So I only recently got back into reading… after, like, a five-month break. (Long story, but you can find out why this happened here, if you are so inclined.) I started reading again at the end of May and I’m so glad I did – my break was nice, but I missed books!
I’ve been listening to City of Ashes by Cassandra Clare on audiobook – shh, yes, I’m totally counting this as “starting to read once again” – and, well, that’s been fun. And that prompted me to borrow a bunch of books from the library, now that I’m actually in the mood to read!
So without further ado, here is a list of the top ten LGBTQ+ books I would like to read sometime soon… this summer, this fall, or maybe even this winter. OMG THERE ARE SO MANY STORIES I’M EXCITED ABOUT READING NOW THAT I’M BACK IN THE HABIT OF PICKING UP BOOKS.
1. Huntress by Malinda Lo
I’m happy because Malinda Lo writes some of the BEST fantasy and science fiction that I have EVER had the pleasure of reading. I’m sad because this is her only book I haven’t yet read, and then I’ll have to – gasp – WAIT for a new one to be published.
2. Lies My Girlfriend Told Me by Julie Anne Peters
I read one of her earlier books, Far From Xanadu, a few years ago but it didn’t leave a huge impression on me… this book, though, looks fun and MYSTERIOUS.
OMGGGGG this looks like the cutest F/F romance ever! And its cover is so adorably pink. OMG OMG OMG.
4. Tipping the Velvet by Sarah Waters
I have been meaning to read this for aaaaages. Crossdressing lesbians in Victorian London?! THIS IS EVERYTHING I’VE EVER WANTED FROM A STORY. It’s nearly five hundred pages, too, which is even better!
5. Fun Home by Alison Bechdel
An LGBTQ+ graphic novel? BRING IT ON. Also, yay for autobiographies told in graphic novel format – I haven’t found many, but have thoroughly enjoyed those that I did find. (Such as Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi.)
6. This Day in June by Gayle E. Pitman and Kristyna Litten
7. Batwoman: Elegy by Greg Rucka and J.H. Williams III
The world needs more butt-kicking lesbian superheroines, doesn’t it? (That was a rhetorical question; the answer is yes. The answer is ALWAYS yes.)
8. Sister Mischief by Laura Goode
This is about an all-girl band! It looks like so much fun, and I’m loving the outrageously-rainbow cover art.
9. Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli
10. GLBTQ: The Survival Guide for Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender, and Questioning Teens by Kelly Huegel
See? I do read nonfiction. I’ve borrowed this from the library before, and quickly flipped through it, but haven’t actually sat down and read the thing from cover to cover. So. I shall do that soonish.
Which of these LGBTQ+ books have you read? Are there any books on this list that you would like to read? And, finally, are there any that you would recommend I start reading right away?!
P.S. LOL, I just noticed that with the exception of #9 and #10, all my other choices are about queer girls… I guess it’s obvious where my literary interests lie. I’m usually rather “meh” when it comes to reading any love story that’s between two girls, although there are some exceptions to that mehness. (Why yes, I just coined a new word.)
You may have noticed how late this post is – sorry about that! I just got back from a two-day orientation session at the University of Iowa, where I’ll be studying this fall. It was a TON of fun and I learned so much about getting ready for college and finding my way around campus and whatnot! Orientation made me simultaneously excited and nervous, but mostly just EXHAUSTED.
So. That’s why this post was so late, and also why it’s so SHORT. I don’t often write short posts, although I do try to – I just get carried away with my ideas, and only seem to be able to keep my posts short when I have time constraints.
AAAAAANYWAY. Orientation. It was fun. I registered for classes today and managed to enroll in all the classes I wanted, which was nice. And now I’m tired and can’t think of much more to say, so I’m going to call it quits and log off and GO TO BED, where I will (hopefully) dream sweet dreams of cute girls falling in love with kickass superheroines. Or something like that.
(And speaking of stories about cute gay girls, I’m far too tired to even watch the new Carmilla episode, even though it’s only four minutes long. OH WELL. I shall watch it and fangirl with you in the morning. I was looking forward to it for the entire almost-five-hour car ride home because I’m just such a NERD that way. But I digress.)
Have a lovely night!