LGBTQ+ Book Reviews

A few weeks ago, I went a bit nuts on my Net Galley requests, with the most being under the LGBTQ+ genre.

Because I had too many to go through at once and didn’t want to fill up my blog with book reviews, decided to review them all under one post. And I promise the reviews won’t get too long.

Thank you to Net Galley for the free copies in exchange for honest reviews.

The Stonewall Riots: Coming Out in the Streets

Author: Gayle E. Pitman

ABRAMS Kids

Publication Date: May 14, 2019

Rating: 5/5 Stars

An informational read about The Stonewall Riots which sparked a huge movement within the LGBTQ+ community, but it doesn’t stop there. I like that it mentions many other important events in history that lead up to this event, especially the large number of raids that took place in gay bars/gatherings. It serves as a reminder to us members today of what those in the ’50s-’70s did for us to have our rights today.

 

What Happens When

Author: Samantha Boyette

Bold Strokes Books Inc.

Publication Date: March 12, 2019

Rating: 3.5/5 Stars

What happens when you out yourself as a lesbian in front of the school? This book answers that question when our main character, Molly, makes out with a girl, Lily, at a party. Not only is Molly confused, but soon gets harassed by her ex-friend and starts to form feelings for an older girl she just met. I love how accepting the characters in the book are, Molly’s brother Luke being one of them and supporting her all the way. There is a love triangle, but I found it hard not to root for Molly and Lily. Aside from her sexuality and friends, there wasn’t much to Molly, but it’s still a good read that I’d recommend.

Love Beyond Body, Space, and TimeΒ 

Author: Richard Van Camp & David Robertson

Diamond Book Distributors

Publication Date: October 10, 2016

Rating: 2.5/5 Stars

“Love Beyond Body, Space, and Time is a collection of indigenous science fiction and urban fantasy focusing on LGBT and two-spirit characters.

These stories range from a transgender woman undergoing an experimental transition process to young lovers separated through decades and meeting in their own far future. These are stories of machines and magic, love and self-love.”

Although it didn’t capture my attention like I hoped it would, some of the stories just didn’t stick, I can still see many people enjoying this. I loved the diversity and the fact that it’s written in science fiction and fantasy.

 

Spinning Tales

Author: Brey Willows

Bold Strokes Books Inc.

Publication Date: March 12, 2019

Rating: 4/5 Stars

Maggie McShay wanted to be a painter but opted for a safer route of working in an office, ordering lots of take-out food, and standing up for the homeless. After a mysterious cat starts hanging out in her apartment, an ad for a cottage caretaker captures her attention, and she applies for the job. After this, she’s thrust out of her ordinary life to a world full of fairytales. With the help of a woman from that world, Kody, her shape-shifting cat, and a romantic dwarf, she’ll discover the family she was born into and her role to help save the fate of the tales.

I liked the premise from the start. I’m a sucker for fairy tale reimaginings. I liked Maggie as the main character. Since she’s older, mid-thirties, she doesn’t act out and actually listens to what she’s told. It’s fun seeing her chemistry with Kody grow, as well as with the other characters. Each region is different, the tales residing where they originated from, but Celtic tales are big in the story, which makes it different from others.

Overall

I learned my lesson to not request so many books at once, and this was just the LGBTQ+ category. Hopefully, one of these sparked your interest and I would recommend any of them for a good read.

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3 thoughts on “LGBTQ+ Book Reviews

  1. blacktulipbeauty says:

    The Stonewall Riots sounds like a great book! I recently watched a film called Pride which is set years back about an LGBTQ+ group who tried to help miners, it’s quite a political and intense but heartwarming film. I’d love to read more into the history of it!
    Alice Xx

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