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10 LGBT-Led Books You Have To Read

10 LGBT-Led Books You Have To Read

Are you LGBT and a giant book-loving nerd? Then you need to know about these books and get reading ASAP!

Every gay knows that every gay needs a little representation sometimes! And if you’re a nerdy, little gay, then you may just want to give these LGBT-led books a try! This is a list that tries to include as many genres as possible!

And after all, there’s nothing like curling up with a good book to make you forget Australia’s controversial same-sex marriage plebiscite, after all!

1. Nimona, Noelle Stevenson

Okay, so this isn’t a romance novel – it’s a fantasy-sci-fi-action-drama comic with gay enemies-to-lovers undertones. And isn’t that almost better?

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Nimona is the story of a young shape-shifter (gender-fluidity, babies!) who becomes the sidekick of the super-villainous Lord Ballister Blackheart. The two of them work together to hatch evil plans, all the while being pursued by gallant knight Goldenloin.

It’s witty, heartfelt, and a story that can resonate with LGBT kids and older, all round.

10 LGBT-Led Books You Have To Read

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2. Annie On My Mind, Nancy Garden

This book is a staple in LGBT-led literary spheres, and a poignant take on the relationship between two women.

It is the story of two young girls from different backgrounds – one rich and privileged, the other the daughter of Italian immigrants and from an impoverish background – who fall in love. In essence, very simple. In reality, incredibly realistic.

This LGBT-led book is a must-read!

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10 LGBT-Led Books You Have To Read

3. Sister Outsider, Audre Lorde

This book assimilates the writings of black poet and feminist writer, Audre Lorde.

For anyone searching for a way to understand and reflect on social attitudes towards race, sexuality, class, gender – Audre Lorde has something to say to you.

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10 LGBT-Led Books You Have To Read

4. The Bedlam Stacks, Natasha Pulley

This historical novel has elements of mystery, supernatural phenomena, and a male same-sex romance that isn’t the entire plot of the book – which is refreshing, let’s be honest.

We like to see ourselves as more than our sexuality, not as people who’s stories amount to just that – and this story pleasantly explores the life of it’s crippled protagonist with delightful balance!

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10 LGBT-Led Books You Have To Read

5. The Stranger’s Child, Alan Hollinghurst

Another piece of historical-fiction, this novel is the story of Cecil Valance, a gay man who writes a poem in World War I, and details how the popularity of this poem affected his reputation in the coming decades.

It’s a beautifully written story and ideal for lovers of war history.

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10 LGBT-Led Books You Have To Read

6. Julie And The Wolves, Jean Craighead George

Forget boy-meets-girl – girl-meets-wolves is the new norm. It’s a story about an Inuk girl in Northern Alaska who tries leave home to reach her pen-pal (read: “pen-pal”) in California, but becomes lost in the snow and befriends a wolf pack to survive.

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This book as an incredible story of survival, of Inuit culture, and a must-read LGBT-led book.

10 LGBT-Led Books You Have To Read

7. The Bermudez Triangle, Maureen Johnson

How do you handle it when friends get together in a same-sex relationship? Nina Bermudez knows – and tells you all about, as the protagonist of this LGBT-led book.

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Silenced women are expected to stay quiet about certain things to protect themselves or others from society, and it is not right.

It’s that high school romance-drama that has been written many times for straight couples, but now exists for the LGBT community too. About damn time!

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8. Luck In The Shadows, Lynn Flewelling

This book is the first instalment in an LGBT-led fantasy series. For those who love a good LOTR marathon, this may be the book for you!

It’s the story of a young man taken in as the apprentice of an unpredictable rogue, both of whom end up on an adventure to stop a war. It’s classic fantasy – just with a needed LGBT protagonist.

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9. Affinity, Sarah Waters

Horror? Check. Historical? Check. Upper-class Victorian woman falling in love with an incarcerated medium of spirits? Also check.

Until Stephen King rewrites ‘Carrie’ to be an LGBT-led book, ‘Affinity’ does a pretty good job of wrapping up supernatural intrigue in an LGBT-friendly bow.

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10. Simon Vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda, Becky Albertalli

Did you know ‘Love, Simon’ was a book before it was every a movie? You did? Okay, but maybe you should read it again. We all love a good romantic drama set against a high school backdrop.

This book is the essential LGBT teen experience – one that still resonates with LBGT teens of today, though the socio-political landscape is improving somewhat for us.

10 LGBT-Led Books You Have To Read

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Do you have your own LGBT faves? Share them in the comments!

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