Have you read TJ Klune’s The House in the Cerulean Sea? If not, I hope you’ll find a way to read it soon. The book is a beautifully woven story of love and joy and longing, and searching to find purpose and meaning even when the odds seem to be against you. I loved it. I have not read Klune’s Under the Whispering Door, which from reviews promises to be just as wonderful.

“What is your point, Ellin?” Well, I’ll tell you. I’m searching for my next great read from LGBTQIA+ authors and I thought I would share the list I have so far with you. It’s not exhaustive but it’s a start. 

     TJ Klune (http://www.tjklunebooks.com/) (The House in the Cerulean Sea,                     Under the Whispering Door, and many more. )

     James Baldwin (Giovanni's Room, If Beale Street Could Talk)

     Ted Rowley https://www.stevenrowley.com/ (Lilly and the Octopus, The                      Guncle

     Benjamin Alire Sáenz https://www.benjaminsaenz.com/  (Aristotle and Dante             Discover the Secrets of the Universe, The Inexplicable Logic of my Life)

     Jeanette Winterson https://www.jeanettewinterson.com/  (Oranges are Not the           Only Fruit, Christmas Days)

     Matt Haig http://www.matthaig.com/ (The Midnight Library, The Comfort Book)

     Nicole Dennis-Benn https://www.nicoledennisbenn.com/books (Patsy, Here                Comes the Sun)

      Meredith Talusan http://mtalusan.com/about (Fairest)

     Chloe Davis  https://www.thequeensenglishus.com/meetchloe (The Queen's                English, the LGBTQIA+ dictionary of lingo and colloquial phrases)

     Brandi Carlile https://brokenhorsesbook.com/ (Broken Horses, a memoir

Here are a couple of resources for you to use in case you want to start your own search:

The Ultimate Book List for Pride Month https://www.penguinrandomhouse.com/the-read-down/the-ultimate-book-list-for-pride-month/

Great Books by Queer Authors From the Last Five Yearshttps://www.huffpost.com/entry/books-queer-authors_l_60c8c2dfe4b0de5c183c16b3

Have you read any of these? What are your thoughts? What books have you read that aren't on the list? Please share books that you have read so we can grow the list!

As always, thanks for being here, and have a great week.

Ellin (she/her)

April 26, 2022 — Rebecca Porterfield

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