Top Ten Tuesday #215

Hi everyone! I hope you’ve all had a good week since I last did one of these, I finally got to meet up with my friend Ellie, who I haven’t seen in almost two years over the weekend which was awesome & I’m getting my final grades for Uni tomorrow so I’m kind of freaking out about that, but fingers crossed everything will be okay!

Anyway, it’s Tuesday, so I have another Top Ten Tuesday for you all, courtesy of Jana over at That Artsy Reader Girl. This week we’re meant to be talking about our Unpopular Bookish Opinions, but honestly I don’t think I have that many? I could think of about three, and since that’s not really enough for a TTT, I decided to change the topic. Since it’s Pride Month and we don’t have any Pride themed prompts, I thought I’d share 10 LGBTQ+ books by LGBTQ+ authors. Since I couldn’t come up with 10 that I have read, I’m sharing 5 that I’ve read and 5 that I want to read (and if you guys have any recs for me, please leave them in the comments), so here we go: (I didn’t want to out anyone, so I’ve only chosen authors that I know have spoken about their sexuality online).

Books By LGBTQ+ authors that I’ve read:

  1. Timekeeper Trilogy-Tara Sim

This is honestly one of my favourite fantasy trilogies out there, when you read a lot of YA fantasy, it’s difficult to find anything that feels new, but this series definitely did. It’s alternate Victorian era, steampunk, with a great romance between clock mechanic Danny and clock spirit Colton. Also Tara Sim has a way of crushing your heart that I’ve only ever found with my very favourite authors.

2. Shades of Magic Trilogy-VE Schwab

Anyone who has been following this blog for any length of time in the past three years knows how much I love this series. It’s pretty much everything I love about fantasy tied up in one book, a world that really sucks you in, a stabby female lead, a male lead who gets frequently exasperated by the girl’s antics, but secretly loves them and brilliant sibling relationships. It also has two great romances, one of which is a m/m romance that is just adorable.

3. Ace of Shades/King of Fools-Amanda Foody

Amanda Foody’s Shadow Game series has several main LGBTQ+ characters, & I love that it’s so normal in the world she’s created, there’s no homophobia, the LGBTQ+ characters are all allowed to just be, which I think is really great. Plus the Shadow Game series is just really great, there are so many awesome women (yay!), so many brilliant twists and turns & the world that she’s created, the 1920s-esque, fantasy Atlantic City, is just really cool!

4. The Gentleman’s Guide To Vice and Virtue-Mackenzi Lee

Yay for inclusive historical fiction! I definitely want to see more of this, so if you guys know of any other historical fiction which features LGBTQ+ characters then please let me know. This is my current read, and I’m nearly done with it, and I LOVE IT SO MUCH. Monty and Percy are such adorable dorks who love each other so much and won’t admit their feelings and I’m here for this!

5. For A Muse of Fire-Heidi Heilig

Jetta, the main character of this book is queer, biracial and mentally ill, which is something that is sadly not seen very often in books. She has the power to bind the souls of the dead to puppets, which is pretty darn awesome and the world, which is a combination of Asian cultures and Colonial French, works really well.

Books By LGBTQ+ authors on my TBR:

6. The Devouring Gray-Christine Lynn Herman

This is one of my most anticipated reads of the year, it was compared to The Raven Cycle and Stranger Things, which I think could make for a very cool combination and it just sounds wonderfully creepy and eerie, which is one of my favourite things. Two of the main characters are also bisexual, which is great and I follow Christine on Twitter and think she’s great, so I’m hoping for good things from this book.

7. Reign of The Fallen-Sarah Glenn Marsh

Honestly I was pretty hooked when I saw the cover of this one (it’s gorgeous!)Β  and then the synopsis just sealed it for me, a bisexual necromancer who is fighting to stop zombies from taking over her world? Yup, sign me up! This is on my TBR list for this year and I cannot wait to read it.

8. The Lady’s Guide To Petticoats and Piracy-Mackenzi Lee

Having almost finished The Gentleman’s Guide, I am ridiculously excited for this one because I love Felicity so much! I also don’t think I’ve ever read about an asexual character in a historical setting, so that is also super cool.

9. This Is Where It Ends-Marieke Nijkamp

I was really excited for this book before it came out and then I haven’t really heard all that much about it since. I bought it at YALC last year, so I’m hoping to get to it at some point, but all I really know about it is that it definitely has LGBTQ+ rep in it and that it’s about a school shooting.

10. Vengeful-VE Schwab

I really can’t wait to read Vengeful, I loved Vicious so much when I read it last year, but I just didn’t have time to read Vengeful and I’ve heard so much good stuff about it since then, that the women are the focus of this book and it has Victor being confirmed as canon asexual and I just can’t wait to get back to this world and these characters.

So that’s it for my list this week. I’ve definitely read more books by LGBTQ+ authors in the last few years than I did before, but I know I need to read more, so if you have any recommendations for me, then please share them in the comments! Have you read any of these? Did you like them? Let me know in the comments!

That’s all for this week, next week we’re talking about our Most Anticipated Releases For The Second Half of the Year, so July-December, which is always a super fun list to do. In the meantime, I should have a review of Gentleman’s Guide, and hopefully a Jo Talks post coming up sometime this week, so keep an eye out for those!

73 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday #215

  1. Sophie @ Blame Chocolate 11/06/2019 / 12:52 pm

    Awesome list! I wasn’t aware some of these were LGBTQ+ at all (Vengeful, for instance) so yay for learning something new from my fellow book bloggers xD
    Keep up the amazing work!

    • iloveheartlandx 11/06/2019 / 5:08 pm

      Thanks! Ah yay, I’m glad to have introduced you to some new books.

  2. Sammie @ The Writerly Way 11/06/2019 / 12:55 pm

    The Timekeeper Series is on my TBR for the next month or two, and I didn’t know it was LGBTQ! Guess that shows how well I pay attention. I look forward to picking it up, though. πŸ™‚ I really need to read The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue as well as book two! They come highly recommended, and I managed to snag a copy. I just haven’t found time to pick it up yet.

    I really liked The Devouring Gray! It had all sorts of spooky vibes and was a great read. I can’t wait for the sequel. Vengeful was also great, though I didn’t enjoy it quite as much as Vicious. Hope you enjoy them when you have a chance to pick them up!

    Here’s my TTT post.

    • iloveheartlandx 11/06/2019 / 5:07 pm

      Yes it is! The main character is gay and his love interest is pansexual. I hope you enjoy it. Obviously I haven’t read the second one yet, but I really enjoyed Gentleman’s Guide. I hope you enjoy them both when you find the time. That’s great to hear about The Devouring Gray. Ah okay, interesting. Thank you, I hope so too πŸ™‚

  3. Davida Chazan 11/06/2019 / 1:41 pm

    You do you. If you don’t think you have unpopular opinions, that’s fine. Mind you, reading these I’m finding that there are many, many bloggers who seem to share lots of unpopular opinions – which means, they aren’t all that unpopular at all.. Ironic, right?

    • iloveheartlandx 11/06/2019 / 5:06 pm

      Thanks! Ha ha see this is what I don’t like about unpopular opinions, 99% of them are actually pretty popular opinions, they’re just the ones that don’t get shared as much!

  4. Jess @ Jessticulates 11/06/2019 / 2:03 pm

    Great list! I need to give Tara Sim’s books a try. Gentleman’s Guide and Lady’s Guide are both so good – I think I enjoyed Lady’s Guide even more for its focus on friendship rather than romance. Have you read any Sarah Waters? She writes brilliant f/f historical fiction, and Robin Talley’s Lies We Tell Ourselves is fantastic, too.

    • iloveheartlandx 11/06/2019 / 5:05 pm

      Thanks! Oh they are so good. I’m loving Gentleman’s Guide but I think you’re right that I’ll love Lady’s Guide even more, I love books that focus on female friendship. No I haven’t read either of those, I’ll have to check them out.

    • iloveheartlandx 11/06/2019 / 5:03 pm

      Oh yay, I’m glad you’ve found some new books to add to your TBR!

  5. Siobhan @ Novelties 11/06/2019 / 2:21 pm

    I’m glad you made up your own theme. I’m wanting to do that this month as well.

    Shades of Magic is too pure for this world!

    • iloveheartlandx 11/06/2019 / 5:02 pm

      Thanks, I do occasionally go off script when I’m not feeling the topic! It really is πŸ™‚

  6. Jorie 11/06/2019 / 3:01 pm

    How lovely someone gave a s/o to Timekeeper!! I still want to get the next two audiobooks in sequence as I came into this trilogy through the audiobook for Timekeeper… at the time, I noticed not a lot of traction was taking with readers for the story. Surprised me greatly because I thought it was so beautifully spun! I agree – the LGBTQ+ stories we love should be championed this month. I need to make my own list at some point — unless I can pull it together lateron today! lol Who knows? Sometimes I pull a random TTT out of the hat when I visit with someone who inspires me with a prompt/topic! I’ve been wanting to return to the meme but today I’ve been visiting with everyone whose been answering the topic of the hour…

    If you wanted to know my thoughts on Timekeeper, due drop by to read my review.

    • iloveheartlandx 11/06/2019 / 5:01 pm

      I love it so much and it’s so sadly underrated. I managed to get the first book from Netgalley and the other two from Edelweiss because sadly they aren’t published in the UK. I’m so glad to find someone else who loves it.

      • Jorie 12/06/2019 / 6:14 pm

        I used to have Audible but I switched to Scribd; although I can’t always maintain it each month; I was hoping they would add the audio versions, as they only have the ebooks. 😦 One of these days, when I can get Audible back, I’ll purchase them outright. Til then, I was just celebrating like you were finding another reader who *loves!* this story and wants others to take a chance on it. So thankful we crossed paths!!

      • iloveheartlandx 13/06/2019 / 12:38 pm

        Well if you ever want someone to chat to about it, I’m here!

  7. lydiaschoch 11/06/2019 / 4:02 pm

    Vengeful sounds really good.

    My TTT.

  8. Lilyfae 11/06/2019 / 4:13 pm

    Great list. I recommend Birthday by Meredith Russo.

  9. J R Lynn 11/06/2019 / 4:18 pm

    Great list and I like that you chose your own topic πŸ™‚ I need to read Vengeful soon as well! I need more of Mitch, Sydney, and Victor! ❀

    • iloveheartlandx 11/06/2019 / 4:42 pm

      Thank you! I just wasn’t feeling this week’s topic. Yes, me too πŸ™‚

  10. Sarah 11/06/2019 / 4:18 pm

    I actually haven’t read any of these, but I have a few on my TBR! I’ve read a few LGBT books this year (I can’t remember which were ownvoices though).

    Black Leopard, Red Wolf by Marlon James, but I’d be hesitant to recommend it.
    The Priory of the Orange Tree by Samantha Shannon (also hesitate to recommend this because of sheer length)
    Witchmark by C.L. Polk (this one was pretty good!)
    Time Was by Ian McDonald (not bad but not his best work either)

    I have a few others but I’m blanking on titles. Great list anyway!

    • iloveheartlandx 11/06/2019 / 4:42 pm

      Yay, I hope you enjoy them! Oh that’s okay, I was originally going to do just LGBTQ+ books no matter the identity of the author, but I thought since it was Pride, I wanted to highlight ownvoices authors in particular. I am going to read Priory, but in audio, apparently there are some logistical challenges with reading a book that long in physical form. Thank you πŸ™‚

  11. Jocelyn 11/06/2019 / 4:57 pm

    Your category for TTT is so much more awesome.

  12. ChrissiReads 11/06/2019 / 5:18 pm

    What a Pride worthy list! πŸ™‚ Great job!

  13. Brooke Lorren (@Brookelorren) 11/06/2019 / 5:24 pm

    Time for my weekly reminder that I need to read VE Schwab’s books, LOL. There are way too many books out there I want to read!

    • iloveheartlandx 13/06/2019 / 1:04 pm

      Ha ha sorry, I’m pretty sure your weekly reminder always comes from me!

  14. Alyssa (@apchaney) 11/06/2019 / 6:37 pm

    Thanks so much for these recs! I’m trying to get more to a list I’m making and I didn’t know that most of these were LGBTQ+

  15. acquadimore 11/06/2019 / 6:55 pm

    I’m so glad you liked For a Muse of Fire! It was one of my favorite YA fantasy books of 2019 and I almost never see anyone talking about it.
    And I’m looking forward to The Devouring Gray as well – I have read mixed reviews but with that premise I want to believe that it can’t go too wrong.
    Great list!

    • iloveheartlandx 13/06/2019 / 1:02 pm

      Yeah it definitely deserves to be more talked about that it has been. I haven’t really looked at too many reviews for The Devouring Gray, but I hope I enjoy it. Thank you!

  16. KliScruggs 11/06/2019 / 6:56 pm

    I’m so glad someone did a Pride list this week!! I’m really looking forward to so how many queer stories are coming out this year and I’ve kind of lost track of some of them–but there’s so many more bi characters in books now and it makes my heart so happy!!

    • iloveheartlandx 13/06/2019 / 1:01 pm

      Yes, it’s so awesome to see more identities being represented in books!

  17. agreatreviewer 11/06/2019 / 9:07 pm

    Nice topic change! Lots of new to me ones here. Though I’ve read one or two in here.

    Thanks for visiting my TTT post!

    • iloveheartlandx 13/06/2019 / 1:00 pm

      Thank you! I hope you enjoy the ones you haven’t read πŸ™‚

  18. foreverlostinlit 11/06/2019 / 9:19 pm

    Awesome book recs! I’ve been meaning to read the Timekeeper Trilogy–I don’t see it mentioned a lot, but whenever I do it’s nothing but positive. I’ve been loving Amanda Foody’s Shadow Game books, also, they have some great LGBTQ+ characters! I really need to read Reign of the Fallen

    • iloveheartlandx 13/06/2019 / 1:00 pm

      Thank you! I hope you enjoy the Timekeeper books, they are so good. Yes, I love her books, I can’t wait to see what happens in the final Shadow Game book. I hope we both enjoy Reign of The Fallen!

  19. Melanie (TBR and Beyond) 11/06/2019 / 9:56 pm

    Love Schwab so much and MacKenzie Lee! I need to read Ace of Shades soon, I’ve heard great things.

    • iloveheartlandx 13/06/2019 / 12:59 pm

      Yes, Schwab is one of my favourite authors and I’ve really enjoyed my first Mackenzi Lee book, so I’ll definitely be reading more. Ah I hope you enjoy it! I would also recommend Amanda Foody’s first book, Daughter of The Burning City, there’s LGBTQ+ rep in there as well.

  20. Holly 11/06/2019 / 11:36 pm

    I can’t wait to read Vengeful too!! Best of luck with your Uni grades!! ❀

  21. booksofteacups 12/06/2019 / 3:07 am

    Great list! You are in for such a treat with Reign of the Fallen and Lady’s Guide!

  22. MelissasFandomWorld 12/06/2019 / 7:29 am

    I love this TTT topic you’ve chosen. I didn’t have any inspiration for this week’s TTT either so decided to do the one everyone did last week haha.

    These are all really interesting looking books, most of which I wasn’t familiar with yet so I’ll definitely be adding some of these to my wishlist, thanks!

    • iloveheartlandx 13/06/2019 / 12:54 pm

      Thank you! Ah fair enough, last week’s one was fun. Yay, I’m glad to have helped you find some new books to read πŸ™‚

  23. Tiffany @ String of Pages 12/06/2019 / 12:51 pm

    i’ve only read a darker shade of magic from your list and yesss i love it so much! also i’m interested to read mackenzie lee’s books since everyone seems to love it. definitely gonna add them to my tbr πŸ™‚

    • iloveheartlandx 13/06/2019 / 12:41 pm

      One of my absolute faves! I hope you enjoy them πŸ™‚

  24. abookandacup 12/06/2019 / 1:07 pm

    We definitely should have had a theme for PRIDE! I’m super happy because more of the books I’ve read this month where diverse and with LGBTQA characters! A few that I’d recommend: Going off Script, These witches don’t burn, If it makes you happy

    • iloveheartlandx 13/06/2019 / 12:41 pm

      We really should! Hopefully next year? Yay, that’s awesome. Ooh These Witches Don’t Burn is definitely one that I want to check out.

  25. You’re right that not having a TTT list for Pride month is a definite missed opportunity. I LOVED the Timekeeper Trilogy!! Sadly, I haven’t read ANY of the other books on this list. I have some reading to do!!

    • iloveheartlandx 13/06/2019 / 12:40 pm

      I honestly don’t remember having a Pride list for any of the years I’ve been doing TTT? I’ll definitely suggest it for next year, hopefully I’ll have more books to choose from by then! I hope you enjoy them πŸ™‚

  26. @lynnsbooks 13/06/2019 / 9:21 am

    Hope your results were great.
    And thanks for the reminder that I need to read Schwab – I have a few of her books but still haven’t got to them.
    Lynn πŸ˜€

    • iloveheartlandx 13/06/2019 / 12:30 pm

      They were, thank you! Ah I hope you enjoy them, she’s one of my absolute favourite authors.

  27. evelynreads1 13/06/2019 / 9:35 am

    Oh i love the timekeeper trilogy! I also absolutely love the reign of the fallen duology, i hope you het to that one soon!


    • iloveheartlandx 13/06/2019 / 12:29 pm

      Yes it’s so good! I’ll definitely be reading the first one before the end of this year, not sure when I’ll get the second one!

  28. Louise 13/06/2019 / 8:10 pm

    Nice topic! Reign of The Fallen is on my TBR too! 😊

  29. Cheryl Malandrinos 14/06/2019 / 4:41 am

    Nice list. Many of these are new to me. Hope you enjoy the ones you want to read.

    Thanks for visiting my blog on Tuesday.

  30. dreamingofcats 14/06/2019 / 9:36 am

    I loved Timekeeper! and omg, The Devouring Gray was so good, really really enjoyed it ❀

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