Hola and a big smushy WELCOME to our LGBTQ event which is here for the month of May. We have reviews, Guest Posts, Top Ten List and lots and lots of prizes all with a LGBT theme. The posts will be indexed on the side and I do hope you hop through … I have been so lucky this year!
Today, it’s my turn. All the thoughts in here are from me and I think I’ve classified a few of the books into dubious tropes but bare with me. I’m giving away a copy of one of the books to one lucky commenter too … just give me some more coming out recommendations!
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Before I start recommending books, I want to tell you something about me and my experiences of LGBTQ in real life.
I am a heterosexual woman who leads an incredibly privileged existence because my life is filled with diverse people of all ages, races and sexualities. The LGBTQ people who have been in my life are some of the best friends I’ve had and some of the strongest people I know. I’ve never had to deal with half the shit they’ve had to and I know I’m a better person for knowing them. This event is partly for those people in my life, online and otherwise, whose issues and stories deserve to be explored through fiction because they exist in our world too. It’s partly to publicise LGBTQ fiction in the hopes that it becomes more mainstream, and widely available, so that the LGBTQ youth of today will be able to easily access realistic stories which they can relate to and find hope in. We all deserve a book that we can read and find some solace in, even on the darkest day.
When I pick up an LGBT book, it isn’t because it’s LGBTQ. I pick up books because I’m interested in the story or love the author. The LGBTQ genre is full of powerful stories and fantastic writers; I have many, many comfort rereads in the genre. Although I don’t pick up books purely because they are LGBTQ, just as with MF fiction, there are tropes within the genres that I am a complete sucker for. I have decided to do a trope recommendation post for the LGBTQ event this time so all the pictures are clickable to the goodreads blurb … oh, and I’ll giveaway a copy of one of the books (in eFormat) to one commenter! This doesn’t reflect all that I read … it just highlights tropes that are guaranteed to make me hit the one-click button.
The “Coming out” trope
These books are so bittersweet. The characters go through absolute hell over the course of the story but, by the culmination of the story, I am so emotionally invested in their character development, I literally cry happy tears when they get their HEA. Most of my LGBT reading tends to be in this trope… I cannot get enough!
The Alpha/sub MM trope
You know, this is never about the Alpha character in this story for me; I am a complete sucker for a male sub and they are written so well in this particular trope. Kim Dare deserves a massive shout-out here because I think she has fostered my love for this trope and I’ve never been disappointed by one of her books