WORD WONDERS’ TBR EXPANSION : Books with Asexual main characters

Hello friends,

A couple months ago I was making inventory of all my TBR expansion posts, looking for what I missed, what I still need to cover and what might need another round, when I realized I never made a list for book with asexual main characters. Which I was convinced I did, but as you can see I am a grandpa and my memory isn’t what it once was anymore. So I’m here today to fix that and I was actually pleasantly surprised by the number of books I found. This list is definitely not all encompassing but I had to stop somewhere haha. It’s a good place to start and to carry you for a while though, I have over 80 books here. It’s also Ace Awareness Week this week so my timing is perfect!

I will try to include content warnings for as many of them. The ones that I couldn’t find content warnings for will have a (*) in front of their titles.

title = goodreads page

Middle Grade

Hazel’s Theory of Revolution by Lisa Jen Bigelow (asexual)

43521319

CW: mentions of multiple miscarriages.

Rick by Alex Gino (asexual)

44660928

CW: bullying, homophobia (challenged)

M.F.K* by Nilah Magruder

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A-Okay* by Jarad Greene (asexual)

1

Contemporary

Summer Bird Blue by Akemi Dawn Bowman (aroace questioning)

35716237

CW: death of a loved one (before the start of the book), grief, feelings of parental neglect.

Let’s Talk About Love* by Claire Kann (asexual)

31625039. sy475

If it Makes you Happy by Claire Kann (asexual – queerplatonic relationship)

40851643

CW: fatphobia, casual arophobic comments, discussions of homophobia, gaslighting, character being kicked out of the home.

The Princess and the Fangirl* by Ashley Poston

39725622. sy475

This Song is (not) for You* by Laura Nowlin (asexual)

18626414. sy475

Immoral Code by Lillian Clark (Aroace)

40062683

CW: bullying, aphobia.

Any Way the Wind Blows* by Carlin Grant (aroace)

28421939. sy475

As Autumn Leaves* by Kate Sands (asexual)

29508741

Endless Days of Summer* by Stacy O’Steen (asexual)

25395504

Belly Up by Eva Darrows (graysexual)

35128563

CW: Racist microaggressions, explicit pregnancy, ableist language.

Summer of Salt by Katrina Leno (aroace – major side character)

35230420

CW: off page rape and sexual assault, mention of non-consensual drugging, underage drinking, drug use, anxiety depictions, and an animal death.

Running with the Pack* by A.M. Burns & Caitlin Ricci (asexual)

31344835

Switchback* by Danika Stone (aroace)

41711283

Seven Ways We Lie by Riley Redgate (asexual)

26240663

CW: character outed, slut-shaming.

SFF

The Sounds of Stars by Alechia Dow (demisexual)

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CW: colonization, violence, execution, oppression, brainwashing and mind control, anxiety, panic attacks.

Raybearer by Jordan Ifueko (demisexual)

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CW: attempted murder, child neglect, graphic violence, death of loved one, death of children

Opal Charm series* by Miri Castor

28637950

Clariel* by Garth Nix

20662728

Scavenge the Stars* by Tara Sim (demisexual)

42248816

The Black Veins by Ashia Monet (aroace)

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CW: Discussion of deceased parents, siblings, description of mild bloodshed in violent scenes, mention of drugs and drug use, primarily marijuana, guns, car accident, discussion of anxiety disorders and panic disorders, n-word slur use, mild anxiety attack.

(detailed CWs can be found in the book, and yes, the author is Black)

No More Heroes* by Michelle Kan (ace-spec, multiple characters)

34337959. sy475

Daughter of the Burning City* by Amanda Foody (demisexual)

30237061

Black Wings Beating by Alex London

36949994

CW: graphic violence, murder, death, death of family member, domestic physical abuse, domestic emotional abuse, implied self-harm.

Secondhand Origin Stories by Lee Blauersouth (asexual)

33834837. sy475

CW: ableism, audism, systemic racism, misgendering. (all challenged)

Sea foam and silence* by Lynn E. O’Connacht (aroace)

42084616. sy475

Our Bloody Pearl* by D.N. Bryn 

40612896. sy475

Hold* by Rachel Davidson Leigh (aroace, important side character)

31211256. sy475

Beyond the Black Door* by A.M. Strickland (asexual)

42642042. sy475

Stranger* by Rachel Manija Brown & Sherwood Smith

16034526

Not Your Back Up by C.B. Lee (aroace)

43235749

CW: sci-fi violence, off page minor character death, internal shame through aroace questioning.

Sawkill Girls by Clair Legrand (asexual)

38139409

CW: Gore, murder, on page sex, emotionally and physically abusive mother.

Tarnished are the Stars by Rosiee Thor (aroace)

43319680

CW: parental emotional and physical abuse, stabbing wounds, surgery, blood, illness, graphic death of a child.

Elatsoe* by Darcy Little Badger (asexual)

49089632

Beneath the Citadel by Destiny Soria (demisexual)

36430924

CW:  loss of a loved one, torture, abuse, murder, death, captivity, medical experimentation, panic and anxiety attacks, depictions of blood, depictions of grief and trauma.

Fourth World by Lyssa Chiavari (ace-spec, multiple)

25555364. sy475

CW: eugenics, disappearance of a parent, aphobia.

Belle Révolte by Linsey Miller (asexual)

39673190. sy475

CW: graphic violence, graphic body horror, graphic descriptions of injury and violence, death, murder, death of sibling.

Quicksilver* by R.J. Anderson

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Always Human by Ari North (aroace, major side characters)

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CW: eating disorder & discussion of body image.

The Art of Saving the World* by Corinne Duyvis (questioning asexual)

40392203. sy475

The Spy with the Red Balloon by Katherine Locke

38650956

CW: violence, Nazis, Holocaust, death.

This Golden Flame* by Emily Victoria (aroace)

48713836

2

Contemporary

Soft on Soft by Mina Waheed (demisexual)

41207417. sy475

CW: panic attack, anxiety, discussion of anti-ace encounters.

That Kind of Guy by Talia Hibbert (demisexual)

43690183. sy475

CW: discussions about emotional abuse and controlling behavior, on page sex, internalized acephobia.

Thaw* by Elyse Springer (asexual)

32673586. sy475

The Bone People by Keri Hulme (asexual)

460635

CW: child abuse.

Shades of A by Tab A. Kimpton (asexual)

25503314

CW: BDSM, nudity, sex, use of D*ke.

A Gentleman’s Position* by K.J. Charles (demisexual)

25893424. sy475

Toronto Connections series* by Cass Lennox (ace-spec)

31567731. sy475

Far From Home by Lorelie Brown

30306869

CW: detailed descriptions and talk of anorexia, recovery, relapses, negative body image.

Learning Curves* by Ceillie Simkiss (asexual)

40778310. sy475

Aces* by Kathryn Burns (asexual)

25922675. sx318

Perfect Rythm by Jae

35335039. sy475

CW: death of a parent, talk of being outed.

Rising from Ash* by Jax Meyer

52388021. sx318 sy475

How to Be a Normal Person* by T.J. Klune

25548442

Eight Kinky Nights by Xan West (graysexual)

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CW: can be found here.

Their Troublesome Crush by Xan West

43321639. sy475

CW: can be found here.

SFF

The First Sister* by Linden A. Lewis

52378525

The Princess who Didn’t Eat Cake by Lynn E. O’Connacht (demisexual)

31816415. sy475

Blood and Clockwork* by Katey Hawthorne (asexual)

28421848. sy475

The Cybernetic Tea Shop* by Meredith Katz (asexual)

28421799. sy475

City of Strife by Claudie Arsenault (aroace)

34330728. sx318

CW: Abuse (physical, emotional, mind control), torture, homelessness, child abandonment, police brutality, racism, family death, memory loss, death by fire (mention) and hanging.

Chameleon Moon by RoAnne Sylver (asexual)

31938167. sy475

CW: suicide mention/description (hanging), anxiety, panic attacks, torture.

Stake Sauce* by RoAnne Silver (graysexual)

36309824. sy475

The Second Mango by Shira Glassman (demisexual)

32179385. sy475

CW: homophobia

Vicious by V.E. Schwab (asexual)

40874032. sy475

CW: talk of suicide, attempted suicide, overdosing, self-harm, drug use, murder, animal death, abandonment, and depiction of panic attacks.

Outcaste by Fletcher Delancey (asexual)

36295291. sy475

CW: controlling parents, graphic depictions of statutory rape, rape, abuse, torture, war, death.

Baker Thief by Claudie Arsenault (demisexual)

39979131. sy475

CW: breaking and entering, genocide, gunshots, food, alcohol, mob violence, human experimentation, human trafficking, accidental misgendering, burns, breathing difficulties due to asthma, and police violence.

The Last Chronomancer* by Reilyn J. Hardy (asexual)

29419579. sy475

An Unkindness of Ghosts by Rivers Solomon (asexual)

34381254

CW: racism (violence, slurs, systemtic), sexism, anti-autism and ableism, homophobia, sexual assault, psychological abuse, physical abuse, graphic portrayal of rape (chapter 13), torture, misgendering, death of child, graphic descriptions of surgery, religious violence, death of parent.

From Under the Mountain* by C.M. Spivey (asexual)

25456839. sy475

The Deadly Nightshade* by Justine Ashford (asexual)

29628003. sy475

Godspeaker* by Tessa Crowley

30287069. sy475

The King’s Name* by Jo Walton

1391320

Every Heart a Doorway by Seanan Mcguire (asexual)

25526296

CW: Transphobia (not condoned), gore, blood, death, murder.

Hello World* by Tiffany Rose and Alexandra Tauber (asexual)

34362918. sy475

Royal Rescue by A. Alex Logan (asexual)

44307228. sy475

CW: aphobia, parental abuse, violence, descriptions of wounds.

Empire of Light by Alex Harrow (demisexual)

39866780. sy475

CW: violence, executions, violence against children, non-consensual groping, flashbacks to/talk of past sexual abuse, fire related PTSD.

To be Taught is fortunate by Becky Chambers (asexual)

43190272

CW: suiciped attempt

The Sea-stone Sword* by Joel Cornah

22548602

Sinners* by Eka Waterfield (asexual)

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The Mystic marriage* by Heather Rose Jones

22859852. sx318

Thief of Songs* by M.C.A Hogarth (asexual)

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Alonso Munich is now Dead by S. Gates

34608631. sy475

CW: mention of past trauma and rape.

Holding Onto Day* by E.H. Timms

46022143. sy475

Shifting Ground* by Alice Rachel

36558663. sy475

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14 thoughts on “WORD WONDERS’ TBR EXPANSION : Books with Asexual main characters

  1. Brilliant! Thanks for this! I can’t believe I’ve never actively sought books with characters I may be able to relate to instead of just going for what is popular. I’m very glad I saw this email in my inbox. A lovely blog and post – cheers from an asexual mess . I’m a very amateur/new/wannabe blogger still doing my research and trying to properly get started so I am very jealous of aesthetically pleasing sites like yours. Once I’ve finished my research, blog posting, job applications and other errands today (which I’m REALLY going to do instead of just procrastinating) I’m definitely going to have a look at these titles further! Xx

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  2. Okay, so my already out of control tbr has just gotten even more chaotic, but I will be adding several of these books to my list. I love the sound of Scavenge the Stars.

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