Happy birthday to Top Ten Tuesday! 🎈 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 we’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.
A Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet by Becky Chambers
This is a feel-good book with a cast of wonderful characters. It’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 isn’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 Moïra 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 don’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 by Taylor Jenkins Reid (about a bisexual movie icon)
- The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller (with a gay main character)
- When the Moon Was Ours by Anna-Marie McLemore (with a trans boy)
- Summer of Salt by Katrina Leno (with a lesbian main character and multiple queer side characters)
- The Abyss Surrounds Us by Emily Skrutskie (about a lesbian pirate)