This list is entirely subjective and is queer books that have changed my life and thinking, but here is the list of more books that I think everyone should read at least once. Okay, I don’t want to be the only one, but I read for pleasure, and I can finish a book in a day.
As a queer, non-binary person, I tend to seek out queer books, and this list is for all queer people looking for queer book recommendations. So you are correct in saying that I have read quite a few queer books in my lifetime. I also have a degree in English and am currently working on a Masters in Linguistics, so believe me when I say I know what I am talking about. So, without further ado, let’s get into this list.
1. Madeline Miller’s The Song of Achilles (2011)
Madeline Miller is shaking up the literary world! In this novel, the author describes the love between Achilles and his friend Patroclus. Her rewrites of Greek mythology offer us an innovative look at these personalities that have haunted our imaginations since the dawn of time.
They are still only children: Patroclus is as puny and clumsy as Achilles is sunny, powerful, promised by his mother goddess to the glory of immortals. As they grow up side by side, a friendship arises between these two different beings. Unbreakable.
When, at the call of King Agamemnon, the two young princes join the siege of Troy, the wisdom of one and the anger of the other could well divert the course of the war… At the risk of making Olympus and its oracles lie.
This is one of the best queer book out there; I cried so much while reading it. Not only am I obsessed with Greek mythology, but as a queer person reading this retelling of the Odyssey was so heartwarming. So get your box of tissue ready because the waterworks will come full force for this one.
2. Aristotle and Dante Discover The Secrets Of The Universe by Benjamin Alire Saenz (2012)
The novel has been a great success! With sensitivity and accuracy, this story tells a strong relationship between two young boys who oppose each other. This gay romance has marked many readers, so I am curious to discover it.
Ari, fifteen years old, is an angry, silent teenager whose brother is in prison. On the other hand, Dante is an expansive, funny, self-confident boy. At first glance, they have nothing in common. Yet they form a deep friendship, one of those relationships that change lives forever. It is with each other and for each other that the two boys will go in search of their identity and discover the secrets of the universe.
This book has a special place in my heart because, as a queer person of color, I could relate so much with both Ari and Dante, especially Dante’s feeling of not belonging. He feels that he is too Mexican to be American and too American to be Mexican, and as a child of an immigrant, this is something that hits close to home. This book will make you laugh and cry, and you will grow to love all these characters.
3. The Color Purple by Alice Walker (1982)
Alice Walker won the Pulitzer Prize in 1983 with this harrowing but ultimately hopeful story, illustrated by a series of letters written by Celie to God and her sister Nettie. Describing in vivid detail the harsh reality of abuse, misogyny, and racism in rural Georgia, The Color Purple is both a damning indictment of institutionalized and cultural oppression and a testament to the immense potential for resilience within all of us.
Moreover, through the character of blues singer Shug Avery, it also becomes a love story in which pleasure and passion are reciprocated, and female solidarity is an immense comfort. Most of us have read this book in High school or college, but it is a must-read if you ask me because this book tells us so much about being black in America.
4. My brother’s husband by Gengoroh Tagame (2014-2017)
Are we going to abandon manga and comics? Of course not. At the same time, Japan is still not very open to sexualities other than heterosexual, so it is essential to make room for representation! For this last LGBT choice, here is a sweet manga that was also quite successful.
Yaichi raises his daughter alone. But one day, his daily life will be disturbed… Disturbed by the arrival of Mike Flanagan in his life. This Canadian is none other than the husband of his twin brother… Following the latter’s death, Mike came to Japan to make a journey of identity in the country of the man he loved.
Yaichi has no other choice than to welcome this homosexual brother-in-law, with whom he does not know how he should behave. Maybe Kana, with her little girl’s eyes, will be able to give him the right answers. But don’t they say that the truth comes out of the mouths of children?
If you are in the mood for a fun and fluffy read, then this is the manga for you. Mangas are another medium to read and learn more about other cultures, and you can read and buy gay manga, which is most commonly known as Yaoi, or boys love manga. This one is a fun read that we recommend to everyone.
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