CHALLENGE COMPLETE: The GLBT Reading Challenge
The basic idea of this challenge is to read books about GLBT topics and/or by GLBT authors. The challenge runs year-round, and there will be three levels of participation:
- Lambda Level: Read 4 books.
- Pink Triangle Level: Read 8 books.
- Rainbow Level: Read 12 or more books.
You don’t need to choose your books right away, and they can change at any time. Overlaps with other challenges are fine.
I chose to participate at Rainbow Level and have since read 12 GLBTQ-related books, as follows:
- “Child of My Right Hand” by Eric Goodman
- “The God Box” by Alex Sanchez
- “The Vintner’s Luck” by Elizabeth Knox (plus the film)
- “In Love and Trouble” by Alice Walker
- “Young Avengers: Sidekicks” by Allan Heinberg
- “Young Avengers: Family Matters” by Allan Heinberg
- “Essential Dykes to Watch Out For” by Alison Bechdel
- “Hero” by Perry Moore
- “The Color Purple” by Alice Walker
- “Fun Home” by Alison Bechdel
- “The Angel’s Cut” by Elizabeth Knox
- “What Happened to Lani Garver” by Carol Plum-Ucci
I still have several GLBTQ novels on my reading list, so this is definitely not the end of the line as far as that’s concerned. Interestingly, I think the majority of those I have reviewed so far I’ve really enjoyed, if not loved. Have I just been picking the best ones, or is there something about GLBTQ literature that lends itself to a more nuanced and affecting view of people/reality? An interesting question to ponder. In any case, it certainly seems that I’ve found a subset of fiction which appeals to me on both a philosophical and personal level. I’m so glad I signed up for this challenge!