What are the best LGBTQIA books?

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    #1The Picture of Dorian Gray

    The Picture of Dorian Gray

    The Picture of Dorian Gray is a philosophical book written by Oscar Wilde, which is about Dorian Gray whose painted portrait of himself done by Basil Hallward ages instead of him as he commits sins and vile acts. 


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    María de Lourdes Guzmán
    Written on May 5, 2018
    "An interesting view of a classic character. It shows sides that are rarely written about."
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    Maurice is a classic fiction novel written by E.M. Forster which centers on Maurice who is heartbroken over his unrequited love leading him to open his mind and heart about his own sexual identity. 


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    Andrea Bishop
    Written on May 11, 2018
    "I recently read a beautiful and heartwarming book about a character called Maurice who is discovering his own sexuality. This book is a fiction novel written by E.M. Forster and it addresses the topics that surround LGBTQIA. "
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    #3Call Me by Your Name

    Call Me by Your Name

    Call Me by Your Name is a romance fiction novel written by André Aciman. It was published on January 23, 2007. This novel has won the Gay Fiction award at the 20th Lambda Literary Awards. It was adapted into a movie in 2017.


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    #4The Perks of Being a Wallflower

    The Perks of Being a Wallflower

    The Perks of Being a Wallflower is a book by Stephen Chbosky that tells the story of Charlie. The book revolves around Charlie's writings in his diary. His struggle as a unique teen, trying to live his life happily. 


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    Doris Fox
    Written on May 7, 2018
    "Read the book after seeing the movie and I loved it! I love reading about life through the eyes of a teenager. People tend to forget what it's like to be a teen"
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    #5Tales of the City

    Tales of the City

    For more than forty years, this newspaper serial novel by Armistead Maupin has made his own space into the popular American culture. Tales of the City became a television event by Netflix presenting this classical book to the whole world. 


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    Margaret Larson
    Written on May 5, 2018
    "This doesn't appear to have anything to do with the LGBTQIA culture. I don't see it as a fitting solution at all."
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    #6The Song of Achilles

    The Song of Achilles

    Song of Achilles is a book by Madeline Miller that tells a story of Achilles and his life story based from Homer's The Iliad. It contains all his sufferings and triumphs during Trojan war. 


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    Eduardo Mora
    Written on May 6, 2018
    "This book went in a few directions that I didn't expect. It was really fun to read though. I'll be reading this one again."
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    #7The Color Purple

    The Color Purple
    Set deep in the American South, The Color Purple by Alice Walker is the tale of Celie, a young black girl born into poverty and segregation. After living a very hard life, she starts to discover joy and the power of her own spirit.

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    Jose Mendez
    Written on May 9, 2018
    "I'm part of a book club and we were recently tasked with finding books that fit within the "LGBTQIA" theme. Someone recommended "The Color Purple" by Alice Walker and I decided to give it a read because it is fairly well known and it seemed interesting. While it is an incredibly powerful story and well worth the accolades it receives, it is a story about slavery more so than one than one that is specifically aimed at the LGBTQIA movement for the most part. I'd still recommend giving it a read however, even if it isn't specific enough for what our book group was looking for."
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    #8Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic

    Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic
    Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic is an LGBT themed non-fiction book written by Alison Bechdel that tells the story of Alison's father. He is a closeted professional old man who had his own struggles but conquered all of it.

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    Yolanda Olivares
    Written on May 6, 2018
    "Excellent graphic novel! Well written. Excellent characters. The book tells of a story of a professional who has struggles, but overcomes them. There is a musical about the book. A must read. Highly recommended."
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    #9Brokeback Mountain

    Brokeback Mountain
    Annie Proulx's masterpiece narrates the story of Ennis del Mar and Jack Twist, two ranch hands that find themselves working together through strong attraction. After some sexual meetings, they both get married and have children, but the attraction between them cannot be denied anymore. 


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    Judy Kennedy
    Written on May 10, 2018
    "This book can go either way for a person. I read the book, and watched the movie that followed. I think that while it does show love, it is also a story that should teach us to follow our own hearts. There is a lot to be said about how detrimental it can be to your life and others to deny how you feel."
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    #10Me Talk Pretty One Day

    Me Talk Pretty One Day
    Me Talk Pretty One Day is comedian and author David Sedaris' book containing snippets from his life, particularly his move to Paris and his experience of learning French from a teacher who did not like their sessions.

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    Scott Jordan
    Written on May 18, 2018
    "A recent transplant to Paris, humorist David Sedaris, bestselling author of "Naked", presents a collection of his strongest work yet, including the title story about his hilarious attempt to learn French. A number one national bestseller now in paperback."
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    #11The Price of Salt, or Carol

    The Price of Salt, or Carol
    The Price of Salt, or Carol is a book by Patricia Highsmith that tells the story of two women whose lives gives them such a bore and sadness. They will meet, fall in love and move to another place to pursue their love and identity.

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    Denise Alvarado
    Written on May 13, 2018
    "seems like a good choice, and a good read."
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    #12Running with Scissors

    Running with Scissors

    Running With Scissors is a New York Times bestselling memoir written by Augusten Burroughs, originally published in 2002. In 2006, a film adaptation of the book came out, directed by Ryan Murphy.


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    Gloria Chapman
    Written on May 9, 2018
    "This is a great book. It's very dark and graphic, but makes you really think about how others live and why we should be nice to those who seem different from us!"
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    #13A Single Man

    A Single Man

    George Falconer, a middle-aged teacher living in California is still coping with the loss of his partner eight months ago due to a car crash. One morning, unable to handle it anymore, he schedules his suicide for that evening, but a series of events will made him think about that twice. 


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    Isabel Hurtado
    Written on May 11, 2018
    "A Single Man is definitely an intense LGBTQIA book with a very deep meaning about what it means to be a part of that group. The book is very emotional and shows first hand what it is like to lose someone important in your life with no warning. "
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    #14Stone Butch Blues

    Stone Butch Blues

    Stone Butch Blues is a standalone fiction novel written by Leslie Feinberg which is about Jess Goldberg who is a masculine girl growing up in the Ozzie and Harriet McCarthy era and came out as a lesbian. 


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    William Barnett
    Written on May 2, 2018
    "Stone Butch Blues is a great book about LGBTQIA. It will put you in the shoes of the main character and you will understand the world through their eyes."
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    #15The Hours

    The Hours
    The Hours is Michael Cunningham's Pulitzer Prize-winning fiction about three women of different generations whose lives got entwined because of similar challenges in life. The book included a fictitious Virginia Woolf.

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    Dhruv Mukopadhyay
    Written on May 11, 2018
    "Interesting book with interesting characters! I liked it though and I thought it was a good read! You should check it out."
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    #16Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe

    Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe

    Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe by Fannie Flagg has a folksy, fresh, endearing and affecting story. Written by one of the fairest and funniest ladies in America, it tells a contrasting, yet enthralling tale of humor and drama.


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    Bruce Armstrong
    Written on May 5, 2018
    "Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe is easily one of the best LGBTQIA books. The story is so fun and I really enjoyed the lighter take on the subject. By turns heartwarming and amusing, there was never a dull moment when reading it. In fact, I can't remember an author so expertly combining so many elements. A must read!"
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    #17Tipping the Velvet

    Tipping the Velvet

    Tipping the Velvet is a standalone historical fiction novel written by Sarah Waters which follows the adventures of Nan King, who starts her life as an oyster girl in the town of Whitstable.


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    Reyansh Gupta
    Written on May 10, 2018
    "Have you been searching for one of the best LGBTQIA books? Look no further than Tipping the Velvet by Sarah Waters. This modern novel is about two sisters, Nancy and Alice, who leave their oyster house to travel to Canterbury to see the stage acts, singers, acrobats, jugglers, comedians, and other entertainers at the Palace theater. This wonderful tale revolves around show business and a forbidden and passionate romance."
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    #18Small G

    Small G

    Small G: A Summer Idyll is an LGBT mystery fiction novel written by Patricia Highsmith. It is first published in 1994 by W. W. Norton Company.


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    Bruce Alvarez
    Written on May 17, 2018
    "A good fiction novel for those interested in the LGBTQ genre. The store tells of loss with a humorous affect. Great story to curl up with at night."
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    #19When Dreams Take Flight

    When Dreams Take Flight
    When Dreams Take Flight is a romance short story featuring lesbian relationships written by Levia Ortega and translated by Susanne M. Swolinski. When Dreams Take Flight was published on March 23, 2015.

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    Alan Carlson
    Written on May 5, 2018
    "This is an LGBTQIA short story. It is not a full book. Users would not be satisfied by the length of this work. A novel or book should be chosen instead."
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    Hushed is a new adult contemporary mystery thriller fiction novel written by Kelley York. This LGBT romance fiction book is about Archer, Viviana and Evan's story. It is first published in 2011 by Entangled Publishing. 


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    Joseph Hayes
    Written on May 9, 2018
    "Hushed I a fun thriller with lots of mystery and intrigue. Some of the charm is in the same sex romance that is still somewhat under-represented in writing. This is a good story and great characters."
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    #21The World Of Normal Boys

    The World Of Normal Boys

    The World Of Normal Boys is a fictional LGBT-themed young adult novel written by K.M. Soehnlein. This fictional LGBT-themed young adult novel published on September 1, 2000 by Kensington.


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    Harry Moore
    Written on May 19, 2018
    "The World Of Normal Boys is an interesting read about an LGBT boy. Can't say I liked the writing style, but the book is a good introduction into lives of people who identify as LGBT."
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    #22Closer (George Miles Cycle)

    Closer (George Miles Cycle)
    Closer is an LGBT horror fiction and the first book in George Miles Cycle series written by Dennis Cooper. This queer yaoi novel is first published in 1989 by Grove Press. 

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    Peter Delgado
    Written on May 15, 2018
    "This book was a nice change of pace from your typical horror book. I actually chose to read it with one of my close gay friends because I thought they would find it interesting to read about characters that represent them. He ended up loving the book, but it was for the horror aspects and nothing more. He found the book quite scary as did I. We each had a copy of the book and we would meet up each day to talk about the story. He interpreted things differently from me and I gave theories to him about the plot. We loved the book and it made us create a closer bond."
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    #23The Thief's Journal

    The Thief's Journal
    The Thief's Journal is a French queer fiction novel written by Jean Genet. This classic book is about the Black Prince of Letters in France. It is first published in 1949 by Grove Press. 

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    Jordan Flores
    Written on May 9, 2018
    "great book to read. The book lives up to its authors massive potential. Taking you through their horrific life in france. It took me awhile to read but by the end I couldnt escape thinking about it constantly! "
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    #24Seized by the Shape-Shifting Serpent (Jade)

    Seized by the Shape-Shifting Serpent (Jade)

    Seized by the Shape-Shifting Serpent is a yaoi paranormal romance fiction and the first book in Jade series written by Dr. D. This thriller fiction novel is first published in 2016 by Amazon Digital Services. 


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    Larry Holmes
    Written on May 16, 2018
    "This is a really weird book. It's billed as a paranormal romance, but it's more paranormal than romance. Everyone in this book's world can turn into something else, some kind of animal. Of course the bad guy is a snake, and kidnaps people for both food and other things. Maybe it's translated poorly, or maybe some things don't translate very well from Japanese into English, but it reads kind of weird. Not bad, but just very weird. I had a hard time getting through it, and won't be looking for any further books in the series."
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    #25Level C (Vol. 1)

    Level C (Vol. 1)

    Level C (Vol. 1) is a boys' love fiction book written by Aoi Futaba and Kurenai Mistuba. This yaoi book is about Mizuki and Kazuomi. It is first published in 2005 by Media Blasters. 


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    Howard Pearson
    Written on May 15, 2018
    "perfect type of book"


Best What are the best LGBTQIA books
1The Picture of Dorian GrayBooks 45 Free
2MauriceBooks 41 Paid
3Call Me by Your NameBooks 38 Paid
4The Perks of Being a WallflowerBooks 34 Paid
5Tales of the CityBooks 30 Paid
6The Song of AchillesBooks 28 Paid
7The Color PurpleBooks 26 Paid
8Fun Home: A Family TragicomicBooks 23 Paid
9Brokeback MountainBooks 21 Paid
10Me Talk Pretty One DayBooks 18 Paid

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