Wednesday, 6 June 2018

Pride Month - Book Recommendation Week 1

It's Pride Month this month! A month dedicated to celebrating who you really are be it gay, lesbian, bisexual, pansexual, trans etc. 

As a big advocate for LGBTQ+ rights I knew I had to do some posts to celebrate this amazing month. After a lot of thinking I've come up with a series that I'm going to be doing throughout pride month that hopefully you'll all enjoy. 

There has been a lot of books with the underlying theme of  LGBTQ+ and I have read a few that really stood out to me. So, this series is going be all about book recommendations for Pride Month. I will be sharing four of my favourite books with an underlying theme to do with pride month each week this month. 

I am really excited to kick this off with one of my all time favourites. So enjoy!

My first book recommendation for pride month is...

Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli

Published by: Penguin
Released: 7th April 2015
Page Count: 303
Genre: Contemporary YA

Sixteen-year-old and not-so-openly gay Simon Spier prefers to save his drama for the school musical. But when an email falls into the wrong hands, his secret is at risk of being thrust into the spotlight. Now Simon is actually being blackmailed: if he doesn’t play wingman for class clown Martin, his sexual identity will become everyone’s business. Worse, the privacy of Blue, the pen name of the boy he’s been emailing, will be compromised.

With some messy dynamics emerging in his once tight-knit group of friends, and his email correspondence with Blue growing more flirtatious every day, Simon’s junior year has suddenly gotten all kinds of complicated. Now, change-averse Simon has to find a way to step out of his comfort zone before he’s pushed out—without alienating his friends, compromising himself, or fumbling a shot at happiness with the most confusing, adorable guy he’s never met.

I only read Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda a few months ago but it has already taken a spot as one of my favourite LGBTQ+ reads of all time. I just literally adored everything about it. It had this real feel good vibe to it and I couldn't stop smiling when reading. 

The cuteness just made my heart want to explode and it just made me feel really good overall. I loved Simon as a character and his relationship with Blue..well lets just say I ship it..a lot. 

This was just a really feel good, heart warming, cute read and one that I keep thinking about. It's one that I think anyone would enjoy reading and if you are anything like me you'll fall in love with it straight away.

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