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Favourite Gay Books

call me by your nameAs promised, here is my preliminary list of favourite gay books published over the past 50 years. I used different sources to assemble this list of  books, including booksellers, many gay websites, as well as reviews on this website and I divided them into 2 categories – The Classics (books more than 15 years old – this was arbitrary and it could just as easily have been 25 years) and Current Favourites (any book released after 1994 –  again an arbitrary date). This list is not complete and I don’t know how many we will end up with when it’s done.

Since you are all consumers of M/M romances and gay fiction I would ask readers and authors to add to this list so that eventually we  have a composite list of favourite gay books, not necessarily best sellers or books that have achieved critical acclaim (although some of them are included). Your personal favourites do have a place but I hope we don’t end up with 200 books.:) Some of these titles may be familiar to you, quite a few of them have been reviewed on the site, and I hope that eventually many more will be reviewed. I have read some of the books but not as many as I would have liked. Reviewing the remaining books would probably be a lot easier if they were available in ebook format but most of the classics are only in print; however we’ll do what we can. Of course the list will evolve and change as new books are published so it will probably need to be updated every 3 – 6 months.

Please include your suggested additions in the comments section of this post. You will notice, I’m sure, the lack of historical and scifi books on the list so I would really like those recs. , also a few more contemporary M/M and gay fiction.

Favourite Gay Books 
 -The Classics 

 (for this purpose books released more than 15 years ago)

A Boy’s Own Story by Edmund White
A Home at the End of the World by Michael Cunningham
And the Band Played On by Randy Shilts
Becoming a Man: Half a Life Story by Paul Monette
Brideshead Revisited by Evelyn Waugh
City of Night by John Rechy
Comfort & Joy by Jim Grimsley
Dream Boy by Jim Grimsley
Giovanni’s Room by James Baldwin
Maurice by E.M. Forster
Tales of the City by Armistead Maupin
The City and the Pillar by Gore Vidal
The Best Little Boy in the World by Andrew Tobias
The Catch Trap by Marion Zimmer Bradley
The Charioteer by Mary Renault
The Dreyfus Affair by Peter Lefcourt
The Front Runner by Patricia Nell Warren
The Persian Boy by Mary Renaultthe persian boy
The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde 

 – Current 

 (for this purpose books released 15 years ago or less)

A Better Place by Mark A. Roeder
A Bit of Rough by Laura Baumbach
A Note In The Margin by Isabelle Rowan
A Single Man by Christopher Isherwood
A Strong and Sudden Thaw by R.W.Day
Adrien English Mysteries (series) by Josh Lanyon
Almost Like Being in Love by Steve Kluger
Always by M.L. Rhodes
Angel’s Evolution by T.A. Chase
As Meat Loves Salt by Maria McCann
Angels in America by Tony Kushner
At Swim, Two Boys by Jamie O’Neill
Bareback by Chris Owen
Boy Meets Boy by David Levithan
Brokeback Mountain by Annie Proulx
Captain’s Surrender by Alex Beecroft
Call Me By Your Name by Andre Aciman
Caught Running by Madeleine Urban & Abigail Roux
Channeling Morpheus (series) by Jordan Castillo Price
Collision Course by K.A. Mitchell
Crossing Borders by Z.A. Maxfield
Cut and Run by Madeleine Urban & Abigail Roux
Dancer from the Dance by Andrew Holleran
Deadly Dreams/Slumber/Wrong/Nightshade (series) by Victor J. Banis
Donald Strachey Mysteries (series) by Richard Stevenson
Faith & Fidelity by Tere Michaels
Falling by M.L. Rhodes
False Colors by Alex Beecroft
Heaven Sent (series) by Jet Mykles
Hero by Perry Moore
High Line by T.A. Chase
How Long has this been Going On? Ethan Mordden
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Longhorns by Victor J. Banis
Love & Loyalty by Tere Michaels
My Fair Captain/The Englor Affair (series) by J.L. Langley
Me Talk Pretty One Day by David Sedaris
Mexican Heat by Josh Lanyon and Laura Baumbach
Mysterious Skin by Scott Heim
Naked by David Sedaris
9-1-1 by Chris Owen
Orientation by Rick R. Reed
Out There in the Night by Laura Baumbach
Out of the Blue by Josh Lanyon
Paul’s Dream by Rowan McBride
PsyCop (series) by Jordan Castillo Price
Ransom by Lee Rowan
Running with Scissors: A Memoir by Augusten Burroughs
Soul Mates (series) by Jourdan Lane
Standish by Erastes
Strongman by Denise Rosetti
Sweet Oblivion (series) Jordan Castillo Price
The Assignment by Evangeline Anderson
The Back Passage by James Lear
The Bones of Summercaptain's surrender by Anne Brooke
The Draegan Lords (series) by M.L. Rhodes
The Hours by Michael Cunningham
The Line of Beauty by Alan Hollinghurst
The Lost Language of Cranes by David Leavitt
The One That Got Away by Madeleine Urban & Rhianne Aile
The Protector by N.L. Gassert
The Tin Star by J.L. Langley
The Mercenary’s Tale by Lynn Lorenz
Tigers and Devils by Sean Kennedy
Transgressions by Erastes
Two Steps Up by Sean Kennedy – YA
Untamed Heart by Ally Blue
VGL Male Seeks Same by Rick R. Reed
Vintage – A Ghost Story by Steve Berman
Where Flows the Water by Sean Michael
Where The Boys Are by William J. Mann
Wicked Gentlemen by Ginn Hale
Without Reservations/With Caution by J.L. Langley

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130 comments

  • Leslie
    Thank you. My head must have been up my you know what because both Transgressions and False Colors were reviewed on the blog and I read both of them and loved them!! As I said, the list is not extensive so I hope that when the final one is prepared there won’t be many glaring omissions. The others on your list are also great additions

    • Thanks, Wave!

      I would also recommend Charlie Cochrane’s Cambridge Fellows series. I think the third one, Lessons in Discovery, is the best of the books that have been released so far (Lessons in Power is due on Sept 22) but they all are good. Lessons in Discovery has the most maturity of the characters and depth to the writing plus the mystery is the most well developed.

      L

  • My additions to the list:

    False Colors by Alex Beecroft (love, love, love this book!)
    Transgressions by Erastes
    Frost Fair by Erastes
    Whistling in the Dark by Tamara Allen
    The Boy I Love by Marion Husband
    Paper Moon by Marion Husband
    The Erotic Etudes by E.L. vanHine
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    all are historical, all are great.

    Leslie

  • Great list, Wave! Thanks so much. I see lots of my favorites on there, but also many more I haven’t read. Glad to see David Sedaris on the list– he’s hysterically funny.

    As far as recs, sci-fi and historicals aren’t my faves, so no further suggestions there, but for contemporary, I’d recommend The Kid and The Commitment by Dan Savage, Leave Myself Behind by Bart Yates (The Brothers Bishop by him is good too), and Strings Attached by Nick Nolan.

    BTW, if anyone is considering reading Giovanni’s Room, it’s very well-written, but one of the most depressing books I’ve ever read.

  • Hi Laura
    Thank you for your comment but your books are more than deserving of being on the list. I have read the three books currently listed as favourites many times and I regard them as “comfort reads” which are books that I go back to time and time again.

    I hope you will add to the list.

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