Looking For LGBTQ Lit

Welcome to Episode 3! This week’s episode is about all things LGBTQ literature (with a few bonus questions from listeners on a time crunch). My guest this week is Danika Ellis. Danika runs the lesbian and bisexual women book blog The Lesbrary as well as its tumblr counterpart Fuck Yeah Lesbian Literature. She is also a booktuber and Book Riot contributor. Her day job is running the kids’ section of Russell Books, the largest used bookstore in Canada. Follow her on Twitter @DanikaEllis.


This episode is sponsored by Penguin Random House Audio and Only Ever Yours by Louise O’Neill.



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I was writing for your new book recommendations podcast. I am looking to read more diverse books I wondered if you could recommend a book with a transgender protagonist which is NOT a memoir or story about transitioning or being transgender? I am looking for one where that is incidental to the plot just a part of a character doing other interesting things. Any genre.

Thanks In Advance,


Fiction books written by trans people about trans characters. –Taissa



Please recommend good YA LGBT books (already read More Happy than Not and Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda) and/or good YA books with Asian characters.

Thank you




I am very excited about this new podcast and will try to make a concise request! I would like some more recommendations for LGBTQ literature. This year I’ve read Giovanni’s Room which was beautiful and made me cry, Tipping the Velvet which was fascination historical lesbian fiction and Redefining Realness which was eye opening. I would love more recommendations! Thanks in advance!


Hi Get Booked/Amanda,

I am due to have my first baby on 16th Oct and am looking for good books to read that don’t require a lot of brain space. We recently read The Count of Monte Cristo in my book group and it made me realise how little concentration I currently have – I couldn’t keep that many characters in my head at all.

I’m looking for books that are well written but can be read in a zombie-esque, sleep-declined state.

I’m not necessarily looking for new parent-type books. I normally read fiction but like a wide range of genres – historical, crime, literary, fantasy. Whatever really!

Thanks for your help 🙂



For an upcoming read-a-thon, I’m looking for short books or novellas that are not the usual classics (i.e., Old Man and the Sea, Heart of Darkness, etc.) you see on Read These Books In One Day! lists.

Many thanks and so excited about this new podcast!



Books Discussed on the Show!

Nevada by Imogen Binnie

Burnt Toast B&B by Heidi Belleau and Rachel Hamowitz

Beautiful Music for Ugly Children by Kristin Cronn-Mills

George by Alex Gino

The Collection edited by Tom Leger

Lost Boi by Sassafras Lowrey

“Lizzy & Annie”/A Safe Girl To Love by Casey Plett“

The Unintentional Time Traveler by Everett Maroon

Huntress by Malinda Lo

Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Saenz

Everything Leads to You by Nina LaCour

The Miseducation of Cameron Post by emily m danforth

Silhouette of a Sparrow by Molly Beth Griffin

Prairie Ostrich by Tamai Kobayashi

Adaptation by Malinda Lo

Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller

The Color Purple by Alice Walker

Sphinx by Anne Garreta, translated by Emma Ramadan

all of Sarah Waters’s other books, especially Fingersmith

The Summer We Got Free by Mia Mckenzie

The Last Nude by Ellis Avery

The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie by Alan Bradley

Ongoingness by Sarah Manguso

Falling In Love With Hominids by Nalo Hopkinson

The Thing Around Your Neck by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

My Education by Susan Choi

Signs Preceding the End of the World by Yuri Herrera, trans Lisa Dillman

Parnassus on Wheels by Christopher Morley (and anything from Melville House’s Art of the Novella)

Two Or Three Things I Know For Sure by Dorothy Alison

The Story of Ruth and Eliza by Kristen Stone

Sisterhood by Julie R Enszer