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:
• Far From the Tree by Robin Benway – f/f romance; lesbian character; family/sibling focus | YA | my review
• Toil & Truble (anthology) – various queer characters, among which many f/f romances and m/f | YA | my review
• 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
• Under the Lights by Dahlia Adler – f/f romance, lesbian MC, bisexual LI | YA | my review
• The Princess and the Fangirl by Ashley Poston – contemporary f/f romance | YA | my review
• On The Fly by P.J. Trebelhorn – contemporary f/f romance | Adult | my review
• Once Ghosted, Twice Shy by Alyssa Cole – contemporary f/f romance | NA
• Into the Drowning Deep by Mira Grant – sci-fi horror, f/f romance, autistic lesbian and bisexual characters | NA/Adult | my review
• Graham’s Delicacies by Em Ali – f/nonbinary, m/m, m/nonbinary romances | NA | my review
• The Afterward by E.K. Johnston – fantasy f/f romance | YA
• Proud by Juno Dawson – anthology with different types of queer character and relationships (although a disappointing lack of ace/aro characters) | YA | my review
• The Weight of the Stars by K. Ancrum – contemporary f/f romance | YA | my review
• The Stars are Legion by Kameron Hurley – fantasy f/f romance, all lesbian cast | Adult | my review
• 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
• Her Royal Highness by Rachel Hawkins – contemporary f/f; multiple queer side characters | YA | my review
• 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:
• Pisces Hooks Taurus by Anyta Sunday – contemporary m/m; demisexual character | NA | my review
• Squared Away by Annabeth Albert – contemporary m/m; ace character| Adult | my review
• 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:
• Sweet on the Greek by Talia Hibbert – contemporary m/f romance; bisexual main character| NA
• 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
• King Of Fools by Amanda Foody – m/f romance; bisexual main character; brief m/m and side f/f | YA | my review
🌈 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
• The Disasters by M.K. England – sci-fi, no actual romance I guess but kind of somewhat of a m/f vs m/m love triangle (bisexual character), plus trans side character| YA | my review
• The Gilded Wolves by Roshani Chokshi – fantasy, kind of a m/f vs m/m love triangle, bi or pan characters, but the romance is not resolved yet| YA | my review
🏳️🌈 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
• No End by Erly and Kromi – there’s prominent m/m romances but all main characters are queer (ace, bi, pan, trans and lesbian, and more to come because the comic is ongoing) | YA | my review
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.
Happy pride month y’all, and remember to celebrate all the colors and all the letters of the rainbow ❤️🧡💛💚💙💜