Top Ten Tuesday: LGBT+ Books I Want to Read

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This week is a Freebie week for Top Ten Tuesday, and it took me ages to decide what to write for it.

There are so many books out there that I’d like to read but haven’t gotten around to yet. Today, I’m narrowing my focus to those titles that are about LGBT+ characters because I haven’t been doing a good job of keeping up with these stories. There are a lot of good ones that have been published recently!

1. Mostly Dead Things by Kristen Arnett

I knew someone whose parent committed suicide when we were in middle school. That experience drew me to this plot even more than the queer content.

2.Β Like a Love StoryΒ by Abdi Nazemian

I can’t imagine how frightening it must have been to realize you were gay during the height of the AIDS epidemic in the 1980s. Wow!

3. The History of Living Forever by Jake Wolff

The Elixir of Life is something I never grow tired of reading about. It will be interesting to see how these characters react to the thought of possibly living forever.

4. The Summer Demands by Deborah Shapiro.

It’s rare that a romance novel catches my attention, but the summer camp setting and adult protagonists of this one are unique enough that I’m curious to read it.

5. The Girl in Red by Christina Henry

A dystopian retelling of Little Red Riding Hood? Sign me up, please!







6. The Wise and the Wicked by Rebecca Podos.

The strong focus on family history in this blurb was what first grabbed my attention. My family has all sorts of stories about our ancestors that have been passed down through the generations. I love reading about other families that do the same thing. This seems to happen in every corner of the globe. I can only assume families from every culture occasionally disagree on specific details of their stories, too, just like mine does!

7. Wild and Crooked by Leah Thomas

It’s been a long time since I read a small town murder mystery. This sounds like it could be a good read.

8. A Queer History of the United States for Young People by Michael Bronski

Oh, how I wish I’d had a book like this when I was a teenager. I’ve always enjoyed history, but I also couldn’t help but to wonder why none of the history books I read or museums I visited every talked about people like me. They barely discussed women at all. Queer women (or people in general) were basically erased entirely.

9. Silver in the Wood by Emily Tesh

There’s something a little magical about wandering around in the woods. As much as I love my city life, I’m also irresistibly drawn to books that explore what might be living in the parts of forests where humans rarely venture.

10. Empress of Forever by Max Gladstone

As soon as I heard this was a feminist Guardians of the Galaxy type of story, I was intrigued. I’m not normally into space operas, but this one might change my mind about that.

Have you read any of these books? If so, what did you think of them? How big are your TBR lists in general?

121 Responses to Top Ten Tuesday: LGBT+ Books I Want to Read

  1. Great list!! Lots of titles I’m not familiar with that I’ll have to check out πŸ™‚

  2. I think The Girl in Red is the only one of this list that I knew about before! Great list, though. I love breaking down my TBR into smaller sections to analyze. It can get too intimidating otherwise.

  3. So many of these sound really good! Great picks and I’ll be adding some to my TBR list πŸ™‚

  4. I’m really looking forward to read Like A Love Story too! Great idea for a theme! These all look so good! 😊

  5. I haven’t heard of most of these, but a lot of them sound really cool? Which.. yay because LGBT recs! And… fuuuuck bc MORE BOOKS TO READ O_O

    Def gonna save this post to look over the recs later in more detail tho!

  6. Freebies are almost harder than the given topics, aren’t they? So many choices. Love your choice! I didn’t realize The Girl in Red was LGBTQ, which is weird since I’ve heard so much about it and I’ve been so eager to read it. I didn’t know A Queer History of the United States for Young People was a thing, but I need to read that now!

  7. Excellent list. I say that not having read them, but in being made aware of the numerous titles. A Queer History of the US for Young people sounds especially noteworthy and overdue. And we are kindred spirits when it comes to sentiments on the woods<3

  8. These sound like good one, I hope you get to read some of them soon. I worked up a TBR list for this week’s topic also, it’s good as a reminder to yourself.

  9. What an interesting list. I never thought of this as a topic. Will have to find a couple of those books, I guess.

    Thanks for stopping by on my TTT earlier. Always nice to talk to fellow readers.

  10. Honestly, I want to read all of these but ESPECIALLY The Girl in Red. You had me at “dystopian retelling of Little Red Riding Hood” because, uh, YES, please. Sign me up. THAT’S my brand, 100%.

  11. That’s a great list! I definitely have to look some of these up. I recently read Tell Me How You Really Feel but Aminah Mae Safi and it was a really cute one!

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