It’s no secret that I’m a fan of LGBT-themed books – I’m always either reading one, or looking for another to read – so I figured I’d let you in on my personal list of favourites that I’ve read in past years. Some are recent, whereas others, I haven’t read in a while. These are in no particular order, just because I’m the most indecisive person in the world, so just enjoy.
Simon Vs The Homo Sapiens Agenda (Becky Albertalli)
Synopsis: 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.
My Feelings: If you’re looking for a cute YA boy-on-boy romance that ends with a ‘Happily Ever After’, then this is bound to leave you smiling from ear to ear by the end of it. It’s sweet and adorable, without being too cliche and sugary. Also, the sequel (of sorts) is coming out this year!!!!!
You can read my review here.
Fox-Hat And Neko (August Li):
Synopsis: Tokyo high school student Tsukino Ayumu never wanted to stand out. He’s always been content to run at the middle of the pack and go unnoticed, and he doesn’t expect much to change when he moves to the small fishing village of Yuuyake to live with his grandfather.
In Yuuyake, Ayumu makes his first real friend in Ikehara Haruki and forges close ties with two girls, Shizuka and Chou. Together, the four friends muddle through the messy world of dating and relationships while trying to succeed in school and prepare for the world they’ll enter when it ends. Fate has other plans for them, though, and Ayumu in particular, as an invisible threat targets the village’s young people.
After being plagued by disturbing, violent dreams, Ayumu learns what the spirit world expects of him. He must learn to fight and to lead—but he’s only ever been ordinary. With the support of friends he would die to protect, Ayumu faces a destiny only he can fulfill. But others have taken an interest in Ayumu. The mysterious Fox-Hat and Neko know more about Ayumu than he knows about himself, and they lead him onto a path that might end in the destruction of them all.
My Feelings: This was the first ARC I ever recieved, and it’s a delightfully quirky mix of fantasy, and folklore, and romance. Warning though, you’ll get way too invested in these characters by about halfway through the book. That’s how good it is.
You can read my review of this here.
What Happened To Lani Garver (Carol Plum-Ucci):
Synopsis: The close-knit residents of Hackett Island have never seen anyone quite like Lani Garver. Everything about this new kid is a mystery: Where does Lani come from? How old is Lani? And most disturbing of all, is Lani a boy or a girl?
Claire McKenzie isn’t up to tormenting Lani with the rest of the high school elite. Instead, she befriends the intriguing outcast. But within days of Lani’s arrival, tragedy strikes and Claire must deal with shattered friendships and personal demons–and the possibility that angels may exist on earth.
My Feelings: This book brings together philosophy and teenagers in a way I wasn’t expecting to get drawn into so much. Lani Garver, this androgynous angel, who is just what Claire needs, is absolutely perfect. Everyone needs a Lani in their life in my opinion – someone who isn’t afraid to tell you the hard truth when you need a reality check, but who’ll also hug and comfort you when you need that as well. This is a must-read for everyone.
You can read my review of this here.
Lies My Girlfriend Told Me (Julie Anne Peters):
Synopsis: When Alix’s charismatic girlfriend, Swanee, dies from sudden cardiac arrest, Alix is overcome with despair. As she searches Swanee’s room for mementos of their relationship, she finds Swanee’s cell phone, pinging with dozens of texts sent from a mysterious contact, L.T. The most recent text reads: “Please tell me what I did. Please, Swan. Te amo. I love you.”
Shocked and betrayed, Alix learns that Swanee has been leading a double life–secretly dating a girl named Liana the entire time she’s been with Alix. Alix texts Liana from Swanee’s phone, pretending to be Swanee in order to gather information before finally meeting face-to-face to break the news.
Brought together by Swanee’s lies, Alix and Liana become closer than they’d thought possible. But Alix is still hiding the truth from Liana. Alix knows what it feels like to be lied to–but will coming clean to Liana mean losing her, too?
My Feelings: If you want an adorable girl on girl romance that’ll keep you on your toes, this is something you need to read. The whole time I was reading it, I was waiting for the moment when the truth was going to come out, but it was a good feeling. It’ll make you shiver with….
You can read my review of this here.
Anything Written By L.A. Witt.
This is more of a generalisation, but seriously, I am in love with all of L.A Witt’s books, and she’s one of my top auto-buy authors at this point, even though I only discovered her back in 2015 when I started this blog and started looking for ARCs on Netgalley. She writes these intriguing Male/Male romances, with just enough steam in them to get you a little hot under the collar. I know, I’ve felt hot and flustered quite a few times while reading (especially with Running With Scissors).
Here are ones I’ve read and reviewed, and if you click over to my Book Review page, you can read the reviews for each of these.
Also, I just finished reading Just Drive by L.A. Witt, and To Live Again, so look out for those reviews coming up soon!
The Art of Being Normal ( Jeff Garvin):
Synopsis: The first thing you’re going to want to know about me is: Am I a boy, or am I a girl?
Riley Cavanaugh is many things: Punk rock. Snarky. Rebellious. And gender fluid. Some days Riley identifies as a boy, and others as a girl. The thing is…Riley isn’t exactly out yet. And between starting a new school and having a congressman father running for reelection in uber-conservative Orange County, the pressure—media and otherwise—is building up in Riley’s so-called “normal” life.
On the advice of a therapist, Riley starts an anonymous blog to vent those pent-up feelings and tell the truth of what it’s REALLY like to be a gender fluid teenager. But just as Riley’s starting to settle in at school—even developing feelings for a mysterious outcast—the blog goes viral, and an unnamed commenter discovers Riley’s real identity, threatening exposure. Riley must make a choice: walk away from what the blog has created—a lifeline, new friends, a cause to believe in—or stand up, come out, and risk everything.
My Feelings: Yay for diversity! This is a heart-wrenching novel about someone who just doesn’t fit in – the lost sock in the dryer of life. I was entranced the whole way through, and I just became so invested in all of these characters – Bec, Riley, Solo. If you’re looking for a book that deals with gender fluidity, and identity, this is a must-read. Well, it should be a must-read anyway, but that goes without saying.
If you have any recommendations for me, my comments section is right down below, and I always want LGBTQ books to read! The more diverse the better.