so a lot of people still reblog my “60+ queer books” post from 2014. ngl, i was barely 16 at the time and had not read a lot of books on that list (it was def intended to be more a listing than pure recommendation), mostly because adult fiction was and remains far from my favorite literary category. this list isn’t as intensely detailed, but i just thought that since the year is over i might jot down some of the lgbt+ books i loved or at least moderately enjoyed this year, in case anyone was interested! happy reading!
gives light (6-part series) by rose christo — m/m. centered around a mute main character on an indian reservation (written by a native author!), features one of the most uplifting romances of recent media (cw for csa mention later in the series)
other ya books ordered approximately by rating
far from you by tess sharpe — f/f. bisexual protagonist (drug addiction, murder cw) a book on recovery, love, trust, justice, understanding… gut punch!!!!!
not your sidekick by c.b. lee — f/f. DOES THE TITLE NOT MAKE UR HEART SQUEEZE ALREADY? features half-chinese & half-vietnamese bisexual protagonist in futuristic superheroic universe! the second book will be about a trans black side character *___*
starting from here by lisa jenn bigelow — f/f. you will cry and be made a better person for it.
the great american whatever by tim federle — m/m. if you enjoy mg or find its lgbt+ subsection especially important (or both, like me!), definitely make sure you check out federle’s better nate than ever series!
true letters from a fictional life by kenneth logan — m/m. tbh people call it the “male version of ‘to all the boys i’ve loved before’” but also neglect mentioning that it’s a lot whiter, too. where’s that supportive covey family goodness… that precocious but caring lara jean spirit? it’s just not there…
radio silence by alice oseman — f/f, m/m, not hugely romance-focused
middle grade there were very few releases this year that i was aware of, unfortunately! my old list’s selection remains a good place to look. here are 3 that i would recommend though:
(i think i might have read george in 2015, but i felt that i might as well put them all together!)
george by alex gino — follows the story of a trans girl. its storyline is similar to gracefully grayson, but unlike gg it is written by a trans author!
the other boy by m.g. hennessey— follows the story of a trans boy. pretty solid story except… uncalled for random racist comment in the middle of the book… wyd (waiting for the mg genre to grow more inclusive of lgbt+ children of color! not being racially hostile is the FIRST STEP.)
+ A GRAPHIC NOVEL MOST OF U HAVE PROBABLY READ ALREADY: LUMBERJANES!! love it breathe it read it
if you want some mg books that have casually gay side/main-ish characters, i can name the wolf wilder and the thing about jellyfish, although… you have to kind of dig for it, so i wouldn’t call these revolutionary moments of representation, but! it’s just a nice addition to separate stories that remind you that the middle grade genre can be inclusive w/o becoming entirely issue-based (which i find sometimes more inaccessible for children? i ramble!). i do believe it’s good for young children to read this kind of fiction, too!
finally, some lgbt+ books i did not enjoy or care for in any capacity, for posterity: highly illogical behavior (gross narrative surrounding mental health, sexuality), symptoms of being human (ya book abt a nonbinary character; written by cis author who bscly uses sexual assault as plot device & doesn’t acknowledge neutral pronouns?), know not why (really unapologetically homophobic tbh), whatever.: or how junior year became totally f$@ked, more happy than not (so… bleak…), see you at harry’s, and lily and dunkin (this is the fourth mg book about a trans character that i’m aware of; i found its message hugely alarming and invalidating). that doesn’t mean you won’t enjoy them, though!
Hey Marvel world! I’m 18, I’m brown, I’ve been told I’m a total dork. This is kind of crazy. But I want to be your next Iron Man. I think I’m the BAMF you’re looking for. Here’s a couple pics of me just so ya know. Give me a shot and help a kids dream come true?! Please????
* Rifugiato and Profugo often overlap in meaning and in use, the only difference is that the “Status di rifugiato” (refugee status) is officially recognized by international conventions, the “profugo” status is not.
Today, I went to New York City (which is an hour away from me), and I had fun! I got a Love Live Sunshine “Tsum Tsum” style keychain (which turned out to be Hanamaru) from Kinokuniya, looked around in many shops, visited Guy Fieri’s American Kitchen (which had great and extremely spicy chicken wings), and I finally got a copy of Miitopia at Nintendo World!
Can I just say you're like the fandom celebrity? Whenever you reblog or like something of ours it's a rush of happiness because we know someone involved in the making of things we love has seen what we create.
Well I mean this is a terribly nice thing to say - Thank you! I feel incredibly lucky and honored that I’ve gotten to represent the MCSM team like I have - Interacting with lovely people such as yourself is just the best and I am always so amazed at seeing how much you all love these characters and their world. I’m… I’m a lucky guy, is what I’m trying to say I guess.
I need you to make a career out of your talent. Seriously you’ve got such skill
;;;;A;;;; Thank you, thank you so much for feeling so, your support means the world m(_ _)m I want to, it’s all I could ever want, and I’m trying, or at least trying to figure out how I should best work towards that goal ;_;
I’m recently made my Patreon, and I’m hoping that’ll be a step towards that goal, but we’ll see how that goes >.<; I already have so much amazing support, thank you guys so much ;A; At the very least, i want to be able to support myself until Inferno is finished >.<;