Top Ten Tuesday: Ten LGBTAIQ* Books That I’ve Recently Added To My TBR List

Hello everyone!

Welcome to another Top Ten Tuesday!

Top Ten Tuesday is a blogging meme created and  hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.

This week’s topic is “Ten Books From X Genre that I’ve recently added to my TBR list” and as I mentioned in my post on Saturday I am trying to put a focus on books with LGBTAIQ* rep this month, so I decided to list ten LGBTAIQ* books. I’ve picked these from my Goodreads TBR shelf, which does not always incorporate all of my physical TBR so there might be a few things missing that I actually own already.

Obviously since I haven’t read them yet I don’t know whether they’re actually good yet. All titles link to the Goodreads pages and I have taken any summaries and book covers from there as well.


Marla Brettschneider, Susan Burgess & Christine Keating – LGBTQ Politics: A Critical Reader  

This is a non-fiction book that collects a number of essays on LGBTQ politics and its various aspects. I peeked at the price the other day, and it’s fairly expensive and will most likely take me a while to get through, but the topic really interests me, so I can deal.

A definitive collection of original essays on queer politics From Harvey Milk to ACT UP to Proposition 8, no political change in the last two decades has been as rapid as the advancement of civil rights for LGBTQ people. As we face a critical juncture in progressive activism, political science, which has been slower than most disciplines to study the complexity of queer politics, must grapple with the shifting landscape of LGBTQ rights and inclusion. LGBTQ Politics analyzes both the successes and obstacles to building the LGBTQ movement over the past twenty years, offering analyses that point to possibilities for the movement’s future. Essays cover a range of topics, including activism, law, and coalition-building, and draw on subfields such as American politics, comparative politics, political theory, and international relations. LGBTQ Politics presents the full range of methodological, ideological, and substantive approaches to LGBTQ politics that exist in political science. Analyses focused on mainstream institutional and elite politics appear alongside contributions grounded in grassroots movements and critical theory. While some essays celebrate the movement’s successes and prospects, others express concerns that its democratic basis has become undermined by a focus on funding power over people power, attempts to fragment the LGBTQ movement from racial, gender and class justice, and a persistent attachment to single-issue politics. A comprehensive, thought-provoking collection, LGBTQ Politics A Critical Reader will give rise to continued critical discussion of the parameters of LGBTQ politics.

Vanessa Mulberry – Becoming Lord Drake’s Lover

This is a m/m romance that I found through a friend of mine. Romance is a genre I don’t pick up all that often, but this story sounded sweet and not overly long so I marked it in case I needed something quick to read.

London, 1815.
Albinus St. John would do anything to be with Josiah Drake—even share him with London’s finest doxies. Although the two men never touch, visits to the women at the molly houses allow Albinus to cherish the sight, smell, and even taste of the man he adores. He never believed there could be anything more between them.

But Josiah has a heart too, and it has always belonged to Albinus. After some life changing experiences on the Grand Tour, he is ready to offer his love and his body.

Becoming Lord Drake’s Lover is a 10,000 word MM erotic romance.

Patrick Ness – Release

I haven’t read anything Patrick Ness wrote yet , but a lot of people seem to like his books and this sounded interesting…

Inspired by Mrs Dalloway and Judy Blume’s Forever, Release is one day in the life of Adam Thorn, 17. It’s a big day. Things go wrong. It’s intense, and all the while, weirdness approaches…

Adam Thorn is having what will turn out to be the most unsettling, difficult day of his life, with relationships fracturing, a harrowing incident at work, and a showdown between this gay teen and his preacher father that changes everything. It’s a day of confrontation, running, sex, love, heartbreak, and maybe, just maybe, hope. He won’t come out of it unchanged. And all the while, lurking at the edges of the story, something extraordinary and unsettling is on a collision course.


Austin Chant, Peter Darling

This Peter Pan retelling comes highly recommended from a friend, and I’ve actually ordered it already. It only has to arrive now… Peter Pan is not really a personal favourite of mine (the last time I tried to read the book I abandoned it fairly quickly because I couldn’t stand Peter), but the summary and the recommendation convinced me to read this.

Ten years ago, Peter Pan left Neverland to grow up, leaving behind his adolescent dreams of boyhood and resigning himself to life as Wendy Darling. Growing up, however, has only made him realize how inescapable his identity as a man is. But when he returns to Neverland, everything has changed: the Lost Boys have become men, and the war games they once played are now real and deadly. Even more shocking is the attraction Peter never knew he could feel for his old rival, Captain Hook-and the realization that he no longer knows which of them is the real villain.

Gabby Rivera, Juliet Takes a Breath

I’ve heard really good things about this book and the blurb sounds amazing.

Juliet Milagros Palante is leaving the Bronx and headed to Portland, Oregon. She just came out to her family and isn’t sure if her mom will ever speak to her again. But Juliet has a plan, sort of, one that’s going to help her figure out this whole “Puerto Rican lesbian” thing. She’s interning with the author of her favorite book: Harlowe Brisbane, the ultimate authority on feminism, women’s bodies, and other gay-sounding stuff.

Will Juliet be able to figure out her life over the course of one magical summer? Is that even possible? Or is she running away from all the problems that seem too big to handle?

With more questions than answers, Juliet takes on Portland, Harlowe, and most importantly, herself.

Ronny Blaschke – Versteckspieler. Die Geschichte des schwulen Fußballers Marcus Urban

This is a German book about a gay footballer (soccer player for you Americans) from East Germany. As a sports fan I think it’s really important to at least be informed about issues like homo- and transphobia in sports (some of you might have seen me talk about the You Can Play Project on my instagram before), and since these topics are fairly rarely discussed in German media, I think this book is very important.

Homosexualität gilt als letztes Tabu im Profifußball.Aus Furcht vor den öffentlichen Reaktionen hat sichbisher noch kein namhafter Spieler geoutet. MarcusUrban bricht jetzt das Schweigen. Einst galt er alseines der größten Talente des ostdeutschen Fußballs.Sport zog sich wie ein roter Faden durch sein Leben,war Abenteuer und Befreiung, zugleich aber eineschwere Kette für seine persönliche Entwicklung.Weil Urban um seine Zukunft als Fußballer fürchtete,verschwieg er seine Homosexualität.In dem bewegenden Buch schildert er diese schwierigeSituation und seine seelische Zerrissenheit,aus der er sich erst spät befreite. Heute, als 36-Jähriger,wagt er den Schritt an die Öffentlichkeit. Nachintensiven Gesprächen mit dem Journalisten RonnyBlaschke legt er seine Lebensgeschichte als Buch vor.Marcus Urban will dazu beitragen, dass dieses letzteTabu im Fußball fällt, weitere Spieler seinem Beispielfolgen und Homosexualität auch im vermeintlich»männlichen« Sport als etwas ganz Normalesbetrachtet wird.


Kiersten White, Now I Rise (The Conqueror’s Saga, #2)

This book was already on my Top Ten Tuesday list last week, and I can only repeat what I said back then: I need Radu to be happy.

Lada Dracul has no allies. No throne. All she has is what she’s always had: herself. After failing to secure the Wallachian throne, Lada is out to punish anyone who dares to cross her blood-strewn path. Filled with a white-hot rage, she storms the countryside with her men, accompanied by her childhood friend Bogdan, terrorizing the land. But brute force isn’t getting Lada what she wants. And thinking of Mehmed brings little comfort to her thorny heart. There’s no time to wonder whether he still thinks about her, even loves her. She left him before he could leave her.

What Lada needs is her younger brother Radu’s subtlety and skill. But Mehmed has sent him to Constantinople—and it’s no diplomatic mission. Mehmed wants control of the city, and Radu has earned an unwanted place as a double-crossing spy behind enemy lines. Radu longs for his sister’s fierce confidence—but for the first time in his life, he rejects her unexpected plea for help. Torn between loyalties to faith, to the Ottomans, and to Mehmed, he knows he owes Lada nothing. If she dies, he could never forgive himself—but if he fails in Constantinople, will Mehmed ever forgive him?

As nations fall around them, the Dracul siblings must decide: what will they sacrifice to fulfill their destinies? Empires will topple, thrones will be won . . . and souls will be lost.

Louis Crompton – Homosexuality and Civilization

Another non-fiction book, this time about how societies have treated homosexuality throughout history. It seems like a fascinating read.

>How have major civilizations of the last two millennia treated people who were attracted to their own sex? In a narrative tour de force, Louis Crompton chronicles the lives and achievements of homosexual men and women alongside a darker history of persecution, as he compares the Christian West with the cultures of ancient Greece and Rome, Arab Spain, imperial China, and pre-Meiji Japan.

Ancient Greek culture celebrated same-sex love in history, literature, and art, making high claims for its moral influence. By contrast, Jewish religious leaders in the sixth century B.C.E. branded male homosexuality as a capital offense and, later, blamed it for the destruction of the biblical city of Sodom. When these two traditions collided in Christian Rome during the late empire, the tragic repercussions were felt throughout Europe and the New World.

Louis Crompton traces Church-inspired mutilation, torture, and burning of “sodomites” in sixth-century Byzantium, medieval France, Renaissance Italy, and in Spain under the Inquisition. But Protestant authorities were equally committed to the execution of homosexuals in the Netherlands, Calvin’s Geneva, and Georgian England. The root cause was religious superstition, abetted by political ambition and sheer greed. Yet from this cauldron of fears and desires, homoerotic themes surfaced in the art of the Renaissance masters–Donatello, Leonardo, Michelangelo, Sodoma, Cellini, and Caravaggio–often intertwined with Christian motifs. Homosexuality also flourished in the court intrigues of Henry III of France, Queen Christina of Sweden, James I and William III of England, Queen Anne, and Frederick the Great.

Anti-homosexual atrocities committed in the West contrast starkly with the more tolerant traditions of pre-modern China and Japan, as revealed in poetry, fiction, and art and in the lives of emperors, shoguns, Buddhist priests, scholars, and actors. In the samurai tradition of Japan, Crompton makes clear, the celebration of same-sex love rivaled that of ancient Greece.

Sweeping in scope, elegantly crafted, and lavishly illustrated, “Homosexuality and Civilization” is a stunning exploration of a rich and terrible past.


Anna-Marie McLemore – When The Moon Was Ours

This sounds so magical and beautiful. I really hope I can read it soon.

To everyone who knows them, best friends Miel and Sam are as strange as they are inseparable. Roses grow out of Miel’s wrist, and rumors say that she spilled out of a water tower when she was five. Sam is known for the moons he paints and hangs in the trees, and for how little anyone knows about his life before he and his mother moved to town. But as odd as everyone considers Miel and Sam, even they stay away from the Bonner girls, four beautiful sisters rumored to be witches. Now they want the roses that grow from Miel’s skin, convinced that their scent can make anyone fall in love. And they’re willing to use every secret Miel has fought to protect to make sure she gives them up.

Kai Ashante Wilson – A Taste of Honey

I am here for everything about this, from the M/M romance to the African inspired setting. The ebook is already downloaded to my phone and tablet, and I can’t wait to start it!

Long after the Towers left the world but before the dragons came to Daluça, the emperor brought his delegation of gods and diplomats to Olorum. As the royalty negotiates over trade routes and public services, the divinity seeks arcane assistance among the local gods.

Aqib bgm Sadiqi, fourth-cousin to the royal family and son of the Master of Beasts, has more mortal and pressing concerns. His heart has been captured for the first time by a handsome Daluçan soldier named Lucrio. In defiance of Saintly Canon, gossiping servants, and the furious disapproval of his father and brother, Aqib finds himself swept up in a whirlwind romance. But neither Aqib nor Lucrio know whether their love can survive all the hardships the world has to throw at them.

Talk to me: Do you see anything that interests you? Is there anything you think I’m missing out on?


5 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday: Ten LGBTAIQ* Books That I’ve Recently Added To My TBR List

  1. I definitely want to read Patrick Ness’ book. I liked his writing on the books that I have read by him. I also am really anticipating Now I Rise! Great choice in genre!

    Danica @ Shelves of Spines
    My TTT


    1. Thank you! 😀
      Now I Rise is definitely one of my most anticipated releases, too! I can’t wait for it to come out! Thank you! I hope I will be able to get through all of them.

      I’m definitely going to check out your TTT!


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