Do you know any databases that include/list forms books are available in? I'm really interested in finding lighthearted SFF books with low/no sexual content and LGBTQ rep, but it's hard to find places that make it easy to tell what's available as an audiobook.
Not that I know, of that doesn't mean no; your best bet is to check out audio-specific publications like AudioFile, which reviews Audiobooks. I do have this page that is extremely a work-in-progress, though: https://lgbtqreads.com/access/adult-fiction-available-in-audio/
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Any good books with asexual or non binary leads
You can find asexual here: https://lgbtqreads.com/representation/romantic-sexual-orientation/
And nonbinary here: https://lgbtqreads.com/representation/gender-identity/
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Do you know any books with drag kings?
Off the top of my head, just Kings, Queens, and In-Betweens by Tanya Boteju. Anyone else?
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hey dahlia! any fave authors of yours?? and what is a must read from them?? i trust your taste so im curious to find out! have a great day!
Ugh the problem is I have so many, so here are five of my absolute auto-read authors:
Courtney Summers - Sadie
Nina LaCour - We Are Okay
Kacen Callender - Felix Ever After
Jennifer Dugan - Hot Dog Girl
Melissa Bashardoust - Girl, Serpent, Thorn
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Hey, thanks for all that you do! Your site and your blog are super awesome resources.
I was wondering if you happened to know of any books with monster/not-human protagonists or love interests? Any gender/sexuality is fine!
Lots! https://lgbtqreads.com/sff/paranormal-sff-by-protags/ Maybe start with Silver in the Wood or The Monster of Elendhaven. I feel like those are probably the closest to what you're asking for. I also just read and enjoyed The Witch King by H.E. Edgmon, which has a witch MC and fae LI.
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hi I have a weirdly specific request!! I'm looking for a WLW novel with "who did this to you" energy. like one overprotective dramatic girlfriend and her girl gets hurt or whatever and she gets that dangerous gleam in her eye kinda thing. i know it's so niche but hoping you know something!
also wanted to rec a book I LOVED called Backwards to Oregon by Jae which was a nearly perfect lesbian western, if any of your followers are looking for a sapphic Oregon trail. thanks and love your blog as always!
Trouble Girls by Julia Lynn Rubin! It literally just came out two weeks ago and is exactly this - Sapphic YA Thelma & Louise. Also, going older and a little different (because the girlfriend is dead - not a spoiler - so also hard to say she's being "dramatic"), Far From You by Tess Sharpe. Honestly, even Tess's The Girls I've Been kinda has that energy. (Also closer to the FFY vibes: All the Things We Do in the Dark by Saundra Mitchell and Throwaway Girls by Andrea Contos.) But really the Rubin is exactly what you're asking for, first and foremost.
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Hi! Do you know of any books with a bisexual female that falls in love with a male? Thank you!
Sure - try The Intimacy Experiment by Rosie Danan, Hang the Moon by Alexandria Bellefleur, Xeni by Rebekah Weatherspoon, I'll Be the One by Lyla Lee, A Gentleman in the Street by Alisha Rai, or anything else here under M/F with a Bf next to it: https://lgbtqreads.com/romanceadult/
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Hey I was wondering if you have a wlw book that would absolutely crush me. I wanna be bawling and shaking and not be able to function for a week lmao. Idk if you've watched the movie lost and delirious, but it hurt me so bad and i would love a book like that. Preferably YA. Thank you so much!
I truly do not understand y'all and your desire for absolute devastation, but whatever because I will never pass up a chance to recommend We Are Okay by Nina LaCour where warranted.
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Hi there! Do you happen to know of any Russian or Ukrainian or Central Asian centred queer books or stories? Doesn't have to be YA. Thank you
Not sure if you mean centered there or not, but if that's not strictly necessary, try A Door Behind a Door by Yelena Moskovich and The Wise and the Wicked by Rebecca Podos.
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hi, I was wondering if you knew of any contemporary YA books with asian (specifically desi if possible) main characters that are also wlw! basically anything similar to any of Adiba Jaigirdar's books. thanks sm
Yep, check out Bruised by Tanya Boteju, Tell Me How You Really Feel by Aminah Mae Safi, and The Love and Lies of Rukhsana Ali by Sabina Khan for Desi wlw YA, and for other Asian wlw YA, try Misa Sugiura's It's Not Like it's a Secret and Love & Other Natural Disasters (both Japanese American) and Tell Me Again How a Crush Should Feel by Sara Farizan (Persian).
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Can you rec some queer fiction set in or near Boston, Massachusetts? Preferably lighter YA/NA with wlw rep, but I'll take any suggestions. thanks!
Hmm, These Witches Don't Burn by Isabel Sterling is set in Salem, of course. Be Dazzled by Ryan La Sala is mlm but is lighter YA and set in Boston, and for slightly less light, so's Yesterday is History by Kosoko Jackson. Bury the Lede by Gaby Dunn, ill. by Claire Roe, is not so light but otherwise it's what you're looking for. All We Can Do is Wait by Richard Lawson has a gay character in the cast, and it's YA set in Boston. (Also very much not light.) Aaand that's what I've got!
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Hey I feel like a lot of queer fiction right now is tangled up in the New York or California experience. Lots of everything in walking distance, queer spaces and supports, having a ton of money to throw around, and tons to do. I'm in the American South, and after, I think six books, reading about those experiences I'm tired of it. I don't feel like anyone is writing about my experiences or issues out here in 'God fearing' , middle of nowhere, dirt poor, nothing to do redneck land. Do you know of anything that might be closer to rural, pocn queer experience?
I assure you, they are, and they definitely deserve recognition for doing it. Some recs:
Since you mention QPoC experience, I have to kick off with Real Life by Brandon Taylor, which is about a Black grad student in the Midwest who's from Alabama and is probably the exact book you're looking for: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/46263943-real-life (I'll also mention that he has a book of short stories coming out on the 22nd called Filthy Animals that I'm sure covers some of the same ground. Definitely seek out his work, as it's all phenomenal and a lot of it is available online for free. Here's an interview I did with him a couple of years back: https://lgbtqreads.com/2018/06/19/better-know-an-author-brandon-l-g-taylor/)
Here's a post on Queer Appalachian Fiction: https://lgbtqreads.com/2021/04/08/fave-five-queer-appalachian-fiction/ (I accidentally left out The Pretties Star by Carter Sickels but that one is definitely worth a mention as well: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/52196685-the-prettiest-star)
Two other good rural ones:
Cottonmouths by Kelly J. Ford (Ozarks)
Boys of Alabama by Genevieve Hudson
Kristen Arnett is the go-to author for queer Florida - check out both Mostly Dead Things and With Teeth
LGBTQ YA Set in the South: https://lgbtqreads.com/2016/12/23/fave-five-lgbtq-ya-set-in-the-south/ (That post is 2016 but those authors have all written more queer books since and generally keep things set in the South, and Julian Winters is another good author who tends to set books with Black protags around Atlanta.)
For Texas Latinx/Chicanx YA, I have to recommend Fifteen Hundred Miles from the Sun by Jonny Garza Villa.
Also recommend that in nonfiction, you check out Real Queer America by Samantha Allen: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/40274696-real-queer-america
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Any recs for the angstiest coming out wlw books? Like mess me up inside angst please
Who I Was With Her by Nita Tyndall and Her Name in the Sky by Kelly Quindlen can go at the top of your TBR.
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I’m looking to read books with protagonists older than teenagers, but I don’t like reading sex scenes. Do you have any recs for adult/new adult books with minimal to no sexual content? ideally wlw but I’m down for any books w queer and/or trans characters. Also I usually only read via audiobook so bonus points if they have audiobooks available. Thank you!!
I don't think there's an audiobook, but Take Them By Storm by Marie Landry is a wlw NA with fairly minimal sexual content. I love the banter in the adult romance Casting Lacey by Elle Spencer and the sexual content is also pretty minimal. If you want one with an asexual protag, try Perfect Rhythm by Jae or Thaw by Elyse Springer, though I haven't read them yet, so you'd have to check reviews to confirm there isn't sex. For a book with a gay main character that's just a really fun read with minimal sexual content, try The Guncle by Steven Rowley.
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hey!! any ya contemporary with friends to lovers and mutual pining? preferably set on high school
basically the im in love with my best friend trope but not necessarily the BEST friend idk it can also be someone they became friends with more recently idk thank u!
Sure, try Dating Sarah Cooper by Siera Maley, Tell Me Again How a Crush Should Feel by Sara Farizan, and Her Name in the Sky by Kelly Quindlen.
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This is a little specific, but do you know of any queer interpretations of Dracula? MLM is preferable but I’ll take any recs you can give :)
Just Thrall by Avon Gale and Roan Parrish, and maybe Ex-Wives of Dracula by Georgette Kaplan counts too?
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hello! for this pride month i have decided to only read queer books. can u pls recommend me some light read mlm or wlw books please? thank u so much ! <3 i just finished cool for the summer by the way and i loved it so so so much !!
Sure! And thank you!!! Check out You Should See Me in a Crown by Leah Johnson, The Summer of Everything by Julian Winters, She Drives Me Crazy by Kelly Quindlen, Hani and Ishu's Guide to Fake Dating by Adiba Jaigirdar, Some Girls Do by Jennifer Dugan, Camp by L.C. Rosen, both of Casey McQuiston's books, Written in the Stars by Alexandria Bellefleur, Boyfriend Material by Alexis Hall, Going Off Script by Jen Wilde, Tell Me How You Really Feel by Aminah Mae Safi, It's Kind of an Epic Love Story by Kacen Callender,and slightly less light but Fifteen Hundred Miles From the Sun by Jonny Garza Villa!
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I know you recommended some books with non-binary / genderfluid MCs, but do we know of any that are specifically by authors who don’t identify as cis? (I will still read the other books of course.)
Most of them! Even if We Break by Marieke Nijkamp, The Brilliant Death and The Lost Coast by AR Capetta, Out of Salem by Hal Schrieve, I Wish You All the Best and The Ghosts We Keep by Mason Deaver, Finna by Nino Cipri, Can't Take That Away by Steven Salvatore, Felix Ever After by Kacen Callender, The Love Study by Kris Ripper, Documenting Light by EE Ottoman, River of Teeth by Sarah Gailey, and Ana on the Edge by AJ Sass are the ones that come to mind immediately. Also the upcoming Lakelore by Anna-Marie McLemore and I forget the name but Jonny Garza Villa's 2022 book as well.
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Queer Book Recommendations
Made these for instagram but thought they were cute and decided to cross post them here. Although I'm gonna say ABSOLUTELY look up and heed the trigger warnings for Docile. It's a good book, but it's really fucked up.
[Image: three graphics, all of which have a blurry photo of a bookshelf with books organized by color as the background.
The first one has pictures of the covers for Homie by Danez Smith and I Hope We Choose Love: A Trans Girl's Notes from the End of the World by Kai Cheng Thom with arrows pointing to them labeling them as poetry. A fantasy label has arrows pointing to Cemetery Boys by Aiden Thomas, The Library of the Unwritten by AJ Hackwith, and Black Sun by Rebecca Roanhorse.
The second graphic shows Love Beyond Body, Space, and Time edited by Hope Nicholson with the label "Anthology by Native authors," and Docile by KM Szpara with the label "Literary fiction critiquing capitalism." There is also a sci fi label with arrows pointing to This is How You Lose the Time War by Max Gladstone and Amal El-Mohtar and The Space Between Worlds by Michaiah Johnson.
The third image is labeled "urban fantasy/magical realism," with pictures of Every Heart a Doorway by Seanan McGuire, Fierce Femmes and Notorious Liars by Kai Cheng Thom, Pet by Akwaeke Emezi, and The Root by Na'amen Tilahun. End.]
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