The best LGBTQ+ books to take your heart on a journey

Rory Michaelson Author Of Lesser Known Monsters
By Rory Michaelson

Who am I?

Being LGBTQIA+ can bring with it a sense of otherness that many of us struggle with from early on in life, particularly when it intersects with other aspects of our identities. Even now, there remains a sense that queer characters and stories are sometimes tolerated rather than celebrated. We all deserve the chance to write, see, and be main characters in our own adventures, and for this to be embraced by others. I love stories about inner-strength, resilience, and joy, with self-actualisation and found-family (you may already know this if you’ve read mine!). I hope that my books, and those on this list take your heart on an incredible journey.


I wrote...

Lesser Known Monsters

By Rory Michaelson,

Book cover of Lesser Known Monsters

What is my book about?

Being the chosen one isn’t always a good thing...

Oscar Tundale is not a hero. Anxious, indecisive, and awkward, he can barely get through a normal day. Now he’s about to find out monsters are real. Oscar’s friends: brave, stubborn Zara, and hyperactive, paranoid Marcus, might help discover what hunts him, and unravel the truth about the handsome doctor he pines for. But only heroes can save the world, so maybe the best Oscar can hope for is to not end it by accident. The Lesser Known Monsters series is a dark queer fantasy featuring diverse characters on a found family adventure. Perfect for fans of horror and paranormal romance who seek LGBTQ+ heroes.

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Surrender Your Sons

By Adam Sass,

Book cover of Surrender Your Sons

Why this book?

Need a book that will give you all the feels, only to wring you out, then immerse you in that bath of hopeful salty tears once more? Queer teen Connor Major’s life is blown apart when his mother sends him to a remote conversion camp. Now, he and the other LGBTQ+ ‘guests’ at ‘Nightlight’ band together to expose the camp’s terrible truths and take it down. Trauma, despair, resilience, joy, and hope make this a riveting and memorable YA adventure thriller. This book made me cry so ugly that my iPhone wouldn’t recognise my face to tell people about it for like an hour after...

Surrender Your Sons

By Adam Sass,

Why should I read it?

2 authors picked Surrender Your Sons as one of their favorite books, and they share why you should read it.


Wynd Book One: The Flight of the Prince

By James Tynion IV, Michael Dialynas (illustrator),

Book cover of Wynd Book One: The Flight of the Prince

Why this book?

A beautiful graphic novel series about a boy who is touched by magic and has a crush on the castle groundskeeper’s son. Problem is, that magic is forbidden in the Kingdom, and now Wynd is being hunted down and must flee for his life...and perhaps the good of the kingdom. Strong themes of oppression, and the internal struggle of marginalized youth to feel ‘normal’ in a hostile world. This series has action, adventure, wonder, and heart.

Wynd Book One: The Flight of the Prince

By James Tynion IV, Michael Dialynas (illustrator),

Why should I read it?

1 author picked Wynd Book One as one of their favorite books, and they share why you should read it.

What is this book about?

The team of award-winning superstars James Tynion IV and Michael Dialynas present the first graphic novel in the all-new fantasy epic about a boy who must embrace the magic within himself if he wants to save his friends from the shocking dangers that await!



TO FIND YOUR HOME, FIRST YOU HAVE TO FIND YOURSELF

In a world where magical heritage is punishable by death, a young boy named Wynd must hide his true identity - and pointy ears - from everyone in Pipetown, even if it means he'll never have the normal life he wants. But when his secret is…

Untouched

By Jayme Bean,

Book cover of Untouched

Why this book?

Ever felt like the plants and trees around you are more alive than you’d originally thought? This story follows a couple of grad students trapped in the Amazon rainforest, who are starting to realise just that. This book features an unconventional modern hero in the form of anxiety-riddled disaster bi, David, and headstrong pragmatic voice in the chaos Marisol. Creepy, smart, fascinating, and brilliantly crafted adventure thriller about overcoming the odds. Imagine if Michael Crichton wrote Jumanji, then make it queer. 

Untouched

By Jayme Bean,

Why should I read it?

1 author picked Untouched as one of their favorite books, and they share why you should read it.


Fifteen Hundred Miles from the Sun

By Jonny Garza Villa,

Book cover of Fifteen Hundred Miles from the Sun

Why this book?

Ever posted something bold on social media having had a few drinks? Then you’ll get it when in this YA novel Julián Luna comes out on Twitter during a fun night out, and his life plans are thrown into disarray. Though things aren’t easy—particularly at home—Julián now has the opportunity to be his authentic self as his friends solidify as a found family around him. Perhaps most unexpected is the cute guy in his DM’s though, with whom everything just seems to click. The problem? He’s fifteen hundred miles away. What follows is a sweet, beautiful story of longing, romance, and overcoming obstacles that will stay with you for many more miles to come.

Fifteen Hundred Miles from the Sun

By Jonny Garza Villa,

Why should I read it?

2 authors picked Fifteen Hundred Miles from the Sun as one of their favorite books, and they share why you should read it.

What is this book about?

A poignant, funny, openhearted novel about coming out, first love, and being your one and only best and true self.

Julian Luna has a plan for his life: Graduate. Get into UCLA. And have the chance to move away from Corpus Christi, Texas, and the suffocating expectations of others that have forced Jules into an inauthentic life.

Then in one reckless moment, with one impulsive tweet, his plans for a low-key nine months are thrown-literally-out the closet. The downside: the whole world knows, and Jules has to prepare for rejection. The upside: Jules now has the opportunity to be his…

Felix Ever After

By Kacen Callender,

Book cover of Felix Ever After

Why this book?

This YA follows Felix Love, a Black, queer, and trans teen, navigating his identity, discovering himself, and falling in love for the first time. YA is such a wonderful space for stories like this, that tackle a difficult time in life whilst expressing the compounding issues of intersectional identities and difficult life circumstances. Complex, emotive, honest, and compelling, this story and others like it shine a light for youth today and can be incredibly valuable for older readers to feed their inner teens and heal some of that trauma from being forced to conform and a lack of stories like this when they were growing up. 

Felix Ever After

By Kacen Callender,

Why should I read it?

5 authors picked Felix Ever After as one of their favorite books, and they share why you should read it.


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