Book Review

Lambda Literary Award Finalists 2022

The Lambda Literary Awards are an excellent place to find LGBTQ+ book recommendations with 24 categories of 5 books. Last year I tried to read as many of the finalists as I could, and I’m going to do the same again in the lead up to the 34th Annual Lambda Literary Awards on June 11th.

I’ve chosen to focus on XX categories that are most interesting to me. If there is a book in another category that you think I would enjoy, please let me know!


Lesbian Fiction

  • How to Wrestle a Girl by Venita Blackburn
  • Matrix by Lauren Groff
  • Skye Falling by Mia McKenzie
  • The Five Wounds by Kirstin Valdez Quade
  • With Teeth by Kristen Arnett

Transgender Fiction

  • A Natural History of Transition by Callum Angus
  • Detransition, Baby by Torrey Peters
  • Margaret and the Mystery of the Missing Body by Megan Milks
  • She Who Became the Sun by Shelley Parker-Chan
  • Summer Fun by Jeanne Thornton

LGBTQ Nonfiction

  • Dear Senthuran by Akwaeke Emezi
  • Deep Sniff: A History of Poppers and Queer Futures by Adam Zmith
  • Girlhood by Melissa Febos
  • Let the Record Show by Sarah Schulman
  • Northern Light: Power, Land, and the Memory of Water by Kazim Ali

LGBTQ Young Adult

  • Hani and Ishu’s Guide to Fake Dating by Adiba Jaigirdar
  • The City Beautiful by Aden Polydoros
  • The Heartbreak Bakery by A.R. Capetta
  • The Passing Playbook by Isaac Fitzsimons
  • What We Devour by Linsey Miller

LGBTQ Comics

  • Cheer Up! Love and Pompoms by Crystal Frasier and Val Wise
  • Our Work is Everywhere: An Illustrated Oral History of Queer & Trans Resistance by Syan Rose
  • Shadow Life by Hiromi Goto
  • Stone Fruit by Lee Lai
  • Thirsty Mermaids by Kat Leyh

Check out our Queer Lil Library for more book recommendations and reviews!

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