The best queer comfort reads for stressful times

Who am I?

I’m a reader and an author who loves stories that are so beautifully written they wrap you up tight in comfort, ensuring no matter what hurt the characters go through, you know it will all be okay in the end. And in stressful times—even in times that aren’t so stressful!—I think we all need that little bit of fictional certainty, that knowing that everything is going to be okay in the end. I started writing to give queer characters suffering from problems like loneliness, anxiety, and homelessness, as many happy endings as I could. Because no matter the difficulties you may be going through, everyone deserves a happy ending. 😊

I wrote...


By Suki Fleet,

Book cover of Foxes

What is my book about?

Danny finds interaction difficult and must keep his world small in order to survive. By day he lives in an abandoned swimming pool and fixes electrical devices to trade for supplies, but by night, alone, he hunts sharks—a reckless search for the dangerous men who prey on the vulnerable. A search for his best friend’s killer.

A chance meeting with an American boy selling himself on the streets throws Danny’s lonely existence into disarray. Micky is troubled and fragile, and Danny feels a desperate need to protect him. Though from what, he doesn't know. As Danny discovers more about Micky, he realises that what Micky needs saving from is the one thing Danny has no idea how to fight.

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The books I picked & why

Book cover of Heartstopper: A Graphic Novel: Volume 1

Why did I love this book?

This is what I read on the nights I can’t sleep. Nick and Charlie’s love story is so comforting, I can pick it up in any place and I know where I am. A cleverly simple tale about young people falling in love, told with so much care and sweet drawings and a wide cast of queer characters. I think I remember Alice Oseman saying that she wrote and drew this as a comfort read and hopes others will find comfort in it too.

By Alice Oseman,

Why should I read it?

4 authors picked Heartstopper as one of their favorite books, and they share why you should read it.

What is this book about?

*Now an acclaimed live-action Netflix series!* Boy meets boy. Boys become friends. Boys fall in love. A bestselling LGBTQ+ graphic novel about life, love, and everything that happens in between.

'Absolutely delightful. Sweet, romantic, kind. Beautifully paced. I loved this book.' RAINBOW ROWELL, author of Carry On

Charlie and Nick are at the same school, but they've never met ... until one day when they're made to sit together. They quickly become friends, and soon Charlie is falling hard for Nick, even though he doesn't think he has a chance.

But love works in surprising ways, and Nick is more…

A Midwinter Prince

By Harper Fox,

Book cover of A Midwinter Prince

Why did I love this book?

This is the story of two young men, one rich, one homeless but it’s not a simple rescue me type story. Laurie and Sasha reach out desperately to one another from their different worlds, and against all odds begin an affair, hidden in the attics of Laurie’s sumptuous home and on the bleak moorland of a Romani encampment. For Laurie, it’s a delicious sexual awakening, and Sasha returns his affections, opening up to him a whole new world of freedom. But Sasha has secrets, and a murky, violent past. 

I’ve reread this book countless times. Harper Fox’s writing is breathtaking and it’s so comforting to read characters you can’t help but adore falling in love and finding their way through conflict to a safe and happy ending.

By Harper Fox,

Why should I read it?

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

What is this book about?

Laurence Fitzroy is trapped in a golden cage. The only son of a wealthy London baronet, he’s struggling to escape his father’s suffocating world. But Laurie is losing his fight. At nineteen years of age, bright and imaginative, he’s no match for the brutal Sir William. Laurie wants to be an actor – bad enough as far as Sir William is concerned, but, worse than that, he’s gay.

One bitter winter night, he meets a young homeless man huddled in blankets outside the opera house. The two form a bond straight away, and Laurie takes him home, wanting only to…

Foxen Bloom

By Parker Foye,

Book cover of Foxen Bloom

Why did I love this book?

Fenton, god of the forest, and Prior, a human hunter, strike up an alliance—Fenton will save Prior’s sister, if Prior will kill the god’s brother. They do not expect to fall in love. The first chapter is told from the perspective of a forest god, which makes it a little more distant than the rest of the story, but then we get Fenton in his human form and it is very difficult not to fall in love with him. 

This story is so unusual and engaging, it sweeps you off to a magical land far away from real life. I just loved it. Plus, I really am a sucker for beautiful writing. 

By Parker Foye,

Why should I read it?

2 authors picked Foxen Bloom as one of their favorite books, and they share why you should read it.

What is this book about?

Season after season, hunters have attempted to capture the white-tailed stag. Local legend holds that its capture promises prosperity, and in a land that is dying—to hunger, to war; to a magical curse, some say—even a whisper of hope is a powerful lure. Yet every hunter who tries fails, never to leave the forest. Fenton, god of the forest, yet imprisoned within its borders, watches from his place in the trees as the hunters first despoil and then fall to his land, dispassionate as his deadwood heart.

Prior doesn't hope to capture the stag or secure prosperity. He has a…


By Anthony McDonald,

Book cover of Adam

Why did I love this book?

A beautifully written coming-of-age tale. And another book I have read many times. The descriptions are so sensuous and evocative of a hot summer in the French countryside that it’s easy to lose yourself in them. This story isn’t a straightforward romance and reading about deeply flawed but very human characters are ultimately what gives me comfort with this one.

By Anthony McDonald,

Why should I read it?

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

What is this book about?

Now also available as an audio-book, read by the author. Adam is a delightful 16-year-old who does well in school and spends his spare time practising the cello. Or that’s what his parents think. But there is another side to him, as farmer’s son Sylvain discovers when he meets Adam alone in the middle of a wood… The results of this chance encounter are explosive in this classic, passionate story of illicit romance and teenage sex during one long, hot summer in the French countryside…


A fine and elegantly written work deserving of a wide readership irrespective of sexual…

Carry On

By Rainbow Rowell,

Book cover of Carry On

Why did I love this book?

Carry On is a ghost story, a love story, a mystery, and a melodrama. It has just as much kissing and talking as you'd expect from a Rainbow Rowell story – but far, far more monsters. 

Despite how much the characters initially seem to dislike one another there is so much warmth in this story. Is hugging a book a thing? If so, hug this one. It hugs back.

By Rainbow Rowell,

Why should I read it?

9 authors picked Carry On as one of their favorite books, and they share why you should read it.

What is this book about?

#1 New York Times best seller!
Booklist Editors’ Choice 2015 - Youth!
Named a "Best Book of 2015" by Time Magazine, School Library Journal, Barnes & Noble, NPR, PopSugar, The Millions, and The News & Observer!

Simon Snow is the worst Chosen One who's ever been chosen.

That's what his roommate, Baz, says. And Baz might be evil and a vampire and a complete git, but he's probably right.

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