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I am here today with some LGBTQ+ books that I’ve read and loved in the past year and want to talk about.
I was meant to do this a week or two ago but it’s been a long and busy month. I’m free from my school responsibilities now so here I am with some awesome books you should read.
I did this last year if you want to check it out HERE. I also recommended some great TV shows in that post too.
Me by Elton John
Even though I didn’t realise it at the time I grew up listening to a lot of Elton John music and in the past few years I’ve been really interested in 70’s and 80’s rock so I loved reading this autobiography.
Elton John discusses his childhood, his career and his struggles with addiction and his recovery. (Did you know Elton John is Eminems sponsor?) It was really interesting (and heartbreaking) as well to read about the AIDS pandemic from his point of view as someone who lived through that time and lost so many friends.
Obviously a book about Elton Johns life isn’t going to interest everyone but if you do like famous rockstars then I highly recommend reading this!!
The Devouring Gray + Deck of Omens by Christine Lynn Herman
This series reminds me of an old school CW teen paranormal show that I binge watched all summer only with more cannon bisexual characters.
This duology is set in the small town of Four Paths which is haunted by a monster. We follow the children of the four founding families who have special powers and are charged to protect the town from The Beast.
I’m by no means saying this is the best series in the world. It’s really not. But in my opinion it’s a solid 3 star read with interesting characters and it’s so much fun!!! (Plus my ship sailed so how can I not be happy with that?)
Heartstopper by Alice Oseman
If you haven’t heard of this then what rock have you been living under? Where have you been my dude?
The Heartstopper graphic novels follows the adorable blossoming romance between Charlie Spring and Nick Nelson. This is just all around wholesome fluff that makes you smile while also delving into hard hitting topics such as: coming out, assault, self harm and eating disorders.
These graphic novels feature a lot of lgbt+ characters. Charlie is gay, Nick is bi (him using Google to help figure things out is iconic), Tara and Darcy are an adorable couple and Elle is transgender.
If you haven’t read this already HERE is the link. I’m pretty sure it updates every 1st, 11th and 21st of the month.
These Witches Don’t Burn by Isabel Sterling
Gay elemental witches. GAY ELEMENTAL WITCHESS!!!!!!!
No joke this was one of my favourite books of last year and the only reason I haven’t read the sequel yet is because it’s only being released in hardback and I can’t afford it yet.
This book follows Hannah who is a witch. Her summer doesn’t go to plan when a blood ritual interrupts the start of summer party but when the older witches in her coven don’t believe her she’s forced to team up with her ex-girlfriend Veronica while also crushing on the new ballerina in town.
10/10 recommend. I’m now actually considering re-reading before starting the sequel.
Her Royal Highness by Rachel Hawkins
2019 was the year for royal gay couples. 2019 was a good year.
This book follows Millie, an American who attends a Scottish boarding school … where she ends up meeting and rooming with Princess Flora of Scotland. These two go from hating each others guts to wanting to suck each others face off.
I personally enjoyed the first book Prince Charming more overall but the romance in this was so much better!! (You don’t need to read Prince Charming beforehand but it does give background on some of the characters).
I really want a third book, maybe following Flora’s brother Prince Sebastian, so I can see more of Millie and Flora.
Tell Me Again How a Crush Should Feel by Sara Farizan
I literally finished this a couple of hours ago and it was so much better then I expected it to be.
This book follows Leila who has made it through high school without crushing on anyone … until now. When new girl Saskia shows up however, Leila is GONE. Much more happens but you’ll have to read to find out because spoilers.
I personally really loved this. The endgame romance was sweet, the friendships Leila made were also sweet and I enjoyed Leila as a character. A review might be coming for this book. I don’t know yet.
The Extraordinaries by T.J Klune
Please go and read this book. It comes out in July and it’s soo good!
Basically this book follows Nick Bell who is ADHD and gay and he writes fanfiction about Shadow Star, a real life superhero. Nick makes it his mission to become an extraordinary so that he can save people … and live happily ever after with the love of his life Shadow Star.
This book was so much fun. Its humour won’t be for everyone but its perfect for Gen-z humour and I was laughing my ass off and highlighting everything.
There’s lots of representation in this. Nick, like I said, is gay and has ADHD, Seth is bisexual, and Gibby and Jasmine are couple goals. Theres also a romance in this which is cute and very shippable. I have a review coming out tomorrow. I’m very excited for this to be released and to see what everyone thinks of it.
So there we go those are 7 lgbtq+ books that I’ve read in the last year or so that I highly recommend checking out.
If you’ve read any of these I’d love to know what you thought of them! Thank you for reading and stay safe 🙂