I have to admit that I'm very excited about today's post 'cause:
1: It's a Book Tag and I don't make one for a long time...
2: It's an LGBTQ+ Book Tag created by Spencer from CommonSpence, one of the most genuinely amazing people in the world.
And 3: My boyfriend is helping me with it! We were watching the original video and he automatically began to name books that could fill the category so I asked him if wanted to help and he said YES.
In his video, he explains a little history about the pride flag so check it out.
The tag is simple: 6 categories and 6 colors of the pride flag and its meanings.
1. Red means Life - A book with a spirited protagonist totally proud of who they are. Someone who gives you LIFE!
A Darker Shade of Magic (Bae Recommendation)
Hey guys! I'm Carlos, the Bae/Bf/Couple or whatever you want to call me :)
I'm here to recommend you A Darker Shade of Magic because Andrea still hasn't read it. But I know she'll do it soon.
ADSOM equals 5 STARS OF PERFECTION.
But, today I'm talking only about Rhys, our proud bisexual character.
I don't want to spoil anything so I'm just going to say that this character it's the personification of Pride. He's bi, he knows it and he doesn't give a fuck about what others think about him.
And I like him a lot 'cause he reminds me of certain lady that is going to read this soon so Andrea I love you so much hahaha
2. Orange means Healing - A book that made you, as the reader, find a deeper meaning or catharsis in your own life.
In this book, our lesbian protagonist Ramona deals with a lot of family issues. While she is forced to be the adult in her house, her childhood friend Freddie moves back into town and she starts developing feelings for him.
So many people say that this book is problematic cause Ramona turns straight in the book. Well, that's not the case, and I think this quote from the book it's pretty explanatory:
"Maybe liking girls was that common thread that drew us together, but it's not all that's kept us together and you know it. And I still like girls. A lot. Kissing Freddie doesn't suddenly erase that part of me."
And I relate so much with this because I always thought I liked guys only, but when I was fifteen I began to realize that it wasn't true, and I'm proud to say that I LIKE BOTH BOYS AND GIRLS.
Ramona Blue is a story that explores the idea of fluidity/self-evaluation.
And, as a bisexual girl, I can say that the representation is pretty accurate.
So if you want to, GO AND READ IT!
3. Yellow means Sunshine - A book that fills you with so much joy it could brighten even your darkest day.
Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe
I was going to recommend Simon Vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda, but I also love Ari and Dante so I'm going to go with this one.
Ari and Dante are the cutest friends I've ever seen and whenever I'm down they light me up.
This is a great lgbtq+ ya contemporary book with an engaging story about this two boys who discover themselves together.
If you haven't read it yet, I don't know what are you waiting for.
Buy it, borrow it or whatever and READ IT.
4. Green means Nature - A book that is set out of this world — a reality different to our own.
Down Among the Sticks and BonesI just read this one for Cram-A-Thon and I freaking LOVED it. I really liked the first one in the series but in DATSAB we get to know the story of Jack and Jill.
Jack was my favorite character from Every Heart a Doorway and after reading the sequel I can say that I'M IN LOVE WITH HER.
She's just this kind of sarcastic and protective person who loves in a really sensitive and personal way that makes the other feel like the only thing that matters are them at that moment.
And I believe that's pure magic.
5. Blue means Peace - A book where one of the characters finds peace with a difficult truth.
I'll Give You the Sun
I've just re-read this book and I loved it even more than the first time.
I'm going to share Chelsea's Goodreads review because I feel the same way and I feel like she expresses herself (and myself) perfectly.
"I've been terrified to re-read this because it meant the world to me the first time I read it, but I shouldn't have been afraid. This book will always and forever make me feel all the feels. The last few pages of this book are EVERYTHING to me and I love it so damn much."
I can't tell you the hard situation/difficult truth so...
that's it for this recommendation.
6. Purple means Spirit - A book that deals with LGBT+ themes and religion.
Autoboyography (Again Bae Recommendation)
For Spirit, I want to recommend you Autoboyography.
I'm not a religious person but I was raised in Catholicism. I usually avoid books that deal with any religion, but I thought that this book was worth the risk.
And I was right 'cause it was amazing.
I love the way this romance blooms and grows. Tanner and Sebastian are just perfect. I love the way Tanner upholds for his bisexuality whenever it's questioned and I really like the family connection that we can see all over the book.
I also like the commentary on the LDS church because I believe that is done with the care and respect that deserves.
And that's all readers.
I hope you enjoy it.
I'm not going to tag anybody so just feel free to do it if you want to.
See you next time
-Andrea (and Carlos)