101 Books with Queer female or non binary MC’s

Hey everyone!

Happy pride month, I hope you’re joining us to celebrate with the Queers Gone By reading and art challenge! A lot of LGBTQ+ book lists are heavily male dominated and so as we’re celebrating badass women in the challenge, I wanted to also put together this list of 101 books with queer female or non binary main characters. This list may also be useful in helping you find books to fit the challenge prompts! Including every synopsis would make this post SO long so instead I’ve just included some buzzwords and key themes including the rep I know of for each book and if those interest you, you can click the GR link to read more!

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I hope you enjoy!

  1. The lady’s guide to celestial mechanics by Olivia Waite; f/f, historical fiction, romance, female astronomer, embroidery, an explorers widow, lots of kissing, art exhibits, art v science, academic symposium. https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/42117380
  1. Take your medicine by Hannah Carmack; f/f, gothic retelling of alices adventures in wonderland, holistic medicine, witchcraft, a fainting disorder, magical realism, family. https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/38492306
  1. Robbergirl by S.T Gibson; f/f snow queen retelling, bisexual thief, femme witch, ghosts, folktales, 17th century sweden, slow burn enemies to lovers. https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/43154099
  1. Tarnished are the stars by Rosiee Thor; lesbian rep, asexual rep, sci-fi, space, outlaws, infection, illegal clockwork hearts, multiple POV, black market medical technology, tyrannical laws, female assassin and spy. https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/40651787
  1. The little homosapiens scientist by S.L Huang; lesbian rep, non binary rep, gender queer, little mermaid retelling, dark, scientific experiments, morality, identity, sci-fi. https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/33368132
  1. We go around in the night and are consumed by fire by Jules Grant; lesbian rep, female gangsters, manchester’s criminal underworld, murder, survival, family, fast paced, gun culture, brutal. https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/29146439
  1. XX by Angela Chadwick; reproductive rights, technology, feminism, lesbians, thought provoking, dystopian. https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/36330018
  1. Soft on soft by Em Ali; non binary rep, asexual rep, pansexual rep, anxiety, cats, fat girls, POC, muslim rep, f/f slow burn fluffy romance between a model/actress and a makeup artist. https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/41207417
  1. Pantomime by Laura Lam; intersex rep, genderqueer, bisexual rep, magical abilities, circus, aerialist, betrayal, plagued by visions foretelling danger, secrets, love triangle, flashbacks. https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/29502206
  1. Moonshine by Jasmine Gower; aromantic, gender fluid, polyamory, lesbian rep, bisexual rep, city life, dark magic, warped version of 1920s chicago, bounty hunters, occult magic, drug dealers, murder, selfishness, politics, magical speakeasies. https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/35138633
  1. Come drink with me by Michelle Kan; aromantic, chinese fairytale, dragons, phoenixes, opera houses, loyalty, powerful bonds, friendship, mythology. https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/43692510
  1. Our bloody pearl by D N Bryn; queer, non binary rep, they/them pronouns, sirens, pirates, body horror, sign language, bloody, voice blocking devices, explores gender & sexual identity, steampunk elements. https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/40612896
  1. Failure to communicate by Kaia Sønderby; bisexual rep, sci-fi, autism rep, world building, different species, weapons of mass destruction, political/military elements, ethnic diversity. https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/34216194
  1. A people’s history of heaven by Mathangi Subramanian; Trans rep, queer, blind rep, Christianity, Indian mc’s, friendship, girls supporting girls, community, generations of strong women, growing up, fighting for what you love. https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/40591946
  1. The albino album by Chavisa Woods; lesbian rep, intersex rep, non binary rep, rural adolescence, fiery queer country girl in a dirty black tutu and combat boots, travel, southern gothic, misfits, fire dancers, albino animals, home. https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/15797028
  1. These witches don’t burn by Isabel Sterling; witches, elemental magic, salem, ex girlfriends, friendship, blood rituals, dark magic, threat, supernatural crisis. https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/36484081
  1. Karen memory by Elizabeth Bear; lesbian rep, trans rep, western, steampunk, badass women, shoot outs, fast paced, murder mystery element, black, indigenous, and Asian characters. https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/22238181
  1. Stone mad (karen memory 2) by Elizabeth Bear; spiritualists, magicians, con men, a magical creature on the loose, steampunk elements, victorian era. https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/34405622
  1. Swamp girl by Iza Moreau; lesbian rep, adventure, florida everglades, poachers, swamp dwellers, circus acts, uprooting criminals, coming of age, cast of eclectic characters. https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/36370586
  1. Chameleon moon by RoAnna Sylver; non binary rep, polyamory, trans rep, asexual rep, dystopian, disability and anxiety rep, superhero’s, quarantine, zombies, plant women, lizard men, merciless police force, murder, redemption, abilities. https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/31938167
  1. Iron & velvet by Alexis Hall; bisexual rep, 800 year old femme fatale vampire, werewolves, paranormal investigator, funny, murder mystery, london setting, f/f romance, sexy times. https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/18144453
  1. Baker thief by Claudie Arseneault; allosexual, aromantic, genderfluid, demisexual, bakers, thief’s, police officers, pastries, light fantasy, family, siblings, magical abilities, set in a fictional quebec, sci-fi, fat & disability rep, witches. https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/39979131
  1. Sapphos bar and grill by Bonnie J Morris; lesbian rep, women’s history professor, lesbian bars, historical lesbians, time travel, potions, sisterhood, magical realism, found family. https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/31944947
  1. Summer of salt by Katrina Leno; sapphic, lesbian rep, aro/ace rep, bisexuality, magic, generations of women, beachy, birds, tragedy, storms, islands, sisters, summer, witches, ice cream parlors. https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/35230420
  1. The dark wife by Sarah Diemer; sapphic hades and persephone retelling, rebellion, lies, power, romance, mythology, instalove. https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/11672159
  1. A lake of feathers and moonbeams by Dax Murray; bisexual rep, non binary rep, polyamory, swan lake retelling, a forest on the border of two kingdoms long at war, romance, fantasy, multiple POV’s, betrayal. https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/40719710
  1. From under the mountain by C M Spivey; queer, asexual rep, trans rep, witches, empresses, high fantasy, great evil, strength of female relationships, dragons, shapeshifters. https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/25456839
  1. Wilder girls by Rory Power; f/f, boarding school, quarantine, body horror, feminist, creepy, friendship, ‘annihilation meets lord of the flies’, survival, mystery. https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/42505366
  1. The last true poets of the sea by Julia Drake; f/f, inspired by Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night, shipwreck, family history, a female amateur local historian, friendship, grief, love, healing, adventure. https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/41783734
  1. The queen of cups by Ren Basel; gay rep, lesbian rep, trans rep, non binary rep, asexual rep, autistic rep, fortune telling, ships, voyages, adventure, MC who has synesthesia, oceans. https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/43887143
  1. One true way by Shannon Hitchcock; f/f, 70s, middle school, what it means to be different, gay rights, tolerance, acceptance, change, women’s rights, family, middle grade. https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/33382228
  1. The pros of cons by Alison Cherry, Lindsay Ribar and Michelle Schusterman; pansexual rep, lesbian rep, non binary rep, friendship, girls supporting girls, taxidermy, music, conventions, cosplay, competition, chaos, multi perspective. https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/31123196
  1. The second mango by Shira Glassman; lesbian rep, women of colour, queens, thrones, tropical lands, digestive problems, dragons, the search for a royal girlfriend, evil sorcerer, women turned to stone, adventure, rescue mission. https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/32179385
  1. The beast at the door by Althea Blue; steampunk, beauty & the beast retelling, lesbian rep, a ‘clockwork menagerie of monsters’, a garden guarded by a fantastical beast, fled marriage, victorian era, romance. https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/31421594
  1. Fierce femmes and notorious liars by Kai Cheng Thom; trans rep, sisterhood, girl gangs, fighting transphobes, found family, coming of age, femmes, ‘street of miracles’, mermaids, ghosts, magical, covers serious issues. https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/32279708
  1. Zenobia july by Lisa Bunker; trans rep, genderqueer, cyber mystery, female hacker, middle grade, new school, friendship, identity, anonymous threats. https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/35431592
  1. The tiger flu by Larissa Lai; lesbian rep, community of parthenogenic women, exile, disease, technology, powerful men, female doctors, ‘starfish’ women who can regenerate their own limbs, clone sisters, futuristic, tigers. https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/39070352
  1. Sodom road exit by Amber Dawn; lesbian rep, small ghost town, mysterious force, mother daughter drama, desire, dread, paranormal, survival, personal struggles, Canadian. https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/37514014
  1. Mostly dead things by Kristen Arnett; taxidermy, grief, family business, dark humour, family, love, loss, weird art, dysfunction.  https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/41817578
  1. Unicorn tracks by Julia Ember; f/f, safari business, nature, mystical animals, unicorns, conspiracy, exploitation, south african inspired setting. https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/25231892
  1. Pulp by Robin Talley; bisexual rep, lesbian rep, school project on classic 1950s lesbian pulp fiction, dual narrative, bravery, the lavender scare, strength, change, YA. https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/32970644
  1. Pieces by G Benson; YA lesbian romance, homelessness, siblings, school pressure, dreams of summer, sacrifice, grief, survival, the foster care system. https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/33878313
  1. Ripped pages by M Hollis; lesbian rep, pansexual rep, f/f rapunzel retelling, princesses, towers, recovering from emotional abuse, girls reading books, adventure, sweet romance, novelette. https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/35423342
  1. Sing for the coming of the longest night by Katherine Fabien; bisexual rep, non binary rep, polyamory, magic experiment, cryptic clues, winter solstice, found family, missing boyfriend, quests, diverse cast of characters. https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/42957404
  1. The language of hoofbeats by Catherine Ryan Hyde; lesbian parents, foster and adopted kids, family, forgiveness, acceptance, horses, parenting, adjustment. https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/21942189
  1. Sub rosa by Amber Dawn; magical realism, dark post feminist vision, teenage runaway, underground society, ghosts, missing girls, magical prostitutes. https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/7171362
  1. Sea foam & silence by Lynn E O’Connacht; asexual rep, little mermaid retelling, dancing, sign language, mermaids, quests, princesses, princes, race against time. https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/42084616
  1. Sacred fire by Tanai Walker; lesbian rep, paranormal, cursed to change into a beast every 7 years, torn between two women, antique erotic postcards, reincarnation, secret sisterhood, women of colour. https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/18342361
  1. All of us with wings by Michelle Ruiz Keil; bisexual rep, queer, an ode to post punk san fran, found family, healing, love, painful past, a rockstar family, ancient creatures, vengeance, latinx, fairytalesque. https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/40177227
  1. A thin bright line by Lucy Jane Bledsoe; queer life, lesbians, cold war, climate research, science, based on the author’s aunt, civil rights movement, historical fiction, friendship, struggle. https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/29936763
  1. Summer bird blue by Akemi Dawn Bowman; asexual rep, aromantic, grief, loss of a sibling, mental health, hawaii, diverse MC’s and side characters, music, friendship, identity. https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/35716237
  1. Rescue her heart by K C Luck; lesbian rep, sci-fi, adventure, space rangers, conflict, heroism, other planets, age gap romance. https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/39326841
  1. False hearts by Laura Lam; bisexual rep, ‘orphan black meets inception’, former conjoined sisters, organised crime, murder, psychoactive drugs, cults, technology, undercover missions, dreamscapes. https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/22816079
  1. Black girl in paris by Shay Youngblood; bisexual rep, androgyny, young african american woman retracing the steps of literary legends, paris. https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/354284
  1. The abyss surrounds us by Emily Skrutskie; lesbian rep, pirates, sea monsters, genetically engineered beasts, monster trainers, complex characters, villains. https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/24790901
  1. Vow of celibacy by Erin Judge; bisexual rep, plus size MC, uncertainty of adulthood, friendship, funny, sex positive, clothes design, anonymous blogger. https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/28508539
  1. The confusion of laurel graham by Adrienne Kisner; f/f, a girl with dreams of becoming a renowned nature photographer and birder, expedition, grandmother granddaughter relationship, grief, slow burn romance, sanctuary, life lessons. https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/40849937
  1. Fearless by Shira Glassman; older lesbians, a newly out mum, a butch orchestra teacher, snow, music, fluffy romance. https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/33569142
  1. Ascension by Jacqueline Koyanagi; lesbian rep, polyamory, sci-fi, sky surgeons, starship engines, danger, space adventure, chronic illness rep, poverty, siblings, spirituality. https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/17751274
  1. The mermaids daughter by Ann Claycomb; f/f, little mermaid retelling, descendants of the original mermaid, opera, phantom pains, generations of women cursed, sea obsession, ireland, love, choice. https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/30531543
  1. A love story for bewildered girls by Emma Morgan; f/f, 3 women, female friendship, discovery, exploring sexuality, first love, support, depression and anxiety rep. https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/39711948
  1. Everfair by Nisi Shawl; queer, multiple POV, politics, war, espionage, betrayal, alternate history of the congo, steampunk elements, colonization, technology. https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/26114130
  1. The gloaming by Kirsty Logan; f/f, present day fable, magic, islands, stories, people who turn to stone, mermaids, selkies, ballet, boxing, family, myth, grief. https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/34398284
  1. Huntsmen by Michelle Osgood; queer, genderqueer, werewolves, hunters, werewolf tracking humans, chosen family, sex, ex girlfriends. https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/33636785
  1. Cereus blooms at night by Shani Mootoo; queer, fictional Caribbean setting, mystery, family history, alleged crime, nursing home, one woman’s life story. https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/111653
  1. Willa and hesper by Amy Feltman; f/f, queer, intertwining past and present, coming of age, healing from breakup, ancestors, georgia, germany, whirlwind romance, fractured family, moving. https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/36172787
  1. Unbecoming by Jenny Downham; coming to terms with sexuality, secrets, celebration of life, 3 women, family, flashbacks, honest real characters, alzheimer’s, misunderstandings. https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/25582543
  1. Learning curves by Ceillie Simkiss; fat rep, puerto rican, lesbian rep, asexual panromantic, ADHD rep, f/f romance, grad school, fluffy, career driven. https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/40778310
  1. Orpheus girl by Brynne Rebele Henry; f/f, myth, adolescent resilience, first love, family dysfunction, heartbreak, imprisonment, YA. https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/41118351
  1. Redwood and ponytail by K A Holt; told in verse, opposites attract, cheerleader, athlete, friendship, change, family, self discovery, middle grade. https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/38326884
  1. The warrior the healer and the thief by Diana Jean; polyamory, f/f, mix of fantasy, western, adventure and romance, expectations, flashbacks, survival, legendary beasts, powerful magic, strength. https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/28629340 
  1. Corona by Bushra Rehman; bisexual rep, muslim community, rebellion, ex communication, misadventure, road trip, past, reads like a series of connected short stories. https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/25231892
  1. Sideshow by Amy Stilgenbauer; f/f, 50s, travelling carnival, family, outcasts, finding home and yourself, sideshow strongwoman love interest. https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/29557163
  1. Notes of a crocodile Qiu Miaojin; lesbian rep, a group of queer misfits, coming of age, friendship, 1980s Taipei, university, obsession. https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/31395589
  1. Gretel by Niamh Murphy; lesbian rep, f/f, hansel & gretel retelling, novella, siblings, loyalty, seduction, wolves. https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/18164068
  1. We set the dark on fire by Tehlor Kay Mejia; f/f, school for girls, political uprising, equality, privilege, forbidden love, latinx, societal roles, dystopian, social commentary. https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/37868569
  1. Children of the river ghost by Alexandra Aceves; f/f, YA horror, bullying, a mysterious girl who may be the ghost La llorona. https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/30734626
  1. Small beauty by Jia Qing Wilson Yang; queer, trans rep, family history, death, grief, mystery, talking to show departed loved ones, small town, reflection. https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/30326596
  1. So lucky by Nicola Griffith; self love, disability rep, MS, sense of identity, coming to terms with illness. https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/36332157
  1. Out of the blue by Sophie Cameron; bisexual rep, lesbian rep, falling angels, grief, friendship, love, biracial and chronic illness rep, scotland, teacakes. https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/35880579
  1. Girl meets boy by Ali Smith; reimagining of the myth Metamorphosis, fluidity, love, transformation, political, siblings, protest, gender. https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/1527854
  1. Things a bright girl can do by Sally Nicholls; f/f, suffragettes, follows 3 young women, strikes, marches, fight for the vote, sacrifice, social class, feminist, impact of war. https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/33876596
  1. Eelgrass by Tori Curtis; lesbian rep, reimagining of irish folktales, selkies, disappearance, friendship, fishwives, forced marriage. https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/32068163
  1. The grief keeper by Alexandra Villasante; f/f, healing, faith, freedom, border crossing, risky experimental study, taking the grief of others into your own body, love, heartbreak, consequences. https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/34522727
  1. An impossible distance to fall by Miriam McNamara; f/f, 1930’s, circus, girl pilots, stock market crash, planes, search for father, historical. https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/35217473
  1. Novis by Rachel Tonks Hill; aromantic, f/f/f, beowulf retelling, space opera, strong women. https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/37751348
  1. The meaning of birds by Jaye Robin Brown; lesbian rep, f/f, pain, art, loss, escape, healing, angry girls, grief. https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/37655502
  1. Silhouette of a sparrow by Molly Beth Griffin; f/f, 1920’s, lake resort, ornithology, summer, hat shops, a secret relationship with a daring flapper, coming of age, rebellion, unexpected love. https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/12883644
  1. The last nude by Ellis Avery; f/f, sexual obsession, tragedy, art, treachery, inspired by real events, lost paris, tangled lives, desire, regret, love. https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/10836810
  1. Seeing red by Cara Malone; sapphic, modern red riding hood retelling, siblings, family, financial struggles, manipulation, Alzheimer’s. https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/39885159
  1. Little fish by Casey Plett; trans rep, volatile life, a trans woman discovers her grandfather may also have been trans, family, sex work, religion, canadian. https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/37514015
  1. The ice princess’s fair illusion; asexual rep, lesbian rep, aromantic, sapphic retelling of king thrushbeard, told in verse, princesses, queens. https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/41800952
  1. Tinfoil crowns by Erin Jones; bisexual rep, teen youtube star, postpartum psychosis, tragic past, mother daughter relationships, fame, social media. https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/39834295
  1. Tahuri by Ngahuia Te Awekotuku; lesbian rep, inter connected short stories, maori, coming of age, culture, discovering sexuality. https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/2570514
  1. Knit one girl two by Shira Glassman; f/f, lesbian rep, bisexual rep, fluffy romance, jewish, knitting, yarn dying, painting. https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/34732711
  1. Criers war by Nina Varela; f/f, fantasy, impossible love, revolution, revenge, unrest, love, war. https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/41951626
  1. The raven and the reindeer by T Kingfisher; lesbian rep, snow queen reimagining, talking otters, magic, strange, a snarky raven, a robber princess, fairytale, fantasy. https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/28963596
  1. For sizakele by Yvonne Fly Onakeme Etaghene; bisexual rep, college student, transcontinental identity, partner violence, jealousy, activism. https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/25774711
  1. Theory by Dionne Brand; love, intellect, grad students, thesis, three sections focusing on three different lovers, relationships, head, heart, spirit. https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/39204173
  1. Skylarks by Karen Gregory; lesbian rep, f/f, financial struggle, privilege, class divide, social injustice, activism, YA. https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/38078350
  1. Hurricane child by Kheryn Callender; f/f, bisexual rep, middle grade, grief, love, bad luck, storms, healing, friendship, magical realism, magical ability to see things, bullying, first love. https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/32056397

One thought on “101 Books with Queer female or non binary MC’s

  1. Karen Memory was a fantastic read.

    Little Fish has been on my shelf for far too long – it’s time to get reading.

    From Under the Mountain is a new one for me, but sounds great.

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