I've spent about 3 weeks planning on writing a sign-up post for #LGBTApril and have just realised that it starts tomorrow, so I'm going to get an ultra-quick one down here and may edit at some point.
For those who aren't aware of it, LGBT Month is hosted by Cayce at Fighting Dreamer and Laura at Laura Plus Books. It runs throughout April and it’s here to celebrate LGBT readers, LGBT authors and of course LGBT books!
I'm aiming to read a fair amount of LGBT books. I'm terrible at planning this stuff ahead of time but a few I have to choose from...
Books I have/have got from library:
Will Grayson, Will Grayson by David Levithan and John Green
Empress of the World by Sara Ryan
Rainbow Boys by Alex Sanchez
Alex as Well by Alyssa Brugman
Annie On My Mind by Nancy Garden
Keeping You A Secret by Julie-Anne Peters
Hero by Perry Moore
Books I'm hopefully getting or borrowing before the end of the month
Grasshopper Jungle by Andrew Smith
Adaptation by Malinda Lo
It's Our Prom by Julie-Anne Peters
Books I'm tempted to buy even though I have far too many books...
Aristotle and Dante Discover The Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Saenz
Teeth by Hannah Moskovitz
The Summer I Wasn't Me by Jessica Verdi
Great by Sara Benincasa (Published in US a week tomorrow so tempted to get an import)
Coda by Emma Trevayne
Books I've read and should review:
Golden Boy by Abigail Tarttelin
Starring Kitty by Keris Stainton
Books I'm desperately hoping review copies are available of before the end of April: (Subtle, me?!)
Pea's Book of Holidays by Susie Day
I'm also hoping to do a few discussion posts, although I ALWAYS say that. Stuff I'd like to talk about if I get a chance:
'Light' LGBT fiction - why isn't there more of it? (As much as I love having my heart torn out by people like Tess Sharpe and Cat Clarke, Starring Kitty was hugely refreshing as it was so adorable!
Why Isn't The Blurb Out? I LOVED Far From You but the blurb irritated me by making no mention of the central relationship which is by far the best thing about this wonderful book. This is hardly unique - should books be up front about their LGBT characters? What about the 'twist' of someone being LGBT? (Thinking of one in particular where you may assume the narrator is a girl until the halfway point when he's revealed to be a gay guy...)
LGBT Films and TV Shows - This will clearly be me raving about Dance Academy, but I may throw in shout-outs to Kissing Jessica Stein and Lost & Delirious
A Sporcle quiz or two.
Are you signing up for #LGBTApril? Any books I haven't listed here that I should definitely read? Let me know in comments or on Twitter! (Also, if you're short of recommendations for books to read, then Dahlia Adler's QUILTBAG YA/NA Compendium is AMAZING. Although apologies if she bankrupts you...)