As Reading is fundamental I wanted some LGBTQ+ fiction recommendations for my latest rainbow badges and knew just where to turn, Twitter. It did not disappoint and here I count down the top 15 suggestions. You can find the pins they inspired here and here.
Book descriptions and ratings are taken from Good Reads.
15 The Swimming-Pool Library (1988)
by Alan Hollinghurst
★★★★☆ (7,853 ratings)
The Swimming-Pool Library is an enthralling, darkly erotic novel of homosexuality before the scourge of AIDS; an elegy, possessed of chilling clarity, for ways of life that can no longer be lived with impunity. "Impeccably composed and meticulously particular in its observation of everything" (Harpers & Queen), it focuses on the friendship of two men: William Beckwith, a young gay aristocrat who leads a life of privilege and promiscuity, and the elderly Lord Nantwich, an old Africa hand, searching for someone to write his biography and inherit his traditions.
14 Orlando (1928)
by Virginia Woolf
★★★★☆ (50,086 ratings)
The novel opens as Orlando, a young nobleman in Elizabeth's England, awaits a visit from the Queen and traces his experience with first love as England under James I lies locked in the embrace of the Great Frost. At the midpoint of the novel, Orlando, now an ambassador in Constantinople, awakes to find that he is now a woman, and the novel indulges in farce and irony to consider the roles of women in the 18th and 19th centuries. As the novel ends in 1928, a year consonant with full suffrage for women. Orlando, now a wife and mother, stands poised at the brink of a future that holds new hope and promise for women.
13 Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit (1985)
by Jeanette Winterson
★★★★☆ (50,728 ratings)
This is the story of Jeanette, adopted and brought up by her mother as one of God's elect. Zealous and passionate, she seems destined for life as a missionary, but then she falls for one of her converts.