As is our American Thanksgiving tradition on this site, I asked Twitter and Tumblr what queer books they’re thankful for, and here are a bunch of the responses! (Apologies in advance that I can never figure out how to get rid of the freaking parent tweet. I tried, I swear.)
Malinda Lo’s ASH, which was the first fantasy I read with a queer female protagonist. I wouldn’t have written OF FIRE AND STARS if I hadn’t read ASH first.
— Audrey Coulthurst (@audwrites) November 21, 2017
The two moms in THE UPSIDE OF UNREQUITED by Becky Albertalli made me cry happy tears. I also really enjoy Shaun Hutchinson's work (esp WE ARE THE ANTS & AT THE EDGE OF THE UNIVERSE).
— Isabel Sterling (@IsaSterling) November 21, 2017
Simon Vs.. A proper 'lightbulb' read and Two Boys Kissing, it's just everything.
— Ian Cann (@thebeercolonel) November 21, 2017
Tell me Again How a Crush Should Feel! That book helped me a lot, and features a queer Persian girl like me.
— Roya/A.R. Hellbender (@RoyaHellbender) November 21, 2017
Top Ten by @katiecotugno because it's the first bi character I really saw myself in. Under the Lights by @MissDahlELama and Georgia Peaches by @JayeRobinBrown because the world needs more f/f fluff and it makes me happy.
— Helen Pemberton (@ToHelenBack) November 21, 2017
THE SPINDLE CITY MYSTERIES (not a novel but a series of novelettes) by Carlie St. George were all an incredible delight and inspiration to me
— yojambo (@thetealord) November 21, 2017
Dali by E.M. Hamill, (third gender MC!) Mask of Shadows by Linsey Miller (genderfluid MC), Ashby Holler series by Jamie Zakian, (amazing genderqueer bi rep) King of Bourbon Street by Thea de Salle (Accurate kink, bi guy MC, inexp Dom), many more.
— Kaelan Rhy 📝54,197 (@KaelanRhy) November 21, 2017
Super grateful for Tell Me Again How a Crush Should Feel by Sara Farizan and 10 Things I Can See From Here by Carrie Mac 🙂
— Jessie Serfilippi (@Utterly_Jessie) November 21, 2017
Why Be Happy When You Could Be Normal. The Geography Club (1st book I read with a bi girl). The Abyss Surrounds Us (1st book I read with a queer Asian-American girl). Down Among the Sticks and Bones (related to Jack's gender presentation). Two Boys Kissing.
— Lizzy Someone (@lizzy_someone) November 21, 2017
Too many to list! But since no one else has mentioned them yet: FANS OF THE IMPOSSIBLE LIFE by Kate Scelsa & THE ART OF STARVING by Sam J. Miller.
— B.D. Kennedy (@bd_kennedy) November 21, 2017
I also adored The Art of Starving.
— Megan (@PoseySessions) November 21, 2017
Aristotle & Dante because it made me swoon. Of Fire & Stars because girls who love girls and girls who love horses.
— Jaye Robin Brown (@JayeRobinBrown) November 21, 2017
WE NOW RETURN TO REGULAR LIFE by Martin Wilson (@martinwilson73)!!
— Sam J. Miller (@sentencebender) November 21, 2017
Super thankful for Patricia Highsmith's The Price of Salt (which gave us @PhyllisNagy’s @CarolMovie); Ann Allen Shockley’s Loving Her (power of living your truth); Sarah Water’s Night Watch (glorious butch char); and Jackie Kay’s Trumpet (Black trans MC published in ‘98!)
— Mallory Lass 🏳️🌈 (@DataLover916) November 21, 2017
@JayeRobinBrown ‘s book Georgia Peaches and Other Forbidden Fruit and @themackenzilee ‘s Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue are two of my favorite new reads this year and also among my top favorite 10 books of all time.
— Chris 🏳️🌈💞 (@helloiamchris) November 21, 2017
Sarah Waters's Fingersmith and Tipping the Velvet. Amazing writing. Real characters & seamless folding of world building into the narrative.
— Cathy Pegau (@CathyPegau) November 21, 2017
The Seven Husbands Of Evelyn Hugo by @tjenkinsreid. Probably my favorite book I’ve read all year and I cried from happiness more than once while reading it.
— S. (@AurRhudd) November 21, 2017
AVI CANTOR HAS SIX MONTHS TO LIVE by @mosslamb – Jewish trans boy story. I cried a lot while reading.
— Cass Moskowitz (@RCMoskowitz) November 21, 2017
Any and all of @SieraMaley 's books! They're all f/f, and have satisfying endings 💕 as well as Edge of the Abyss by Emily Skrutskie!
— Savanah (@ChasedByStorms) November 21, 2017
I am eternally grateful LGBT books exist in the first place. I'll Give You The Sun by @jandynelson was the first I ever read or found that had a gay MC, and I was so floored that there were real, tangible books that felt like they were for me. (Noah and Brian forever!)
— Jason Dalley (@thisisberd) November 21, 2017
That said, some books I am also absolutely grateful for that deserve everyone's love:
Whatever by @skoosie
Been Here All Along by @iamsandyhall
And I am permanently altered by History Is All You Left Me by @AdamSilvera
— Jason Dalley (@thisisberd) November 21, 2017
— Maya Chhabra (@mayachhabra) November 21, 2017
If you didn’t get a chance to comment before I pulled the answers yesterday, feel free to leave your appreciation for your faves below!