Monday 31 March 2014


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...)


  1. Oh I like your plans and we have quite a few books in common on our tbr lists. I don't know when I'll get to them but I want to read Alex as Well, Will Grayson, Will Grayson and Annie On My Mind too. (And I really enjoyed the Rainbow High books)

    Adaptation is such a unique book, I hope you can borrow it. I'd also highly recommend Teeth. It's a... strange story but I just loved the characters.

    Ari&Dante!!! <333

    The Summer I Wasn't Me - I'm planning going to read that one next.

    Aaaand I should review Golden Boy too, but I don't really know how...

    Oh yes, I love me some light&sweet stories (and I've read quite a few I think. Let's see... I'd recommend: Know Not Why by Hannah Johnson, Andy Squared by Jennifer Lavoie and Teenage Rewrite by Brandon Williams aaand I have feeling that Falling From The Sky by Nikki Godwin is going to be light-ish as well)

    Really? That's... interesting. I haven't read the official blurb, but I've heard that it's LGBT so...

    LGBT movies! Quizzes!! YAY~ (btw, I made a little quiz for tomorrow's kick off post, but it's a pretty basic one ~.~ :)

  2. Bahahaha thanks for the shoutout, complete with bankruptcy warning ;)

    You MUST by Aristotle and Dante - I think you will love it. I've actually had GOLDEN BOY sitting on my shelf for waaaay too long and seriously need to get to it; the friend who rec'd it to me is obsessed with it. And I really enjoyed both GREAT and THE SUMMER I WASN'T ME! I never actually finished CODA, which is more of a "Just not my genre" situation than anything else, but I love it for existing so I always have a book to recommend for people who want either spec-fic with an LGBT MC *or* a book where the MC's queerness is a non-issues. (Or both! Go Emma Trevayne!)

  3. Oh my god, you need to review Golden Boy. Seriously. Also, read WG WG because Levithan, and Hero because I want to borrow it :P The Summer I Wasn't Me is also on my wishlist. And yay for quizzes!

  4. Yay! Glad to see you taking part in this. I really enjoyed Will Grayson, Will Grayson. And Empress of the World and Keeping You A Secret. And I'm hoping to read Adaptation as well, especially as I hear it deals with bisexuality, which isn't something I come across often enough.