Saturday, July 31, 2010

Happy Pride!

Welcome to Pride Weekend! And what better way to celebrate Pride than by reading books formerly banned or challenged because of gay/lesbian content. It's time to show the public that books should not be made to disappear because they contain something "different." This is why books should be embraced! To give people a chance to step into a world of "different" and get away from normal for a bit. And with that in mind, I give you a list of my top five gay/lesbian books that face banning or that have been challenged in the last decade, as well as my top five favorite queer young adult books:

1) The Perks of Being a Wallflower (Stephen Chbosky)
2) Geography Club (Brent Hartinger)
3) Rainbow Boys (Alex Sanchez)
4) Athletic Shorts (Chris Crutcher)
5) And Tango Makes Three (Peter Parnell and Justin Richardson)

My Favorites
1) Nothing Pink (Mark Hardy)
2) Boy Meets Boy (David Levithan)
3) How Beautiful the Ordinary (Michael Cloud, Editor)
4) Thinking Straight (Robin Reardon)
5) Will Grayson, Will Grayson (David Levithan and John Green)

Enjoy Pride and have fun reading!

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