Over 120 LGBT+ Ebooks You Can Get From Singapore’s National Library

Despite Section 377A (the colonial law that prohibits sex between men) still being in place in Singapore, the National Library catalogue has a great number of LGBT+ ebooks on offer for borrowing. Unfortunately, while many sexual identities are represented here, and quite a few by non-binary writers made the list, the National Library has a saddening lack of transgender literature that I hope will soon be rectified.

Please note that this will be an overview of the queer ebooks you can get from the library. Also, as this list would be incredibly long if it included every LGBT+ book in the catalogue, these are just my personal picks. Currently, this list has 122 ebooks.


Adult fiction

English-language fiction

the lessons, the last nude, venus envy, freshwater, middlesex

The Lessons by Naomi Alderman

The Last Nude by Ellis Avery

Venus Envy by Rita Mae Brown

Freshwater by Akwaeke Emezi

Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides

girl woman other, here comes the sun, patsy, alice isn't dead, a brief history of seven killings

Girl, Woman, Other by Bernardine Evaristo

Here Comes the Sun by Nicole Dennis-Benn

Patsy by Nicole Dennis-Benn

Alice Isn’t Dead by Joseph Fink

A Brief History of Seven Killings by Marlon James

the seven husbands of evelyn hugo, some hell, at swim two boys, tell the wolves i'm home, funny boy

The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid

Some Hell by Patrick Nathan

At Swim, Two Boys by Jamie O’Neill

Tell the Wolves I’m Home by Carol Rifka Brunt

Funny Boy by Shyam Selvadurai

tin man, the power book, gut symmetries, written on the body

Tin Man by Sarah Winman

The Powerbook by Jeanette Winterson

Gut Symmetries by Jeanette Winterson

Written on the Body by Jeanette Winterson

Book covers: My Education by Susan Choi, A Private Life by Ran Chen, My Cat Yugoslavia by Pajtim Statovci, Crossing by Pajtim Statovci, and Sudden Death by Rita Mae Brown

My Education by Susan Choi

A Private Life by Ran Chen

My Cat Yugoslavia by Pajtim Statovci

Crossing by Pajtim Statovci

Sudden Death by Rita Mae Brown

Book covers: Murmur by Will Eaves, A Beautiful Crime by Christopher Bollen, Kept Animals by Kate Milliken, Hex by Rebecca Dinerstein Knight, The Mercies by Kiran Millwood Hargrave

Murmur by Will Eaves

A Beautiful Crime by Christopher Bollen

Kept Animals by Kate Milliken

Hex by Rebecca Dinerstein Knight

The Mercies by Kiran Millwood Hargrave

NEW: All My Mother’s Lovers by Ilana Masad

NEW: Naamah by Sarah Blake

NEW: Mr Loverman by Bernardine Evaristo

NEW: The Confessions of Frannie Langton by Sara Collins

Translated fiction

sphinx, my fellow skin, infidels, kitchen

Sphinx by Anne Garréta

My Fellow Skin by Erwin Mortier

Infidels by Abdellah Taïa

Kitchen by Banana Yoshimoto

NEW: The Remainder by Alia Trabucco Zerán

NEW: Miss Iceland by Auður Ava Ólafsdóttir

Fantasy & sci-fi

Adult fantasy

the sorcerer of the wildeeps, a taste of honey, the binding, the devourers, amberlough

The Sorcerer of the Wildeeps by Kai Ashante Wilson

A Taste of Honey by Kai Ashante Wilson

The Binding by Bridget Collins

The Devourers by Indra Das

Amberlough by Lara Elena Donnelly

the drowning city, falling in love with hominids, the mirror empire, black leopard red wolf, the lamb will slaughter the lion

The Drowning City by Amanda Downum

Falling in Love With Hominids by Nalo Hopkinson

The Mirror Empire by Kameron Hurley

Black Leopard, Red Wolf by Marlon James

The Lamb Will Slaughter the Lion by Margaret Killjoy

swordspoint, magic's pawn, the song of achilles, the priory of the orange tree

Swordspoint by Ellen Kushner

Magic’s Pawn by Mercedes Lackey

The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller

The Priory of the Orange Tree by Samantha Shannon

the deep, circus girl the hunter and mirror boy, the black tides of heaven

The Deep by Rivers Solomon

Circus Girl, the Hunter, and Mirror Boy by J.Y. Yang

The Black Tides of Heaven by J.Y. Yang

into the drowning deep, a conspiracy of truths, the monster of elendhaven, the library of the unwritten

Into the Drowning Deep by Mira Grant

A Conspiracy of Truths by Alexandra Rowland

The Monster of Elendhaven by Jennifer Giesbrecht

The Library of the Unwritten by A. J. Hackwith

NEW: The Gloaming by Kirsty Logan

NEW: The Unspoken Name by A.K. Larkwood

YA fantasy

six of crows, the darkest part of the forest, in other lands, labyrinth lost

Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo

The Darkest Part of the Forest by Holly Black

In Other Lands by Sarah Rees Brennan

Labyrinth Lost by Zoraida Cordova

the devouring gray, mask of shadows, wilder girls, the raven boys

The Devouring Gray by Christine Lynn Herman

Mask of Shadows by Linsey Miller

Wilder Girls by Rory Power

The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater

NEW: Tarnished are the Stars by Rosiee Thor

NEW: Gideon the Ninth by Tamsyn Muir

NEW: The Midnight Lie by Marie Rutkoski

Sci-fi

her silhouette drawn in water, proxy, a study in honor

Her Silhouette, Drawn in Water by Vylar Kaftan

Proxy by Alex London

A Study in Honor by Claire O’Dell

an unkindness of ghosts, the luminous dead, waiting on a bright moon

An Unkindness of Ghosts by Rivers Solomon

The Luminous Dead by Caitlin Starling

Waiting on a Bright Moon by J.Y. Yang

This is How You Lose the Time War, The Outside, If Then, Escaping Exodus

This is How You Lose the Time War by Amal El-Mohtar

The Outside by Ada Hoffman

If, Then by Kate Hope Day

Escaping Exodus by Nicky Drayden

NEW: Grasshopper Jungle by Andrew Smith

NEW: Tentacle by Rita Indiana

Classics

another country, the hours, fried green tomatoes at the whistle stop cafe, tales of the city, last words from montmartre

Another Country by James Baldwin

The Hours by Michael Cunningham

Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe by Fannie Flagg

Tales of the City by Armistead Maupin

Last Words From Montmartre by by Qiu Miaojin

Book covers: The Heart is a Lonely Hunter by Carson McCullers, The Lydia Steptoe Stories by Djuna Barnes, and Summer Will Show by Sylvia Townsend Warner

The Heart is a Lonely Hunter by Carson McCullers

The Lydia Steptoe Stories by Djuna Barnes

Summer Will Show by Sylvia Townsend Warner

YA contemporary

the inexplicable logic of my life, beauty queens, the last true poets of the sea, everything leads to you

The Inexplicable Logic of my Life by Benjamin Alire Saenz

Beauty Queens by Libba Bray

The Last True Poets of the Sea by Julia Drake

Everything Leads To You by Nina LaCour

radio silence, more happy than not, they both die at the end

Radio Silence by Alice Oseman

More Happy Than Not by Adam Silvera

They Both Die At The End by Adam Silvera

NEW: The Truth About Keeping Secrets by Savannah Brown

Memoir

the fire next time, hunger, afterglow, why be happy when you could be normal, the chronology of water

The Fire Next Time by James Baldwin

Hunger: A Memoir of my Body by Roxane Gay

Afterglow by Eileen Myles

Why Be Happy When You Could Be Normal? by Jeanette Winterson

The Chronology of Water by Lidia Yuknavitch

NEW: Ordinary Girls by Jaquira Díaz

NEW: The New Old Me by Meredith Maran

Singlit

glass cathedral, ministry of moral panic,  delayed rays of a star, lion city, ten things my father never taught me

Glass Cathedral by Andrew Koh

Ministry of Moral Panic by Amanda Lee Koe

Delayed Rays of a Star by Amanda Lee Koe

Lion City by Ng Yi-Sheng

Ten Things My Father Never Taught Me by Cyril Wong

The Last Lesson of Mrs De Souza, Aunty Lee's Delights, The Lies That Build A Marriage, Eight Plays by Ovidia Yu

The Last Lesson of Mrs de Souza by Cyril Wong

Aunty Lee’s Delights by Ovidia Yu

The Lies That Build a Marriage by Christine Lim Suchen

Eight Plays by Ovidia Yu

Graphic novels

blue is the warmest color, nimona

Blue is the Warmest Color by Julie Maroh

Nimona by Noelle Stevenson

Poetry

the complete poems of sappho, collected poems allen ginsberg, i must be living twice

The Complete Poems of Sappho edited by Willis Barnstone

Collected Poems 1947-1997 by Allen Ginsberg

I Must Be Living Twice by Eileen Myles

speak low, double shadow, night sky with exit wounds

Speak Low by Carl Phillips

Double Shadow by Carl Phillips

Night Sky With Exit Wounds by Ocean Vuong

NEW: Autobiography of Red by Anne Carson

Short story collections

salt slow, her body and other parties, every heart a doorway

Salt Slow by Julia Armfield

Her Body and Other Parties by Carmen Maria Machado

Every Heart a Doorway by Seanan McGuire

NEW: Things We Say in the Dark by Kirsty Logan


If you know of any LGBT+/queer ebooks in the library that aren’t on this list, feel free to suggest them in the comments below so I can add them in – or get in touch with me on Goodreads or Instagram.

Want more queer book recommendations? Try this list of 20th Century classics that aren’t your usual straight-white-men canon texts.

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