Queer literature never gets old. Everyone knows the works of Oscar Wilde and speculation surrounding Emily Dickinson, but what about modern classics with queer love? These books will keep anyone entertained through the new year and are a great way to diversify a to-be-read pile.
"Song of Achilles" by Madeline Miller
Miller reimagines the devastating legend of Achilles. She centers Patroclus as his love interest and although she uses third-person narration, readers feel as if they’re living the life that Patroclus did with his childhood best friend and eventual-lover. Have tissues ready before reading this one.
"One Last Stop" by Casey McQuiston
Cynical August moves to the Big Apple where she falls for Jane, a punk lesbian that only seems to exist on the subway. This magical, found-family story features a slew of well-rounded LGBTQ+ characters from a confident businessman and drag queen to an awkward bisexual who flips burgers for a living.
"Red, White & Royal Blue" by Casey McQuiston
Alex and Henry make history in “Red, White & Royal Blue.” Alex, the first son of The United States, and British prince Henry find themselves battling it out in the press after an unfortunate wedding catastrophe. Now, to fix their reputations, it’s time for them to play nice for the cameras.
"Girl Made of Stars" by Ashley H. Blake
Mara and Owen are twins and as close as siblings can get. But, when Mara’s friend accuses her brother of rape, she doesn’t know what to think. Mara has to navigate the social realm of high school, dodge her ex-girlfriend and decide where her loyalties lie.
"Real Queer America: LGBT Stories from Red States" by Samantha Leigh Allen
Not every queer person comes out of the womb ready to move to New York and don some bold lip color. “Real Queer America” highlights forgotten parts of the queer community –– the Midwesterners, Southerners and red-state residents. Transgender reporter Allen takes readers across the country on a journey to find queer celebration in unexpected places.
"Upright Women Wanted" by Sarah Gailey
The Librarians are coming. Guardians of history and distributors of propaganda, these government puppets don’t stand for anything politically left of center. At least, that’s what Esther thought… but it looks like the Librarians, “chaste, morally upright women,” won’t be much help ridding her of temptation.
"Laura Dean Keeps Breaking Up With Me" by Mariko Tamaki
Freddy needs Laura Dean to stop breaking up with her. Their on-again-off-again relationship is pushing her to her wit’s end. Freddy’s friends don