Hi! Today’s blog post is a list of my 5 favorite LGBTQ+ books. This, of course, in honor of Pride Month, which I know is nearly over BUT I don’t think that these books are just for reading only during one month of the year, so I figure better late than never.
All this books have main LGBTQ+ characters and are very different from one another, some are about finding and accepting yourself, others are just hilarious and cute, and some are just about fantasy and adventure.
I know, there are a lot of great books out there and even more that haven’t had the chance to read yet, but these are some of my personal favorite that I highly recommend for everyone to try.
Let’s get started then:
Genre: Historical Fiction
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. By all rights their paths should never cross, but Achilles takes the shamed prince as his friend, 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’ mother Thetis, a cruel sea goddess. But then word comes that Helen of Sparta has been kidnapped. Torn between love and fear for his friend, Patroclus journeys with Achilles to Troy, little knowing that the years that follow will test everything they hold dear.
Profoundly moving and breathtakingly original, this rendering of the epic Trojan War is a dazzling feat of the imagination, a devastating love story, and an almighty battle between gods and kings, peace and glory, immortal fame and the human heart.
“I could recognize him by touch alone, by smell; I would know him blind, by the way his breaths came and his feet struck the earth. I would know him in death, at the end of the world.”
This book was also on My 5 Favorite Books post and I’m never going to get tired of recommending it. If you like Greek mythology, retellings, the Iliad and are looking to read about a beautiful relationship then this book is for you. Warning: be prepared for your heart to be broken and cry non stop.
Genre: YA Contemporary, Romance
A lyrical novel about family and friendship from critically acclaimed author Benjamin Alire Sáenz.
Aristotle is an angry teen with a brother in prison. Dante is a know-it-all who has an unusual way of looking at the world. When the two meet at the swimming pool, they seem to have nothing in common. But as the loners start spending time together, they discover that they share a special friendship–the kind that changes lives and lasts a lifetime. And it is through this friendship that Ari and Dante will learn the most important truths about themselves and the kind of people they want to be.
“I bet you could sometimes find all the mysteries of the universe in someone’s hand.”
This book I actually read at the begging of the month, but it quickly become one of my all time favorites. We follow Ari and Dante in their journey of self discovery and adulthood, and you not only end up falling in love with both characters, but the meaning behind this book is also very touching. The story is very beautiful, easy to read, relatable and with amazing characters.
Genre: YA Contemporary, Romance
First Son Alex Claremont-Diaz is the closest thing to a prince this side of the Atlantic. With his intrepid sister and the Veep’s genius granddaughter, they’re the White House Trio, a beautiful millennial marketing strategy for his mother, President Ellen Claremont. International socialite duties do have downsides—namely, when photos of a confrontation with his longtime nemesis Prince Henry at a royal wedding leak to the tabloids and threaten American/British relations.
The plan for damage control: staging a fake friendship between the First Son and the Prince. Alex is busy enough handling his mother’s bloodthirsty opponents and his own political ambitions without an uptight royal slowing him down. But beneath Henry’s Prince Charming veneer, there’s a soft-hearted eccentric with a dry sense of humor and more than one ghost haunting him.
As President Claremont kicks off her reelection bid, Alex finds himself hurtling into a secret relationship with Henry that could derail the campaign and upend two nations. And Henry throws everything into question for Alex, an impulsive, charming guy who thought he knew everything: What is worth the sacrifice? How do you do all the good you can do? And, most importantly, how will history remember you?
“Thinking about history makes me wonder how I’ll fit into it one day, I guess. And you too. I kinda wish people still wrote like that. History, huh? Bet we could make some.”
This was one of my favorite reads of last year. This books is not only heartwarming but also hilarious, I remember laughing out loud and just enjoying the story so much. If you are looking for an easy read, funny and with a good meaning, then this book is for you. Also, I dare you not to like Alex and Henry.
Genre: YA Contemporary, Romance
Simon Snow is the worst Chosen One who’s ever been chosen.
That’s what his roommate, Baz, says. And Baz might be evil and a vampire and a complete git, but he’s probably right.
Half the time, Simon can’t even make his wand work, and the other half, he starts something on fire. His mentor’s avoiding him, his girlfriend broke up with him, and there’s a magic-eating monster running around, wearing Simon’s face. Baz would be having a field day with all this, if he were here — it’s their last year at the Watford School of Magicks, and Simon’s infuriating nemesis didn’t even bother to show up.
Carry On – The Rise and Fall of Simon Snow is a ghost story, a love story and a mystery. It has just as much kissing and talking as you’d expect from a Rainbow Rowell story – but far, far more monsters.
“You were the sun, and I was crashing into you. I’d wake up every morning and think, ‘This will end in flames.”
This book has magic, is hilarious, has adventure and two dorks discovering that they are in love with each other. What more can I say? Is a really easy read, but trust me, once you pick it up, you will not let it go. There’s also a second book already out and I’m patiently waiting for the third one.
Question: Does anyone else thinks Draco and Harry while reading about Baz and Simon? Or just me?
Genre: Fiction, Romance
Call Me by Your Name is the story of a sudden and powerful romance that blossoms between an adolescent boy and a summer guest at his parents’ cliff-side mansion on the Italian Riviera. Unprepared for the consequences of their attraction, at first each feigns indifference. But during the restless summer weeks that follow, unrelenting buried currents of obsession and fear, fascination and desire, intensify their passion as they test the charged ground between them. What grows from the depths of their spirits is a romance of scarcely six weeks’ duration and an experience that marks them for a lifetime. For what the two discover on the Riviera and during a sultry evening in Rome is the one thing both already fear they may never truly find again: total intimacy.
The psychological maneuvers that accompany attraction have seldom been more shrewdly captured than in André Aciman’s frank, unsentimental, heartrending elegy to human passion. Call Me by Your Name is clear-eyed, bare-knuckled, and ultimately unforgettable.
“We had the stars, you and I. And this is given once only.”
This book is just amazing . The writing is extraordinary, it’s one of those few books that has managed to transport me inside the pages. I felt like I was next to Elliot and Oliver during those late hot night in the streets of Rome, or those summer afternoons in a small Italy town. Also, some of the messages behind this book were very beautiful and have stuck with me since. Is not and easy read, but trust me is really worth it.
So, I just wanted to add a small list of other books with LGBTQ+ characters that, even though didn’t made my final list, are really worth reading:
– Honestly, all Uncle Rick’s books
– Most of Cassie Clare’s books in the Shadowhunter universe.
– And a lot more!
Hope you enjoy it! Let me know all your thoughts in the comments and please recommend me some of your favorite books too.