Total number of books: 5.5
Start date: 1st June, 2018
End date: 31st June, 2018
Highest Rating: 5/5 stars
Lowest Rating: DNF
Best Book: The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller
If you have been following my blog last month, you would have noticed that I took part in two readathons- The Pride Readathon hosted by Sai Ram and Dhruv Singhal and the Love is Love Readathon hosted by Books N Beyond. I wanted to do something special for the Pride Month in support of the LGBT community and being a bibliophile, this seemed like the perfect opportunity to popularize equal rights for them.
I had a wonderful time curating books for the readathon. I initially had 12 books on the list but I could only manage to complete five and a half because of other review deadlines. However, all the 5 reads were brilliant five star reads. I did not finish a book because it just did not do anything for me and I did not want to waste time with it.
Here is a wrap of the reads and the proposed reads for the Pride Readathon-
- Simon vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli (5/5 stars) This book has been receiving a lot of eyeballs due to the recent movie adaptation and is considered to be one of the key books in recent LGBT literature so I decided to start with this and boy, was I glad I did! The book deals with the coming of age of high school students, the discovery of their sexual identity, bullying, acceptance and the need to fit in. It was a very sweet story that was funny and had a lot of lovable characters. It had great family values as well. I cannot wait to watch the movie.
- Less by Andrew Sean Greer– (5/5 stars) This was a story of a gay author, Arthur who discovers that he is nearing his fiftieth birthday with nothing to show for it. He sets out on a tour around the world in order to find new material for his book. It was a very ‘grown-up’ book with complex characters and discussion of serious issues regarding the way that the LGBT community has been perceived from the 70s to the present day. I was saddened to learn that on top of everything else that an author has to deal with, a gay author also has to deal with how his book will make the world percieve the gay community.
- The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller– (5/5 stars) This was my favourite book of the readathon and one of my favourite books overall. I love historic fiction and a descriptive story and this book gave me both of those things. It is a story of Patroclus and Achilles where we seen them grow up from innocent children to capable young adults. The protagonist is the underdog Patroclus and not the GodChild Achilles. I loved how even though the boy is not considered worthy of being friends with the Prince, Achilles should him nothing but equality.
- Leah on the Offbeat by Becky Albertalli– (5/5 stars) This was the second book in the Creekwood series after Simon. It concentrates on Leah, a lonely bisexual drummer who hasn’t come out to anyone other than her mother. She is tormented by longing and is confused by the attention that she receives from her supposed straight friend. The book deals with how straight people take it for granted to be handsy with gay people and don’t consider how it might come off as. It also deals with the feeling of being alone in a crowd and the loneliness that comes even when surrounded by a group of loving friends. This book spoke to me on levels that Simon did not reach.
- The Prince and the Dressmaker by Jen Wang– (5/5 stars)This was my first graphic novel. I have never read much of comic books even as a kid and was apprehensive about how much I would really like this book. But I discovered that I loved the colorful images and the beautiful illustrations. The book tells a story of a Prince who likes to cross-dress. While cross-dressing is not purely inclusive in the LGBTQ+ genre, I considered the book since cross-dressing is identified as a type of transgender behaviour but does not necessarily indicate transgender identity.
- The Miseducation of Cameron Post by Emily M. Danforth- I had very high expectations for this book. It is the story of Cameron, a young teen who is just realising her sexuality and is (mis)educated about it by her Aunt in the hopes of bringing her close to God. I however found the writing too monotonous. I did read 50% of the book but could not bring myself to finish it. It is one of the few books that have gone into the DNF category for me.
Here is also a list of the books that were on my TBR list for the Pride Readathon but did not get read due to time constraints-
- Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Saenz
- Maurice by E. M. Foster
- If I Was Your Girl by Meredith Russo
- They Both Die in the End by Adam Silvera
- History is All You Left Me by Adam Silvera
- The Upside of Unrequitted by Becky Albertalli
Although I only read a handful of books for the readathon, I now have a mighty TBR to tackle. I was glad that all of the books that I read were wonderful and I look forward to reading the others on the list.
What did you do for the Pride Month?
Did you read anything that was LGBT related?
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