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Transgender Literature Reading List

So, I'm in the process of reading Redefining Realness by Janet Mock. It's my first time reading the book and so far it's pretty good, although I'm only a few chapters in. However, as a result of picking it up, I was thinking it might be nice to start a recommended reading list for transgender literature. If you're into this sort of thing, feel free to make suggestions for me. Maybe over time this will evolve into a qualitative list for everyone.

Transfeminine Nonfiction

  • Whipping Girl: A Transsexual Woman on Sexism and the Scapegoating of Femininity by Julia Serano
  • She's Not There: A Life in Two Genders by Jennifer Finney Boylan
  • Redefining Realness by Janet Mock

Transfeminine Fiction

  • A Safe Girl To Love by Casey Plett
  • Nevada by Imogen Binnie
  • Small Beauty by Jia Qing Wilson-Yang
  • Detransition, Baby by Torrey Peters

Transmasculine Nonfiction

  • Becoming a Visible Man by Jamison Green
  • Second Son: Transitioning Toward My Destiny, Love and Life by Ryan Sallans


  • Gender Outlaws: The Next Generation by various authors and edited by Kate Bornstein and S. Bear Bergman

Science Fiction with Trans-spectrum Characters

  • A Civil Campaign (Vorkosigan Saga, #12) by Lois McMaster Bujold*
  • Mirror Dance (Vorkosigan Saga, #8) by Lois McMaster Bujold*
  • The Left Hand of Darkness by Ursula K. Le Guin*
  • The Fifth Season (The Broken Earth Trilogy #1) by N.K Jemisin*
  • The Obelisk Gate (The Broken Earth Trilogy #2) by N.K Jemisin*
  • The Stone Sky (The Broken Earth Trilogy #3) by N.K Jemisin*

Fantasy with Trans-spectrum Characters

  • Eon: Rise of the Dragoneye by Alison Goodman*
  • Eona: The Last Dragoneye by Alison Goodman*
  • Full Fathom Five by Max Gladstone*
  • The Ruin of Angels by Max Gladstone*
  • The Raven Tower by Ann Leckie

Fiction with Trans-spectrum Characters

  • Kafka on the Shore by Haruki Murakami*

* represents a cisgender author.

Last Updated: July 10, 2021

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