Okay, here goes… I don’t read a lot of LGBTQ+ books. It’s not a concious descision, it’s not that I don’t want to, I can’t remember enough to fill a top 5 Wednesday list.
The only one I can 100% recommend is The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller which was one of the most beautiful books I’ve ever read.
So I’m making this into a Top 5 LGBTQ+ books I have on my TBR – list.
Then you can tell me which ones I should get to first. Deal?
Aristotle and Dante discover the secrets of the universe – Benjamin Alire Sáenz
Aristotle is an angry teen with a brother in prison. Dante is a know-it-all who has an unusual way of looking at the world. When the two meet at the swimming pool, they seem to have nothing in common. But as the loners start spending time together, they discover that they share a special friendship—the kind that changes lives and lasts a lifetime. And it is through this friendship that Ari and Dante will learn the most important truths about themselves and the kind of people they want to be.
I’ve heard that the audiobook for this was narrated by Lin Manuel Miranda. If that’s true than this could be the first audiobook I’ll ever listen to. People are generally very positive about this book so I’m curious to see if I’ll like it too.
The miseducation of Cameron Post – Emily M. Danforth
When Cameron Post’s parents die suddenly in a car crash, her shocking first thought is relief. Relief they’ll never know that, hours earlier, she had been kissing a girl.
But that relief doesn’t last, and Cam is soon forced to move in with her conservative aunt Ruth and her well-intentioned but hopelessly old-fashioned grandmother. She knows that from this point on, her life will forever be different. Survival in Miles City, Montana, means blending in and leaving well enough alone (as her grandmother might say), and Cam becomes an expert at both.
Then Coley Taylor moves to town. Beautiful, pickup-driving Coley is a perfect cowgirl with the perfect boyfriend to match. She and Cam forge an unexpected and intense friendship — one that seems to leave room for something more to emerge. But just as that starts to seem like a real possibility, ultrareligious Aunt Ruth takes drastic action to ‘fix’ her niece, bringing Cam face-to-face with the cost of denying her true self — even if she’s not exactly sure who that is.
This just grabbed my attention but I haven’t heard anyone else talk about it. So if you’ve read this, let me know if you liked it! I’m going to be on the lookout for this one from now on.
More happy than not – Adam Silvera
In the months after his father’s suicide, it’s been tough for 16-year-old Aaron Soto to find happiness again–but he’s still gunning for it. With the support of his girlfriend Genevieve and his overworked mom, he’s slowly remembering what that might feel like. But grief and the smile-shaped scar on his wrist prevent him from forgetting completely.
When Genevieve leaves for a couple of weeks, Aaron spends all his time hanging out with this new guy, Thomas. Aaron’s crew notices, and they’re not exactly thrilled. But Aaron can’t deny the happiness Thomas brings or how Thomas makes him feel safe from himself, despite the tensions their friendship is stirring with his girlfriend and friends. Since Aaron can’t stay away from Thomas or turn off his newfound feelings for him, he considers turning to the Leteo Institute’s revolutionary memory-alteration procedure to straighten himself out, even if it means forgetting who he truly is.
Why does happiness have to be so hard?
This book is going to destroy me, isn’t it?
Oranges are not the only fruit – Jeanette Winterson
This startling novel describes the adolescence of a ferociously bright and rebellious orphan adopted into a Pentecostal household in the dour, industrial Midlands and her coming to terms with her unorthodox sexuality.
I know that this is based on Jeanette Winterson’s own life and that’s exactly why I want to read it. I like the idea of fictionalizing true events to get a message across.
The Captive Prince – C.S. Pacat
Damen is a warrior hero to his people, and the rightful heir to the throne of Akielos. But when his half brother seizes power, Damen is captured, stripped of his identity, and sent to serve the prince of an enemy nation as a pleasure slave.
This could be either really good or really bad. I’ve heard a lot of mixed reviews but the blurb sounds like something I’d enjoy reading.
What do you think? Which one should I read first?