Top Ten Tuesday

Love is Love – 2018 LGBTQ Book Releases To Read This Valentine’s Day & The Rest of 2018 {Top Ten Tuesday}

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Welcome to a new Top Ten Tuesday!

Since tomorrow is Valentine’s Day, today’s Top Ten Tuesday is all in the theme of love. I’m a hopeless romantic and I just love love, so I could talke about this topic all year long. However, unfortunately even today, not everybody is lucky enough to be able to express their love freely or to even see themselves represented in (love) stories. So that’s why, in the spirit of love, I wanted to highlight some 2018 releases featuring LGBTQ themes.

2018 LGBTQ books that are already released:

Reign of the Fallen by Sarah Glenn Marsh Let's Talk About Love by Claire Kann Chainbreaker by Tara Sim

Reign of the Fallen by Sarah Glenn Marsh

An epic fantasy world filled with monsters, necromancers and a bisexual main heroine.

Let’s Talk About Love by Claire Kann

Finally, some more ace love! Main character Alice is a biromantic asexual college student whose girlfriend breaks up with her when she tells her she’s asexual.

Chainbreaker (Timekeeper #2) by Tara Sim

Haven’t read Timekeeper, the story about a clock mechanic falling in love with the clock spirit, yet? Me neither (*cries*). No worries, this only means we have two books to binge-read this Valentine’s Day!


The Summer of Jordi Perez by Amy Spalding Leah on the Offbeat by Becky Albertalli White Rabbit by Caleb Roehrig

The Summer of Jordi Perez (And the Best Burger in Los Angeles) by Amy Spalding

Release date: April 3rd, 2018

An adorable f/f relationship and body positivity? Yes, please!

Leah on the Offbeat by Becky Albertalli

Release date: April 24th, 2018

Who is ready to dive back into the world of Simon and his friends? I know, I am! (BTW, if you perchance haven’t read Simon vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda yet, it’s a must!) This time we focus on Leah, who is struggling to come out as bisexual to her friends.

White Rabbit by Caleb Roehrig

Release date: April 24th, 2018

A coming of age as a gay teenager mixed with nailbiting thriller aspects.

I Was Born For This by Alice Oseman The Brightsiders by Jen Wilde What If It's Us by Becky Albertalli and Adam Silvera

I Was Born For This by Alice Oseman

Release date: May 3rd, 2018

Alice Oseman described this “as a book about obsession and hero worship and an internationally famous trans musician”.  I want it now! (And yes, this is another reminder I need to read Radio Silence ASAP).

The Brightsiders by Jen Wilde

Release date: May 22nd, 2018

A story about the rock band life, a bi drummer girl and a genderqueer love interest written by the author who wrote the ADORABLE Queens of Geek. Do you really need more convincing?

What If It’s Us by Becky Albertalli and Adam Silvera

Release date: October 2nd, 2018

What do you get when two of your favorite authors come together to write a book? THE CAN’T WAIT, MUST-READ BOOK OF THE YEAR. Now the question only remains: with Becky’s books making me smile and Adam’s books making me sob, how do you expect me to prepare for this?

The Lady’s Guide To Petticoats and Piracy by Mackenzi Lee

Release date: October 2nd, 2018

If you’ve read The Gentleman’s Guide To Vice and Virtue, you probably already know why this is such a highly expected book. I mean, more Felicity, pirates and a science girl gang? Yes, please! Also, I can’t be 100% sure, but Felicity is on the aro/ace spectrum, right?

The Tower by Cale Dietrich

Release date: spring 2018

An LGBT sci-fi romance with a protagonist interning at a high-tech lab company he starts to think might be up to no good. I was honestly a bit let down by the author’s debut, The Love Interest, BUT I am super excited to try his next release!

Are any of these already on your tbr? Do you have any other recs for me of 2018 book releases with LGBTQ themes?


  1. Reign of the Fallen looks awesome and I didn’t even know it had rep. I kinda want to read the bright Siders after reading Queens of Geek, and same with Oseman. I really liked Radio Silence.

    1. Queens of Geek definitely put Jen Wilde on my to-read list, and I only heard good things about Alice Oseman. Hope to read Radio Silence soon 🙂

  2. Looks like some good books are coming. My Love Freebie

    1. Definitely 🙂

  3. I cannot wait for The Lady’s Guide and Leah of the Off Beat! Need them so much.

    1. Yes, I think they are two of my most anticipated reads of the year too! I’m sure they’ll be amazing <3

  4. I’m so excited about Leah On The Offbeat. I love Becky Albertalli’s writing. 🙂 I love your take on the list this week!

    1. Yes, Becky Albertalli is amazing! 🙂 Thanks!

  5. Glad you are highlighting LGBTQ books in your Top Ten Tuesday this week.

    Here’s a link to my TTT post for this week:

    1. Thanks so much!

  6. All of these are on my TBR and I can’t wait to read them, especially Reign of the Fallen and Leah on the Offbeat.

    1. They both sound amazing!

  7. Thank you for these, had been missing many of them on my tbr!

    1. You are very welcome 🙂

  8. Leah on the Offbeat is on my wishlist, of course! 😀

    1. Yes, Leah for sure <3

  9. Super excited for Leah on the Offbeat. White Rabbit is one I have my eye on too. i need to check out some of the other ones on here!

    1. Yes to Leah! I haven’t read any Caleb Roehrig yet, but all his books sound great!

  10. I’m curious about Reign of the Fallen. The cover rocks and the plot seems like something I want to know more about. Wonderful list!

    1. Me too, I’m hoping to get to it soon 🙂

  11. I read Chainbreaker last year as an e-ARC and it was so good! You definitely have to get on Timekeeper ASAP because it’s one of the sweetest, softest gay romances I’ve ever read.

    1. Ahh it sounds soo good, I hope to binge them soon 🙂

  12. Poinsettia says:

    These books are all new to me. I hope you enjoy the ones you haven’t read yet. Here is my Top Ten Tuesday.

    1. Thanks, I hope you’ll enjoy any of these you choose to pick up! 🙂

  13. Ever read Trans-Sister Radio? Not your typical love story. It starts with a love story between a man and a woman, but the man comes out as a trans woman. He has his operation, the woman, though, has a hard time dealing. It ends with another, completely unexpected, love story. Really really cool book.

    1. I hadn’t heard of that one, but it does sound good! Added it to my TBR so thanks 🙂

  14. Tomorrow’s already the 14th? WHAT THE HECK??? I’m not ready for this, time keeps slipping by too fast!

    I desperately want to read Let’s Talk About Love. It’s so, so SO refreshing to see an ace character that is NOT also aro, and I really want to see how the author tackles the subject since sometimes I think a good majority of the population don’t think it’s possible to be one without the other. Thanks for the recs!

    1. I know, February is FLYING by!
      You’re so right about Let’s Talk About Love, it’s part of the reason why I really want to read it! The only other book I know with a romantic ace character was Tash Hearts Tolstoy and I LOVED that one, so I have high hopes for this one as well 🙂

  15. I died when I saw there’s a book from Becky and Adam, I’m not ready but at the same time YAS! Also, this is such a great list, thank you for sharing!

    1. Yes, exactly! Two of my faves, writing a book together? So much YAS 🙂

  16. I love this list! I have many LGBTQIA+ books on my list as well and I’m glad that there are many diverse romance books coming in 2018. I’ve only had a chance to read White Rabbit and it’s such a great book, it was a five-star read for me ?

  17. There are so many good books coming out this year. My TBR list is already massive! When am I going to read all these? Great list!

    1. Haha yeah, the bookworm struggle indeed 🙂

  18. I’m actually reading Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda right now, and I had no idea there would be another book set in that world. I’m definitely adding it to my list because I’m really enjoying Simon’s story so far!

    I’m also definitely adding I Was Born for This and What If It’s Us.

    I love the direction you chose to go with this prompt. There are tons of really amazing LGBTQ books out there, and it’s great to see so many highlighted in one post! ?

    1. Thanks so much! Ahh Simon is one of my favorite books, so I’m glad to hear you’re enjoying it!

  19. I don’t have any 2018 rec’s but I do think you put several of these on my wishlist. I have a few already on there, but you added to it! 🙂

    1. Glad to hear I added to the wishlist 😉

  20. Loved Reign of the Fallen! Totally looking forward to Let’s Talk About Love! Great post!

    1. Thanks 🙂 And yes they both sound so great!

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