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My Favorite LGBT Books

Hello readers! In honor of pride month, I really need to post some favorites! I have some books on this list from adult to middle grade and all over in genre. Let me know if you read any of these and what you thought of them.

Originally, this book was named George and was just recently renamed Melissa. I personally own a copy of George and I hope to get another copy of Melissa!

This book follows a transgender girl. I always thought it was weird that the trans person’s deadname was the title of the book.

This is a wholesome story about a trans girl who wants to play Charlotte in the school’s play of Charlotte’s Web. Once she asks, they say she cannot play Charlotte because she is in a boy’s body. If you’re interested in a nice traumaless story about trans characters, this is for you. I know it isn’t easy to read a lot of LGBT stories that are filled with trauma.

This one is about a black, gay teen who is just trying to find his place in the world and he does so with drag. The Black Flamingo is his drag name. I honestly need more books that follow drag queens in my life.

The other half of this story involves his internal and external struggle with being biracial. He doesn’t identify with his Jamaican roots, but also despises his Greek family as well.

I feel as though everyone who describes this book does it wrong, and I’m not sure why that is. This one follows Monique, who is interviewing Evelyn. Evelyn is a well-known actress and will only tell her life story to Monique, but no one knows why.

Evelyn tells the story of her work as an actress along with her seven husbands and the love of her life. If you are wondering where the LGBT rep is, Evelyn is a bisexual woman and that does come into play.

This one is a hard hitting middle-grade. It follows a boy named King. His brother has just died and one of the last things he told King was not to hang out with his gay best friend Sandy anymore. King has to grieve the loss of his brother and best friend and question everything he has been told.

Pet is a utopian story of this town where evil doesn’t exist anymore, or so they think. The trans MC Jam meets a creature named Pet who tells her of a monster in her best friend Redemption’s home. She has to investigate with Pet to release the bad energy from their town.

Radio Silence follows Frances, who loves this podcast called Universe City. She draws fanart of the podcast and is contacted by the unknown creator. This is one of my favorite books I’ve ever read and it’s about friendship!

“And I’m platonically in love with you.”
“That was literally the boy-girl version of ‘no homo’, but I appreciate the sentiment.”

That quite perfectly describes the friendship between Frances and Aled, but there is so much more to this story that will hit you right in the chest.

The Sound of Stars is a dystopian following a girl named Ellie who and an alien named Morris. When aliens invaded, they took away all sorts of media to prevent independent thinking, including books, music, TV, etc. Ellie has a secret library in her apartment building and Morris is just an alien who really loves music. When he removed music from a home, he will keep it.

They both meet and journey together, with their illegal media in hand, in hopes to stop all this.

One Last Stop follows August. She gets a new job at a diner and has to take this train to work every day. Each day she gets on the train, a girl named Jane is also there, but something is off about her. She is always in the exact same clothes and never leaves the train.

Once August approaches JAne, they slowly come to realize Jane is from the 70s and is stuck in time on this train. August, along with her friends, try many experiments to help Jane be released from this traincar.

This last one follows a non-binary monk who is kind of bored with life and wants to explore the world a bit. A few centuries before, all robots and robotic technology gained awareness and left. No one has seen a robot since, until our MC stumbles upon one in their journey and they both journey together.

I like this one because it’s short, but it doesn’t feel too short. There is plenty of world-building and story for the length. As a bonus, the 2nd book in the series comes out in July.

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