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Books for Thought is where I post a discussion topic related to books, reading, writing, or something pertaining to one of the three. I hope you’ll join in, and discuss today’s topic of

underrated lgbtqia+ novels

So a little while ago, I posted my fave LGBTQIA+ books with under 1,000 ratings on Goodreads, and today I thought I’d share my fave LGBTQIA+ books with under 5,0o0 ratings (because this is still not a high enough number for these precious books, dammit!).

Willful Machines by Tim Floreen (review)

This book was amazing. I absolutely adored the main character, Lee, and his love interest, Nico. The sci-fi elements brought into question the whole “what is it to be human?” which I LOVE A LOT. I desperately want a sequel for this book but I haven’t heard anything about it so I am extremely sad.

When the Moon Was Ours by Anna-Marie McLemore

Lyrical magical realism novel about a girl with flowers growing out of her wrists and the trans boy who is completely in love with her. Do I need to even say anything more about this book? You should be trotting off to Goodreads to add it to your TBR right now.

Teeth by Hannah Moskowitz (review)

I actually can’t with this novel? It was PAIN and BEAUTY and EVERYTHING. I even wrote a whole post/poem/thing about why I love the titular character right here. I want my fish boy and my human boy to have endless happiness.

Last Seen Leaving by Caleb Roehrig (review)

A YA mystery/thriller with a cute af side romance? COULD THIS BE ANY MORE PERFECT FOR ME? But seriously. I absolutely loved the mystery/thrills in this book, and it actually kept me guessing (which is rare). The romance between Flynn and Kaz was adorable, but it never took over the plot (because it shouldn’t have because there was a MISSING GIRL). All in all, this book was definitely one of my faves of 2016 and I cannot wait to read more from this author.

Because You’ll Never Meet Me by Leah Thomas (review)

The first time I read this book I gave it four stars. I recently re-read it last week and bumped it up to five stars because this book is perfection and I love it endlessly. We have a beautiful friendship between Ollie and Moritz that blossoms into something more on Mortiz’s side. And just. I can hardly talk about how much I love these two boys because then I am rendered incoherent. But they are lovely and beautiful, and they go through so much and still somehow see the light in life, and they deserve the most happily ever afters that ever existed.

Shallow Graves by Kali Wallace (review)

This book is amazing because it’s low-key horror, mysterious, has a bi girl protagonist, and no romance. I mean, I love my romance, but it’s also refreshing to have the character focus on the crap that’s going down, and their friends, and all that other stuff rather than making moon eyes in inappropriate situations (like being run down by evil creatures, for example). I highly recommend this novel because it’s unlike anything I’ve ever read and it’s just great.

What about you? What are some under-rated LGBTQIA+ books you love?sig-chiara

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Posted on: April 4, 2017 • By: Chiara

14 Responses to My Fave Underrated LGBTQIA+ Books (#2)

  1. Stormy says:

    I totally agree with When the Moon was Ours & Shallow Graves! When the Moon Was Ours at least gets some love(and well-deserved; it’s beautifully written!), but I talk up Shallow Graves all the time because no one’s ever heard of it! I’m not always a huge fan of horror but that book really worked for me, partially because a bi character with no romance, YES. One of my fave underrated LGBTQIA books is The Scorpion Rules, which I devoured (but still haven’t read the sequel to yet), and I also loved Hannah Moskowitz’s Not Otherwise Specified.

    • Chiara says:

      I have NO idea why Shallow Graves isn’t shouted about, especially because everyone is asking for intersectional diversity, which it has, and YA with no romance. I always talk about it whenever I can, as well, because I would love to see it getting more love!

      Not Otherwise Specified almost made this list but I had to be picky otherwise it would have gone on forever, haha. I recently bought The Scorpion Rules so I am really excited to read it :D

  2. Ahhhh I love posts like these because my TBR always explodes. ? But I’m really pleased that I’ve just recently bought both Last Seen Leaving and When The Moon Was Ours!! I NEED TO READ THEM ASAP. I’m also going to go check out Wilful Machines (omg that title tho) further too.

  3. oooh I’m going to be reading when the moon was ours soon and I am so excited because I’ve heard such positive things about it! Thanks for sharing Chiara! <3

  4. I so love whenever you recommend your favourite underrated LGBT+ books – it always makes my TBR list grow & the library get many requests for new books, which is the loveliest thing. Thank you for sharing your thoughts as always, dear Chiara. They are so valuable to the literary community. xox

    • Chiara says:

      Ah, I’m so very glad that you are able to find new books to discover, lovely :D I love doing this so I’m infinitely appreciative of your encouragement <3

  5. Gahhh Inneed a sequel to Wilfull Machines too but the author told me it’s coming… but not a priority so the waiting will be eeeendless.

    My love for Ollie and Moritz has no end. Seriously. I adore these two because they’re precious and omg I ship it so hard. The sequel is even better because AKJAHDJERJWKE. Love. Much love.

    • Chiara says:

      Noooo. I mean, I am very glad to hear that it’s coming! But sad that it’s not a priority *cries*

      Ollie and Moritz are my babies. It has been SO LONG since I have adored characters this much and just. I want them to be happy forever <3

  6. I only had Teeth on my tbr out of these, so thank you! This is a great feature. The book blogging community always focusses on the more popular LGBTQIA+ books (and of course these books do deserve attention!) which leaves out so many books.

    • Chiara says:

      No problem! I hope you love these ones as much as I do :D Yeah, I feel like recommendation lists often focus on the same ones, so I wanted to give these books that are less popular some exposure!

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