Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s topic is “ten books that feature characters ‘x’,” so I decided, in honor of Bi Visibility Month (which is this month!), to go with ten books that feature main characters who identify as bisexual. I did some similar posts as part of the Pride Month feature we did back in June, but I’ve never done a list of specifically bisexual main characters. And, since that’s how I personally identify, I thought it was much-needed. Without further ado, let’s get into the list!
madalyn’s top ten
* denotes #ownvoices representation of bisexuality
Far From You by Tess Sharpe* // This is one of the first books with a bisexual protagonist that I ever read! I started seeking out rep once I came to terms with my sexuality, and this is one of the first YA books I found. If you enjoy mysteries and thrillers, you have to check this one out! There aren’t enough great YA thrillers out there, let alone YA thrillers with queer protagonists like this one.
Not Otherwise Specified by Hannah Moskowitz* // I love this book and wish it got more attention in the online book community. The protagonist, Etta, has one of the strongest voices of any main character I’ve read. She is black, bisexual, and struggling with an eating disorder, but obviously, the story is about more than her marginalizations. It focuses on Etta finding herself in general, and it’s wonderful.
Black Iris by Elliot Wake (published as Leah Raeder)* // Anyone who knows me knows that I am OBSESSED with this book. I am a firm believer that we need all types of stories with LGBTQIAP+ protagonists (after all, don’t we have all types of stories about straight people?), and I am just so glad that dark shit like this book exists. The plot is twisted, the characters are incredibly unlikeable, and the twist will completely throw you for a loop. There’s elements of both a New Adult romance and a thriller in this book. If you like dark books, you MUST pick this one up! I just want everyone to read it.
Noteworthy by Riley Redgate* // Yeah, you guys knew this would be here. 😉 My favorite book of 2017, and the best bisexual rep I’ve personally ever read. Jordan’s experience with discovering her bisexuality feels the most true to my own. Honestly, Noteworthy is the book of my heart. Queer musician protagonist, choir culture, cross-dressing, a boarding school setting… what else could you ask for in a book?
Queens of Geek by Jen Wilde* // I adore this fluffy, heartwarming contemporary. It features excellent #ownvoices rep for both bisexuality and anxiety. The ComicCon-like setting was so much fun, and the romances are completely swoonworthy! I absolutely flew through this one.
The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice & Virtue by Mackenzi Lee (I’m reasonably sure Lee ID’s as queer, but I don’t know her exact label) // What are you doing if you haven’t read this book yet? It’s romantic, it’s ridiculous, it’s witty, and overall it’s just a total blast. Monty is THE BEST main character, and I loved reading from his perspective. I’m so glad for this awesome YA addition to my favorite genre (historical fiction).
Little & Lion by Brandy Colbert // I enjoyed this story so much! If you like reading about sibling relationships, you have to check this one out. Plus, there’s so much intersectionality here! The main character, Suzette, is black, bisexual, and Jewish (I know this rep is at least partially #ownvoices), and her brother, Lionel, has bipolar disorder.
The Gallery of Unfinished Girls by Lauren Karcz // This book deserves all the love. It features a Puerto Rican, bisexual main character, beautiful writing, and some really delightful fablist elements. If you enjoy fabulism or magical realism, you have to read this one! It’s one of my favorite contemporaries of the year.
Echo After Echo by Amy Rose Capetta* // Let me paint a picture for you: a Broadway theatre setting, a murder mystery, an f/f romance, and some of the most gorgeous prose I’ve ever read. Basically, YOU NEED THIS BOOK. (This is the only unreleased book on this list– it comes out in October, and my full review will be up this Thursday!)
Illegal Contact by Santino Hassell* // If you like sports romances and/or hate-to-love romances, this is the book for you. It features a cinnamon roll PA falling for his smartass football player boss. Yay for m/m romances written by queer men that don’t erase bisexuality!
Have you read any of these books? Tell me about your favorite books with bi main characters– I’m always looking for more recommendations of that variety!