T5W was created by Lainey over @gingerreadslainey in Youtube, and here’s the link to the Goodreads group if you want to join. The theme for this week was top 5 LGBTQ+ reads, and I couldn’t be more excited for it. I love reading diverse books – I usually try to make my reads the most diverse that I can, and I also love recommending them to people who may not know where to start. So, here goes my top 5 LGBTQ+ reads.
A Gathering of Shadows by V.E. Schwab (Shades of Magic #2)
Can I make a list without mentioning V.E. Schwab books? Not really. She is my favorite writer and everything I aspire to be. When she added LGBTQ+ characters to her story and made them one of the best couples I ever read about, which I can’t get over with, and when I found out she’s bi, I was just thrilled to see a LGBTQ+ female author being so successful in the fantasy genre. Also! Gay/bi characters on a fantasy book guys. Just like. Praise.
If you don’t know, the Shades of Magic trilogy is set in a world where there are four different parallel universes, with four different Londons – and Kell is one of the only ones who can travel between them. He does a few things on the side, and it gets him in trouble. That’s all I’m saying.
History is All You Left Me by Adam Silvera
I’m going to cheat here and say I also consider his More Happy Than Not one of my top 5 LGBT reads. Adam Silvera is a latino LGBT writer, and while his books are heartbreaking, they give me hope. I can’t get enough of them (I can’t wait for They Both Die At The End, by the way).
History is All You Left Me, though, is a study on grief, and how people react to it. Adam’s writing is incredible and his story and characters are so beautifully build up and strong. And while it is a contemporary story about character growth, it is not a coming out story. Theo is sure he’s gay – that’s not something he has to “deal” and come to terms with it. It is important to have stories like this, but it’s refreshing to see a character who’s okay with his own sexuality.
Six of Crows Duology by Leigh Bardugo
Leigh Bardugo is other of my favorite authors. Her book series are enthralling, and the world she created for both of them is incredible. The fact that she cared about the diversity of her cast in the spin-off series to the Grisha Trilogy makes me extremely happy. Like I said, we don’t see a lot of LGBT characters in fantasy novels. This book is about an unlikely gang of misfits paired up to complete an impossible heist. And, we have a gay couple. What else could I ask?
Everything Leads to You by Nina Lacour
This book is the softest thing I ever read. And also, unfortunately, the only one on the list that has a lesbian relationship – these are hard to come by, apparently. It’s exactly the type of fluffy contemporary I like to read from to time to time. The main character has an interesting and different career – she builds sets for Hollywood – and has still some unresolved issues with her ex. There is romance, a cool best friend, and a bit of angst. But the love interest is a girl. It was really nice to read a soft contemporary with two girls as the main couple. Also, the MC is biracial, so yay for more diversity!
The Foxhole Court by Nora Sakavic
This one I haven’t heard a lot about in the book blogging community, so even though there are a few (lot) more LGBT reads I love, I thought of mentioning this one. The Foxhole Court follows Neil Josten as he joins the Exy – a super violent version of lacrosse, basically – team in a college. Except all the players in the team are the misfits in campus, the kids no one wants, so they’re not that good. Trigger warning for abuse, sexual abuse and violence though!
It’s a heavy read, but a really good one. The books are super short and the relationships in the team were amazing. I never knew I cared for sports until I read it.
So this is it! My top 5 LGBT reads. If you guys want me to do a bigger list, let me know and I’ll do it!
Thanks for reading and I’ll see you on the next one!