My Reading List for Pride Month, 2018

Hey guys! I’m super psyched for Pride next month and just wanted to share my reading plans for June.

Tash Hearts Tolstoy by Kathryn Ormsbee

After a shout-out from one of the Internet’s superstar vloggers, Tash Zelenka finds herself and her obscure web series, Unhappy Families, thrust into the limelight.

Her show is a modern adaptation of Anna Karenina—written by Tash’s literary love Count Lev Nikolayevich “Leo” Tolstoy. She’s not complaining the about forty thousand new subscribers, their gushing tweets, and flashy Tumblr GIFs. But she’s not so much of a fan of the pressure to deliver the best web series ever.

And when Unhappy Families is nominated for a Golden Tuba award, Tash’s cyber-flirtation with Thom Causer, a fellow award nominee, suddenly has the potential to become something More—if she can figure out how to tell said crush that she’s asexual.

Tash wants to enjoy her newfound fame, but will she lose her friends in her rise to the top? What would Tolstoy do?

Let’s Talk About Love by Claire Kann

Alice had her whole summer planned.

Non-stop all-you-can-eat buffets while marathoning her favorite TV shows (best friends totally included) with the smallest dash of adulting—working at the library to pay her share of the rent.

The only thing missing from her perfect plan? Her girlfriend, who broke things off when Alice came out to her as asexual.

Alice is done with dating—no thank you, drama and heartache.

But then Alice meets Takumi and she can’t stop thinking about him or the rom com-grade romance feels she did not ask for (uncertainty, butterflies, and swoons, she did not sign on for this!).

When her blissful summer takes an unexpected turn, and Takumi becomes her knight in shining armour (it’s actually a well polished library employee badge but close enough), Alice has to decide if she’s willing to risk their friendship for a love that might not be reciprocated—or even understood .

More Happy Than Not by Adam Silvera

Sixteen-year-old Aaron Soto is struggling to find happiness after a family tragedy leaves him reeling.

He’s slowly remembering what happiness might feel like this summer with the support of his girlfriend Genevieve, but it’s his new best friend, Thomas, who really gets Aaron to open up about his past and confront his future.

As Thomas and Aaron get closer, Aaron discovers things about himself that threaten to shatter his newfound contentment. A revolutionary memory-alteration procedure, courtesy of the Leteo Institute, might be the way to straighten himself out.

But what if it means forgetting who he truly is?

The Art of Being Normal by Lisa Williamson

Two boys who are slowly discovering themselves.

And two secrets that could ruin them.

David Piper has always been an outsider. His parents think he’s gay. The school bully thinks he’s a freak. Only his two best friends know the real truth –

David wants to be a girl.

On the first day at his new school, Leo Denton has one goal –

to be invisible.

Attracting the attention of the most beautiful girl in year eleven is definitely not part of that plan.

When Leo stands up for David in a fight, an unlikely friendship forms. But things are about to get messy.

Because at Eden Park School secrets have a funny habit of not staying secret for long…

Ship it by Britta Lundin

Claire is a sixteen-year-old fangirl obsessed with the show Demon Heart. Forest is an actor on Demon Heart who dreams of bigger roles.

When the two meet at a local Comic-Con panel, it’s a dream come true for Claire. Until the Q&A, that is, when Forest laughs off Claire’s assertion that his character is gay.

Claire is devastated. After all, every last word of her super-popular fanfic revolves around the romance between Forest’s character and his male frenemy.

She can’t believe her hero turned out to be a closed-minded jerk. Forest is mostly confused that anyone would think his character is gay. Because he’s not. Definitely not.

Unfortunately for Demon Heart, when the video of the disastrous Q&A goes viral, the producers have a PR nightmare on their hands.

In order to help improve their image within the LGBTQ+ community-as well as with their fans-they hire Claire to join the cast for the rest of their publicity tour.

What ensues is a series of colourful Comic-Con clashes between the fans and the show that lead Forest to question his assumptions about sexuality and help Claire come out of her shell.

But how far will Claire go to make her ship canon? To what lengths will Forest go to stop her and protect his career?

And will Claire ever get the guts to make a move on Tess, the very cute, extremely cool fanartist she keeps running into?

Girl Mans Up by M.E. Girard

All Pen wants is to be the kind of girl she’s always been.

So why does everyone have a problem with it? They think that the way she looks and behaves means she’s trying to be a boy—

that she should quit trying to be something she’s not. If she dresses like a girl, and does what her folks want, it will show respect.

If she takes orders and does what her friend Colby wants, it will show her loyalty. But respect and loyalty, Pen soon discovers, are empty words.

Old-world parents, disintegrating friendships, and strong feelings for other girls drive Pen to see the truth—

that in order to be who she truly wants to be, she’ll have to man up.

Leah on the Offbeat by Becky Albertalli

When it comes to drumming, Leah Burke is usually on beat—but real life isn’t always so rhythmic.

An anomaly in her friend group, she’s the only child of a young, single mom, and her life is decidedly less privileged.

She loves to draw but is too self-conscious to show it. And even though her mom knows she’s bisexual, she hasn’t mustered the courage to tell her friends—

not even her openly gay BFF, Simon.

So Leah really doesn’t know what to do when her rock-solid friend group starts to fracture in unexpected ways.

With prom and college on the horizon, tensions are running high. It’s hard for Leah to strike the right note while the people she loves are fighting—

especially when she realizes she might love one of them more than she ever intended.

They Both Die at the End by Adam Silvera

On September 5, a little after midnight, Death-Cast calls Mateo Torrez and Rufus Emeterio to give them some bad news:

They’re going to die today.

Mateo and Rufus are total strangers, but, for different reasons, they’re both looking to make a new friend on their End Day.

The good news: There’s an app for that.

It’s called the Last Friend, and through it, Rufus and Mateo are about to meet up for one last great adventure—

to live a lifetime in a single day.

Symptoms of Being Human by Jeff Garvin

Riley Cavanaugh is many things: Punk rock. Snarky. Rebellious. And gender fluid.

Some days Riley identifies as a boy, and others as a girl. The thing is…Riley isn’t exactly out yet.

And between starting a new school and having a congressman father running for reelection in uber-conservative Orange County, the pressure—media and otherwise—is building up in Riley’s so-called “normal” life.

On the advice of a therapist, Riley starts an anonymous blog to vent those pent-up feelings and tell the truth of what it’s REALLY like to be a gender fluid teenager.

But just as Riley’s starting to settle in at school—even developing feelings for a mysterious outcast—the blog goes viral, and an unnamed commenter discovers Riley’s real identity, threatening exposure.

Riley must make a choice: walk away from what the blog has created—a lifeline, new friends, a cause to believe in—or stand up, come out, and risk everything.

Picture us in the Light by Kelly Loy Gilbert

Danny has been an artist for as long as he can remember and it seems his path is set, with a scholarship to RISD and his family’s blessing to pursue the career he’s always dreamed of.

Still, contemplating a future without his best friend, Harry Wong, by his side makes Danny feel a panic he can barely put into words.

Harry and Danny’s lives are deeply intertwined and as they approach the one-year anniversary of a tragedy that shook their friend group to its core, Danny can’t stop asking himself if Harry is truly in love with his girlfriend, Regina Chan.

When Danny digs deeper into his parents’ past, he uncovers a secret that disturbs the foundations of his family history and the carefully constructed facade his parents have maintained begins to crumble.

With everything he loves in danger of being stripped away, Danny must face the ghosts of the past in order to build a future that belongs to him.

The Secret Loves of Geeks by Hope Nicholson

A compilation of love stories featuring a variety of relationships, genders and orientations.

I’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson

At first, Jude and her twin brother Noah, are inseparable.

Noah draws constantly and is falling in love with the charismatic boy next door, while daredevil Jude wears red-red lipstick, cliff-dives, and does all the talking for both of them.

Years later, they’re barely speaking. Something has happened to change the twins in different yet equally devastating ways . . .

but then Jude meets an intriguing, irresistible boy and a mysterious new mentor.

The early years are Noah’s to tell; the later years are Jude’s.

But they each have only half the story, and if they can only find their way back to one another, they’ll have a chance to remake their world.

well I hope you all enjoyed this little snippet of my plans for June. I hope you can forgive my in activity but school has been getting in the way a lot recently.

I’m hoping to be a little more active starting July, but we’ll just have to wait and see.

anyways, I do hope you all enjoyed this little snippet and as always happy reading!

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