When I signed up for the GLBT Challenge, I hoped to read not just more books with GLBT characters/authors in general, but in particular, I was looking for YA books that would fit these categories. I think I did fairly well on that this year. I signed up at the lambda level, which was four books, but I ended up reading seven. Here's my list:
- Ash by Malinda Lo
- Luna by Julie Anne Peters
- Libyrinth by Pearl North
- Will Grayson, Will Grayson by John Green and David Levithan
- Wildthorn by Jane Eagland
- Room by Emma Donoghue
- A Room of One's Own by Virginia Woolf
Of the seven, Room was definitely my favorite, though there are no GLBT characters and I didn't know Donoghue was a lesbian until after I had read the book. A Room of One's Own was a close second, and Will Grayson, Will Grayson was my favorite of the YA.
Although I found I mostly had to actively seek out books with GLBT protagonists, I was happy to see a number of books I read positively portrayed GLBT secondary characters. I didn't count these books towards the challenge, but they include:
- Zombies vs. Unicorns by various authors
- The Book of Lost Things by John Connolly
- The Shipping News by E. Annie Proulx
- The Ask and the Answer and Monsters of Men by Patrick Ness
I'm definitely glad I did this challenge, though I'll admit I put more time into searching for books in the beginning of the year than in the end. I spent a significant amount of time in the beginning looking for GLBT fantasy/sci-fi, but had a hard time finding much. It's something I'll continue to keep an eye out for.