Hello, everyone! I’m sooooo happy to announce that I FINALLY found an LGBTQ+ blog tag! I’ve been searching for one for quite some time now, but haven’t had much luck… until now. I found this LGBTQ+ YA book tag at Brin’s Book Blog. You should go check out her posts, BTW – they’re great!
DJGADKHGDKJGKDAH I AM SO SO SO SO VERY EXCITED FOR THIS TAG. Let’s get started!
Guess who just now figured out how to use colored text on WordPress?! [Strikes a proud pose] I am brilliant, clearly. BOW DOWN TO ME.
The color of passion and desire
If you could own only one LGBTQ+ YA story for the rest of your life, which 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, plot, author, cover, et cetera?
Oh, this is an EASY question – I would choose The Miseducation of Cameron Post by Emily M. Danforth because it is my FAVORITE! And I don’t just mean my fave LGBTQ+ YA novel… I mean it’s my favorite book from ANY genre EVER.
I love The Miseducation of Cameron Post because of its beautiful writing and complex characters. I love the way its scenes feel so REAL, as if I were standing right beside Cameron as she experienced everything. I love the emotions it makes me feel. (ALL OF THE SADS, FYI.) I love its subject matter – coming of age in a small Montana town, kissing girls, and getting sent off to conversion therapy. I love how INTENSE this book is.
I just really really really love it, all right? GO READ IT.
The color of creativity
If you were to create your perfect LGBTQ+ YA book in your mind, what would it look like? Romance? Non-romance? Fantasy? Sci fi? Contemporary? Historical fiction? Some other genre/genre mix? Novel? Short story? What about the characters – lesbian, gay, bi, trans, intersex, queer, questioning, asexual? Who would you want to write this novel? Would it have a happy or sad ending? Where would it be set? Is it a series or a standalone?
OH MY GOSH I LOOOOOVE THIS QUESTION. I’d love to have a long fantasy series, similar to the Lord of the Rings trilogy or A Song of Ice and Fire, but with, like, lots and lots of queer female characters. I don’t have any specific requests concerning its setting – just some suitably fantastical and gorgeous fantasy world.
There would be bi princesses and lesbian queens and quests and DRAGONS and buried treasure and plenty of other cool things like that… and it would have a bittersweet ending, because I love that mixture of happiness and sadness. And it’d have to be written by Malinda Lo, OBVIOUSLY, because she is incredibly talented and awesome.
I need this series, like, NOW.
The color of sunshine and sand
Let’s talk beach books! Imagine you are going to the beach with a friend, who is looking for some YA LGBTQ+ books to read there. Which book(s) would you recommend?
LGBTQ+ beach reads? Gah… I can’t think of very many, but Malinda Lo’s Imrian Duology, consisting of Adaptation and Inheritance, takes place during the summer. (Last summer, to be more specific! I started reading it right before the events of the series happened, which was pretty cool.) These books have aliens, government conspiracies, one of the few love triangles I’ve actually enjoyed, and a bisexual female protagonist! I ADORED this story.
Other than that, well… Kieron Gillen’s Young Avengers comic books aren’t set during the summer (I think), but they’re suitably lighthearted, soooo I’m going to recommend them anyway. They’re quick reads, too, and so much fun!
The color of money
I’m going to choose five that I haven’t read yet, just to keep things interesting:
- Annie On My Mind by Nancy Garden (classic lesbians)
- Ask the Passengers by A.S. King (angsty lesbians)
- Everything Leads to You by Nina LaCour (adorable lesbians)
- Lies We Tell Ourselves by Robin Talley (historical lesbians)
- Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli (gay boys and Oreos)
Which upcoming YA LGBTQ+ release(s) are you dying to get your hands on?
About a Girl by Sarah McCarry! Admittedly, this is the final book of a trilogy… a trilogy I still haven’t begun reading, but ANYWAY. It’s about a lesbian astronomer and the little part of me that still wants to be an astronaut is VERY INTRIGUED by this story’s science-y gay premise.
An LGBTQ+ YA book that you haven’t had the chance to read
(yet), but have a good feeling about.
Hmm, probably Scott Westerfeld’s Afterworlds – its protagonist is a Indian lesbian who is also a teen writer! And she sells the novel that she wrote for NaNoWriMo! And half the book is actually the story that she published! AAAAAH. THIS STORY SOUNDS LIKE PERFECTION.
The color of dreams
You are hosting a tea party and can invite one LGBTQ+ YA author, two LGBTQ+ YA characters, and three non-LGBTQ+ characters (from any YA book) to any restaurant/place – real or fictional – you like. Who would you invite? Where would your party take place?
Ooh! I’d invite Malinda Lo, definitely, and Aisling from her book Ash, and then Ronan Lynch from Maggie Stiefvater’s Raven Cycle. (Ronan would absolutely HATE going to a tea party and would probably curse up a storm, but hey – I love him. I can’t NOT include Ronan!)
As for non-LGBTQ+ YA characters… probably Frankie and Sadye from E. Lockhart’s books The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks and Dramarama, because they’re kickass and clever and full of ideas. Aaaaaand, let’s see… how about Ghastly Bespoke from the Skulduggery Pleasant series by Derek Landy? He’s a sweetie.
Where would my party take place? Um. How about the world of Ash? I quite liked its magical, dreamlike setting.
- Orphu @ A Mirror Made of Words
- Artgirl @ Alien Cows
- Miriam Joy @ Miriam Joy Writes
- Cait @ Paper Fury
- Emily @ Loony Literate
- Sabrina Wolfheart @ Books and Bark
- Taylor Lynn @ Paper Daydreams
- Mawa Mahima @ All Things Wordy
- Matt @ The Little Engine That Couldn’t
- Lola @ Hit or Miss Books
- wondrousadventurer @ Wanderer on the Sands of Time
And as always, feel free to participate whether or not I tagged you. Or ignore this tag, if you so choose.
So. Now it’s YOUR turn! What LGBTQ+ books – YA or otherwise – have you read lately?! And what is your ideal LGBTQ+ story?!