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, especially for the second decade of the XXI century. I'm very sorry to have to highlight that just some days ago, one of the author in the list, David Rakoff, passed away. I'd like to consider this post a little farewell to him.

As usual some boring basic rules: the list considers only gay themed books released in print 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 September 2013 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)

1 - Me Talk Pretty One Day by David Sedaris

2 - Running with Scissors by Augusten Burroughs

3 - Three Junes by Julia Glass

4 - The Line of Beauty by Alan Hollinghurst

5 - Lord John and the Private Matter by Diana Gabaldon

6 - Moab is my Washpot by Stephen Fry

7 - The Master by Colm Toibin

8 - Boy Meets Boy by David Levithan

9 - At Swim, Two Boys by Jamie O'Neill

10 - The Night Listener by Armistead Maupin

11 - Don't Get Too Comfortable by David Rakoff
12 - Melusine by Sarah Monette
13 - A Density of Souls by Christopher Rice
14 - The Vesuvius Club: A Bit of Fluff by Mark Gatiss
15 - The Steel Remains by Richard K. Morgan
16 - The Book of Salt by Monique Truong
17 - Hero by Perry Moore
18 - The Fall of the Kings by Ellen Kushner
19 - Rainbow Boys by Alex Sanchez
20 - Someday This Pain Will Be Useful to You by Peter Cameron
21 - Geography Club by Brent Hartinger
22 - Call Me by Your Name by Andre Aciman
23 - As Meat Loves Salt by Maria McCann
24 - Shadows Return by Lynn Flewelling
25 - How I Paid for College by Marc Acito
26 - The Story of a Marriage by Andrew Sean Greer
27 - Liquor by Poppy Z. Brite
28 - Almost Like Being in Love by Steve Kluger
29 - The Indian Clerk by David Leavitt
30 - I Am Not Myself These Days by Josh Kilmer-Purcell
31 - Carnival by Elizabeth Bear
32 - All Through the Night by Suzanne Brockmann
33 - Dog Years: A Memoir by Mark Doty
34 - Dorian: An Imitation by Will Self
35 - Dramarama by E. Lockhart
36 - The Family Man by Elinor Lipman
37 - Havemercy by Jaida Jones
38 - Totally Joe by James Howe
39 - Bear Near Me by Andrew O'Hagan
40 - The Gay Metropolis: The Landmark History of Gay Life in America by Charles Kaiser
41 - Rough Music by Patrick Gale
42 - The Chosen by Ricardo Pinto
43 - The Married Man by Edmund White
44 - Freak Show by James St. James
45 - Tommy's Tale by Alan Cumming
46 - The Vast Fields of Ordinary by Nick Burd
47 - Wicked Gentlemen by Ginn Hale
48 - The World of Normal Boys by K. M. Soehnlein
49 - The Center of the World by Andreas Steinhofel
50 - Grief by Andrew Holleran
51 - The Secret Fruit of Peter Paddington by Brian Francis
52 - The Wraiths of Will and Pleasure by Storm Constantine
53 - Almost Perfect by Brian Katcher
54 - Absolutely Positively Not by Mr. David LaRochelle
55 - Alternatives to Sex by Stephen McCauley
56 - King of the Screwups by K.L. Going
57 - Not a Day Goes By by E. Lynn Harris
58 - The Coming Storm by Paul Russell
59 - The Last Exit to Normal by Michael Harmon
60 - Punkzilla by Adam Rapp
61 - Looking For It by Michael Thomas Ford
62 - Leave Myself Behind by Bart Yates
63 - The Year of Ice by Brian Malloy
64 - My Lucky Star by Joe Keenan
65 - The Tin Star by J. L. Langley
66 - The Back Passage by James Lear
67 - Comfort and Joy by Jim Grimsley
68 - Lust or No Harm Done by Geoff Ryman
69 - A Strong and Sudden Thaw by R. W. Day
70 - The Memoirs of a Beautiful Boy by Robert Leleux
71 - Point of Dreams by Melissa Scott
72 - Now Is the Hour by Tom Spanbauer
73 - Becoming Chloe by Catherine Ryan Hyde
74 - What They Always Tell Us by Martin Wilson
75 - Brethren: Raised By Wolves by W. A. Hoffman
76 - The First Verse by Barry McCrea
77 - The God Eaters by Jesse Hajicek
78 - Fellow Travelers by Thomas Mallon
79 - The Notorious Dr. August by Christopher Bram
80 - Mordred, Bastard Son (Mordred Trilogy) by Douglas Clegg
81 - The Sluts by Dennis Cooper
82 - We Disappear by Scott Heim
83 - Sprout by Dale Peck
84 - Vintage by Steve Berman
85 - Breakfast with Tiffany: An Uncle's Memoir by Edwin John Wintle
86 - The Abomination by Paul Golding
87 - Out of the Pocket by Bill Konigsberg
88 - Fatal Shadows by Josh Lanyon
89 - Saint Morrissey: A Portrait of This Charming Man by an Alarming Fan by Mark Simpson
90 - When I Knew by Robert Trachtenberg
91 - Dragon's Treasure by Elizabeth A. Lynn
92 - Another Kind of Cowboy by Susan Juby
93 - Tale of Two Summers by Brian Sloan
94 - Scarlet and the White Wolf by Kirby Crow
95 - Swimming in the Monsoon Sea by Shyam Selvadurai
96 - Two Parties, One Tux, and a Very Short Film about The Grapes of Wrath by Steven Goldman
97 - Amuse Bouche by Anthony Bidulka
98 - Posted To Death by Dean James
99 - Vampire Vow by Michael Schiefelbein
100 - A Son Called Gabriel by Damian McNicholl
101 - America's Boy by Wade Rouse
102 - A Secret Edge by Robin Reardon
103 - Oleander House by Ally Blue
104 - Breakfast with Scot by Michael Downing
105 - False Colors by Alex Beecroft
106 - Clay's Way by Blair Mastbaum
107 - Edinburgh by Alexander Chee
108 - Blue Boy by Rakesh Satyal
109 - Bareback by Chris Owen
110 - The Elusive Embrace: Desire and the Riddle of Identity by Daniel Mendelsohn
111 - The Assignment by Evangeline Anderson
112 - A Bit of Rough by Laura Baumbach
113 - Dark Reflections by Samuel R. Delany
114 - Saints of Augustine by P.E. Ryan
115 - Standish by Erastes
116 - Freaks and Revelations by Davida Wills Hurwin
117 - Queer Street: Rise and Fall of an American Culture, 1947-1985 by James McCourt
118 - 7 Days at the Hot Corner by Terry Trueman
119 - Rag and Bone by Michael Nava
120 - The Practical Heart: Four Novellas by Allan Gurganus
121 - The Phoenix by Ruth Sims
122 - My Side of the Story: A Novel by Will Davies
123 - The Kiss Murder by Mehmet Murat Somer
124 - Half-Life by Aaron Krach
125 - Ransom by Lee Rowan
126 - Desert Sons by Mark Kendrick
127 - Out of the Closet and Nothing to Wear by Leslea Newman
128 - Men on Men 2000: Best New Gay Fiction by David Bergman & Karl Woelz
129 - Avoidance by Michael Lowenthal
130 - The Price of Temptation by M. J. Pearson
131 - Latter Days by C. Jay Cox
132 - The Trouble Boy by Tom Dolby
133 - Where The Boys Are by William J. Mann
134 - In the Absence of Men by Philippe Besson
135 - A Young Man's Passage by Julian Clary
136 - Bourbon Street Blues by Greg Herren
137 - David Inside Out by Lee Bantle
138 - Love Speaks Its Name: Gay and Lesbian Love Poems by J. D. McClatchy
139 - Caught Running by Madeleine Urban & Abigail Roux
140 - Metes and Bounds by Jay Quinn
141 - Lawnboy by Paul Lisicky
142 - Man About Town by Mark Merlis
143 - Fortunes Of War by Mel Keegan
144 - Frontiers by Michael Jensen
145 - A Perfect Waiter by Alain Claude Sulzer
146 - Skin Lane by Neil Bartlett
147 - Going the Other Way: Lessons from a Life In and Out of Major League Baseball by Billy Bean
148 - Zero at the Bone by Jane Seville
149 - Collision Course by K.A. Mitchell
150 - Crossing Borders by Z.A. Maxfield
151 - Tigers and Devils by Sean Kennedy
152 - He's The One by Timothy James Beck
153 - Venus as a Boy by Luke Sutherland
154 - Hornito: My Lie Life by Mike Albo
155 - PsyCop: Partners by Jordan Castillo Price
156 - My Best Man by Andy Schell
157 - Band Fags! by Frank Anthony Polito
158 - The Manny Files by Christian Burch
159 - Someone Killed His Boyfriend by David Stukas
160 - Fool's Errand by Louis Bayard
161 - Lake Overturn by Vestal Mcintyre
162 - Shameless by Paul Burston
163 - Jeremy Thrane by Kate Christensen
164 - Flight Dreams by Michael Craft
165 - The Nearest Exit May Be Behind You by S. Bear Bergman
166 - Can't Buy Me Love by Chris Kenry
167 - Men Like That: A Southern Queer History by John Howard
168 - Every Man For Himself by Orland Outland
169 - Gay Haiku by Joel Derfner
170 - Mind Fuck by Manna Francis
171 - Letters to Montgomery Clift by Noel Alumit
172 - Fixer Chao by Han Ong
173 - Tricks of the Trade by Ben Tyler
174 - One Dead Drag Queen by Mark Richard Zubro
175 - The Straight Road to Kylie by Nico Medina
176 - Common Sons by Ronald L. Donaghe
177 - Swords of the Rainbow: Gay & Lesbian Fantasy Adventures by Eric Garber
178 - Design Flaws of the Human Condition by Paul Schmidtberger
179 - The Death of a Constant Lover by Lev Raphael
180 - The Velveteen Father: An Unexpected Journey to Parenthood by Jesse Green
181 - Easter by Michael Arditti
182 - Faith for Beginners by Aaron Hamburger
183 - Soul Mates: Bound by Blood by Jourdan Lane
184 - Selfish and Perverse by Bob Smith
185 - Limits of Justice by John Morgan Wilson
186 - No Going Home by T. A. Chase
187 - Tongue Tied by Richard Stevenson
188 - The Summer They Came by William Storandt
189 - Falling by M. L. Rhodes
190 - 50 Ways of Saying Fabulous by Graeme Aitken
191 - The Actor's Guide To Murder by Rick Copp
192 - Bad Case of Loving You by Laney Cairo
193 - Nothing Pink by Mark Hardy
194 - Broadway Nights: A Romp of Life, Love, and Musical Theatre by Seth Rudetsky
195 - My Tender Matador by Pedro Lemebel
196 - Uncle's Story by Witi Tame Ihimaera
197 - Any Kind Of Luck by William Jack Sibley
198 - The Coming of the Night by John Rechy
199 - The Republic of Vengeance by Paul Waters
200 - Light Fell by Evan Fallenberg

More Books: http://www.elisarolle.com/ramblings/top_100_gay_novels_2.htm

Second decade (2010-2019)

1 - Will Grayson, Will Grayson by John Green & David Levithan

2 - By Nightfall by Michael Cunningham

3 - The Hunger Angel by Herta Müller

4 - In a Strange Room by Damon Galgut

5 - It Gets Better: Coming Out, Overcoming Bullying, and Creating a Life Worth Living by Dan Savage

6 - Closet Case by Robert Rodi

7 - The Absolutist by John Boyne

8 - Strings Attached by Nick Nolan

9 - Sucking Sherbet Lemons by Michael Carson

10 - Faith & Fidelity by Tere Michaels

11 - Lessons in Love by Charlie Cochrane
12 - A Queer History of the United States by Michael Bronski
13 - Me by Ricky Martin
14 - A Better Place by Mark A. Roeder
15 - Love Drugged by James Klise
16 - Brooklyn, Burning by Steve Brezenoff
17 - Where's My Wand?: One Boy's Magical Triumph over Alienation and Shag Carpeting by Eric Poole
18 - Probation by Tom Mendicino
19 - Perfect Peace by Daniel Black
20 - Promises by Marie Sexton
21 - The Lunatic, the Lover, and the Poet: A Novel by Myrlin A. Hermes
22 - Hate: A Romance by Tristan Garcia
23 - Unnatural (Archangel Academy) by Michael Griffo
24 - Will by Maria Boyd

More Books: http://www.elisarolle.com/ramblings/top_100_gay_novels_2.2.htm
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