Month of Reading

I’m just 1 person who read a lot of LGBTQ+ books this month. For the past two years, I’ve made a personal reading challenge out of Pride Month, and this month was no exception. I read a few books that have been sitting on my TBR bookcases for years. I read a few books just published this year. And I read just a whole lot in general with the hopes of getting a wide spectrum of LGBTQ+ representation.

I also participated in several reading challenges. I did the ReadoRama from June 6 through 12. I also participated in two local library system’s summer reading programs. I almost joined a queer lit reading challenge, but my brain just couldn’t handle that many challenges at once. Because, of course, I’m also doing an annual reading challenge through Goodreads and needed to get caught up there.

My Month of Reading

Title Author Genres My Rating Notes
Later Stephen King Horror, Suspense, LGBTQ+ ***** Audio
Queer Icons and their Cats Alison Nastasi, P.J. Nastasi Nonfiction, LGBTQ+ ***** eBook
Husbands Brad Bell, Jane Espenson, others Graphic Novel, LGBTQ+ *** eBook
How to Be a Movie Star T.J. Klune Fiction, LGBTQ+ **** Audio
Camp Lev A.C. Rosen ***** Audio
Teleny and Camille Jon Macy Graphic Novel, LGBTQ+ ****  
Canada Norah Myers Nonfiction ***  
Cemetery Boys Aiden Thomas Young Adult, LGBTQ+ ***** Audio
Lila and Hadley Kody Keplinger Middle Grade Fiction, LGBTQ+ **** Audio
Sticky Dale Lazarov & Steve MacIsaac Graphic Novel, LGBTQ+ ****  
The Magic and Mystery of Trees Jen Green Picture Book *****  
The Old Guard Book Two: Force Multiplied Greg Rucka Graphic Novel, LGBTQ+ *****  
Gmorning, Gnight! Little Pep Talks from Me to You Lin-Manuel Miranda, Jonny Sun Nonfiction ***** Reread
Release Patrick Ness Young Adult, LGBTQ+ **** Audio
Like a Love Story Abdi Nazemian Young Adult, LGBTQ+ ***** Audio
A Cup of Light Pam Baxter Picture Book, Nonfiction *****  
The Love & Lies of Rukhsana Ali Sabina Khan Young Adult, LGBTQ+ **** Audio
Conventionally Yours Annabeth Albert Young Adult, LGBTQ+ **** Audio
Where’s Stig? Top Gear Picture Book ***  
Ramona Blue Julie Murphy Young Adult, LGBTQ+ ***** Audio
Heavy Vinyl Vol 1: Riot on the Radio Carly Usdin Graphic Novel, LGBTQ+ **** eBook
Heavy Vinyl: Y2K-O! Carly Usdin Graphic Novel, LGBTQ+ **** eBook
The Backstagers, Vol. 1: Rebels Without Applause James Tynion IV Graphic Novel, LGBTQ+ **** eBook
As Far As You’ll Take Me Phil Stamper Young Adult, LGBTQ+ ***** Audio

 Total: 24 books read

My favorite book this month was hard to choose, but I think Like a Love Story wins that title. Being thrown back in time to the ’80s was great, especially with all the Madonna love. But seeing it through the filter of these characters dealing with the fear and reality of HIV and AIDS was done so well. The story doesn’t stray from tough subjects, and I really respect that, even when it made me ugly cry. The author did an amazing job of making me feel for every character, even ones I thought I wouldn’t like at the beginning. The ending made me feel angry and outraged, but I think that was probably the point. Excellent writing.

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