This blog post is actually inspired by something that I talked about in one of my recent Instagram posts – LGBTQ+ books I’ve recently read which I would recommend! I read all of these books in 2019, although not all of them are new releases.
The Priory of the Orange Tree by Samantha Shannon
This was one of my most anticipated books of 2019 and it did not disappoint! I was going to read it anyway – I love Samantha Shannon’s books – but knowing there was a f/f romance made it even better. One of the narrators was also a gay man. If you like powerful women, high fantasy and dragons – check it out! Read my review here.
The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid
I’ve been wanting to read this for a while after seeing a lot of hype last year. However, hearing that it featured a f/f relationship was what finally prompted me to actually buy this book. It was absolutely phenomenal and is now one of my favourite books of all time. A bisexual woman, a lesbian woman and a gay man are featured! READ THIS.
Girls of Paper and Fire by Natasha Ngan
This entire list is just going to be me saying how I’ve wanted a book for a while, but finally picked it up when I found out about the f/f relationship. This book is no different! I loved seeing this romance within a really interesting fantasy setting and I can’t wait until the next book.
The Red Scrolls of Magic by Cassandra Clare and Wesley Chu
This book felt so wholesome to read. I’ve loved Malec since reading TMI and it was really sweet to see a more romance and character focused Shadowhunter book. Helen and Aline’s relationship was honestly what made this book perfect. If you’ve read Cassandra Clare’s other series, I’d definitely recommend this book – it features a gay Shadowhunter, a bisexual warlock, an adorably awkward lesbian and a badass bisexual woman. See my full spoiler review here.
Radio Silence by Alice Oseman
I went into this not really knowing what it was about at all but I absolutely loved it. I really enjoyed how the sexuality of the characters wasn’t the main plot (as it wasn’t a romance book) but it still got attention. Features a past f/f relationship and a gay couple! If you’re looking for a contemporary with a focus other than romance, this is for you!
Heartstopper by Alice Oseman
This is the first graphic novel I’ve ever read (unless you count reading the walking dead when I was way too young…) Heartstopper focuses on Nick and Charlie, an established couple in Oseman’s first novel, Solitaire, where they are background characters. The graphic novel explores their meeting and the beginning of their relationship. It’s so sweet and heartwarming. There are so many different situations addressed, such as knowing you’re gay versus never really having thought about it. Even if you’ve never really read a graphic novel, I think this is a great start!
Other Words For Smoke by Sarah Maria Griffin
I was lucky enough to be sent a free copy of this book for review by Titan Books, as I participated in the Instagram Blog Tour. What I really enjoyed about this book was how the sexuality of the characters seemed so normal. It wasn’t the sole focus of the novel, which is weird and wonderful magical realism, but it was great to read all the same. I felt it was very realistic as the book follows twins growing up and discovering things about the world and themselves. See my full review here.
The Devouring Gray by Christine Lynn Herman
Thank you to Titan Books for sending me a free copy for review as part of the Instagram Blog Tour. Romance wasn’t a big part of this book – the mystery was more of a focus – but I really enjoyed the casual mentions of characters being bi, as well as hints at f/f side relationships. I’m excited to see how the relationships develop in the next book! Read my full review here.
Please give me recommendations if you have any! It’s important to me to strive to read more LGBTQ+ books and I hope to discover even more great books in the future.