I really tried to make 2019 the year I read more queer fiction and I managed to achieve it. Do I think I read enough? No, I’d definitely like to read more, but I think this is been my best year yet.
In June (Pride Month) I only read books featuring LGBT+ Main Characters and it was glorious. I’m also trying to read more books by queer authors. We need people writing are books who can relate to us. Not authors just writing their own fantasies or that have no idea what it’s like to be queer. Representation matters.
I did however manage to read some fantastic ones. I love seeing more queer fiction being released into the world. We still need more of course. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, representation matters.
So here are my top 5 queer books for the year.
‘Less’ by Andrew Sean Greer. Ok, I know this book wasn’t released this year, but I’ve only just got round to reading it. What can I say my TBR is huge! But I did love this book. I loved its charm. With a sublime ending. So beautiful.
‘Lie With Me’ by Philippe Bensson. Ugh, so beautiful and touching. I adored this book. One of my favourites of all time. The ending broke me though, I threw the book across the room. I cried like a little baby. But it was brilliant, absolutely brilliant.
‘Red, White & Royal Blue’ by Casey McQuiston. Such a fun YA read. This one did manage to live up the hype. It was funny, sexy and a great book with a positive LGBT+ message. I’d quite like a sequel.
‘They Both Die At The End’ by Adam Silvera. Another one that wasn’t released this year and I’ve only just got around to. I loved it. Such a clever premise and a really honest, subtle love story. It broke my heart this one. You’ll need tissues.
‘On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous’ by Ocean Vuong. This book is stunning. So intimate and personal. The writing is gorgeous. I just got lost in this book. I loved it.
So that’s it. My top five for the year. Are any of these in year list? Got any recommendations for me? Let me know. I’m always looking to read more LGBT+ books.
Until the next review