Wednesday 12 September 2012

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Recommendations for LGBTQ YA Themed Month

I am going to be hosting another themed month next year after a break this year, and this time, it will be on LGBTQ YA novels!

I discovered recently that I have read only one, but had more than I realised in my TBR pile. I believe it's time for a little education and a way towards a little more understanding for me, so this is what I will be doing. However, the books I do have... there aren't enough for a whole month. So, I need some help.

I would like you to recommend YA LGBTQ novels (which will include all novels under the QUILTBAG acronym - Queer/Questioning, Unidentified, Intersex, Lesbian, Transgender, Bisexual, Asexual, and Gay/Genderqueer) that you think are pretty good - preferably ones that are published in the UK, so it'll be easier for me to get a hold of.

I am particularly looking for recommendations for the bisexual, transgender and intersex novels, as there doesn't seem to be too many going about.

If you have any ideas, please recommend them to me on Goodreads (link goes direct to my recommendation request), where I am create a shelf for these novels so I can find them easily. Thanks!


  1. This is a brilliant idea, Jo! I can't help much with recommending, because I'm in the same situation as you. I WANT to read more, but honestly I'm failing to remember ONE that I've read, although I'm certain I have. Either way, I consider this bad and a bookshelf deprived of some equally quality romance as those I already own and exploration of important issues.

    I'll definitely be interested in the books you'll be featuring next year!

    1. Thanks, misses! All the other themed months/weeks have been really interesting and educational for me, so I'm looking forward to this one! Hopefully it will be interesting for others too! :)

  2. There's a GLBT YA Festival running on my blog right now. And I'd recommend all the books on my list (esp. the ones I already read :)

    I hope you'll find some great LGBTQ reads!!

    Btw, I see that you're currently reading Boy Meets Boy! I loved that book! David Levithan is such a great author! Have you read Every Day? If not, I'd totally recommend it! :)

    1. Thank you so much, I will definitely check it out! Boy Meets Boy is awesome so far! I heard about Every Day today, and I'm looking forward to trying! Thanks!

  3. SUCH a great idea, Jo!
    I think Speechless is actually a good one in terms of AWARENESS. The Mortal Instruments series don't STAR a LGBQT couple, but Alec and Magnus' relationship is a big deal.

    The Catastrophic History of You and Me winds up with a secondary character coming out that has a huge impact on the protagonist--positively.

    Lola, in Lola and the Boy Next Door has two dads.
    I believe you find out out the character Arriane in Fallen is gay in the short story collection Fallen in Love.

    But the fact that these are all secondary characters kind of just goes to prove there isn't positive discussion attention on this in YA. There's a entire sub genre of romance dedicated to LGBQT romance. Very little in YA.

    Actually, Brodie featured an upcoming book called The Culling by Steve Des Santos that looked promising!

  4. Thanks for all your suggestions, Sarah! Most of those that I've read, the LGBTQ themes aren't prominent enough for what I want to look at. Lola and the Boy Next Door sounds good, but the main focus is on the relationship, right? I think a better read would be Between Mom and Jo by Julie Anne Peters, which is specifically about the relationship between the protag's two mothers. But I had forgotten about the Arriane story in Fallen in Love! I'm sure I can mention that somehow.

    Culling is on the list! And Speechless is something I'll keep an eye out for.

    Thanks for the recs, Sarah, you're awesome!