Hello lovely bookworms! This is a blog post I've been meaning to make for the longest time because this is such an important topic and something close to my heart, but haven't, because of the huge amount of booktubers who already made a video on the topic. However, I've decided to choose a few books that are a little bit more underrated and that haven't been talked about on booktube as much. Here are my LGBTQIA book recs! These are books with LGBTQIA characters, either they were minor characters or major characters.
1) The Picture Of Dorian Gray, by Oscar Wilde
This one is interesting, because it is a classic, and I found it very subtle. The Picture Of Dorian Gray is about Dorian, who is an 18 years old, very handsome boy, who gets his picture painted by an artist. He then realizes that he will not stay young and handsome forever, and makes a wish to switch places with the picture, meaning that the picture will age instead of him. He sees his wish coming true, and starts committing gruesome crimes, because of this "eternal youth". The LGBTQIA part of this book surprised me, mostly because of the fact that homosexuality and bisexuality is rare in classics.
2) Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock, by Matthew Quick
I have an entire blog review on this book here. This book is about Leonard Peacock, who decides that on the day of his 18th birthday, he wants to kill his former best friend and himself. I advise you to start reading this book without knowing anything, because that is how you will be craving more of this. I swear, this book keeps you on the edge of your seat. There are 2 LGBTQIA characters in this, and although they were minor characters, there was an effect on the book, and on the way the reader thinks later on.
3) Will Grayson, Will Grayson, by David Levithan and John Green
This is a book that a lot of people disliked, but I really genuinely enjoyed reading it. This book has 2 characters both named Will Grayson, who have nothing in common (but their name), and meet one day by accident. In both stories there is a gay character, and their personalities were so different, which is what I loved. If you're looking for a light read featuring LGBTQIA, this one is for you.
4) The Perks Of Being A Wallflower, by Stephen Chbosky
Need I say more? This book was amazing. I haven't reread this is a long time, but I definitely remember going in not knowing anything, and being so so so positively surprised.
I apologize for only having four books on this recommendations post, I tried to find books that haven't been hyped up on the internet, although which John Green book isn't hyped up right?
PLEASE leave some LGBTQIA suggestions for me in the comments, I would love to read more books dealing with things like this. Thanks guys!