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. Continue reading