My Top 51 GLBTQIA+ Novels

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Confession time: even though I’m not gay, I think I might be gray asexual. It’s hard to tell because of all the medication I’m on. Partially because I’m questioning, I like to read books about gender and sexuality. This is a list of my 51 favorites (it was originally going to be 50, but I added an extra one because I love me some Mariko Tamaki)-


  1. The Other Boy by M.G. Hennessey
The Other Boy: Hennessey, M. G., Monster, Sfe R.: 9780062427663:  Amazon.com: Books
trans mc

2. Zenobia July by Lisa Bunker

Zenobia July: Bunker, Lisa: 9780451479402: Amazon.com: Books
trans mc

3. Highly Illogical Behavior by John Corey Whaley

Highly Illogical Behavior by John Corey Whaley
gay mc

4. Rubyfruit Jungle by Rita Mae Brown

rubyfruit jungle: brown, rita mae: 9780553146967: Amazon.com: Books
lesbian mc

5. Small Beauty by jia quing wilson-yang

Small Beauty: wilson-yang, jia qing: 9780994047120: Amazon.com: Books
trans mc

6. Here the Whole Time by Vitor Martins

Amazon.com: Here the Whole Time (9781338620825): Martins, Vitor, Helena,  Larissa: Books
gay mc

7. Hurricane Child by Kacen Callender

Hurricane Child: Callender, Kacen: 9781338129304: Amazon.com: Books
lesbian mc

8. The Ship We Built by Lexie Bean

The Ship We Built by Lexie Bean: 9780525554837 | PenguinRandomHouse.com:  Books
trans mc

9. Ivy Aberdeen’s Letter to the World by Ashley Herring Blake

Ivy Aberdeen's Letter to the World: Blake, Ashley Herring: 9780316515467:  Amazon.com: Books
lesbian mc

10. Maggot Moon by Sally Gardner

Amazon.com: Maggot Moon (9780763671693): Gardner, Sally, Crouch, Julian:  Books
gay mc

11. Dream Boy by Jim Grimsley

Dream Boy - Kindle edition by Grimsley, Jim. Literature & Fiction Kindle  eBooks @ Amazon.com.
gay mc

12. The Seep by Chana Porter

The Seep by Chana Porter
trans mc

13. Home After Dark by David Small

Home After Dark: A Novel: Small, David: 9780871403155: Amazon.com: Books
questioning mc

14. Across the Green Grass Fields (Wayward Children, #6) by Seanan McGuire

Across the Green Grass Fields by Seanan McGuire
intersex mc

ALSO, the rest of the Wayward Children series

15. Orpheus Girl by Brynne Rebele-Henry

Amazon.com: Orpheus Girl (9781641290746): Rebele-Henry, Brynne: Books
lesbian mc

16. Tin Man by Sarah Winman

Tin Man: A Novel: Winman, Sarah: 9780735218727: Amazon.com: Books
bisexual mc

17. King and the Dragonflies by Kacen Callender

King and the Dragonflies: Callender, Kacen: 9781338129335: Amazon.com: Books
gay mc

18. Deliver Us From Evie by M.E. Kerr

Deliver Us from Evie by M. E. Kerr (1995-08-18): Amazon.com: Books

19. Tomato Red by Daniel Woodrell

Amazon.com: Tomato Red (9780316206211): Daniel Woodrell, Megan Abbott: Books
gay major character

20. The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky

The Perks of Being a Wallflower: Stephen Chbosky: 9780671027346:  Amazon.com: Books
gay major character

21. On a Sunbeam by Tillie Walden

Amazon.com: On a Sunbeam (9781250178138): Walden, Tillie: Books
lesbian mc

22. If I Was Your Girl by Meredith Russo

Amazon.com: If I Was Your Girl (9781250078407): Russo, Meredith: Books
trans mc

23. Jess, Chunk, and the Road Trip to Infinity by Kristin Elizabeth Clark

Jess, Chunk, and the Road Trip to Infinity: Clark, Kristin Elizabeth:  9780374380069: Amazon.com: Books

24. Alice Isn’t Dead by Joseph Fink

Amazon.com: Alice Isn't Dead: A Novel (9780062844132): Fink, Joseph: Books
lesbian mc

25. Are You Listening? by Tillie Walden

Amazon.com: Are You Listening? (9781250207562): Walden, Tillie, Walden,  Tillie: Books
lesbian mc

26. Birthday by Meredith Russo

Amazon.com: Birthday: A Novel (9781250129833): Russo, Meredith: Books
trans mc

27. Redwood and Ponytail by K.A. Holt

Amazon.com: Redwood and Ponytail: (Novels for Preteen Girls, Children's  Fiction on Social Situations, Fiction Books for Young Adults, LGBTQ Books,  Stories in Verse) (9781452172880): Holt, K.A.: Books
lesbian mc

28. Flamer by Mike Curato

Amazon.com: Flamer (9781627796415): Curato, Mike, Curato, Mike: Books
gay mc

29. Little and Lion by Brandy Colbert

Amazon.com: Little & Lion (9780316349000): Colbert, Brandy: Books
bisexual mc

30. We the Animals by Justin Torres

We The Animals: Torres, Justin: 9780547844190: Amazon.com: Books
gay mc

31. Lot by Brian Washington

Lot: Stories: Washington, Bryan: 9780525533672: Amazon.com: Books
gay mc

32. The Daylight Gate by Jeannette Winterson

The Daylight Gate by Jeanette Winterson
bisexual mc

33. We by Michael Landweber

We: Landweber, Michael: 9781603811668: Amazon.com: Books
gay mc

34. Silver in the Wood by Emily Tesh

Amazon.com: Silver in the Wood (The Greenhollow Duology, 1)  (9781250229793): Tesh, Emily: Books
gay mc

35. Heartstopper Volume One by Alice Oseman

Amazon.com: Heartstopper Volume One (9781444951387): Oseman, Alice: Books
gay mc

36. Burning Roses by S.L. Huang

Amazon.com: Burning Roses (9781250763990): Huang, S. L.: Books
lesbian mc

37. Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit by Jeannette Winterson

Amazon.com: Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit (9780802135162): Winterson,  Jeanette: Books

38. Clap When You Land by Elizabeth Acevedo

Clap When You Land by Elizabeth Acevedo
lesbian mc

39. George by Alex Gino

George (Scholastic Gold): Gino, Alex: 9780545812573: Amazon.com: Books
trans mc

40. Nimona by Noelle Stevenson

Amazon.com: Nimona (9780062278227): Stevenson, Noelle, Stevenson, Noelle:  Books
gay mc

41. Snapdragon by Kat Leyh

Snapdragon: Leyh, Kat: 9781250171115: Amazon.com: Books
trans major character

42. Birdie and Me by J.M.M. Nuenez

Birdie and Me: Nuanez, J. M. M.: 9780399186776: Amazon.com: Books
gender non-confirming mc

43. The Color Purple by Alice Walker

Amazon.com: The Color Purple (8601418292227): Alice Walker: Books
lesbian mc

44. Mister B. Gone by Clive Barker

Amazon.com: Mister B. Gone (9780061562495): Barker, Clive: Books
gay mc

45. The Survival of Molly Southbourne by Tade Thompson

Amazon.com: The Survival of Molly Southbourne eBook: Thompson, Tade: Kindle  Store
bisexual mc

46. Winter’s Bone by Daniel Woodrell

Winter's Bone: A Novel by Daniel Woodrell, Paperback | Barnes & Noble®
lesbian mc

47. The Girl With All the Gifts by M.R. Carey

The Girl With All the Gifts by M.R. Carey
lesbian mc

48. Luna by Julie Anne Peters

Amazon.com: Luna (9780316011273): Peters, Julie Anne: Books
trans mc

49. Parrotfish by Ellen Wittlinger

Amazon.com: Parrotfish (9781481468107): Wittlinger, Ellen: Books
trans mc

50. Laura Dean Keeps Breaking Up With Me by Mariko Tamaki

Amazon.com: Laura Dean Keeps Breaking Up with Me (9781626722590): Tamaki,  Mariko: Books
lesbian mc

51. Skim by Mariko Tamaki

Amazon.com: Skim (9780888999641): Tamaki, Mariko, Tamaki, Jillian: Books
lesbian mc

So, have you read any of these? Do you have any recommendations? Tell me in the comments!

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