It is never the wrong time for some good LGBTQIAP+ reads and I’m always looking forward to expanding my shelves for such books. Here is a list of LGBTQIAP+ books that I have read and would recommend you to read along with some I’m keen to read. I’ve tried my best to step away from the popular and present to you some of the lesser known books. (All synopses from Goodreads).
If I was your girl by Meredith Russo
Amanda is on her way to Lambertville from Atlanta. She’d be staying with her dad and graduating from school. Only, life is not simple as it seems. Amanda is a hiding a secret from her friends and her boyfriend. Before moving to Lambertville, Amanda was Andrew. This is a story of a Trans girl who had tried to fit in ever since he was a child and find the courage to overcome her fears after the transition. My review
Tash Hearts Tolstoy by Kathryn Ormsbee
After a shout-out from one of the Internet’s superstar vloggers, Natasha “Tash” Zelenka finds herself and her obscure, amateur web series, Unhappy Families, thrust into the limelight: She’s gone viral. And when Unhappy Families is nominated for a Golden Tuba award, Tash’s cyber-flirtation with Thom Causer, a fellow award nominee, suddenly has the potential to become something IRL—if she can figure out how to tell said crush that she’s romantic asexual.
All Out: The No-Longer-Secret Stories of Queer Teens Throughout the Ages
From a retelling of Little Red Riding Hood set in war-torn 1870s Mexico featuring a transgender soldier, to two girls falling in love while mourning the death of Kurt Cobain, forbidden love in a sixteenth-century Spanish convent or an asexual girl discovering her identity amid the 1970s roller-disco scene, All Out tells a diverse range of stories across cultures, time periods and identities, shedding light on an area of history often ignored or forgotten.
Toil & Trouble: 16 Tales of Women & Witchcraft
A young adult fiction anthology of 16 stories featuring contemporary, historical, and futuristic stories featuring witchy heroines who are diverse in race, class, sexuality, religion, geography, and era. From good witches to bad witches, to witches who are a bit of both, this is an anthology of diverse witchy tales from a collection of diverse, feminist authors. TOIL & TROUBLE delves deep into the truly diverse mythology of witchcraft from many cultures and feminist points-of-view, to create modern and unique tales of witchery that have yet to be explored.
The art of being normal by Lisa Williamson
Two boys. Two secrets.
David Piper has always been an outsider. His parents think he’s gay. The school bully thinks he’s a freak. Only his two best friends know the real truth – David wants to be a girl. When Leo stands up for David in a fight, an unlikely friendship forms. But things are about to get messy. Because at Eden Park School secrets have a funny habit of not staying secret for long.
Little and lion by Brandy Colbert
When Suzette comes home to Los Angeles from her boarding school in New England, she isn’t sure if she’ll ever want to go back. L.A. is where her friends and family are. And her stepbrother, Lionel, who has been diagnosed with bipolar disorder, needs her emotional support. As she settles into her old life, Suzette finds herself falling for the same girl her brother is in love with. When Lionel’s disorder spirals out of control, Suzette is forced to confront her past mistakes and find a way to help her brother before he hurts himself-or worse.
Queens of Geek by Jen wide
Charlie likes to stand out. She’s a vlogger and actress promoting her first movie at SupaCon, and this is her chance to show fans she’s over her public breakup with co-star Reese Ryan. When internet-famous cool-girl actress Alyssa Huntington arrives as a surprise guest, it seems Charlie’s long-time crush on her isn’t as one-sided as she thought. Three friends, two love stories, one convention: this fun, a feminist love letter to geek culture is all about fandom, friendship, and finding the courage to be yourself.
Leah on the offbeat by Becky Albertalli
When it comes to drumming, Leah Burke is on the beat—but real life isn’t always so rhythmic. An anomaly in her friend group, she’s the only child of a young, single mom, and her life is decidedly less privileged. She loves to draw but is too self-conscious to show it. And even though her mom knows she’s bisexual, she hasn’t mustered the courage to tell her friends—not even her openly gay BFF, Simon.
Golden boy by Abigail Tartellin
The Walker family is good at keeping secrets from the world. They are even better at keeping them from each other. Max Walker is a golden boy, with a secret that the world may not be ready for. This novel is a riveting tale of a family in crisis, a fascinating exploration of identity, and a coming-of-age story like no other. Max is an intersex teenager who identifies as male.
Seven ways we lie by Riley Redgate
Seven students. Seven deadly sins. One secret. Paloma High School is ordinary by anyone’s standards. It’s got the same cliques, the same prejudices, and the same suspect cafeteria food. And like every high school, every student has something to hide— Lucas is pansexual, Valentine, the neurotic genius planted the seed of a school scandal and Kat, the thespian who conceals her trust issues onstage.
They both die at the end by Adam Silvera
On September 5, a little after midnight, Death-Cast calls Mateo Torrez and Rufus Emeterio to give them some bad news: They’re going to die today. Mateo and Rufus are total strangers, but, for different reasons, they’re both looking to make a new friend on their End Day. The good news: There’s an app for that. It’s called the Last Friend, and through it, Rufus and Mateo are about to meet up for one last great adventure—to live a lifetime in a single day.
Radio silence by Alice Oseman
Frances has always been a study machine with one goal, elite university. Nothing will stand in her way; not friends, not a guilty secret – not even the person she is on the inside. But when Frances meets Aled, the shy genius behind her favourite podcast, she discovers a new freedom. He unlocks the door to Real Frances and for the first time, she experiences true friendship, unafraid to be herself. Then the podcast goes viral and the fragile trust between them is broken. It’s only by facing up to your fears that you can overcome them. And it’s only by being your true self that you can find happiness. Frances is going to need every bit of courage she has.
Let me know of any LGBTQIAP+ books that have made it to your ‘favourites’ shelf in the comments below.