I’m kind of obsessive sometimes. See Turtles All the Way Down for an extreme version of my brain. Anyway, sometimes I read something that bugs me and I just can’t. Stop. Thinking. About it. It’s not like I’m getting mad or holding a grudge or anything, it’s just like this annoying pestering itch that I won’t go away no matter how much I scratch.
A few months ago I read a tweet that said something like “If I see a blogger that only reviews books about cis people I just can’t take them seriously.” At first I thought, Okay, fine, you’re entitled to your opinion I guess. But then, like I do, I kept thinking about it. And the more I thought about it the more annoyed I become.
Because if you were just to glance at someone’s blog you might think they don’t read any books with LGBTQ rep. But maybe they do! They might not be as widely recognized as, say, Simon vs. the Homo Sapians Agenda, but they’re there.
Here are some of the books I read in 2017 that you might not know had LGBTQ characters if you hadn’t read them:
- Beauty Queens by Libba Bray
- Eligible by Curtis Sittenfeld
- The Essex Serpent by Sarah Perry
- The Nest by Cynthia D’Aprix Sweeney
- Prince Harry Boy to Man by William Kuhn
- Renegades by Marissa Meyers
- The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid
- The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller
The purpose of this post isn’t to say “Look at me! My blog is soooo diverse!!!” or to say “Stop telling people they have to read LGBTQ books!” or anything like that. My point is just that if you’re only taking a five second glace at someone’s blog or reading list and making a snap judgement about them you’re doing that blogger a disservice. Especially if you’re making blanket statements like “I only follow if…”.
Bottom line, it is your prerogative to only follow people who read books with strong LGBTQ rep if you want to. Or POC rep, or female author rep, or whatever. It’s your life, you read what you want to read! But I would strongly encourage you to actually read (or even just skim!) a variety of a blogger’s reviews or posts before you decide not to follow them. The titles you are less familiar with might be hiding some books that have the representation you’re looking for, and could be a great way to expand your own library.