When teen LGBTQ+ drama, Heartstopper, landed on Netflix in 2022, the television show proved to be a huge hit with viewers. The story of Charlie Spring and Nick Nelson captured the hearts of millions of people all over the world, and made the show into one of the streaming service’s most successful debuts.

But I probably don’t need to tell you this, as chances are you’ve already watched Heartstopper five times over, and you’re currently reading up about lead actors Joe Locke and Kit Connor, ahead of viewing number six. Does that sound about right?

Well, let’s say you have watched Heartstopper multiple times, you’re in the Joe & Kit fan club, and you’ve devoured every blooper reel, backstage featurette, and cast interview currently available, where do you go next? You head to the original source material, of course!

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Heartstopper didn’t just materialise out of thin air – the show is based on a series of graphic novels by author, Alice Oseman. Oseman has written a number of stories (including novellas and graphic novels), all set in the same universe, some of which feature Nick and Charlie.

The most notable of these stories are the Heartstopper graphic novels, which inspired the show. But other books such as Solitaire and Nick and Charlie, also feature characters Heartstopper viewers will be familiar with.

But let’s say you want to make the leap over to the literary world, to read the books, where the heck do you start? Is there a specific order to Alice Oseman’s books, or should you just dive in and take a chance on one of the stories?

Well, that’s where this post should come in handy. Below you will find a list of all of Alice Oseman’s books, presented in publishing order AND in chronological order.

The first list (see below) gives you the titles of all the books you may wish to seek out. The second list (also below) gives you a suggested reading order, which you might like to follow, in order to read the stories in chronological order.

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Alice Oseman books in publishing order

First up is the publication order of Alice Oseman’s books. This is the order in which the books were originally published, beginning in 2014 with Solitaire.

If you are simply after a list of Alice Oseman books, then here you go:

  • Solitaire (2014)
  • Nick and Charlie (2015)
  • This Winter (2015)
  • Radio Silence (2016)
  • I Was Born for This (2018)
  • Heartstopper: Volume 1 (2018)
  • Heartstopper: Volume 2 (2019)
  • Heartstopper: Volume 3 (2020)
  • Loveless (2020)
  • Heartstopper: Volume 4 (2021)
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Alice Oseman books in chronological order

Although the above list focuses on the order in which Alice Oseman’s books were published, some of the stories jump back and forth across the timeline. As such, if you wish to read the books in chronological order, then follow this list:

  • Heartstopper: Volume 1 (2018)
  • Heartstopper: Volume 2 (2019)
  • Heartstopper: Volume 3 (2020)
  • Heartstopper: Volume 4 (2021)
  • This Winter (2015)
  • Solitaire (2014)
  • Radio Silence (2016)
  • Nick and Charlie (2015)
  • I Was Born for This (2018)
  • Loveless (2020)

Please note: Not all of the books listed above are directly connected, and not all of the books feature Nick and Charlie. Some of the stories are standalone tales, focusing on other characters from the same universe.

If you only wish to read the books featuring Nick and Charlie, just seek out the Heartstopper volumes, along with This Winter, Solitaire, and Nick and Charlie.

And now you know!

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If you’re a fan of Alice Oseman’s books or you are just getting started with her stories, then you may wish to know that all of her books are currently available to buy, including the Heartstopper graphic novels.

The first book in the Heartstopper series is the appropriately titled Heartstopper: Volume 1.

Heartstopper: Volume 1 is available from all good book stockists, including Amazon US and Amazon UK.

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Thank you for stopping by It’s A Stampede! to read this post about the order of the Alice Oseman books. I hope you have found this post useful, and it has sent you off on a wonderous literary journey.

If you’re a Heartstopper fan, you love the queer themes that are discussed in Alice Oseman’s work, and want to expand your LGBTQ+ awareness, be sure to check out my run-through of the best LGBTQ+ movies to watch after Heartstopper. And don’t forget to check out the recommended reads below for more great posts.

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