In TV news, I’ve got two disappointments, two loves, and one meh. I watched a lot of great movies this month, granted some of them were re-watches.
Queer books all around!
Can we get some more LGBTQ+ movies from major AND independent studios?
I still want to be highlighting Black authors and Black stories, but because it’s also Pride month. So let’s get queer up in here!
June is Pride Month! I did a post last year of some of my favorite LGBTQ+ reads and this time around, I thought that I would help jumpstart your summer TBR lists with specific summer LGBTQ+ BOOKS. Everyone has been making this post lately, but I thought I would add some of my favorites.
Ever since the start of the year when I started reviewing ARC’s on this here blog, I’ve become harsher in my critiques. I used to just read a book, think it was fine, and then never think about it again. I’m now looking at things more critically —putting all those college literature classes to good use. While in the past I might have rated a book a four or five with no real thought behind it, now I’m getting strict.
I rarely ever do monthly TBR’s. I might have a few books in my head that I want to read over the month, but I almost never actually stick to that imaginary list. However, I’m really trying to accomplish some reading goals over the summer.
Happy Pride Month!
I do not identify with the LGBTQ+ community, but I am a major ally and advocate. I think the YA community has some incredible stories about teens wrestling with their feelings about their sexuality and trying to figure out what it all means. On the opposite side, there are some books about people who are so sure of themselves. So sure about who they are and what they represent. So, I thought I would round up a list of YA books that center around queer characters. Some of these are also own voices rep. These are all books that I have read and really love, but as someone who doesn’t identify, I’m not the person to accurately judge the representation. Just giving out my recommendations of some great stories and character arcs.
“I like your boots!”
AHHHHH!!! THE FEELS!!!! MY EMOTIONS, MY HEART!!!!
Okay, I got it out of my system. I have just come home from seeing Love, Simon, the new movie based on Becky Albertalli’s novel Simon vs The Homo Sapiens Agenda. I have been waiting for this movie to come out for ages. The book is so heartwarming and hilarious, about a closeted teen who has a secret online relationship with a secret admirer. Ugh, I suck at explaining things, here is the movie premise from Wikipedia:
Simon Spier is a closeted gay teenager attending high school in a suburb of Atlanta, Georgia. Simon has yet to inform his family or friends about his sexual orientation and has begun communicating with an anonymous fellow closeted classmate who goes by the pseudonym “Blue” online, using his own pseudonym of “Jacques”. This email exchange is uncovered by fellow classmate Martin, who blackmails Simon by threatening to out him to the entire school unless he helps Martin get a date with one of Simon’s best friends. Simon is then forced to balance his friends, his family, and the blackmailer, while simultaneously attempting to discover the identity of the anonymous classmate he has fallen in love with online.