There is nothing more satisfying than laying out at the pool and feeling the Houston heat while reading a good book. The summer season is coming to a close and the number of relaxing pool days is sadly dwindling. If you have worked out that brain this summer, don’t worry because we have compiled a list of LGBT novels sure to entice everybody.
Pick up or download one of these LGBT books and take full advantage of the end of summer.
Call Me By Your Name — Andre Aciman
This love story about an adolescent boy and a guest at his parent’s mansion in the Italian Riveria is as intoxication as it is powerful. Be sure to read it before the motion picture starring the handsome Armie Hammer comes out later this year.
Tales Of The City — Armistead Maupin
The first book in the beloved series chronicles the lives of adults living in San Francisco. The series has spawned nine novels, a TV series and even a Netflix revival of the series starring Laura Linney and Olympia Dukakis.
Running With Scissors — Augusten Burroughs
While all of Augusten Burroughs’ works are amazing on their own, his memoir about his unique upbringing is wacky and will keep you LOL’ing the whole way through.
Me Talk Pretty One Day — David Sedaris
Humorist David Sedaris’ New York Times Bestselling collection of essays will make you laugh so hard, people around you will think you are crazy.
Party Of One — Dave Holmes
Do you remember Dave Holmes, the MTV host of Say What? Karaoke and who was a runner-up MTV VJ? Well, Holmes has solidified himself as a pop culture expert working in television, radio and magazines. His memoir which follows like a mix tape, is the perfect book for anyone who has ever felt like an outsider.
Will Grayson, Will Grayson — John Green, David Levithan
Unlike Twilight, this is a YA novel at it’s best. Told through alternating voices, this novel follows two teens with the same name whose lives become entangled.
Fun Home — Alison Bechdel
The graphic memoir chronicles the complex relationship between the author and her father. The book which addresses major themes like sexual orientation, gender roles, emotional abuse and family dysfunction was also turned into a musical that recently came to the Hobby Center.
The Swimming Pool Library — Alan Hollinghurst
Set in pre-AIDS Britain, this erotic novel tells the tale of a young, privileged male navigating his way through the carefree gay scene of the 1980s.
The City And The Pillar — Gore Vidal
Gore Vidal’s landmark novel was met with much controversy when it was published in 1948. The come-of-age story of a young tennis player is considered a classic in gay literature.
A Single Man — Christopher Isherwood
This book, which Tom Ford made into a beautiful film in 2009, follows a man going through a crisis after losing his partner. The story of persisting and staying alive after losing a love is as important as it is beautiful.
And The Band Played On — Randy Shilts
In what can only be described as an extensive work of investigative journalism, this book chronicles the discovery of HIV and AIDS. A must read for anyone interested in the politics and people involved in the crisis.