New(!) LGBT+ Fiction

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January:
Bookcover for Spin Me Right Round by David Valdes GreenwoodSpin Me Right Round by David Valdes
Genres: Science Fiction, Historical Fiction

When a bump on the head sends Luis back to 1985, he decides to try to help gay teenager Chaz get his first kiss and navigate homophobic bullies.

Bookcover for Love Somebody by Rachel RoasekLove Somebody by Rachel Roasek
Genres: Romance, Realistic Fiction

Exes-turned-best-friends, Sam and Ros, find themselves accidentally falling for the same girl.

Bookcover for Icebreaker by A.L. GraziadeiIcebreaker by A.L. Graziadei
Genres: Romance, Sports 

Star hockey player Mickey finds competition (and romance) with his infuriatingly talented teammate, Jaysen.

Bookcover for The Bone Spindle by Leslie VedderThe Bone Spindle by Leslie Vedder
Genres: Fantasy, Retelling

A female treasure hunter and her warrior friend accidentally awaken the spirit of a prince cursed to sleep until he’s awoken by a kiss.

February:
Bookcover for Ophelia After All by Racquel MarieOphelia After All by Racquel Marie
Genres: Realistic Fiction

Boy-crazy Ophelia is forced to choose between her idealized version of herself and her true self when she develops a crush on a girl.

Bookcover for Bitter by Akwaeke EmeziBitter by Akwaeke Emezi
Genres: Fantasy

Bitter is content to live a quiet life, but friendships, new romance, her passion for art, and political turmoil all pull her in different directions.

Bookcover for Cold by Mariko TamakiCold by Mariko Tamaki
Genres: Mystery, Thriller

Georgia didn’t know Todd, the dead boy discovered in the park, but she can’t shake him, or the idea she’s seen him before, from her mind.

Bookcover for The Chandler Legacies by Abdi NazemianThe Chandler Legacies by Abdi Nazemian
Genres: Realistic Fiction, Historical Fiction 

Five students selected to be part of an elite writing group set out to change their toxic school environment through their writing and friendships.

March:
Bookcover for Loveless by Alice OsemanLoveless by Alice Oseman
Genres: Realistic Fiction

Georgia has always wondered why she doesn’t crush the same way as everyone else, but college and new friends help her discover her aroace identity.

Bookcover for Lakelore by Anna-Marie McLemoreLakelore by Anna-Marie McLemore
Genres: Fantasy, Magical Realism

There have always been legends of a world below the lake, but when realities begin to blur, two former friends must learn to trust each other again and fix it.

Book cover for And They Lived by Steven SalvatoreAnd They Lived… by Steven Salvatore
Genres: Romance, Realistic Fiction

Two boys meet as college freshmen, but their existing issues (like body dysmorphia and internalized homophobia) could threaten their new beginning.

Bookcover for The One True Me and You by Remi K. EnglandThe One True Me and You by Remi K. England
Genres: Romance, Realistic Fiction

Kaylee is at a fan convention and excited to try new pronouns, while closeted Teagan competes in a pageant at the same hotel. They meet…sparks fly.

April:

Bookcover for Sofi and the Bone Song by Adrienne TooleySofi and the Bone Song by Adrienne Tooley
Genres: Fantasy, Romance

After having her life’s goal swiped from her by Lara, Sofi must try to prove that Lara’s talent is illegally magical and avoid falling for her in the process.

Bookcover for Blaine for the Win by Robbie CouchBlaine for the Win by Robbie Couch
Genres: Romance, Realistic Fiction

Newly dumped Blaine runs for student class president against his ex’s new beau, determined to prove that he can be a serious romantic prospect.

Bookcover for Howl by Shaun David HutchinsonHowl by Shaun David Hutchinson
Genres: Horror, Paranormal

Virgil was attacked by a monster, but despite his obvious injuries, no one believes him. Haunted by his trauma, Virgil needs help to prove monsters exist.

Bookcover for She Gets the Girl by Rachael LippincottShe Gets the Girl by Rachael Lippincott and Alyson Derrick
Genres: Romance, Realistic Fiction

Unlikely pair Molly and Alex team up to help Molly get her dream girl (and prove to Alex’s ex that she’s not selfish), but new feelings begin to complicate things.

May:

Book cover for Baby Teeth by Meg Grehan

Baby Teeth by Meg Grehan
Genres: Verse, Paranormal, Romance

Though haunted by her past lives, vampire Immy’s burgeoning love for Claudia is unlike anything she’s experienced before. But can a love like that last?

Book cover for Flip the Script by Lyla LeeFlip the Script by Lyla Lee
Genres: Realistic Fiction, Romance

Starring in a K-drama and faking a relationship with her co-star is already overwhelming Hana, but when her ex-BFF joins the show, old feelings reappear.

Book cover for The Many Half-Lived Lives of Sam Sylvester by Maya MacGregorThe Many Half-Lived Lives of Sam Sylvester by Maya MacGregor
Genres: Realistic Fiction, Mystery

Life is finally looking up for Sam, but they can’t help diving into the investigation of a mysterious death that happened in their home thirty years ago.

Book cover for Out of the Blue by Jason JuneOut of the Blue by Jason June
Genres: Fantasy, Romance 

On land for one month, merfolk Crest agrees to help human Sean make his ex jealous, but the line between fake and real dating soon becomes blurry…

June:

Book cover for Valiant Ladies by Melissa GreyValiant Ladies by Melissa Grey 
Genres:
Historical Fiction, Mystery, Romance

Two upper class ladies (who happen to be vigilantes by night) have their lives thrown into chaos by the apparent “suicide” of one of their brothers.

Book cover for The Loophole by Kaz NutubThe Loophole by Naz Kutub
Genres:
Fantasy, Romance, Contemporary, Retelling

Sy’s (newly ex)boyfriend abandoned him, but after helping a maybe-magic-maybe-just-rich heiress, Sy travels the world to find his ex and win him back.

Book cover for hell followed with us by andrew joseph whiteHell Followed With Us by Andrew Joseph White 
Genres: Horror,
 Science Fiction

Benji grew up in an apocalyptic cult and he couldn’t escape before he was made their ultimate destructive weapon. Can he now prevent the inevitable?

Book cover for The Gravity of Missing Things by Marisa UrgoThe Gravity of Missing Things by Marisa Urgo  
Genres: Realistic Fiction, Mystery  

A plane Violet’s mom was flying just went mysteriously missing, leaving Violet to navigate the suspicion cast on her mom along with her insurmountable grief.

July:

Book cover for Beating Heart Baby by Lio MinBeating Heart Baby by Lio Min
Genres: Romance, Realistic Fiction

After accidentally ruining his relationship with his online BFF, musically-gifted Santi moves to California and falls for the aloof drummer in the marching band.

Book cover for The Valkyrie’s Daughter by Tiana WarnerThe Valkyrie’s Daughter by Tiana Warner
Genres: Fantasy, Adventure

Ordinary Sigrid is apparently a fated leader of the mythical Valkyries, but her destiny is also mysteriously tied to a fallen valkyrie allied with Sigrid’s enemies…

Book cover for Wake the Bones by Elizabeth KilcoyneWake the Bones by Elizabeth Kilcoyne
Genres: Horror, Southern Gothic 

College dropout and magically-gifted taxidermist Laurel returns to her hometown to find increasingly strange and grisly occurrences haunting the land.

Book cover for The Comedienne's Guide to Pride by Hayli ThomsonThe Comedienne’s Guide to Pride by Hayli Thomson
Genres: Humor, Realistic Fiction, Romance

Taylor is a finalist for a diverse writers’ internship at SNL, but getting it would mean she would have to come out, both as a hopeful comedian and a lesbian.

August:

Book cover for This Why They Hate Us by Aaron H. AcevesThis Why They Hate Us by Aaron H. Aceves
Genres: Realistic Fiction, Romance

Bi teenager Quique tries to get over his longtime crush (and best friend) by pursuing other romantic prospects.

Book cover for The Honeys by Ryan La SalaThe Honeys by Ryan La Sala
Genres: Horror

Genderfluid Mars attends the Aspen Conservancy Summer Academy in their twin sister’s place after she dies, and soon finds themselves being hunted.

Book cover for The Feeling of Falling in Love by Mason DeaverThe Feeling of Falling in Love by Mason Deaver
Genres: Realistic Fiction, Romance

After not reciprocating the feelings of his FWB, Neil drafts his reluctant roommate into being his date to his brother’s wedding instead.

Book cover for Moon Dark Smile by Tessa GrattonMoon Dark Smile by Tessa Gratton
Genres: Fantasy

Daughter to the Emperor, Raliel, sets out with her (secreted away) demon on her coming of age journey before she is bound to the palace forever.

September:

Book cover for The Sunbearer Trials by Aiden ThomasThe Sunbearer Trials by Aiden Thomas
Genres: Fantasy, Mythology

Teo, a demi-god, must unexpectedly compete in the Sunbearer Trials, a deadly competition usually reserved for gods and in which the loser is sacrificed

Book cover for Afterlove by Tanya ByrneAfterlove by Tanya Byrne
Genres: Romance, Paranormal

Ash and Poppy fall in love, but Ash dies. Now a grim reaper, Ash is only visible to the soon-to-be-dead. But when she sees Poppy again, Poppy can see her too…

Book cover for Self Made Boys by Anaa Marie McLemoreSelf-Made Boys by Anna-Marie McLemore
Genres: Historical Fiction, Retelling, Romance

Nick is excited to live near his cousin Daisy, but soon finds himself drawn to the neighbor, Jay. Despite their chemistry, he attempts to help Jay win over Daisy.

Book cover for How to Succeed in Witchcraft by Aislinn BrophyHow to Succeed in Witchcraft by Aislinn Brophy
Genres: Fantasy, Romance

Desperate to impress her drama teacher/the key to a scholarship, Shay agrees to star in her magic school’s musical, despite her academic rival co-starring.

October:

Book cover for When the Angels Left the Old Country by Sacha LambWhen the Angels Left the Old Country by Sacha Lamb
Genres: Fantasy, Historical Fiction

A demon and angel leave their small village to immigrate to America, ostensibly to discover the fate of a baker’s daughter who has stopped writing home.

Book cover for The Edge of Being by James BrandonThe Edge of Being by James Brandon
Genres: Realistic Fiction 

Longing for connection to the father he never knew, Fig and his boyfriend travel to San Francisco to retrace his father’s steps and learn more about him.

Book cover for I was Born for This by Alice OsemanI Was Born for This by Alice Oseman
Genres: Realistic Fiction

A fangirl’s first meeting with her online bff doesn’t go as expected, but her life soon becomes intertwined with the trans member of her favorite boyband.

Book cover for The Restless Dark by Erica WatersThe Restless Dark by Erica Waters
Genres: Horror, Thriller

Three girls, each with unique motivations, join a week long search for the bones of a serial killer, but soon death and dark hallucinations haunt the journey.

November:

Book cover for We Deserve Monuments by Jas HammondsWe Deserve Monuments by Jas Hammonds
Genres: Realistic Fiction, Romance, Mystery

Biracial Avery has recently moved to her grandmother’s hometown and struggles to discover her family’s history.

Book cover for How to Excavate a Heart by Jake Maia ArlowHow to Excavate a Heart by Jake Maia Arlow
Genres: Romance, Realistic Fiction

Shani runs into Avery (literally), starting their winter break off on an odd foot, but after getting snowed in together on Christmas Eve, feelings begin to grow.

Book cover for This is Our Place by Vitor MartinsThis is Our Place by Vitor Martins
Genres: Realistic Fiction, Historical Fiction

Three teens in three different decades live in 8 Sunflower St, struggling with growing up and identity while the house watches on.

Book cover for The Ones We Burn by Rebecca MixThe Ones We Burn by Rebecca Mix
Genres: Fantasy

Blood-witch Ranka has been chosen to marry a human prince and must choose whether to betray him (and his sister she’s fallen for) like her coven wants.

December:

Book cover for Acting the Part by Z.R. EllorActing the Part by Z.R. Ellor
Genres: Romance, Realistic Fiction

Sci-fi TV star Lily starts fake dating her co-star in hopes of garnering public support for their on-screen relationship.

Book cover for A Million to One by Adiba JaigirdarA Million to One by Adiba Jaigirdar
Genres: Historical Fiction, Adventure, Romance

Four young women form a team to steal a rare and valuable book aboard the Titanic. Can they succeed before time runs out?

Book cover for Heartbreak Boys by Simon James GreenHeartbreak Boys by Simon James Green
Genres: Romance, Realistic Fiction

Two former best friends are forced to take a family road trip together after discovering at prom that their boyfriends were cheating on them (together).

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ck. 3/29/22. updated 12/6/22.