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Top Ten Tuesday // LGBTQIAP+ books I would have loved to read when I was younger

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Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.

This week’s theme is:

September 8: Books for My Younger Self

There are soooo many LGBTQIAP+ books that I wish had been around when I was younger. I would have loved to read stories about sapphic romances, ace YouTube stars, and genderfluid princes.

So here are 10 books with LGBTQIAP+ rep that I wish my younger self could have read.


Princess Princess Ever After

Book cover of Princess Princess Ever After, featuring two princesses on the cover. One wears a blue dress and carries a baby dragon, the other wears a red jacket and carries a sword.

Not only is this a gorgeously illustrated fairy tale-type story, but it features two princesses who fall in love with each other. I would have looooved to read something like this when I was younger with two friendship, love, and adventures.

The Prince and the Dressmaker

Book cover for the Prince and the Dressmaker, showing a young prince and a dressmaker holding a tape measure.

This is a graphic novel about a genderfluid prince who loves wearing dresses and becomes friends with a dressmaker. I’d definitely have wanted to read this if it existed when I was younger because it’s so queer positive and sweet.

You Should See Me in a Crown

Book cover for You Should See me in a Crown showing a Black girl wearing a yellow crown.

This book is such a blessing that I think if it had released 10 years ago it would have been one of the first F/F books I would have ever read.

Tash Hearts Tolstoy

Book cover for Tash Hearts Tolstoy, showing Leo Tolstoy surrounded by love hearts.

I loved this book so, so much when I read it and I think part of that was because some of Tash’s thoughts and feelings felt similar to my own when I was questioning.

The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo

Book cover for The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo, with a woman in a green dress.

I know this is an adult book, but I honestly think if I had read this when I was younger I might have started to question earlier, because a lot of Evelyn’s gradual realisations really resonated with me.

Proud

Cover for Proud anthology with a rainbow fist.

Proud is such an uplifting, queer-positive anthology about different LGBTQIAP+ identities and I think it’s going to bring so much light to a lot of young people who grow up reading it.

The Paper and Hearts Society: Read with Pride

Cover for Read with Pride, showing a girl sitting on top of a rainbow bookshelf holding a book.

This would have been ideal for me to pick up when I was a young teen and didn’t know much about LGBTQIAP+ identities. It’s a lovely, gentle story of friendship and finding your people.

Things a Bright Girl Can Do

Cover for Things a Bright Girl Can Do.

Again, I think I would have loved this in my early teens. It’s empowering, exciting, and has an F/F romance.

Simon Vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda

Cover for Simon Vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda.

So many aspects of the story (after the initial outing) are so positive and Simon’s parents are so supportive of him that I know my younger self would have adored it.

Mooncakes

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This is a brilliant graphic novel, with witchcraft, magical creatures, family, and a queer romance. If I’d read this when I was a teen, it probably would have become my favourite graphic novel. It’s definitely one of my favourites now.


Which books do you with you could have read when you were younger?

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