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Discover the Vibrant World of Queer Books in 2024

Get ready to immerse yourself in a literary treasure trove filled with diverse voices, poignant stories, and compelling reads.

Last Updated on June 14, 2024 by BiblioLifestyle

The Best Queer Books To Read in 2024

Are you ready to immerse yourself in a vibrant world of storytelling and representation? There is an incredible wave of excellent queer books in 2024, and I couldn’t be more thrilled to share this literary treasure trove with you! From heartwarming romances to thought-provoking literary fiction, the upcoming releases promise to celebrate the myriad experiences within the queer community. Whether you’re looking to discover fresh voices or revisit beloved authors, these books are set to captivate your heart and mind. Join us as we explore the most anticipated queer books of 2024, and get ready to expand your reading horizons with stories that resonate and inspire.

28 Queer Books To Read in 2024

Dead in Long Beach, California by Venita Blackburn

Dead in Long Beach, California by Venita Blackburn

A gripping tale of loss and deception unfolds as Coral pretends to be her deceased brother in “Dead in Long Beach, California.” Venita Blackburn’s novel delves into grief, reality, and the blurred lines between truth and fiction. An exploration of humanity’s capacity for both harm and healing, Blackburn’s debut literary fiction novel is a poignant reflection on life, death, and everything in between.

You can get a copy of Dead in Long Beach, California by Venita Blackburn on Amazon or Bookshop.

Greta & Valdin by Rebecca K Reilly

Greta & Valdin by Rebecca K Reilly

We follow two siblings as they navigating heartache, queerness, multiracial identity, and complicated family dynamics, all while searching for love and pursuing their own personal desires.

You can get a copy of Greta & Valdin by Rebecca K Reilly on Amazon or Bookshop.

How You Get the Girl by Anita Kelly

How You Get the Girl by Anita Kelly

When a sassy junior joins the basketball team at East Nashville High, Coach Julie Parker faces a new challenge. Unexpectedly, the teen’s foster parent, Elle Cochrane, a former WNBA star, steps in as assistant coach. Despite Elle’s past injury and Julie’s insecurities, sparks fly as they navigate dating and coaching together. Will they remain on the sidelines or take a shot at love?

You can get a copy of How You Get the Girl by Anita Kelly on Amazon or Bookshop.

Thirst by Marina Yuszczuk, Translated by Heather Cleary

Thirst by Marina Yuszczuk, Translated by Heather Cleary 

A genre-blurring novel set across two time periods. In the 19th century, a vampire arrives in Buenos Aires and must adapt as the city grows and faces a yellow fever epidemic. In present-day Buenos Aires, a woman dealing with her mother’s terminal illness encounters the same vampire, leading to a transformative bond. The novel explores themes of fear, loneliness, mortality, female agency, and desire, with echoes of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein and the feminist Gothic tradition.

You can get a copy of Thirst by Marina Yuszczuk, Translated by Heather Cleary on Amazon or Bookshop.

The Mars House by Natasha Pulley

The Mars House by Natasha Pulley

A captivating queer sci-fi novel follows the unexpected marriage between a Mars politician and an Earth refugee, blending politics, romance, and intrigue on the terraformed colony of Tharsis. As their relationship deepens, they face political turmoil and a looming threat, testing their resolve and loyalty in a divided society.

You can get a copy of The Mars House by Natasha Pulley on Amazon or Bookshop.

Ellipses by Vanessa Lawrence

Ellipses by Vanessa Lawrence

A debut novel set in the New York City media scene. It follows Lily, a young magazine writer, who gets caught in a toxic mentorship with Billie, a powerful cosmetics executive. As Lily navigates her stalled career, complex relationships, and identity struggles, she becomes increasingly consumed by Billie’s influence. The novel explores themes of career ambition, belonging, modern relationships, and the impact of digital communication.

You can get a copy of Ellipses by Vanessa Lawrence on Amazon or Bookshop.

Rainbow Black by Maggie Thrash

Rainbow Black by Maggie Thrash

A thrilling novel that blends murder mystery with a gay international fugitive love story, set against the backdrop of the ’90s Satanic Panic. It follows Lacey Bond, a teenager whose life is upended when her parents are jailed amid mass hysteria. As an adult, Lacey tries to maintain a normal life, but a legal disaster threatens to reignite the chaos. This gripping, high-octane book explores one woman’s relentless quest for freedom.

You can get a copy of Rainbow Black by Maggie Thrash on Amazon or Bookshop.

These Letters End in Tears by Musih Tedji Xaviere

These Letters End in Tears by Musih Tedji Xaviere

A heart-wrenching forbidden love story set in a country where being gay is illegal. It follows the journey of Bessem, a Christian girl, and Fatima, a Muslim girl leading a double life. Despite the odds and societal challenges, their connection is strong. However, their affair is discovered by Fatima’s older brother, leading to physical assault and a police raid. Fatima goes missing, and thirteen years later, Bessem, now a university professor, embarks on a search for her lost love.

You can get a copy of These Letters End in Tears by Musih Tedji Xaviere on Amazon or Bookshop.

All the World Beside by Garrard Conley

All the World Beside by Garrard Conley

In Puritan New England, “All the World Beside” by the bestselling author of “Boy Erased” delves into the forbidden love story between Reverend Nathaniel Whitfield and physician Arthur Lyman. Amidst religious fervor and family struggles, they navigate a world of secrets and judgment, seeking a path to a future untethered by society’s constraints. Set against America’s historical transformations, this novel uncovers the human complexities beneath religious facades.

You can get a copy of All the World Beside by Garrard Conley on Amazon or Bookshop.

Like Happiness by Ursula Villarreal-Moura

Like Happiness by Ursula Villarreal-Moura

A debut novel exploring gender, power, and fame through the story of Tatum Vega. In 2015, Tatum enjoys a peaceful life in Chile with her partner Vera, working at a museum. Her past in New York, spent with famed author M. Domínguez, is abruptly revisited when a reporter contacts her about allegations against Domínguez. Forced to confront their tumultuous relationship, Tatum grapples with unresolved questions and the lasting impact on her life. The novel alternates between present-day events and a reflective letter from Tatum to Domínguez, delving into themes of celebrity, memory, Latinx identity, and power dynamics.

You can get a copy of Like Happiness by Ursula Villarreal-Moura on Amazon or Bookshop.

Here We Go Again by Alison Cochrun

Here We Go Again by Alison Cochrun

Childhood best friends, Logan and Rosemary, are reunited to fulfill their former teacher’s last wish – a cross-country road trip. In their thirties, stuck in routines, they embark on an adventure from Washington state to coastal Maine, rediscovering themselves and maybe each other along the way.

You can get a copy of Here We Go Again by Alison Cochrun on Amazon or Bookshop.

The Prospects by KT Hoffman

The Prospects by KT Hoffman

Gene, the first openly trans player in professional baseball, faces a new challenge when his former teammate Luis Estrada joins his minor league team. Despite their rocky start, they rediscover a connection that goes beyond the field, sparking a new desire in Gene. As their chemistry grows, Gene must navigate between his comfortable minor league life and the major league dreams Luis inspires. This debut romance explores the power of desire and the courage to reach for something more.

You can get a copy of The Prospects by KT Hoffman on Amazon or Bookshop.

Lavash at First Sight by Taleen Voskuni

Lavash at First Sight by Taleen Voskuni

A romantic comedy about Nazeli “Ellie” Gregorian, a tech marketer who attends a food packaging conference to help her parents’ company win a Superbowl ad slot. There, she meets Vanya Simonian, and sparks fly. However, their budding romance faces a challenge as their families are business rivals. Despite being pitted against each other, Ellie and Vanya’s feelings intensify amidst the competition.

You can get a copy of Lavash at First Sight by Taleen Voskuni on Amazon or Bookshop.

Spitting Gold by Carmella Lowkis

Spitting Gold by Carmella Lowkis

A gothic mystery set in 19th-century Paris, blending a captivating sapphic romance with the story of two estranged sisters, Sylvie and Charlotte, who reunite for one last con as spirit mediums. When their father falls ill, they target the haunted de Jacquinot family, but soon face real supernatural horrors. As they question the reality of the vengeful spirit, deeper secrets emerge. Fans of Sarah Waters and Sarah Penner will enjoy this thrilling debut.

You can get a copy of Spitting Gold by Carmella Lowkis on Amazon or Bookshop.

Oye by Melissa Mogollon

Oye by Melissa Mogollon

In this coming-of-age comedy, Luciana, the youngest in her Colombian American family, navigates an unexpected crisis when a hurricane hits Miami and her eccentric grandmother, Abue, refuses to evacuate. Structured as a series of one-sided phone calls to her older sister, Mari, the novel follows Luciana as she becomes the caregiver for Abue, who receives a shocking medical diagnosis. Filled with humor, drama, and heartfelt moments, Oye is a unique story of family bonds, resilience, and the journey to adulthood.

You can get a copy of Oye by Melissa Mogollon on Amazon or Bookshop.

We Were the Universe by Kimberly King Parsons

We Were the Universe by Kimberly King Parsons

Follows Kit, a young mother grappling with the death of her sister, Julie. After a failed attempt to escape her grief with a friend in Montana, Kit returns to her Dallas suburb life, struggling with her routine and gnawing pain. She reminisces about her wild past and fantasizes about impossible scenarios, blurring the lines between reality and fantasy. As she spirals, she questions if Julie is truly gone. This novel is a poignant and humorous exploration of loss, love, and the complexities of human relationships.

You can get a copy of We Were the Universe by Kimberly King Parsons on Amazon or Bookshop.

Exhibit by R. O. Kwon

Exhibit by R. O. Kwon

From bestselling author R. O. Kwon comes an exhilarating novel about a woman torn between her desires and her life. Jin Han, a talented photographer, meets the captivating Lidija Jung, a world-class ballerina on hiatus. As their intense artistic drives bring them closer, Jin reveals a long-held family curse, risking everything. As they explore hidden desires, Jin’s life is irrevocably changed. But can she escape the curse’s shadow? With bold storytelling, Exhibit explores the limits of ambition and the risks of self-discovery.

You can get a copy of Exhibit by R. O. Kwon on Amazon or Bookshop

The Guncle Abroad by Steven Rowley

The Guncle Abroad by Steven Rowley

Patrick O’Hara returns to his guncle duties for a family wedding in Italy. Five years after caring for his niece Maisie and nephew Grant, Patrick has moved to New York to revive his acting career. As he helps Maisie and Grant navigate their father’s remarriage, Patrick faces challenges including a groom with cold feet, a flirtatious sister, a rivalry with a soon-to-be-launt, and two moody teens. Amidst the chaos, Patrick tries to teach the kids about love while contemplating his own love life and the challenges of growing up. Steven Rowley’s novel blends humor and heart, exploring family bonds and self-discovery.

You can get a copy of The Guncle Abroad by Steven Rowley on Amazon or Bookshop.

In Tongues by Thomas Grattan

In Tongues by Thomas Grattan

Follows twenty-four-year-old Gordon, a young gay man who moves to New York City from Minnesota in 2001. Seeking direction, he starts working as a dog walker for wealthy Manhattanites. His life takes a dramatic turn when he meets Phillip and Nicola, influential gallery owners in the West Village. As Gordon becomes entwined in their world, he discovers hidden aspects of himself and the lengths he’ll go to achieve his desires. The novel explores themes of family, art, sex, class, and self-discovery, chronicling Gordon’s journey from the Midwest to New York and beyond, as his ambitions and manipulations threaten to unravel the lives around him.

You can get a copy of In Tongues by Thomas Grattan on Amazon or Bookshop.

Perfume and Pain by Anna Dorn

Perfume and Pain by Anna Dorn

In the novel, mid-list author Astrid Dahl moves to Los Angeles with her perfume collection, rejoining her Zoom writer’s group, Sapphic Scribes, after a minor scandal. She juggles romantic entanglements with Ivy, a grad student, and Penelope, her new neighbor, while dealing with career revival pressure when her novel catches the interest of actress Kat Gold. Astrid’s struggle with addiction leads to blackouts and chaos, in this humorous and steamy homage to 1950s lesbian pulp fiction.

You can get a copy of Perfume and Pain by Anna Dorn on Amazon or Bookshop.

Trust and Safety by Laura Blackett, Eve Gleichman

Trust and Safety by Laura Blackett, Eve Gleichman 

A witty and tender novel about Rosie and her tech-bro husband, Jordan. Disenchanted with NYC, Rosie dreams of a rural life in the Hudson Valley, inspiring Jordan to buy an overpriced historic fixer-upper. However, when Jordan loses his job, they rent out a dilapidated outbuilding to a charming queer couple, Dylan and Lark, who embody the idyllic lifestyle Rosie craves. As Rosie becomes infatuated with Dylan, tensions rise, leading to a humorous and sharp exploration of authenticity, betrayal, and modern anxieties.

You can get a copy of Trust and Safety by Laura Blackett, Eve Gleichman on Amazon or Bookshop.

Blessings by Chukwuebuka Ibeh

Blessings by Chukwuebuka Ibeh

Follows Obiefuna, the black sheep of his family, who is sent to boarding school after his father discovers his sexuality. At the new school, Obiefuna grapples with identity and violence while his mother deals with his absence and his father’s secrecy. Set in post-military Nigeria, the story unfolds against the backdrop of the 2013 Same Sex Marriage Prohibition Act, exploring themes of identity, freedom, and love in a society that criminalizes same-sex relationships.

You can get a copy of Blessings by Chukwuebuka Ibeh on Amazon or Bookshop.

Housemates by Emma Copley Eisenberg

Housemates by Emma Copley Eisenberg

Two young housemates, Bernie and Leah, embark on a road trip across America to discover themselves and document the nation through photography and writing. Following the death of Bernie’s mentor, they explore the country, meeting diverse people and experiencing the breadth of American life. Their journey of artistic exploration and personal growth deepens their friendship and understanding of art, love, and freedom. “Housemates” is a celebration of youth, queer life, and the transformative power of art and love.

You can get a copy of Housemates by Emma Copley Eisenberg on Amazon or Bookshop.

Becoming Ted by Matt Cain

Becoming Ted by Matt Cain

A heartwarming story about self-discovery and acceptance. Ted Ainsworth, at forty-three, sees himself as unremarkable until his husband Giles leaves him for another man. Forced to rethink his future, Ted embarks on a journey of personal growth, uncovering a more confident and uninhibited version of himself. Ted begins to embrace new friendships and love, ultimately reviving an old dream and defying everyone’s expectations, including his own.

You can get a copy of Becoming Ted by Matt Cain on Amazon or Bookshop.

Triple Sec by TJ Alexander

Triple Sec by TJ Alexander

A jaded bartender at a high-end New York City cocktail lounge, is disillusioned with love until she meets Bebe, a beautiful and funny woman who knows her whiskeys and has an open marriage with her partner, Kade. Bebe invites Mel on a date, sparking a burgeoning polyamorous relationship that pushes Mel out of her comfort zone and into new experiences, including a cocktail competition. As the trio explores their connections, Mel discovers that love might be more expansive than she ever imagined. This polyamorous rom-com celebrates queer community and the joy of finding love in unexpected places.

You can get a copy of Triple Sec by TJ Alexander on Amazon or Bookshop.

The Stars Too Fondly by Emily Hamilton

The Stars Too Fondly by Emily Hamilton

A captivating debut blending space odyssey and sapphic rom-com. Cleo and her friends accidentally steal a spaceship while investigating a 20-year-old mystery. As they head to Proxima Centauri, they’re guided by a sassy hologram of the missing captain, Billie. Cleo’s lifelong dream of space travel turns into an unexpected adventure as they face twisted physics, old secrets, and deepening bonds. This near-future tale explores dark matter, alternate dimensions, and the transformative power of love.

You can get a copy of The Stars Too Fondly by Emily Hamilton on Amazon or Bookshop.

Looking for a Sign by Susie Dumond

Looking for a Sign by Susie Dumond

A newly single queer woman Gray moves to New Orleans after a breakup. To find love, she plans to date someone of each astrological sign before her twenty-ninth birthday. With the help of her best friend and a local astrologer, Gray navigates her new city, job, and a series of romantic encounters, all while making surprising discoveries about her needs and desires.

You can get a copy of Looking for a Sign by Susie Dumond on Amazon or Bookshop.

Hombrecito by Santiago Jose Sanchez

Hombrecito by Santiago Jose Sanchez

A queer coming-of-age novel about a young immigrant navigating complex relationships with his mother and homeland. Moving from Colombia to America, he embraces his identity amidst a sense of loss. His bond with his mother is intense yet fraught, influencing his every decision. Searching for wholeness, he moves to New York, seeking connections. A visit to Colombia with his mother brings attempts at reconciliation with his past and family.

You can get a copy of Hombrecito by Santiago Jose Sanchez on Amazon or Bookshop.

Have you read any of these 2024 queer books?

What do you think about this list of 2024 queer books? Have you read any of them? What books would you add to this list? Let’s talk all about queer books of 2024 in the comments below.

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