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This month there are no set topics but we can revisit old prompts.
I have chosen: My Favourite LGBTQ+ Reads
I love to read diverse books – anything that falls under the LGBTQ bracket really. I’m especially fond of LGBTQ books that fall within the YA genre. It’s important for younger folks to have access to as wide a range as possible. When I was a teenager myself, it was pretty slim pickings so I think it’s great that there is a much wider selection nowadays (not that there isn’t room for even more improvement).
1. Happy Endings Are All Alike by Sandra Scoppettone
An oldie but goodie! ‘Happy Endings…’ is set in the late 1970s so it is pretty dated but I think the message is still really important and it is certainly a worthwhile read particularly for its time.
2. In Other Lands by Sarah Rees Brennan
I adore Elliot Schafer. The fact that he is bisexual is just icing on the cake really. There are few books with bisexual main characters and it’s always a joy to come across one in YA.
3. Simon vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli
There was no way this book wasn’t making this list! That is to say, I read this book several years ago when I was lucky enough to be granted an ARC and loved it with every fibre of my being. Therefore, getting to see the movie adaptation was the highlight of last month for me! Finally, some LGBTQ representation in a teen film that’s manages to be romantic as hell and just so genuinely heartfelt.
4. The Foxhole Court by Nora Sakavic
Although the romance doesn’t really take off until book 3 (it’s super slow burn!) there are however hints of it right from the first book. I love the fact that one of the main characters falls on the asexual spectrum (he is likely demisexual). Just an amazing series with amazing representation.
5. Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Sáenz
This book – gah! It just gives me all the feels. Everything about it is simply perfection. It is definitely one of my all-time favourites across ANY genre.