Hello, I’m Rogan and welcome! Today I’ll be recommending some queer lit that I’ve enjoyed. The last time I made a video specifically recommending queer lit was… Two years ago from this video. Since then, I’ve read over 80 queer books, and many that I would recommend. So I’ll be breaking it into parts and spreading it out a little. I will be making one video of just graphic novels. I also will just be saying the titles and author, and occasional brief mention of something that I think is important to know.
The Shades of Magic trilogy by V.E. Schwab – A Darker Shade of Magic, A Gathering of Shadows, A Conjuring of Light. Several queer characters!
Blackfish City by Sam J. Miller.
Queens of Geek and The Brightsiders, you can’t go wrong with Jen Wilde.
An Absolutely Remarkable Thing by Hank Green.
Dreadnought, and by extension, Sovereign by April Daniels. The main character is a trans super.
Ship It by Britta Lundin.
Carmen Maria Machado’s writing is amazing in both Her Body and Other Parties and In the Dream House.
Little & Lion by Brandy Colbert.
Leah on the Offbeat, the follow up to Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda, both written by Becky Albertalli. Bisexual main character! By the way, there’s going to be a spin-off TV show called Love, Victor. Albertalli also co-wrote a book with Adam Silvera, What If It’s Us.
Adam Silvera will always make you cry, but I happily recommend his books: History is All You Left Me and They Both Die at the End. The latter is being adapted for a TV show.
Peter Darling by Austin Chant.
Wild Beauty by Anna-Marie McLemore. I’m surprised I haven’t gotten around to McLemore’s other books, considering how much I enjoyed this one.
Anger Is a Gift by Mark Oshiro.
The House of Impossible Beauties by Joseph Cassara is just heartbreaking and gorgeous, about drag queens in the 80’s.
Freshwater by Akwaeke Emezi.
The Backstagers and the Ghost Light and The Backstagers and the Theater of the Ancients by Andy Mientus, illustrated by Rian Sygh. These started as a graphic novel series, then became a middle grade novel series. By the way, there’s a deaf character that gets a bigger role in Theater of the Ancients. But definitely start with the graphic novels!
And that is all of the recommendations I have for you today. Keep an eye out for a couple more videos coming soon!
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