LGBTQIAP+ books that don’t feature allocis M/M relationships, part 3

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find part 1 here🌈

find part 2 here🌈

So, what are “LGBTQIAP+ books that don’t feature allocis m/m relationships”, and why this list?

I started this series two years ago when I felt like both I and my timeline were more focused on m/m romance than the other shades of the rainbow. A lot has changed in the past two years and I’m now at a point where I can comfortably say I read hardly any m/m and most of the books on my TBR (both backlist and anticipated) are queer but not necessarily m/m. This is true for my timeline (twitter and wordpress) as well, but I am aware there are still too many people who think that reading “LGBT” just means reading (and often fetishizing) m/m romance.

Since I don’t often do recommendation posts and I still like this format I wanted to update this series with the books I truly feel like recommending, I won’t go into details for each but I tried to state the specific rec when it was labelled in the book, but please let me know if I misremembered something.

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🏳️‍🌈 Not M/M:

Treasure by Rebekah Weatherspoon – f/f steamy novella with two Black women; one of them has ADHD

The Deep by Rivers Solomon – f/f fantasy novella; all-Black cast with an intersex MC

The Unspoken Name (The Serpent Gates #1) by A.K. Larkwood – f/f adult fantasy novel

Female General and Eldest Princess by 请君莫笑 – f/f Chinese historical webnovel

This Is How You Lose the Time War by Amal El-Mohtar, Max Gladstone – f/f fantasy novella

The Weight of Living by M.A. Hinkle – f/f contemporary romance novel with a trans MC

A Memory Called Empire by Arkady Martine – f/f adult SFF novel

The Midnight Lie by Marie Rutkoski – f/f YA fantasy

The Care and Feeding of Waspish Widows by Olivia Waite – f/f historical romance

Girl, Serpent, Thorn by Melissa Bashardoust – f/f YA fantasy

Nottingham: The True Story of Robyn Hood by Anna Burke – f/f retelling

Glorious Day by Skye Kilaen – f/f SFF novella; lesbian MC, bisexual disabled LI

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Mooncakes by Suzanne Walker and Wendy Xu – f/nonbinary graphic novel

The Prince and the Dressmaker by Jen Wang – f/nonbinary graphic novel

The Unconquered City by K.A. Doore – f/nonbinary adult fantasy

Spellhacker by M.K. England – f/nonbinary YA SFF

Phoenix Extravagant by Yoon Ha Lee – f/nonbinary adult fantasy

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Felix Ever After by Kacen Callender – m/trans (demiboy) YA contemporary

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🌈 M/M but not allocis:

Human Enough by E.S. Yu – paranormal m/m romance, Chinese-American autistic pansexual MC and ace gay love interest

[I really haven’t read a lot of M/M in the past year in general so I also inevitably only have one not allocis M/M rec this time]

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🏳️‍🌈 M/F but at least one of them is queer:

Sorcery of Thorns by Margaret Rogerson – m/f YA fantasy, male bi love interest

Reverb by Anna Zabo – m/f contemporary rockstar romance, female bi(pan?) MC and queer trans man LI

The Sound of Stars by Alechia Dow – m/f with a Black demiace pan MC

The Craft of Love by EE Ottoman – m/f historical romance with a trans guy and a bisexual heroine

The Lights of Prague by Nicole Jarvis – m/f historical fantasy; bisexual f

So Forward (Six 32 Central) by Mina V. Esguerra – m/f contemporary romance novella; bisexual m

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🌈 No romance/romance not the focus:

What are ways you use to make sure you’re diversifying your queer TBR? Do you pay attention to it? Please let me know if this list (and this type of post) is helpful!

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12 thoughts on “LGBTQIAP+ books that don’t feature allocis M/M relationships, part 3

  1. This list is very helpful as I still have a lot to learn! I need more f/f on my tbr list. I have a few of these that you’ve listed already on it like Sorcery of Thorns and The Murderbot Diaries. The Deep and The Prince and the Dressmaker were really good reads.

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  2. I enjoyed this series and definitely am happy you continue it!! I want to diversify my reading too and read more queer books that aren’t m/m. Right now I’m following Reads Rainbow blog for more queer rec and of course your blog too!! Thank you for this awesome rec post, Silvia 💜💜


  3. Silvia! This post makes me SO HAPPY!! Thank you for putting together this list! I’ve never heard of The Unconquered City before and it looks awesome! We need books with more nonbinary/genderqueer/trans+ characters!! I also love the whole “no romance section” because so often we only get queer stories when they’re in love. Seeing so many great works here is so precious and I just expanded my TBR shelf!

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    1. ahhh i’m so glad you enjoyed this post!! the “no romance” section is something i’m really glad to see expand every time i do this type of posts! seeing how queer characters get to exist and be queer without necessarily needing a love interest is so great, i hope i can find more novels like that ♥ i’m so glad you found something new for your TBR, i hope you’ll enjoy them whenever you get to them ♥

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