Hey friends! Pride month is here!!! This post is a bit later than I would have liked but with real life keeping me busy I’m only now managing to post it. With pride month come a lot of really cool readathons that are a perfect opportunity to branch out and read more diversely, whether you already read a lot of queer books throughout the year or not.
So I remembered I wrote this post last year with the same title as this one, and I thought since I’ve read a lot more books in the meantime I would update this list so y’all don’t end up only reading the same allocis m/m romances that, frankly, don’t make your reading very diverse.
(PS: see also my F/F romance recs from last year)
So, what are “LGBTQIAP+ books that don’t feature allocis m/m relationships”?
Basically anything where the focus isn’t two allo and cis men in a m/m relationship. This varies from m/m where one of the main characters is trans or asexual or aromantic, to a m/f romance where one (or both!) are bi or pan or queer, to f/f, to f/nonbinary, etc etc. They can also be books with queer characters that don’t have any romance in it! I’m also only going to mention books where at least one queer character has a POV or is the love interest or is otherwise very prominent. And these are all books I’ve read and enjoyed or at least thought that the queer rep was good (although obviously I can’t speak for a whole community). So let’s get right into it!
🏳️🌈 Not M/M:
• An Unkindness of Ghosts by Rivers Solomon – fantasy, nonbinary/nonbinary romance (not a big focus); autistic intersex MC | Adult
• Shootaround by Suspu – webcomic, different relationships including f/f, polyam f/f/f, m/f with a trans character, m/m in the past, and basically everyone is queer | YA
• Once Ghosted, Twice Shy by Alyssa Cole – contemporary f/f romance | NA
• The Afterward by E.K. Johnston – fantasy f/f romance | YA
• Ms Martin’s Incomparable Adventure by Courtney Milan – historical f/f romance | Adult
• The Priory of the Orange Tree by Samantha Shannon – fantasy f/f romance; multiple queer characters | Adult
• The Queen of Rhodia by Effie Calvin – fantasy, established f/f couple | NA
• Never-Contented Things by Sarah Porter – fantasy, f/f romance (I think they’re both bi) + pansexual character | YA | I haven’t written a review for this yet but please, please, please, don’t go into this book without knowing what you’re getting yourself into. Massive trigger warnings for emotional abuse, incest, neglect, sexual assault, death, body horror.
🌈 M/M but not allocis:
• Stake Sauce by RoAnna Sylver – urban fantasy, m/m (with a hint of polyamory) with trans and aro/ace character| NA
• The Past and Other Things that Should Stay Buried by Shaun David Hutchinson – contemporary, m/m romance (not the focus of the book though) with a trans character| YA
• The Perfect Assassin by K.A. Doore – fantasy, ace main character | NA
🏳️🌈 M/F but at least one of them is queer:
• Tash Hearts Tolstoy by Kathryn Ormsbee – contemporary m/f romance; ace character| YA
• Every Heart a Doorway by Seanan McGuire – fantasy, (only hinted at) m/f romance; ace MC + trans character| YA
🌈 No romance/romance not the focus or not resolved:
• Vengeful by V.E. Schwab – ace main character| Adult
• I Was Born For This by Alice Oseman – trans and gay main character| YA
🏳️🌈 Not sure if they belong on this list so I’m going to write them in a tiny font:
• The Wicker King by K. Ancrum – m/m/f romance with heavy focus on the m/m side | YA
And this is it for this post. I really hope this is helpful and it inspires some of you who want to diversify your queer reading, and tackle those pride month challenges and readathons.