family tragicomic

lgbtq+ book recs

(* means that it’s a series)

  • carry on by rainbow rowell
  • more than this by patrick ness
  • the rest of us just live here by patrick ness
  • simon vs the homo sapiens agenda by becky albertalli
  • *the raven cycle by maggie stiefvater
  • far from you by tess sharpe
  • the darkest part of the forest by holly black
  • everything leads to you by nina lacour
  • you know me well by nina lacour & david leviathan
  • draw the line by laurent linn
  • aristotle and dante discover the secrets of the universe by benjamin alive sáenz
  • the song of achilles by madeline miller
  • the secret history by donna tartt
  • the goldfinch by donna tartt
  • this is where it ends by marieke nijkamp
  • more happy than not by adam silvera
  • we are the ants by shaun david hutchinson
  • *the gemma doyle trilogy by libba bray
  • *all for the game by nora sakavic
  • ash by malinda lo
  • *adaptation by malinda lo
  • tell me again how a crush should feel by sara farizan
  • under the lights by dahlia adler
  • black iris by elliot wake
  • afterworlds by scott westerfeld
  • ask the passengers by as king
  • *the young elites by marie lu
  • *six of crows by leigh bardugo
  • the miseducation of cameron post by emily m. danforth
  • lies my girlfriend told me by julie anne peters
  • *vanished by ee cooper
  • dangerous girls by abigail haas
  • reconstructing amelia by kimberly mccreight
  • fun home: a family tragicomic by alison bechdel
  • dare me by megan abbott
  • teeth by hannah moskowitz
  • i’ll give you the sun by jandy nelson
  • even in paradise by chelsey philpot
  • over you by amy reed
  • the picture of dorian gray by oscar wilde
  • the perks of being a wallflower by stephen chbosky
  • *the trials of apollo by rick riordan
  • the rehearsal by eleanor catton
  • love is the higher law by david levithan
  • all men of genius by lev ac rosen
  • between me and you by marisa calin
  • great by sara benincasa
  • *the diviners by libba bray
  • the summer i wasn’t me by jessica verdi
  • fan art by sarah tregay
  • *every day by david levithan
  • boy meets boy by david levithan
  • two boys kissing by david levithan
  • the game of love and death by martha brockenbrough
  • *shades of magic by ve schwab
  • the great american whatever by tim federle
  • if you could be mine by sara farizan
  • george by alex gino
  • if i was your girl by meredith russo
  • true letters from a fictional life by kenneth logan
  • symptoms of being human by jeff garvin

krystalgoderitches-deactivated2  asked:

do you know about any books with lesbians with ocd?

I managed to dig up a few, there might be a few more but not where it’s explicitly addressed so if anyone knows any others please share with us!

genesischrisb  asked:

Hi, i was wondering if you could give me some book recs for romance/drama but LGBT based? (':

  • Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Sáenz
  • Boy Meets Boy by David Leviathan 
  • Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli
  • The Bermudez Triangle by Maureen Johnson
  • Luna by Julie Anne Peters 
  • Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic by Alison Bechdel 
  • Boyfriends with Girlfriends by Alex Sanchez 
  • Dress Codes for Small Towns by Courtney C. Stevens
  • Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe by Fannie Flagg
  • Tipping the Velvet by Sarah Waters
  • I’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson
  • Annie on My Mind by Nancy Garden
  • Fingersmith by Sarah Waters
101 Diverse Books to Add to Your TBR!

1.     Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi

2.     Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon

3.     In the Time of the Butterflies by Julia Alvarez

4.     Aristotle & Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Saenz

5.     The New Testament by Jericho Brown

6.     Anya’s Ghost by Vera Brosgol

7.     American Born Chinese by Gene Luen Yang

8.     Philadelphia Fire by John Edgar Wideman

9.     Bad Feminist by Roxane Gay

10. An Untamed State by Roxane Gay

11. We Should All Be Feminists by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

12. Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

13. The English Patient by Michael Ondaatje

14. The Cinnmaon Peeler by Michael Ondaatje

15. Everything Leads to You by Nina LaCour

16. You Know Me Well by David Levithan and Nina LaCour

17. Two Boys Kissing by David Levithan

18. Under Rose Tainted Skies by Louise Gornall*

19. A Raisin in the Sun by Lorraine Hansberry

20. Red Scarf Girl by Ji-Li Jiang

21. My Beloved World by Sonia Sotomayor

22. Bronx Masquerade by Nikki Grimes

23. Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe

24. Where We Go When All We Were is Gone by Sequoia Nagamatsu

25. The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle by Haruki Murakami

26. Of Fire and Stars by Audrey Coulthurst

27. Furiously Happy by Jenny Lawson

28. Honor Girl: A Graphic Memoir by Maggie Thrash

29. A Year Without Mom by Dasha Tolstikova

30. The Rice Mother by Rani Manicka

31. Jerusalem: A Family Portrait by Boaz Yakin

32. I Am Malala by Malala Yousafzai

33. Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston

34. Beloved by Toni Morrison

35. Hard Times Require Furious Dancing by Alice Walker

36. The Color Purple by Alice Walker

37. The Satanic Verses by Salman Rushdie

38. Behind the Beautiful Forevers: Life, Death, and Hope in Mumbai Undercity by Katherine Boo

39. The Morning They Came For Us: Dispatches form Syria by Janine Di Giovanni

40. The Forty Rules of Love by Elif Shafak

41. Signal to Noise by Silvia Moreno-Garcia

42. Dare to Disappoint: Growing Up in Turkey by Ozge Samanci

43. The Moor’s Account by Laila Lalami

44. Lies We Tell Ourselves by Robin Talley

45. The Hundred-Year Walk: An Armenian Odyssey by Dawn Anahid MacKeen

46. The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini

47. A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini

48. The House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros

49. The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon

50. I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou

51. George by Alex Gino

52. Simon VS The Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli

53. The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie

54. The Complete Persepolis by Marjan Satrapi

55. Year of Impossible Goodbyes by Sook Nyul Choi

56. Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress by Dai Sijie

57. Symptoms of Being Human by Jeff Garvin

58. One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez

59. Love in the Time of Cholera by Gabriel Garcia Marquez

60. Reading Lolita in Tehran by Azar Nafisi

61. The Art of Being Normal by Lisa Williamson

62. The Girl in the Garden by Kamala Nair

63. The Gift of Rain by Tan Twan Eng

64. Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson

65. Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates

66. Behold the Dreamers by Imbolo Mbue

67. A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier by Ishmael Beah

68. More Happy Than Not by Adam Silvera

69. Throne of the Crescent Moon by Saladin Ahmed

70. Here Come the Dogs by Omar Musa

71. The Lowland by Jhumpa Lahiri

72. The Interrogation of Ashala Wolf by Ambelin Kwaymullina

73. Kindred by Octavia Butler

74. The God of Small Things by Arundhati Roy

75. The White Tiger by Aravind Adiga

76. White Teeth by Zadie Smith

77. What Lies Between Us by Nayomi Munaweera

78. And After Many Days by Jowhor Ile

79. The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead

80. Shelter by Jung Yun

81. The Golden Son by Shilpi Somaya Gowda

82. The Miseducation of Cameron Post by Emily M. Danforth

83. Funhome: A Family Tragicomic by Alison Bechdel

84. How to Repair a Mechanical Heart by J.C. Lillis

85. Cutting for Stone by Abraham Verghese

86. Guapa by Saleed Haddad

87. Just Visiting by Dahlia Adler

88. A Love That Disturbs by Medeia Sharif

89. Listen, Slowly by Thanhha Lai

90. Night by Elie Wiesel

91. We Awaken by Calista Lynne

92. Call Me By Your Name by Andre Aciman

93. Labyrinth Lost by Zoraida Cordova

94. If I Was Your Girl by Meredith Russo

95. Blue is the Warmest Color by Julie Maroh

96. A Tale for the Time Being by Ruth Ozeki

97. Sister Mine by Nalo Hopkinson

98. Far From You by Tess Sharpe

99. Wonder by R.J. Palacio

100. A Time to Dance by Padma Venkatraman

101. El Deafo by Cece Bell
26 Books Every LGBT Person Absolutely Has To Read
Oh, and non-LGBT people – you should probably read these too.
By Ellie Bate

1. More Happy Than Not by Adam Silvera 

“It really shines a light on the effect depression has on LGBT+ youth, and I think it’s also really important that it addresses being gay in a Latino community, where being gay is unheard of. It’s a really important book and I recommend it to everyone.”

2. Maurice by E.M. Forster 

“It’s a classic about a man in Edwardian England who falls mutually in love with a peer at Cambridge and their subsequent years together. It deals heavily with class difference and societal expectations for a man in the upper middle class during this era but it ends happily, so that’s a plus.”

3. Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Sáenz

“It’s such an amazing and well-written book that not only explores queerness but also being a POC (specifically being Mexican) and figuring out who you are and learning to accept and love yourself. It’s such a great book and I love it so much.”

4. I’ll Give You The Sun by Jandy Nelson

“It’s a beautiful book about love (in all its forms), loss, and starting anew. The book is amazing and I always find something new in it each time I re-read it. It’s a must read for all LGBT+ rights advocates.”

5. Tell Me Again How A Crush Should Feel by Sara Farizan

“It was great because it showed a POC who didn’t know how to come out to her Muslim parents.”

6. Lies We Tell Ourselves by Robin Talley

“It’s about the hardships endured during the 1950s in Virginia, especially with integration and accepting your sexuality at that time. The two main characters Sarah and Linda are complete opposites, both on different sides of the battle for civil rights, but soon realise they are falling for each other.”

7. Rubyfruit Jungle by Rita Mae Brown

“This was a great lesbian coming-of-age novel that highlighted all the issues people in the LGBT community faced back then [in the ’60s]. It’s important for me to not ignore the advances that people fought for, for me to be comfortable coming out today.”

8. Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides

“It’s about an intersex person and their family’s history as Greek-American immigrants.”

9. Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic by Alison Bechtel

“It’s a graphic memoir that parallels many experiences young queer folk have when coming out and claiming their own identity. It’s a MUST read.”

10. The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller

“It’s the type of book that’ll leave you bawling your eyes out in the middle of the night after you throw your book at the wall.”


superamatista  asked:

Recommend me works with well-written female characters written by women who are NOT sidelined or crapped over.

I’m not sure if you mean books or tv shows/movies, so I’ll respond with books, and write about tv shows/movies in another post later.

List of some books I’ve read and enjoyed that feature well-developed female characters. Most are written by women, but i included two written by men that I thought were worthy. (Note that some probably have triggering or problematic material in them, so if you have questions about that, I’ll try my best to remember and let you know).

Heidegger’s Glasses by Thaisa Frank - historical fiction about a Polish woman in Nazi Germany struggling to survive and to save the few people she can from the Holocaust

Tess of the D'Urbervilles by Thomas Hardy - written in the 19th century about the ostracism a lower class English woman from the country faces; the book grapples with issues of rape and double standards in a way far ahead of its time

The House of Mirth by Edith Wharton - story of a woman from a rich family who, due to familial ruin, is of little means, and struggles to retain her place due to the lack of options afforded high society women in New York in the early 20th century

A Thousand Years of Good Prayers by Yiyun Li - collection of short stories by a Chinese American author about life in China; some stories focus on male characters and some on female - all the characters are fully realized and well-written

Queen Sugar by Natalie Baszile- a black female New Yorker grapples with racism when she abandons life in the city to farm sugar cane on the land her father left her in Louisiana

Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn- probably one of the most compulsively readable books ive ever devoured, you can’t stop turning the page: a compelling, whip smart and pitch black thriller that also works as a cutting commentary on misogyny and marriage in contemporary american society

Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen - a classic from one of the greatest satirists, focused on the domestics absurdities of the Victorian Era

The Color Purple by Alice Walker - Black lesbians and seminal womanism text - need I say more?

Sula - one of Toni Morrison’s most acclaimed works - focuses on the intense and complicated relationship between two black girls who grow up together

Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic - graphic novel memoir by alison bechdel that delves into issues of queer identity and family

The Hours by Michael Cunningham - shifts between three interlocking narratives about three different women throughout history: a bi woman in the 1990′s grappling with a former lover dying of AIDS, a queer homemaker forced into a loveless heterosexual marriage in the 50s, and Virginia Woolf struggling with mental illness

The Price of Salt by Patricia Highsmith - source material for the movie Carol, a book about the forbidden love affair of two lesbians in 1950s America

Beloved by Toni Morrison - focuses on the trauma of slavery through the story of a free Black woman and her relationship with her daughters

Orlando by Virginia Woolf- rollicking gender bending odyssey of the titular character who lives from the era of Shakespeare through to the 20th century

The Awakening by Kate Chopin - focuses on a woman trapped by the confines of marriage in the late 19th century

Passing by Nella Larsen - focuses on the complex relationship between two light-skinned Black women who “pass” in different ways in early 20th century Harlem; lots of lesbian undertones

The Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton - like most of Wharton’s work, again, about Victorian high society New York; although from the perspective of a man this time, the female characters are multifaceted and well-developed

#ReadWomen Book Recommendations

As I already mentioned, I am participating in the December challenge that @ladybookmad​ is doing called #ReadWomen where the goal is to only read books written by women. And to kick it off before December hits I thought I would share some of my favorite books by women, and some of Janel’s favorites as well!

My Recommendations:


  1. Inkheart by Cornelia Funke 
  2. Graceling by Kristin Cashore
  3. House of the Scorpion by Nancy Farmer
  4. Book of a Thousand Days by Shannon Hale
  5. East by Edith Pattou
  6. Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
  7. A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle
  8. The Giver by Lois Lowry
  9. Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas

YA Contemporary/Middle Grade

  1. The Miseducation of Cameron Post by Emily M. Danforth *
  2. None of the Above by I.W. Gregorio *
  3. If I Stay by Gayle Forman
  4. A Little Princess by Frances Hodgson-Burnett
  5. Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson
  6. Ask the Passengers by A.S. King *
  7. The Merciless by Danielle Vega
  8. The Art of Being Normal by Lisa Williamson *
  9. The Westing Game by Ellen Raskin
  10. Lies We Tell Ourselves by Robin Talley *
  11. Ella Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine

Adult Fiction

  1. Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn
  2. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
  3. The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield
  4. Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie
  5. The Help by Kathryn Stockett
  6. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

Graphic novels/comics

  1. Bitch Planet by Kelly Sue DeConnick & Valentine De Landro
  2. Lumberjanes by Shannon Waters, Grace Ellis, & Noelle Stevenson *
  3. This One Summer by Jillian Tamaki & Mariko Tamaki
  4. Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic by Alison Bechdel *

@overlykoalafied‘s recommendations:

  1. Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
  2. The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
  3. The Queen of the Tearling by Erika Johansen
  4. The Color Purple by Alice Walker *
  5. Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe by Fannie Flagg *
  6. Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling
  7. Everything Leads to You by Nina LaCour *
  8. The Bermudez Triangle by Maureen Johnson *
  9. Brooklyn Girls series by Gemma Burgess
  10. Sailor Moon by Naoko Takeuchi

The titles that are in italics mean that the authors are one of my favorites and I think you could read ANYTHING by that woman and enjoy it. And books that have LGBTQIA+ protagonists have a (*) to mark them. Enjoy!

remember-thevividselfiwas  asked:

Hi! Could you please recommend me non fictional, non romantic books? (I'm trying new things)

Okay, so, this is a bit out of my normal reading habits, but I’m going to take a stab at it. From what I have read, I recommend the following:

  • I Am Not Myself These Days by Josh Kilmer-Purcell
  • Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic by Alison Bechdel
  • Survival in Auschwitz by Primo Levi
  • Night by Elie Wiesel
  • Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns) by Mindy Kaling
  • I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou
  • Letters to a Young Poet by Rainer Maria Rilke 

Nonfiction is a really broad category. I hope at least one of these sounds interesting to you. 

It’s sad and absurd that the College of Charleston is facing a funding cut for teaching my book — a book which is after all about the toll that this sort of small-mindedness takes on people’s lives.
—  NPR repots that Alison Bechdel, author of the fantastic queer graphic memoir Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic, responds to the South Carolina House of Representatives vote to cut a total of $70,000 in funding to the College of Charleston and the University of South Carolina Upstate because two books with gay and lesbian themes – Bechdel’s memoir and Out Loud: The Best of Rainbow Radio – were assigned on freshman reading lists. 

ahh-dumb-deactivated20150927  asked:

What are your top five favorite novels that you don't think many people have read?

(damn. Do they have to be novels?) In no particular order:

  1. Till We Have Faces by C.S. Lewis
  2. These Is My Words by Nancy E. Turner
  3. The Bean Trees by Barbara Kingsolver
  4. Moll Flanders by Daniel Defoe
  5. Don’t Breathe a Word by Jennifer McMahon

Now, just books:

  1. Letters to a Young Poet by Rainer Maria Rilke (book of letters)
  2. Pleasure by Brian Teare (poems)
  3. Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic by Alison Bechdel (graphic novel)
  4. for colored girls who have considered suicide/when the rainbow is enuf by Ntozake Shange (poems)
  5. Till We Have Faces by C.S. Lewis (novel :P)
On OP backstories

When I started One Piece, I remember thinking that Sanji’s backstory was the most tragic along with Nami’s and Robin’s. All involve death, but these three explore the depths of human remorse much better. Robin turns herself into a ruthless criminal to survive, Nami into a thief, and we can see her greed for money perfectly explained, and Sanji, after losing his whole crew - back then we could think the Orbit was kind of his family -, is ready to murder to survive.

They are the best because they explain how some traumatic events show us how even a innocent child can easily turn into a monster, and how it is for those who survived them to go back to a normal life and to have normal healthy relationships with others, how to be able to trust again.

As I said, I thought it was really painful, but out of the three, Sanji’s was probably the less traumatic.


Nami’s overcoming of her past was shown carefully in Arlong Park, very early in the manga. Since then, she’s gone through relatively small changes in the trust she has in ner nakama.

Robin’s started back then in Enies Lobby, but was only completed just recently, when questioned by Inuarashi about her safety, she assured him she trusts her life completely in the hands of her comrades.

For what concerns Sanji, we deemed it was completed with Zeff’s meeting, but just because we thought that was all there could be to it. Now, unlike any other character we could suspect of except probably Brook. Sanji’s trembling told us it wasn’t overcome at all.  

And how strange is it at chapter 838? I think Sanji’s definitely a special characters to Oda.


Alison Bechdel - Reading From “Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic” (via MiNDTV35)

HEY! So, as you might know, TODAY I hit 400 followers (actually 402!), which for many is probably not a very big number, but for me is a big sign of how my tumblr family (this means YOU) has grown, especially as the clone club has grown. I’ve been promising this giveaway since I hit 200, but now I’ve finally gotten it together to DO IT. Sharing things I love with people is a big part of why I’m here, and now I want to pass that along in a more tangible way.

So here’s the deal. If you win, you’ll get everything pictured above:

  • DVD of Orphan Black Season 1 – NO EXPLANATION NEEDED (it’s region 1, so if that doesn’t work for you, we can talk about doing something else instead)
  • Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic by Alison Bechdel – This graphic memoir is one of my favorite books
  • Truce by Andrea Gibson (signed!) – Andrea Gibson is a poet who never fails to give me chills, and I was so ecstatic when I got to see her live that I bought a second CD just for this giveaway (and that was back at the end of November; I know I’m a failure)
  • These flippin’ sweet socks that happen to feature an approximation of my life mantra (I almost kept these for myself)

These are the rules:

  • As this is a follower appreciation giveaway, you have to be following me.
  • Likes and Reblogs count!
  • The giveaway ends on April 25. At that point I’ll do that random generation stuff, and send a message to the winner! (Please note that you’ll have to give me your address so I can send everything to you, so if you’re not comfortable with that, which I totally understand, I’ll just have to send you virtual hugs and choose someone else).