Choose Love, Read Diversely | Valentine’s Day 2018

This Valentine’s Day I’m celebrating love in all its shapes and shades.  Gender, sexuality, race, and religion have nothing to do with the authenticity of a couple’s love.  It’s important to raise up narratives that represent true love in all its forms.

While these recommendations may portray some of the challenges marginalised couples face, this post is about normalising diverse love stories and recognising the beauty of healthy, happy relationships.

 

all loveis createdequal

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Fiction

Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda

19547856AUTHOR: Becky Albertalli
PUBLISHER: Penguin
RELEASE DATE: April 7, 2015
GENRE: Young Adult Contemporary Fiction
PAGE COUNT: 320
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Sixteen-year-old and not-so-openly gay Simon Spier prefers to save his drama for the school musical. But when an email falls into the wrong hands, his secret is at risk of being thrust into the spotlight. Now Simon is actually being blackmailed: if he doesn’t play wingman for class clown Martin, his sexual identity will become everyone’s business. Worse, the privacy of Blue, the pen name of the boy he’s been emailing, will be compromised.

Contains: gay romance, coming out, realistic friendship drama


When Dimple Met Rishi

when-dimple-met-rishi-design-Regina-Flath-photograph-Meredith-JenksAUTHOR: Sandhya Menon
PUBLISHER
: Simon Pulse
RELEASE DATE
: May 30, 2017
GENRE
: New Adult Fiction, Contemporary Romance
PAGE COUNT
: 380
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Dimple Shah has it all figured out. With graduation behind her, she’s more than ready for a break from her family, from Mamma’s inexplicable obsession with her finding the “Ideal Indian Husband.” Ugh. Dimple knows they must respect her principles on some level, though. If they truly believed she needed a husband right now, they wouldn’t have paid for her to attend a summer program for aspiring web developers…right?

Contains: parental pressure to marry, cultural pressure


Everything Leads to You

e5c41c697633418d242e6dfb39c0dfd6AUTHOR: Nina LaCour
PUBLISHER
: Dutton Books for Young Readers
RELEASE DATE
: May 15, 2014
GENRE
: New Adult Fiction, Contemporary Romance
PAGE COUNT
: 312
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Emi is a film buff and a true romantic, but her real-life relationships are a mess. She has desperately gone back to the same girl too many times to mention. But then a mysterious letter from a silver screen legend leads Emi to Ava. Ava is unlike anyone Emi has ever met. She has a tumultuous, not-so-glamorous past, and lives an unconventional life. She’s enigmatic…. She’s beautiful. And she is about to expand Emi’s understanding of family, acceptance, and true romance.

Contains: lesbian romance, toxic relationship vs. healthy relationship


Let’s Talk About Love

31625039AUTHOR: Claire Kann
PUBLISHER
: Swoon Reads
RELEASE DATE
: January 23, 2018
GENRE
: New Adult Contemporary Fiction
PAGE COUNT
: 288
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Alice is secretly asexual, and that’s the least important thing about her. She’s a college student, has a great job, amazing friends, and is fine being single—nope, that’s a lie. Alice wants rom com-grade romance: feels, cuddling, kissing, and swoons galore—as long as it doesn’t lead to having sex. But when Alice experiences instant attraction for the first time with her coworker Takumi, she doesn’t know what to do. If Alice tells him the truth, it can only end in heartache. But there’s something about Takumi that makes him worth the risk…

Contains: asexual protagonist, discussions about sex and relationships


They Both Die at the End

y450-293 (1)AUTHOR: Adam Silvera
PUBLISHER
: HarperTeen
RELEASE DATE
: September 5, 2017
GENRE
: Young Adult Contemporary Fiction
PAGE COUNT
: 368
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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.

Contains: gay relationship, grief and loss, self-acceptance

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Nonfiction

Rookie on Love

9780448493992EDITOR: Tavi Gevinson
PUBLISHER
: Razorbill
RELEASE DATE
: January 2, 2018
GENRE
: Anthology, Essays, Memoirs
PAGE COUNT
: 288
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A single-subject anthology about the heart’s most powerful emotion, edited by Tavi Gevinson. Featuring exclusive, never-before-seen essays, poems, comics, and interviews from contributors like Jenny Zhang, Emma Straub, Hilton Als, Janet Mock, John Green, Rainbow Rowell, Gabourey Sidibe, Mitski, Alessia Cara, Etgar Keret, Margo Jefferson, Sarah Manguso, Durga Chew-Bose, and many more!


Holding the Man

5a3aa02712444b00417be8a4AUTHOR: Timothy Conigrave
PUBLISHER
: Penguin Books Australia
RELEASE DATE
: June 5, 1995
GENRE
: Adult Memoir, Autobiography
PAGE COUNT
: 294
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In the mid-seventies at an all-boys Catholic school in Melbourne, Timothy Conigrave fell wildly and sweetly in love with the captain of the football team. So began a relationship that was to last for fifteen years, a love affair that weathered disapproval, separation and, ultimately, death.


Gender Outlaws: The Next Generation

7922146EDITORS: Kate Bornstein & S. Bear Bergman
PUBLISHER: Seal Press
RELEASE DATE: August 21, 2010
GENRE: Nonfiction, Memoir, LGBTQIAP
PAGE COUNT: 304
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Today’s transgenders and other sex/gender radicals are writing a drastically new world into being. Gender Outlaws includes essays, commentary, comic art, and conversations from a diverse group of trans-spectrum people who live and believe in barrier-breaking lives.


Bold: Stories from Older Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Intersex People

9780992584504

AUTHOR: David Hardy
PUBLISHER: Rag & Bone Man Press Inc.
RELEASE DATE: November 27, 2015
GENRE: Nonfiction, Memoir, LGBTQIAP
PAGE COUNT: 276
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More than 50 older LGBTI people share their stories and images – of first love and family, of struggle and defiance and resistance and pride.  They add to the history of the LGBTI movement by adding in the power of the personal; life stories that make their mark.

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2 thoughts on “Choose Love, Read Diversely | Valentine’s Day 2018

  1. Marta says:

    Great recommendations, it was refreshing to see so many LGBTQIA books in a post dedicated to Valentine’s Day! ❤ I love most of these books, but thank you for the non-fiction recommendations as I really should read more non-fictional books. Lovely post!

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