Recommended Reads: Books Featuring LGBTQIA+ Characters

Say it loud! (13)

Having representation of lgbtqia+ characters in books is massively important, especially nowadays. I have made it my personal goal to read more diverse books this year with all kinds of different characters of different genders or sexual orientation. (These are books with an overall rating of at least 4 Stars)

Carry On by Rainbow Rowell28356624

Half the time Simon can’t even make his wand work, and the other half, he sets 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 Watford School of Magicks, and Simon’s infuriating nemesis didn’t even bother to show up.

This story is based on the fan fiction that Cath from Fangirl wrote.

M/M Romance. Rating: 4.18

 In The Present Tense by Carrie Pack28490338

Miles Lawson goes to sleep dreaming of a future with his boyfriend Adam but wakes to find he is married to Ana, an acquaintance from high school. When he learns he has been time traveling, Miles is consumed with finding a cure for his rare condition—and finding his first love.

He goes on a journey through time and space to change the future. But will he be able to convince Adam that he’s telling the truth before it’s too late?

M/M Romance. Rating: 4.02


Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli

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.

M/M Romance. Rating: 4.25

51fl6yckwll-_sx354_bo1204203200_The One Hundred Nights of Hero by Isabel Greenberg (Graphic Novel)

In the Empire of Migdal Bavel, Cherry is married to Jerome, a wicked man who makes a diabolical wager with his friend Manfred: if Manfred can seduce Cherry in one hundred nights, he can have his castle–and Cherry.

But what Jerome doesn’t know is that Cherry is in love with her maid Hero. The two women hatch a plan: Hero, a member of the League of Secret Story Tellers, will distract Manfred by regaling him with a mesmerizing tale each night for 100 nights, keeping him at bay.

F/F Romance. Rating: 4.56

If I Was Your Girl by Meredith Russo  26156987

Amanda Hardy is the new girl in school in Lambertville, Tennessee. Like any other girl, all she wants is to make friends and fit in. But Amanda is keeping a secret. There’s a reason why she transferred schools for her senior year, and why she’s determined not to get too close to anyone.

And then she meets Grant Everett. Grant is unlike anyone she’s ever met. As they spend more time together, she finds herself yearning to share with Grant everything about herself…including her past. But she’s terrified that once she tells Grant the truth, he won’t be able to see past it.

Transgender Female Character. Rating: 4.04 (BTW this book is written by a trans woman)

Let me know if you have read any of these books and if yes what did you think about them? If not, what books with lgbt+ characters have you read recently that you absolutely loved? I would love to read your thoughts!


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