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    Could anyone recommend some REALLY good LGBT books?
    I read just about anything (history, romance, YA, paranormal...).

    I'm just looking for good LGBT content (I already have a huge TBR list but my list can never be long enough). :p 
    I don't care which orientation or gender the characters are either.
    Though I would enjoy some positive bi rep for once!

    No offense but please no LGBT books by straight authors, though. Those never really work for me.

    The hardest is finding good LGBT graphic novels!
    So if you know any, please let me know! :) 
     
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    Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe!!!!!
    I just had to search if the author was gay— he is— because I’d never thought of it before for this book. That’s probably why it’s so good, though it’s been a long time since I read it.
     
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    The only books I know are well... a bit more than romance.
    And written by straight authors.
    Cause, like, apparently Gay men are a fetish to a certain group of straight female writers. *Shrugs*
     
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    More Than This by Patrick Ness is a really good science fiction book with a gay main character and is written by a gay man
     
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    I own it! Still need to get to it. I'm glad it's so good. I need to take it off my shelf then. :) 

    Have you read Release by Patrick Ness?
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    *sigh* I won't even get started on that because my rant might be very long. :/
     
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    I love Patrick Ness! I have only read Release though. I'll add this one to my list. Thank you! :) 
     
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    Plot twist, it's a good book series.
    For what it is XD
     
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    There are two from me
    1. Carry On - it's not really based around LGBT but the main character is gay and the plot is okay (you may see it as harry potter at first but give it a chance)
    2. The Art Of Being Normal - I ABSOLUTELY LOVE THIS BOOK it's about two main protagonists and both are transgender but one begins with their biological gender and both meet and IT'S BEAUTIFUL
     
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    I am currently reading a series that I'm assuming was written by a straight woman, but it focuses on the paranormal plot rather than the queerness of the characters. Actually, their queerness isn't even discussed. It's just part of who they are and isn't contested by anyone, which is a nice change. A world where being queer is just part of every day life. Nice!
    Also the characters are soulmates. I love books with soulmates, especially queer soulmates. =p
    I'm enjoying it.

    Okay, so what's the series you're talking about? Maybe I know it already?
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    I own both already. =p

    Ugh I'm so bad at catching up with all those books that I need to read, ahahah.
    I need 48 hour days!

    Which one of the two do you think I should read first? I'm thinking The Art Of Being Normal first?

    Have you read If I Was Your Girl? I loved that book so much!
     
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    I just order a biography of Freddie Mercury! *hearty eyes*

    I really want to read "When We Rise" by Cleve Jones as well.

    Has anyone read those?

    Also, thank you so much for taking the time to recommend books. Even if I own some of them already, it's good to know which ones are actually good because I've read a couple LGBT books that just really annoyed me recently.
     
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    I haven’t read any of his stuff, but I own a couple of his books. I didn’t know he wrote lgbtq books :D 

    Some more suggestions:
    Because you’ll never meet me by Leah Thomas (for a younger readership, and the 1st book is better than the 2nd. Still worth it in many ways)
    You Could be Mine by Sara Farizan (haven’t read it, so let me know if it’s good if you do.)
    Witch eyes By Scott Tracey (I thought it was good, but my stabdards were much lower back then)
    I have more that are better but I can’t seem to remember them. There was another book thread here you can look for if you want more.

    Edit: made of stars by Kelley York. I remember really enjoying this :) 
     
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    Yes, what I loved about Release was that Patrick Ness wanted a book that could show gay boys what intimacy is like because he felt like there was no YA lit out there dealing with that, only with straight intimacy. Also Patrick Ness himself is gay so it's own voices.

    I own You Could Be Mine (haven't read it yet). But I don't know the other titles! I will check them out! Thank you!!!
    And I will look for the thread. :) 

    I have read Tell Me Again How A Crush Should Feel and I liked it, but the bi rep bothered me. It's really hard to find good bi rep. :/
     
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    I'd definately recommend The Art of Being Normal first - it's excellent! And no I haven't read If I Was Your Girl but I really want to even if I don't know what it's about!
     
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    It's about a transgender girl, and it's own voices. I thought it was fantastic. :) 
     
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    It really was!
     
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    I meant If I Was Your Girl is about a transgender girl, and it's own voices, and it's fantastic.

    Or do you mean that you have read it since your last message already?
    Because if you have, my eyes are bulging in awe right now! ahahah
     
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    I recommend Less by Arthur Sean Greer. It actually won the Pulitzer prize this year. It's about a 50 year old gay man who decides to travel the world.

    The Swordspoint series by Ellen Kushner is one of my favorite fantasies with a gay couple as the main characters. I would argue most of the characters are pansexual but it just isn't an issue in that fantasy world. There's also a web series called Tremontaine set in the same world.

    The Gentleman's Guide to Vice and Virtue is a comedic historical fiction, about a bisexual aristocrat and his best friend. It's one of the only bisexual reps I've read in YA and I loved it!

    For graphic novels there's My Lesbian Experience With Loneliness, which is about a Japanese woman's experience coming of age, and My Brother's Husband, about a man who connects with his brother-in-law (not a romance).
     
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    I'm going to add the first two to my list. :) 

    I have begun The Gentleman's Guide. I'm sure the bi rep is good because the author is bi. (No offense but bi rep by non-bisexual authors is always a miss for me).

    I didn't care for My Lesbian Experience, but I think that's just me.
    I'll check the other one. :) 

    Thank you so much!! :) 
     
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    Oh gosh sorry haha! I thought you meant The Art Of Being Normal, I'll buy If I Were Your Girl ASAP!
     
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    No worries! Things always get confused over the internet... :) 
    I am glad The Art Of Being Normal is own voices, though. It makes it so much better. :) 
     

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