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S4S – LGBT Books I still need to read

Another Sunday, another Six for Sunday! This weeks prompt is LGBT books I still need to read, this will be a super easy one because there are LOADS and the six I’ve chosen below are just from the books I already own…As with my other posts of a similar vein this month, these are books that I consider to be LGBT because they feature LGBT characters and not necessarily because said books focus solely on the sexuality of the characters.

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A Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzie Lee
The moment I heard this had sassy, bi rep I brought it pretty much without question. I’m excited to get around to it and it’s sequel but it’s one of those books that I just haven’t managed to get around to yet.

Once and Future by Cori McCarthy and Amy Rose Capetta
This was on my TBR for this month but my review and blog tour schedule has been a lot more hectic than I had first anticipated and although I’m enjoying my current read, I’ve not been able to dedicate a lot of time to it. Once and Future has a pansexual main character who ends up wielding Excalibur and as someone who is pan and spent every waking moment as a kid pretending I was a badass lady night with a sword (apart from Xena phase be then Buffy ofc) and I am so ready for this, having to schedule my reads like a boring grown up with deadlines is killing me!

The Nevernight Chronicles by Jay Kristoff
One of my besties has been on at me FOREVER to read these books and I agree, I really want to read them and I did start one but just couldn’t get into it at the time, it sounds completely on brand for me but I’ve just not had time or been in the right mood to get around to it yet. I’m determined to get around to them this year.

Carry on by Rainbow Rowell
So I’ve had Carry on for age after buying it and having Rainbow sign it at my very first “proper” book event. I finally got around to reading and really enjoying Fangirl and I know Carry on is definitely something I will enjoy but I think I’ve kept putting it off due to hype and just not being in the right mood to read it but with Wayward Sons coming out pretty soon I figure I better finally get around to it.

The Long Way to a Small Angry Planet by Becky Chambers
I’ve been hearing SUCH good things about this series and loved hearing Kelly speak on the space panel at YALC last year alongside Lauren James and Sasha Alsberg and I’ve been fascinated by her series ever since but to sound like a broken record, I’ve just not been able to get around to it yet. It’s also not helped by the fact that I’ve been avoiding starting any new series of books right now for fear of becoming hooked. Soon. I promise.

The Shades of Magic Trilogy by V.E Schwab
Another book everyone has been telling me to read and another one that suffers from the same problems The Long Way to a Small Angry Planet, I’ve not had the time, I’ve been too scared to start a new series AND I’ve not been quite in the right mood for it.

I’m very very aware of just how many great books I have to read right now and once I’m caught up on reviews of new the slew of new releases coming out over the coming months I’m diving straight in with one of the amazing books from this list, without a doubt. Are there any on this list you have yet to read but want to? Have you read some of these and enjoyed them? Let me know if you can think of any more great LGBT books I need to add to my TBR!

 

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S4S – Favourite LGBT Characters

This week has gone so unbelievably fast, still, Sunday has arrived and that means another Six for Sunday post. Following the LGBT theme for the month Steph from A Little but a lot has chosen a prompt of “Favourite LGBT characters” this week. As with last week I’ve found this a little difficult because of the lack of LGBT rep in a lot of the things I had (not on purpose as I”m LGBTQ myself), the fact that sometimes I just forget who is canonically LGBTQ because honestly, I assume everyone is bi or pan unless stated somehow, as to be honest as that’s the sexuality I identify with and that to be a characters sexuality doesn’t define a character. I apologise for those of you who read last weeks post as this will feature books from a few of the books I mentioned so these may not be a surprise but I hope you’ll still enjoy! Some small spoilers below, I’ve tried to mention they’re incoming with italics beforehand to help you get through without spoiling anything you don’t want spoiled.

Ballister Blackheart from Nimona by Noelle Stevenson
As mentioned last week, there are a lot of different relationships in Nimona Blackheart has been in one of those that at the beginning of the story is not in a good place, especially when they’re trying to kill or have each other arrested. Blackheart deals with feelings he still clearly has the same way I probably would if I was an eccentric type supervillain – petty revenge and name calling with a side of longing glances He’s a fantastic character and he has some great sides to him.

Magnus Bane from the Shadowhunter books by Cassandra Clare
At the risk of repeating myself from lasts weeks post, Magnus helped me to realise my own sexual identity and that it had a name etc and I think he’s been a great form of rep for those of us out there who needed that. In addition, however, he’s also a great character who has flaws like any other but he ultimately goes out of his way to help those he loves and cares for and protects those who can’t help themselves. He’s also fun and very and open about his sexual orientation and past relationships over his very long life, not to mention he’s super sassy and I’m all for that.

Clove from The Last Beginning by Lauren James
(Spoilers for The Next Together below)
I adored Kat and Matthew in The Next Together and although they are featured this book focuses on one thing better, their daughter. Clove embodies the best (and worst) attributes of her parents. She’s smart and impulsive, quick-witted, curious and confident and does what she needs to do to make sure things are right. She’s a fantastic character and I hope we might get some more cameos from her in Lauren’s future books.

Kit Thornwood from Overlord by Sian Jefferson
Kit is adorable and full of hidden courage and I love him. Even when he’s technically a dark Overlord with a grand tower and an army of minions at his command he somehow he still manages to be an absolute cinnamon roll who just doesn’t feel like he fits in. I genuinely just want to keep him safe forever.

Stormer from Jem and the Holograms
(slight relationship spoilers)
I already went on and on about how much I love the relationship between Stormer and Kimber and this week I want to show my appreciation for Stormer. Despite the girl she likes being in a rival band she (quite rightly) doesn’t let this deter her and even when they aren’t together Stormer keeps the rest of her bandmates in check and tries to get them to act like decent human beings, she’s such a lovely character with a brilliant heart who feels the conflict between bands deeply, not just because of her feelings towards Kimber but because of the way it changes her friends too.

Emily Mather from A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness
I’ve only read the first book in the all souls series but in it, we’re introduced to Dianas’s Aunt Sarah and her partner Emily and Sarah is an enjoyable firecracker of a character but it’s Emily I really love. She’s a brilliant yin to Sarah’s yang and she doesn’t try to change Sarah but loves her for who she is and weathers her moods more than tries to temper them. She also clearly loves and cares for Diana as if she were her own child and when they begin to get a lot of company at the Bishop household she still manages to be warm and welcoming, she’s a brilliant spark of light and one of my favourite side characters in the series so far.

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#S4S – Favourite LGBT Reads

Happy Six for Sunday! This weeks prompt from the wonderful Steph over at A little but a lot is Favourite LGBT reads and I’m ashamed that despite being a member of the LGBT community myself I’ve read precious few LGBT books myself. It doesn’t seem to be something that’s focused on much in fantasy which is one of the two main genres I read, Science Fiction is a little better but I’m not sure I can think of many books that I’ve read that would be considered “LGBT” books so I’ll do my best to list the ones I would consider to feature LGBT elements in them. Feel free to reccomend all the good Fantasy and Sci-Fi LGBTQ+ books though, especially f/f or bi/pan/poly rep.

Just another note actually before we begin, a thought perhaps but what do you consider an “LGBT” read? Although they are important for those who need them I am often not at all interested in stories where characters “queereness” is the be all and end all of the story. As I’ve said those kind of books do need to exist because there are people out there who they will help and that will find themselves in those books but I really prefer the books where there are characters who are LGBTQ plus but it’s a normal natural thing and is not a pivotal plot point, obviously this is only personal opinion and everyone enjoys different kinds of books but I wanted to make that clear that is one of the reasons my list of “LGBT” reads probably aren’t considered as such because the sexuality of the characters aren’t the only plot point and I don’t want to diminish others love for books where that is the case at all but rather just wanted to explain my choices.

1. The Last Begining by Lauren James
This time bending book feautures Clove and her sometimes girlfriend Ella and was one of my favourite reads last year, I can’t say too much about why I love their relationship throughout this book without giving away spoilers but lets just say

2. Jem and the Holgrams by Kelly Thompson
I was a big fan of the Jem and the Holograms TV show when I was younger (showing my age!) and became a little obsessed with it. I was so excited to find out it was being made into a comic (we don’t talk about the “film”). The artwork is bold , beautiful and full of colour and the story is compelling and very much in the feel of the original show while still feeling updated and I’m gutted that it wasn’t a show instead but I’ve still loved every minute of it. Among some of the new changes I’ve enjoyed is the relationship between Kimber and Stormer, a star-crossed lovers tale with each being from rival bands. They are an absolutely adorable couple who adore each other but find it hard to be together with the tensions building between the two groups. They are easily one of my favourite couples in fiction.

3. The Shadowhunter Chronicles by Cassandra Clare
I feel like this one may be a little controversial somehow, purely because despite the relationship between Alec and Magnus Bane being one that really touched people, a lot of others feel it’s “over done” now somehow and that Cassie is just “milking it” to get positive attention. That’s not how I feel personally, although Alec and Magnus is a great step forward, especially at a time where same sex relationships were not often featured in YA for me I loved the fact that Magnus Bane was (at least) bisexual and this really helped me at a time where I was confused that I liked girls but I couldn’t be gay because I liked boys as well. Magnus sort of became a window to realising I didn’t have to be gay or straight as it wasn’t something I had ever really known or talked about. Now in the Dark Artifices we have all sort s of characters and relationships including trans and poly which I think have been done well and really appreciate seeing normalised in fiction.

4. Rat Queens by Kurtis J. Wiebe
Betty the smidgen is pretty much my favourite member of the Rat Queens (although I do love them all) and as with most of these on my list I love how easy and seamlessly her sexuality is introduced and plays out in these books. It’s very simple and sweet with just the right amount of fluff for my tastes.

5. Vicious and Vengeful by V.E Schwab
This might sound like a strange one but I was convinced during Vicious that Victor and Eli were besotted with each other even if they wouldn’t act on it or show it. The way Eli became obsessed with hunting down Victor just really seemed to have this…edge to it. In Vengeful it became apparent and although not done as smoothly as it could have been done, it was canonical acknowledged that Victor was Asexual (ace) and this felt like it made so much sense to me.

6. Nimona by Noelle Stevenson
By the looks of this list I read and enjoy a lot more LGBT comics than I do traditional books. Nimona is probably my absolute favourite on this list for many many reasons but one of them is the way it handles LGBT relationships so well. We often see LGBT couples possibly going through some kind of hardship and then they get back together and they live happily ever after. In Nimona we. See a huge variety of couples, some who are very happy together but also those who fight, or break up or flirt or just want something casual or different and I think thats another really important angle that needs to be shown as well. This book is absolutely a must read. Its a masterpiece.

Thank you for checking out my six for Sunday post! I think this may have inspired me to do a longer post. On a similar subject so keep an eye out for that coming soon! I hope you’ve all had a fantastic week and don’t forget to let me know if you’ve taken part in todays prompt as well so I can check it out!

P.S Wanted to give an honourable mention to Carry On! I haven’t finished it yet but I feel like if I had it probably would have made this list.