This happened a while ago, but I was so distracted by health issues that I am pretty sure I never announced it. Well-- it did!

The Rainbow Book List Committee proudly announces the 2016 Rainbow List. The Rainbow List is a bibliography of books with significant gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, or queer/questioning content, and which are aimed at youth, birth through age 18. The Rainbow List also includes genres I don't read, like picture books, but if you have small children, that would be an excellent resource.

The Rainbow Book List

If anyone happens to know whoever puts those together, you might alert them that the sequel, to Stranger, Hostage, 1) exists, 2) continues (but does not conclude, there are four books total) Yuki and Paco's epic love affair, 3) has many more LGBTQ characters, both major and minor. I am pretty sure that the majority of the people who read Stranger have no idea that Hostage was ever published, so this isn't "You must love my book," it's "FYI, this book exists and you can read it if you want".

Again due to health, I have probably read less in the last year than in any year of my life since I learned how, so I have read very few of the other books on that list. I look forward to reading at least some, and I invite you all to give it a browse. Lots of excellent-sounding books on it. These particularly intrigue me:

*Selznick, Brian. The Marvels. In black-and-white pencil illustrations, Selznick depicts three generations of actors descending from the sole survivor of a legendary shipwreck. As that story closes, another unfolds in prose as young Joseph discovers his connection to the actors and his family history, and he embraces his uncle’s life story as it affects and changes his own.

McCarry, Sarah. About a Girl: A Novel. Astronomy buff Tally plans to go to college, solve the mysteries of the universe, and win a Nobel Prize along the way. When love complicates her friendship with the boy next door, Tally veers off on a quest to uncover her own mysterious origins. Astronomy meets mythology in a magical realist twist, and Tally’s questions get lost in the arms of a beautiful woman determined to forget her own past.

Wilke, Daria. Playing a Part. Tr. by Marian Schwartz. This import—the first teen book translated from Russian—follows Grisha’s coming-of-age in a Moscow puppet theater, as he reels from the impending departure of his beloved gay mentor Sam and the looming heart operation of his best friend Sashok.

*Tamaki, Jillian. SuperMutant Magic Academy. At this boarding school for paranormal teenagers the student body is a wild mix, from witches and shapeshifters to jocks and performance artists. Hilarity ensues.

Has anyone read any books from the list? Got any recs?
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From: [personal profile] lilacsigil

SuperMutant Magic Academy is a lot of fun, but it's also basically an extended X-Men/Harry Potter pastiche with more gay people. This is extremely relevant to my interests so I loved it, but if you are not a fan of both X-Men and Harry Potter it might not be so entertaining. It was originally an online webcomic and while there's extra art and extended storylines in the book, it definitely reads like one.
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(and oh oh the person who did _What Makes a Baby_ has finally done a sequel! *buys instantly*)
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From: [personal profile] qian

Woohoo, congratulations!!!

I really liked Supermutant Magic Academy and a lot of it's online if you want to try before you buy. Or indeed just read a bunch of strips in a low-commitment way!

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My daughters both read and loved George and have now loaned it out to a friend. (My 12-year-old, Kiera, was pretty annoyed that the title of the book dead-names the main character, but thought that the rest of it made up for it, mostly.)

I read None of the Above, as did Kiera. She liked it more than I did; it had the slightly-didactic feel of the Problem Book to me, but Kiera loves those, so it was much more a book for her.

I loved, loved, loved Rainbow Rowell's first book, Fangirl, as did Kiera. (Molly, my 15-year-old, was the one it was actually purchased for; she hasn't read it yet.) I bought Kiera a copy of Carry On and she loved that, too. I haven't read it yet.

I read Lizard Radio and it didn't blow me away, although I did like the portrayal of meditation and I liked the characters.

I bought both The Porcupine of Truth and Simon and the Homo Sapien Agenda for Molly as Christmas gifts but I'm not sure she's read either. (She is an avid reader when she has time but her academic obligations during the year are Hermione-esque, without the handy time machine, and she doesn't do a ton of leisure reading.)

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I also got Molly a copy of Stranger! She has started it but not finished it.
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From: [personal profile] sovay

Stranger made the 2016 Rainbow Book List!


(Both The Marvels and Playing a Part sound like books I should check out.)

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Maybe you could comment on the post and mention Hostage?

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I read No One Needs to Know by "Amanda Grace". I don't think it would be worth full price, but I got it on sale for $2, and thought it was well worth it.


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