Top Ten Tuesday | LGBT+ books for Mardi Gras!


Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted at That Artsy Reader Girl. Each week you compile a list of ten books which coincide with that week’s theme. You can find everything you need to know about joining in here!

This week’s theme is ‘Purple, Yellow, and/or Green Book Covers (in honour of Mardis Gras, which is today!)’ and, as February is LGBT+ History Month here in the UK, I’ve decided to feature a bunch of queer fiction!

The Paying Guests by Sarah Waters: I’ve read five of Waters’ six novels and this one isn’t one of my favourites, but I still managed to push my way through this chonk because Waters’ writing is so enjoyable. I also loved this novel for exploring the 1920s outside of the flappers and gangs, and instead looking at how much Britain suffered during the interwar years.

Hollowpox: The Hunt for Morrigan Crow by Jessica Townsend: I love this series – it’s completely earned its hype! – and I was so pleased by the inclusion of a queer romance in this instalment.

Take a Hint, Dani Brown by Talia Hibbert: I don’t read an awful lot of contemporary romance but I loved this one, and Dani is a bisexual queen.

Heartstopper: Volume 4 by Alice Oseman: This contemporary YA romance graphic novel series is so sweet. I’m looking forward to reading this next volume!

The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid: This is another novel that’s well worth the hype; Evelyn is such a fantastic character.

Pulp by Robin Talley: I really enjoyed Talley’s debut, Lies We Tell Ourselves, but haven’t enjoyed any of her other work as much since. I haven’t read Pulp yet, but I’ve heard good things!

The 5th Gender by G. L. Carriger: This sci-fi novel is so sweet it’s likely to cause cavities, but if you’d like to read a queer sci-fi romance with a dash of murder then this is a book you should try.

Foundryside by Robert Jackson Bennett: I love Italian-inspired fantasy so I was bound to love this high fantasy novel, but I was even more pleasantly surprised to find that the heroine, Sancia, is queer.

The Care and Feeding of Waspish Widows by Olivia Waite: I really enjoyed The Lady’s Guide to Celestial Mechanics and I keep meaning to read this next instalment’s in Waite’s f/f historical romance series.

Girls of Paper and Fire by Natasha Ngan: I read this YA fantasy novel in January and, while I didn’t love it as much as I hoped I would, I’m glad I finally crossed it off my TBR!

Which books made your list this week?

45 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday | LGBT+ books for Mardi Gras!

  1. Sammie @ The Bookwyrm's Den says:

    I like your twist for the week! It’s so funny, but I’m apparently so used to reading queer romance that I don’t even remember one in Hollowpox, so I apparently just read past it without even taking note? xD I mean, I guess that’s a good sign, really, but now I’m thinking I need to go back and re-read for what I missed LOL.

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