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    38 Queer Books Our Readers Recommend You Read ASAP

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    1. A Queer and Pleasant Danger by Kate Bornstein is a memoir you won't be able to put down until the very last page. Detailing the twelve years she spent in The Church of Scientology, Kate explores relationships she lost once she left the church to explore her true gender identity.

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    Jennifer Tonti

    Get it from Amazon for $13.59.

    2. Autoboyagraphy by Christina Lauren centers around a high school senior, Tanner, as he develops a relationship with his older male mentor who is deeply rooted in the Mormon church.

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    "It’s about a boy who is bi, but since they moved from California to a predominantly Mormon community in Utah he is forced back into the closet. He’s in his last year of high school taking a writing seminar when he falls for his older male mentor, who is very intertwined in the church." —kristans4ebfe83a7

    Get it from Amazon for $10.99+.

    3. History Is All You Left Me by Adam Silvera is a young adult novel about a 17-year-old boy named Griffin whose true love just lost his life. Now he must find a way to carry on with his own.

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    "Anything by Adam Silvera!" —sallylucynancy

    Get it from Amazon for $9.89.

    4. Carry On by Rainbow Rowell immerses the reader in over five hundred pages of magic school, love stories that'll give you butterflies, and an ending you'll wish never came.

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    "The best queer book of all time. So basically, there is this evil, magic-stealing creature called the insidious humdrum that steals magic from the universe. Simon Snow is supposedly the only one who can stop the humdrum and possibly bring some of the magic the humdrum stole back to the people who use it. The thing is, Simon looks exactly like the humdrum." —grumpycat2000

    Get it from Amazon for $8.79.

    5. Boy Erased by Garrard Conley details his real life experiences as a 19-year-old going through a conversion therapy program that promised to "cure" him.

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    Jennifer Tonti

    Get it from Amazon for $10.87,.

    6. Angels in America by Tony Kushner is a play that takes place in the mid 1980s and will make you think deeply about love, abandonment, forgiveness, and friendship. Each character is more memorable than the last.

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    "It’s a play, about gay men during the AIDS crisis, Roy Cohn, Reagan, Mormons, and life. The characters are compelling and the story is heartbreaking with a bittersweet ending."—fangirl767

    Get it from Amazon for $16.10.

    7. Call Me By Your Name by André Aciman details the coming-of-age-story of Elio Perlman and his summer romance with Oliver Ulliva, a professor who is seven years older than he is. This original story was eventually adapted into an Oscar-winning screenplay!

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    "Very real, very beautiful." —aylinx

    Get it from Amazon for $11.52.

    8. Two boys Kissing by David Levithan follows Harry and Craig as they set out to break a Guinness World Record by kissing for more than 32 hours.

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    Get it from Amazon for $9.35.

    9. On The Move by Oliver Sacks is a reflection of his life's work as a physician, writer, and most notably, a neurologist. He was a man that studied the brain his whole life, and in this book we get to experience his personal life as a gay man on a journey to figure out his own mind.

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    "Born in London in 1933, he moved to NYC in 1965 where he began his medical career. He wrote many books about the fascinating patients he treated throughout his lifetime. What makes his memoir stand out above the rest for me, is that you get a taste of those stories, yes, but you also get to experience his personal life as a gay man on a journey to figure out his own mind. RIP Oliver Sacks [1933–2015]." —Jennifer Tonti

    Get it from Amazon for $11.52.

    10. I’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson immerses the reader in unique imagery as it tells the dramatic story of fraternal twins, Noah and Jude as they struggle through puberty and learning to understand and accept each other.

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    "It’s my favorite book of all time because of all the heartbreaking moments. Nelson does an amazing job at creating a YA novel that demonstrates the complexities within families and how relationships can change over time. It’s literally just so fucking good; please go get a copy and read it!" —kfoley18

    Get it from Amazon for $9.41.

    11. Buffering: Unshared Tales of a Life Fully Loaded by Hannah Hart is a memoir that will leave you thinking about more than just yourself. Hannah opens up with the reader about parts of her life you wouldn't know from watching her on YouTube. She dives deeply into mental health and the role it's played on becoming who she is today.

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    Jennifer Tonti

    Get it from Amazon for $10.19.

    12. Taking Turns: Stories from HIV/AIDS Care Unit 371 by MK Czerweic details, in graphic novel form, what it was like treating HIV/AIDS patients in Care Unit 371 back during the height of the crisis in 1994.

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    "It had me in tears on the plane home." —meganc

    Get it from Amazon for $22.64.

    13. Would You Rather by Katie Heaney is a memoir in which Katie describes, through funny and touching essays, what it was like to realize she was gay at age twenty-eight.

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    Get it from Amazon for $10.99.

    14. Will Grayson, Will Grayson by John Green & David Levithan combines the voices of both writers as they each take on their very own Will Grayson. It's about growing up, falling in love, friendship and the ups and downs along the way.

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    Get it from Amazon for $10.07.

    15. I'm Just A Person by Tig Notaro tells the story of the beloved comedian and (personal gay icon) Tig, as she is forced to confront heartbreak, cancer, and her mother's death while still finding a way to laugh through it all.

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    Jennifer Tonti

    Get it from Amazon for $8.48.

    16. Georgia Peaches and Other Forbidden Fruit by Jaye Robin Brown weaves a complex drama as Jo tries to fit in as a straight girl per her evangelical father's wishes. That promise becomes impossible to keep when she meets the very charming Mary Carlson.

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    "It's so sweet and innocent, and I love the slow progression of their relationship. The perfect novel for queer teens!" —laurencrigger3

    Get it from Amazon for $7.99.

    17. Girl Meets Boy by Ali Smith is the reimagining of Ovid’s gender-bending myth of Iphis and Ianthe, as portrayed and experienced by two Scottish sisters.

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    Get it from Amazon for $12.32.

    18. The Foxhole Court by Nora Sakavic packs a lot of drama into 260 pages. Protagonist Neil Josten is brand new to Palmetto State University, and he's also the runaway son of the crime lord known as The Butcher.

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    "One of the best things I've read in the last several years. This trilogy is straight up binge reading. The characters are phenomenal, the protagonist is relatable and a unique queer identity (demi), the side characters as just as real as the primary characters and you get thriller mystery elements with a side order of straight up psychopathy." —amyb4970723d9

    Get it from Amazon for $8.64.

    19. The Argonauts by Maggie Nelson is a genre-bending memoir that will have you thinking about identity, relationships, and the language we all use in creating our queer families.

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    Jennifer Tonti

    Get it from Amazon for $6.02.

    20. Giovanni's Room by James Baldwin transports the reader back to 1950s Paris. A young American expatriate is caught in a beautifully tragic choice between desire and conventional morality.

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    "It's definitely drawn me into gay literature more." —whatadickens

    Get it from Amazon for $11.50.

    21. Annie On My Mind by Nancy Garden is a charming romance for the ages. This book, first published in 1982, centers on two teenage girls whose friendship develops into a deep love for one another. Pressures threaten their relationship, but their connection to each other is louder than any outside voices.

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    Get it from Amazon for $8.33.

    22. The Trials of Apollo: The Hidden Oracle by Rick Riordan immerses the reader in another world full of gods and mortals and a four-thousand-year-old deity who must learn to survive in modern day.

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    "It’s a hilarious, sad, amazing book with a bisexual main character/narrator. There’s no relationships between the main character and someone else, but past relationships — one with a woman and one with a man — are mentioned often and are treated respectfully. There’s at least one canon LGBT relationship (can’t remember exactly). Plus there’s an adventure and Greek mythology!" —lexic4d3762b41

    Get it from Amazon for $9.16.

    23. Fire Shut Up in My Bones by Charles M. Blow is the story of how Charles escaped a world of abuse and violence to become one of America’s most respected public figures today.

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    Jennifer Tonti

    Get it from Amazon for $11.68.

    24. The Infinite Loop by Pierrick Colinet unfolds in a sci-fy realm of time paradoxes in which a woman named Teddy is tasked with fixing the time stream but instead meets Ano — and time stands still.

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    "It is a graphic novel. Beyond gorgeous, amazingly queer, and a brilliant plot. I try and make all my friends read it." —katherineh440445275

    Get it from Amazon for $15.99.

    25. Boy Meets Boy by David Levithan takes you inside a town where being gay is celebrated, the school is full of cheerleaders riding Harleys and a guy named Daryl was the homecoming queen and she now prefers to go by Infinite Darlene.

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    "The story is ridiculously cute and we all need an artist like Noah and a best friend like Tony and Infinite Darlene." —brandonm49aeb8f8b

    Get it from Amazon for $9.62.

    26. Beautiful Music For Ugly Children by Kirstin Cronn-Mills is about a boy named Gabe whose parents think he's gone crazy and the rest of the world is taking their side. Born Elizabeth, there's one thing he knows for sure, and it's that he's been a boy his whole life.

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    "It's a coming of age story about a trans boy who runs a popular radio show in a small town while keeping his identity a secret. He is out to his best friend, family, and employers who he trusts, but worries about the rest of his conservative small town will think/do if they ever found out." —ilsem21916

    Get it from Amazon for $5.14.

    27. The Miseducation of Cameron Post by Emily M. Danforth takes place in small town Montana. After the sudden death of Cameron's parents, she is forced to move in with a conservative aunt who eventually sends her to a gay conversion therapy center after she gets caught having sex with her friend on prom night.

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    Jennifer Tonti

    Get it from Amazon for $9.99.

    28. All Out: The No-Longer-Secret Stories of Queer Teens Throughout the Ages by Saundra Mitchell brings together the voices of many queer writers as seventeen young adult authors throughout the community compile a collection of diverse historical fiction for their peers.

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    "This book is so good! It's a collection of short stories written by queer authors all over the LGBTQ+ spectrum. The stories are all inclusive, which is amazing! Some of them are even retellings of popular stories like Robin Hood." —varnoe17

    Get it from Amazon for $15.19.

    29. Major Conflict by Jeffrey McGowan centers around the military's policy of Don't Ask Don't Tell, and its effects on one gay man's life.

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    "It's an incredibly honest story told, not by some military leader, but an average person grappling with the demands of his career and his simple desire for a normal life. It's a truly humanizing book for those who struggle in be closet." —adamonboart

    Get it from Amazon for $1.35.

    30. Forbidden Colors by Yukio Mishima comes from one of Japan's greatest modern writers and is a novel full of sexual conflict and hidden love. It deepens our relationship with desire, hatred and intoxicating romance.

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    "A revealing novel by the brilliant Japanese writer Yukio Mishima. Learning the mechanism of what the world was about to hand me was a great education besides being a literary gift." —davids435f0b827

    Get it from Amazon for $16.95.

    31. Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller is an action-packed thriller love story that will keep you turning the pages until the very end. Get ready to travel back to ancient Greece in the Age of Heroes.

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    "It's a masterpiece of a gay love story between Achilles and his companion, Patroclus. The book displays such a pure, passionate love that I cried multiple times." —ethanr49383515b

    Get it from Amazon for $9.98.

    32. More Than This by Patrick Ness leaves us asking questions at every turn. Seth remembers dying, but when he wakes up we're all left wondering, where is he now?

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    Get it from Amazon for $9.87.

    33. Not Your Sidekick by C. B. Lee is chock-full of high school drama, internships, secret queer crushes—oh and they're all superheroes.

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    "It's a really interesting book in a future where superheroes are a thing and the government and many superheroes are involved in a huge conspiracy. Many of the characters, including the main character, are LGBT and the romance is sweat, funny and the dynamic is so real." —c49095851e

    Get it from Amazon for $11.55.

    34. Stone Butch Blues by Leslie Feinberg was published in 1993 and quickly became regarded as a heroic novel, and one of the highest respected accounts ever written of the multitudes that exist within the transgendered existence.

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    "It will rip your heart out and spit it on the floor then mend it back together." —laurenp48b42f47b

    Get it from Amazon for $39.96.

    35. Two Boys at Swim by Jamie O'Neill brings the reader back to 1916 Ireland as it tells the tender and heartbreaking story of people caught in the unforgiving tide of time.

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    "Such a great summer read. Set in Dublin 1916 and is really endearing." —8perros3gatos

    Get it from Amazon for $10.64.

    36. A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara develops strong four main characters that grow into people you will feel you've spent your whole life knowing.

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    Get it from Amazon for $11.55.

    37. Lucky Us by Amy Bloom is a coming of age story about a young lesbian woman who must navigate through 1940s America.

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    "It centers around two sisters, one of whom is gay. I like it a lot because she's a 'girly' girl, and as a lesbian who presents more feminine, it's nice to get a character who isn't the stereotype of always wearing flannels. It takes place in a difficult time for LGBT people, and you get an interesting perspective as you watch her grapple with her sexuality and find a way to carve out a safe niche in a judgmental society.' —sophlauver

    Get it from Amazon for $12.80.

    38. Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli tells the story of an adorable sixteen-year-old named Simon Spier. When a sensitive email is seen by the wrong people, his tightly held secret is at risk.

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    "It is so good and funny and just everything you need in a book." —parkers4487de6a8

    Get it from Amazon for $6.69.

    Queer books fill my heart with joy because they add representation to yet another medium that remains heteronormative. Queer authors and storylines have the power to change they way you see the world and yourself in it. Thanks for coming to my Ted Talk.

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