— Jim (@Yayeahyeah) June 6, 2016
Simon vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda, by Becky Albertalli, is a gorgeously warm, fun and cute read which stands out as one of the happiest LGBTQ YA stories I've read - as does Complementary and Acute, by Ella Lyons, a really lovely novella about 2 boarding school roommates.
Complementary and Acute shares its school setting with another short read I adored, What The Heart Wants by Naomi Tajedler. (This one is available to download for just £1.31, or to by as part of the superb Summer love anthology, by the way.) What The Heart Wants is a rich and compelling story set in a summer art class, where two girls fall for each other.
Another story with a summer activity as the setting is Lumberjanes, the much-loved comic from Boom! Studios. I've only read volume 1 so far - written by Noelle Stevenson and Grace Ellis, and illustrated by Brooke Allen - but have heard amazing things about later issues as well. Following a group of girls spending the summer at scout camp, and with wonderful LGBTQ characters, this is a beautifully drawn and really touching read.
The most recent Lumberjanes story started last Wednesday, as the highly-anticipated crossover mini-series with DC's Gotham Academy kicked off! Another release that day which I've been waiting for for what seems like ages is Oni Press's Merry Men (by Robert Rodi, Jackie Lewis and Marissa Louise), in which Robin Hood is the former boyfriend of King Richard the Lionheart, and the rest of the main cast are a collection of gay and bi men, plus a trans woman. It's a really outstanding first issue, and I'm very excited to read the rest of the series.
Finally, while most of my LGBTQIA reads have been contemporary or SFF, another historical read I adored (in addition to Merry Men) was Molly Beth Griffin's Silhouette of a Sparrow. Silhouette is a breathtakingly good read about a girl who's captivated by a bright young flapper. Lyrically written and gorgeously romantic, it's a real must-read - as are the five above!
Have you done a #6Degrees post this month? Remember to link it up to my post from June 4th!