The topic of asexuality is still quite lacking in literature, but there are definitely a few worth reading. In this post, I will be reviewing the three main books on the topic, as well as a couple of hidden gems that you can download for free. So let’s get started!
Ace by Angela Chan
This is probably the book I would recommend to teenagers and young adults pre-undergrad. It’s an easy read that I think is very accessible to all ages. It does a good job covering the basics of asexuality, along with some personal stories. If you’re just starting to learn about asexuality, then this would be a good starting point. But if you already have some knowledge on the topic, then you might find it lacking in some areas.
The Invisible Orientation by Julie Decker
This is the best book on asexuality overall. If you are looking for something a bit more in-depth, then this would be the perfect choice. It goes into a lot more detail than “Ace”, but still remains a pleasant read. I also much prefer the way the book has been laid out, with very clear chapter titles if you just want to pick out specific sections. Every chapter is packed with information. Would definitely recommend it!
Understanding Asexuality by Anthony Bogaert
This was certainly my least favourite of the three. Although it is the most academic, it is also the least informative. It seems like a lot of the content is just “academic waffle”, which makes it rather cumbersome to read without really providing much added value. However, because it was the first book on asexuality, it is also the most widely cited in academia. For that reason, it might be beneficial to read if you are heavily involved with the academic community. But I really wouldn’t suggest it otherwise.
Honourable Mentions (Available for Free!)
These books are available for free in ebook format. I put them in a seperate category because I think the target audience is slightly different to the ones listed above. But they are certainly worth mentioning if you are looking for something more easily accessible.
Asexuality: A Brief Introduction by Asexuality Archive
This is the best free book on asexuality. It’s exactly what it says on the tin: a brief introduction to asexuality. It is written in “question answer format”, which is really great if you have some specific questions you want answered. If you just want a quick read that you can flick through any time, then this might be a good option.
Asexuality Guide by Corey Luckton
It’s a good job this book is free because I certainly can’t imagine paying any money for it. It seems like the author has just typed out some information from Wikipedia and forgot to use spell check. It’s one of those books that are very clearly self-published because no publisher would ever release something so poorly written. Can’t recommend it to anyone.
Asexual Book Club
I will be starting the asexual book club officially in March, so make sure to join us if you want to get involved! I will be posting an ace-themed book review on the first of every month. So you are welcome to read along or join in the discussion at any time!
Welcome to the asexual book club! Here I will be submitting an ace-themed book to discuss on the first of every month. You are welcome to join in the discussion at any time. Or just stick around for the review if you’re not much of a reader! First I am…Keep reading…