10 Most-Sold LGBTQ+ Books On Amazon So Far: Delving into the world of literature offers an insightful perspective into diverse life experiences and identities, and the realm of LGBTQ+ literature is no exception. Over the years, it has evolved, providing poignant narratives that challenge, inform, and reshape societal perceptions. As we celebrate this evolution, we present to you a list of the top ten LGBTQ+ books on Amazon that have resonated the most with readers around the world. These books have been widely sold and acclaimed, featuring compelling characters and narratives that capture a spectrum of LGBTQ+ experiences. From profound love stories to gripping self-discovery journeys, each title promises a unique exploration of life and love.
10 Most-Sold LGBTQ+ Books On Amazon So Far
- “The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo: A Novel” by Taylor Jenkins Reid
- “The Vanishing Half” by Bennett Brit
- “The Song of Achilles: A Novel” by Madeline Miller
- “A Little Life” by Hanya Yanagihara
- “Red, White & Royal Blue: A Royally Romantic Enemies to Lovers Bestseller” by Casey McQuiston
- “The House in the Cerulean Sea” by TJ Klune
- “Call Me by Your Name: A Novel” by André Aciman
- “They Both Die at the End” by Adam Silvera
- “This Is How It Always Is: A Novel” by Laurie Frankel
- “Less: A Novel (The Arthur Less Books, 1)” by Andrew Sean Greer
“The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo: A Novel” by Taylor Jenkins Reid
The book explores the glamorous and tumultuous life of legendary Hollywood actress, Evelyn Hugo. Evelyn invites a relatively unknown reporter, Monique Grant, to pen her biography, unveiling her scandalous life story. Evelyn’s seven marriages serve as a backdrop to reveal her unyielding ambition, the price of fame, and a secret love she concealed from the world.
Reid skillfully weaves complex characters and themes of identity, love, and sacrifice into this enthralling narrative. The book is a poignant, fascinating exploration of a woman’s resilience in a fiercely judgmental world, showing that fame can often be a gilded cage. The novel offers readers a behind-the-scenes look at the sparkle and shadows of Hollywood’s golden age.
“The Vanishing Half” by Bennett Brit
It tells the story of the Vignes twin sisters who, though identical, live drastically different lives: one as a black woman in their southern hometown, the other ‘passing’ as white in California. With the passage of time, their lives diverge more, but their fates remain intertwined. Bennett expertly navigates the complexities of racial identity, revealing the harmful effects of colorism, societal pressure, and the hidden costs of reinvention.
The narrative spans decades, weaving a tapestry of each woman’s life and their daughters’ lives, underscoring the enduring impact of personal choices. A deeply moving and thought-provoking novel, “The Vanishing Half” addresses themes of belonging and authenticity in an ever-changing world.
“The Song of Achilles: A Novel” by Madeline Miller
It is a remarkable reimagining of the Trojan War from the perspective of Patroclus, a lesser-known character in the Iliad. Patroclus is an exiled prince who forms an unlikely friendship with Achilles, the son of a king and a goddess, which eventually blossoms into a deep, passionate love.
Miller intricately weaves their relationship into the tapestry of Greek mythology, leading them from a peaceful upbringing to the tumultuous battlegrounds of Troy. The novel beautifully blends mythological grandeur with a poignant love story, exposing the human side of heroes and the tragic consequences of hubris. Miller’s mastery of language and storytelling reinvigorates the ancient tale, making it accessible and deeply emotional to modern readers.
“A Little Life” by Hanya Yanagihara
The story follows four friends — Jude, Willem, JB, and Malcolm — from their college days in Massachusetts to their adult lives in New York City. Central to the narrative is the enigmatic Jude, who harbors a painful past that is revealed gradually throughout the novel.
Yanagihara delves into the complexities of Jude’s relationships and his struggle with mental health, offering a raw and intimate portrait of human endurance. With its intense exploration of love, loss, and suffering, “A Little Life” is a profound and emotionally challenging read, compelling readers to question the limits of human resilience and the redemptive power of friendship.
“Red, White & Royal Blue: A Royally Romantic Enemies to Lovers Bestseller” by Casey McQuiston
Alex Claremont-Diaz, America’s First Son, and his nemesis, Prince Henry of Wales, are pushed into a staged friendship to mend a diplomatic incident, which unexpectedly morphs into a secret love affair. Their relationship could jeopardize President Claremont’s reelection and shake nations. Through humor and heartfelt moments, McQuiston explores the complexities of identity, duty, and the cost of love on the public stage. Amidst the backdrop of political intrigue and societal expectations, the novel asks what one is willing to sacrifice for love, how to effect positive change, and how history will remember us.
“The House in the Cerulean Sea” by TJ Klune
The story centers around Linus Baker, a diligent caseworker for magical youths, who is sent on a unique assignment to a mysterious island housing six magical children and their charming caretaker, Arthur Parnassus. As Linus delves into this enchanting world, he uncovers secrets, forms deep connections, and discovers the true meaning of family.
Klune’s novel is a beautiful fusion of fantasy, romance, and magical realism, presenting a captivating narrative that challenges societal norms and champions acceptance. With its undercurrent of LGBTQ+ themes, this Lambda Literary Award-winning author delivers a breakout contemporary fantasy that lingers in the hearts of readers.
“Call Me by Your Name: A Novel” by André Aciman
Set against the idyllic backdrop of the Italian Riviera, the novel portrays the intense summer romance between Elio, an adolescent boy, and Oliver, a visiting scholar at his parents’ mansion. Aciman beautifully captures the complexities of human passion as the two navigate their mutual attraction, leading to a connection that leaves an indelible mark on their lives. The novel is an eloquent elegy to love, artfully detailing the intricate dance of attraction and fear, obsession and desire. Aciman’s unflinching and candid portrayal of their relationship offers a timeless exploration of love and intimacy that is both heartrending and unforgettable.
“They Both Die at the End” by Adam Silvera
Set in a world where individuals receive a call forecasting their death within 24 hours, the narrative follows Mateo Torrez and Rufus Emeterio. Both receive the dreaded call and meet through the ‘Last Friend’ app to spend their final day together. Silvera crafts a heartbreaking yet uplifting tale of two strangers, living an entire lifetime in a day, embracing vulnerability, and forming an unforgettable bond. This profoundly touching book underscores the importance of human connection and the value of every moment in our transient lives.
“This Is How It Always Is: A Novel” by Laurie Frankel
The story revolves around the Walsh-Adams family, whose youngest son, Claude, expresses his desire to become a girl named Poppy. As the family navigates this new reality, they grapple with keeping Poppy’s identity a secret and the subsequent fallout when the secret is exposed. Frankel’s novel is a compassionate portrayal of a family’s journey to support their transgender child, dealing with societal norms, prejudices, and the complexities involved in embracing one’s true self. It is an emotionally resonant narrative that speaks to the heart of what it means to love and accept one another in all our unique identities.
“Less: A Novel (The Arthur Less Books, 1)” by Andrew Sean Greer
Arthur Less, a failed novelist on the cusp of turning fifty, embarks on a whimsical international journey to avoid his ex-lover’s wedding. As Arthur travels from Paris to India, he finds himself caught in an array of hilarious misadventures, confronting his past loves, regrets, and fears about aging. Greer’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel skillfully combines light-hearted comedy with introspective moments, creating an endearing portrait of a man grappling with love, loss, and the passage of time. “Less” is a poignant exploration of the human condition, highlighting the joy, sadness, and absurdity of life in equal measure.