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A note before I give my queer book recommendations in celebration of Pride month: this is not a comprehensive list. All of these books contain queer characters, some as the main characters, some as side characters, and for a few it’s the whole cast of characters. Most, if not all, of these recommendations are written by queer authors. I’ve invented these categories based on the requests I get most often. There’s thousands of incredible queer books written by queer authors just waiting to be discovered, and this is only a place to start. Happy reading!

The Classics – queer stories from another time. They are often referenced in queer coding and in current queer narratives.

    • The Color Purple by Alice Walker
    • The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde
  • Fun Home by Alison Bechdel
  • Giovanni’s Room by James Baldwin
  • Leaves of Grass by Walt Whitman
  • Rubyfruit Jungle by Rita Mae Brown
  • The Price of Salt by Patricia Highsmith
  • Maurice by E. M. Forster

The One You’ve Heard Of Before – queer stories that are more “mainstream.” You’ve likely heard of them online or seen a screen adaptation.

    • The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller
    • Red, White & Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston
  • Call Me By Your Name by Andre Aciman
  • Simon vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli
  • The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky
  • Heartstopper by Alice Oseman
  • The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid

Queer Book Series – if you’re someone who likes a series to dig into, this is for you.

  • The Lady Sherlock series – First book: A Study In Scarlet Women by Sherry Thomas
  • The Simonverse series – First book: Simon vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli
  • London Calling – First book: Boyfriend Material by Alexis Hall
  • The Aristotle and Dante series – First book: Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Saenz
  • The Simon Snow series – First book: Carry On by Rainbow Rowell

YA (young adult) – stories about queer teenagers, usually high school/secondary school age.

    • Will Grayson, Will Grayson by David Levithan and John Green
    • I Kissed Shara Wheeler by Casey McQuiston
    • Right Where I Left You by Julian Winters
  • Cafe con Lychee by Emery Lee
  • Two Boys Kissing by David Levithan
  • Her Royal Highness by Rachel Hawkins
  • You Should See Me In a Crown by Leah Johnson
  • They Both Die At The End by Adam Silvera

Nonfiction – a mix of a few things, but nonfiction broadly.

    • The ABCs of LGBT+ by Ash Hardell
    • You Will Get Through This Night by Daniel Howell
  • Eleanor and Hick: The Love Affair That Shaped a First Lady by Susan Quinn
  • And the Band Played on: Politics, People, and the AIDS Epidemic by Randy Shilts
  • Read This to Get Smarter: about Race, Class, Gender, Disability & more by Blair Imani
  • Gay Bar: Why We Went Out by Jeremy Atherton Lin
  • The Trans Self-Care Workbook by Theo Lorenz
  • Heroes and Exiles: Gay Icons Through The Ages by Tom Ambrose
  • Boy Erased: A Memoir by Garrard Conley

Not Centred on Romance – there may be a romantic subplot, but it’s not the focus. Queer people living their lives and busy with other things.

    • Clap When You Land by Elizabeth Acevedo
  • The Guncle by Steven Rowley
  • The House in the Cerulean Sea by TJ Klune
  • A Song of Wraiths and Ruin by Roseanne A. Brown
  • Paris Daillencourt is About to Crumble by Alexis Hall
  • An Absolutely Remarkable Thing by Hank Green
  • The Birth of Venus by Sarah Dunant

Supernatural and/or fantasy – would you like an escape from this world? Enjoy.

  • Cemetery Boys by Aiden Thomas
    • Girl, Serpent, Thorn by Melissa Bashardoust
    • Ash by Malinda Lo
  • The Witches of New York by Ami McKay
  • Finding Home by Hari Conner
  • One Last Stop by Casey McQuiston
  • The Magicians by Lev Grossman
  • Good Omens by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett

They weren’t gay…or were they? – spoiler alert: gay. If you’re looking for queer subtext, look no further.

  • The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
  • A Separate Peace by John Knowles
  • Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
  • The Complete Works of William Shakespeare
  • The Importance of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde
  • Dracula by Bram Stroker


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