Top 10 Tuesday

T10T: Ten Books With LGBTQ+ Characters

September 26, 2017

This is a weekly tag hosted by The Broke and the Bookish, and this week’s challenge is to pick ten books with _____ characters – you fill in the blank!

For this week’s prompt, I decided to focus on LGBTQ+ characters. If you follow my blog regularly, you know that, every Thursday, I do a Diversity Spotlight where I feature 3 diverse reads. I’ve been doing that for a couple of months now, and it’s been a fun meme, but I don’t believe I’ll continue doing it every week – probably just every so often! To bring it to an end, I thought what better way than to put the spotlight on ten books that I love recommending for queer rep?


1. Now I Rise – Kiersten White

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reps: gay, lesbian

2. They Both Die at the End – Adam Silvera

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reps: gay, bi

3. The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue – Mackenzi Lee

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reps: gay, bi, possible ace

4. How to Make a Wish – Ashley Herring Blake

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reps: lesbian, bi

5. Taproot – Keezy Young

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reps: gay

6. Heathen, Vol 1 – Natasha Alterici

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reps: lesbian

7. Hunting Prince Dracula – Kerri Maniscalco

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reps: lesbian

8. Spellbook of the Lost and Found – Moira Fowley-Doyle

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reps: lesbian, bi

9. Daughter of the Burning City – Amanda Foody

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reps: lesbian, bi, demi

10. Lumberjanes series – Noelle Stevenson

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reps: lesbian, bi?, trans


Who are your top 3 favorite LGBTQ+ characters?


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35 Comments

  • Reply Anne@Headfullofbooks September 26, 2017 at 1:15 am

    I love The Gentleman’s Guide. What a fun yet serious book that covers a plethora of topics. My TTT related to Banned Books this week

  • Reply coffeelovingbookoholic September 26, 2017 at 4:13 am

    awww, great list! totally agree with mateo and rufus. also percy from “the gentleman’s guide” <3
    i loved simon from "simon vs. the homo sapiens agenda" too! <3

  • Reply judithcmoore September 26, 2017 at 4:51 am

    Love this list <3

  • Reply Viki September 26, 2017 at 6:04 am

    Great list! My ultimate fave is Magnus Bane (the book version of him)

  • Reply Annemieke September 26, 2017 at 7:33 am

    Great topic. Gentleman’s Guide is so great. I didn’t know that Hunting Prince Dracula would have rep like that. That’s great. The first book wasn’t really my thing but the title alone for this second one is making me itch to get it.

    • Reply Destiny @ Howling Libraries September 29, 2017 at 1:03 am

      Yes, the rep pleasantly surprised me in HPD! I hope you check it out and like it. 🙂

  • Reply Arika (onceuponabookishnerd) September 26, 2017 at 7:47 am

    I’ve heard so many good things about The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue….I hope I can read it sometime this year! Great List!

  • Reply Book Twins Reviews September 26, 2017 at 9:29 am

    I really enjoyed The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue and can only recommend it. I have Now I Rise – Kiersten White on my tbr – can’t wait to pick it up.

  • Reply Sarah September 26, 2017 at 9:43 am

    I clicked on this SO FAST when I saw it. Aaand then added all the ones I hadn’t read yet to my TBR. I need more books with LGBTQ+ characters. Thanks for the recs!

  • Reply Kathy @ Books & Munches September 26, 2017 at 12:00 pm

    I FINALLY own The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue; and Stalking Jack The Ripper is on its way! [Alas, Amazon is being a **** so I have no clue when it’ll arrive..] AND Daughter of the Burning City is also on my TBR.

    God, I’ll be crying the day I can say that I’ve actually read every interesting book on a list instead of going “I own it, but have yet to read it!”

    Great list though, haha!

    • Reply Destiny @ Howling Libraries September 29, 2017 at 1:04 am

      Aww, I hope they show up soon! And I hope you love all of them! <3

      And I FEEL YOU. I'm always like, 'yep, that's on my TBR. Yep, that's on it too…" lmao! Thank you!

      • Reply Kathy @ Books & Munches September 29, 2017 at 1:25 am

        Saaaaame. Still haven’t arrived, boo. 🙁

        Oh well. Maybe it’s better that way than “Oh, adding that to my TBR. Oh! That one as well! OH YES THAT ONE!” :’D

        • Reply Destiny @ Howling Libraries September 29, 2017 at 2:38 am

          Awww. 🙁 I hope it does soon!

          Hm, point. If my TBR wasn’t already overwhelming, about 3 days of book blog following would do it, lmao

          • Kathy @ Books & Munches September 29, 2017 at 2:40 am

            3 days of book blogging.. Or wanting to make your “Most anticipated” list for 2018.. Which I still have to do and I think I’ll be crying when I’m doing so. :’D

          • Destiny @ Howling Libraries September 29, 2017 at 2:50 am

            Oh god, don’t remind me lmao.

          • Kathy @ Books & Munches September 29, 2017 at 2:51 am

            Let’s all cry together :’D

  • Reply iloveheartlandx September 26, 2017 at 12:22 pm

    I’m reading And I Darken at the moment, I think I know what the gay rep is but I don’t know who the lesbian character is? Or do they only appear in Now I Rise? Gentleman’s Guide I’m so excited about, I’ve heard such great things and I had no idea Daughter of The Burning City had so much sexuality rep in it, it’s made me even more excited for it!
    My TTT: https://jjbookblog.wordpress.com/2017/09/26/top-ten-tuesday-126/

    • Reply Destiny @ Howling Libraries September 29, 2017 at 1:04 am

      You may not have met the lesbians yet – but you’ll get there! You meet them in book 1 and spend more time with one of them in book 2. 🙂 It’s wonderful.

  • Reply flippingthruthepages September 26, 2017 at 1:49 pm

    Sadly I haven’t read many books with LGBTQ+ characters. There are some books in the list which I am seeing everywhere these days. I am definitely adding some of these to my list 🙂 Great list!

    My TTT

  • Reply Naty September 27, 2017 at 4:38 am

    Added Spellbook and Daughter of the Burning City to my TBR! Ughh I must read Now I Rise soon!

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  • Reply Lauren @ Always Me September 29, 2017 at 10:20 pm

    I’m dying for Hunting Prince Dracula! 🙂

    Lauren @ Always Me

  • Reply Aislynn d'Merricksson September 30, 2017 at 4:24 am

    I have several of these in my TBR mountain.

    River of Teeth/Taste of Marrow- Sarah Gailey, most of this crew fits. I love Hero!
    The Missing- Jerico Lenk- gender fluid mc

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