LGBT YA Challenge: Rainbow Tag

Over at Fighting Dreamer Cayce has asked us some questions… I had a lot of fun filling out this tag so check it out (and the August link-up while you’re at it!)

Red – The color of passion & desire – If you could own (as in OWN a physical copy of it) only one LGBT YA for the rest of your life, what book would you choose and why? What makes you desire that particular book so much that you just have to have it on your shelf? (characters, story, author, cover, etc.)

Are you the devil? I have three contenders and choosing one is hard. But I think I’ll go with Ask the Passengers by A.S. King. I love that book so much.

Orange The color of creativity – If you were to create your perfect LGBT YA book in your mind, what would it look like? (Romance? Non-romance? Fantasy? Sci-fi? Some other genre/genre mix? Long? Short story? Lesbian?Gay?Bi?Trans?Intersex? Questioning? Asexual? Who would you want to write it? Would it have a happy or sad ending? Where would you set it? Series or standalone? Etc, etc.)

Ohohoho I’m already having too much fun with this. It’d be a dystopian – and I mean full-blown dystopia like Hunger Games or 1984, although something slightly more subtle like Never Let Me Go would do too. In what could be the now, or in a parallel universe, or in the near future. Definitely lesbian, only a little romance but mostly action and conspiracy and all that fun stuff. A trilogy maybe? With a semi-happy ending, but bittersweet would do. I would not be the one writing it, but after reading the Daughter of Smoke and Bone series I 100% want Laini Taylor to be the author. /excited just thinking about it

Yellow – The color of sunshine and sand – Let’s talk beach books! You are going to the beach with a friend and your friend is looking for some YA LGBT books to read there, which book(s) would you recommend?

How to Repair a Mechanical Heart by J.C. Lillis because roadtrip and summer and easy read. The perfect summer/beach book!

Green – The color of money – If you could get any 5 YA LGBT books for free, which five would you choose?

So books that are not on my shelf/ordered yet… Her Name in the Sky by Kelly Quindlen, Everything Leads to You by Nina LaCour, Obscura Burning by Suzanne Van Rooyen, Birds on a Wire by Ellen Mulholland, and Beautiful Music for Ugly Children by Kirstin Cronn-Mills. (Although I preordered Lies we Tell Ourselves by Robin Talley and wouldn’t mind getting that for free instead of one of the others haha)

Blue – The color of longing – Which upcoming YA LGBT release(s) are you dying to get your hands on?

Lies We Tell Ourselves by Robin Talley! And her novel after that, Unbreakable. They both just sound so good!

Indigo – The color of intuition – An LGBT YA book that you haven’t had the chance to read (yet), but have a good feeling about.

So many are waiting on my shelf as we speak! Pantomime by Laura Lam. Annie on My Mind by Nancy Garden. Silhouette of a Sparrow by Molly Beth Griffin. Dutch Schijnbewegingen by Floortje Zwigtman. And I could go on and on.

Violet – The color of dreams – You are hosting a High Tea party. You can invite one LGBT YA author, two LGBT characters (from any YA book) and three non-LGBT characters (from any YA book) to any restaurant/place – real of fictional – you like. Who would you invite? Where would your party take place?

Malinda Lo, because while so far I have not absolutely loved her books, I think she is a very interesting author (and consistently writes LGBT). Amber from Adaptation and Astrid from Ask the Passengers. And then Zuzana from Daughter of Smoke and Bone… and then I was out of ideas so let’s just invite Akiva and Ziri too because I’m far too obsessed with Daughter of Smoke and Bone and it seems like a laugh to introduce an angel and a chimaera amirite. The party would take place in one of my three favourite cities in Europe: London, Vienna or Prague. Because they all scream High Tea party. I’ll let my visitors pick.


  1. Haha, I might have a bit of an evil side (that I like to let out to play on my blog). Good choice though. Ask the Passengers (along with M of Cameron Post) is on my IREALLYSHOULDREADTHISBOOK list 😛
    Oho, your dystopian sounds really yummy~ Kinda like the Torch Keeper series, but not because LESBIAN 🙂
    “How to Repair a Mechanical Heart by J.C. Lillis because roadtrip and summer and easy read.” Yessss~
    I’m curious about Birds on a Wire and Lies we Tell Ourselves too, and Everything Leads to You is so so good. I’m pretty sure you’d love it. Same goes for Pantomime! I was a bit afraid I wouldn’t like it (because I’m not a fan of the circus) but it was fantastic.
    And I’d love to meet Malinda Lo (and Amber) somewhere (maybe in Vienna…) too.

    • I hereby invite you to my High Tea party! 😉 (if only… T_T)
      Cameron Post is high on my WHYHAVEN’TIREADTHISYET list too! Soooonnnnn (I could use some extra hours in the day orz) Same with Pantomime 🙂 Again, soon!

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