I love doing tags so when I saw that as part of the LGBT Challenge, participants could take part in the Rainbow Tag – well, I just jumped at the chance!
The Rainbow Tag (LGBT Challenge)
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1. Red – The colour of passion and desire
If you could own (as in OWN a physical copy of it) only one LGBT YA for the rest of your life, what book would you choose and why? What makes you desire that particular book so much that you just have to have it on your shelf? (characters, story, author, cover, etc.)
I am really torn between Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Sáenz or Suicide Watch by Kelley York. I just can’t choose!
2. Orange – The colour of creativity
If you were to create your perfect LGBT YA book in your mind, what would it look like? (Romance? Non-romance? Fantasy? Sci-fi? Some other genre/genre mix? Long? Short story? Lesbian?Gay?Bi?Trans?Intersex? Questioning? Asexual? Who would you want to write it? Would it have a happy or sad ending? Where would you set it? Series or standalone? Etc, etc.)
I would love to create a Young Adult historical fantasy with LGBT content. Similar to Juliet Marillier or even Kristin Cashore – except with a male POV. I would love to write about a Bi character but romance would not be the dominant theme.
The story would be set in Scotland (because that is where I hail from!) and would have to include druids! The main character might even be a druid-in-training or something similar.
Something would happen that would set his plans awry and he would end up having to go on a quest. There would be a love interest (likely another guy but a kick-ass female character would be a good match too). No love triangle though – not a fan of those unless they are really well done.
The main character would be a scholarly sort. Perhaps a bit naive and shy due to his sheltered upbringing. The love interest would have to be witty and snarky but with a sweet caring side. The characters would be put through the ringer (I love me some angst!) but a happy ending is a must!
3. Yellow – The colour of sunshine and sand
Let’s talk beach books! You are going to the beach with a friend and your friend is looking for some YA LGBT books to read there, which book(s) would you recommend?
I would recommend either How to Repair a Mechanical Heart by J.C. Lillis or Falling From the Sky by Nikki Godwin.
4. Green – The colour of money
If you could get any 5 YA LGBT books for free, which five would you choose?
Well, I would have to go with: Boy Meets Boy by David Levithan, More Than This by Patrick Ness, The Summer I Wasn’t Me by Jessica Verdi, One Man Guy by Michael Barakiva, and Everything Leads to You by Nina LaCour.
5. Blue – The colour of longing
Which upcoming YA LGBT release(s) are you dying to get your hands on?
Breaking Saint Jude by Nikki Godwin, and I’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson – they both sounds so amazeballs!
6. Indigo – The colour of intuition
An LGBT YA book that you haven’t had the chance to read (yet), but have a good feeling about?
What Happened to Lani Garver by Carol Plum-Ucci looks like a really powerful read and I definitely want to read it.
7. Violet – The colour of dreams
You are hosting a High Tea party. You can invite one LGBT YA author, two LGBT characters (from any YA book) and three non-LGBT characters (from any YA book) to any restaurant/place – real of fictional – you like. Who would you invite? Where would your party take place?
I would invite Hannah Moskowitz (because she seems really cool and interesting and I am a huge fan of her books). I would invite Ari & Dante from Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe (because they are adorable!).
I would also invite Adrian Ivashkov from Richelle Mead’s Bloodlines series, Gansey from Maggie Stiefvater’s Raven Cycle series, and Hermione Granger from the Harry Potter series. Quite an eclectic mix huh? The party would, of course, take place in Hogwarts dining room.
You don’t have to be taking the challenge to do this tag so I tag…anyone who wants to take part! Go on, it’s fun!!