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Looking for a gay fiction fixation? Redditors recommend these juicy titles.

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“Is there such a thing as a novel with a great storyline and some juicy gay sex scenes?” a Reddit user asked on the r/AskGayMen forum this month.

Apparently, there is such a thing—because commenters proposed dozens of suggestions, with titles from the last four decades of gay fiction.

Some of these books will be familiar, if only because of their critically acclaimed film adaptations, but we’re guessing you’ll find unfamiliar entries begging to join your reading list. Some are suitable for a beach read, while others are better enjoyed in the privacy of your bedroom.

Here are the recommendations from that Reddit thread’s comments section:

“There are so many good books out there. I highly recommend Too Like the Lightning by Travis Beaudoin if you’re looking for something written by a gay man. There are also a surprising number of fantastic books written by women. There is a Facebook group called M/M Book Rec that will fill your reading desires until the end of time.”

“Try the Tales From Verania series by T.J. Klune. The first one is called The Lightning-Struck Heart.”


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Call Me By Your Name [by André Aciman]. It is beautiful and also super hot, though not, like, porny. Guilty caveat: It’s by a straight guy. But you know what, he got it right.” (“Yes, he did,” the original Redditor commented. “I’ve read it and seen the movie!”)

A Home at the End of the World [by Michael Cunningham].” (“Really lovely book,” another commenter chimed in.)

“I love all the books in the Something Like series by Jay Bell. Great stories and definitely good romance stuff, too.”

Dancer From the Dance [by Andrew Holleran]. Such Times by Christopher Coe.”


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“I love the Cut & Run series by Abigail Roux. [Nine] novels about two gay, partnered FBI agents. Great stories that include sex without it being just about the sex. The funniest and most heartwarming I’ve read is How to Be a Normal Person by T.J. Klune.”

“The Donald Stratchey mystery series [by Richard Stevenson]. It’s a series of books about a private investigator who happens to be gay. They are entertaining. Good mysteries. The gay aspect isn’t the focal point usually, but it’s not shied away from. And [four] of the books have been made into movies staring Chad Allen.”

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“The Gives Light series by Rose Christo. It made me feel so, so much.”

“I like horror, so I enjoy a lot of the short stories and novels written by Clive Barker. He’s gay and doesn’t shy away from writing gay characters. But it is horror, so yeah, don’t expect happy endings or guys skipping in fields holding hands.”

“I read a lot of gay YA novels. Some of my favorites: They Both Die at the End by Adam Silvera [and] What If It’s Us/Here’s to Us by Adam Silvera and Becky Albertalli.”


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“The Captive Prince trilogy [by C.S. Pacat].”

Blackbird [by Larry Duplechan]. Certain manga.”

Blue Is the Warmest Color [by Julie Maroh]. 14-year-old me was lost about her sexuality and fell in love with that story.”


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The Boys on the Rock by John Fox.”

Landscape: Memory by Matthew Stadler.”