LGBTQIAP+ Book Recommendations


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Better late than never, June was Pride Month for the LGBTQPIA+ community. I love reading about characters in this community to better my knowledge. In June, I read LGBTQIAP+ characters and I found some new favorites. In this post, I will be recommending some of my favorites that I’ve read! I have this same post from last year, if you want more recommendations!


 

TRANSGENDER MC:

Coffee Boy by Austin Chant #ownvoices — This is a short story about a transgender man and how he is treated in the workplace. There also includes a bisexual man and a work romance. I thoroughly enjoyed this story and the rep!

If I Was Your Girl by Meredith Russo #ownvoices — Amanda is moving in with her father after a series of events that occurred at her old school. This story shows a lighter version of a teenage transgender girl. Amanda gains a great friend group, and a romance ensues with a football player. However, we do see how Amanda is treated for being transgender and it’s not pretty.

The Art of Being Normal by Lisa Williamson —  This story follows two boys, David and Leo. David is not open about being transgender and has yet to tell his parents. However, his friends are the only ones who know. When another boy, Leo moves to David’s school, David tries to befriend him and the story evolves from there. I absolutely loved this book!! For more, read my spoiler free review. 

M/M ROMANCE:

True Letters From a Fictional Life by Kenneth Logan — This book is SO underrated. James is discovering his sexuality through his drunken talks with his best friend. He soon realizes that he has feelings for his best friend. James has a lot on his plate especially trying to make ends meet with his girlfriend. James writes fictional letters as if he was out to his family and friends, one day they disappear and he has to figure out who has them. This is a great story about a teen in Vermont coming to terms with his sexuality. Also, a cute m/m romance & hockey references!!

Been Here All Along by Sandy Hall — Kyle and Gideon have been best friends since they were young. Kyle has been out to his family and to Gideon about his bisexuality, he’s finally ready to come out to his girlfriend Ruby. As for Gideon, he’s realizing he has feelings for Kyle. This book is a cute romance with some serious topics such as life after college & a parent losing their job. This story was inspired by the Taylor Swift fan made music video following two boys. Watch it here. 

Bisexual MC:

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How to Make a Wish by Ashley Herring Blake #ownvoices — I recently read this book and I will be recommending it to everyone. Grace comes back from her trip to Boston to discover that yet again, her mother is moving in with another new guy. Grace’s mother is very toxic and struggles with an alcohol problem. But, to Grace she doesn’t know anything other than this life. Grace meets Eva, a girl who is living with Grace’s best friend Luca and his mother, Emmy after Eva’s mother, a friend of Emmy’s dies. Eva is a lesbian and Grace is bisexual, they develop a beautiful romance that includes eating peanut butter in a lighthouse. I loved this book and the representation is very accurate. Eva is also a biracial character and emphasizes on her struggle.

This book does include alcoholism {trigger warning}.


 

These are just a few of my favorites! I hope you’ll pick them up.

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Five YA Books Set in New York


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I’ll be in New York City this weekend for Bookcon 2017! I’m so excited so I thought I would recommend some books that are set in New York! If you’re going to Bookcon and you missed my Tips to a Successful Bookcon 2017 don’t forget to read it, I think I give some good advice. I want to do more of these posts of books set in different cities/countries/etc, let me know if you’d want more!


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I loved the New York City trip in Always and Forever, Lara Jean (third/last book in the To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before trilogy) ! It was perfect and I felt like I was there with them! They found the best chocolate chip cookie, got some ice cream and went to the top of the Empire State Building! It was just like the scene out of Sleepless in Seattle 😉

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In Isla and the Happily Ever After by Stephanie Perkins, we are in NYC in the beginning when Isla gets her wisdom teeth out and the middle for her winter break. I especially love this because we get to see the Macy’s Day parade through Isla and her sisters eyes. As well as being in the NYC atmosphere.

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This is a classic set-in-NYC book and it reads just like the movie! Nick and Norah meet one night in NYC to follow a band and Nick has to be Norah’s fake-boyfriend for the night. It’s a great wild night in NYC!

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I almost forgot this one! :O This is the best set-in-NYC book I’ve read! It takes place in one day in NYC following Natasha and Daniel and the other people they meet plus histories and their families. Daniel is heading to his interview at Yale and Natasha is about to be deported to Jamaica. It’s the story of them meeting and the aftermath that follows.


If you haven’t read these, I highly recommend them!

What’s your favorite book set in NYC?

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Five Underrated Contemporary Books To Read This Spring!


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Spring is here! Here in Philadelphia, I’m still waiting for spring to fully arrive! It’s peaking but not quite here yet. Spring is the season for Contemporaries…the weather is getting nice and everyone just wants to read a cute Contemporary romance. My primary genre to read is Contemporary and so I am going to recommend you all some Contemporaries to read this spring season!


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Signs Point to Yes by Sandy Hall is a summer romance that also deals with other serious topics. Jane, a Doctor Who lover and fanfiction writer, gets a summer job babysitting the little girls down the street from her. She meets Teo, the girl’s brother who is lifeguarding. Teo is also on a mission to find his birth father.

Teo is Puerto Rican and his mother has been hiding his father from him. A road trip ensues in this book. I just love it! It will definitely get you ready for summer.


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This book is so underrated and I had the pleasure of reading it in January. I loved it so much and I devoured it. Jessie is starting at a new school after her dad unexpectedly gets re-married and she is forced to move from Chicago to Los Angeles.

When Jessie starts at this new school, she receives a message from SN (Somebody Nobody) a student at her new school and they help Jessie through her first semester at school. Jessie loves Young Adult books and she ends up working in a bookstore. This is a great bookish read and will keep you guessing until the end! ~ my review ~


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This is one of my favorite Kasie West books.  Lily is passionate about her music and writing songs in a journal that she won’t let anyone read. She also likes to sew when she isn’t tending to her little brothers every need or helping her family out. (I really liked that Lily had multiple hobbies other than her music). She writes song lyrics on her science desk and the next day, someone has continued. This starts an anonymous pen pal for Lily. I loved this book especially the dysfunctional family aspect.


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Dreamology is a fun, magical realism-esque read! Alice has been dreaming of this boy, Max since she was young. One day, she walks into her Psychology class and Max is there, sitting in a seat. Alice thinks she’s going crazy, but she and Max end up becoming friends and trying to fix the void between dreams and reality. As well as trying to figure out why they are in each other’s dreams. See my review !


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If you want another road trip-like book, In Real Life by Jessica Love is a great one. Hannah and Nick have been online friends for 4 years. They have video chatted, texted, and talked on the phone. They have the best friendship anyone could ask for.

But, trying to meet each other IRL has been rough. They tried once before but that didn’t work out due to Hannah’s strict parents.

Hannah decides to surprise Nick on a whim during spring break to see his hand perform at House of Blues in Vegas. Hannah learns some secrets that Nick has been hiding from her.

If you have an internet friend, this book will be very relatable! It’s a very cute read and takes you around Las Vegas for the night!  There is also diversity in this book, Hannah is Korean and her best friend, Lo is Mexican.


I hope these books got you in the Spring mood!

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5 Books to Read If You Like Gilmore Girls


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I recently posted a Gilmore Girls 2.0 Book Tag, and I was thinking of some books that are relatable to the show? It inspired this post, here are five books that you should read (if you haven’t) if you’re a fan of Gilmore Girls! Also, you should just read them anyway. I also posted a video on my channel with this topic and these books.


 

Image result for never have i ever katie heaney1. Never Have I Ever My Life (So Far) Without A Date by Katie Heaney –

This is a memoir by Katie Heaney about her love life starting all the way at preschool/kindergarten. In Gilmore Girls, Lorelai definitely gets her share of weird dates. Kirk, Rune…Katie and Lorelai could definitely relate to weird dates! Katie goes on a date with a guy who replaces “Buckets!” for curse words. It’s bad and hilarious.

 


Image result for amy and roger's epic detour cover2. Rory + Lorelai’s Road Trip  – Amy and Roger road trip from California to Connecticut (Stars Hollow is in CT!!) and take a detour on the way. They go into hotels with fake names, they get Dairy Queen and even go up to Roger’s college. Remember that episode when they go on a random road trip and go to Harvard? The Gilmore girls are roadtrippers!

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Image result for the truth about jack jody gehrman3.  Coffee IN AN IV! – In The Truth about Jack by Jody Gehrman, Dakota stops by her favorite coffee shop daily. This automatically reminds me of GG because it’s a routine for Lorelai to stop at Luke’s for coffee! Dakota basically has her own Luke’s!! Click the title of the book to go to my review, it explains the whole summary of the book.

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Image result for attachments rainbow rowell cover4. Lorelai’s Witty Sense of Humor – Attachments by Rainbow Rowell is the perfect book for a GG lover. The setting is an office of a newspaper so RORY and the two characters, Beth and Jennifer remind me so much of Lorelai in the humor sense and they are trying to get their lives on track!

 

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5Image result for why we broke up. Breakups – Why We Broke Up by Daniel Handler is about Min and Ed’s break-up and Min is putting all of Ed’s things in a box. This is so relatable to Rory’s breakup with Dean, especially that she puts a box together of Dean’s belongings or anything that reminds her of him.

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I hope you enjoyed this as much as I enjoyed making it!

THREE DAYS UNTIL THE REVIVAL. WHO IS READY?? 

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Ten Young Adult Contemporary Diverse Reads


YOUNG ADULT DIVERSE BOOKS TO READ 

  1. To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han – Korean American culture is represented in this story of a girl who’s love letters she has wrote get secretly sent out.
  2. In Real Life by Jessica Love – Korean female protagonist, best friend is Mexican. Hannah, her sister Grace and her best friend road trip to Las Vegas to meet Hannah’s online best friend Nick for the first time. She finds out some secrets Nick has been hiding.
  3. The Haters by Jesse Andrews – Wes is a Venezuelan adopted MC who is at band camp with his friend Corey. They decide to ditch and go on tour with Ash who they met at camp.
  4. This is Where It Ends by Marekji Njkamp – This story follows four POV’s of students during a shooting at their high school. Two of the POV’s are students who are Hispanic, three are female and two are lesbians in a same-sex relationship. There is another character who is Muslim but has a non-POV.The author is the founder of DiversifYA and member of the We Need Diverse Books team.
  5. Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell – This is the story of two misfits who meet on their high school school bus. Park is an Asian male who is skinny and quiet. Eleanor is an oversized girl who lives in an abusive home. Together they come together when bonding over graphic novels and music taste. This story is set in the 80’s.
  6. Signs Point to Yes by Sandy Hall – Teo Garcia has been sporadically looking to find his biological father because his mother has been brushing it off. Jane is babysitting his sisters for the summer instead of writing her Doctor Who fan-fiction all summer long. Margot is trying to find the right time to tell her parents that she is bisexual.
  7. Everything Everything by Nicola Yoon – Maddy White is allergic to everything. She writes book reviews and spends most of her time reading or on the Internet when she isn’t playing games with her mother or with her nurse, Clara. Her motives change when she sees a new boy move next door. Maddy is a biracial character. Nicola wrote Maddy’s character thinking of her own daughter, who is biracial as well. If you are interested in reading the interview click here.
  8. Isla and the Happily Ever After by Stephanie Perkins – This is the third and final book in the Anna and the French Kiss collection of books. Isla has a friend, Kurt who is on the Autism spectrum and is said to have Autism. He is a great character and Perkins shows his Autism very well.
  9. Paper Towns by John Green – Radar and Angela are characters in Paper Towns who are a couple. They represent the diversity in this humorous road trip book.  Radar’s family owns the biggest collection of black Santa Clause’s. They are both POC.
  10. Every Day by David Levithan – “It’s all fine until the morning that A wakes up in the body of Justin and meets Justin’s girlfriend, Rhiannon. From that moment, the rules by which A has been living no longer apply. Because finally A has found someone he wants to be with—day in, day out, day after day” – Goodreads

These are my top ten diverse Young Adult reads that I would recommend and I probably have more.

Recommend me a diverse book!