Our Favorite Queer Reads of 2018

Our Favorite Queer Reads of 2018

These are the books that we happened to have read this year and most recommend. T = Tel, G = Giorgi, and H = Hannah. Enjoy!

Windfall  by Ellis Odell Wayland

Windfall by Ellis Odell Wayland

The complexity and depth of character in this slice-of-life romance novel is enveloping and breathtaking. Reviewed here. -T

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The Trans Generation  by Ann Travers

The Trans Generation by Ann Travers

Unlike many books addressing trans issues, The Trans Generation offers a valuable reality check through its unapologetic refusal to divorce greater systemic issues, particularly racism and poverty, from the challenges faced by trans and gender-nonconforming Americans and Canadians. Reviewed here. -T

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Difficult Women  by Roxane Gay

Difficult Women by Roxane Gay

The Imperial Radch  trilogy by Anne Leckie

The Imperial Radch trilogy by Anne Leckie

I’ve been rereading Homestuck slowly but surely throughout 2018, and that’s always my queer fave. In all seriousness though, Difficult Women by Roxane Gay and the Imperial Radch series by Anne Leckie (reviewed here) were my queer faves of 2018. -G

An Unkindness of Ghosts  the Rivers Solomon

An Unkindness of Ghosts the Rivers Solomon

An Unkindness of Ghosts is a sci-fi novel about marginalization on a spaceship. Rivers Solomon is a rare and remarkable writer. Reviewed here. -H

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The Remaking of Corbin Wale  by Roan Parrish

The Remaking of Corbin Wale by Roan Parrish

A quirky m/m holiday romance about a baker and a childlike outcast who believes in magic. -H

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The House of Impossible Beauties  by Joseph Cassara

The House of Impossible Beauties by Joseph Cassara

A deeply sad book about the 1980s New York Harlem ball scene, full of spectacular fashion, parties, and the personal tragedies of the AIDs epidemic. Reviewed here. -H

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The Fair Fight  by Anna Freeman

The Fair Fight by Anna Freeman

An exploration of gay men, women, and poor people coping with the constraints of Victorian society.

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The Lady’s Guide to Petticoats and Piracy  by Mackenzi Lee

The Lady’s Guide to Petticoats and Piracy by Mackenzi Lee

A rollicking fun adventure book about what happens when an 18th century asexual woman leaves behind a baker’s marriage proposal in pursuit of her dream to become a doctor. -H

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The Music and the Mirror  by Lola Keeley

The Music and the Mirror by Lola Keeley

The Music and the Mirror is a romance about cutthroat New York City ballerinas and is now my go-to f/f recommendation for friends. Reviewed here. -H

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Invitation to the Blues  by Roan Parrish

Invitation to the Blues by Roan Parrish

A pianist finds love with a tattoo artist eight months after a suicide attempt. A sympathetic and realistic portrayal of depression. Reviewed here. -H

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Tell Them of Battles, Kings, and Elephants  by Mathias Énard, translated by Charlotte Mandell

Tell Them of Battles, Kings, and Elephants by Mathias Énard, translated by Charlotte Mandell

A little jewel/puzzle box/bonbon that asks: What if Michelangelo hung out in the Ottoman Empire trying to build a bridge for a sultan, and what if the poet Mesihi fell wretchedly in love with him? -H

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A Great Unrecorded History  by Wendy Moffat

A Great Unrecorded History by Wendy Moffat

A wide-ranging, fascinating biography that treats E.M. Forster’s homosexuality as central to his life and work. Reviewed here. -H

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The Convenience Store Woman  by Sayaka Murata, translated by Ginny Tapley Takemori

The Convenience Store Woman by Sayaka Murata, translated by Ginny Tapley Takemori

When a likely asexual woman faces too much familial pressure to get married, she invites a homeless man to live in her bathtub on the condition that he pretend to be her boyfriend. -H

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