Top Ten Tuesday: Hosted by the Broke and the Bookish!
I must admit, I found this week's topic really difficult. I've never had a book club! I don't know what I'd want to read with a book club. What kind of book club would I like? I thought about it for ages and then I thought... I guess I should have a LGBTQ YA book club! So here we are. LGBTQ YA book club time.
Three Books I Haven't Read Yet
So... These three are queer YA books that I've been planning to read for ages but haven't yet managed to get round to. I think if I had an LGBTQ YA book club to kick me into reading these books I would definitely finally read them and probably enjoy them a lot! Thankfully, Cayce put up a post for people who are looking for someone to buddy read LGBTQ books with! So maybe I finally get round to reading at least one or two of these.
1) Love in the Time of Global Warming by Francesca Lia Block: A semi-retelling of the Odyssey?? This just sounds really bizarre and beautiful and awesome and BISEXUAL CONTENT?? YAY.
2) Proxy by Alex London: I AM ALWAYS UP FOR DYSTOPIAS WITH LGBTQ CHARACTERS.
3) More Than This by Patrick Ness: Okay so I'm curious about this book because I still haven't managed to work out what it's about. It sounds really weird. I LOVE WEIRD.
Four Recent Reads
Books I read in the past year that I would love to discuss with other people!
4) Only Ever Yours by Louise O'Neill: Okay, this is the book that most deserves to be on this list because I read it mid last year and I have not been able to stop talking about this book or thinking about how amazing this book was. I CAN'T STOP. It was horrific and chilling and beautiful and I would actually love to read this with an LGBTQ book club to discuss what we think of the LGBTQ aspects of the story! BECAUSE I FEEL LIKE I VIEW THIS AS A F/F LOVE STORY AND I FEEL LIKE NOBODY ELSE DOES?? But even so, the exploration of LGBTQ issues in this story was fascinating.
5) Not Otherwise Specified by Hannah Moskowitz: AHHH THIS COMES OUT IN MARCH AND YOU ALL NEED TO READ IT. BISEXUAL MC. BISEXUAL MC WHO SAYS SHE'S BISEXUAL!!! AND TALKS ABOUT WHAT THAT'S LIKE!!! It's distressingly good. I want more YA books with bisexual MCs who are so frank and open about their sexuality.
6) Solitaire by Alice Oseman: Okay, so this only has a gay side character, but I found that side character fascinating and I had trouble working out how I actually feel about a lot of this book so I would love to read it with other people and talk about it!
7) The Miseducation of Cameron Post by Emily M. Danforth: FAVOURITE FAVOURITE FAVOURITE FAVOURITE I JUST WANT EVERYONE TO READ THIS OKAY. And I wanna talk about how amazing it is all day long.
Three Old Favourites
Old favourites! From before 2012. Which feels like forever ago. I'd love to reread these to see whether I'll still love them as much I did the first time round.
8) Sprout by Dale Peck: A gay teen who is trying to enter a writing competition! AHHHHH I LOVED THIS BOOK AND ABSOLUTELY NO ONE ELSE SEEMS TO KNOW ABOUT IT. I thought this was absolutely exquisite and it slew me when I read it. I thought it was pretty much the best LGBTQ book ever. I've read so many more now I'm not sure whether it can still contend for the top spot, so maybe a reread is in order. And also PUSHING OTHER PEOPLE TO READ THIS GODDAMN BOOK.
9) Huntress by Malinda Lo: Asian-inspired fantasy with lesbians. OF COURSE I LOVED IT.
10) Love is the Higher Law by David Levithan: One of Levithan's less well-known works and actually what used to be my favourite work by him before I read Two Boys Kissing. The lives of three teenagers in NYC in the aftermath of 9/11.