Pride Month Reading List

June 6, 2018 Sara 0 Comments

In honor of June being Pride Month, and 7 years (!) of reviewing books for Lambda Literary, I’ve compiled a short list of some of my favorite books by LGBTQ authors. This list is heavily weighted toward female and female-identifying authors (because, hey, that’s how I roll), and is by no means comprehensive (a quick Google search will turn up a bevy of classics). It is, however, full of good writing and unforgettable plots and characters.


The Albino Album by Chavisa Woods
The Hours by Michael Cunningham
Tea by Stacey D’Erasmo
The Cosmopolitans by Sarah Schulman
The Gracekeepers by Kirsty Logan
A Long Curving Scar Where the Heart Should Be by Quintan Ana Wikswo
Anything by Sarah Waters, but I’ve got a soft spot for Tipping the Velvet
When Katie Met Cassidy by Camille Perri
The Dream of Doctor Bantam by Jeanne Thornton
Cavedweller by Dorothy Allison
Oranges are Not the Only Fruit by Jeannette Winterson
Body to Job by Christopher Zeischegg
Bull and Other Stories by Kathy Anderson
Cha-Ching! by Ali Liebegott
The Evolution of Love by Lucy Jane Bledsoe


The Work of a Common Woman by Judy Grahn
The Human Line by Ellen Bass (also, one of my all-time faves: “What Did I Love”)
Diving into the Wreck by Adrienne Rich
Meditations in an Emergency by Frank O’Hara
Dream Work by Mary Oliver
If Not, Winter: Fragments of Sappho translated by Anne Carson


Valencia and How to Grow Up by Michelle Tea
Inferno by Eileen Myles
Abandon Me by Melissa Febos
Bad Feminist by Roxane Gay
Bluets by Maggie Nelson
The New Old Me by Meredith Maran
Licking the Spoon by Candace Walsh
On Lies, Secrets, and Silence by Adrienne Rich
Sister Outsider by Audre Lorde

What are some of your favorites by LGBTQ authors? Let us know in the comments!

*All links here lead to Amazon, where if you purchase a book, I get a small kickback. I heartily encourage you to purchase books from a diverse range of sources, including but not limited to your local bookseller (my go-tos are Broadside Bookshop and BookMoon),, Barnes & Noble, & directly from the (small) press.


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