15 must-read ya lesbian books you need on your tbr list right now
The author's work mostly remains a mystery as the majority of her compositions burned down in the Library Fire in Alexandria in 48BC. However, her remaining scrolls were rescued and are here to inspire and move women nearly 3,000 years later. Drawing on her own reality, Faye analyses the wider cultural experience of being trans in our society, and how changing the conversation could open up a more joyful world. Enjoy strange, diverting work from The Commuter on Mondays, absorbing fiction from Recommended Reading on Wednesdays, and a roundup of our best work of the week on Fridays. This debut novel alternates between two sides of a family tree, each chapter focusing on a different descendant from two half-sisters in 18th century Ghana. While one remains in Africa, the other is sold into slavery, bound for America.
Echoes of Sally Rooney'sConversations with Friends resound in this exacting novel about a young Irish woman, Ava, living in Hong Kong who becomes embroiled in a love triangle with a banker named Julian and a lawyer named Edith. Sexy and whip-smart, Dolan's debut is a painstaking examination of that time in your life when you believe increased intimacy with those who seemingly have it all together will solve all of your problems. The following 42 LGBTQ books leave room for the revolutions, the revelations, the revelry, and the rapture. There are steamy romances, eye-opening memoirs, soul-stirring poetry collections, novels from both emerging and established authors, and a whole lot more. Highsmith’s detached, keenly observant prose is the perfect vehicle to explore a complicated man like Tom Ripley. Ripley stands in the shadows just outside the sun-drenched world of Dickie Greenleaf, the son of a wealthy industrialist, and wants in.
This engaging lesbian romantic comedy about self-discovery and an unexpected bond will be a read you'll love. It could be considered by some a graphic memoir full of stories that can scare and shock that you never wish to experience. At the same time, it shows hope and strength in situations that you wish you could have. This lesbian novel is touching the subjects of religion and human obsession in a very personal way. This happens through the story of Jeanette, a sixteen-year-old girl who was adopted and raised by a mother as one of God's elect.
Hyde’s first novel is a delightfully queer entry into the burgeoning genre of climate fiction. Immigration and LGBTQ rights activist Okporo was 26 years old when he was driven from his home in Abuja, Nigeria, for the sin of being gay. Seeking asylum, he fled to New York City just days before the 2016 presidential election—only to learn firsthand that the U.S. immigration system focuses far more of its attention on locking people up than on helping freed refugees acclimate to American society.
The cursed romance setup was so well executed and made the book so tragically romantic. She lives on a small island where the dark tide could cause it to sink. So, every year the Witch Queen lures a boy back to her palace and sacrifices her on the full moon.
Postcolonial Love Poem by Natalie Diaz
This is one of the lesbian books that is truly a very interesting read, especially for fiction lovers who also want to have a side of romance. This lesbian fantasy novel follows the story of Ash, a young woman who has just lost her beloved father lesbian singers and is left at the hands of her cruel stepmother. The only joy in her life after her father's death is the fairy tales her mother used to read to her as a child. Those are stories full of fairies and a hope that they will fulfil her wishes.
Queer Love in Color by Jamal Jordan
In earlier days, generals understood war as two armies facing each other across a defined battlefield. A startling change occurred when an unlikely war hero, David Stirling, came up with an experiment that called for sneaking soldiers into the adversary’s camp, sabotaging equipment, then sneaking off again into the night. At first the tactic seemed unsporting, if not scandalous, but the commando operation became the prototype for special forces around the world.
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16-year-old Simon's coming out story is not too far from what a lot of LGBTQ teens experience. Out to only a very select few, his secret ends up in the wrong hands and he has to face the idea of being outed instead of being allowed to decide who to tell and when. This award-winning novel is already quintessential YA reading, and its film adaptation, Love, Simon inspired a spin-off Hulu series, Love, Victor. The inspiration behind the Tony Award-winning musical Fun Home, this graphic memoir revisits Alison Bechdel's adolescence, culminating in her coming out to her parents just before her father's death. Grappling with themes of acceptance and self-discovery, this tragicomic is not just telling a story, it's taking us on an emotional and psychological journey.
While one is part of a community with magical powers, the other has accomplished incredible feats of engineering — both will be necessary to save the world. This list of books about lesbians is sponsored by This Book Is Gay by Juno Dawson. Now, Ayla, a human servant rising the ranks at the House of the Sovereign, dreams of avenging the death of her family… by killing the Sovereign’s daughter, Lady Crier. Lily Hu is a very lovable main character and the romance is absolutely adorable.
Translated from the Japanese by David Boyd & Lucy North | Shibata both lies and rebels when she announces her pregnancy at the office. This vibrant tale of a woman’s fictitious pregnancy offers a charming social commentary on modern isolation and how community can transform an individual’s self-worth. Deftly blending the personal and the political, Alabi's unrestrained debut collection is equal parts prayer, praise, and protest.
Over the next three decades, they form a “family stitched together by the very fact that they’d been torn from the fabric of the accepted world.” Every line of this gorgeous and grippingly adventurous tale sings with lush, aqueous beauty. Combining dreamily gorgeous artwork and lyrical, sophisticated storytelling, 23-year-old Eisner award-winning graphic novelist Tillie Walden has emerged as a master of her craft. Here, she channels Murakami with a magical realist road trip starring two women and a mysterious cat. Deemed one of the most anticipated books of 2021 by Oprah, Shondaland, Refinery 29, Essence, Vogue, Time, and many more publications, this gorgeous collection of poems by spoken word poet Jasmine Mans celebrates queer Black womanhood in all its glory.
This best-selling debut novel by author Torrey Peters was chosen for Roxane Gay’s Audacious Book Club and named one of the best books of 2021 by a bevy of publications, including Vulture, Time, Bustle, and Marie Claire. Peters’s book about three individuals tackling both what it means to be a woman and what it means to have a family is a definite must-read. Published in 2015, this romance novel by an intersex author follows the story of Danièle, a woman with Androgen Insensitivity Syndrome who seeks out another woman to carry a baby for her and her fiancé, Ethan.