HAPPY PRIDE: 12 Incredible Queer Novels

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            Saturdays might be for the boys, but June is for The Gays. Pride month is about celebrating whoever the fuck you are. Obviously, we still have a long way to go, but to think about just how far we’ve come since Miss Marsha P. Johnson and the Stonewall Riots. I am so glad to be alive during a time where I feel comfortable in my sexuality and I am so forever thankful for all of my brothers and sisters who have made that possible.

            Another thing that I am so grateful for is the wide variety of LGBTQ+ literature that has become available! Here are some of my favorites!

            But before I begin, I want to apologize because I know this list is mostly m/m novels. I know Nina LaCour is a popular author who writes queer literature (e.g. We Are Okay and Everything Leads to You). I’ve also heard that Georgia Peaches and Other Forbidden Fruit by Jaye Robin Brown is incredible. I apologize deeply for not educating myself in other queer novels other than the m/m novels that I have read.

            Without further ado, here are 12 of my favorite queer novels!

  • Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamine Alire Sáenz – This book was one of the very first queer YA novels that I ever read and I remember how it completely changed my life. Sáenz writes in such a poetic way and experiencing Ari and Dante falling in love is absolutely breathtaking.

  • I’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson – Jandy Nelson’s writing makes me feel how I want to feel at all times. This book about two siblings will make you laugh, cry, and everything in between. Nelson’s lyrical prose will move you to the ends of the earth and back.

  • Autoboyography by Christina Lauren – When I learned that my favorite romance duo was releasing a queer YA novel, I almost broke down in tears. Laced with their signature wit and heart, Autoboyography is the queer novel that we deserve.

  • Two Boys Kissing by David Levithan – This book is so emotional! The world is focused on two 17-year-old boys who are trying to break the world record for kissing. This sparks the stories of other teen boys navigating their relationships, their gender identities, their sexualities, etc.
  • Him by Sarina Bowen and Elle Kennedy – This book was one of the first m/m romances that didn’t make me cringe. So many female authors who write m/m focus so much on stereotypes and tragic backstories. Bowen and Kennedy write with poise and raw sexuality. It’s beautiful.
  • Anything by Elliot Wake – Anything isn’t the title. Literally any book by Wake is a complete mind fuck but so fucking intoxicating. Trust me, you will need loooooong breaks in between any of his works because they are so intense.

  • They Both Die at the End by Adam Silvera – This book is that bitch. This book begs the question: what would you do if you knew you only had 24 hours left to live? They Both Die at the End is the story of two boys who have to answer that question.
  • Damaged Like Us series by Krista and Becca Ritchie – If you’re a fan of their Addicted series, you will love this series, which follows all of the kids of the families you met in the Addicted series. Mainly, Maximoff Hale and his gorgeous bodyguard.
  • The Understatement of the Year by Sarina Bowen – Like I said, I fucking love Bowen’s writing. Gay sports romances are forever my jam. And they should be yours, too.

  • Fresh Catch by Kate Canterbary – What do you get when you a pair a broody lobster man with a spoiled businessman? A scorching hot romance, that’s what you get. I absolutely adored Canterbary’s writing with her impeccable characters, her incredible wit, and the raw sexuality that courses through this novel.
  • Simon vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli – If you don’t know about this novel, well, have you been living under a rock?! One of my all-time favorite queer YA novels. The movie is perfection as well. READ THIS ONE.
  • Strong Enough by Melanie Harlow and David Romanov – This is the book that solidified me as a Melanie Harlow forever fan. God, I devoured this book. It’s sexy, it’s raw, and it’s real. It’s wonderful.

            And that’s all, folks! I really hope you all enjoyed this list and I hope it inspires you to read more queer fiction, because we can never have enough!

Happy Pride!

The Wandereader

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