Hello friends! How are you all today?
It’s so good to be able to write a book recommendations post; I really missed writing these. Unfortunately I was on hiatus during all of Pride Month, so I want to make up for that today. Although Pride Month is a time to celebrate our identities and highlight the struggles that LGBTQIA+ individuals experience, it can also be a very difficult month. And that’s why, I think, books with characters that have LGBTQIA+ identities are so important. It’s so important for us to read these stories, and to open ourselves, to listen, to learn, to understand, and to share these stories too. In today’s Book Recs post, I wanted to share four books with all of you.
The title of this post says ‘LGBT’; in other words, I’ll be sharing one book with a lesbian protagonist, one book with a gay protagonist, one book by a bisexual protagonist, and one book by a trans protagonist. However! It’s important to highlight that there no such thing as ‘a LGBT character’, and that there are many more identities beyond lesbian, gay, bisexual, and trans; there’s also nonbinary, intersex, asexual/aromantic, pansexual, and questioning. So, although I am recommending only four books today, I implore all of you (and I need to do this too!) to read books that have characters with a diversity of sexual identities.
So, without further ado, here are your book recommendations for this month!
GAY PROTAGONIST: TIMEKEEPER BY TARA SIM
I listened to the audiobook for this and it was brilliant! The accents were so much fun and the narrator was superb. Other than that, Timekeeper is such a unique book with a compelling story.
- Set in an alternate world where clock towers control the time, insofar that a clock with a broken second hand will stutter time within its radius and a destroyed clock tower can stop time completely. Cool, right?!
- The protagonist is Danny – a sweet and charming clock tower mechanic who has experienced trauma (he has PTSD) and still grieves for his father.
- The romance was unpredictable, a little exciting, and a little tentative. I enjoyed the dynamics, the weight of the consequences riding on the romance, and the love interest was adorable.
- Excellent for readers who are looking for something a little unique or different, perhaps a world they have never imagined or seen before. Oh, and did I mention that this book is steampunk?!
Timekeeper in Goodreads
LESBIAN PROTAGONIST: THE ABYSS SURROUNDS US BY EMILY SKRUTSKIE
I was a little skeptical going into this, but after being book-pushed this book by Daisy, I’ve trusted her book recommendations wholeheartedly and never regretted it.
- Set in a distant future where the international alliances have formed and the worlds’ waters are infested with pirates. Giant sea monsters are genetically engineered and imprint on marine vessels to protect and fight for them.
- Cass, the protagonist, is a trainer for these giant monsters; things go terribly wrong on her first mission when the ship she is on is attacked and invaded by pirates.
- Yes, pirates! I’m a little sick of pirates, but this book does pirates so well – they’re original, charming, vicious, and kept me on my toes.
- Perfect for readers who want something fast-paced and doesn’t waste time with its action, likes a little bit of WLW, and something super fun.
The Abyss Surrounds Us in Goodreads
BI PROTAGONIST: OTHERBOUND BY CORINNE DUYVIS
This book is a little treasure. It’s one of the most imaginative fantasies I read, with a story full of twists, turns, and exciting developments.
- About a boy who, whenever he closes his eyes, sees through the eyes and life of a slave from an entirely other world. He knows she exists, but she doesn’t know he’s watching her every move… until something happens.
- Explores disability and sexuality with a fantasy and contemporary twist. Again, so so unique and compelling.
- The fantasy world itself was very unique, complete with political intrigue, conspiracy, and immense and secret powers that are surprising and fascinating.
- Ideal if you want to try something a little different, something unlike you’ve read before, and don’t mind something a little slower for an awesome buildup towards the end!
Otherbound in Goodreads
TRANS PROTAGONIST: PETER DARLING BY AUSTIN CHANT
Okay friends, listen up! If you love a good retelling, then you must pick up this gem called Peter Darling. It’s one of my favourite reads so far in 2017, and it is absolutely incredible. Don’t sleep on this!
- Yes, it’s a Peter Pan retelling; one that retains the beauty of its original story while giving it an original and wonderful new perspective and spin.
- The story and characters are wonderful, the developments were absolutely stunning and magical, and the romance was wow.
- Best of all, despite all the hurt, quiet pains, and struggles, there is an ending that will warm your heart and is absolutely deserving.
- Perfect if you love good retellings, a magical story, and something truly heartwarming.
Peter Darling in Goodreads (trigger warning: suicide attempt, transphobia)
I hope you enjoyed today’s post! Once again, I hope all of us can read more books about characters that are very different to us, or perhaps for those of us questioning, potentially the same or similar to us. I believe reading such books help us to understand ourselves and others, help us become better people, and be better equipped to help, empower, and support others.
The four books I have recommended aren’t the only books out there with gay, lesbian, bi, or trans characters! In saying that though, if you would like to read more of such books and have no idea where to look, don’t hesitate to ask for more recommendations in the comments!
- Do you have any suggestions for awesome books that have gay, lesbian, bi, trans, or even intersex, pan, or ace characters?
- What was the first book that you read that represented your identity?
- We’re starting to see more LGBTQIA+ characters in SFF, which is awesome! Do you have any diverse SFF favourites?