Ever since Maryland officially legalized same-sex marriage earlier this month (and spawned this amazing video of Omar “Omar’s comin’!” Little in the process), we at Flavorwire have had love on our minds. Since we’re also always thinking about books, we’ve collected ten wonderful literary LGBT romances to get you in the mood. From aching first love to rambunctious adulthood, this list offers something for everyone, regardless of gender or sexual preference. Heartbreak — like disease, love, and death — doesn’t care if you’re hetero-normative or not. It’s just part of the rollercoaster human experience. So, break out your vinyl of Elliot Smith’s XO, and get your tissues ready — or look forward to spring flings, and revel in human sexuality. Do you have any favorites that didn’t make the list? Post recommendations in the comments!
Call Me By Your Name, André Aciman
The bulk of this gorgeous coming-of-age romance is set during a single summer on the Italian Riviera. The arrival of Oliver, a scholar in his mid twenties, as a seasonal guest changes seventeen-year-old Elio’s life. Their relationship leaves an indelible print on Elio’s entire identity: when Elio finds Oliver, he also discovers himself.