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

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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

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More Books: http://www.elisarolle.com/ramblings/top_100_gay_novels_2.2.htm
Tags: top 100 gay novels list

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