Recommendations from the Piano: Underrated Pride Reads!

I’m kicking off a new blog feature today! Since I started my blog, I have wanted to give book recommendations in the form of lists but for some reason, I never had the confidence. I always felt like other bloggers had more to say than me and that I wouldn’t be bringing anything new to the table! But that’s a silly way to think so I’m taking the plunge today with my first list πŸ˜€

Pride month may be over but it’s never a bad time for some queer recs! And while I’ve seen some fantastic lists floating around, I wanted to highlight a few LGBTQ+ books I’ve read that don’t get talked about as much. Any reviews I’ve written are linked in the book titles. Hopefully you’ll find something that sounds good!

I’m also linking up with Top Ten Tuesday, created by The Broke and the Bookish and now run by That Artsy Reader Girl. This week’s prompt was a character freebie so I went for LGBTQ+ characters!

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The Binding by Bridget Collins

This is a fairly recent release but I’m not sure how many people are aware that this book has a m/m relationship at its heart. I certainly didn’t know when I bought it. But this book does the enemies-to-lovers trope SO well.

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More Than This by Patrick Ness

Ness is a gay author who writes amazing stories that just so happen to feature wonderful queer relationships. This book is a bit difficult to classify as it has some unique sci-fi elements but I listened to the audiobook last summer and adored it. I was driving along with a big grin and tears streaming down my face! If that doesn’t convince you to read it, I don’t know what will πŸ˜‰

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Soulless by Gail Carriger

The Parasol Protectorate series features a delightful cast of queer characters. There is a lesbian side character and a m/m relationship in particular that I adore. And these books are SO funny! It’s a few years now since I read them so I might be due a reread soon. Soulless is the first in the series.

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The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky

This is one of my original favourites from my teenage years. The book features characters that take up a huge space in my heart. Patrick, one of protagonist Charlie’s best friends, is gay and there are some great conversations raised about this.

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When the Moon was Ours by Anna-Marie McLemore

I read this early in the year with the Dragons and Tea book club. McLemore is married to a trans person and this book features a trans character, who was just so beautifully portrayed.

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The Gracekeepers by Kirsty Logan

Logan is a lesbian and usually writes queer fiction. This book features a relationship between two female characters and I definitely recommend it for fans of evocative imagery and beautiful descriptions. Again, it’s been a while since I read this one so I don’t remember a huge deal about the story – but I clearly remember loving it!

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Autoboyography by Christina Lauren

Ok, maybe this one isn’t so underrated. But it jumped straight into my all-time favourites when I read it last summer, so I couldn’t make a list of pride recommendations and not include it, ok? πŸ˜€ Sebastian and Tanner have the sweetest relationship, and I love how the authors explore the implications of Sebastian’s religion in a tactful way.

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You Asked For Perfect by Laura Silverman

If you’ve read and enjoyed Autoboyography, there’s a good chance you’ll like this one too, as there are definite similarities. I’ve heard a lot of people recommending this one for the mental health rep and the ability to relate to it, but I’ve not seen it mentioned on many LGBTQ+ recommendation lists!

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The Lion Tamer Who Lost by Louise Beech

This is possibly the most underrated title on my list. I read this one for a blog tour last year and it was such a poignant and compelling story. The plot has many wonderful layers and I was so invested in these characters when I read this one.

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Summer of Salt by Katrina Leno

This book has amazing LGBTQ+ rep, including the most awkward and adorable f/f relationship. It’s a magical story that handles a dark topic incredibly well. I loved this one so much.


So those are my ten recommendations for underrated books featuring LGBTQ+ characters! I love all of these books wholeheartedly and would love to hear from you if you’ve read any of them or if I’ve convinced you to pick one of them up! xsignature (2)

13 thoughts on “Recommendations from the Piano: Underrated Pride Reads!

  1. Ooh, I’m excited about this new feature, and what a great post to kick it off! 😊 I’ve seen a lot of buzz surrounding The Binding but I don’t think I knew it had a queer relationship!

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  2. Oh what a lovely recommendations list, I love it SO much. I loved You Asked For Perfect so much and I can’t wait to read both When The Moon Was Ours and Summer of Salt, they sound amazing! πŸ™‚ Thank you for sharing! πŸ™‚

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    • Marie, thank you! The positive response to this post is making me so happy 😭 I hope you love them both, they are such gorgeous books! πŸ’œ

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  3. Oh! I didn’t know that The BInding had an LGBTQ character. The cover is so beautiful. Great take on the theme. My fave LGBTQ characters are Baz from Carry On, Mia from Nevernight, Felicity from A Lady’s guide to Petticoats and Piracy and oh, it’s so hard to choose there are too many.

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  4. I’ve read Soulless, but it’s been so long that I forgot it had LGBTQ rep. Thanks for the list! I’ve been trying to be more aware of the representation in the books I read. Also, I am totally in favor of recommendation lists! (I’m a compulsive list-maker myself. πŸ˜‰ )

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      • Thanks! I still have the set of 4 LGBTQ+ novellas that Tor offered to mailing list subscribers last month, but haven’t read them yet. I’m hoping to get to them soon, and hopefully will enjoy at least one of the four! πŸ™‚

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