and I will never stop yelling at everyone to read it.
*I say these are in no particular order, but what I really mean is: These are in no particular order except for Simon Vs.
I Wish You All the Best by Mason Deaver
Nonbinary! Main! Character!!
This was a much more recent read (it’s not even been out three weeks yet), but I can already tell that it’s earned a place among my favourites list.
It was such a beautiful book. It was sad, yeah. It dealt with some tough shit and it was hard to read at times. But it was also hopeful. It had beautiful friendships, and self-acceptance, and an adorable romance. Read this book. It will change lives.
(Also can we just appreciate how freaking gorgeous this cover is??? 😍😍)
Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue + Lady’s Guide to Petticoats and Piracy by Mackenzi Lee
Hello these books are the actual best thing ever. I love them with all my heart. Also like,,, there isn’t enough queer historical fiction out there.
And it’s done so! well! These are ultimately light, fun, goofy romps across Europe, but they also address that history sort of sucked when it came to being anything other than white allocishet abled males.
That’s not the central focus, especially in Gentleman’s Guide, but it’s not sugarcoated either.
Even more importantly – they have some of the best characters I’ve ever read, some great queer rep, an adorable romance, and so much humour.
I love this series SO FREAKING MUCH.
Girls of Paper and Fire by Natasha Ngan
This book is,,, holy shit. This is not an easy book. It deals heavily with sexual assault. Please look after yourself. However if you can handle the content PLEASE READ THIS BOOK.
It takes such a good look at sexual assault and rape culture and misogyny, and it’s so so so relevant and important.
It’s also asian inspired fantasy with rich, beautiful world-building.
And the romance. Oh the romance. It has such a soft, pure romance. These two girls <3
This book is horrible and hard to stomach at times, but it’s also a love letter to survivors, and I cannot recommend it enough.
The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid
The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo is truly unlike anything else I’ve ever read. Almost a year later I still barely have words for it.
It was… spectacular.
It follows Monique, a young journalist whose been offered the chance of lifetime to interview Evelyn Hugo, a reclusive old movie star.
And mostly, this is Evelyn’s story. Evelyn is horrible, but you can’t help but love her. She’s manipulative af, but she’s also so, so loveable. She’s just so… human.
I love this badass cuban bisexual icon.
Radio Silence by Alice Oseman
Alice Oseman is one of my absolute favourite authors and she is criminally underhyped. Y’all are sleeping on her books and you need to stop.
And Radio Silence is the best of the best (Okay tied with Heartstopper but I CAN’T CHOOSE, and it’s a webcomic so it can be a Different Thing).
This book is just,,, a literal masterpiece. The characters are absolute perfection, and the focus on fandom is lovely, and everyone is queer, aaaaaand now I want to reread it.
Also our lead Frances, is single and does not give a shit, which was rather refreshing.
Let’s Talk About Love by Claire Kann
Let’s Talk About Love is literally just one big bundle of happy feels and I am HERE FOR IT. (I exaggerate it’s one big bundle of anxiety and self-doubt and happy feels, but the happy feels are the most overwhelming sensation I got from it)
It’s just so fun. It makes me laugh and squeal. It has a cute af romance, realistic friend drama, and some fantastic ace rep.
And mostly it just,,, makes me happy.
The Red Scrolls of Magic by Cassandra Clare
OMG I LOVE THIS BOOK SO FREAKING MUCH!!!! I’m completely in love with all things Shadowhunters, but Malec has always been my fave, so to have a whole book about them? I cry.
Also this was just genuinely SUCH a good book. I soooorta thought it might just be Malec fanservice and like,,, I wouldn’t have complained, but also it wasn’t? It had a genuinely good plot AND some amazing af Malec content.
Also there were soooo many queer side characters!!
I am here for it.
Pls give me book 2 now tho.
Girl Made of Stars by Ashley Herring Blake
This book. This boooookkkk. Omg this book is actual perfection. I mean I’m just total Ashley Herring Blake trash by now, but this was the first book of hers I read, and I love it soooo much.
It deals with rape culture and it hurts my heart, but it addresses it so well, and this book is an definite must read if you can handle the content. (Again please take care of yourself)
(Rep wise we have a bi MC and a genderqueer love interest!)
Echo After Echo by Amy Rose Capetta
This is a recent read but I can already tell it’s earned a place in my favourites. (Also this is the second post I’ve posted since reading it and I’ve managed to work it into both of them, if that says anything about how much I loved it.)
Echo After Echo was a theatre! book! and therefore obviously relatable to me, but I didn’t realize just how much it would resonate with me, but I honestly saw myself in so much of the MCs and I just,,, wow.
Also it’s just a damn good book with a mystery that will keep you on the edge of your seat, magical writing, epic theatre vibes, and the softest, sweetest sapphic romance <3
Ivy Aberdeen’s Letter to the World by Ashley Herring Blake
Queer! Middle grade!
We need more queer middle grade 😭 But Ivy Aberdeen is a great start. It’s the literal softest, purest book ever, about a young girl questioning her sexuality and it blew me away.
I really think this book could change lives, especially of queer kids. This is such a beautiful book and I’m so so so glad it exists.
It made me cry. Like full on sob.
This book is so needed, and it makes me emotional.
Please read this book. It’s truly stunning.
Into the Drowning Deep by Mira Grant
This is adult horror which means that by all means I should’ve hated it because adult books aren’t usually my thing and horror is one of the only genres I’ve always had on my will not read list.
And yet here we are – I’m obsessed with an adult horror (look I still can’t believe this, okay?) book and will not shut up about it.
I don’t even know what to say about this just,,, read it. It’s truly spectacular.
The Abyss Surrounds Us by Emily Skrutskie
Sapphic pirates. Sapphic! Pirates! SAPPHIC! PIRATES!
Along with sapphic pirates, this book also features an epic hate to love romance and a really fucking adorable baby sea monster.
So basically you need to read this book is what I’m saying.
I keep feeling like this book isn’t that high quality, and I know took me forever to get into, but it’s also the first thing that comes to mind every time someone asks for f/f recs, and I can’t stop obsessing over it, so clearly it had something going for it.