15 TikTok Accounts That'll Help You Dive Into LGBTQ+ Literature
If you've been looking for more books by LGBTQ+ authors or literature that delves into the queer experience in an authentic way, this one's for you. Whether you're in the market for a novel that offers a deep, thought-provoking depiction of your life experience and identity or you're interested in diving in head first into a book that highlights an experience quite different from yourself, there are many amazing TikTok accounts dedicated to books by LGBTQ+ authors and to the amplification of queer and BIPOC literature.
Recommending work that is so crucial to expanding people's minds, making the world a more beautiful place for everyone, and allowing so many to feel represented and seen, these accounts recommend their favorite LGBTQ+ books in fun, irreverent, and oftentimes hilarious ways. Swipe through to see our favorite #queerbooktok accounts, and hopefully, you'll find incredible recommendations for page-turners that can accompany you out and about or at home with a cup of tea.
A TikTok account solely dedicated to LGBTQ+ literature with hefty dashes of humor and wit, @ellelillylew's bio simply states: "decided to become a booktok page . . . a queer one." Here, you'll find videos that use hilarious commentary to recommend books centering the queer experience, such as "overused tropes BUT gay edition," or videos discussing her favorite book characters with disabilities.
@a.very.queer.book.blog by Jacob Demlow is constantly recommending queer lit, posting several videos a day that detail how his love of books got started, and sharing his favorite books centering on the lesbian experience, the best queer series, and more. You'll even find fun features like reading a line a day from Red White and Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston.
@thebookmarvel's account focuses solely on book analysis and recommendations, with an emphasis on queer literature. He cites Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli as a book that changed his life, which was later turned into the 2018 film Love, Simon. Follow this account for recommendations, impressions, and bookshelf tours.
@justgreggy is a fantastic account to follow for all kinds of queer book analysis. Posting frequent videos that recommend LGBTQ+ books for quarantine boredom, he thoughtfully explains and details his recommendations, such as The Mermaid, the Witch, and the Sea by Maggie Tokuda-Hall, which he describes as a pirate/romance queer adventure with a sentient sea. Um, yes please!
For those interested in analytical discourse and critique, @clockworkshelves is an all-encompassing account that uses humor to critique, poke fun at, and analyze. With videos that argue the apparent queerness in Little Women's Jo March, and even critique literature commentary, it's a whip-smart account to follow that includes several recommendations for books featuring LGBTQ+ and BIPOC characters.
Follow teacher account @mx.readtherainbow for incredible YA queer rec's, including videos such as the best LGBTQ+ books for middle schoolers, labeling by specific queer experience (for example: lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, queer, asexual, nonbinary). They also include ways of decorating a queer educator classroom and ideas for virtual learning.
@kati.reads.books is an amazing account to follow for LGBTQ+ books that intersect with several issues, such as queer books that simultaneously deal with mental illness, size inclusivity, and more. There are other, more lighthearted angles too, such as books that are LGBTQ+ but that deal with the theme of fake relationships or fandom culture. Fun, interesting, and, all in all, a supereducational resource.
@ezeekat is such a great TikTok account for its #booktok analysis, queer pride, and hot takes. With ample recommendations for innovative queer books such as Cemetery Boys by Aiden Thomas, a fantasy/spiritual novel about a trans boy trying to prove his gender to his traditional Latinx family, this account is a must follow.
@tamarareads is another illuminating #booktok that educates on all kinds of books, often delving into queer representation in literature and recommending her favorites. Here, you'll find scavenger hunt videos that spotlight books with lesbian representation, such as Fat Angie by E.E. Charlton-Trujillo, or gay representation, including The House in the Cerulean Sea by TJ Klune.
While this account includes a little bit of everything when it comes to lit recommendations, @emmas.book.life is constantly posting videos about LGBTQ+ and BIPOC representation. She educates her followers on how to diversify their shelves with books such as The Son of Achilles by Madeline Miller and Call Me by Your Name (yep, that one!) by André Aciman.
Self-proclaimed bibliophile @magicmocosplay both recommends books and critiques them, analyzing novels such as Twilight for all its apparent red flags. You'll also find videos about queer representation in literature, with recommendations such as Blank Spaces by Cass Lennox.
@katie.bex3 is a great account to follow for people interested in fantasy novels analyzed with queer representation in mind. Throughout her videos, there is a constant use of humor and witty commentary to discuss the queerness in books like the Harry Potter series.
For people passionate about the need for BIPOC and LGBTQ+ characters in all kinds of novels, and who love thought-provoking, quirky, incredible content, look no further than @bridgelikesbooks. With an emphasis on queer characters in fantasy adventures, this account is entertaining and educational.
Follow @quarantined.cosplay for her series on "Gay books that aren't about being gay," aka books that have LGBTQ+ protagonists but whose plots don't necessarily revolve around their sexual orientation. Find recommendations such as At the Edge of the Universe by Shaun David Hutchinson, a book about a boy who believes the universe is slowly shrinking.
Last but not least, @etherealacademia is an amazing account for literature suggestions straight from an English major. You'll find recommendations for poetry, classic lit, and books specifically revolving around women-loving-women characters or themes.