Representation in books is incredibly important – in this Top Five Tuesday, I share some of my favourite LGBTQ-friendly reads and why I really enjoy them. Although diversity in books has been getting better over the years, it’s still important for these reps to be in every book we read – isn’t a book that much more poignant when you are able to see yourself in a character?
I also decided to try matching my (blog) posts to my Instagram posts, so be sure to check out my insta and let me know what you think of the format! When I’m picking books it’s much easier to match – but characters? Yeah, that’s a little tougher.
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Simon v. The Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli
This book was just perfect and precious. I loved the rep and relationship in it. (I also really need to own this book. I love it and I don’t own it yet!)
Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard by Rick Riordan
This series has the best diversity in a cast and I liked how one character was gender fluid in particular – that’s not something I think I’ve ever read in middle grade or YA fiction. There’s so much diversity in it in general, but I think that Alex’s character is so incredibly important (and Magnus as well if my assumption is correct.)
Shadowhunter Chronicles by Cassandra Clare
It may not be prevalent in the first book, but the relationship that grows over the course of the series is one of my favourite ships. I loved how one character when from being unsure to six books later being in a completely committed relationship and sure of who they are. I think that acceptance of yourself is so important for readers.
The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzie Lee
You cannot help but love Monty, even though he’s a rake.
Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo – or – Of Fire and Stars by Audrey Coulthurst
I had a tough time deciding which of these two books I liked more on the LQBTQ+ representation front. So they tie for fifth? Or I guess Six of Crows wins because I don’t have a physical copy of Audrey Coulthurst’s Of Fire and Stars.
Do you have a favourite read or character that has LGBTQ+ rep? Let me know in the comments!