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epicreads:

Like, Try, Why #37!
The Selection —-> The Jewel by Amy Ewing
A Great and Terrible Beauty —-> Illusions of Fate by Kiersten White
Before I Fall —-> Falling Into Place by Amy Zhang

epicreads:

Like, Try, Why #37!

The Selection —-> The Jewel by Amy Ewing

A Great and Terrible Beauty —-> Illusions of Fate by Kiersten White

Before I Fall —-> Falling Into Place by Amy Zhang

Messenger Teens, search our catalog for these titles! If we don’t have one and you’d like to read it, either request it at any information desk or put a hold on the item online. We are here to help!

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blackballoonpublishing:

Beautiful Music for Ugly Childrenby Kirstin Cronn-Mills
Gabe seems like he has everything going for him: He’s spending the summer working as a radio station DJ and concocting plans to escape his hometown following graduation (and to make his best friend Paige fall in love with him). There’s just one problem: Everyone else has thought of him as Elizabeth for most of his life. Over the course of the summer after his senior year, Gabe faces serious challenges, like being outed and attacked, but some good things happen, too, like the support he receives from fans. Along the way, Gabe sheds his old identity, leaving Elizabeth behind.
KEEP READING: "Recommended Reading: YA Books Starring Trans Characters"

blackballoonpublishing:

Beautiful Music for Ugly Childrenby Kirstin Cronn-Mills

Gabe seems like he has everything going for him: He’s spending the summer working as a radio station DJ and concocting plans to escape his hometown following graduation (and to make his best friend Paige fall in love with him). There’s just one problem: Everyone else has thought of him as Elizabeth for most of his life. Over the course of the summer after his senior year, Gabe faces serious challenges, like being outed and attacked, but some good things happen, too, like the support he receives from fans. Along the way, Gabe sheds his old identity, leaving Elizabeth behind.

KEEP READING: "Recommended Reading: YA Books Starring Trans Characters"

Messenger Teens, joins us for our new book club, Genre-Ly Speaking, on September 22 @ 2-3 p.m. We will talk about our favorite reads, so there is not an assigned book for this! The idea is to get us loving a book club based around different genres. So read a book, and come get some snacks and chat about your faves!

Messenger Teens, joins us for our new book club, Genre-Ly Speaking, on September 22 @ 2-3 p.m. We will talk about our favorite reads, so there is not an assigned book for this! The idea is to get us loving a book club based around different genres. So read a book, and come get some snacks and chat about your faves!

artsyislife:

yainterrobang:

HAPPY #WOMENAUTHORWEDNESDAY!Nominated by: ShawnThis Wednesday, we celebrate A.S. King! King is the author of many and multiple YA novels: Reality Boy, Ask the Passengers, The Dust of 100 Dogs, Everybody Sees the Ants, Please Ignore Vera Dietz and the upcoming feminist Glory O’Brien’s History of the Future.Which one of her books is your favorite? Which one did you read first? Which one do you want to read, if you haven’t read any? What do you recommend for first-time A.S. King readers? Have something you want to share about King? Send us an ask! Tweet us at @yainterrobang with your opinions. As always, #womenauthorwednesday is about talking about lady authors and the things they do - so talk, about whatever you’d like!

A.S. King is literally the best author ever. Her books are life.

A.S. King is pretty awesome. Messenger Teens, find her in our catalog and start reading!

artsyislife:

yainterrobang:

HAPPY #WOMENAUTHORWEDNESDAY!
Nominated by: Shawn

This Wednesday, we celebrate A.S. King! King is the author of many and multiple YA novels: Reality Boy, Ask the Passengers, The Dust of 100 Dogs, Everybody Sees the Ants, Please Ignore Vera Dietz and the upcoming feminist Glory O’Brien’s History of the Future.

Which one of her books is your favorite? Which one did you read first? Which one do you want to read, if you haven’t read any? What do you recommend for first-time A.S. King readers?

Have something you want to share about King? Send us an ask! Tweet us at @yainterrobang with your opinions. As always, #womenauthorwednesday is about talking about lady authors and the things they do - so talk, about whatever you’d like!

A.S. King is literally the best author ever. Her books are life.

A.S. King is pretty awesome. Messenger Teens, find her in our catalog and start reading!

diversityinya:

How It Went Down is my newest novel, which centers around the controversial shooting of a young black teen by a white man passing through his neighborhood. … 

"I began working on this book in the spring of 2012, when the Trayvon Martin shooting was big in the news. I was interested in pushing beyond the headlines and soundbites dominating the national media in order to confront the experiences of people closest to this type of tragedy. Now, two years later, the conversation remains relevant and high-profile after the shooting of Michael Brown and the resulting riots and violence in Ferguson, Missouri. It is my hope that this novel and other YA literature can be used to start conversations between teens and adults about the prevalence of these incidents, and how we as a nation can begin to respond and heal from these tragedies, and hopefully minimize or wholly prevent similar things from occurring in the future."

Author Kekla Magoon in an interview at Crazy Quilt Edi

How It Went Down will be published Oct. 21, 2014.

 

themindofafictionbooklover:

I’ve been meaning to make a list of the LGBT books I’ve read but I procrastinated. Rebecca ( thebooker) made this post and I was originally going to just add on but I decided to make my own list to have as a record of sorts. I have a similar list on my main blog for queer movies. So here goes my list, inspired by Rebecca’s post, and I shall add to it as time goes on.
Tigers and Devils by Sean Kennedy Goodreads

This as well as the sequel. It’s about a guy meeting a famous football player and they sort of fall in love and its about the drama involving the media. I love these books because the characters are so realistic and it has some awesome side characters. Also it takes place in Australia! Don’t worry if you’re not a fan of football, I have zero knowledge of the sport and I highly enjoyed the story.

Annie On My Mind by Nancy Garden Goodreads

A beautiful and real story of two young girls falling in love. This is one of my favorite books as well. It was banned in many libraries and even publicly burned, as it says on the goodreads page, which I find completely crazy. Published in the 80’s, this is a classic queer book. 

Where You Are by J.H. Trumble Goodreads

A story of a guy who is having some issues in life and becomes close to his guy teacher which ends up blosoming into a roller coster love ride. I cannot deny I am a sucker for forbidden romance but please don’t jump to any conclusion, this romance isn’t some perverted teacher/student romance. Trust me, just read the book. 

Don’t Let Me Go by J.H. Trumble Goodreads

Same writer, different but just as great story. A young guy creates a blog about the homophobia at his school and it causes quite the commotion and a revolution of sorts.

One Man Guy by Michael Barakiva Goodreads

This one is one of the newer ones, it came out this may. A young Armenian boy falls for the skater boy but didn’t expect for the feelings to be reciprocated. This is a funny and cute/romance/ feel good family/self discovery book and I suggest you check it out!

Keeping You A Secret by Julie Anne Peters Goodreads

Another cute little lesbian story of self-discovery and romance. It was funny and had some heartwarming moments as well. 

Luna by Julie Anne Peters Goodreads 

This is about a girl with a trans sibling. In the book you see Liam preparing to come out and finally be Luna. Its the only trans book I’ve read but I remember liking it. I just wished it was in the perspective of Luna instead of the sister.

 The Vast Fields of Ordinary by Nick Burd Goodreads 

A story of a guy who’s life isn’t that great and then BAM he meets a guy and crazy things happen. I really did like this book though it ended in a sadder/realistic way. I adored the main characters friend, she was great. 

Desert Sons by Mark Kendrick Goodreads

Two young guys enter a friendship that evolves into a deep realistic relationship and you found out one of them has a pretty dark past that stirs up some problems. There’s a sequel but I didn’t like it as much as I liked this one but it was still good. 

The Tin Star by J.L. Langley Goodreads

Let me be straight (lol punny) out and say this is pretty much classified as erotica but I didn’t know it at the time. Anyway a guy gets kicked out once he comes out to his dad and he find himself falling in love with his brother’s best friend. If you want me to be blunt I just say this was a hot cowboy romance that also made me gasp in shock and get a little teary eyed. Someone said in a review of it “sex that’s as sweet as it is scorching.”

The Rainbow Trilogy by Alex Sanchez Goodreads

A coming of age story about 3 guys. One who is coming to terms that he’s gay, one who knows he is just doesn’t want anyone else to and one who is so out and the definition of flaming homosexual. These were some of the first queer books I read, I own all three. I love how you saw in each of their perspectives, the pov shifting in each chapter. You should check these out. 

Boyfriends with Girlfriends by Alex Sanchez Goodreads

This book is a little complicated bit it deals with bisexuality as well as homosexuality which is a bit rare. we need more bi characters in the world, queer characters in general. This was a good book about self discovery and overcoming differences. Its by Alex Sanchez so I knew it’d be good. 

The God Box by Alex Sanchez Goodreads

Ah, religion. This is what this book touches on, specifically the christian views on homosexuality. A young christian guy finds his world flipped upside down when he meets a guy who claims to be both gay and christian. He realizes some deeply repressed things about himself and reexamines his whole life. I was never a fan of religion but I thought this book was pretty good, talking about a still relevant topic. 

Geography Club by Brent Hartinger Goodreads

A group of queer kids want to find some sort of haven in their school without having to come out so they create a club so boring that no one in their right mind would join - Geography Club. There’s drama and love and it was even made into a movie! I can’t remember how accurate the movie was but I remember liking it as well. This is a series and I think I may reread this book to read the rest. 

I Can See For Miles by Lisa Worrall Goodreads

A short but very original ebook. After becoming blind, Josh’s friends make him go to retreat-like camp for the blind where he falls for Charlie. There’s a bit of a hesitation on Charlie’s part  but he has to try and give a chance at love.  Them both being pretty much blind was very fascinating and there was some beautifully sensual scenes and scene descriptions. Go check it out!

How Beautiful the Ordinary edited by Michael Cart Goodreads

This is really good book of short stories by a bunch of different authors about a wide variety of lgbt topics. There’s stories about trans characters, stories of queer love and stories of acceptance. Its very interesting all the different styles, there’s some stories told in comics, some told in unusual structures and just different writing styles.

Openly Straight by Bill Konigsberg Goodreads

Rafe is sick of everyone focusing on the fact that he’s gay, theres more to him than his sexuality! So when he transfers to an all boys school he decides to keep his sexuality a secret. But a few things happen and he finds himself in love with his friend who is straight.. for the most part. I thought the main character was a little ungrateful but even then the book was very funny. Also very real; the dialogue, the actions and repercussions.

Boy Meets Boy by David Levithan Goodreads

You’ll just have to read the goodreads synopsis for this one. I thought it was a very cute book, not too deep or anything, sort of fluffy but cute and good nonetheless

Witch Eyes by Scott Tracey Goodreads

Quite refreshing is Witch Eyes, a book about a guy witch who falls for the enemy witch family’s son. Theres dark magic consuming the town and Braden must master his gift to save loved ones. I read this so long ago, too long ago that I don’t remember a lot about it but I need to read the read of the series so might need to reread. 

Hero by Perry Moore Goodreads

A world with superheroes, capes and all. Thom joins a organization of heroes, the League, but still can’t tell his dad he’s gay when he is barely coming to terms with it himself. Thom and the League have to deal with a deadly mystery. This is an example of a story where everything doesn’t revolve around the characters sexuality but I do wish there were a bit more gayness in there honestly. 

Will Grayson, Will Grayson by John Green & David Levithan Goodreads

I’m sure you all know what this is about. A guy named Will Grayson meets a guy with the same name and their worlds collide. One of them is straight and I wasn’t particularly fond of him. There was love, friendship and fabulous musical. Go check it out. 

Something Like Summer by Jay Bell Goodreads

This is another one you have to read the synopsis yourself but even that doesn’t tell you everything. I was not fond of the love interest in this book but there was another guy later in the book and I loved him. Luckily theres a book about him in this series. 

Notable mentions:
The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky - Thebooker mentioned this as well but everyone loves the side character Patrick, who is gay. 
Every Day by David Levithan - This is an interesting book that also shows a handful of queer characters and talks a little bit about sexuality and gender.
Got any queer book recommendations? send me them!

themindofafictionbooklover:

I’ve been meaning to make a list of the LGBT books I’ve read but I procrastinated. Rebecca ( thebooker) made this post and I was originally going to just add on but I decided to make my own list to have as a record of sorts. I have a similar list on my main blog for queer movies. So here goes my list, inspired by Rebecca’s post, and I shall add to it as time goes on.

This as well as the sequel. It’s about a guy meeting a famous football player and they sort of fall in love and its about the drama involving the media. I love these books because the characters are so realistic and it has some awesome side characters. Also it takes place in Australia! Don’t worry if you’re not a fan of football, I have zero knowledge of the sport and I highly enjoyed the story.

A beautiful and real story of two young girls falling in love. This is one of my favorite books as well. It was banned in many libraries and even publicly burned, as it says on the goodreads page, which I find completely crazy. Published in the 80’s, this is a classic queer book. 

A story of a guy who is having some issues in life and becomes close to his guy teacher which ends up blosoming into a roller coster love ride. I cannot deny I am a sucker for forbidden romance but please don’t jump to any conclusion, this romance isn’t some perverted teacher/student romance. Trust me, just read the book. 

Same writer, different but just as great story. A young guy creates a blog about the homophobia at his school and it causes quite the commotion and a revolution of sorts.

This one is one of the newer ones, it came out this may. A young Armenian boy falls for the skater boy but didn’t expect for the feelings to be reciprocated. This is a funny and cute/romance/ feel good family/self discovery book and I suggest you check it out!

  • Keeping You A Secret by Julie Anne Peters Goodreads

Another cute little lesbian story of self-discovery and romance. It was funny and had some heartwarming moments as well. 

This is about a girl with a trans sibling. In the book you see Liam preparing to come out and finally be Luna. Its the only trans book I’ve read but I remember liking it. I just wished it was in the perspective of Luna instead of the sister.

  •  The Vast Fields of Ordinary by Nick Burd Goodreads 

A story of a guy who’s life isn’t that great and then BAM he meets a guy and crazy things happen. I really did like this book though it ended in a sadder/realistic way. I adored the main characters friend, she was great. 

Two young guys enter a friendship that evolves into a deep realistic relationship and you found out one of them has a pretty dark past that stirs up some problems. There’s a sequel but I didn’t like it as much as I liked this one but it was still good. 

Let me be straight (lol punny) out and say this is pretty much classified as erotica but I didn’t know it at the time. Anyway a guy gets kicked out once he comes out to his dad and he find himself falling in love with his brother’s best friend. If you want me to be blunt I just say this was a hot cowboy romance that also made me gasp in shock and get a little teary eyed. Someone said in a review of it “sex that’s as sweet as it is scorching.”

  • The Rainbow Trilogy by Alex Sanchez Goodreads

A coming of age story about 3 guys. One who is coming to terms that he’s gay, one who knows he is just doesn’t want anyone else to and one who is so out and the definition of flaming homosexual. These were some of the first queer books I read, I own all three. I love how you saw in each of their perspectives, the pov shifting in each chapter. You should check these out. 

  • Boyfriends with Girlfriends by Alex Sanchez Goodreads

This book is a little complicated bit it deals with bisexuality as well as homosexuality which is a bit rare. we need more bi characters in the world, queer characters in general. This was a good book about self discovery and overcoming differences. Its by Alex Sanchez so I knew it’d be good. 

Ah, religion. This is what this book touches on, specifically the christian views on homosexuality. A young christian guy finds his world flipped upside down when he meets a guy who claims to be both gay and christian. He realizes some deeply repressed things about himself and reexamines his whole life. I was never a fan of religion but I thought this book was pretty good, talking about a still relevant topic. 

A group of queer kids want to find some sort of haven in their school without having to come out so they create a club so boring that no one in their right mind would join - Geography Club. There’s drama and love and it was even made into a movie! I can’t remember how accurate the movie was but I remember liking it as well. This is a series and I think I may reread this book to read the rest. 

  • I Can See For Miles by Lisa Worrall Goodreads

A short but very original ebook. After becoming blind, Josh’s friends make him go to retreat-like camp for the blind where he falls for Charlie. There’s a bit of a hesitation on Charlie’s part  but he has to try and give a chance at love.  Them both being pretty much blind was very fascinating and there was some beautifully sensual scenes and scene descriptions. Go check it out!

  • How Beautiful the Ordinary edited by Michael Cart Goodreads

This is really good book of short stories by a bunch of different authors about a wide variety of lgbt topics. There’s stories about trans characters, stories of queer love and stories of acceptance. Its very interesting all the different styles, there’s some stories told in comics, some told in unusual structures and just different writing styles.

  • Openly Straight by Bill Konigsberg Goodreads

Rafe is sick of everyone focusing on the fact that he’s gay, theres more to him than his sexuality! So when he transfers to an all boys school he decides to keep his sexuality a secret. But a few things happen and he finds himself in love with his friend who is straight.. for the most part. I thought the main character was a little ungrateful but even then the book was very funny. Also very real; the dialogue, the actions and repercussions.

You’ll just have to read the goodreads synopsis for this one. I thought it was a very cute book, not too deep or anything, sort of fluffy but cute and good nonetheless

Quite refreshing is Witch Eyes, a book about a guy witch who falls for the enemy witch family’s son. Theres dark magic consuming the town and Braden must master his gift to save loved ones. I read this so long ago, too long ago that I don’t remember a lot about it but I need to read the read of the series so might need to reread. 

A world with superheroes, capes and all. Thom joins a organization of heroes, the League, but still can’t tell his dad he’s gay when he is barely coming to terms with it himself. Thom and the League have to deal with a deadly mystery. This is an example of a story where everything doesn’t revolve around the characters sexuality but I do wish there were a bit more gayness in there honestly. 

  • Will Grayson, Will Grayson by John Green & David Levithan Goodreads

I’m sure you all know what this is about. A guy named Will Grayson meets a guy with the same name and their worlds collide. One of them is straight and I wasn’t particularly fond of him. There was love, friendship and fabulous musical. Go check it out. 

This is another one you have to read the synopsis yourself but even that doesn’t tell you everything. I was not fond of the love interest in this book but there was another guy later in the book and I loved him. Luckily theres a book about him in this series. 

Notable mentions:

Got any queer book recommendations? send me them!