Books By LGBTQ+ Authors You Should Read Now

These stories transcend conventional ties to gender and sexuality

Pride month is back, so it’s time to get reading. From powerful reflections on relationships and soul-searching tales of acceptance to up-beat explorations of growing pains and flourishing communities, queer fiction has it all. Not sure where to start? These are the books by LGBTQ+ authors you should read now.

Books By LGBTQ+ Authors You Should Read Now

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You Deserve the Whole World by wednesday holmes

You Deserve The Whole World by Wednesday Holmes

Published in May 2023, You Deserve the Whole World is artist and global activist Wednesday Holmes’ first book of artwork tackling stereotypes around mental health and gender. Brimming with warmth and hope, the book is a reminder to everyone of all the good things coming your way, whether you’re feeling hindered by self-belief, grief, courage or identity.

HarperCollins, £10.09, queerlit.co.uk

Exciting Times

Exciting Times by Naoise Dolan

After leaving Dublin in search of happiness, Ava finds herself in Hong Kong teaching English. It’s not the life she envisioned for herself, nor is it the best financial option. But things start to look up when she meets Julien. His wealth provides the comfort and stability Ava always wanted for herself, and she soon jumps into a relationship with him. Things don’t always go to plan though, and soon Edith enters the picture. She’s striking and ambitious – and Ava wants her more than she’s ever wanted anyone else. But Ava must choose: settle into a comfortable life with Julien or take a leap of faith with Edith?

HarperCollins, from £3.79, wob.com

Transitional by Munroe Bergdorf book cover

Transitional by Munroe Bergdorf

From the English model and activist, Transitional is a new book that explores change and transition as an essential facet of the human experience, expressed in the fluidity of identity, relationships, sexuality and gender. Drawing on both her own experience and key experts, Munroe’s first book is a powerful guide to navigating the world and its differences, prioritising community building and care. 

Bloomsbury, £14.99, waterstones.com

Books by LGBTQ+ Authors - All My Mother's Lovers

All My Mother’s Lovers by Ilana Masad

Despite her parents providing a seemingly perfect portrayal of marriage, Maggie Krause has always struggled to form intimate connections with her lovers – until she met Lucia. However, when her mother, Iris, suddenly dies in a car accident, leaving behind five letters addressed to five different men, Maggie is left to discover the truth about Iris’s past. But once secrets come to light, relationships become tense – what will Maggie tell her family about Iris?

Dutton Books, £12.98, amazon.co.uk

To my trans sisters book cover

To My Trans Sisters by Charlie Craggs

This is a collection of letters, collected by Charlie Craggs, from successful trans women addressed to the next generation, with the goal of assisting them to become their best selves. From journeys to womanhood and success stories to navigating dysphoria and transphobia, this honest collection is both funny and furious, heartrending and hopeful.

Hachette, £13.99, waterstones.com

Books by LGBTQ+ Authors - Under the Rainbow

Under the Rainbow by Celia Laskey

Small towns are known for being close-knit and a bit insular, sharing the same values and keeping quiet when they don’t. But when Big Burr, Kansas is dubbed ‘the most homophobic town in the US’ by a national non-profit and a task force of queer volunteers is sent in as an experiment, the small town suddenly becomes everyone’s business. The volunteers, who are set to live and work in the community for two years in an attempt to broaden hearts and minds, quickly become a source of tension in Big Burr.

HQ, from £3.49, wob.com

Books by LGBTQ+ Authors - Detransition, Baby

Detransition, Baby by Torrey Peters

This debut novel from Torrey Peters explores the relationship of three women – transgender and cisgender – whose lives collide unexpectedly after an unexpected pregnancy. Reese was happy with her life, until her girlfriend detransitioned and became Ames, leading to the collapse of their relationship and Reese’s downward spiral into self-destructive habits. But when Ames, who still mourns the loss of his relationship with Reese, gets his new lover, Katrina, pregnant, a spark of hope flares. Could the three of them form some kind of unconventional family – and raise the baby together?

Serpent’s Tail, from £6.49, wob.com

Books by LGBTQ+ Authors - Juliet Takes a Breath

Juliet Takes a Breath by Gabby Rivera

Juliet Milagros Palante just came out to her family – and the response wasn’t as warm as she hoped it would be. With a sinking feeling that her mother will never speak to her again, Juliet leaves for Portland, Oregon. Once there, she gets the opportunity to intern with the author of her favourite book, Harlowe Brisbane, who is the ultimate authority on feminism, and women’s bodies. Juliet’s hoping the summer will give her time to figure out her life (if that’s even possible).

Random House Inc, from £5.30, wob.com

Books by LGBTQ+ Authors - Boy Meets Boy

Boy Meets Boy by David Levithan

David Levithan’s Boy Meets Boy takes place in a high school like no other – think cheerleaders who ride Harleys, a trans homecoming queen and a gay-straight alliance formed with the purpose of teaching the straight kids how to dance. Paul meets Noah while at school, but one (rather huge) mistake is enough to seemingly blow his chances. But Paul won’t give up on Noah, even when he’s juggling the stresses of friendships, exes and love all at once. A heart-warming romantic comedy about young love.

HarperCollins, from £4.19, wob.com

I Wish You All The Best by Mason Deaver

After coming out to their parents as nonbinary, Ben De Backer is forced to leave home and move in with their estranged older sister and her husband (who Ben has never met). Reeling from their parents’ rejection and coming to terms with an anxiety disorder, Ben makes the decision to only come out to their sister, brother-in-law and therapist – otherwise keeping a low profile in their new school. This doesn’t go exactly to plan, however, when the outgoing Nathan Allan decides to take Ben under his wing. What follows is a story of new – and happier – beginnings.

Push, £10.49, gayprideshop.co.uk


Memorial by Bryan Washington

Couple Benson and Mike have come to an impasse in their relationship. They’re happy with their careers, Mike’s cooking is still top-notch and they still love each other – but this doesn’t seem enough anymore. When Mike finds out his estranged father is dying in Osaka just as his acerbic Japanese mother, Mitsuko, arrives for a visit, he immediately leaves to say his final goodbyes. In Japan, Mike uncovers new truths about his family that change him completely. And back home, unlikely roommates Mitsuko and Benson are forced into an absurd domestic situation that soon grows into something more meaningful. As they say, change is often for the better.

Atlantic Books, from £6.19, wob.com

This is Kind of an Epic Love Story

This is Kind of an Epic Love Story by Kacen Callender

For all the films he watched and books he’s read, Nathan Bird doesn’t believe in happy endings. As an aspiring screenwriter, he’s seen too many relationships meet an untimely end in the real world. He’s quite happy playing it safe, especially after seeing his mother’s spiral after the death of his father – but this is all put to the test when his childhood best friend, Oliver James Hernández, unexpectedly re-enters his life.

Balzer & Bray, £7.99, waterstones.com

Last Night at the Telegraph Club

Last Night at the Telegraph Club by Malinda Lo

Set in San Francisco’s Chinatown during the Red Scare, Last Night at the Telegraph Club follows the blossoming relationship between Lily Hu and Kathleen Miller. The two meet at a lesbian bar called the Telegraph Club, but 1950s American is a dangerous time to be in a same-sex relationship – especially for Lily and her family, who run the risk of deportation despite holding American citizenship. Will Lily and Kath’s love beat the odds?

Hodder Paperbacks, £7.19, gayprideshop.co.uk

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