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My Favourite LGBT+ Reads


June is LGBT+ pride month, so it’s all about celebrating the LGBT+ community. Here are some of my favourite books with LGBT+ books, so you can celebrate the month by reading! They are all outstanding books to their own, and the fact that they have an LGBT+ protagonist makes me love them even more!

Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli
With all the awful things happening in the LGBT+ community at the moment, this is really the book everyone needs at the moment. I know quite a lot of people have read it already, so if you haven’t, you need to get on it! I loved this book so much the first time, yet I recently re-read it and enjoyed it just a little more. It’s so important, because it’s a completely happy LGBT+ novel.

It tells the coming out story, which is usually portrayed as super stressful, and overall a really negative experience. In this book, however, Simon tells his parents he’s gay, and it goes really well for him. His parents accept him completely, his friends are fine, and everything is okay. It’s so important because it will show people that it doesn’t have to be a negative experience, and give the courage to do as Simon did

Carry On by Rainbow Rowell
I’m pretty sure lots of people have read this already, but it’s still one of my favourite books (maybe of all time!!) because of how cute the romance was, and the author’s writing. I loved the magic aspect of the book, and although I would primarily class this book as a romance (because that’s what it focuses on), I was really pleased to read some diversity in the fantasy genre.

The characters really stood out for me, too. The main character, Simon, is still discovering his sexuality throughout the book, whereas one of the other main characters, Baz, knows he’s gay. I liked this aspect of the book, because it showed a story of self-discovery and identity through an exciting and cosy fantasy story. I also thought that the romance scenes were perfect, because they were super happy, which is really the representation we need. I’m glad this fantasy didn’t follow the trope of ‘dead gays’ too!

Radio Silence by Alice Oseman
I would class this book as LGBT+ fiction, but there was almost no romance in it (and none for the narrator). I really enjoyed the book because of this, as the characters’ sexualities were still explored, but this one wasn’t a coming out story either, and focused more on friendship. The platonic relationships in this book were so much more complex than most romances in other books (which is often true to real life!!), which I thought was important, because more often than not, friendships are overlooked.

I was really impressed with all the diversity in this book. I didn’t know how well the author had woven it into the story - it never felt like token diversity, yet like it was just naturally there (like in real life!!). The characters in this book were many different aspects of the LGBT+ spectrum. There was an agenda character, demisexual gay character, and the main character was bisexual, too! I liked how the other themes explored in the book were more prominent than these, because people need to learn not to trivialise people’s identities that they haven’t heard of before.

Lies We Tell Ourselves by Robin Talley
This book was one of my favourite books of last year, because it was so well written, and so so important. It’s about a black girl in the 1950s, in a mainly white school. The racism was so intense to read about, but was done in such a historically accurate (I think!) and sensitive way. I loved the main character because she was so caring and kind, yet mentally strong and managed to not let anything stand in her way. This book was one of self discovery and sexuality, and I loved the way race and being gay was explored in this context. I think this book should be required reading for everyone, because it’s sadly relevant to today’s society, and teaches a story of love and acceptance.

Half Bad and Half Wild by Sally Green
This is my favourite series of all time, so of course, I couldn’t recommend books without featuring it! It’s so exciting and dark, and the books had me gripped throughout. There isn’t much focus on identity and romance, yet Nathan (the troubled protagonist) is discovering his identity throughout the series, which intertwines so well with the way he’s trying to find belonging in a world that tries so exclude him, and where he doesn’t belong in either side.

I would have loved this book even if Nathan wasn’t bisexual, but the fact that it was just made the book perfect! There was a really sweet romance between him and another guy (Gabriel... my precious cinnamon bun), which was so lovely. I recommend the first two books for this reason, however, the ending to the series could be taken as problematic to the LGBT+ community (as me and Anna have been discussing ever since she finished!), so I can’t recommend it for that reason until I’m sure (and sure that no-one will get mad at me for recommending a problematic book!).

The Art of Being Normal by Lisa Williamson
I read this earlier this year, and it’s one of my favourite books this year. It’s one of my favourite books of all time! Unlike some of the other books featured in this list, I would say this book is pretty much entirely centered around being transgender (however it certainly isn’t a bad thing!!). I’d read very few books about transgender people before this, and because I’m cisgendered, I didn’t know much about what it’s actually like to be transgender. As well as being stunningly beautiful and heart breaking, it was really educational, and I’m more sensitive, respectful, and open-minded after reading this book.

In addition to this, the book explored themes of family, identity, and friendship, too. David’s (the protagonist) friends were so caring and positive to his identity, yet Leo (the other protagonist) didn’t have the same experience. The contrast between their experiences was something so hard to read, yet the ending was so heartwarming, and made me smile so hard! Again, this is another LGBT+ book that had a happy ending, which is so important to see and read, especially in YA fiction.

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100 Book Blogs I Love


Last December, I wrote about some of my favourite book blogs, but since then, I've discovered so many more wonderful blogs! So here I'm going to share 100 of my favourite book blogs (including the ones I talked about last time). Also, all the links open in a new tab, so don't worry about losing the list! don't say i don't ever do anything for you k

  1. Corralling Books
  2. Read Think Ponder
  3. Paper Utopia
  4. Happy Indulgence
  5. Beautiful Spines
  6. Drizzle and Hurricane Books
  7. Enchanted by YA
  8. Igniting Pages
  9. A Bookish Flower
  10. Paperback Princess
  11. Readers in Wonderland
  12. Books for a Delicate Eternity
  13. Jillian's Books
  14. Chasing Faerytales
  15. Quite the Novel Idea
  16. Younicorn Reads
  17. She Latitude
  18. Twirling Pages
  19. A Running Commentary
  20. The Araliya Bookshelf
  21. #LoveBooks
  22. The Paige Turner
  23. Olivia's Catastrophe
  24. The Hardcover Lover
  25. Alexa Loves Books
  26. Pages Unbound
  27. The Book's Buzz
  28. The Devil Orders Takeout
  29. Joyousreads
  30. ReadWriteLove28
  31. The Petite Book Blogger
  32. A World Between Folded Pages
  33. Dani Reviews Things
  34. The Social Potato
  35. Book Nerd
  36. Shannon Bookworm
  37. Ready, Set, Read!
  38. Books, Stars, and the Pages Inbetween
  39. Kate Reads Lit
  40. The Bookish Thought
  41. Arctic Books
  42. Fiery Reads
  43. Hiding Books
  44. Molly's Book Nook
  45. Always Opinionated Girl
  46. Blue Eyed Biblio
  47. A Girl Between the Pages
  48. Read at Midnight
  49. The Literary Huntress
  50. The Book Goddess
  51. Next Page Please!
  52. Literary-ly Obsessed
  53. A Perfection Called Books
  54. Paper Fury
  55. Bookishness and Tea
  56. One Way or an Author
  57. The Book Archive
  58. Queen of Contemporary
  59. Anna-ish
  60. Books N' Calm
  61. Peach Print
  62. She Reads Too Much
  63. Reflection of the Books
  64. Beatrice Learns to Read
  65. Fiddler Blue
  66. Becca and Books
  67. Forever Literary
  68. It Starts at Midnight
  69. Loony Literate
  70. Mara Was Here
  71. Gracie Actually
  72. Accio Reviews
  73. Princessica of Books
  74. Reading With Jenna
  75. I Read Therefore I Am
  76. The Bibliophile Confessions
  77. Sophie Reads YA
  78. Out of Time
  79. Sailing Through Books
  80. Word Contessa
  81. The YA Book Traveler
  82. Word Revel
  83. Girl Reading
  84. Cover to Cover
  85. Stories on Stage
  86. The Enchanted Bookcase
  87. Little Lillie Reads
  88. Bookish Serendipity
  89. Nick and Nereyda's Infinite Book List
  90. Fabled Haven
  91. Fiction and Tea
  92. Up 'til Midnight
  93. A Little Book World
  94. Celine Reads
  95. Kourtni Reads
  96. Diva Booknerd
  97. Lost in Literature
  98. Read Dream Live
  99. A Devourer of Books
  100. Jasmine Pearl Reads