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Congrats to all the nominees for the 25th Lambda Literary Awards! At first I was dismayed that I haven't read more of the nominees, and then I realized that actually, that's awesome, because it means my reading list just got quite a bit longer! I have read several of the books on the YA list, and wanted to highlight a few.
ADAPTATION by Malindo Lo was one of my favorite reads last year. X-Files plus San Francisco plus girls who like girls? Totally hooked me. This book is a great example of exciting, plot oriented YA fiction. I hope we'll see more queer YA fiction like this in the future.
THE MISEDUCATION OF CAMERON POST by emily m. danforth is pretty great example of the classic coming of age YA novel that features of fresh, honest teenage voice. In my opinion, those authentic teen voices are one of the things that give YA lasting appeal even with adult readers.
SILHOUETTE OF A SPARROW by Molly Beth Griffin is a sweet little historical fiction novel. Very well written. As I read it, I kept thinking about how much I would have loved and cherished a book like this when I was 13 or 14.
It's exciting to such a variety of stories being recognized by the awards! I've all ready picked up some other nominees from this and other categories and look forward to reading them and getting back to you about them.
Do you like mysteries? I just re-read a fantastic mystery series by Laurie R King about San Francisco detective Kate Martinelli. These are wonderful detective novels, and the queer content is seamlessly integrated.
A GRAVE TALENT
TO PLAY THE FOOL
THE ART OF DETECTION
Once again I don't have a romance novel for you because the title I picked out completely rubbed me the wrong way. I keep reading romance/thrillers and being disturbed by their amorality.
If you want to try a well written example of what I'm talking about, try the Elite Operatives series by Kim Baldwin and Xenia Alexiou. Action packed, sexy, and disturbingly casual about violence and mayhem!
THIEF OF ALWAYS
DYING TO LIVE
A GRAVE TALENT by @laurierking. Superb detective novels inthe style of Holmes w/ low key, appealing lesbian cop as main character.— Mary(@queer_booksplz) March 13, 2013
ADAPTATION by @malindaloThe X-Files set in San Francisco with cute queer girls. Book of my dreams! Funny, creepy, romantic, mysterious.— Mary(@queer_booksplz) March 13, 2013
MISEDUCATION OF CAMERON POST by @emdanforth. Cam's adventures with girls and coming out are familiar, her voice isstrong/funny/appealing.— Mary(@queer_booksplz) March 13, 2013
SILHOUETTE OF A SPARROW by Molly Beth Griffin. YA historical fiction, sweet lesbian romance. Years ago at 14 I yearned for books like this.— Mary(@queer_booksplz) March 13, 2013
LETHAL AFFAIRS by @baldwinkim. I am morally troubled but also turned on by the sexy lady assassins in this rollicking romance thriller.— Mary(@queer_booksplz) March 13, 2013
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