Tired of binge watching shows and movies? Want a new way of killing time? Then definitely fear not, because we, have the best way to kill time for you. Are you a voracious reader? Here are some titles to be undoubtedly included on your to-be-read list. Although you’ve never read a book before, except for may be comics or a goosebumps, but are looking for a new hobby? Here are some LGBTQ books, you should definitely kick start your reading journey with. Take a look at these following titles!
1. My Autobiography of Carson McCullers: A Memoir by Jenn Shapland
“Gorgeous, symphonic, tender, and brilliant, My Autobiography of Carson McCullers is a monumental achievement.” –Carmen Maria Machado. This book has been published in February 2020, and is up for sale on all platforms.
2. The Fire Never Goes Out: A Memoir in Pictures by Noelle Stevenson
From Noelle Stevenson, the New York Times bestselling author/illustrator of Nimona, comes a captivatingly illustrated memoir which finds her turning an important leaf in her creative voyage–and inviting readers along for this ride. Clearly a LGBTQ book, it went live in March 2020.
3. Upright Women Wanted by Sarah Gailey
“Gunslinger librarians of the apocalypse are on a mission to spread public health, decency, and the revolution. Definitely, a good old-fashioned horse opera for the 22nd century. “—Charles Stross
“A dazzling neo-western adventure. . . . Along with Gailey’s gorgeous writing and authentic characters make this slim volume a pure delight.”—Publishers Weekly.
This wonderful ride was published in February 2020.
4. Later: My Life at the Edge of the World by Paul Lisicky
“[A] coastal elegy . . . ravishing in its precision and restraint. . . .However, what’s affecting here is Lisicky’s preservation of a multitude of subtle, ambivalent feelings, of small kindnesses and cruelties. Indeed, nothing is simplified in a bid for universal resonance, and the text is richer for that.”—Harper’s
It was also published in March 2020.
5. Exciting Times: A Novel by Naoise Dolan
“This debut novel about an Irish expat millennial teaching English and finding romance in Hong Kong is half Sally Rooney love triangle, half glitzy Crazy Rich Asians high living—and indeed guaranteed to please.” —Vogue. This book is expected to be published by June 2020.
6. Broken People: A Novel by Sam Lansky
“Don’t underestimate Broken People along with it’s full of delight and razor-edged cultural commentary, but so too is it a journey of the soul. Undoubtedly, too vulnerable to be blithely satirical and too self-aware to serve or fall for easy platitudes, Sam Lansky’s debut novel sends up LA’s consumerist wellness obsession while exploring the nature of health, acceptance, and human connection. It should be noted that the result is profound and affecting–as savvy as it is searching, as critical and also as compassionate.”–Chloe Benjamin, New York Times bestselling author of The Immortalists. Although there is no certain date mentioned, it is expected to release by the end of June 2020.
7. All My Mother’s Lovers by Ilana Masad
“Ilana Masad’s All My Mother’s Lovers is a stunning excavation of the profound destabilization of grief. Especially with secrets that twist like vines around the root system of a family, and the terror and grace of learning to be vulnerable before others. Maggie and Iris, the daughter and mother that sit at this novel’s heart, are both indelible, with a bond that not even death can demolish. Clearly a giant-hearted and sharply funny debut.”
—Laura van den Berg, author of The Third Hotel
“This ambitious, deft, compassionate debut novel finds eternal truths in a very contemporary story: that even those we care for most remain mysteries to us, that our judgments of others’ lives are always inadequate, that love demands heroism. Without a doubt, Ilana Masad is an exciting talent.”
—Garth Greenwell, author of What Belongs to You and Cleanness. Definitely, this LGBTQ book is expected to go live by May 2020.
8. Everybody (Else) Is Perfect: How I Survived Hypocrisy, Beauty, Clicks, and Likes by Gabrielle Korn
“A captivating page-turner that feels exclusive without resorting to cattiness or cheap gossip. . . . However, she simultaneously digs below the surface of an industry that often feels skin deep, while divulging integral parts of her own history along the way. This book is indeed granting front row access to an exclusive world many of us will never experience firsthand, she makes feminism and fashion feel like cohorts in her compulsively readable book.” — Tegan Quin, New York Times bestselling author of High School. The following LGBTQ book is definitely releasing this June 9th, 2020.
9. You Exist Too Much: A Novel by Zaina Arafat
“In her uniquely written debut novel, Zaina Arafat absolutely tackles the challenges of being a queer Palestinian American attempting to disentangle identities to locate and celebrate the true self.” ―Karla Strand, Ms.
“The writing here is electric and carries the narrative all the way through. Clearly this is an exciting and dynamic book that explores intersectional identity and human longing extremely well.” ―Electric Literature, 1 of 14 Highly Anticipated LGBTQ+ Books Coming This Season
“A bildungsroman of desire, shame, and addiction.” ―Electric Literature, 1 of 56 Books by Women & Nonbinary Writers of Color to Read This Year.
“Told with sympathy and what seems like some irony, You Exist Too Much intrigues me for its multiculturalism and dissection of the notion that romantic love can be an all-bearing measure of personal fulfillment.” ––Eleni Theodoropoulos, Literary Hub, One of the Most Anticipated Books of the Year. However, this highly anticipated book is expected to be released in the beginning of June 2020
Grab the already published ones, sit back with a cup of caffeine and dive into them. Without a doubt, you will find yourself lost in these books, and will love every minute of this new found escape from reality. Especially for newbie readers, these books will make you fall head over heels in love with reading.
Also, pre-order the upcoming LGBTQ books. Along with your ‘currently reading’ list, you get to devour them, the minute they go live. You can read the synopsis for all these books here.