TRANS BOOK MONTH: Mel Recommends Books with Trans Characters

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Throughout the month of July, the Just Love team is super excited to highlight trans books and elevate trans writers! Our goal for the month is to provide a forum for discussion of trans lit topics, ranging from publishing trans stories, to consent and harmful tropes within those stories. There are some absolutely phenomenal authors contributing their voices this month, to which you can check out the schedule here!

Today, we’re recommending books with trans main characters to you. Most of them we already read and reviewed, but there are some upcoming books on the list as well.  We separated them by genre and added some tags to help you find a book to your liking.

(ETA: Books in lila are recommendations by commenters on this post.)

Contemporary Romance and Fiction

Documenting Light EE OttomanDocumenting Light,  by EE Ottoman
Non-binary, Queer History

If I Was Your Girl, by Meridith Russo
F/M Pairing, Young Adult

The Queer and The Restless, by Kris Ripper
(Queers of La Vista, #3), M/F Pairing

Roller Girl, by Vanessa North
F/F Pairing, Sports

Spy Stuff, by Matthew J. Metzgern
M/M Pairing

His Fair Lady, by Kimberly Gardner
F/M Pairing

The Big Reveal, by Eve Francis
College, Cosplay (rec by publisher)

Torque, by Charli Coty
Erotic Romance

Coffee Boy, by Austin Chant
M/M Paring, Internship, Novella

Hold Me, by Courtney Milan
F/M Pairing, Enemies/Friends to Lovers, Bisexual

A Boy Called Cin, by Cecil Wilde

Defying Convention, by Cecil Wilde
Online Friends, Comics

Young Adult and Children’s Books

Dreadnought by April Daniels
(Nemesis, #1), SFF, Superheroine

George, by Alex Gino
Middle Grade, Contemporary

If I Was Your Girl, be Meridith Russo
F/M Pairing, Contemporary

Spy Stuff, by Matthew J. Metzgern
M/M Pairing, Contemporary

When the Moon was Ours, by Anna-Marie McLemore
M/F Pairing, Science Fiction/Fantasy

Science Fiction, Fantasy, Horror

peter darling austin chantA Matter of Disagreement, by EE Ottoman
M/M, Steampunk, Rivals to Lovers

Dreadnought, by April Daniels
Nemesis, #1), Young Adult, Superheroine

Peter Darling, by Austin Chant
M/M Pairing, Fairytale

Lost Boi, by Sassafras Lowrey

Spy Stuff, by Matthew J. Metzgern
M/M Pairing, Young Adult

To Summon Nightmares, by J.K. Pendragon
M/M Pairing, Paranormal, Magic

Transcendent: Transcendent: The Year’s Best Transgender Speculative Fiction
Science Fiction/Fantasy, Anthology

When the Moon was Ours, by Anna-Marie McLemore
M/F Pairing, Young Adult

The Errant Prince, by Sasha L. Miller
M/M Pairing, High Fantasy, Novella (rec by publisher)

Blood Borne, by Archer Kay Leah
High Fantasy (rec by publisher)

Machineries of Empire Series, by Yoon Ha Lee
Military Science Fiction

Incursion, by Aleksandr Voinov
Science Fiction

Anthology, Short Story

transcendent anthologyTranscendent: Transcendent: The Year’s Best Transgender Speculative Fiction
Science Fiction/Fantasy

Love, Always – Partners of Trans People on Intimacy, Challenge & Resilience
Essays, Non-Fiction

A Safe Girl to Love, by Casey Plett
Contemporary, Trans Women

New Releases

the red threads of fortune j y yangSovereign, by April Daniels
(Nemesis, #2), Jul 25
F/F Pairing, Young Adult, Science Fiction/Fantasy, , Superheroes

The Black Tides of Heaven & The Red Threads of Fortune, by JY Yang
(Tensorate, #1, #2), Sep 26, High Fantasy


Now it’s your turn…

If you have any recommendations, please put them in the comments. Mel is planning on  adding them to the post, so that all can benefit from it.

(ETA: Which took me ages – I apologise – but I finally made it…)

9 thoughts on “TRANS BOOK MONTH: Mel Recommends Books with Trans Characters

  1. +1 for Coffee Boy & the Milan book! Also, A Boy Called Cin and Defying Convention by Cecil Wilde, both contemporary romance. Also, Yoon Ha Lee’s brilliant Machineries of Empire series, which is military SFF. The first book deals with trans concepts on a metaphorical level (Lee is trans and said he wasn’t ready to write about that at first), but the second book has several trans characters.

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