Diversity Spotlight Thursday is a weekly meme hosted by Aimal @ Bookshelves and Paperbacks. The goal: talk about diverse books! The meme features 3 diverse books—1 diverse book you read and enjoyed, 1 diverse book that you haven’t read yet, and 1 diverse book that hasn’t been released yet.
Welcome to my first queer Diversity Spotlight Thursday! For the month of June and into July, I’m going to be focusing my book-related posts around LGBT+ literature—not because I don’t read queer the rest of the year, but because I want to celebrate the amazing wealth of queer books we have out there, as well as ones releasing soon.
This week, I’m focusing away from YA for once and highlighting some awesome LGBT adult/literary fiction books.
a diverse book I’ve read & enjoyed
Aquamarine by Carol Anshaw
This book is about the choices we make and how our lives could completely change based on one moment. The story is in 3 parts, 3 different possible trajectories Jessie’s life could have taken. I don’t want to spoil anything, but this was one of the coolest depictions of bisexuality I’ve ever encountered. Definitely check it out if you haven’t already.
a diverse book on my TBR
Nevada by Imogin Bonnie
This book is about a trans woman, Maria, living in New York City (and we all know I’m a sucker for NYC books). BONUS! It’s #OwnVoices! I really want to read more books by trans authors this summer. I think it’s difficult for a cis writer to tell a trans person’s story in a way that doesn’t rely on stereotypes—and I think we as cis folks should be boosting stories told by trans folks.
Nevada was nominated for the Lamda Literary Award for Transgender Fiction in 2014.
a diverse book releasing soon
Pages For Her by Sylvia Brownrigg (Releases July 11, 2017)
Years ago, in research for my first (now trunked) novel, I started reading all the lesbian/bi girl books I could find. Half of them were pretty meh, to be honest, but one of the great ones I read was Sylvia Brownrigg’s Pages For You, about a college girl’s first f/f relationship. And then I found out that there’s a sequel, over 15 years later, that comes out this summer! You can imagine my excitement. I may re-read Pages For You beforehand.
That’s it for this week! What are some great LGBT books on your TBR? Let’s talk in the comments.