22 Books By LGBTQ+ Authors You Need to Add to Your Reading List

These will hold a special place in your heart and on your bookshelf.

Collection of Books by LGBTQ+ Authors
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My "to read" list on Goodreads is never-ending, it seems. I'm always on the hunt for the next new book (opens in new tab) that I can snag, read, and rave about before anyone else gets their hands on it. This may be in part of my obsession with aesthetically-pleasing covers or a plot that sounds so intriguing I have to stop whatever I'm doing to read it. Lucky for you, these books by LGBTQ+ authors hold all of these qualities.

If I asked you to take a look at your bookshelf to see how many spots were filled with a book not written by a straight white dude, most people wouldn't be counting for long. So, yes, we have a long way to go toward diversifying the publishing industry, but thankfully more stories featuring diverse authors (opens in new tab) like these ones are getting the space to be told. Ahead, here are 22 (mostly new-ish!) books by LGBTQ+ authors spanning genres from romance, mystery, science fiction, and more.

Bianca Rodriguez is the Fashion & Luxury Commerce Manager at Hearst Magazines, covering fashion, beauty, and more for Cosmopolitan, Elle, Esquire, Harper’s BAZAAR, and Town & Country. She likes lounging about with a good book and thinks a closet without platform sneakers is a travesty.