Top Five Wednesday this week was favorite LGBTQ+ books. I have not read a lot of what I consider LGBTQ+ books sadly. I have read maybe a couple but definitely not enough that I felt I could make a strong top five list. I feel like a lot of the books I have read with LGBTQ+ characters, those characters have not been the main characters so I don’t really count them normally. Anyway, instead I decided to make a list of LGBTQ+ books I want to read—because I do want to read more books with LGBTQ+ main characters.
1. Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Sáenz
I own this book because so many people love it and I have heard so many good things, but I have just yet to pick it up. I think I put it on a readathon list a while ago and never got to it. Aristotle and Dante somehow develop a friendship and then relationship throughout this book I believe, as well as dealing with some other serious personal issues. I am not 100% sure but I am interested.
2. Juliet Takes a Breath by Gabby Rivera
I have seen this around a little bit but I really really love the description. Essentially, Juliet Milagros Palante is leaving the Bronx and headed to Portland, Oregon. She has just come out to her family—with tension between her and her mom—and she’s just trying to figure out what it means to her to be a Puerto Rican lesbian. She ends up interning with the author of her favorite book who is an authority on “feminism, women’s bodies, and other gay-sounding stuff.” Like it just sounds great and the cover is also great—I mean look at it.
3. Simon vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli
This book has so much talk and hype—and I know I am way behind the bandwagon here. It is even being made into a movie currently! Simon Spier is not openly gay and prefers to save drama for the school musical. But then one of his emails—to Blue, the pen name of the boy he’s been emailing—gets into the wrong hands. Unless he complies to some blackmail his sexual identity will become public knowledge.
4. Symptoms of Being Human by Jeff Garvin
Symptoms of Being Human has a main character that is gender fluid and I think that is something I have read and been exposed to very little so that’s really why I want to pick this up. Riley Cavanaugh identifies as a boy, other days as a girl. Problem is Riley’s father is congressman running for reelection—meaning Riley can’t come out. Insert anonymous blogging and drama here.
5. More Happy Than Not by Adam Silvera
Adam Silvera is a human I have heard such great things about. Gosh. I feel like this whole post is me gushing over all the great things I have heard about all these books. This is Adam’s—who himself is LGBTQ—debut book that really gained a lot of attention. I think it also deals with suicide and depression in addition to having a gay relationship.
6. History is All You Left Me by Adam Silvera
Another Adam Silvera! This is his newest book that came out this year, I am actually pretty upset because he has been by my area on a tour twice this year and I haven’t seen him—even though I haven’t read his books. It sounds like Griffin’s ex-boyfriend dies in a drowning accident after moving away for college, and even though they were ex’s he saw them getting back together and really downward spirals—with the only one who understands what he’s going through being his ex’s current boyfriend.
7. Boy Meets Boy by David Levithan
I never knew about this book until I made this list but it sounds crazy. I don’t even know how to describe it so I am gonna grab a bit of the blurb: this is the story of Paul, a sophomore at a high school like no other: The cheerleaders ride Harleys, the homecoming queen used to be a guy named Daryl (she now prefers Infinite Darlene and is also the star quarterback), and the gay-straight alliance was formed to help the straight kids learn how to dance. When Paul meets Noah, he thinks he’s found the one his heart is made for. Until he blows it.
It is described as a rom-com so I guess I will probably love it?
8. Carry On by Rainbow Rowell
I love Rainbow and Fangirl: meaning I am so into the idea of Carry On being a real book. If you don’t know what this is, essentially in Rainbow’s other book the main character wrote popular fanfiction about Simon Snow—a series very similar to our Harry Potter in terms of it has magic and a huge fandom. But she wrote slash fanfiction—called Carry On—about the main character Simon and the villain Baz. This is essentially like a book of that fanfiction story. Ahhh!
9. Queens of Geek by Jen Wilde
This is a more recent release. I have seen it around a little bit and have heard only good things. It takes place at a con—which I love—with two best friends and then a famous actress. I think there ends up being a dichotomy between one of the friends and the actress and that it is possibly a friendship that will lead to more. I don’t know too much but I kind of like that.