Hey all, Dani here.
June is going to be a fun month for reading, because I am actively trying to diversify my reading a bit. First, I’m definitely going to be reading some contemporary, some historical, and perhaps even some biographical and nonfiction type books. But, more than that, June is GLBT Book Month.
Originally The Publishing Triangle established this month as National Lesbian and Gay Book Month in the 1990s, but since 2015 the American Library Association has been celebrating GLBT Book Month. This is the month where the Stonewall Book Awards are given to the books/authors who won, and when the ALA holds their annual conference, including roundtables on the topic.
The Stonewall Book Awards was first awarded in 1971, and since then it has continued to honor those books that hold special merit for the gay/lesbian/bisexual/transgender experience, and that is fantastic. You can also find lists for Rainbow Books and Over the Rainbow Books. Rainbow Books are aimed towards the YA reads, and Over the Rainbow books are aimed more towards adults, but both are worth checking out.
GLBT Book Month is a nationwide celebration of authors and writings that help to reflect the lives and the experiences of the entire gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender community, and I think that is great.
I have been seeing an increase in the number of books and even in television shows and movies that include a more diverse cast and a more diverse observation of relationships, and I’m glad for that. Personally I see love as love and as long as I connect with the characters in these fictional narratives the rest of it doesn’t matter.
Basically, throughout this month I’m going to highlight some books and series that just so happen to have gay, lesbian, bisexual, or transgender characters, and they are still books that I really enjoy because the characters are fantastic and the stories are great. Plus, I’ll be honest, I do ship the relationships too. Those book discussions will be on Tuesdays, but I also have some book reviews on Mondays from stuff I’ve read in the past couple months (and I’ve read a heck of a lot of books).
I’m also hoping to have my first few vlog posts up in June, so stay tuned for that.
Guys, I’m super excited about these GLBT books I’m going to talk about this month. They are so good and I’m also so excited to read even more books outside of my usual fantasy and sci-fi fare. June is going to be an awesome month. I might toss up a tentative June TBR post tomorrow just so you have an idea of what books I’m hoping to read.