Five books with LGBTQIA characters (and five more on my TBR)


Happy birthday to Top Ten Tuesday! ๐ŸŽˆ Today this weekly meme turns ten years old. Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish, it is now managed by That Artsy Reader Girl. We are challenged to pick a past TTT topic we’ve done and re-do it or to pick a past TTT topic we wish weโ€™d done. I decided to be rebellious and choose none of these options. In celebration of Pride Month I want to highlight some amazing books with main characters that are lesbian, gay, bi, trans, queer or asexual.

Five books with LGBTQIA characters

A Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet by Becky Chambers
This is a feel-good book with a cast of wonderful characters. Itโ€™s about the crew of a spaceship with five humans and four non-humans. There is a species in this book that change sex during their life, a character that uses they and them as pronouns and there is a relationship between two female characters. And te best thing is that these characters just accept each other for who they are.

Timekeeper by Tara Sim
In a version of London in 1875 a damaged clock can fracture time. If a clock isnโ€™t repaired on time, the time in a town just stops working. A mechanic like Danny is literally a timekeeper. The premise of this book is so original! There is a sweet romance between two boys.

Spellbook of the Lost and Found by Moรฏra Fowley-Doyle
This is a beautiful written book about losing things and lost people. An ancient spellbook may be a chance to set everything right. The book has many main characters and two of them are openly bisexual.

Tash Hearts Tolstoy by Kathryn Ormsbee
A great contemporary about a group of friends who make a modern adaptation of Anna Karenina. Their web series is directed and written by Tash. She is a very well-written character I immediately loved. The fact that Tash is asexual is not the focus of the story, but does play quite an important role in the plot.

Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli
Another feel-good story! This one has a very charming and funny main character. Simon is emailing with a boy who calls himself Blue. Just like Simon, we as readers initially donโ€™t know his identity. But soon it’s pretty clear that the boys are a good match.

Five books still on my TBR

The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo - Taylor Jenkins ReidThe Song of Achilles - Madeline MillerWhen the Moon Was Ours - Anna-Marie McLemoreSummer of Salt - Katrina LenoThe Abyss Surrounds Us - Emily Skrutskie

20 thoughts on “Five books with LGBTQIA characters (and five more on my TBR)

  1. Great list! The Song of Achilles and The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet are two of my favourite novels and The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo is fantastic, too. I really want to try Summer of Salt, and I’d like to read Timekeeper and Tash Hearts Tolstoy as well. ๐Ÿ™‚

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  2. Love this topic! And I loved Simon. The Seven Husbands is on my TBR, but I had no idea it featured an LGBTQA character! And adding Summer of Salt! I’m currently reading Autoboyography by Christina Lauren- have you read it? It’s a YA fiction about a bi high school student.

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  3. Hallo, Hallo Anouk,

    I took a different route with this topic as well – I decided to focus on stories featuring ghosts, spirits and souls in celebration of the novel “Forest of Souls”. (see my TTT) I love how you’ve created a #PrideMonth post – I think you’ve helped me know what I want to do next week for TTT as I’ve been unable to do a lot of what I had planned to do for Pride due to my seasonal allergies and migraines starting to rage this June. I even had to cut down my plans for Audiobook Month as well which was equally disappointing!! ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

    From your list – I’m thrilled to bits your highlighting “Timekeeper”!! I loved this as an audiobook – I was able to review it when it was on an audiobook tour. I also had a good experience reading (as a group read) “#smallangryplanet” and loved the found families and diverse characters who populated the story. Whereas during the first year of #Mythothon I found “The Abyss Surrounds Us” but never had the proper chance to read it.

    You put together a great go-to list for other readers seeking out the same as us!! Lovely!

    PS: If you find my review for “Timekeeper” – I’d love to hear your thoughts based on what I had shared!? You should be able to find it via my Story Vault (top menu under “Jorie Reads”) and/or use my search box for “Timekeeper”.

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      1. Hallo again, Anouk,

        I was one of the hosts for the #smallangryplanet readalong – I knew I couldn’t share too many links in my previous comment – however, I forgot to mention I released a few reviews and insight posts for this RAL. The 3rd installment never made it to my blog. I was struck down by migraines and ill health — I did finish the Twitter chat and I need to archive them (eventually) but if you follow this link you’ll find the archives for what I was able to offer to my readers about why #smallangryplanet was leaving such a strong impression on me. I look forward to your notes and/or comments when you get to visit.

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  4. I loved Simon, but I didn’t love Evelyn Hugo. I know I’m in the minority, though. ๐Ÿ˜‰ I still need to read The Song of Achilles. Great list!

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