If you’re part of the LGBTQ+ community, you’re probably eager to get your hands on any piece of queer media you can; if you’re not part of the community, maybe you’re looking to broaden the scope of your reading experiences. There are so many queer books out there, but it can be hard to keep up with new releases and titles that have already been published. We have put together a list of LGBTQ+ reads to add to your TBR list, whether you’re reading by yourself or with a book club.
The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller
The Song of Achilles is a very popular retelling of the Iliad, focusing on the story of Achilles and Patroclus, told from the latter’s point of view. This book follows the two from childhood to the Trojan War, chronicling their growth and their romantic relationship. It is a very touching read, and it’s perfect for fans of Greek mythology.
Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Sáenz
Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe follows two lonely teenage boys who meet one another during the summer and become fast friends. Over time, and over a distance, the two discover romantic feelings for each other. This beloved novel has a sequel that was just published too!
Aristotle and Dante Dive into the Waters of the World by Benjamin Alire Sáenz
This is the sequel to Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe, and it is a highly-anticipated sequel to boot. Having just been released, this book is on many a TBR list, but early reviews are giving it a glowing recommendation.
Cemetery Boys by Aiden Thomas
Cemetery Boys went viral thanks to TikTok, and it’s for good reason. Sixteen-year-old trans boy Yadriel is on a mission to prove to his traditional family that he is a man by way of a brujo ceremony. Typically performed as a family celebration, Yadriel invites his cousin/best friend, Maritza, to attempt to summon their murdered cousin to set his soul free. Yadriel mistakenly summons the ghost of newly-dead high school bad boy Julian Diaz, and he refuses to leave Yadriel alone until the pair finds out what happened to the murdered boy. The longer the two spend together, however, the less they want to leave.
One Last Stop by Casey McQuiston
Cynical August moves to New York City where she waits tables at a twenty-four-hour diner and lives with way too many people. She has given up on romance and is determined to live the rest of her life alone. One day, she meets Jane on the subway and is stopped in her tracks. Slowly but surely, August begins to believe in love and the impossible.
While not an exhaustive list, I hope you’ve found a book (or two, or five) to add to your list. Happy reading, and enjoy these highly-praised queer love stories!