Not long ago, I realized that I hadn’t done a recommendation post in quiet a while. That told me that I hadn’t recommended a lot of books that I should be recommending for obvious reasons. I needed to fix that.
A good way to recommend a lot of books all at once? Alphabetically!! Below you’ll find 26 personal book recommendations–I hope you enjoy!
I know full well that I haven’t read books to fill the whole alphabet, especially books that I like. I know from just looking over my Goodreads that the titles of books I’ve read tend to congregate with the D’s, S’s, W’s, R’s, and A’s. So finding every other letter in-between was a little bit of a challenge. So, I’ll be cheating a little: I’ll be using author names as well as series names to fill every letter up. I’ll try my best not to use letters in the middle of titles or names, but when it comes to XYZ, it’s anyone’s game.
A – The Abyss Surrounds Us by Emily Skrutskie
I was recommended this book as a slump breaker, and it delivered. Sapphic romance with sea monsters? Sign me the fuck up.
B – The Brilliant Death by Amy Rose Capetta
The Brilliant Death was pitched to me as “something you’ll love” and I had no doubt the person was correct. So fantastically and casually queer, I couldn’t get enough.
C – Camellia Clock Cycle by Taylor Brooke
Comprised of Fortitude Smashed and Curved Horizon, the Camellia Clock Cycle is a hard-hitting, brilliantly crafted series that know right where to hit you.
D – Dare Mighty Things by Heather Kaczynski
I don’g get enough sci fi in my life, so finding diverse sci fi is really hard for me. Stumbling upon this series was amazing, because not only is it diverse, but the main character is ace, like me!
E – The Expanse by James S.A. Corey
I love science fiction and fantasy, so it goes to say that I love space opera. This is one of the first series that I fell in love with in the sci-fi genre, and not only is the story genius, but the characters are complex and lovely.
F – Farseer Trilogy by Robin Hobb
Another fantasy series, I loved the magic system in this book, as well as the characters. Fitz is such an underdog, but I love him and his story so much.
G – George by Alex Gino
If I had had this book when I was younger, so much would have made sense so much sooner. A trans girl, with an own voices author, sent such a hardhitting story that I was tearing up.
H – Highway Bodies by Alison Evans
An intense YA novel following a group of queer kids in the midst of a zombie apocalypse outbreak that lives up to everything it claims to be? I cannot recommend this book enough.
I – Ida by Alison Evans
Another Alison Evans novel, this one follows a bisexual time traveler who has a genderqueer partner. I love this story so much, because it has so much potential. I can only hope Alison writes a sequel.
J – Jurassic Park by Michael Crichton
I’ve been a huge fan of the movie for a long time, so when I finally read the book, I was almost afraid I wouldn’t like it as much as the movie. Despite being wildly different, I love both of them individually
K – Odd Thomas by Dean Koontz
I started collecting Koontz’s novels after reading his The Taking, but the series that really makes me like Koontz is his Odd Thomas series. Quirky and entertaining, it holds a special place in my heart.
L – Long Macchiatos and Monsters by Alison Evans
If there’s ever a book that really spoke to me about my gender feelings, this one is it. I’m pretty sure every Alison Evans book I’ve read is on this list, but I have to admit that they are completely worth it.
M – Mask of Shadows Duology by Linsey Miller
If you thought you’d make it through this list without me mentioning the Mask of Shadows duology, then you were wrong. A YA fantasy with a genderfluid protagonist that doesn’t focus on them being genderfluid?? Why haven’t y’all read this yet??
N – Not Your Sidekick by C.B. Lee
I’m not normally big on superhero books, but this is the one that I put my name behind. Diverse, cute, and entertaining, I love every single character in this book, and the plot is soo amazing.
O – Once & Future by Amy Rose Capetta and Cori McCarthy
I realize that this book isn’t out yet, but this is what ARCs are for, right? A queer retelling of King Arthur sounds amazing, but throwing it into space just adds another layer of awesomeness.
P – Peter Darling by Austin Chant
For someone who says they aren’t the biggest fan of retellings, I sure do have quite a few on this list. A m/m retelling of Peter Pan with Peter a trans man and falling for Captain Hook? Yes, please.
Q – Queerly Loving ed. by G. Bensen and Astrid Ohletz
I’ve read stories in volume 1 & 2, but never the entire thing. I’m still recommending them, though, *because Q titles are hard to find*, because the stories that I’ve read have been amazing. My favorite is Tenderness by Xan West!
R – Reign of the Fallen by Sarah Glenn Marsh
This series is so underappreciated, and I still don’t know why. A YA Fantasy with queer necromancers and a story that deals with drug abuse and grief? It’s an intense story, but so worth it.
S – Stalking Jack the Ripper by Kerri Maniscalco
This book seems to be a hit or miss for people, and for me it came as a complete shock when I adored this story. I love true crime, so adding a quick, feminist spin to the Jack the Ripper murders was amazing.
T – Timekeeper by Tara Sim
I had this book thrown at me so many times before I finally read it, and I’m glad that so many people decided to throw it at me. It’s such a cute romance with an amazing story and epic world-building.
U – Unicorn Tracks by Julia Ember
I’ve been a big fan of all of Julia Ember’s work, but her first novel holds a special place in my heart. Sapphic love and saving unicorns, it was an amazing debut.
V – A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab
While ADSOM doesn’t start with a V, Victoria does! ADSOM is an amazing fantasy that has some intense worldbuilding that I fell in love with immediately. Add in the diversity and Rhy makes it one of my favorite books.
W – Want by Cindy Pon
I always love a good sci-fi story, and Want is probably one of the best. Taking place in Taipei, it follows a story set in a realistic future where the Earth is so polluted that people have to wear suits. It’s an amazing heist story, and I can’t wait to read Ruse.
X – Xandri Corelel Series by Kaia Sønderby
I feel like so few people have read this series, when it’s written so well and has an amazing story. It is also one of the few books I’ve read with an autistic protagonist.
Y – You Don’t Know Everything, Jilly P! by Alex Gino
I loved Alex Gino’s George, so when I heard about this newest one, you can bet I dove in. While I didn’t love it as much as George, it was still a heartwarming and diverse story that I’m glad I read.
Z – The Case of the Zodiac Killer by Michael Morford and Michael Ferguson
This was the closest I could get to a Z title. While the way they wrote this book was odd, they gave a lot of good information in this novel that anyone wanting to know more about the Zodiac Killer would want to read.
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