Thursday discussion: books by LGBTQ+ authors on my TBR

Happy Thursday, everyone! Welcome to this week’s Thursday Discussion. Essentially, this is a biweekly meme where you write a post based on the prompt for that week. The post can be as long or as short as you want, and you can talk about as much or as little as you want. Visit this page for the upcoming topics! It happens every other week, and I generally post the topics a month(ish) in advance.

This week the topic is books by LGBTQ+ authors on my TBR. I have mixed feelings about #ownvoices queer books, because I don’t think people should have to out themselves to write a story. That being said, I also believe in supporting queer authors and supporting #ownvoices books when we can.

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The Nowhere Girls by Amy Reed: I’m really excited for this book and it sounds like a lot of things I like. Badass women, intense YA, a pretty cover. I’ve heard so many good things about it, so I need to read it soon.

More Than This by Patrick Ness: I love Patrick Ness, so this could honestly be any of his books. But we have a physical copy of More Than This, so I should read it soon.

Jonny Appleseed by Joshua Whitehead: according to CBC, Joshua Whitehead is a queer Indigenous person, and this book sounds super interesting. I’m all for supporting my Canadian authors, so I should really get to this soon.

Freshwater by Akwaeke Emezi: I believe Akwaeke Emezi was the first person to be nominated for the Women’s Prize who openly identifies as non-binary and uses they/them pronouns. I’ve heard a lot about this book and really want to read it at some point.

To the Lighthouse by Virginia Woolf: I bought a copy of this book at a used book sale recently, and I really want to read it soon. I just always want to read more classics, particularly classics by women.

Red, White, and Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston: EVERYONE on Twitter has loved this book lately, and it honestly sounds like something I’d love. Hate to love? Fake dating? An openly bisexual author who uses she/they pronouns? Sounds good to me.

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So those are some books by LGBTQ+ authors that I want to read soon. Have you read any of these? What were your thoughts? Are there any others you recommend? Let me know!

Ally xx

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12 thoughts on “Thursday discussion: books by LGBTQ+ authors on my TBR

  1. On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous, by Ocean Vuong, is stunning – the author is a gay Vietnamese-American poet, and although it’s a novel it’s heavily autobiographical.

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  2. I recently downloaded an ebook version of four novellas that they are promoting as being perfect for Pride. I’m not positive if the authors are queer, or the characters, or both, since I haven’t read the novellas yet. But I’m excited to read it and find out! I just have such a long TBR backlist that even new books don’t always get read right away…

    I agree about not wanting to out authors just so they can claim #ownvoices. But, there are plenty of authors who are already out, so we have their work to count as this.

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  3. I don’t find myself ever even paying attention to the sexual orientation of an author unless they are throwing it out there. It’s just not something I even think about when picking up a book. If the writing is good, I want to read it no matter who put it out there. But there are times I like to know if a book was written as an ownvoice. That’s just when I’m reading about something I don’t have any knowledge on, so I want to know if the author experienced it or just learned about it. It’s not something I HAVE to know, but sometimes it’s nice knowing if the author wants to share that.

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