Top 5 Wednesday: Favorite LGBTQ+ Reads

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Top 5 Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Sam from Thoughts on Tomes and created by Lainey from Gingerreadlainey.

This week’s topic is all about featuring my favorite LGBTQ+ reads. I’ve read some really good ones this year and if you haven’t read them yet, I hope this post will inspire you to add them to your TBR.

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Queens of Geek by Jen Wilde

When BFFs Charlie, Taylor and Jamie go to SupaCon, they know it’s going to be a blast. What they don’t expect is for it to change their lives forever.

Charlie likes to stand out. SupaCon is her chance to show fans she’s over her public breakup with co-star, Reese Ryan. When Alyssa Huntington arrives as a surprise guest, it seems Charlie’s long-time crush on her isn’t as one-sided as she thought.

While Charlie dodges questions about her personal life, Taylor starts asking questions about her own.

Taylor likes to blend in. Her brain is wired differently, making her fear change. And there’s one thing in her life she knows will never change: her friendship with Jamie—no matter how much she may secretly want it to. But when she hears about the Queen Firestone SupaFan Contest, she starts to rethink her rules on playing it safe.

I know I’ve featured this book on a couple of lists lately, but it bears repeating: I loved this book. Charlie, one of the main characters and one of two points of view we read, is a bisexual woman who’s had to deal not only with her sexuality, but with the film industry wanting her to suppress it “for the good of her film” and with fans that ship her and her ex, the star of the film that brought her into the world wide cinematic arena.

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The Search for Aveline: Sink or Swim #1

by Stephanie Rabig and Angie Bee

Captain Harriet “Harry” Roberts and the daring crew of The Sappho are not for the faint of heart. A ship of strays unlike any other, they’re not afraid to face whatever the world throws at them—be it mermaids, kidnappings, sirens, plague, clashes with their mortal enemy Captain Wrath Drew of The Charon, a handsome merman, or good old-fashioned love.

This book has a whole host of relationships in the LGBTQ+ spectrum and I love how they’re all treated well. Things aren’t always easy for these characters; there is, alas, tragedy for more than one, but the book is overall one of acceptance.

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George by Alex Gino

BE WHO YOU ARE. When people look at George, they think they see a boy. But she knows she’s not….

I finally got to read this year and was surprised by how much emotion I felt while reading it. I’d heard about George, a transgender girl, before, but never much about how the book handled her story. It’s a middle grade book that is very respectful of it’s subject, probably helped by the fact that this book is #ownvoices.

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Peter Darling by Austin Chant

Ten years ago, Peter Pan left Neverland to grow up, leaving behind his adolescent dreams of boyhood and resigning himself to life as Wendy Darling. Growing up, however, has only made him realize how inescapable his identity as a man is.

But when he returns to Neverland, everything has changed: the Lost Boys have become men, and the war games they once played are now real and deadly. Even more shocking is the attraction Peter never knew he could feel for his old rival, Captain Hook—and the realization that he no longer knows which of them is the real villain.

This has been one of the view books that has made me cry so far this year. The writing really gets into not only your head, but also your heart. Peter’s journey between England and Neverland, between his life as Wendy and his life as Peter, is one told in snippets and flashbacks while Peter comes back to Neverland as a young adult, having grown up despite his claim to never be able to do so. The M/M relationship is one I never realized would work so well either between well known and loved characters from the Peter Pan legend.

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More Happy Than Not by Adam Silvera

In the months after his father’s suicide, it’s been tough for sixteen-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?

I never saw the end of this book coming.

I’m a sucker for any book that takes place in New York City, so point one to this book. When I got it in an OwlCrate, point two. The characters were fleshed out so well I could picture them as people I actually knew, which added to the heartbreak I suffered when the book was coming to its conclusion. I wish this weren’t a standalone because I have so many questions about where life will go for Aaron.

 

 

 

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3 thoughts on “Top 5 Wednesday: Favorite LGBTQ+ Reads

  1. Ohh I seriously need to read More Happy Than Not!! I read History Is All You Left Me by that author and loooved it so much. ❤ I also really liked Peter Darling (it was too short though!! MORE PLEASE) and George. And I'm definitely checking out Sink Or Swim after this. 🎉 I just read Wilful Machines which is all robots and m/m romance and it was so cute and such an amazing and underrated book!

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