Nonbinary Book Recs | Nonbinary Awareness Week 2020

Nonbinary Book Recs | Nonbinary Awareness Week 2020

This week, 12 – 18 July 2020, is the first ever Nonbinary Awareness Week! Today, the 14th of July, is International Nonbinary People’s Day, and from now on the week that day falls into will be Nonbinary Awareness Week. I figured I would use my abandoned blog to spread some of that awareness!

Today’s post will be all about books by nonbinary authors. I’m recommending seven books I rated five stars, all written by nonbinary authors and all with some form of trans rep (though not all of them in the main character). They’re all in different age ranges and genres, so hopefully there will be something for everyone!

Books by Nonbinary Authors

I Wish You All the Best by Mason Deaver

When Ben De Backer comes out to their parents as nonbinary, they’re thrown out of their house and forced to move in with their estranged older sister, Hannah, and her husband, Thomas, whom Ben has never even met. Struggling with an anxiety disorder compounded by their parents’ rejection, they come out only to Hannah, Thomas, and their therapist and try to keep a low profile in a new school.

Rep: queer nonbinary MC with anxiety, Black bisexual LI.
TW: abusive parents, transmisia, misgendering.
Age range: young adult.

Felix Ever After by Kacen Callender

A phone showing an audiobook app playing Felix Ever After lies on a wooden table, leaning on an open bullet journal with a summer spread, surrounded with colourful stickers, washi tapes and pens.

When an anonymous student begins sending him transphobic messages—after publicly posting Felix’s deadname alongside images of him before he transitioned—Felix comes up with a plan for revenge. What he didn’t count on: his catfish scenario landing him in a quasi–love triangle…

Rep: Black queer questioning transmasc MC, various queer & PoC side characters.
TW: transmisia, forced outing, misgendering.
Age range: young adult.

Rick by Alex Gino

But now Rick’s gotten to middle school, and new doors are opening. One of them leads to the school’s Rainbow Spectrum club, where kids of many genders and identities congregate, including Melissa, the girl who sits in front of Rick in class and seems to have her life together. Rick wants his own life to be that … understood. Even if it means breaking some old friendships and making some new ones.

Rep: questioning a-spec MC, side characters of various queer identities.
TW: antiqueer bullying.
Age range: middle grade.

An Unkindness of Ghosts by Rivers Solomon

A paperback copy of An Unkindness of Ghosts lies on the dark green couch I'm sitting on next to my foot. I am holding the lower right corner of the cover as if to open the book.

Aster lives in the low-deck slums of the HSS Matilda, a space vessel organized much like the antebellum South. For generations, the Matilda has ferried the last of humanity to a mythical Promised Land. On its way, the ship’s leaders have imposed harsh moral restrictions and deep indignities on dark-skinned sharecroppers like Aster, who they consider to be less than human.

Rep: Black nonbinary intersex autistic woman MC, Black mixed race genderqueer LI, Black, mentally ill, queer side characters.
TW: racism, queermisia, ableism, suicide, rape and sexual assault, murder.
Age range: adult.

The Brightsiders by Jen Wilde

As a rock star drummer in the hit band The Brightsiders, Emmy King’s life should be perfect. But there’s nothing the paparazzi love more than watching a celebrity crash and burn. When a night of partying lands Emmy in hospital and her girlfriend in jail, she’s branded the latest tabloid train wreck.

Rep: bisexual MC, genderqueer LI, various queer and PoC side characters.
TW: alcoholism, abusive relationship.
Age range: young adult.

Chameleon Moon by RoAnna Sylver

A paperback copy of Chameleon Moon, opened to the Prologue, it's front cover bent back. Two small rainbows shine on the page.

The city of Parole is burning. Like Venice slips into the sea, Parole crumbles into fire. The entire population inside has been quarantined, cut off from the rest of the world, and left to die – directly over the open flame. Eye in the Sky, a deadly and merciless police force ensures no one escapes. Ever. All that’s keeping Parole alive is faith in the midst of horrors and death, trust in the face of desperation… and their fantastic, terrifying, and beautiful superhuman abilities.

Rep: Black queer polyamorous trans woman MC, polyamorous asexual MC with anxiety, nonbinary, queer, PoC, neurodivergent, disabled side characters.
TW: transmisia, abusive family, trauma, mild gore.
Age range: adult.

When the Moon Was Ours by Anna-Marie McLemore

To everyone who knows them, best friends Miel and Sam are as strange as they are inseparable. Roses grow out of Miel’s wrist, and rumors say that she spilled out of a water tower when she was five. Sam is known for the moons he paints and hangs in the trees, and for how little anyone knows about his life before he and his mother moved to town. But as odd as everyone considers Miel and Sam, even they stay away from the Bonner girls, four beautiful sisters rumored to be witches. Now they want the roses that grow from Miel’s skin, convinced that their scent can make anyone fall in love. And they’re willing to use every secret Miel has fought to protect to make sure she gives them up.

Rep: bisexual Latinx MC, transmasculine Pakistani MC, queer and PoC side characters.
TW: physical and emotional abuse, transmisia, drowning, death of a parent, mild body horror.
Age range: young adult.


The books above are just a few of the great books by nonbinary authors I’ve read and want to read. I also wanted to list a couple of books that I wish to read soon – I might not be able to fully endorse them yet, but they’ve come highly recommended by people I trust. So here are 10 books by nonbinary authors from my TBR (in no particular order):

  1. Pet by Akwaeke Emezi (middle grade)
  2. Spellhacker by M. K. England (young adult)
  3. Gender Queer by Maia Kobabe (adult)
  4. Once & Future by Amy Rose Capetta and Cori McCarthy (young adult)
  5. No Man of Woman Born by Ana Mardoll (adult)
  6. Taproot by Keezy Young (young adult)
  7. This Is Where It Ends by Marieke Nijkamp (young adult)
  8. Cemetery Boys by Aiden Thomas (young adult)
  9. The Black Tides of Heaven by J.Y. Yang (adult)
  10. The ABCs of LGBT+ by Ash Hardell (young adult)

Do you have any recommendations for books by nonbinary authors? Please share them in the comments!

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