The A to Z Challenge is an annual blogging challenge. It isn’t restricted to book blogs – all kinds of blogs can participate. It takes place every year in April and during that month you have to write a post on the designated days (all except Sundays). These posts must have some correlation to the letter of the day. So, there will be a total of 26 posts starting from the letter A and ending with Z. Here is a list of all my posts.
It’s LGBT month! If you didn’t know, Laura over at Laura Plus Books and Gayce over at Fighting Dreamer created the April LGBT month. You can still participate in it if you like and you just have to write at least one post about this topic or read one LGBT book. Of course you can do much more if you want to!
So I was trying to make a list of all the books with LGBT characters that I’ve read and here’s what I came up with:
- The Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare
- Marked by P.C. and Kristin Cast
- Hex Hall by Rachel Hawkins
That’s all! Seriously. Oh my God! This is so embarrassing! And the LGBT characters weren’t even the protagonists in these books. They were just sidekick characters. Oh no! I knew I hadn’t read many books with LGBT characters, but I thought I’d at least be able to name 5 books that I’ve read.
So after I came in terms with having read so few of these books I have decided that I really want to do something about it! Because, really, it’s just inexcusable. So what I will do is I will pick 5 books with LGBT main (as far as I know) characters and read them by the end of 2014. And here are the books:
Now you might be wondering why I’m so obsessed with reading more LGBT books. I’m afraid I don’t have a very clear answer to that. I know that it frustrates me to end when I think about gay rights and how much fewer rights these people have in comparison to straight people. It’s ridiculous! Why, for example, can’t a person choose who he/she wants to be married with? If they’re both condescending adults then there shouldn’t be any problems. That is all that should matter. And don’t even get me started with homophobic people. I just can’t stand them! I can’t understand them, nor do I want to and I refuse to have any kind of interaction with them.
Anyway, back to books. I just feel like it’s my obligation in some way to read more LGBT books, so I can have a clearer picture and understand these people better. I mean, I have a couple of gay friends and I’ve been to gay pride twice, but other than that I don’t have any knowledge or insight on this topic. And I would really like to. Even if the only thing I get out of these books are a couple of good lines I can throw at homophobic people! Hehe! That would be cool!