Sarah’s Book Project: A Story With An LGBTQI Connection

Well I have been mulling over for a week or so what I wanted my next attempt at a reading project to be. I watched a few BookTube posts from my favourites to follow to get some inspiration and came away with a germ of an idea that has slowly been growing and developing. 

That idea was initially to read a memoir/autobiography/biography of an LGBTQI figure but after musing for a bit longer I have decided to make it more general so as to encompass more possible titles. Now the project is to ……

Read a book with an LGBTQI connection of some sort. 

It could be that it was written by an author who identifies as LGBTQI, a fiction book that features a LGBTQI character, a non-fiction book that talks about life as an LGBTQI person, a history of the LGBTQI movement in a chosen country …. You get the picture.

So I have been doing a bit of research to pull together some titles. I do have some choices in my personal library currently but I wanted to see what else was on offer and have came up with the following options:

  • Felix Ever After by Kacin Callender (a trans main character – fiction)
  • The Long Way to a Small Angry Planet by Becky Chambers  (a queer author and queer characters – fiction)
  • Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic by Alison Bechdel (a graphic novel memoir about a queer woman – non-fiction)
  • Sissy: A Coming-of-Gender Story by Jacon Tobia (gender queer memoir – non-fiction)
  • A Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzi Lee (queer characters – fiction)
  • Why Be Happy When You Could Be Normal by Jeanette Winterston (queer memoir – non-fiction)

I thought about how I felt towards books at the moment and compared that with what I could ascertain about the plot, tone and readability of those listed above. I changed my mind several times but eventually came to the conclusion that I wanted something lighter if possible. And so I have made my decision. 

My chosen book for Sarah’s Book Project: Read A Book With An LGBTQI Connection is

A Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzi Lee.

It is a YA queer romance set in the 18th century. A young bisexual british Lord (Monty) is in love with his best friend (Percy) and decides to take a year long trip around Europe with the object of his affection before he is forced into family conformity. But things don’t go as planned … 

Sounds like it could be fun! It looks like it is generally available from most places in physical and digital format so I shouldn’t have any trouble getting a copy. I am not rushing this either. My target date to have this completed is by the end of the year which is more than achievable. 

So that is the plan. I will keep you up to date on how it goes and whether I enjoy the book or not. Thanks so much for hanging out with me as I look forward to this new book project. 

Best wishes for your reading adventures!

(Header Image: Lum3n)

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