elisa_rolle (elisa_rolle) wrote,

Top Gay Books of the XXI century

It's that time of the year again, when I update the Top Gay Books List. Some books went up, some went down, and there are many new entries.

As usual some boring basic rules: the list considers only gay themed books released in print for the first time after January 1, 2000, so you can consider it a Top 100 List of the XXI century. Books released in electronic format before January 1, 2000, and then in print after that date, I listed it. To enter the list I browsed all the LGBT publishers I found, considered all the specific awards and all the recommendation from friends. I haven't read ALL the books, like you, I am trying to read as much as possible, but the list is impartial, meaning that if I didn't like a book, or I haven't read it yet, I nevertheless included it in the list.

To decide the ranking, again, I tried to be impartial: I chose to consider the owned copies in LibraryThing, a cataloguing website that seems to be "serious" and of common use. For every author I considered only a book, the one with more owned copies, so the list is more a Top Authors than a Top Books.

The actual list will remain frozen for 1 year, and in December 2012 I will reopened it and track the changes. In the meantime, I will continue to feature an author from that list every week, in my In the Spotlight appointment.

First decade (2000-2009)

Me Talk Pretty One Day by David Sedaris

Running with Scissors by Augusten Burroughs

Three Junes by Julia Glass

The Line of Beauty by Alan Hollinghurst

Lord John and the Private Matter by Diana Gabaldon

Moab is my Washpot by Stephen Fry

The Master by Colm Toibin

Boy Meets Boy by David Levithan

At Swim, Two Boys by Jamie O'Neill

The Night Listener by Armistead Maupin

Don't Get Too Comfortable by David Rakoff

Melusine by Sarah Monette

A Density of Souls by Christopher Rice

The Book of Salt by Monique Truong

The Fall of the Kings by Ellen Kushner & Delia Sherman

Hero by Perry Moore

Rainbow Boys by Alex Sanchez

Geography Club by Brent Hartinger

As Meat Loves Salt by Maria McCann

Call Me by Your Name by Andre Aciman

Someday This Pain Will Be Useful to You by Peter Cameron

Shadows Return by Lynn Flewelling

How I Paid for College by Marc Acito

Liquor by Poppy Z. Brite

The Story of a Marriage by Andrew Sean Greer

Almost Like Being in Love by Steve Kluger

The Indian Clerk by David Leavitt

I Am Not Myself These Days by Josh Kilmer-Purcell

Carnival by Elizabeth Bear

All Through the Night by Suzanne Brockmann

Dog Years: A Memoir by Mark Doty

Dorian: An Imitation by Will Self

Dramarama by E. Lockhart

Havemercy by Jaida Jones & Danielle Bennett

The Family Man by Elinor Lipman

Bear Near Me by Andrew O'Hagan

The Gay Metropolis: The Landmark History of Gay Life in America by Charles Kaiser

Rough Music by Patrick Gale

The Chosen by Ricardo Pinto

Totally Joe by James Howe

The Married Man by Edmund White

Freak Show by James St. James

Tommy's Tale by Alan Cumming

The World of Normal Boys by K. M. Soehnlein

The Vast Fields of Ordinary by Nick Burd

Wicked Gentlemen by Ginn Hale

Grief by Andrew Holleran

The Center of the World by Andreas Steinhofel

The Secret Fruit of Peter Paddington by Brian Francis

The Wraiths of Will and Pleasure by Storm Constantine

Absolutely Positively Not by Mr. David LaRochelle

Alternatives to Sex by Stephen McCauley

Not a Day Goes By by E. Lynn Harris

King of the Screwups by K.L. Going

The Coming Storm by Paul Russell

The Year of Ice by Brian Malloy

Punkzilla by Adam Rapp

Almost Perfect by Brian Katcher

Leave Myself Behind by Bart Yates

The Last Exit to Normal by Michael Harmon

My Lucky Star by Joe Keenan

Looking For It by Michael Thomas Ford

Comfort and Joy by Jim Grimsley

The Back Passage by James Lear

The Tin Star by J. L. Langley

Lust or No Harm Done by Geoff Ryman

Point of Dreams by Melissa Scott & Lisa A. Barnett

A Strong and Sudden Thaw by R. W. Day

The Memoirs of a Beautiful Boy by Robert Leleux

Brethren: Raised By Wolves by W. A. Hoffman

Now Is the Hour by Tom Spanbauer

Becoming Chloe by Catherine Ryan Hyde

The First Verse by Barry McCrea

Fellow Travelers by Thomas Mallon

Vintage by Steve Berman

The Notorious Dr. August by Christopher Bram

Mordred, Bastard Son (Mordred Trilogy) by Douglas Clegg

What They Always Tell Us by Martin Wilson

The God Eaters by Jesse Hajicek

Breakfast with Tiffany: An Uncle's Memoir by Edwin John Wintle

The Sluts by Dennis Cooper

Sprout by Dale Peck

The Abomination by Paul Golding

We Disappear by Scott Heim

Saint Morrissey: A Portrait of This Charming Man by an Alarming Fan by Mark Simpson

When I Knew by Robert Trachtenberg

Another Kind of Cowboy by Susan Juby

Two Parties, One Tux, and a Very Short Film about The Grapes of Wrath by Steven Goldman

Out of the Pocket by Bill Konigsberg

Fatal Shadows by Josh Lanyon

Swimming in the Monsoon Sea by Shyam Selvadurai

Tale of Two Summers by Brian Sloan

Posted To Death by Dean James

Vampire Vow by Michael Schiefelbein

A Son Called Gabriel by Damian McNicholl

Scarlet and the White Wolf by Kirby Crow

America's Boy by Wade Rouse

Amuse Bouche by Anthony Bidulka

Oleander House by Ally Blue

Bareback by Chris Owen

Books from 101 to 200: http://www.elisarolle.com/ramblings/top_100_gay_novels_2.htm

Second decade (2010-2019)

By Nightfall by Michael Cunningham

Strings Attached by Nick Nolan

The Cold Commands by Richard K. Morgan

Lessons in Love by Charlie Cochrane

A Better Place by Mark A. Roeder

Me by Ricky Martin

Where's My Wand?: One Boy's Magical Triumph over Alienation and Shag Carpeting by Eric Poole

Love Drugged by James Klise

The Lunatic, the Lover, and the Poet: A Novel by Myrlin A. Hermes

Probation by Tom Mendicino

Perfect Peace by Daniel Black

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