Truthfully, I haven’t read that many LGBTQ+ books but these are some of my top favorites, most of which I read this year. I’m really hoping to change that, though. I’m especially looking forward to Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe (which I heard is LGBTQ but correct me if I’m wrong), I’ll Give You the Sun, Carry On, More Than This…
All For The Game Trilogy – Nora Sakavic
The All For the Game trilogy by Nora Sakavic is just amazing and I give 5 stars to every book and character in it. Below there’s a list of themes that might be triggering for you but for those who aren’t, I strongly recommend this series. I have never recommended a series more in my life.
Neil Josten is the newest addition to the Palmetto State University Exy team. He’s short, he’s fast, he’s got a ton of potential—and he’s the runaway son of the murderous crime lord known as The Butcher.
Signing a contract with the PSU Foxes is the last thing a guy like Neil should do. The team is high profile and he doesn’t need sports crews broadcasting pictures of his face around the nation. His lies will hold up only so long under this kind of scrutiny and the truth will get him killed.
But Neil’s not the only one with secrets on the team. One of Neil’s new teammates is a friend from his old life, and Neil can’t walk away from him a second time. Neil has survived the last eight years by running. Maybe he’s finally found someone and something worth fighting for.
*Warning: These books get real, very quickly and aren’t for people easily triggered. There’s a lot of sensitive themes in these books, such as abuse, self-harm, rape, murder, torture, trauma and drug abuse (possibly more that I can’t recall at the moment).
**The TFC ebook was published online for free by the author, and TRK and TKG are available for $0.99 each on Smashwords and Amazon. The physical copies are available on eBay and Amazon.
The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller
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Greece in the age of heroes. Patroclus, an awkward young prince, has been exiled to the court of King Peleus and his perfect son Achilles. Despite their differences, Achilles befriends the shamed prince, and as they grow into young men skilled in the arts of war and medicine, their bond blossoms into something deeper – despite the displeasure of Achilles’s mother Thetis, a cruel sea goddess. But when word comes that Helen of Sparta has been kidnapped, Achilles must go to war in distant Troy and fulfill his destiny. Torn between love and fear for his friend, Patroclus goes with him, little knowing that the years that follow will test everything they hold dear.
What’s there more to say? Well, it’s beautifully-written, it’s got amazing characters with a ton of Greek mythology references and it’s just amazing and the main characters are wonderful and precious.
More Happy Than Not by Adam Silvera
I’ve just recently read and reviewed this book and it’s profound, moving and simply amazing and I loved it!
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In the months after his father’s suicide, it’s been tough for sixteen-year-old Aaron Soto to find happiness again—but he’s still gunning for it. With the support of his girlfriend Genevieve and his overworked mom, he’s slowly remembering what that might feel like. But grief and the smile-shaped scar on his wrist prevent him from forgetting completely.
When Genevieve leaves for a couple of weeks, Aaron spends all his time hanging out with this new guy, Thomas. Aaron’s crew notices and they’re not exactly thrilled. But Aaron can’t deny the happiness Thomas brings or how Thomas makes him feel safe from himself, despite the tensions their friendship is stirring with his girlfriend and friends. Since Aaron can’t stay away from Thomas or turn off his newfound feelings for him, he considers turning to the Leteo Institute’s revolutionary memory-alteration procedure to straighten himself out, even if it means forgetting who he truly is.
Why does happiness have to be so hard?
Simon vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli
I read this book in like four hours, two years ago and I just loved it. What an exciting, lovely and amazing read. So well-written and with such interesting characters! 5 stars
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Sixteen-year-old and not-so-openly gay Simon Spier prefers to save his drama for the school musical. But when an email falls into the wrong hands, his secret is at risk of being thrust into the spotlight. Now Simon is actually being blackmailed: if he doesn’t play wingman for class clown Martin, his sexual identity will become everyone’s business. Worse, the privacy of Blue, the pen name of the boy he’s been emailing, will be compromised.
With some messy dynamics emerging in his once tight-knit group of friends, and his email correspondence with Blue growing more flirtatious every day, Simon’s junior year has suddenly gotten all kinds of complicated. Now, change-averse Simon has to find a way to step out of his comfort zone before he’s pushed out—without alienating his friends, compromising himself, or fumbling a shot at happiness with the most confusing, adorable guy he’s never met.