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LGBT Novels and Books.

Below is a list of books that are personally my favorite LGBt books or books that my friends have recommended. I tried to not bring in books that I’ve seen repeatedly on my Dashboard. (Does not mean I don’t think highly of those books, It just gets repetitive seeing the same books under LGBT) There are so many I didn’t get too. This is probably gonna be just part 1.

Rubyfruit Jungle x RITA MAE BROWN

 Rubyfruit Jungle was first published in 1973, which, for its time was a remarkable thing for a book centered around lesbianism. The book is an autobiography about Rite Mae Brown’s life This coming of ages novel explores topics like: lesbianism, feminine gender roles in society with a good sense of humor. I think a lot of book will fall short for a lot of readers now; It’s a period piece in the aspect, that a lot of the humor and references are very much dated. This is a great book, for it’s time it was considered the novel for women who were trying to find Lesbian representation in literature.

Faggots x Larry Kramer.

First, I need to start off by saying that if you dont know who Larry Kramer is, or what he has done for LGBT community. Then shame on you (Not really shame, but you should google the man. He’s done a lot and is amazing) If his name sounds familiar its probably because you probably know him for The Normal Heart. (Another great work of art.) I’m going to leave my personal opinions out of this one. So this is from goodreads: “The book is a fierce satire of the gay ghetto and a touching story of one man’s desperate search for love there, and reading it today is a fascinating look at how much, and how little, has changed.”

Giovanni’s Room x James Baldwin

I can’t even begin to tell you how much I love James Baldwin and how much recommend this book as a read for someone who wants to read something with gay representation. I’m getting overwhelmed with joy just by typing this. Okay.  Goodreads: “ An American finds himself unable to repress his impulses, despite his determination to live the conventional life he envisions for himself. After meeting and proposing to a young woman, he falls into a lengthy affair with an Italian bartender and is confounded and tortured by his sexual identity as he oscillates between the two.”  

Sidenote: This book contains a lot of french in it. So, if you dont know french…

I am J x Cris Beam

From Goodreads: “ J always felt different. He was certain that eventually everyone would understand who he really was; a boy mistakenly born as a girl. Yet as he grew up, his body began to betray him; eventually J stopped praying to wake up a “real boy” and started covering up his body, keeping himself invisible - from his family, from his friends…from the world.” Now, I haven’t read this book yet, but I hear one thing it does get right is that it has more than one trans person. (Yay for Transvisiblity)

Plan B x S.J.D Peterson

Now, when it comes to cliche, very cheesy romance novels, this book takes the cake. (I wrote a review about, its really bad dont read it -my review not the book) The main character is Androgynous-Genderqueer who falls in love.  Goodreads: “Danny Marshal has always lived his life out loud, but his androgynous appearance is only a small part of who he is. One night at a frat party, Danny meets Lance Lenard, football jock and apparent straight guy.”  One thing I really loved about this book was the sex. (I explained more in my review)

The Children Of Gavrilek Julie Kirton Chandler

Goodreads: “ Sailing aboard a storm-thrashed vessel from America to Cuba, a young woman (Audrianna) and her mysterious son (Devon) are shipwrecked and left for dead. They survive thanks to the mystical efforts of a small community located on the coast of 1920s Georgia. While in the care of this unique group and its beautiful and loving leader, Kendis, Audrianna comes to discover the secrets of her son’s cognitive powers, his (and Kendis’s) otherworldly origins, and an enthralling, Earth-changing “game” that threatens the existences of both the alien descendants of Gavrilek and the unsuspecting inhabitants of Earth.” I dont know why I got this book for free on Amazon, People should totally be paying for it. Its a fantastic novel with a bisexual main character who is badass. Ya for LGBT characters in Science Fiction.


Lies We Tell Ourselves x  Robin Talley

Another book I haven’t yet read. ( It’s sitting on my shelf right next to The Bluest Eye) I have heard nothing but great news about this book. I love that it’s set in virginia (Shoutout to my home state or whateva)  Goodreads: “ In 1959 Virginia, the lives of two girls on opposite sides of the battle for civil rights will be changed forever. Forced to work together on a school project, Sarah and Linda must confront harsh truths about race, power and how they really feel about one another.” NOW, If that doesn’t sound finger licking good then I dont know what is. I can’t wait to read it myself.

Middlesex x  Jeffrey Eugenides

Middlesex follows Calliope Stephanides, who was born intersex due to a genetic mutation. (I don’t like the term hermaphrodite, it’s used a lot when talking about this book.) Goodreads: “In the spring of 1974, Calliope Stephanides, a student at a girls’ school in Grosse Pointe, finds herself drawn to a chain-smoking, strawberry-blonde classmate with a gift for acting. The passion that furtively develops between them - along with Callie’s failure to develop physically - leads Callie to suspect that she is not like other girls. In fact, she is not really a girl at all.”

Fun Home x Alison Bechel

This exciting Graphic Novel (Which just had an adaptation won a tony for Best new musical) Follows the story of both her exploring sexuality and discovering who she is, while at the same time, unbenounced to her, so is her father? “ A fresh and brilliantly told memoir from a cult favorite comic artist, marked by gothic twists, a family funeral home, sexual angst, and great books.”


A must read. Goodreads: “ A literary cause célèbre when first published more than fifty years ago, Gore Vidal’s now-classic The City and the Pillar stands as a landmark novel of the gay experience.” I have a very detailed review waiting to be published so im not going to say much about it. But it follows two male characters as they explore life and what it means to love. I reeallly wanna saayyy moreee butttt caannntttt..

Fried Green Tomatoes at the whistle shop cafe x  Fannie Flagg

I don’t remember much about this book (That does not speak to the caliber of its existence, it’s still a great book)  Goodreads: “ It’s first the story of two women in the 1980s, of gray-headed Mrs. Threadgoode telling her life story to Evelyn, who is in the sad slump of middle age. The tale she tells is also of two women – of the irrepressibly daredevilish tomboy Idgie and her friend Ruth, who back in the thirties ran a little place in Whistle Stop, Alabama, a Southern kind of Cafe Wobegon offering good barbecue and good coffee and all kinds of love and laughter, even an occasional murder”

Confessions of a mask x Yukio Mishima

This book is so relatable in the idea of having to put on a mask and hide who you truely are. Yukio Mishima does a good job getting the readers attention with honest writing. Goodreads:  “ The novel explores the obsessions of a young man suffering inwardly with erotic fantasies of men, beauty and violence. He strains to conform to a heterosexual life while secretly idolizing depictions of St. Sebastian, martyred, with his hands bound and his naked torso pierced by arrows, or becoming aroused by the sight of the muscular nightsoil man walking through the neighborhood. Confusion of his sexuality takes shape at a very early age when he falls in love for the first time with Omi, a schoolmate.” 

Chulito x Charles Rice-Gonzalez

“Set against a vibrant South Bronx neighborhood and the queer youth culture of Manhattan’s piers, Chulito is a coming-of-age, coming out love story of a sexy, tough, hip hop-loving, young Latino man and the colorful characters who populate his block. Chulito, which means “cutie,” is one of the boys, and everyone in his neighborhood has seen him grow up—the owner of the local bodega, the Lees from the Chinese restaurant, his buddies from the corner, and all of his neighbors and friends, including Carlos, who was Chulito’s best friend until they hit puberty and people started calling Carlos a pato…”

Can I say. YES. YES. i love this book so much. I own two copies of it just so I have in case my friends dont give one back.

I haven’t read this but I have a friend who recommended it for this list and after reading the review for it, I understand why. “ Butch Is a Noun picks up where gender theory leaves off. It makes butchness accessible to those who are new to the concept, and makes gender outlaws of all stripes feel as though they have come home–if home is a place where everyone understands you and approves of your haircut. From girls’ clothes to men’s underwear and what lies beyond,Butch Is a Noun chronicles the pleasures and dangers of living life outside the gender binary.” I’m ordering my copy tonight.


Also recommended by my friend.  Persistence: All Ways Butch and Femme is a collection of stories from Queer authors, that further expand the Butch-femme Conversation. Goodreads:” The stories in these pages resist simple definitions. The people in these stories defy reductive stereotypes and inflexible categories. The pages in this book describe the lives of an incredible diversity of people whose hearts also pounded for some reason the first time they read or heard the words “butch” or “femme.”

When news first broke that Thomas Beatie was expecting a child, the world in a frenzy. New headlines every read “ A man is having a baby What, ermmagwawd, holy batman” His act of bravery and honesty (Because, he didn’t have to announce he was pregnant) allowed for an honest conversation about gender.  Labor of Love: The Story of One Man’s Extraordinary Pregnancy. Goodreads: “ This astonishing narrative permits an intimate look at a family that refuses to let other people’s definitions of family deter them from creating one on their own terms. Labor of Love is much more than the story of a unique pregnancy and birth; it’s a beautiful and controversial love story about going against the tide,”

“Rahul Mehta’s debut short story collection is an emotionally arresting exploration of the lives of Indian-American gay men and their families.” What I found most compelling about this book is how similar and yet different the gay experience is for other people of color. There are a lot of similarities in this, but also because of my western lifestyle and privilege, a lot of things I could never fully understand because I’ve been so fortunate in my life. Nonetheless, this collection of stories is life changing!

“ In alternating chapters, sixteen-year-old twins Ysabel and Justin share their conflicted feelings as they struggle to come to terms with their father’s decision to dress as a woman. “

  “ Laura, a seventeen-year-old Cuban American girl, is thrown out of her house when her mother discovers she is a lesbian, but after trying to change her heart and hide from the truth, Laura finally comes to terms with who she is and learns to love and respect herself. “  –Have not read this book.

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Book Eaten: The Young Elites by Marie Lu

This newest book by Marie Lu, The Young Elites, actually left me speechless. Like right now…I’m sputtering while typing this —lasoijwvaor;mnlkafjsadlfj alsdfjawefoiajf— sorry, that was me sputtering again.

With this problem, one can imagine that my attempt to string words together for a review has failed miserably. So instead I’ve decided to draw my emotional journey I had while reading this book. Here I go…

Yeah, I think that about sums it up. Basically, marielubooks, you are a friggin’ master of storytelling and world building and pulling the reader in and probably making really delicious grilled cheeses. In summary, I know I definitely need a couple of days before I pick up another book, because this one *lets out giant sigh* still has me in its web.

"OMW"

That’s what my book texted me the other day. 

Well, no. 

The company that’s distributing my book (lulu.com) did. 

They sent me an email, letting me know that the book is printed and shipped off. From this moment on, it’ll be in a bus or a train or an airplane, back in a train, and in a van. I don’t know. All I know is I’m very excited. 

Then once it’s here, I will finally get to share it. 

So excited!

Stay tunedfor more info!

Hello! My name is Chantal Gadoury and I’ve just recently fulfilled my dream of writing and publishing my book, “Seven Seeds of Summer.” I’d appreciate any reader, any share, any promo, any sort of feed-back on my book! If you appreciate Greek Mythology, love Romance, and have a special likeness towards Paranormal books, this one is DEFINITELY for you! You can buy it here on Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Seven-Seeds-Summer-Chantal-Gadoury-ebook/dp/B00J1PMYAE/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1396790780&sr=8-1&keywords=seven+seeds+of+summer
(It’s also on sale on iBooks and Lulu)

**New Young Adult Paranormal Romance Novel** 
Seven Seeds of Summer follows the story of Summer, a college art student who has grown up in a house full of Greek mythology and legends. Summer grew up with a love for the darkest of all Gods: Hades, which caused tension between her and her mother. Summer comes home to Point Judith, Rhode Island, to find a mysterious figure on their family beach. The figure comes to her with questions about a familiar myth of her childhood: of Persephone and Hades. He proceeds to tell her of a new version of the story with a different ending that Summer never knew; an ending that includes herself. A trip to Greece leads to tragic twists, leaving Summer in the arms of the strange figure whom she had met before. He takes her on a whirlwind through the busy streets of Athens, to the lowest point of Greece where his lair awaits: The Underworld. Determined to find out the secret of herself and her piece in the story, Summer goes with him, and tries to make herself at home in his world. Summer has to decide to follow her heart or follow the same footsteps of the mysterious woman in her past life.

Available now as an Ebook, and will be available as paper-back on June 3rd, 2014.

The 20 Most Anticipated YA Books Publishing In October 2014

The Young Elites by Marie Lu • In The Afterlight by Alexandra Bracken • Snow Like Ashes by Sara Raasch • Blue Lily, Lily Blue by Maggie Stiefvater, Talon by Julia Kagawa • Redeemed by P.C. Cast • Black Ice by Becca Fitzpatrick • Undivided by Neal Shusterman • Trust Me, I’m Lying by Mary Elizabeth Summer • Clariel by Garth Nix • Stitching Snow by R.C. Lewis • Beware the Wild by Natalie C. Parker • Even in Paradise by Chelsey Philpot • Stray by Elissa Sussman • The Fall by Bethany Griffin • Compulsion by Martina Boone • Altantia by Ally Condie • Exquisite Captive by Heather Demetrios • Loop by Karen Akins • The Cure for Dreaming by Cat Winters • MORE DETAILS HERE

Oh em gee, THIS LIST!!!!!

ACTUAL INFORMATION

Disclaimer: due to excess- enthusiasm and extra excitement, there may be lots of typos in this post. My apologies in advance.

So. As the book and the cover and all the information are all done and set and checked and submitted, I can actually tell you something.

Actual information indeed.

Today I have ordered my own copy to check if the printing is right, if there aren’t any mistakes I may have missed, etc etc. Buuuuut since I live in Holland and all online-publishing businesses seem to be located in the state of North Carolina in the USA (at least the two companies I’ve been working with), it’s going to take a while before the book reaches me (especially since me and my family do live up to the stereotype of the Dutch being cheap and we thus opted for the cheapest mailing option). 

Once my book is in and I’ve seen that everything (/most of it) is as good as I want it to be, I’m a few mouseclicks and sighs away from my book being public for all of you. I’m thinking it may take three to four weeks. 

It’s going to be great. The cover is seriously amazing, I am proud of the story, I feel professional, and I can only hope you will like it too.

Thank you.

Stay tuned for more info!

while you’re showering, eating, farting, jerking off. It happens in the back of your mind and then one day you realise you don’t hate that person anymore, that your anger has gone away somewhere. And you understand. You’ve forgiven them. You don’t know how or why. It sneaked up on you. It happened in the small spaces between thoughts and in the seconds between ideas and blinks. That’s where forgiveness happens. Because anger and hatred, when left unfed, bleed away like air from a punctured tire, over time and days and years.
Forgiveness is stealth. #barrylyga #boytoy #yanovels #forgiveness