Beyond Bestsellers: Reading the Rainbow – LGBTQIA+

By Kaley C.

I’m so excited to take you all into another month of Beyond Bestsellers. We’re exploring LGBTQIA+ books this round, a personal favorite of mine. These novels and narratives feature folks that identify as LGBTQIA+, but the range of subjects or topics are wide. Here, I’ll share some different genres and titles that’ll pique your interest and have you placing a hold faster than you can shake a pride flag.

Image result for the last place you look bookRecently, I read The Last Place You Look by Kristen Lepionka. I couldn’t put this book down, reading through it in one weekend. Our protagonist is a private investigator named Roxanne Weary, who lives up to her last name. She is reeling from the violent death of her father, a cop who was killed in the line of duty, despite having a strained relationship with him while he was alive. She seeks comfort at the bottom of a bottle of whiskey, in the arms of her father’s work partner, or with an old unpredictable high school fling. Then a 15-year-old case is referred to her and she realizes there are similarities between it and other unsolved murders or missing person cases. If she can crack it, she can save a man set to be executed in just a few months. This mystery is well-written. I found it striking that Kristen developed each character, no matter how minor, so well that it feels as though you might already know them.

I’ve followed Julia Kaye for some time now and was thrilled when she announced the publication of her autobio graphic novel: Super Late Bloomer. Julia is an illustrator currently working for Disney, and chronicled her gender transition on various social media sites beginning in July of 2016. This book collects vignettes of her transition, including topics like hormone therapy, dysphoria, and confidence. It is deeply insightful, sometimes funny, and moving.

Related imageGet started right away with no holds by reading Chelsey Johnson’s Stray City. Andrea Morales has embraced the tight knit lesbian community in Portland, Oregon after moving there for college. After a fling with a friend results in an unplanned pregnancy, she is nervous to come clean about it to her chosen family. It might leave you a little nostalgic for the late 90’s, but Andrea is a relatable character you might find yourself empathizing with as she tackles hard decisions in life and embraces love where she can.

I’ve also curated a list for you to browse on Overdrive or Libby. You can also pick from my list below,
or try my quiz.

I can’t wait to see your lists! Start yours with “Beyond Bestsellers: LGBTQIA+ Selections” followed by your own title.

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11 responses to “Beyond Bestsellers: Reading the Rainbow – LGBTQIA+”

  1. Lindsey A. says:

    It has always meant so much to me that public libraries support the inclusion of all worldviews. Meeting librarians who never openly judged my reading choices meant the world to me as a kid.

    I’m currently reading “Confessions of the Fox” by Jordy Rosenberg, which is about an 18th century thief who identified as a transman when there was no such term. It’s a wild ride so far. Lots of fun slang, and footnotes!

  2. Melleny T. says:

    I just finished reading a great YA novel called “Let’s Talk About Love” by Claire Kann. It addresses one of the least understood orientations, asexuality, in an entertaining and sensitive way.

  3. Readiculous says:

    Reading selections to match life’s infinite variety – I love it! Representation matters.

  4. Kacey says:

    I’m about to start reading When Katie Met Cassidy by Camille Peri, which is supposed to be a romantic comedy with two female leads – I’m really looking forward to it!

  5. Marta says:

    Check out Marysville Library’s display for teens on @snoisleteens Instagram at

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