These Books Are Queer

These Books Are Queer

LGBT+Recently I have been thinking a lot about queer books and their visibility. Just like how I want to read as many books by women as I possibly can, just so I can put them in the spotlight, I am also doing the same with queer books.

The thing is, I sometimes wonder if I mention often enough that certain books have queer content. I feel like I mention it. I always tag my posts as LGBT+, and I regularly post for LGBT+ reading events. But I guess sometimes I don’t mention it (especially in more general posts/lists) for whatever reason. And that’s not logical. To me it matters that books have queer content, to me it is important. And I know so many people are looking for queer books and have trouble finding them, and I want my blog to be a good and safe place for anyone to find these books.

And while I know to some people it does not seem important and they will read books regardless of queer characters and content, not mentioning it just isn’t fair to these books. This actual post was triggered by a post at the Gay YA: Let’s Take Queer YA Out of the Closet. And I agree with it, I notice many readers doing this especially to mainstream books with queer content – they do not mention in any way that a book has queer content. Why? Perhaps they are afraid to scare off other readers, are ashamed, or simply do not think it is important?

So here is what I’m going to do, not just with YA books but with any queer books: I vow to never, never stick a queer book back in the closet. I hope everyone else will do the same. I want visibility for these books, I want diversity in books.

Let this post be a Queer Masterpost on this blog, a post I hope makes the road to discover more LGBT+ books an easier one. If you have any questions or want personal recommendations, don’t be afraid to ask/comment. Or use my contact form if you don’t want to post openly 🙂
And of course I am open to your recommendations too!

Books I Recommend

Classics

  • Carmilla by Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu
  • Forbidden Colours by Yukio Mishima
  • Giovanni’s Room by James Baldwin
  • Maurice by E.M. Forster
  • Orlando by Virginia Woolf

Contemporary

  • Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Sáenz (YA)
  • Ask the Passengers by A.S. King (YA)
  • Hardboiled & Hard Luck by Banana Yoshimoto
  • How to Repair a Mechanical Heart by J.C. Lillis (YA)
  • Kitchen by Banana Yoshimoto
  • The Miseducation of Cameron Post by Emily M. Danforth (YA)
  • Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli (YA)
  • Stir Fry by Emma Donoghue (YA)
  • Weetzie Bat (Weetzie Bat, #1) by Francesca Lia Block (YA)
  • Will Grayson, Will Grayson by John Green & David Levithan (YA)

Fantasy

  • Love in the Time of Global Warming (Love in the Time of Global Warming, #1) by Francesca Lia Block
  • Huntress by Malinda Lo (YA)
  • Pantomime (Micah Grey, #1) by Laura Lam (YA)
  • Princess Princess by Katie O’Neill (YA, graphic novel)
  • The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller

Historical fiction

  • Fingersmith by Sarah Waters
  • Lies We Tell Ourselves by Robin Talley (YA)
  • Silhouette of a Sparrow by Molly Beth Griffin (YA)
  • Tipping the Velvet by Sarah Waters
  • Under the Poppy by Kathe Koja
  • We, Two Boys by Aline Sax (YA)

Science fiction & dystopia

  • Adaptation by Malinda Lo (YA)
  • China Mountain Zhang: A Novel by Maureen F. McHugh
  • More Than This by Patrick Ness (YA)
  • Otherbound by Corinne Duyvis (YA)
  • The Vintner’s Luck (Vintner’s Luck, #1) by Elizabeth Knox
  • The Angel’s Cut (Vintner’s Luck, #2) by Elizabeth Knox

Tags

Reviews

Lists

3 thoughts on “These Books Are Queer

  1. I have mixed feeling about tagging books as LGBT. I’m one of those readers who don’t especially seek LGBT books but won’t mind LGBT main characters, content or theme in a book. Some (great) books I read were obviously ABOUT being queer (The YA novel The Summer I Wasn’t Me by Jessica Verdi, the excellent gay novel The Geography of Pluto by Christopher DiRaddo…) and I would tag them so because well, if you can’t be bother with LGBT points of view, you’re not going to like those books.
    On the other hand, I won’t label a book LGBT if there is some LGBT content in the plot but it’s NOT the central theme of the book. For instance, the great YA novel The Voices in Between by Charlene Challenger (you want diversity? Try this one!) has a main character who finds out she’s lesbian, but it’s part of her coming of age and doesn’t trigger any special discussion in the book. So I didn’t want to emphasize on this because I feel characters in books can be hetero/homosexual the same way they can be boys or girls (or T!), young or old, black or white, and so on. In some way, not making a big deal of it is my way to show I find it normal and I don’t feel like there should be a sign “beware! LGBT content!” 🙂
    I also don’t want people to avoid those books because they are labelled LGBT. I had a bit of this issue, before: I assumed LGBT books were basically a sub-genre of romance targeting LGBT people (and I don’t read romance at all). I read The Summer I Wasn’t Me after I read a review which made me realize the novel was about a social / human right issue. If I had only seen a LGBT label (and not read the review), I might have thought this wasn’t a book for me.
    But I’m feeling, writing all this, that we have different concern: you want to create “a good and safe place for anyone to find these books”, so the tag is useful. On my side, I’m not trying to promote LGBT books in particular but I’d like people to be open to read those books when I review a good one 🙂 So I only tag it LGBT if this is the main theme of the book.
    Angélique recently posted… Review: The Bear by Claire CameronMy Profile

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.

CommentLuv badge