Happy Pride Month! My Top 10 LGBT+ books so far

Happy Pride Month everyone!

While this blog is unapologetically Queer 24/7, 365 days a year until the end of time I just wanted to take a moment to appreciate some of the stories I have reviewed with fantastic LGBT+ representation. While this isn’t an exhaustive list, it is one I’ve put together with the sole intention of providing a variety of genres and tones – because like LGBT+ people, LGBT+ stories are varied and diverse.

So in no particular order, here are ten (sort of, some are series but it’s my blog so there) recommendations from me to you this Pride Month!

Into The Drowning Deep by Mira Grant

The Atargatis research ship sailed out into the Mariana Trench to film a mockumentary on mermaids, and never returned. Years later Tory boards a ship bound for the same location in the hopes of finding out what happened to her sister years ago.

My Rating: 5/5

Highlights: Bisexual and lesbian representation, autistic and deaf characters, women in STEM.

Content warning: Graphic depictions of violence and death, killer mermaids aplenty.

Girls of Paper and Fire by Natasha Ngan

When Lei, a human girl, is taken as one of the King’s concubines, or ‘Paper Girls’, she is taken from everything she knows. Trapped in an opulent cage as her family are threatened and the King’s men raid human villages, Mei resolves to resist by whatever means necessary.

My rating: 5/5

Highlights: Non-eurocentric fantasy, queer lady representation, overcoming sexual abuse (see also content warnings), all the food.

Content Warnings: Sexual assault, violence, slavery, caste-based racism.

The Long Way To A Small Angry Planet by Becky Chambers

The crew of the Wayfarer is hired to construct a wormhole between two points in space. Rosemary, the crew’s newest member, is hiding her own secrets – but the next year will force her to confront them alongside the ship’s rag-tag crew.

My rating: 5/5 books

Highlights: Queer lady representation, discussions of non-heteronormative/monogamous cultures and relationships, character based, found-family goodness.

Content warnings: Mentions of past war crimes, violence, species-based-racism.

Blackout by Kit Mallory

When the north of England is annexed off and left to die, Skyler finds herself on the side of the wall that wants her dead. Lacking a Southern ID and working as a hacker to keep herself alive, she and sort-of-friend Mackenzie stumble across something much bigger than they had anticipated.

Highlights: Queer lady representation, honest depictions of mental illness, a dystopian fiction book that ISN’T SET IN AMERICA, badass women.

Content warnings:

My rating: 5/5 books

No Man of Woman Born by Ana Mardoll

A collection of fantasy stories with non-cisgender main characters. From Princesses seeking to live as their authentic selves in worlds that deny them, to gender-fluid royals facing gendered prophecies, there’s a wonderful variety of stories within.

My rating: 5/5 books

Content warnings: Warnings included at the beginning of each story.

The Sovereign Series by Josie Jaffrey (The Gilded King / The Silver Queen / The Blood Prince)

The world is divided. The Blue is safe, guarded by the Silver that humans serve and feed. The Red outside is toxic – at least, that’s what they’ve been told. But the Blue isn’t as safe as it would appear, and the boundary between the two worlds is beginning to look unstable.

My ratings: 5/5 books

Content warnings: Blood, violence.

It Takes Two To Tumble by Cat Sebastian  

Captain Philip Dacre returns to his children after the death of his wife and discovers that the local vicar Benjamin Sedgewick has been called in to keep them in line. Benjamin finds his own marriage plans in question when he and Captain Dacre begin to grow close.  

My rating: 5/5 books

Content ratings: Period-typical homophobia, discussions of child abuse.

Peter Darling by Austin Chant

A re-imagining of the classic story of Peter Pan wherein Peter himself is a trans man whose return to Neverland forces him to examine his feelings about himself and about a certain Captain. Neverland has changed, and the games they used to play seem serious, and deadly, now.

My rating: 4/5 books

Content warnings: Transphobia, deadnaming, suicidal thoughts

Humanity For Beginners by Faith Mudge

A Bed and Breakfast in the countryside accidentally becomes a safe-house for a rag-tag group of lesbian werewolves who may or may not be a pack. When a new pack moves into the area, Gloria and her friends have to take a stand and defend what they hold dear.

My rating: 5/5 books

Content warnings: Discussion of homophobia, sexism

The Seafarer’s Kiss/The Navigator’s Touch by Julia Ember

A mermaid seeking to avoid the future her kingdom demands of her encounters a girl stranded after a shipwreck, whose tattoos shift and change across her skin. Of course, when Loki gets involved things go wrong…or maybe go right after all.

My ratings: 4/5 and 5/5 books

Content warnings: Discussions of consent, violence

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