Welcome to another Top Ten Tuesday! This week’s theme is “Best Books You’ve Read in 2017 So Far”. Top Ten Tuesday is a blogging meme created and hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.
I started out planning to just pick all of my favourite books regardless of diversity, but there are only three on the list that aren’t LGBTAIQ* in some way and so I decided to just give them honourable mentions at the very end of my post, because it’s three books that I just loved so much I don’t want to leave them out of this post. This brings the list to 10 (+3) (so thirteen technically). All of them have a five star rating.
Without further ado, here come my favourites:
Kiersten White, And I Darken
Rep: Gay MC, Muslim MC
I love this genderbent retelling of the story of Vlad Dracul so much. Lada is such a badass main character, and her brother Radu is so sweet and badass in his own, unassuming, way. I have the sequel lying on my bedside table to pick up as soon as I can, and I can’t wait to see what comes next for the siblings.
Johanna Parkhurst, Thanks a lot, John LeClair
Rep: Gay MC
I’ve mentioned it before, but I like sports, especially hockey (and, as a stereotypical German, football) and I think organisations like the You Can Play Project and Pride Tape do really important work, even if to some people a bit of rainbow tape on a hockey stick might seem irrelevant. That just as a opener. Thanks a lot, John LeClair is about a talented hockey player at high school level who has to navigate his relationship with a guy and has to decide whether he’s willing to live his life in the closet or not. Emmitt and Dusty are such a cute couple and this story is so well done, plus it discusses coming out as a hockey player and the conclusion was really great.
Adam Silvera, History Is All You Left Me
Rep: Gay, mental illness
This was such a sad read but I loved it, and even though I didn’t like all of Griffin’s choices, I was hoping for his happiness the whole time. History Is All You Left Me is beautiful and really really worth a read.
V.E. Schwab, Shades of Magic Series
Rep: Gay, Bisexual
While it starts out a bit slow, and the first and second book couldn’t get past a four star rating for me, I love this series to pieces, and the third book, A Conjuring of Light was amazing, and probably had one of the best ends I ever read. Also Alucard and Rhy deserve the world, I love them so much.
Jen Wilde, Queens of Geek
Rep: Bisexual MC, Aspergers MC
The book about fandom culture I have been looking for all of my life. Plus it has two super cute romances that I adore with all my heart.
Julia Ember, The Seafarer’s Kiss
Rep: Bisexual MC, Genderfluid character
Retellings are great, and this is a f/f retelling on top of it. And it has Loki, who is my Norse fave. And also a shieldmaiden (and Vikings in general). I was so excited for this before it even released and I was not disappointed.
Note: There has been some criticism regarding the genderfluid character in this book
Ian McDonald, Luna Duology
Rep: Queer, Genderqueer, various others
I keep talking about this, and I’m sure some of you are a little done with it. BUT it is so good, and I just really love it. And the diversity is amazing. Read it!
Nina LaCour, We Are Okay
I adore this book and it was such a beautiful read about family and friendship.
Nina LaCour & David Levithan, You Know Me Well
Rep: Gay, Lesbian, Trans
I’m here for queer friendships, and this book is such a great story about queer friendships, as well as about trying to figure out your life after school.
Austin Chant, Peter Darling
Review (Coming Soon) | Goodreads
Rep: Trans MC, Gay
I’m not a huge fan of Peter Pan, but this retelling in which Peter is a trans man who returns to Neverland ten years after he left, and starts to realise that his feelings for Captain Hook are a little more complicated than thought, is so amazing. I couldn’t put it down and read it in one night.
Meredith Russo, If I Was Your Girl
Review Coming Soon | Goodreads
Rep: Trans MC, Lesbian, Bi
I read this last weekend when I was supposed to sleep because I had to get up early, but I couldn’t put it down. It’s a great book about friendship and family and the secrets people keep.
Nnedi Okorafor, Binti (Binti, #1)
I’m here for diverse SciFi and this novella was a great read.
Angie Thomas, The Hate U Give
I don’t think any favourites list is truly complete without THUG this year, because it’s not only that important, but also that good. A must-read if I’ve ever seen one.
Meagan Spooner, Hunted
Review Coming Soon | Goodreads
This book was just so beautifully written I couldn’t leave it out. It’s yet another Beauty and the Beast retelling, but it combines the Western European fairy tale with Russian tales and weaves a beautiful and magical world. Plus it has Beauty intent on killing the Beast, which in my opinion makes for a much more interesting tale than the original.