Welcome to another Wacky Wednesday. Today’s topic is LGBTQI Reads. These are the books that I have read that deal with or have a LGBTQI character. With so many amazing books with LGBTQI character to choose from I had to be pretty selective in making this list. I want you to know before you go any further that some of these books are not suitable for young readers and can be quite confronting. Now im only going to be telling you my thoughts on each book, im not going to be explaining why it is on this list because that would take forever. With that in mind I hope you guys enjoy this list, and maybe find some recommendations from it.
So without further ado, lets jump on it:
Queens Of Geek by Jen Wilde: Even though I thoroughly enjoyed this book, I kind of wish it was two individuals books. I didn’t like switching between narrators as I felt that both of these characters and their stories were strong enough on their own. I would love to see more stories on both Taylor and Charlie, even if they are only novellas. Great characters like these young women deserve to shine.
The Normal Heart by Larry Kramer: After reading this book, something awakened inside of me. My desire for equality and my desire to try to be accepting and open-minded. This book broke my heart. Seeing the way these people were treated and knowing that this wasnt just an isolated situation got me fired up. I wish I could say that this are different now but that would be a lie. I just hope that one day we will see equality for all.
Never Tear Us Apart by Quinn Brockton: A Queer As Folk story. I really enjoyed this book. The characters were perfectly written, the story was fresh and interesting. A great book for any Queer As Folk fan, or anyone looking for a great read.
Simon vs The Homosapian Agenda by Becki Albertalli: I absolutly loved this book. Simon is an adorable, dorky and completely charming charter. He is a flawed character who is still trying to figure himself out and how he fits into the world. This book will steal your heart and leave you wanting more. I could not put this book down and I can’t think of a bad word to say about it.
The Upside Of Unrequited by Becki Albertalli: I went into this book with high hopes and I wasnt disappointed. I loved this book. Becki Albertalli’s writing style really agrees with me. This book was full of amazing characters and awkward, funny, heartwarming moments. I really loved the fact that Simon made an appearance in this book. if you havent yet read this book do it now, The Upside Of Unrequited is not to be missed.
The Other F-Word by Natasha Friend: I have mixed felling about this book. It was about a group of teenagers who find each other and go searching for their sperm donor. There were aspects of this story that were really great, I loved the parents in this book, but I think there was a little too much teen angst for me. I think it was a great idea for a story and it has some genuinely moving moments and insights. I think a lot of people will really love this book. Whilst I liked this book, I just didn’t love it.
There’s Someone Inside Your House by Stephenie Perkins: I really enjoyed this book. I haven’t read anything like it in a long time, so I really got into it. It had great pacing, interesting characters and a pretty freaky plot. I didn’t guess who the killer was, I was surprised when it was revealed. I also loved that the story continued after the killer was revealed so we were able to learn more about the killer and the victims. If you are looking for a really engaging read, this is the book for you.
Our Own Private Universe by Robin Talley: The writing in this book is simple, this makes for an easy quick read. This important and heartfelt book about queer women is both hopeful, and romantic. While this book does touch on serious issues, is does so without becoming too heavy. This book is a must read.
Faggots by Larry Kramer: This book is not suitable for younger readers. This touching story of one man’s desperate search for love in the gay ghetto, set in New York before the AIDS epidemic. I loved this book. I will admit it was difficult to read at times, I was very raw and in your face, but given the subject matter and what was to come, this was completely justified. This a definitely a book that I think all adults should read.
Holding The Man by Timothy Conigrave: This is a book that really strengthened my desire for equality. Seeing these men and women and the struggles they went through for love just broke my heart. The world needs more Love and it shouldnt matter who you love. I was truly moved by this book and I hope im a better person for reading it. At least I try to be.
Well that’s it from me. Let me no if you have read any of these book or if there are any books with great LGBTIQ characters that you think I should take a look at.
Until next time…