Queer Lil Library

I’ve read a lot of books with queer protagonists. Check out this list for books by and about LGBTQ+ people.

The books that are bolded are my favorites!


All Systems Red by Martha Wells (science fiction)
An Absolutely Remarkable Thing and A Beautifully Foolish Endeavor by Hank Green (YA sci-fi)
The Abyss Surrounds Us and The Edge of the Abyss by Emily Skrutskie (YA fantasy dystopia)
The Adventure Zone: Petals to the Metal by the McElroys (fantasy graphic novel)
Alice + Freda Forever by Alexis Coe (historical non-fiction)
Alice Payne Arrives and Alice Payne Rides by Kate Heartfield (sci-fi novellas)
All Boys Aren’t Blue by George M. Johnson (memoir)
Any Way the Wind Blows by Rainbow Rowell (YA fantasy)
Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Saenz (YA contemporary fiction)


Band Sinister by K.J. Charles (romance)
Basically Queer edited by Claire Robson, Kelsey Blair, and Jen Marchbank (nonfiction essays)
Bloody Rose by Nicholas Eames (fantasy)
Burning Roses by S.L. Huang (fantasy)
Butter Honey Pig Bread by Francesca Ekwuyasi (contemporary fiction)


Call Me By Your Name by Andre Aciman (contemporary fiction)
Camp by L.C. Rosen (YA contemporary fiction)
Captive Prince series by C.S. Pacat (fantasy)
Carry On by Rainbow Rowell (YA fantasy)


Darius the Great is Not Okay by Adib Khorram (YA contemporary fiction)
The Deep & Dark Blue by Niki Smith (middle grade fantasy graphic novel)


FINNA by Nino Cipri (science fiction novella)
Find Me by Andre Aciman (contemporary fiction)
The Fire Never Goes Out: A Memoir in Pictures by Noelle Stevenson (memoir, graphic novel)
Fireheart Tiger by Alliete de Bodard (fantasy novella)
Flamer by Mike Curato (YA graphic novel)


Gideon the Ninth by Tamsyn Muir (sci-fi fantasy)
The Girl from the Sea by Molly Ostertag (YA fantasy graphic novel)
The Guncle by Steven Rowley (contemporary fiction)


Hani and Ishu’s Guide to Fake Dating by Abida Jaigirdar (YA contemporary romance)
Harrow the Ninth by Tamsyn Muir (sci-fi fantasy)
The Henna Wars by Adiba Jaigirdar (middle grade contemporary fiction)
A High Five for Glenn Burke by Phil Bildner (middle grade contemporary fiction)
Honey Girl by Morgan Rogers (contemporary fiction)
The House in the Cerulean Sea by TJ Klune (fantasy)


I Think I Love You by Auriane Desombre (YA contemporary fiction)
I Wish You All the Best by Mason Deaver (YA contemporary fiction)
Ice Massacre by Tiana Warner (YA fantasy)
In the Vanisher’s Palace by Aliette de Bodard (fantasy)


The Jasmine Throne by Tasha Suri (fantasy)


Karen Memory by Elizabeth Bear (steampunk)


The Lady’s Guide to Celestial Mechanics by Olivia Waite (romance)
Last Night at the Telegraph Club by Malinda Lo (YA historical novel)
Let’s Talk About Love by Claire Kann (YA contemporary fiction)
Like Crazy: Life With My Mother and Her Invisible Friends by Dan Mathews
The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet by Becky Chambers (science fiction)


Miranda in Milan by Katharine Duckett (historical fantasy)
The Miseducation of Cameron Post by Emily M. Danforth (YA contemporary fiction)
More Happy Than Not by Adam Silvera (YA sci-fi)


Naamah by Sarah Blake (biblical historical fantasy)
Naturally Tan by Tan France (memoir)


One Last Stop by Casey McQuiston (contemporary fiction)
Over the Top: A Raw Journey to Self-Love by Jonathan Van Ness (memoir)


Pet by Akwaeke Emezi (YA fantasy)
Pizza Girl by Jean Kyoung Frazier (contemporary fiction)
The Priory of the Orange Tree by Samantha Shannon (fantasy)
Proper English by K.J. Charles (romance)
The Prophets by Robert Jones Jr. (historical fiction)
A Psalm for the Wild-Built by Becky Chambers (science fiction novella)


Red, White and Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston (YA contemporary fiction)
Roadqueen: Eternal Roadtrip to Love by Mira Ong Chua (graphic novel)
Rule of Wolves by Leigh Bardugo (YA fantasy)


Save Yourself by Cameron Esposito (memoir)
The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid (historical fiction)
Sexual Fluidity: Understanding Women’s Love and Desire by Lisa Diamond (academic non-fiction)
Sharp Ends by Joe Abercrombie
Ship It by Britta Lundin (YA contemporary fiction)
Something That May Shock and Discredit You by Daniel Mallory Ortberg (non-fiction memoir / essays)
Sometimes You Have to Lie: The Life and Times of Louise Fitzhugh, Renegade Author of Harriet the Spy by Leslie Brody
The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller (mythology)
Stone Mad by Elizabeth Bear (steampunk)
Symptoms of Being Human by Jeff Garvin (YA contemporary fiction)


Take a Hint, Dani Brown by Talia Hibbert (contemporary romance)
Tell Me How You Really Feel by Aminah Mae Safi (YA contemporary fiction)
They Both Die in the End by Adam Silvera (YA sci-fi)
This is How You Lose the Time War by Amal El-Mohtar (sci-fi)
This Town Sleeps by Dennis E. Staples (contemporary fiction)
The Times I Knew I Was Gay by Eleanor Crewes (memoir, graphic novel)
Tomorrow Will Be Different: Love, Loss, and the Fight for Trans Equality by Sarah McBride (memoir)
Trans-Galactic Bike Ride edited by Lydia Rogue (sci-fi novella, anthology)


Unconquerable Sun by Kate Elliott (sci-fi)
The Unspoken Name by A.K. Larkwood (fantasy)
Untamed by Glennon Doyle (memoir)
Upright Women Wanted by Sarah Gailey (Future Western)


Victories Greater Than Death by Charlie Jane Anders (YA sci-fi)


Wayward Son by Rainbow Rowell (YA fantasy)
We Have Always Been Here: A Queer Muslim Memoir by Samra Habib (memoir)
Wow, No Thank You by Samantha Irby (non-fiction essays)


You Should See Me in a Crown by Leah Johnson (YA contemporary fiction)