BLOGGERS RECOMMEND LGBTQ+ BOOKS!

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Hey everyone, welcome back to my blog! Today I’m coming at you with an LGBTQ+ recommendations post, and today instead of me recommending you a small pool of books, I thought I would try and share as many recommendations as possible, so I asked all of you to do the recommending! You can find the original tweet right here.

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5 MORE LGBT BOOKS YOU SHOULD READ

Hey guys, today I’m coming at you with a new recommendations post. I haven’t done one of these in what feels like ages so I’m super excited for this one and I hope you guys find a new book to read!

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The Gentleman's Guide to Vice and Virtue

THE GENTLEMAN’S GUIDE TO VICE AND VIRTUE

YUP, here I am, recommending this one again. I love this one and I really hope you guys can all get on board with it! The main character is Bisexual, his love interest is gay (and has epilepsy) and the main guy’s sister is canonically ace (and getting her own book spinoff!!).

This is a fantastic and really fun historical fiction. Even if Hist fiction isn’t your jam I still think you should give this one a go!

Zodiac Starforce: By the Power of Astra

ZODIAC STARFORCE

The way I have described this graphic novel since I read it this time last year is: An all female, all badass group of Power Rangers! And, I stand by that description!

Girl power + friendships + lgbt romance = you need to read this graphic novel. Also, this is one of the brightest artworks in a novel form I’ve ever seen and I loved it!

Every Heart a Doorway (Wayward Children, #1)

EVERY HEART A DOORWAY

WHAT DO WE NEED? MORE ACE REPRESENTATION!

Yep, the main character is ace, and you know what I love the most about this? The main character being ace is never a plot point or an issue and I honestly feel like that’s more of what I want in YA now, that publishers are finally diversifying the books they’re publishing.

The Hidden Oracle (The Trials of Apollo, #1)

THE TRIALS OF APOLLO

So, Rick Riordan is amazing and he is certainly making an effort to diversify his novels, which I love because his books are all middle-grade and generally kids books only focus on white straight characters, which only represents or informs a select group of children.

Also, so if you want more diversity I would recommenMagnusus Chase (deaf characters for the win!)

Beauty Queens

BEAUTY QUEENS

I haven’t read this one in awhile, but when I read it back in 2015 I really loved it!

There is a transsexual character, lesbians, a deaf character and a whole lot of girl power!

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WHAT WAS THE LAST LGBT BOOK YOU READ?

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MORE HAPPY THAN NOT | SPOILER-FREE BOOK REVIEW

More Happy Than Not by Adam Silvera 

my rating: ★★★★★

tags: lgbt, contemporary, young adult

goodreads rating: 4.11

More Happy Than Not

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In the months after his father’s suicide, it’s been tough for sixteen-year-old Aaron Soto to find happiness again—but he’s still gunning for it. With the support of his girlfriend Genevieve and his overworked mom, he’s slowly remembering what that might feel like. But grief and the smile-shaped scar on his wrist prevent him from forgetting completely.

When Genevieve leaves for a couple of weeks, Aaron spends all his time hanging out with this new guy, Thomas. Aaron’s crew notices, and they’re not exactly thrilled. But Aaron can’t deny the happiness Thomas brings or how Thomas makes him feel safe from himself, despite the tensions their friendship is stirring with his girlfriend and friends. Since Aaron can’t stay away from Thomas or turn off his newfound feelings for him, he considers turning to the Leteo Institute’s revolutionary memory-alteration procedure to straighten himself out, even if it means forgetting who he truly is.

Why does happiness have to be so hard?

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Trigger Warnings:

Suicide, Attempted Suicide, Depression, Homophobia, Domestic Abuse

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I think I’m in love with Adam Silvera’s writing? Seriously, his books are so good and so thought-provoking. Like They Both Die At The End, I really had to sleep this one off, there was a lot of pacing involved.

This is also a really great friendship book. I really enjoyed the relationship between Aaron and Thomas, they had a really lovely storyline.

I feel like I have been hearing about this book for half of my life so I am honestly so glad I have finally read it. Adam Silvera seems like such a cool guy, that he is mostly the reason I picked up his books in the first place. I think this guy might even be getting me into contemporary books, I am slightly more excited to pick them up now!

His books are completely depressing but for some reason, I keep picking them up. This was also such an interesting read because I live such a different life to Aaron, the main character. Aaron is gay and he lives in the Bronx, the complete opposite to myself. While I am on the lgbt scale, I am still straight, and while I am by no means loaded and ready to burn some cash, I do have a much better living situation. I will say though, while this book didn’t have as big an impact on me as it did many others, it did give me an appreciation what I have.

While I’m on it I actually wanted to talk about the “impact” the novel has had on other readers. For me, it wasn’t a big shock and I had seen pretty much everything coming from a mile off, but I was still left crying by the final page. You would think that was all though, right? Well, no I don’t think it is.

Like I said before, I am straight, so the way I see it, this book can only have so much of an effect on me, compared to someone who is gay or bisexual. I know from watching her review, that Cece from ProblemsOfaBookNerd struggled a lot with reading this book. She has suffered homophobia and so from what I can remember, that contributed a lot to her enjoyment of the book and how well she coped with it.

One thing I will say for anyone who hasn’t read a Silvera novel is this:

His books are hard-hitting and unrelenting. Nothing is sugarcoated so if you don’t think you can handle any of the trigger warnings than maybe don’t pick it up. I had, of course, heard that this book was sad, and even after hearing people talk about this book for 3 years, I didn’t understand the effect Adam Silvera’s words would have on me.
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My one issue with the book: SPOILERS

Isn’t trying to make someone gay the same as trying to make someone straight? Please tell me if I’m completely wrong but this was something that irritated me throughout the entire book. While  I was reading this book the main character keeps trying to pressure Thomas into coming out even though he’s straight. Even in the last ten or so pages Aaron was finally accepting that Thomas was straight but then he was all like “Nah he’s in denial” and I lost my shit, Even if Thomas wasn’t straight Aaron should know not to pressure Thomas into coming out.

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Quotes I enjoyed:

  • “Some stories leave off without an ending. Life doesn’t always deliver the one you would expect.” 
  • “I would do my damn best to be more happy than not.” 
  • “You don’t get to keep ignoring the past because you don’t like it.”

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  •  SO SAD WHAT THE HELL ADAM
  • A great read, be prepared

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 Have you read MHTN? Are you a fan of Silvera’s novels?

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Our Own Private Universe

Our Own Private Universe by Robin Talley

my rating: ★★★☆☆

genre: contemporary, romance, ownvoices, lgbt+

goodreads rating: 3.56

Our Own Private Universe

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I received an arc copy of this book from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

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Fifteen-year-old Aki Simon has a theory. And it’s mostly about sex.

No, it isn’t that kind of theory. Aki already knows she’s bisexual — even if, until now, it’s mostly been in the hypothetical sense. Aki has dated only guys so far, and her best friend, Lori, is the only person who knows she likes girls, too.

Actually, Aki’s theory is that she’s got only one shot at living an interesting life — and that means she’s got to stop sitting around and thinking so much. It’s time for her to actually do something. Or at least try.

So when Aki and Lori set off on a church youth-group trip to a small Mexican town for the summer and Aki meets Christa — slightly older, far more experienced — it seems her theory is prime for the testing.

But it’s not going to be easy. For one thing, how exactly do two girls have sex, anyway? And more important, how can you tell if you’re in love? It’s going to be a summer of testing theories — and the result may just be love.

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Good start, boring middle to end, cool debate

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There are definitely a lot of positives to this novel, this is evident in the fact that so many people enjoyed it. However, for me the negatives outweighed the positives.

Pros:

  • The main character (Aki) is a person of colour and is also bisexual
  • There are other lgbtq+ characters
  • The book is set in Mexico
  • The book explores safe sex, with a focus on lesbian sex – definitely recommend if you’re too nervous to google for information or ask for help.
  • There was a seriously cool debate towards the end of the novel that had characters talking about subjects like health care, gun control and marriage equality.
  • The majority of characters are religious but it’s never throuwn in your face.

Cons:

  • Too much teen drama
  • The romance was too intense
  • The main character ad her friend were constantly lying to eachother and were pretty much fighting for the entire book

When I started this back in January I was really enjoying it but then school started up again and so I put it down for two seconds. I then picked it up again around March and then finally finished it in the back end of April.

I really enjoyed it when I started it but by the time I got around 30% of the way through I stopped enjoying it and by the time I was halfway through it I was seriously considering DNFing it.
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  • This book came very close to being a DNF
  • I had higher hopes for this
  • I wanted a cute lesbian romance, but what I got was a whole lot of drama, be careful what you wish for
  • The teen angst just totally overwhelmed the story.

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Have you read Our Own Private Universe? Did you enjoy it?

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