There is this website called Thrift Books and I just got $66.90 worth of books for $19.93 (five books). Shipping was free. You’re welcome.
Yes! I just bought $82 worth of books for $17.85!
have just fondly remembered the murder mystery series set in a generic small english village where the detective/protagonist is a gay vampire
oh my god
If you like that, you should try the Brenda & Effie series by Paul Magrs, about the Bride of Frankenstein running a small hotel in an northern English seaside town, and her best friend the local witch.
They fight crime!
YA LGBTQ Novels Where the Focus Isn’t Coming Out
As I spoke about in my post, when I was a young babygay, many of the LGBT YA novels I found were all about the angst and trials of coming out. Which is all well and good, but those can’t be the only narratives queer people see themselves in. So, I compiled this list.
I had three criteria:
- Coming Out could be a part of the plot but could not be the whole focus (which is why Ask the Passengers, even though it’s good, isn’t on here, before you ask)
- The protagonist/MC had to identify as queer/LGBT. No sidekick stories here.
- The story could not be known to be biphobic or transphobic (which is why The Bermudez Triangle isn’t on here, also before you ask. Also bisexual-books has a great response to that book in particular, but this is not the place for that discussion.)
If you believe a novel on this list falls into the categories of bi- or transphobic or otherwise, please message me and I’ll look into it/remove it.
This is by no means a comprehensive list—feel free to reblog and add suggestions or message me with suggestions so I can keep updating!
Realistic Fiction: Lesbian MC
- The Summer I Wasn’t Me by Jess Verdi
- The Miseducation of Cameron Post by emily m. danforth
- Everything Leads to You by Nina LaCour
- Great by Sara Benincasa
- Scars by Cheryl Rainfield (huge trigger warning for self harm and sexual abuse for this book, FYI. It is a wonderful book, though.)
- Lies We Tell Ourselves by Robin Talley
- If You Could Be Mine by Sara Farizan
- Starting from Here by Lisa Jenn Bigelow
- A Love Story Starring My Dead Best Friend by Emily Horner
- Gravel Queen by Tea Bendhun
- Fat Angie by E.E. Charlton-Trujillo
- Lies My Girlfriend Told Me by Julie Anne Peters
Realistic Fiction: Gay MC
- Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Sáenz
- Gone Gone Gone by Hannah Moskowitz
- Openly Straight by Bill Konigsberg
Realistic Fiction: Transgender MC
Realistic Fiction: Bisexual MC
- Far from You by Tess Sharpe
- Empress of the World by Sara Ryan (though this review suggests that it *may* be biphobic so proceed with caution? I haven’t read it so I can’t vouch but let me know)
Speculative Fiction: Lesbian MC
Speculative Fiction: Bisexual MC
- Love In the Time of Global Warming by Francesca Lia Block
- Ash by Malinda Lo
- Adaptation by Malinda Lo
- Inheritance by Malinda Lo
- Grasshopper Jungle by Andrew Smith
- Coda by Emma Trevayne
- Otherbound by Corinne Duyvis
Speculative Fiction: Gay MC
Historical Fiction: Lesbian MC
Queer/Not Otherwise Specified MC:
- The Mermaid in Chelsea Creek by Michelle Tea
I’ve not read the vast majority of these, but signal-boosting because the world so needs them.