Tuesday, June 26, 2018

Top Ten Tuesday - Show Us Your PRIDE

Top Ten Tuesday is a meme hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. This week's topic is...

Show Us Your

As Pride Month winds down, I thought I would share some of my favorite LGBTQIAP+ books.

Autoboyography
Christina Lauren
Series: n/a
Publisher: Simon & Schuster BYR

Autoboyography won a place on my favorites shelf, because it was just a beautiful love story, which left me feeling all the feels. M/M romance featuring an out bisexual and a closeted, religious homosexual.

Whatever: or how junior year became totally f$@cked
S.J. Goslee
Series: n/a
Publisher: Roaring Brook Press

I always yell about this hidden gem. Mike was a protagonist I didn't expect to love so much, but I did. This book really surprised me with its charm, candor, humor, and honesty. Features a coming out bisexual.

Wild Beauty
Anna-Marie McLemore
Series: n/a
Publisher: Feiwel & Friends

Wild Beauty is an exquisitely written book. Lush and beautiful storytelling that kept me enchanted and enthralled from page 1. Features Latinx bisexual and homosexual characters, as well as a genderqueer character. 

Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda
Becky Albertalli
Series: Creekwood, #1
Publisher: Blazer + Bray

I had to include this book on my list, because I loved Simon so much! Simon was a fabulous and fantastic MC, who I cared for so much. He had this wonderful, supportive family, and I was so shipping the Blue-Simon ship. Features a M/M romance between two homosexual males. 

I'll Give You the Sun
Jandy Nelson
Series: n/a
Publisher: Dial Books

Another book from my favorites shelf! I loved everything about this book. The beautiful prose, the sibling relationship, the exploration of their pain, the dual timeline. I just loved every second of it. Features a male character, who identifies as homosexual.

Labyrinth Lost
Zoraida Córdova
Series: Brooklyn Brujas, #1
Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire

This book took me on such an adventure. I really liked the magical aspects, but I LOVED the family relationships. The family bond between the sisters, and the way each generation contributed to the shaping of the next was such a beautiful thing. Features a Latinx bisexual character.

Last Seen Leaving
Caleb Roehrig
Series: n/a
Publisher: Feiwel & Friends

This was a great whodunit, and this was also a great coming of age/coming out story. I was really impressed with the way Roehrig seamlessly blended January's disappearance and Flynn's coming to terms with his sexuality. Features a homosexual character and M/M romance. 

Every Day
David Levithan
Series: Every Day, #1
Publisher: Knopf

I thought the whole concept of this book was brilliant, and it's main message was - love is love. I am pretty sure this was the first book I read, which addressed the gender fluidity.

Drag Teen
Jeffery Self
Series: n/a
Publisher: Push

This was a fun road trip to personal discovery. JT learned so much about himself with the help of his two super supportive friends and his "fairy godmother". I laughed so much, but I also shed a few tears. For some really beautiful thoughts on this book, read this review. Features a homosexual male character.

Dress Codes for Small Towns
Courtney C. Stevens
Series: n/a
Publisher: HarperTeen

This was a wonderful and heartfelt tale of finding one's identity. It's a story of friendship and love, devotion and dedication. I laughed, I cried, I even swooned a few times. I fell in love with Billie and the Hexagon, and couldn't get enough of this incredible group of friends. Features a bisexual female character, exploration of gender identity. 

What are some of your favorite LGBTQIAP+ books?
Let us know in the comments!

34 comments:

  1. Oooh, Sam, awesome list! Some titles are new to me, and some I've seen around but I'm off to dig into them more!

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    1. Some great books up there. I hope you get to read a few.

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  2. Great picks!! Loved Autoboyography, Simon, I'll Give You the Sun and Last Seen Leaving. I do have a lot of the others on my TBR.

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    1. IGYTS has stuck with me for years! I am glad to give love to Autoboyography

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  3. These all sound like great reads,and especially Autoboyography and Wild Beauty sound good to me.

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    1. Autoboyography was just so well done, and Wild Beauty is really magical.

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  4. Great list! I loved Simon Vs and I’ll Give You the Sun.

    Aj @ Read All The Things!

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    1. These are both older books on my list, but I still love them so much.

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  5. Excellent list! And my daughter LOVED Every Day and I need to read it. :)

    Here is our Top Ten Tuesday. Thank you!

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    1. When I read it, I thought Every Day was just so different. I need to check out the film.

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  6. I loved the Love, Simon movie, but I haven't read the book it was based off yet. I've heard a lot of good things about Taylor Brooke's books for being inclusive. I believe she's released a sci-fi fantasy trilogy (which is amazing) and a few contemporaries :)

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    1. The book was so much better than the movie. I am not familiar with Taylor Brooke. I will have to look her up.

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  7. Fun topic. I'm a big fan of LGBT+ fiction and I love so many of these such as Simon Vs., Laybrinth Lost, Last Seen Leaving, and I'll Give You the Sun. I own Autoboyography and hope to read that soon!!

    -Lauren
    www.shootingstarsmag.net

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    1. You should read Autoboyography. You won't regret it.

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  8. Hooray for Labyrinth Lost! I adored it, especially the family relationships like you said, Sam. Believe it or not, I haven't actually read Simon Vs. 🙈It's the next audiobook up in my queue though! I'm also dying to read something by Anna-Marie McLemore, who everyone and their mama says is incredible.

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    1. I loved LL. I am trying to work the sequel into my weekly TBR, because I really enjoyed the first book so much. I have heard good things about the Simon audiobook. I hope you enjoy it. Wild Beauty was my first McLemore and no regrets.

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  9. Great list! Labyrinth Lost and Simon are two of my favorites.

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    1. Glad to see LL getting the love. I thought it was pretty fantastic when I read it, and well, Simon had to be on the list.

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  10. I've read six of these and enjoyed them all. Some others that come to mind are: If I Was Your Girl (transgender girl), Ramona Blue (bisexual girl), Gentleman's Guide to Vice and Virtue (bisexual boy), The Wicker King (M/M romance), That Inevitable Victorian Thing (f/f romance), Release (gay boy); Lily and Dunkin (transexual girl), The Other Boy (transexual boy), and Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe (m/m romance).

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    1. I have If I Were Your Girl, Release, and Lily and Dunkin (I think because of your review) on my TBR. I hope to get to them this year. Ramona made my short list, but it put me over 10. I have some good ones coming up too - Summer of Salt, Mariam Sharma, and Social Intercourse to name a few.

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  11. I just finished Autoboyography and loved it so I can definitely see why you did too! Also loved I'll GIve You the Sun! And so many of the rest of these are on my list, too. Great choices!

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    1. Autoboyography really was a wonderful book, and Jandy Nelson needs to write a new book soon.

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  12. Yay, so glad to see Wild Beauty on your list. Excellent picks!

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    1. I shocked even myself with a few fantasy books on my list. I had quite a few I could have included.

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  13. I absolutely loved the concept and cover of Labyrinth Lost ever since I saw it, but I keep holding off until Halloween time for it...and I missed it last year. I'm just so excited to read it, and I'm even more geeked for it after seeing your little summary of it! Great list, Sam! :)

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    1. I guess it could be a good Halloween read. I liked it a lot, but really, it's the family focus that hooked me.

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  14. I liked the movie Love, Simon but I haven't read the book. I must admit I haven't read any of these books. I should change that.

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    1. The book was better, a lot better, than the movie

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  15. Great list. Love, Simon is great and so is I'll Give you the Sun. Another awesome pride book is Ask the Passengers by A.S. King.
    Krystianna @ Downright Dystopian

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    1. I am working my way through King's backlist. Her books are incredible.

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  16. I have read Dress Codes to Small Towns! I had some mixed feelings on it for reasons I want to explain in a review. But I also really liked the exploration of identity and self-discovery. I think it was the small town mentality I had a problem with. But I'm still figuring it out because I'm not even sure myself xD I have Simon vs the Homo Sapiens on my TBR.

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    1. That small town mentality was such a big part of the story, and I liked the way some of the characters surprised us regarding that mentality. You haven't read Simon!!! It's very adorable and sweet and made me feel lots of good things.

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  17. I'm pretty sure Every Day was my first book to cover gender fluidity as well. I'd like to see how the movie adaptation compares.

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    1. I have been wanting to check out the film. Maybe it will come to Netflix soon.

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