Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Introducing Chipmunk to Gay & Lesbian YA Books

I am the parent that promotes education and reading above all else.

It's what my own biological parents did for me. With all of their flaws I'm glad they did so. I'm happy that I have an IQ of 186 and that I've been reading since I was four. I'm proud of the fact that at the age of 10 when my teacher asked me what my favorite book was, I stood in front of the class and told her that it was "The Taming of the Shrew" by William Shakespeare, though it was more of a play in book form rather than just a book.

I was a nerd.

I am a nerd.

I'm proud to be one.

It's me that friends come to when they want to know something about history. I'm the one they come to when they want to spell something or if they need a mathematical equation or taxes done. I'm not typical. I am so book smart that according to the bio mom I have no common sense. LOL.

I know that's not true, but I do know that I'm really smart. Maybe not all the time. And with what's going on health wise with my body [Dizziness, Lightheadedness, Blurred Vision, white vision, letters swimming on the page, words not making sense when I read them, getting a headache when trying to read] I'm starting to feel stupider, but one thing I can always do is encourage my daughter, my Chipmunk to read.

I did it when I had custody of her. I encouraged her to go to her school library and read, bought her books, and whenever she said she was bored I told her to "go read the Bible," because obviously she'd ran out of books to read right?

So today I sent her a copy of Cherie Noel's book "Shadow Dance" because I know that it doesn't have any sex in it. At least not the free part of the story. But now I'm stuck because I don't know any YA books out there because I don't read them.

So I'm asking all of you. Those of you who actually read my blog [thank you!]:

Can you recommend some good Y.A. novels? Gay, lesbian, paranormal, fantasy, science fiction, contemporary. Doesn't matter. My child loves the Twilight novels but she also loved something called Snake River or something like that. Any recommendations would be greatly appreciated. I want to try and get her a NOOK or a Kindle so I can put them all on there and then send it to her. But for now I have to send them to her email addy.

So, can you all recommend some good YA books?


-Vicktor Aleksandr B


  1. Garth Nix did a good YA trilogy - Sabriel, Liriel, Abhorsen (at least I think that's the right spelling!). He writes for quite a wide age range, but those I think are the top end of the YA spectrum. Kind of paranormal fantasy.
    Possibly the Amber Spyglass (Phillip Pullman)trilogy, although the main character gets annoying in that.
    I very rarely read YA so can't think of anymore atm - I'll leave another comment if I think of anymore.

  2. Here's my list of YA books I've read and loved (A couple I still have to read but they are on my TBR pile) Only a few are LGTB though, but all rock.

    Chronicles of Vladimir Tod by Heather Brewer (or anything by her. She's my author hero) Hunger by Jackie Kessler (the whole Riders of the Apocalypse series actually,) The Replacement by Brenna Yovanoff (OMG This one was soooo good,) ANY Book written by Maggie Stiefvater, Warm Bodies by Isaac Marion, Angelfall by Susan Ee, Anything written by Alex Flinn, Witch Eyes by Scott Tracey, Pucker by Melanie Gideon, The Silver Kiss by Annette Curtis Klause, Unnatural by Michael Griffo, Invisible by Jeanne Bannon, Thirsty by MT Anderson (Being Human's inspiration!)

    Non-paranormal goodies
    Willow by Julia Hobe, Speak by Laurie H Anderson (OMG this is a must read for anyone.) Tears of a Clown by MB Mulhall, Just In Case by Meg Rosoff, Winter Girls by Laurie H Anderson, Dear Bully: Seventy Authors Tell Their Stories, Hushed by Kelley York

  3. Well I like the Mercy Thompson series by Patrica Briggs...It's not Gay or Lesbian but I think it falls under supernatural to say the least. Romance and such I really like them maybe she'll enjoy them. I think there are six books in the series so far not sure if there are more in the horizons or not.

    I'm a big Romance readers. I came across harlequin's very first 12 books they came out with I still have them around they would be YA books really they aren't like romance books now. Yet, they are very good.

    I'm big on Nora Roberts as well. Anything by her ends up being good.

    But I'm not sure if all of the books I know would be appropriate for Chipmunk. You take a look and tell me :P

  4. Okay, some LGBT YA books which I enjoyed...

    Will Grayson, Will Grayson - John Green
    Boy meets Boy - David Leviathan
    Tales of Foster High - John Goode - there are 3 of these so far, Maybe with a chance of certainty, the end of the Beginning and Raise your glass
    Vladimir Last Herald Mage series - Mercedes Lackey
    Out takes of a walking mistake - Paull Anthony
    Haven Coffee House Boys series - Stephani Hecht - two in the series so far - Light outside the Closet & Left in the Darkness

    Keeping you a Secret- Julie Anne Peters
    Luna - Julie Anne Peters
    Sugar Rush - Julie Birchall
    Empress of the World & The Rules for Hearts - Sara Ryan

    Parrotfish - Ellen Wittlinger
    Almost Perfect - Brian Katcher

    More general
    Shine - Lauren Myracle
    I would also say the Gone series by Michael Grant although they are much more general they do have some very well rounded gay and lesbian characters in them

    Hope this helps

  5. I have to admit I don't know many YA books.
    but I can recommend Cindy Pon's Silver Phoemix and Fury of the Phoenix. YA fantasy in China.

    and also a gay YA by Jay Bell 'Cat in the Cradle' (also fantasy)

  6. Rachel Vincent has a paranormal series about kids who can see souls, I think its Soul screamers or something? Its been so long since I have read it but I do remember they were really good and I dont like YA usually.


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