9 amazing LGBTQ+ books to add to your reading list

From memoirs to poetry collections, these new releases are ready for your book shelf.


Bookworms, gather here! We all know that there’s nothing better than adding a new book to our shelf, so we at GCN are here to help you find your next pick. With this list of freshly released LGBTQ+ books, you are certain to find a new favourite. Read on to discover them.


Eyes Guts Throat Bones by Moira Fowley

This amazing collection features short stories about queer femme bodies and the end of the world – a fascinating combination to say the least. With these themes, the book explores some of the darkest human impulses and fears. After publishing four critically acclaimed young adult books, this is the author’s first release intended for an adult audience.

You Refuse to Believe that You Ever Liked Pink by Dena Elisabeth Eber

Dena Elisabeth Eber is a mother of a young adult who recently announced their new name and non-binary identity.

Dena shares her personal story of getting to know her teen, Alex, while also reflecting on their autism diagnosis and asexual identity. It follows their evolving relationship as she falls in love with the person her child is becoming.


Asylum by Umberto Nicola Nicoletti 

This fine-art book offers stories from LGBTQ+ refugees, asylum seekers and those who were subjected to gender and sexuality-based discrimination in their home countries. Asylum is a collaborative international project featuring photography by Umberto Nicola Nicolett.


Smashed Not Wasted by Sam Thomas

This debut memoir is about a young gay man’s journey to recovery from an eating disorder and alcohol dependency. In the book, Sam tells his story of concealing his addiction, recovering on his own terms, finding his confidence, and reflecting on the traumas he overcame along the way.


Same-Sex Marriages in the European Union: A Guidebook by Emmett M. Hogan

This two-chapter ebook investigates all 27 member states of the European Union and considers their same-sex marriage laws and policies. It also investigates European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) judgments and how they give a legal standing for same-sex marriage rights.


Children of the Sun by Beth Lewis

In this engrossing psychological thriller, the author explores the stigma of being gay in 1980s America through the lens of cult members living in a remote area.

After surviving the stigma of being gay during the AIDs epidemic, James joins a cult with the promise of a second chance at life. One review says, “…this haunting, unpredictable story leaves the reader racing through the pages to find the truth.”

Wild Geese by Soula Emmanuel

Three years into her gender transition, Phoebe Forde is enjoying settling into her new life until an unexpected visit from Grace, her first love, brings memories of Dublin and a life she thought she’d left behind. Their romance explores themes of migration, nostalgia and hope.

Lessons in Kindness by Dani Gill

Gill’s second poetry collection explores identity, sexuality, strength and vulnerability. With themes surrounding relationships, compassion, learning and faith, Lessons in Kindness is a search for meaning and love.


Slant by Katherine O’Donnell

Katherine O’Donnell’s debut novel, SLANT, follows an Irish lesbian’s life over the span of thirty years. The novel includes the story of emigrating to Boston during the height of the AIDS crisis and later campaigning for marriage equality in 2015.

GCN spoke to the author about the book, check out the interview here!

That’s all for now! We hope you found something you can’t wait to add to your LGBTQ+ book list.

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