Top Ten Tuesday | LGBT+ summer reads


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 ‘Bookish Wishes’, in which we celebrate Jana’s birthday – Happy Birthday, Jana! – by leaving a link to book wishlist, but I’m going to stray away from the topic this week. I’m running out of room for books as it is and, to be honest, I think I’d feel a little uncomfortable with people buying me books even though it’s such a lovely idea!

Instead, as it’s Pride Month, I thought I’d share ten LGBT+ books that I think are ideal to read in the summer!

Heartstopper by Alice Oseman: This YA grapic novel series is so cute, and contemporary is such a summery genre for me.

The House in the Cerulean Sea by TJ Klune: What could be a better way to spend your summer than on an isolated island with the Antichrist?

The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller: Go back to Ancient Greece, they said. It’ll be fun and not tragic at all, they said.

The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid: I’m not sure I’ll ever be over this novel; Evelyn is such a fantastic character.

After the Eclipse by Fran Dorricott: I’m more inclined to reach for a thriller in the summer, and I enjoyed this debut!

The Abyss Surrounds Us by Emily Skrutskie: This novel has gay pirates and sea monsters. What more could you want?

The Brilliant Death by A.R. Capetta: I had a lot of fun with this Italian-inspired fantasy – I keep meaning to pick up the second book!

Dread Nation by Justina Ireland: I’m particularly fond of this alternate history novel with zombies for the aroace rep, which is explored even more in the second book.

Miranda in Milan by Katharine Duckett: If you ever read or watched The Tempest and thought ‘Gee, Prospero is a really shitty dad’, this queer, novella-length sequel is a tonic.

Into the Drowning Deep by Mira Grant: Picture this: You’re stuck on a ship with a pretty woman – she seems to like you! – and then killer mermaids show up. Rude.

What did you talk about this week?

41 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday | LGBT+ summer reads

  1. Jen at Introverted Reader says:

    The House in the Cerulean Sea is so good! “An isolated island with the Antichrist.” ๐Ÿ˜€

    I may get to The Song of Achilles this winter as I tend to read lighter fare in the summer. I loved Circe last winter.

    Great list!


  2. Dedra @ A Book Wanderer says:

    I used to feel the same way as you about receiving gifts until someone told me that there are people who get joy out of giving and not receiving, so I shouldn’t begrudge them their joy. It definitely made me feel less awkward about receiving gifts. ๐Ÿ˜‰ The Song of Achilles is on my summer tbr! Hopefully I can get to it. Happy Reading!


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