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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

  • Nichem
    Thanks for your additions and I’ll include as many as I can. I did read Giovanni’s Room and you’re right, it is a depressing book, but so are many historicals.:)

  • Great list Wave

    I would second Transgressions by Erastes and add the following:

    Lord and Master by Jules Jones
    My Fair Captain by JL Langley
    Freeman by Clare London
    Zero at the Bone by Jane Seville
    The Archer’s Heart by Astrid Amara
    The Utopia X series by KZ Snow

    I’ll probably think of one I’ve missed later!

  • Woo! I’m so stoked to be on the list! Thank you 😀

    I’m only mentioning stuff that I haven’t seen mentioned before:

    “The Phoenix” by Ruth Sims is fabulous. (I’d add her ‘Counterpoint’ there too, except it isn’t out yet.)

    “Speak Its Name” (anthology) by Charlie Cochrane, Lee Rowan and Erastes.

    “Remastering Jerna” by Ann Somerville.

    Otherwise you seem to have already got all my favourites.

  • Hi Jenre
    Thanks for your additions which are great and I’m sure they will all make the cut. My Fair Captain and the next book in the series The Englor Affair are both on the list but none of the others.

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    “I’ll probably think of one I’ve missed later!” You’re in good company – I can’t believe I missed Transgressions and False Colors both of which are reviewed on the site..:)

  • Alex
    Thanks for commenting especially since you’re so sick and thank you very much for your input – I’ll ensure that most of them make it in the final cut. This list will probably end up in the 300’s.:)

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    By the way Alex, I’m updating my review of Captain’s Surrender now that it has been re-released by Samhain with a new cover. The updated review should be posted later today with the new links and cover.

    • Oh, fantastic! An updated review of Captain’s Surrender to go with the updated release sounds like a fantastic thing. Thank you so much!

      *g* My daughter is occupying the couch, so I’m having to sit up by the computer. I am starting to think that the floor is looking good for lying down on, though :)

      Thanks again!

    • To the people who suggested, seconded, and thirded Rough Canvas — I had never heard of this book but I was intrigued by the title and then I read the reviews. It sounded good so I bought it and started this morning…I am just 15% in but oh so good!! Thanks for the suggestion, I can already tell I am going to love this book.
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  • Hi KZ
    Thank you for adding Rough Canvas to the list. I have had this book for ages and still haven’t got around to reading it – must do so soon and review it as well. The Tangle anthology is an excellent suggestion as well. BTW the Utopia X series will definitely be on the list. As you know I read the first book and loved it!

  • Wow, I salute you for even trying to make a list. Isn’t that like picking your favourite child? LOL I have no idea what I’d add but I’m kind of surprised by how many of those I’ve actually read. Great job.

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