These books have been discussed and chosen by members of the asexual community. The characters either are said to be asexual, or by their behavior and description have been deemed asexual.

Jude The Obscure – Thomas Hardy

“Hardy had dared to write frankly about sexuality and to indict the institutions of marriage, education, and religion. But he had, in fact, created a deeply moral work. The stonemason Jude Fawley is a dreamer; his is a tragedy of unfulfilled aims. With his tantalizing cousin Sue Bridehead, the last and most extraordinary of Hardy’s heroines, Jude takes on the world and discovers, tragically, its brutal indifference. The most powerful expression of Hardy’s philosophy, and a profound exploration of man’s essential loneliness, Jude The Obscure is a great and beautiful book. ‘His style touches sublimity.”

(Sue Bridehead – SA)

July, July – Tim O’Brien

“At the thirtieth reunion of Minnesota’s Darton Hall College class of 1969, ten old friends join their classmates for a July weekend of dancing, drinking, flirting, reminiscing, regretting. The three decades since their graduation have seen marriage and divorce, children and careers, hopes deferred and abandoned.”

(Marla Dempsey – SA)

The Kreutzer Sonata – Leo Tolstoi

“When Marshal of the Nobility Pozdnyshev suspects his wife of having an affair with her music partner, his jealousy consumes him and drives him to murder. Controversial upon publication in 1890, The Kreutzer Sonata illuminates Tolstoy’s then-feverish Christian ideals, his conflicts with lust and the hypocrisies of nineteenth-century marriage, and his thinking on the role of art and music in society.”

The Left Hand of Darkness – Ursula K. Le Guin

“Once in a long while a whole new world is created for us. Such worlds are Middle Earth, Dune—and such a world is Winter.“ Twenty-five years and a Hugo and Nebula Award later, these words remain true. In Winter, or Gethen, Ursula K. Le Guin has created a fully realized planet and people. But Gethen society is more than merely a fascinating creation. The concept of a society existing totally without sexual prejudices is even more relevant today than it was in 1969.”

(the Gethenians feature an unusual sexuality)

Lily White – Susan Isaacs

“Meet Lily White, Long Island criminal defense lawyer. Smart, savvy, and down-to-earth, Lee can spot a phony the way her haughty mother can spot an Armani. Enter handsome career con man Norman Torkelson, charged with strangling his latest mark after bilking her out of her life’s savings. As the astonishing twists and reverses of the Torkelson case are revealed, so too is the riveting story behind Lee’s life.”

(main characters lead asexual relationship)

Namedropper: A Novel – Emma Forrest

“Meet Viva Cohen: her bedroom walls are plastered with posters of silver-screen legends, and underneath her school uniform she wears vintage thigh-high stockings. Her best friends are a drugged-out beauty queen and an aging rock star. She lives in London with her gay uncle Manny. A bitingly funny and fiercely intelligent first novel, Namedropper takes you on a rowdy romp from London to Los Angeles, where Viva and her two best friends search for love, experience, and Jack Nicholson. It’s a wild ride as she uncovers the icon in every person she meets.”

(Viva Cohen – SA)

No Touching – Aileen Deng

“Abandoned by her parents on the streets of China at the age of three, Tiffany has been adopted into a white family in San Francisco. Not only does she struggle with being the only Chinese person in a family that doesn’t entirely appreciate her, she has been dumped by all of her previous boyfriends due to her lack of interest in bed (sex is a chore to her). Being asexual with a sense of inadequacy, she strives to find that perfect someone who understands her. Perhaps she will be lucky enough to find an asexual guy who thinks just like her. Or will she have to resort to creating an imaginary boyfriend? With gripping honesty and gentle humor, this story takes us to China where Tiffany experiences her culture and rediscovers her childhood memories.”

(Books with Neuter Gender and Asexual Main Characters)

Not My Baby – Tamara VanEekhoutte

“When Nico and Erin stay at the Hawthorne Hotel on their way to the Grand Canyon, they’re pursued by a mysterious baby that doesn’t seem quite human …”

Operation Hurdler, and Operation Outside Hitter – Michael Bilka

“Just when it looked like things were at an end, the five legendary Allied officers are back for more. They’ll get anything that they need to win this fight and stop the series of wars. They will now become true Supreme Allied Commanders.”

(Faye and Linda Cooper – SA)

The Pavilion of Women – Pearl S. Buck

“In the summer of 1971, Jack Gantos was an aspiring writer desperate for adventure, college cash, and a way out of a dead-end job. For ten thousand dollars, he recklessly agreed to help sail a sixty-foot yacht loaded with hashish from the Virgin Islands to New York City, where he and his partners sold the drug until federal agents finally caught up to them in a bust at the Chelsea Hotel. For his part in the conspiracy, the twenty-year-old Gantos was sentenced to serve up to six years in prison. In Hole in My Life, this acclaimed author of over thirty books for young people confronts the period of struggle and confinement that marked the end of his own youth. On the surface, the narrative tumbles from one intense moment to the next as Gantos pieces together the story of his restless final year of high school, his short-lived career as a smuggler, and his time in prison. But running just beneath the action is the story of how Gantos–once he found himself locked up in a small, yellow-walled cell–moved from wanting to be a writer to writing,
and how this newfound dedication helped him endure the worst experience of his life. “

(Madam Wu – SA)

Scenes From A Holiday – Caren Lissner

“Carrie Pilby’s New Year’s Resolution – Like everyone else in the world, Carrie Pilby used to make a lot of resolutions she didn’t keep. But this New Year’s it’s going to be different. She’s going to be different. Really. The twenty-year-old genius is determined to be less geeky and more social and has imposed a new rule for herself; leave the apartment at least twice a week. Hey, she has to start somewhere.”

(Carrie Pilby, see novella titled “Carrie Pilby’s New Year’s Resolution” – SA)

Seethings – Michael Forman

“’Until death do us part…’ So, you have a sexless and what seems to be a loveless marriage where the two of you are more like good friends than lovers? Mitchell and Samantha Fielding’s relationship is not unlike this. When they dated, celibacy proved their love was strong. It’s going to take more than a strong marriage and love to stop the vile creature that’s silently creeping out of their bed every night to visit the innocents in a storm enraged city. You can wash away the evidence but never the guilt. SEETHINGS isn’t for the faint hearted. It’s twisted. The truth stings. The sex is wrong. The killer will be named. Does it have a happy ending? You’ll have to find out!”

(Books with Neuter Gender and Asexual Main Characters)

Sexing the Cherry – Jeanette Winterson

“In a fantastic world that is and is not seventeenth-century England, a baby is found floating in the Thames. The child, Jordan, is rescued by Dog Woman and grows up to travel the world like Gulliver, though he finds that the world’s most curious oddities come from his own mind. Winterson leads the reader from discussions on the nature of time to Jordan’s fascination with journeys concealed within other journeys, all with a dizzying speed that shoots the reader from epiphany to shimmering epiphany.”

(Books with Neuter Gender and Asexual Main Characters)

Sherlock Holmes Mysteries – Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

(Sherlock Holmes – SA)

The Son – Jo Nesbø

“Sonny Lofthus, in his early thirties, has been in prison for the last dozen years: serving time for crimes he didn’t commit. In exchange, he gets an uninterrupted supply of heroin—and the unexpected stream of fellow prisoners seeking out his uncanny abilities to soothe and absolve. His addiction started when his father committed suicide rather than be exposed as a corrupt cop, and now Sonny is the center of a vortex of corruption: prison staff, police, lawyers, a desperate priest—all of them focused on keeping him stoned and jailed, and all of them under the thumb of Oslo’s crime overlord, the Twin. When Sonny learns some long-hidden truths about his father he makes a brilliant escape, and begins hunting down the people responsible for the hideous crimes he’s paid for. But he’s also being hunted, by the Twin, the cops, and the only person who knows the ultimate truth that Sonny is seeking. The question is, what will he do when they’ve cornered him?”

To The Lighthouse – Virginia Woolf

“To the Lighthouse, considered by many to be Virginia Woolf’s finest novel, is a remarkably original work, showing the thoughts and actions of the members of a family and their guests on two separate occasions ten years apart. The setting is Mr and Mrs Ramsay’s house on a Scottish island, where they traditionally take their summer holidays, overlooking a bay with a lighthouse. As a modernist author Woolf explored the ways in which fiction could represent reality,
and To the Lighthouse can be seen as an experimental work that pushes the limits of what we know about the world and ourselves”

(Lily Briscoe [described as asexual by Market Drabble in the introduction to the Oxford University Press edition and also here])

What Happened to Lani Garver – Carol Plum-Ucci

“The close-knit residents of Hackett Island have never seen anyone quite like Lani Garver. Everything about this new kid is a mystery: Where does Lani come from? How old is Lani? And most disturbing of all, is Lani a boy or a girl? Claire McKenzie isn’t up to tormenting Lani with the rest of the high school elite. Instead, she befriends the intriguing outcast. But within days of Lani’s arrival, tragedy strikes and Claire must deal with shattered friendships and personal demons–and the possibility that angels may exist on earth.”

The World According to Garp – John Irving

“This is the life of T. S. Garp, the bastard son of Jenny Fields–a feminist leader ahead of her times. This is the life and death of a famous mother and her almost-famous son; theirs is a world of sexual extremes–even of sexual assassinations. It is a novel rich with “lunacy and sorrow”; yet the dark, violent events of the story do not undermine a comedy both ribald and robust. In more than thirty languages, in more than forty countries–with more than ten million copies in print–this novel provides almost cheerful, even hilarious evidence of its famous last line: “In the world according to Garp,
we are all terminal cases.” “

(Jenny Fields – SA)

The Wrong Boy – Willy Russell

“The extraordinary first novel from the internationally acclaimed playwright. Raymond Marks is a normal boy, from a normal family, in a normal northern town. His Dad left home after falling in love with a five-string banjo; his fun-hating Gran believes she should have married Jean-Paul Sartre: ‘I could never read his books, but y’could tell from his picture, there was nothing frivolous about Jean-Paul Sartre.’ Felonious Uncle Jason and Appalling Aunty Paula are lusting after the satellite dish; frogs are flattened on Failsworth Boulevard; and Sickening Sonia’s being sick in the majestic cathedral of words. Raymond Marks is a normal boy, from a normal family, in a normal northern town. Until, on the banks of the Rochdale Canal, the flytrapping craze begins and, for Raymond and his Mam, nothing is ever quite so normal again.”

(Raymond Marks – SA)