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Gay guys list their favorite novels about love

A Reddit user recently joined the r/askgaybros forum with quite the conversation starter: “I wanted to know which were the greatest books you had read with the topic of love,” the user wrote.

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And you’d better make sure you don’t have any overdue fees at your local library — because commenters named books you’ll wanna check out immediately. Here are their recommendations (lightly edited for clarity):

A Little Life, Hanya Yanagihara

“I mean, it’s not completely all about love but arguably one of the best books I’ve read IMHO.”


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Frankenstein, Mary Shelley

“It’s a book that got me through some dark times. For sure not for everyone. Very slow-paced.”

Great Expectations, Charles Dickens

“But don’t wait a huge romantic story: It’s about non-reciprocating love and familial love for an adoptive father.”

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Ethan Frome, Edith Wharton

“One of the best descriptions I’ve read of how falling in loves feels like.”


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Martin Eden, Jack London

“About falling in love and coming out of it.”

Call Me by Your Name, André Aciman

“After I saw the movie I purchased the book, and IMHO, it’s better. Their love story isn’t fast, you feel like Elio or Oliver, there are a lot of references to philosophy which I liked, but in general it’s heavy reading.”

And finally…

“All Jane Austen”


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