Top LGBT Books to read!

These books by gay authors and LGBTQ writers and books with gay characters come in all shapes, sizes, and every genre out there.

Thriller and crime, romance novels, humor, young adult and middle grade fiction, old stand-by classics, new releases, and of course, literary fiction.

Discover your favorite.


Girl, Woman, Other is the eighth novel written by Bernardine Evaristo. It follows the lives of 12 characters in the United Kingdom over the course of several decades.

“The Man in the Red Coat ” JULIAN BARNES

The Man in the Red Coat is at once a fresh and original portrait of the Belle Epoque – its heroes and villains, its writers, artists and thinkers – and a life of a man ahead of his time. Witty, surprising and deeply researched, the new book from Julian Barnes illuminates the fruitful and longstanding exchange of ideas between Britain and France, and makes a compelling case for keeping that exchange alive.

“Giovanni’s Room” JAMES BALDWIN

In a novel that has resonated with the queer community since it was first published decades ago, a young man finds himself caught between desire and morality in 1950s expat Paris.

“Maurice: A Novel” E. M. FORSTER

This steamy novel was written in 1913, but not published until after Forster’s death in 1971. The title character meets and falls in love with Clive while at school — though Clive eventually leaves his lover and gets married to a woman.

“Rubyfruit Jungle: A Novel” RITA MAE BROWN

Molly Bolt is the adoptive daughter of a poor Southern couple who makes her own way across America, finding love of all stripes in between.


The introduction to this amazing novel reads, “I was born twice: first, as a baby girl, on a remarkably smogless Detroit day of January 1960; and then again, as a teenage boy, in an emergency room near Petoskey, Michigan, in August of 1974.”

“The Color Purple” ALICE WALKER

Walker’s masterpiece about the love between women isn’t just an LGBT classic, it’s a must-read book from all angles. Made into a major motion picture, this National Book and Pulitzer Prize-winner follows the story of two sisters living very different lives and the unbreakable bond between them, even through impossible circumstances.

“Mostly Dead Things” KRISTEN ARNETT

Morbid, strange, and very queer, Arnett’s debut novel is sort of a coming-of-age story for an entire family: When Jessa-Lynn Morton discovers her father dead by suicide, she steps up to take over his struggling taxidermy business as the rest of their household falls to pieces around her.

“In the Dream House: A Memoir” CARMEN MARIA MACHADO

Intensely intimate story into a meditation on the way that abuse takes hold in queer relationships.

“Real Queer America: LGBT Stories from Red States” SAMANTHA ALLEN

An exploration of queer communities in conservative parts of the country—communities that are often overlooked in conversations about what it means to be queer, American, or both. Use this title to help you chart the course of your next cross-country road trip.

“When Brooklyn Was Queer: A History” HUGH RYAN



A timeless collection of philosophies from renaissance performer and the world’s most famous shape-shifter RuPaul, whose sage outlook has created an unprecedented career for more than thirty-five years.
GuRu is packed with more than 80 beautiful photographs that illustrate the concept of building the life you want from the outside in and the inside out.
‘You’re born naked and the rest is drag’

“Call Me By Your Name” ANDRE ACIMAN

Andre Aciman’s Call Me by Your Name is the story of a sudden and powerful romance that blossoms between an adolescent boy and a summer guest at his parents’ cliffside mansion on the Italian Riviera. Each is unprepared for the consequences of their attraction, when, during the restless summer weeks, unrelenting currents of obsession, fascination, and desire intensify their passion and test the charged ground between them. Recklessly, the two verge toward the one thing both fear they may never truly find again: total intimacy. It is an instant classic and one of the great love stories of our time.

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Francisco Lacerda

Francisco Lacerda

Francisco Lacerda born in Lisbon, Portugal. Francisco is a Queer Art culture critic and director of Pois. He is a specialist in luxury and art, and writes for Pois since 2018.

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