The amount of gay and lesbian books available has grown hugely over the last few years with everything from racy gay novels to turn up your bedtime reading temperature to indepth looks at transgender history and how a world filled with increased risk of terrorism and attack has acted to make it more inclusive for the LGBT community all available.
But how do you know what LGBT books are worth reading? Well we thought the bestsellers lists would be a good place to start, and so here we bring you the 10 current bestselling gay and lesbian books online:
1. Strings Attached – Nick Nolan
Telling the story of closeted teen Jeremy who is sent away to live with wealthy relatives when his mother goes into rehab, this books sees Jeremy live the dream life then see it fall apart as his great aunt begins to dictate his every move.
Weaving together murder, sexual ambiguity and hidden identities and agendas this book is about a coming of age and coming out in a way that is heartful story guaranteed to engross.
Available for $10.17 at Amazon.
2. Knowing Caleb – Cameron Dane
One of many Cameron Dane books in the bestsellers list, Knowing Caleb definitely falls into the raunchy / erotic novel category coming with a warning that it contains “anal play/intercourse, male/male sexual practices, violence”.
If you don’t mind a bit of that though then this romantic novel that follows the story of two straight men, Caleb Hawkins and widow Jake Chase, as they meet and start to follow in love. Both having pasts that threaten to stand in the way of them truly being together, this story won’t be the deepest thing you’ll ever read but we’re sure you’ll still find it rather enjoyable…
Available for $8.92 at Amazon.
3. Ash – Malinda Lo
Described as being Cinderella with a twist, Ash is a story of a girl called Ash who lives like a servant in the home of an unkind stepmother and stepsisters. Heading off the royal ball in an enchanted dress, thanks to fairy connection, Ash doesn’t however meet a prince, but instead falls for Kaisa, the King’s huntress. Starting off beautifully, it like every relationship doesn’t run smooth and soon Ash must decide whether to live and klove in the real world on her own terms, or instead fall for fairy Sidhean who promises to steal her away from her sadness.
Available for $11.55 at Amazon.
4. The Transgender Child: A Handbook For Families and Professionals
The first non-fiction book to make the list, The Transgender Child: A Handbook for Families and Professionals is a book well worth owning if you have anything to do with the transgender comunity. Filled with knowledge gleamed from extensive research and interviews this book covers gender variance from birth through college and provides answers to all those questions that so many of us have but don’t know where to turn for answers.
Available for £11.53 at Amazon.
5. Adrien English Mysteries 1&2 – Josh Lanyon
Proving gay readers are as much into their racy romantic novels as the heterosexuals, Josh Lanyon’s Adrien English Mysteries 1&2 follow LAPD Detective Jake Riordan and bookseller and mystery author Adrien English as Riordan tries not only to protect English from being murdered, but also it seems to find a way into his heart. Containing homoerotic sex and violence, this might not be the thing to read on your Kindle on the train but definitely will make bedtime reading a hotter affair..
Available for $8.21 at Amazon.
6. Terrorist Assemblages: Homonationalism in Queer Times – Jasbir K Puar
Using this book to present the arghument that sexuality, race, gender, nation, class and ethnicity are realigning due to the forces of securitization, counterterrorism, and nationalism, Puar high;ights how liberal politics act to incorporate certain homosexual subjects into the fold of the nation-state. Citing reasons for this to range from overturning of anti-sodomy laws and the proliferation of more mainstream representation, she aims to show that the LGBT community is now beginning to be seen in a more positive way, but to the same degree how there are still many walls of division that need to be broken down.
Available for $20.21 at Amazon.
7. Always My Child: A Parent’s Guide To Understanding your Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgendered or Questioning Son or Daughter – Kevin Jennings
Whilst this book should lose points for having the longest title ever, it’s a very positive thing to see a book aimed at parents dealing with their child coming out in the bestsellers list.
Filled with real life stories, advice and scientific research, this is a book that acts to guide parents on how best to deal with their child’s revelation that they are gay / bisexual / transgender and acts to reinforce the message that it is important to embrace and not reject your child,.
Available for $20.65 at Amazon.
8. Crisis : 40 Stories Revealing the Personal, Social and Religious Pain and Trauma of Growing Up Gay in America – Mitchell Gold
Exploring the mental health crisis facing American gay teens forced to face traumatic depression, rejection, isolation and persecution, this book is for anyone who wants to stop the hurt. Featuring 40 stories from diverse Americans, both well known and not, this book gives powerful insights into why these people support gay people being attributed equal right via the US Constitution, and in turn why you should do.
Available for $16.29 at Amazon.
9. Transgender History Susan Stryker
Covering the transgender history of America from mid-twentieth century through till today, this book takes a chronological approach with each chapter looking at the major movements, writings and events of the time. Exploring issues including transsexual and transvestite communities following WWII, trans radicalism and social change, this book is an engaging and very readable look at often ignored history.
Available for $10.17 at Amazon.
10. Torah Queeries: Weekly Commentaries on the Hebrew Bible
Bringing together the world’s leading rabbis, scholars and writers to interpret the Torah from a gay angle, this book sees commentaries on the fifty four weekly Torah portions and six major Jewish holidays that act to give a whole new angle to these pieces.
Available for $19.77 at Amazon.