By: Dani Kessel
[TW: I use the term queer in this article as a reclaimed label for the LGBTQ+ community.]
I’m a huge bookworm. One of my favorite pastimes is just cozying up on the couch with my dog, a cup of coffee, and a good book. Reading is the best. But, while I enjoy mainstream fiction, there is a large gap in stories containing LGBTQ+ characters. Despite complaints from a very vocal and annoying population, queer folks/relationships exist and representation matters. (I might smack someone the next time I hear the question, “Well, why does this character have to be gay/trans/bi/poly/nonbinary?” We see straight, cis, allosexual characters ad nauseam. Stop complaining about other representations. BLAH!) We beg to see characters like us. And though it’s getting more accepted, it’s still fairly uncommon to see minorities as the protagonists.
So, I took the time to compile a reading list for Girl on the Go!
If you’re like me, and you want to see yourself represented in characters, or if you’re not LGBTQ+, but you want to read more diverse fiction, then you should check out any of the titles on this book list!
30 LGBTQ+ Fiction Books To Read:
- Leah On The Offbeat by Becky Albertalli
- When Katie Met Cassidy by Camille Perri
- Juliet Takes a Breath by Gabby Rivera
- The Symptoms of Being Human by Jeff Garvin
- The Island on the Edge of Normal by Guy New York
- Next Year, For Sure by Zoey Leigh Peterson
- All Inclusive by Farzana Doctor
- Chameleon Moon by RoAnna Sylver
- The Night Off by Meghan O’ Brien
- Finding Jaime by P. Dawn
- We Are Okay by Nina LaCour
- I Wish You All the Best by Mason Deaver
- Hearts Are Jerks by Gabrielle Harbowy
- The Falling In Love Montage by Ciara Smyth
- All The World Between Us by Morgan Lee Miller
- Late to the Party by Kelly Quindlen
- The Gay Girl’s Guide to Ruining Prom by Siera Maley
- Date Me, Bryson Keller by Kevin Van Whye
- Giovanni’s Room by James Baldwin
- The Blade Between by Sam J. Miller
- Not Your Sidekick by C.B. Lee
- Felix Ever After by Kacen Callender
- Dreadnought by April Daniels
- Elegy for the Undead by Matthew Vesely
- Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Saenz
- Ruby-Fruit Jungle by Rita Mae Brown
- Carry On by Rainbow Rowell
- All Adults Here by Emma Straub
- Bestiary by K-Ming Chang
- The Death of Vivek Oji by Akwaeke Emezi
That’s Girl on the Go’s LGBTQ+ reading list!
I’ve personally read most of these books, and the others are at the top of my wishlist. These authors wrote compelling stories about vivid, interesting LGBTQ+ folks of all ages, races, and backgrounds. By perusing these titles, I hope you found a book to check out from the library or buy as a gift for the holidays. (Remember to frequent your local small-business bookstores whenever possible!) I know life is hectic and busy, but please never forget the small joys and immense gift of reading. We could all use a little more relaxation and a lot more books.