Top 10 Best Lgbtq Books

What are the best lgbtq books in the market? Yes, they are tons and that often makes people confused. But based on real verified user’s feedback and reviews and best selling list of different marketplaces we have listed here top 10 lgbtq books we listed and compiled reviews from verified purchase owners.

So, if you like to have one lgbtq books hope the following feedback from real users will help you a lot.

Note that we compiled here only five star ratings and reviews.

Best lgbtq books Comparison Table

Best Overall
The House in the Cerulean Sea
The House in the Cerulean Sea
$13.99
Editor's Choice
Some Girls Do
Some Girls Do
$9.99
Nice Pick
Call Me by Your Name: A Novel
Call Me by Your Name: A Novel
$23.95

Top 10 Best Lgbtq Books

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1. Some Girls Do

Some Girls Do

Reviews from Real Users

Sabrina Michelle Belle

To preface my review, I'm still new to romance books. I grew up pan (though mostly lesbian) and trans so traditional hetero romance just seemed to fall short. I saw this title and was curious enough to give it a try and I'm glad I did.
If I had to summarize this story without spoiling anything I'd have to say the message is if you really care about someone, give them the love and support to come out at their own pace. Coming out isn't as easy for some as it is for others. When I decided to transition, I did it instantly which then put everyone else on the spot which wasn't really fare to them. On the other hand, being my true self meant the world to me which is why I relate to Morgan do much. To read Ruby's struggle to find herself was difficult at times but rewarding.
Aside from a few minor typos or words out of order, I really don't have any complaints. In fact, a follow up about how Morgan and Ruby handle their relationship after they start going to different schools could be fun to read.
This is exactly the kind of LGBTQ+ story I've been hoping for.

Charlie B.

I read this book while on a trip with my mother whom I have not come out to yet. The read was glorious and kept me sane. Just bought the author's other book. Great easy read.

Khatlyn

So this book has excellent pacing, great story telling, and an adorable cast. The characters, while well rounded on their own interact in a perfect rom com idea of talking could solve the problem but their reasons for lack of communication fits the characters. Honestly this is a perfect fast summer read for a super sweet well written queer lover story.

While there is a lot of cussing, discussions that promote safe sex, and consent, its a great book to help support healthy conversations while still not being overdone. Its realistic and gives a good message of setting boundaries and respecting others.

2. The House in the Cerulean Sea

The House in the Cerulean Sea

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Jeff Adams

TJ Klune continues to blow me away with his books and this one is simply extraordinary. He’s balanced his amazing and crazy sense of humor (think books like the "Verania" series and "How to Be a Normal Person") and his keen sense of storytelling (the epic "Green Creek" series or the standalone "Murmuration") and created a tale of found family, the importance of kindness and the courage to speak up for those who need it most.

The story revolves around Linus Baker, a caseworker with the Department in Charge of Magical Youth. He leads a dreary, by-the-book life, checking up on the orphanages under the department’s care and making sure they’re operating by following the extensive guidelines. He’s known for his detailed reports and it’s because of that he’s tasked by Extremely Upper Management to go to the Marsays Island Orphanage to check up on its caretaker, Arthur Parnassus, and the six unique, magical children that live there.

Linus’s life changes just going out to the orphanage. He’s always wanted to go to the sea–and that’s where he ends up on an island surrounded by the sea. As he gets away from the city, he gets out of the gloom and rain and into the sun. It’s really a Wizard of Oz moment as his world goes to color from gray. Linus’s journey of self-discovery is the heart–or one of the hearts–of this story and his progression into the light is part of what makes this story so great. He finds that there’s much more to life than rules and regulations. There’s a need for kindness, compassion and understanding.

The kids at the orphanage are an incredible array of characters that I think could only spring from TJ mind: Lucy–or Lucifer; Talia the gnome; Chauncey, a green blob with eyes on stalks who just wants to be a bellhop; Sal, a shapeshifter who when nervous becomes a tiny dog; Phee a forest sprite and Theodore, a wyvern who hordes buttons. The kids and Arthur have formed an amazing family. The kids have come here from other orphanages for various reasons and Arthur does his best to protect and teach them. Perhaps most importantly that they don’t necessarily have to be who people think they should be–like Lucy doesn’t have to give in to the idea that he’s the destroyer of the world.

Early on Arthur challenges Linus and it really sets Linus off on his journey. “I think if you open your eyes, you’ll see what’s right in front of you rather than what’s listed in a file,” Arthur says. And boy are Linus’s eyes opened. The children are all incredible with their childlike wonder, their massive sense of protection for each other and, even though they’re all young, they are well aware that the world doesn’t really want them–especially the town that is across the sea from the island.

TJ’s created six distinct characters that you can’t help but fall in love with from Theordore’s delight in buttons to Chauncey’s bellhop dreams and his protective urges towards Theodore. And there’s Lucy, he’s wildly funny as he pushes Linus’s buttons sometimes, but as you see his other facets, including a love of classic music from the 50s and that he knows that the could really cause damage you want to wrap him up in a hug and protect him.

As Linus spends his time with Arthur and the kids, he starts to see how messed up Extremely Upper Management is and that made the rules aren’t all they’re cracked up to be. And when it comes to that hateful town, he realizes that there are changes needed, changes he needs to speak up for.

Oh, and there’s a super sweet, terrific romance that blooms between Linus and Arthur too. The book isn’t a romance, but the spark between these two is pure romance and it feels like old school courting. That’s not to say they don’t have problems–oh my do they have issues to take care of–but it’s a beautiful part of the story.

Yes, I love everything about "House in the Cerulean Sea"–Linus self-discovery, his romance with Arthur and the delightful kids living at the Marsays Island Orphanage. There’s something in this book from everyone and this book can be read by all ages. My hardback sits on my shelf of all-time favorites, that’s how much this book means to me.

Jessica

Have you ever read something that is something completely new yet familiar at the same time? That's how I feel about The House in the Cerulean Sea. I am totally in love with this book and I'm having a hard time pinning down exactly why. The best comparison I can come up with is that the story reads like what I'd imagine would be the result of Douglas Adams and Diana Wynne Jones combining forces to write a fantasy version of the Island of Misfit Toys but with paranormal creatures instead of toys and a dash of Good Omens thrown in for good measure.

The story follows middle-aged and easily forgotten caseworker, Linus Baker, who gets sent by upper management to investigate a troublesome group home for magical children that has seemingly been kept a secret from everyone. What Linus finds when he gets to the orphanage was nothing he was expecting or even remotely prepared for.

This book is heartwarming, sentimental, weird and absolutely and utterly delightful! I picked it up for the queer romance and I kept reading for the six dangerous children, their mysterious caretaker, the invisible case worker, and the found family trope. The children are a gnome, a sprite, a wyvern, an unidentifiable green blob, a were-Pomeranian, and the Antichrist and they are weird and just downright perfect! My heart was a puddle of heartwarmed goo by the time I finished this book.

I immediately wanted to go and start this book again when I finished and that is the highest praise I can give a book.

I quickly fell in love with the children and their mysterious caretaker, Arthur. I fell in love with Linus too but it took a bit longer. It was quite easy once we got to see him interact with everyone at Marsyas Island. The worldbuilding in this book is on the light side for a fantasy book but that doesn't mean that it wasn't absolutely delightful and well done. I want to go live on the island with everyone and have adventures with them every Saturday.

A major theme running through out the book is that you don't need to live up to other people's expectations of what you should be solely based on who or what you were born. You don't have to be a monster even if look like one and that's what everyone expects from you. It's okay to be different. It's crucial even. It's about finding yourself, your place, and your happiness and being true to it. I've had this book finished for a while now and I haven't been able to stop thinking about it since.

I am a sucker for the found family trope and the one in this book was so precious! I could read a whole series about them! And the romance! It wasn't overwhelmingly at the forefront but it was sweet and beautiful and I was rooting for it as soon as they met on page for the first time! Also, can I comment on the fact that this is a standalone contemporary fantasy? I can't remember the last time I read one and it's part of what I loved about this book!

The House in the Cerulean Sea is heartwarming, delightfully diverse, wonderfully queer, and a bit ridiculous but in the best way. It's one that I can confidently say has already made my favorite books of the year list.

This was my first TJ Klune book and, if all of his books are written like this one, he deserves the hype. Definitely read this for the contemporary fantasy setting and the queer romance but stay for the precocious children and the found family trope. I can't recommend this one enough! It's one I will be definitely adding to my collection and I will be shouting my love about for the rest of the year. Now if you'll excuse me, I have TJ Klune's whole backlist to read.

This review was posted on the Goldilox and the Three Weres blog on March 17, 2020.

Readaholic13

I'm sitting here trying to find my words, and I just cant.
Seriously, I can't even with you TJ. I've been dying to get my hands on this book forever it seems. But let me tell you...

I. Wasn't. Ready.

I can't find the words to say just how much I loved this book. TJ is one of my favorite authors that I have to greedily snatch up every new book he writes. Some are off the wall hilarious, I'm looking at you TLSH. Some are captivating, I'm looking at you The Bones Beneath my Skin. And some are so moving I can't even put into a category.
I'm looking at you, The House in the Cerulean Sea.

But if you take nothing out of this review, please consider this...

This book, in a nutshell, reminds us to stop seeing only the outside of someone. The outside is only a body and has nothing to do with the inside. No matter your sexuality, religion, gender, or race, you will never truly know someone until you reach the inside. And in the world we are living in right now, more people need to read this book to remember to stop judging people you don't know, or haven't gotten to know. You may never learn that those people were more extraordinary than anyone could imagine.

Thank you TJ for reminding me of this.

3. Husband Material (London Calling)

Husband Material (London Calling)

Reviews from Real Users

H.S.

Boyfriend Material is one of my all-time favorite books, so I was thrilled when I heard there would be a sequel.

Luv and Oliver are as charming and wonderful as always. They both have their same issues, but have both grown.

I laughed out loud several times. Funny, sweet, and thought provoking.

Loved it.

Katy

Just love Alexis Hall books! Great followup in the series! Looking forward to what she does next. Highly recommend for queer books.

Jennifer Parke-Marriner

As excited as I was about the idea of this book, I was very much terrified about the actual real presence of it in my hands and in front of my eyeballs. You see, Boyfriend Material is one of the great loves of my life. I have read it and re-read it and listened to it countless times when I just needed...I don't know... just needed to feel SOMETHING. Had a bad day? Pull Boyfriend Material off the shelf and let Luc's hot-mess-express of a life give me all the giggles. Diving down an anxiety spiral? Cram earbuds into my ears and let myself get lost in this beautiful love story and Joe Jameson's perfect voice. So, all of this is a very long-winded way of saying that I was guarding my heart when I opened to the first page of Husband Material. Luc and Oliver and Bridget and Priya and the James Royce-Royces and all of the other delightful characters are like my best friends at this point, and I desperately wanted this book to measure up to the original.

One thing to never, ever doubt? That Alexis Hall will bring it in every possible way.

I thought I could not be more in love with Luc and Oliver than I was, but as I read this second book, I discovered that I was horribly, horribly wrong. Husband Material is not just a fluffy, "oh they're getting married now!" kind of a sequel. Instead, Hall has taken the characters we already know and has given them even more depth and dimension and some serious obstacles to overcome. Don't get me wrong, Luc is still awkward and insecure, but he has gained a bit of maturity. Oliver is still reserved and too much in his own head, but he is now in therapy to deal with his disordered eating. Taking inspiration from Four Weddings and a Funeral, this book brings us on a journey through a series of events (each challenging in its own way) as the couple considers what's next for their own relationship. And throughout, we are treated to as much mayhem and hilarity and heart as we have come to expect from this crew.

In the intervening years since the first book, Luc and Oliver have developed not only personally, but in their relationship as well, with slightly less of the anxiety and insecurity and angst that was so prevalent between them in Boyfriend Material. They have now grown into loving partners, supporting each other in so many little (and occasionally big) ways, even when circumstances keep them apart (and that happens a lot in this book). My one wish would have been to see more of them together in a domestic setting. Also, quick note to the author - I need more Odile. A very much large amount more of Odile. She is precisely the kind of plain-spoken, no-bs woman that I strive to be as I get older. And while we're at it, can we please check in with JoJo? Because - gah! He is my favorite new character. I just want to give him a big hug and make everything lovely for him.

If you're expecting the same mostly-lighthearted tale that Hall gave us with Boyfriend Material, understand that this book is not strictly that. In these pages we see our beloved leads battling with more complex issues, such as the commercial trappings of queer identity, and what it means to not feel represented by things like, say, a rainbow balloon arch. The most difficult part of the whole book for me was the funeral. The pain was palpable. I actually had to stop reading for a bit after the eulogy because it brought up some things in my own life that I wasn't necessarily delighted to think about. And throughout the book, Luc and Oliver find themselves facing the age-old dilemma: I know I'm an adult, but certainly there is, I don't know, an adultier adult somewhere? Maybe? Please? Because I cannot possibly be expected to manage all of these obstacles and worries and FEELINGS all on my own.

Throughout these pages you will laugh (a lot), you will cry (I certainly did), and you will close the book wishing that it didn't have to end. And since Father Material was just announced as a thing that is really happening (insert all the screaming and squealing here), we know that we may now look forward to more of Oliver's gentle, sweet-as-lemon-posset soul, and Luc's snarky, chaotic energy. But this time with (I'm assuming??) babies! *swoon*

A quick note on the audio presentation of this book, since I was blessed to receive both a digital and an audio copy. This second book in the series is once again narrated by Joe Jameson, and he is once again a complete delight to listen to. Each of the many characters in this story has their own unique and easily-identifiable voice, thanks to Jameson's immense talent. And you know that voice you have in your head when you're reading a print or digital copy of a book? The one that is narrating the story for you? For me, that voice now sounds like Joe Jameson, no matter the setting or the nationality of the characters I'm reading about.

4. They Both Die at the End

They Both Die at the End

Reviews from Real Users

Brittney Rz.

Yet another emotional rollercoaster by Adam Silvera. Every one of his books is full of emotional turmoil but written in the most beautiful of ways. I know his books are going to hurt, hell the title gives it all away here, but I am still eager to read the story. It is a nod to his writing talent that he makes me okay with being an emotional wreck as I read.

This book focused on the idea of what would you do if you knew you were going to die. In this world there is a program called Death Cast that calls up people between midnight and 3 and lets them know that they are going to die that day. Rufus and Mateo both receive the call and need someone to spend their last day with. Neither of them is without people in their lives but because of outside forces they can't spend their Last Day with those people. They use the Last Friend app and find one another. Throughout their last hours they find a connection in each other and find a way to release their true selves.

I adored both Mateo and Rufus. They were these two teens who were dealt a bad hand. Fate had it out for them. Both are trying to find a way to find a reason to live. Mateo lost his mother when she gave birth to him and his dad is in a coma. Rufus survived the accident that killed his family. Both of them are reeling from horrible events and both have lost themselves inside their own fear and tragedy.

In one day they find each other and realize that they are not doomed people. Yes, they are going to die but their spirits and souls don't have to die. Mateo learns how to live without fear and Rufus finds the side of himself that he thought he lost when he lost his family. Both boys find a deeper connection then just friendships in each other.

I loved the way life was examined in this novel. The way the idea of living for yourself and finding a way to make life count was talked about. It was a beautiful way of showing that life is never over if you can find the right ways to live it. Rufus and Mateo had only one day but they made it mean something and found love in the process.

I also loved the way small other stories were told throughout the novel. These were people that had some contact with Mateo or Rufus. Some was good interactions and some weren't but in the end it showed how connected everyone is. You don't realize the impact you have on people you barely interact with on a daily basis. A simple smile or tap on the shoulder could change things. Or it may not change anything but what matters is that no one lives in a vacuum. All lives are connected for better or for worse.

I desperately wanted this to end in a way that made me more happy than sad, in the end it gave me hope. Hope that life is always worth living no matter what. Hope shown through these two boys who found a way to make a day matter like a lifetime. Adam Silvera really does know how to write a poignant and meaningful tale.

M. Boyer

It has been a long time since a book has made me ugly cry. Like truly uncontrollable sobs. This book made me ugly cry twice and sniffle up at least four additional times. If you're the type to run from anything that makes you feel, I promise you, you won't want to miss this book.

In a world where Death-Cast can call you to inform you that sometime in the next twenty-four hours, you'll die -- Mateo Torrez and Rufus Emeterio get the call. These two teenagers find each other via a Last Friend App, where 'deckers' (the dying) can find a friend for their end day. If you had one day to live, what would you do? Mateo and Rufus go on one last big adventure discovering what it means to live, love, and leave no regrets.

This was a haunting, emotionally charged, ride. A page-turning easy read about the power of friendship. I couldn't put it down. Must read.

Caitlin

I listened to this one as an audio book and I’m very glad I did. The two different voices of Mateo and Rufus came out well.

I heard about this book from Little Book Owl on YouTube who loved it so I decided that I'd pick it up too.

"You may be born into family, but you walk into friendships. Some you'll discover you should put behind you. Others are worth every risk."

Reading the title, one would think it would prepare you for what's going to happen - that they're both going to die at the end. However you would be sorely mistaken, which is exactly what happened to me. If you decide to read this book, make sure you have a box of tissues with you towards the end.

One good thing about They Both Die At The End is that it's not just the pair of boys finding each other, going for a walk and then oops, you're dead at the end. There's more to it than that. Rufus and Mateo do go for a walk, but there's a party, quite a few life-or-death situations, and love.

"I've spent years living safely to secure a longer life and look where that's gotten me. I'm at the finish line but I never run the race."

I will definitely be reading more of Adam Silvera's books after this one.

5. What If It’s Us

What If It

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Ulysses Grant Dietz

“I don’t know if we’re a love story or a story about love.”

Right up front: this book brought tears to my eyes at the end. It channeled all the trauma of being a teenager, as well as the joy of coming out at last. The story of Ben and Arthur should be entirely different from my own story – they could practically be my grandchildren. But no, it resonated deeply in me, both as a gay man, and a father.

I am intensely cynical when I approach young adult novels from mainstream publishers, particularly when they have gay content. Why? Not sure, but I think it’s because so many mainstream publishers ignore so much great LGBT content, I automatically wonder “why this book?” Is it because it’s safe, acceptable, within received norms as to how much gay is ok?

Being a gay teenager in high school in the very early seventies was awful. Nobody was out. Everyone was afraid. My own experience was not technically that bad, but in retrospect, I was as confused and frightened and isolated as any closeted gay teen at the time. The closet was the default for all of us. Of course, I didn’t have books like this back then. I had The Boys in the Band.

Albertalli and Silvera create a lovely rhythm with the structure of this book, alternating between the viewpoints of Puerto Rican Ben from Manhattan and Jewish Arthur from ex-urban Atlanta. These seventeen-year-olds are fully fleshed-out, richly dimensional. They observe the world around them closely, and they respond to it. Most importantly of all, they have parents they love (in that eye-rolling teenaged way) and friends who matter hugely in their lives. We see through these boys’ eyes, and we see a lot.

The futility of high-school romances is sort of at the center of this book, but I think that’s a bit of a red herring. The interplay between Ben’s wounded cynicism and Arthur’s starry-eyed romanticism is critical to their relationship with each other, but it’s also essential in their relationship to their friends – Jessie and Ethan for Arthur, and the more complex quartet of Dylan, Harriet, Hudson and Samantha for Ben. All these young people need each other but are groping forward in their hormone-infused teen lives to figure out how the different kinds of love – love of family, love of friends, romantic love – are going to be part of them. It is confusing and aggravating and frightening. Which, as I remember if I think very hard on my own high-school years, is exactly right.

I want to say that there’s no “happy ending” for this book, but in fact there is: it’s just not the kind of happy ending we as a culture are primed to see in a romantic story. I will give no detail, but suffice it to say that as I ended this book, blinking away tears, I felt hopeful and comforted. Maturity is something I wasn’t looking for in these pages, and its discovery therein was an unexpected gift.

Megan Del Rio

Wait... what?

Can we demand a rewrite for those final pages?

I've never felt so deflated after reading such an amazing story in my life.

I loved many things about this book, but what I loved most was how realistic it was, how realistic the characters were. But it totally came at a price. That real, oh-my-god-no, what-the-fuck-did-I-just-read epilogue figuratively knocked the wind out of me.

I didn't know it then, because I hadn't read Silvera prior to What If It's Us, but I think he has a thing for endings that aren't exactly what the reader wants and/or expects. It took me a week to fully accept that realization and here I am, back to add that extra star to my original four star review simply because any book I can't go a day not thinking about or recommending deserves a five star rating.

Albertalli and Silvera did a remarkable job tugging on my heartstrings and I hope they write together in the future. Maybe an HEA? My heart can't handle whatever this can be categorized as. NON HAPPY EVER AFTER?! Ben and Arthur's story can't be over. (okay, I obviously haven't gotten over it... but I'm working on it.)

Amber Garabrandt

I have a love/ hate relationship with Albertalli. I really liked Simon VS The Homo Sapiens Agenda and The Upside of Unrequited with their adorable characters and charming/ hilarious/ sometimes heartbreaking plots. I soared through these books and would recommend them to anyone- especially John Green fans. Then there was Leah On the Off Beat, which mostly angered me. I didn’t like her, or the way she acted toward her friends, how the love interest played itself out…. the book just pissed me off most of the time, with just barely enough good to keep me moving forward.

What If It’s Us Brings out the best of this author- maybe due to the collab? The characters are purely magical even as they are each incredibly messy and neurotic in their own ways. I think it’s their imperfections that made them so fabulous. The premise was fantastic, the play between characters was perfect, and you saw a lot of character growth which is always a plus for me. My favorite character was definitely Dylan, the over the top best friend. I felt like he was the perfect foil for Ben. For me, this was the best book of the author’s to date. I loved it! My only objection, and it’s purely personal, I felt like the ending was too open. I want closure! And I want it to be EPIC. Still, five stars all the way.

On the adult content scale, there’s some language, drinking, sexual innuendo and light sexual content. It’s not too crazy, and I would still give this one to a youngish teen. I give it a three.

6. Blackwater

Blackwater

Reviews from Real Users

B

I stan Tony and Eli!!! Oh, and Marcia may be the best character in the book? If you like slow burn romance and some fun paranormal mystery, this is a terrific book for you!

7. Every Word You Never Said

Every Word You Never Said

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Morgan Lysand

Y'all, that cover sucked me in. Ever since I saw it I was like imma gonna need that book. It did not disappoint. Skylar and Jacob are the cutest. Awkward AF sometimes (which adorable). Both were super relatable (even though I graduated high school in 2005 ha), but Skylar was more relatable. I too push people away and think they’ll leave and don’t really wanna be my friend.

Seriously this is the cutest first love, found family story. I loved Skylar’s snarky/sarcastic attitude, and found myself cracking up a lot. Imani and Seth were the perfect friends for him, they did NOT let him go and I’m def here for that. They lifted him up and showed him (along with his amazing parents) that he was loved. He just had to embrace it all. Which he did eventually and I was just a puddle ha.

I did get a touch annoyed at the conflict at the end. But it resolved quickly enough, and Skylar realized it was mostly on him, so I was like okay okay we good. Jacob handled it well I thought. He is the senior of the pair and it shows in his reaction and how it went down on his side. I loved that he was prepared to walk away. Like the poor guy doesn’t need the extra drama in his life. But he also deeply loved and cared for Skylar and I was just like a puddle of tears at the end it was so sweet 😭 I’m all like I would not mind a book set like ten years in the future haha, or what happens when Jacob graduates HS and Skylar’s still got a few years left. Like there’s a lot of potential for more and I want it all lmao.

Def heed the TWs, the homophobia is heavy AF, and the bullying. But it all def screams it’s a book set in the south and I was like yep yep that all tracks.

EWYNS was my first read of Jordon Greene's and I'm def gonna have to read the others ha.

Whittney Harmon

At first glance, I thought that this would be an interesting read but the more that I read the book the more I began to see the issues that this book would reveal like the issue of traditional family values as well as the issue of acceptance and the ironclad fact that love should never be defined by anything other than love. Moreover, this book stands as a reminder that no matter what happens and no matter who tells us what we can or can't do, we should never be afraid to be who we want to be and above all we should never be afraid to live our truth; our real truth.

Kindle Customer

This book was just what I needed. I was smiling through the whole thing! I absolutely love books that have found family. I love the characters they all were written so good! Skyler is precious. The rep in this book was excellent! I love the bits in this. Just so well done.

8. The Once and Future Witches

The Once and Future Witches

Reviews from Real Users

Amanda H.

Ok. Great book to read right now for countless reasons. I just finished reading, and I’m tempted to just circle back to the beginning and start again so I can keep that wonderful-book-feeling going. I’ll try to keep this short, but the book is so well written and carefully crafted and the characters are vibrant. Then you have the subject matter just burning off the page; witches, subjugation, love is love, senseless prejudice, women’s rights, magic. I was feeling a lot of things and shooing away all interruptions until I finished. It’s taken an immediate place on the favorites bookshelf and please excuse me while I go recommend this to anybody and everybody who will listen.

Barb Lieberman

Let me start by saying there are no words to describe just how much I love this book. I really struggled to write a review, because everything I write pales in comparison to what is worthy enough for a book of this caliber (it only took me like a month to sit with it before actually attempting, and like two hours to come up with this).

This book is pure magic! The writing is like a spell in and of itself. The way Harrow describes magic is the exact way it feels to read the book. I had goosebumps.

This was only the second book I read this year and I can already tell it is THE book of 2021 for me. I’m looking forward to the paperback so I don’t drain my entire bank account when I buy copies to give to everyone I know. It has become THE favorite book for me. And EVERYONE needs to read it.

I do not read books quickly, let alone books of this size, but I devoured this masterpiece. I probably would have been able to in a single sitting if not for those pesky responsibilities. Even then, I found this book occupying my thoughts when not reading (it really sticks with you) and certain responsibilities fell by the wayside (when I could get away with it)!

The Once and Future witches is like nothing I have ever read before. They say that there’s only truly a finite amount of stories out there. Well, this one breaks the mold. Not only is it a “just one more chapter, oh look it’s now four in the morning” and an “oh the dishes and work and life in general can wait because I MUST know what happens next” and a “I just can’t get it out of my head” book, but it’s also sooooo much more.

I have a small obsession with “everyday” magic. There is nothing I love more than the intersection of the mundane and the sacred and never had I met a book that so perfectly captures it.

One phrase that comes to mind for the book is “divine feminine,” but that word is so fraught and this book is more inclusive and diverse and open than that word sometimes means. The unique takes on popular fairy tales and concepts like “mother, maiden, and crone” felt more right to me than anything else I’ve ever read. I connected with it more.

“Soul deep” might be the closest I can come to a phrase that fits. I found myself wondering how this author I never heard of before could know me so well, and on such a personal level. My anger and my passion and my fire and my wanting and my hopes, my muchness felt justified. All of me felt justified. I was seen, all of me, in a way that is so rare.

You don’t consume this book. It consumes you whole, body and soul. It speaks to the depths of your entire being and the entire being of the world. I’d go on, but I have a nasty habit of spoilers and to spoil even a fraction of this book would be too great a crime that no one should commit.

To put it simply, I have loved many a book before, but never have I fallen for a book this hard.

Andrea J. Santa Maria

Amazing! One of the best witch stories I've read. Suffragette Witches and queer POC representation, strongly feminist, historical and trauma informed.

9. She Drives Me Crazy

She Drives Me Crazy

Reviews from Real Users

alicia nerdy

Omggg. I didn’t expect to love this book as much as I do! It has everything I want in a book.

Enemies to lovers ✅
Fake dating ✅

I ADORED all of the characters. Irene was so unapologetically herself. There was so much more to her underneath the surface. I love how Quindlen wrote her character and how her “coming out” was handled. The banter between her and Scottie was golden.

I loved Scottie. Her character was so relatable and realistic. I felt her grief and broken heart. I loved the relationship she had with her parents and sisters. They were all soo supportive.

There were so many life lessons and good advice in this nook about being true to yourself and loving yourself before you can even contemplate a relationship with someone else. The friendships in this book were so healthy.

Overall, I loved this book! I want everyone to read it. It’s a quick read, cute, and absolutely cheesy. This was a book I didn’t know I needed. I may actually reread it again before this year ends.

Suninthesky

I'm always looking for good books, lately especially with a queer point of view, so thought I'd share.

This is a YA book about high school seniors figuring themselves out; the main protagonist is gay. I'm was looking for something light to read. This was great; beautiful character arcs, nicely written, not boring or dumbed down. Just enough drama and just the right amount of introspection (I abhor needless drama and too much introspection!). 10/10 for being exactly what I wanted. No regrets ☺

Melissa

Spoilers ahead...

Enemies to lovers is my absolute favorite trope, but sometimes the transition from/to is rushed. Characters go from being on the verge of plotting murder to suddenly in love. I know that the line between love and hate is thin, but I'm not sure it's one civil conversation thin. Not with this little gem of a story, though; the evolution of their feelings were gradual. From glimpses of them soften towards each other like when Scottie starts standing up for cheerleaders and how they deserve to be called athletes (they really do) and how Irene begins to open up more to Scottie. Followed, of course, by more banter and bickering. Then there are the bigger gestures when Scottie willingly gets detention to protect Irene and Irene ruining Scottie's ex's night to make Scottie feel better (it's fine, the ex totally deserved it). And than back to the banter. The banter never stops with these two, but it works for them. I thought the dialogue was great so I'm all for it.

They are mean to each other sometimes. Occasionally, they have fights that go beyond two people who aren't really sure how to exist around each other. But, in the end, they communicate in an open and constructive way. Something I wish I could do. haha

My only two complaints are that I don't love that Irene gave up being SAOY, especially because her original reason for wanted the award went beyond paying for college. But when Danielle was nominated, I assumed Irene wouldn't be winning. Still, dropping out of the race seemed very un-Irene. Unless...she was worried about splitting the votes and Charlotte winning the award. Hmm, maybe that's what I'll tell myself. The second complaint is that I have had the song She Drives Me Crazy stuck in my head all day because of this book.

10. Red, White & Royal Blue: A Novel

Red, White & Royal Blue: A Novel

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Ladybug

Alex is First Son of the United States and Henry is the Prince of Wales. Living on opposite sides of the Atlantic means they don’t see each other often, but over the years they’ve managed to have some memorable and tense run-ins. Alex doesn’t quite understand his fascination with Henry, but he knows that Henry wants nothing to do with him. When the two are forced to meet again at a royal wedding, drunk and irritated Alex accidentally pushes Henry, who then grabs onto Alex, sending both men tumbling down a grand staircase in front of hundreds of guests and tabloid reporters.

Their parents are less than thrilled with the altercation, and in an effort to smooth over the politically embarrassing moment, Alex and Henry are forced to orchestrate a fake friendship for the next few months. Only the “fake” friendship begins to become something more as both Alex and Henry realize the other isn’t exactly what he seems. Friendship morphs into…romantic feelings? Kind of? Maybe? Which is especially confusing for Alex since he’s (mostly?) sure he’s straight. The two men must navigate their intense and complicated relationship, all while Alex’s mother campaigns for reelection in the States and the Queen scrutinizes Henry’s every move from the throne.

So. This was an interesting experience for me. I don’t usually read gay romance, but I have to say this was a really lovely book. Alex and Henry both are extremely well-developed characters. It didn’t take me long to feel like I knew them and was invested in their stories. The plot line itself is sweet and not as predictable as I was expecting. Plus, there’s a lot more going on here than “will they or won’t they?” That dilemma is solved pretty early on, and the second half of the novel is devoted entirely to delivering a much more nuanced message about the ethical boundaries of social media and politics, as well as the efficacy of how we interact with and support the LGBTQ community.

In sum, Red, White, and Royal Blue is a really charming book, and (can I say this without sounding ignorant?) I feel like I caught a glimpse into a life I know relatively nothing about and ended up learning a lot. I finished this one feeling happy, yes, but also a little more understanding and knowledgeable. What’s not to love?

Andi S. (Andi's ABCs)

When a book has a lot of hype I tend to stay away from it until the hype has died down. It is a method that has worked for me in the past and I usually stick with it. But after the 5th person told me I needed to read Red, White and Royal Blue immediately, I went against my norm and went with the crowd. And as much I hate saying it, the hype was real for this one and it was 100% warranted. This book was beyond amazing and fantastic and all those perfect adjectives you can think of. It was perfection in a book.

Red, White and Royal Blue is the story of Alex, the first son of the United States, and Henry, the Prince of Wales. Alex has hated everything about Henry for a long time and when that hate comes to blows at a Royal Wedding damage control needs to take place. The plan is perfect. Henry and Alex will save face by doing one simple thing, pretend to be best friends. But for these two nothing is ever simple, especially when feelings get added to the mix.

First and foremost, Red, White and Royal Blue is so much more than a love story and I think that is why I loved it. It is a story of finding out who you are and a story of acceptance, of yourself and by others. It’s a story of putting aside what is expected of you and just being you. Alex and Henry do not have easy lives and this unexpected romance complicates them even more. But through it all, they managed. And they managed to make me laugh and cry and swoon right along with them.

It is so hard to review a book you loved as much as I loved Red, White and Royal Blue. Finding words feel impossible. I want to tell you everything that I loved but I want to leave the mystery for you too. I want you to be able to feel what I felt when I read it the first time. The one thing I can leave you with though… I want to live in the world that Casey McQuiston has created.

Jessica

Okay. Buckle up, guys, because I'm so ready to absolutely rave and gush about how perfect this book was. I'm calling it now. Red, White and Royal Blue will be on my Top 5 Favorite Books of 2019 list if not my overall #1 favorite of the year. It was everything my little queer heart wanted and needed! I'm more than a bit obsessed with it and I can't stop thinking about it. Case in point: I have reread it four times since reading it for the first time back in April. It makes my heart grows three sizes too big every time I think about the romance and the characters.

The voice in this book is spectacular! You all know how much I love good banter and this book had it in spades! The dialogue felt so real! It's a bit crass. More than a bit smart while being hysterical and romantic. I loved the writing in this book so much! I loved how the author included tweets, texts, and emails as part of the narrative! The emails between Henry and Alex were everything! I’m literally the heart-eyes emoji every time I think about them.

I loved how politically and socially relevant it was! I don't know why I was so surprised by the amount of politics in this book especially since the story is told from the perspective of the First Son of the United States but I was. But I also loved how seamlessly they were integrated into the story and how much they added to the narrative. I was also deeply fascinated because it felt like a true look behind the White House curtain. The political issues are so relevant to our current political climate. It was also a little bittersweet reading about this amazing female president that won the 2016 election. I loved that the Claremont-Diaz family and the royal family were fictional but had these wonderful real life optimistic parallels.

I love me a relevant woke book and I'll stop gushing about that aspect of it because I haven't talked about the characters and the romance yet! It was the perfect enemies to fake friends to friends to lovers book I didn’t know I needed in my life. The meet cute disaster! The bickering and the banter! The romance! Alex's bisexual awakening was written in this perfectly believable way that made my heart ache in all the best ways. I also couldn't stop grinning like a fool at all of Alex's Oh Crap! moments and at how adorable the romance between Alex and Henry was. It was extremely gratifying seeing how they brought out the best in each other and how they let in the people around them.

Let's talk about the friendship and family dynamics and how perfect they were. I absolutely adored June, Nora, Bea, and Pez! The total support that they gave to Alex and Henry made my heart ache and tear up in places. I love seeing positive sibling relationships in books and the ones in this one were perfect! June and Alex! Henry and Bea! I loved it so much! I also loved Alex and Nora's friendship! It's always so refreshing to read about an opposite gender friendship that doesn't turn into the romance. I am low-key obsessed with all the relationships in this book. I loved Alex's parents and his relationship with them. Also, his relationship with Zahra was so great!

Also, can we talk about how amazingly diverse this book is? I loved how extremely and truly diverse the entire cast was, in so many meaningful ways. It has a biracial (half-Mexican, half-White) and bisexual main character with a diverse cast with both racial and sexual representation across the board. This book is everything I want to see more of in books. I'm always saying that I want to see more of my favorite and slightly overdone tropes made queer. This book embodies all of those wants and it is a great example at just how good a queer remaking of our favorite tropes can be.

Reading this book was like reading a romcom movie and I can't get the thought out of my head about how much I want this book to be made into a movie. I loved this book a lot a lot. Is one book too early to make Casey McQuiston an autobuy author? Because I’m pretty sure she’s just officially made my auto-buy list with this book.

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