miércoles, 29 de abril de 2015

What About Diversity?

This post has been inspired by people and thoughts. First, I saw that Chiara, who is a blogger too, has written LGBTQ stories and has a LGBTQ shelf in her goodreads account, which made me think she must read a lot of books that have diversity in them, in order to have a shelf for them. 

This happened by the time Simon Vs The Homo Sapiens Agenda came out, and all of this combined made realize that I haven't really read a lot of books that are Diverse. And the only one I could think of that I have is I'll Give You The Sun,  by Jandy Nelson and maybe The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo. 

So the reason of this post is because I want to discover LGBTIQ books, and I want you to help me with this. Why, you ask? Well, I think it is important to read something other than heteronormativity, to discover other identities and ways of living that are out there, and because I would love to learn more on this topic. And I want to believe this can happen with literature too, rather than through academic publications only.

So all I am asking is to please contribute by commenting with LGBTIQ books that you know of or that you have read and enjoyed and/or loved, even. This way, if someone other than myself is interested in this too, well they can look up the books and hopefully add them to their TBR list.

I hope you guys help me with this! Cause I cant wait to see your recommendations.

See you in the comments! 

9 comentarios:

  1. EVERYTHING LEADS TO YOU! EVERYTHING LEADS TO YOU! EVERYTHING LEADS TO YOU! It features a lesbian character AND IT'S NOT THE FOCUS OF THE BOOK. I was always worried that if I read an LGBTQ book that the whole book would focus on the sexuality and that's not something that I was completely interested in. I wanted a book that featured an LGBTQ character and have their sexuality be known but in the background because otherwise it's not realistic. Everything Leads To You IS SUCH A GOOD BOOK ALE. read it.

    1. Hahahaha I am looking it up right now and adding it to my TBR then, Nat!

      Thank you soooo much for contribuing. <3

  2. One of the last LGBTQ books that I read was Will Grayson, Will Grayson by John Green and David Levithan. I thought the ending was stupid, but the characters are interesting, and it’s about way more than just sexuality.

    Aj @ Read All The Things!

    1. Ohhhhhhhh, Green and Levithan, definitely sounds familiar! I am going to look it up on goodreads. Thank you so much for your comment, Aj! :)

  3. EEP. I'm glad to have inspired your post! ^.^ And the fact that you want to read more LGBTQIA+ books is awesome. Reading beyond your own experience is one of the most beautiful aspects of reading, in my opinion.

    As for some recommendations, you know I have a shelf! And I definitely recommend everything on there with three stars or above. But some of my precious darlings that I HAVE to explicitly recommend are:

    - Any book by David Levithan. He's the one that got me into LGBTQIA+ fiction, and his writing is divine and beautiful and all those other lovely adjectives. Definitely worth the read.

    - Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli. Possibly the cutest book I have EVER read.

    - Some Assembly Required by Arin Andrews. This is non-fiction, which is just incredible because it's about someone who is REAL and what the have actually gone through as a teenager. I can barely describe what this book means to me.

    - None of the Above by I.W. Gregorio. An amazing book that looks at intersex from a new angle (the MC discovers she is intersex at 17, rather than knowing her whole life).

    - Alex As Well by Alyssa Brugman. Another intersex novel, but from a completely different angle. It's written in an incredibly unique way, and the story is all kinds of amazing.

    - Teeth by Hannah Moskowitz. Combines paranormal elements with the most beautiful and screwed up friendship-love between two boys.

    - Artistotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Saenz. A gorgeous book about two boys who start off as best friends but realise that they're something more. VERY CUTE.

    Anyway, I hope you read some (or all - woohoo!) of these books, and like them, too ^.^

    1. SO MANY BOOKS CHIARAAAAA! askjdaksdk I just added them all and I can't wait to read them. 'Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe' sounds SO good? I also want to read 'Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda' sooooo badly. Super excited for all of these. Thank you soooo much! <3

  4. I was going to say that David Levithan is known for his LGBTQIA+ books. His short story in My True Love Gave to Me is one too.

    In The Perks of Being a Wallflower, Charlie discovers that one of his new friends is gay, and he learns a bit. It's not the greatest example because it's not a dominant theme, but it's always a good starting point.

    Nikki Godwin also writes LGBTQIA+ books. I haven't read anything by her yet, but I have a couple of her books on my Kindle.

    1. I forgot about The Perks of Being a Wallflower and I read it -_- but yeah like you said is not a dominant theme. I've only read The Lover's Dictionary by David Levithan lol so I should probably check out more of his work. I am going to look up Nikki Godwin cause I have never heard of her.

      Thank you for stopping by, Erin!! :)

  5. I read The Art of Being Normal by Lisa Williamson earlier this year, and it was a pretty sweet introduction to LGBTIQ novels. It's about two teenagers struggling with transgendered issues, and how they and their families cope with their journeys.
    Beth x