Themed reading challenge!


I came across this challenge on this lovely blog called Fighting Dreamer (click on the picture to know more.) I love LGBT, so I thought it would be a great idea to participate and for this one to me my first themed reading challenge for this year (and probably the only one.) I’m so eager to be appart of this challenge and, if you’re interested, the sign-ups are open until November 30th, 2014! Now is the time to set a goal…

I’ve been thinking… And then thinking again…Until I came to the conclusion that there are so many LGBT themed books out there that I long to read so I can’t just set my goal to 2 or 3 books.

So… 15 will be my reading goal! I hope to achieve it but I also know that it’s important to do our best in these kinds of challenges and that it’s NOT the end of the world if I don’t succeed.

Here are the LGBT themed books I wish to read before the end of 2014:



 Do you have a reading challenge other than Goodreads’? Have you read any of these books? 🙂

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42 thoughts on “Themed reading challenge!

  1. I really wanted to participate in this in July, but my humongous to-read pile just screamed at me. Still, I’m glad to see that other people are joining! LGBT is a genre that needs more fans and more recognition, in my opinion. 🙂 I’ve only read two of the books you listed — The Perks of Being a Wallflower and Every Day. Wallflower was pretty good, and one of the most honest contemporaries I’ve read, even though I couldn’t identify with the main character much. Have you watched the film? It’s so far been getting pretty positive reviews from bookworms.

    As for Every Day, I found that book to be okay, but a little on the mediocre side. But that’s probably ’cause I’m a person who wants explanation for every odd thing that happens, and one wasn’t given here, so that kind of ruined my experience a bit. And again, I couldn’t relate to the narrator much, too. It’s still a beautifully written book with a unique concept and an even better message.

    Hope you have fun with LGBT Month, Lola!

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    • I agree, I think LGBT is a great genre and many people don’t even know about how awesome it is. I did see The Perks of Being a Wallflower movie and REALLY liked it! Logan Lerman is an actor I like a lot. It does have 4.20/5 on Goodreads which is incredible! I’m sure I’ll like it. 😀

      Aww, okay! Hmm, I wonder if it’s worth buying now… I may borrow it instead then. I guess I’m not necessarily always searching for an explanation so maybe it’ll work for me. Sorry it didn’t quite work for you though. I guess it could still be at least a bit enjoyable if the writing is very beautiful. 🙂 Thank you!! 😀

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  2. wow.. what I coincidence. I’ve just finished my first LGBT last weekend. I didn’t expect that there are actually lots of LGBT books. I’m only familiar with 3 books in your list and I didn’t know they were LGBT.
    Anyway, 2 in the list are already in my TBR. Hopefully, I’ll finish them before July ends.

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  3. Yeah, I participated in a monthly LGBT challenge also hosted by Fighting Dreamer, and I read some truly awesome books. I haven’t read any of those on your list here, but I do own Will Grayson, Will Grayson; Two Boys Kissing; and Aristotle and Dante Discover the Universe.
    During the month-long challenge, I read one book I really loved : One Man Guy. It’s about a 14-year-old Armenian guy who lives in Jersey. And it’s beautifully written.
    Good luck with your challenge Lola. I hope you’ll enjoy all the books you’ve decided to read 🙂

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    • That’s great! I’ll check that One Man Guy book out if it’s that great. ^^ (But man TBR ugh…) WGWG is by JG and another author so I’m looking very forward to reading it. I’m glad you’re enjoying LGBT books as well! Thank you, Lexxie! x

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  4. AWESOME!!!! There are so many books on that list I’ve been wanting to read Lola, I can’t wait to see what you think of them. I’m particularly excited to pick up Other Bound and Aristotle and Dante, those have been on my list for a long time and I really need to make time for them. Such a fantastic idea for a challenge:) GOOD LUCK!

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  5. I took part in the LGBTApril this year (which was so much fun) but the only one I’ve read out of those so far is Otherbound (which I loved) though I do have Perks, Will Grayson, Will Grayson and Every Day. 🙂 I haven’t joined many things because ugh, I always feel the pressure, but since it’s open for a while, I might just well join. 🙂

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    • YAY!, I’m glad Otherbound is a good one! Sure, it”s open and it’s for the intire year and not just a month (of what I read and I did read the page twice. :P) I think challenges are fun and good; surely will take lat least two next year. 😉

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  6. Two Boys Kissing! OMG YES. I loved that book. However the writing style isn’t for everyone, so you’ve been warned! This is an awesome challenge, and if I had enough time I’d definitely join in.

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  7. Oh I have heard so much about many of these but I’ve only read The Perks of being a Wallflower. But it was great just so you know 😉 I really hope you’ll enjoy these. Good luck, Lola 🙂

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  8. This is a great challenge, Lola! Unfortunately I won’t be participating in this one. Good luck though! I read Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe earlier this month and OH. MY. GOD. IT WAS. AMAZING!!! I hope you love it. ❤ I've also read The Perks of Being a Wallflower (though I didn't love it as much as I was expecting), and Will Grayson, Will Grayson. 🙂

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    • Yeaah, I remember you telling that in your book survey! Which I didn’t do at last…And I heard you telling tou didn’t like that THPoBaW book in one of your videos. ^^ Damn, I sound like a stalker lol. Thank you! I hope you’ll participate maybe next year along with me (if there’s going to be one. :))

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  9. Congratulations for signing up! I hope you get through as many of these as possible and enjoy them, too!
    I haven’t participated yet, but I so enjoy watching the challenge take place and seeing what people do- your list is really wonderful! I’ve only read two of the books, one which I really liked (Boy Meets Boy) and one which I really disliked (Perks), but there are another two on my TBR (Every Day and Aristotle and Dante), which I hope to get to soon! Happy reading! x

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    • Thank you!! 😀 I will try and don’t like unfulfilling challenges so, yes, will try hard. ^^ You should participate if you want to coz there is no real pressure and stuff; it’s at your rhythm. Hmm, many mixed review for Perks. I did see the movie and loved it….hmm will see. Boy meets boy looks nice! Thank you, happy reading as well!

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  10. Aristotle and dante and any Levithan are always excellent choices, I strongly recommend the Miseducation of Cameron Post and Annie on my Mind, I kind of want to marry them and raise a family of little books with them!

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    • Hahahha, aww it’s the first time I hear that: ” I kind of want to marry them and raise a family of little books with them!” I will look forward to those two and Aristotle as well then! Thank you for stopping by, Leah. 😀

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  11. This looks like an awesome challenge! My sister recently read the Perks of Being a Wallflower as she enjoyed it a lot! If I have time I will participate as well 🙂 Thank you for point it out and stopping by :)! Good luck with your goal!

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  12. That sounds awesome! I have and have read a few of those goodies! You will adore The Perks of Being a Wallflower. I read it last summer in one sitting before the movie was released (which I never ended up watching yet) and it’s an ultimate favourite of mine. Every Day and Will Grayson, Will Grayson were also perfection (adding to the fact that David Levithan wrote them)!

    Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe and Two Boys Kissing are on my ASAP TBR list (and I actually have both). I love LGBT books so dearly much. It shares a special place in my heart right next to my favourites. 🙂

    I hope you enjoy these beauties!

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    • Haha, well you HAVE to watch the movie coz it was so good and emotional and wow!! Very well-made! I don’t actually know who David Levithan is but will read his profile on GR. 😛 I’m so glad you like LGBT as well! It’s a genre that should be known more in my opinion! They share a special place in my heart as well. ❤ Thank you!

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  14. Nice picks, Lola! I have read quite a few from your list and they were all good/amazing (imo):
    Ari & Dante – was amazing (but you already know that I’m a fan 😉
    Perks – wasn’t my cup of tea, but I do think that it’s a good/important book
    Boys Meets Boy – was one of my first LGBT YA reads and I’ll always have a soft spot for its characters.
    Something like Summer – beautiful, heart-wrenching (I loved it, but don’t think I could make myself read the other books in the series – too much sadness)
    Two Boys Kissing/Every Day – ❤
    Otherbound – okay this one is an exception, I was quite meh about Otherbound
    Turning 16 – was light and fun
    Don't Let Me Go is not my favorite Trumble (that's Where You Are) but it is a pretty powerful read (and I have yet to read Just Between Us)

    Anywaay, happy – LGBT YA – reading! I'll be looking forward to your reviews! 🙂

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    • Wow, okay, you do like LGBT. I’ve read more adult M/Ms than YAs though. Oh, I didn’t know that the Something Like Summer books are so much filled with sadness… I kinda prefer the happy–with a bit of drama–ones. Ugh, we’ll see. Turnining 16 looks really cool. ^^ And Perks, well, I did like the movie like a lot and the book is very loved by people so I’m still kinda very excited!

      Thank you, this is a great challenge. 😀

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      • I read a lot of MM too. In fact, I’m currently stalking your shelves on Goodreads, trying to see what kind of books you like and we have a lot of books in common – Shattered Glass, Junjou Romantica, Cut&Run, Nana, the Charley Davidson series, a bunch of Amy Lane books, etc. But you didn’t like Light?!! *sadness*
        Btw, you should totally read Seven Days: Monday → Thursday and Student Prince!! I think you’d like them 😉

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  15. I’ve read six of them (Perks, Boy Meets Boy, Every Day, Aristotle, Will Grayson, Two Boys Kissing) and Otherbound is on my to-read list! 🙂 Great challenge that you have here! I hope you are able to get through all these books by the end of the year. 🙂

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      • Hahaha hey! That’s a good month to marathon LGBT+ books! I’m real happy to hear you are loving Aristotle (because I LOVED that book too!), and I really hope you like Perks. That was another big favourite of mine. 😉

        Afterwards you might be interested in seeing the movie, since it was pretty spectacular in my opinion.

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      • I saw the movie! That’s why I’m so interested in reading the book. It was SO good, wow, so many emotions. The cast was perfect and what happens to Charlie’s gay friend is so sad. 😦 Thought his relationship with that guy didn’t start off good at all.

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