I own a lot of books.
It makes me REALLY happy to look at my bookshelf.. is that weird? Anyway, I do, and I also happen to own a lot of queer books.
I wish I owned more/a better ratio but if I did this post couldn’t happen so maybe it’s a good thing? I’m clutching at straws here. Anyway, there’s enough to make one (originally two part but i made it one really long one!! – 2.2k wOW) massive post where I rank them all – from favourite to least favourite. I haven’t seen anyone else do this at the time of writing, but if you have, link it below!!
the raven king
This is the culmination of the VERY gay ship in this series, AND it’s like my favourite series ever so why would this not be at the top of my list??? I just love Ronan and Adam so much and the scenes are everything.
darius the great is not okay
I’m counting this as a queer book because Darius has a boyfriend in book 2!!!! I can include it!!! You all have probably heard me scream/cry about how much this book means to me, but here I go again, talking my head off about it.
Everyone knows how much I love this book, so it’s no surprise it’s up there in my top three. Tanner and Seb’s relationship is so beautiful, but the thing I probably love the most about it is how it isn’t wholly romantic. They’re friends in such a pure way – supporting and loving each other unconditionally.
aristotle and dante discover the secrets of the universe
This book is gay and sad and somehow I love it so much?? It makes me cry but do I care? No.
Anyone who hasn’t read this… I’m sorry but you may have to leave. Just to read it, and then come straight (hehe i’m hilarious!!) back. It’s such a wonderful book that talks about everything and nothing all at once. (I also reviewed it here which… I never do.)
I love my soft demo expert who blushes so many shades of pink!!! I love my guy Jesper who just flirts non stop and I love them together!!!
Look the main focus of this is DEFINITELY not the gay romance but. It is a pretty good part. I love so many things about the ship including: the Piano scene, the Bomb scene, and the Flushes Bright Pink scene (aka, she’s-part-of-the-gang-tattoo scene. it never fails to make ME blush too. wylan u got urself a good guy there.).
red white and royal blue
Meet Alex: chaotic disaster bi who is kind of oblivious?? And Henry: meeting some nice animals in Narnia. Not really but…. please tell me we all know what I mean.
There are so many iconic things in this book – the powerpoint, the flies-halfway-across-the-world-for-you, but what I love so much is the witty banter. The back and forth gives me LIFE, and it was the reason I couldn’t stop smiling and yes, laughing, throughout this.
This book’s romance is marvellously slowburn and I hate and love it. Laila and the LI are perfect together and I love this book so much!!!
I relate to so much of this book – significantly less than I used to however. Even though I have precisely 0% of a clue what it’s about 0.2 seconds after finishing it, I still love it so much and everyone should try and get to it!!
the gentleman’s guide to vice and virtue
This book!!! I love the adventure around 1800s Europe and I love Monty even more!!! The scandals and ridiculous antics everyone gets up to in boats and on land and in caves are hilarious and I love it so much!!!
The third book is coming out in August too and if it’s as good as Felicity’s book I will cry because aLL I WANTED WAS A DECENT SEQUEL
call down the hawk
I’m so in love with the Lynch brothers it’s not even funny anymore!!! (Almost as much as I’m in love with Renee Walker and Andrew Minyard <3) And the face that we get an entire spin off about them?? PRICELESS.
When I first read TRC my favourite was Ronan and then this happened!! I loved this book A Lot so ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
the fever king
I remember almost nothing about this?? At the time of writing this I’ve only read it once but I’m planning to change that this June!!! I do remember, however, my snarky sarcastic Noah and Dara!!! I love them so much my heart :’) I cannot wait to read The Electric Heir soon ❤
i wish you all the best
THIS BOOK!!! It will make you cry and Feel Things and aah I still can’t believe what a gift this is to the world!!
I read it last December and trust me when I say it’s a life changer. It meant so much to me and if you read it you won’t regret it. (update I’ve reread it since then I cried I laughed I love them so much)
summer bird blue
I cried so much during this and I don’t have a sibling. The depictions of grief and how it can consume you, or just trip up in subtle ways – it hurts. It hurts so much. It means so much to me for that reason because of…. Reasons, but no matter the tears, I would read this a million times over. It is such a glorious novel with gorgeous prose and I fell hard for Rumi and her journey.
only mostly devastated
I’m actually so surprised this is so far down on the list but it is!!
I love Ollie, Will, the families, the friends… everyone in this book. The plot was fluffy but definitely moments were more serious – and it made me laugh so much guys. It’s cute and just what I’d recommend during COVID-19 to smile!!!
dress codes for small towns
I have been talking about this book so much lately and I’m not sure why! It’s such a beautifully told story about finding out who you are and finding out about the world but I feel not many people have read it which is SUCH a shame. I love Billie and the Hexagon so much ❤
This!! I love Heartstopper with all my heart and it says a lot about all the other books that it’s all the way down here. I adore Alice Oseman’s writing and this was actually the first thing I read from her. The story is character driven – so I automatically love it – and the themes and messages woven throughout are so important. Even though it being down here means I don’t love it as much, it still means a lot to me and I can’t think of a better book to close the first half on.
you asked for perfect
I honestly don’t know WHY this is so far down?? Like, it’s a beautiful story that will, yes, get you very stressed but I do love it so much!!
Ariel and Amir’s friendship and eventual romance is just so pure and aah I love them!! I also love the sisters and family because!! Matchmaking!!
the last summer of garrett girls
This book!! It has pretty minor lesbian rep but I’m including it because it makes the numbers good 🙂
One thing I adore about this are the shirts they all wear!! They sound so good and if I ever saw someone wearing one I would probably die of excitement.
king of scars
Look…. this was great. I loved it A LOT except for that trope at the end!! AND we didn’t get enough Nina content for my liking I said what I said!!!
I’m still in awe of the plot line in this for some reason though?? AND NIKOLAI I CANT EVEN WITH HIM
what if it’s us
I haven’t read this since last Pride (i’m writing this in May heh) but I do remember it being good!! It was one of the first queer books I read actually and I love Ben and…. Adam? so much. I KNOW IT STARTED WITH AN A
This book was a fluffy romcom that I read at the perfect time!! I read it for Pride last year, and if you’re looking for a short and sweet read I’d definitely recommend checking it out.
I liked this a lot!! The characters and everything… something felt a little off I guess at times but I know so many people love it and I can totally see why – it just wasn’t ‘right’ for me. (but it still got a four star rating so make of that what you will)(also!! Black and queer rep!! Black author!! please support during this time!! i ordered some books 🙂 support any way you can)
the gravity of us
Now is where we get into the less good books?? There wasn’t anything WRONG with this exactly but it just didn’t click amazingly with me. It was fun though!! I just didn’t really get some of the character motives and a couple of them annoyed me so much because they were really selfish and they never even considered the consequences??? If you’ve read this you’ll know the one massive thing that was just an idiotic thing and I feel like it as designed to make us feel bad for him but all it did was annoy me ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
leah on the off beat
Once again – really sweet, but I had major issues with Leah and some of the things she says in this!!! I get it but at the same time… why would you even say that?? She was a jerk to Abby, her mum, to her friends – honestly why she got a decent ending I still don’t know.
Once again, there’s nothing wrong with this exactly (except for the beef I/a lot of people have with rainbow rowell!!! and j.k. rowling but this post isn’t about that) but even though I liked it more than the first book looking back the plot lines were a mess, the WINGS annoyed me so much, and the only memorable thing about it was the fair scene??
THE WINGS aka the devil’s handiwork. WHAT EVEN ARE THEY except a useless plot device?? They seem like they’re meant to be a ‘handicap’ but it’s written so badly?? I can’t even describe how much I hate them?? (Also they are blue on this cover but they’re described as red?? Confused??)
the miseducation of cameron post
I watched the movie of this recently and it was good!! My friends and I were VERY mad in parts at certain things but the book was not so great? I feel like some scenes could’ve gotten much more emotional rather than just stating facts?? Because of this it felt very stilted and I wasn’t connected as much as I could have been. The book also has a lot more backstory than the film which wasn’t that good? I didn’t love it?
odd one out
In this everybody is in love with everybody – like TRC, but everyone is ROMANTICALLY in love with everybody. There was so much potential.
Unfortunately, it didn’t work. It felt good immediately after reading, but as I think about it more it was messy, pretty trash writing, and I would feel ripped off if I paid more than $5 for it (spoiler – I paid $5 for it). It could’ve been good depending on the direction it went in but the way it ended up going was not so great. I have heard very positive things about other Nic Stone books though so I should maybe try those!!
(Also I don’t know why I’m so mad about this when it was actually okay?? I gave it 3 stars??)
This was not the MOST awful thing in the world? It wasn’t as amazing as I used to think it was but it’s better than some other books? (also it’s one of the first books with gay rep i read if i reread it now my rating would likely be lower)
I pitch this everytime as Draco x Harry from Harry Potter and that’s kind of all I have to say about it. Maybe read it???
georgia peaches and other forbidden fruit
I don’t know what to say about this except it was one of the first queer books I read and so I had low expectations that were met?? I thought it was amazing and revolutionary at the time….. past Rhi what were you even thinking.
This book kinda sucked a lot. I’ve only read it once because I’m worried it’ll be even WORSE than what I think it is but.. should I give it another go? It feels like a horrible copy of better books and just… I’d recommend a thousand other books before this one. The one thing I do LOVE is the title and how it’s a play on words ❤
the art of being normal
I feel horrible putting this SO LOW since it’s one of the only books with trans rep I’ve ever really read, and it’s the only one I own (wait no IWYATB) but it just didn’t work for me??
The last time I read it, admittedly, was a couple of years ago, but it just didn’t work with me for so many reasons: the family, the MC, the friends, the plot, the everything.
how did you enjoy any of these books? should i give some of these a second go? do you own the right amount of books to do this or is it a larger/smaller number? have you done this?
also by the time this goes out my aftg book series came…. so i guess i’ll place that above gentleman’s guide somewhere?? i don’t know where exactly though?? THIS WAS HARD