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36 Best LGBT Books of All Time


Our goal: Build the most true list of best LGBT books.

Our process:
1. Search for "best LGBT books" and study the top 5 articles.
2. Add only the top books (mentioned 2+ times).
3. Rank the results neatly for you here! 😊
(This process takes a long time, but we do the research so you don't have to!)

(Updated 2022)

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  1. 1

    Giovanni's Room

    James Baldwin

    Appears in 5 articles
  2. MOST RECOMMENDED!
    3

    The Color Purple

    Alice Walker

    Appears in 3 articles
  3. 4
    Appears in 3 articles
  4. 5
    Appears in 3 articles
  5. 6
    Appears in 3 articles
  6. 7

    A Little Life

    Hanya Yanagihara

    Appears in 3 articles
  7. 8
    Appears in 2 articles
  8. 9
    Appears in 2 articles
  9. 10

    With Teeth

    A Novel

    Kristen Arnett

    Appears in 2 articles
  10. 11
    Appears in 2 articles
  11. 13

    Under the Udala Trees

    Chinelo Okparanta

    Appears in 2 articles
  12. 14

    The Price of Salt

    Patricia Highsmith

    Appears in 2 articles
  13. 15
    Appears in 2 articles
  14. 16
    Appears in 2 articles
  15. 17

    The Hours

    A Novel

    Michael Cunningham

    Appears in 2 articles
  16. 18

    The Guncle

    Steven Rowley

    Appears in 2 articles
  17. 19
    Appears in 2 articles
  18. 20
    Appears in 2 articles
  19. 21

    Some Girls Do

    Jennifer Dugan

    Appears in 2 articles
  20. 22
    Appears in 2 articles
  21. 23
    Appears in 2 articles
  22. 24
    Appears in 2 articles
  23. 25

    Orlando

    A Biography

    Virginia Woolf

    Appears in 2 articles
  24. 26
    Appears in 2 articles
  25. 28

    Middlesex

    A Novel

    Jeffrey Eugenides

    Appears in 2 articles
  26. 29

    Maurice

    E. M. Forster

    Appears in 2 articles
  27. 30
    Appears in 2 articles
  28. 31

    Death in Venice

    Thomas Mann

    Appears in 2 articles
  29. 32

    City of Night

    John Rechy

    Appears in 2 articles
  30. 33

    Boy Erased

    A Memoir

    Garrard Conley

    Appears in 2 articles
  31. 34
    Appears in 2 articles
  32. 35
    Appears in 2 articles
  33. 36
    Appears in 2 articles

FAQ

  • How was this list created?

    We searched for "best LGBT books", found the top 5 articles, took every book mentioned in 2+ articles, and averaged their rankings.

  • How many books are in this list?

    There are 36 books in this list.

  • Why did you create this list?

    We wanted to gather the most accurate list of LGBT books on the internet.

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