6 LGBTQ+ fiction recommendations

Review copy of Paulina & Fran by Rachel B. Glaser from the publisher, Granta Books, included. No affiliate links used. You can read my full disclosure policy here.

Queer fiction is not a single genre. Queer characters can and should appear in everything from Sci-Fi and fantasy to crime fiction. Queerness is not some “other” that can be ignored. Nor should it be ignored.

I’ve spoken before about what queerness in literature, TV, film and music meant to my young gay self. And what they meant to my twenty-something self, when I realised I was bisexual. Representation matters.

Younger me was particularly drawn to female queer characters, so the majority of this list is compiled of lesbian and bisexual women.

6 LGBTQ+ fiction recommendations - Part One

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The Lauras by Sara Taylor | Book Review

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The Lauras by Sara Taylor

On the surface The Lauras is a mother – child road trip novel. So far so easy, right? Not quite. Ma is restless and after one fight to many with her husband she bundles Alex into the car in the middle of the night and takes off.

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Mercury by Margot Livesey | Book Review

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Mercury by Margot Livesey

Donald thought he had it all; a thriving marriage, happy children and a job as an optometrist he loves. Sight is his thing, yet he failed to see his wife Viv’s obsession with a horse named Mercury until it was too late. He couldn’t have predicted that he would end up drawn to Bonnie, who is one of his patients. How did things end up this way?

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Burned and Broken by Mark Hardie | Book Review

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Burned and Broken by Mark Hardie

When the remains of a policeman are found in a burnt out car DS Pearson and DC Russell know they will be under extra scrutiny as they try to solve the case. The powers that be will want answers that don’t damage the reputation of the police force.

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Relativity by Antonia Hayes | Book Review

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Relativity by Antonia Hayes

Sometimes you come across a book that is so completely worth the hype you half suspect anyone who doesn’t like it is deliberately going against the grain. It seems almost impossible that everyone wouldn’t fall in love with it as much as you. Relativity by Antonia Hayes is that book.

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All We Shall Know by Donal Ryan | Book Review

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All We Shall Know by Donal Ryan

Melody Shee is pregnant and alone. Her husband, Pat, left her when she told him about her affair. But even he doesn’t know the truth. Melody doesn’t dare tell anyone that she slept with 17 year-old Martin Toppy. She was supposed to be teaching him to read and write.

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Best Books of 2016 + Giveaway

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Last year I made a conscious decision to read more books written by women, something I continued to do this year. Of the 80+ books I’ve read, 60+ were written by women, so it’s no surprise that my best books of 2016 list is comprised solely of women.

I’ve read and enjoyed many books, both fiction and non-fiction, but these are the six I gave five star ratings to. These are the six that affected me the most. In a year that saw me rediscover my love of crime fiction it will surprise no one to see half the list made up of crime novels.

Some of these books made me laugh. Some made me cry. Some managed to do both. They all made me think. They all made me want to seek out people who had read them, so we could discuss the stories at length. They are all books I know I will re-read, which may sound strange when it comes to crime fiction but the three I’ve chosen are full of nuance and little details that lend themselves well to being re-visited.

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October and November Reads

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It’s an up and down year, reading wise, but I’ve surpassed my Goodreads challenge. Brain fog has left me feeling frustrated for a lot of the year, but reading at a slower pace has reminded me that quality is better than quantity. As a result, I’m making some changes to my reading habits for 2017 but more on that in an upcoming post.

In a move that will surprise no one, crime fiction and non-fiction make an appearance in my October and November reads.

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September Reads

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My September reads is the shortest round up of the year because I only managed to read two books. A combination of brain fog and life, got in the way. October is already shaping up to be a better month and I’m still ahead on my Goodreads challenge, so it’s not all bad.

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