Hello everyone~ Wow, the last time I posted for T5W was March :O
For all those new people who doesn’t know what T5W is… T5W is a discussion group on Goodreads, created by Lainey, and now hosted by Sam. Each Wednesday (duh!) we’ll post our top 5 list (sometimes more) based on the given topics.
This week’s topic is Favorite LGBTQ+ Reads. This has got to be one of my favourite topics ever. The topic is kind of self-explanatory, but to make it clearer, for today’s topic, we’ll get to talk about our favorite books that feature LGBTQ+ characters or are by LGBTQ+ authors. Unfortunately, my LGBTQ+ reads are limited to books featuring only GB and Q.
1. City of Heavenly Fire by Cassandra Clare, and Born of Endless Night by Cassandra Clare and Sarah Rees Brennan
This was such a hard choice. For those who has known me for a long time, they’ll know that Malec—from Cassandra Clare’s Shadowhunters series’—is my ultimate OTP. I love Malec in all the series, but my favourite Malec moments are in these two books. In CoHF, you’ll have young Alec, always so insecure and so new to being in a relationship. Then, we have Born to Endless Night where mature Alec is no longer so insecure about Magnus’s feelings for him.
2. Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Saenz
Some of my favourite tropes are friends-to-lovers relationship, and self-discovery. And you can find both in this book. ThisI think it was because of this book that I give books written in 1st POV a chance. This book is so beautifully written. It is slow-paced, and it’s a character study type of book so there’s not much plot going on. But darn it, Ari and Dante are so sweet together.
3. History is All You Left Me by Adam Silvera
This was my most recent LGBTQ+ reads, and my current favourite. I ship Griffin and Theo together so, so much that it left a hole in my heart when they broke up, when Theo hooked up with Jackson, and when Theo died. And also, when despite how they wanted to hold on to that first love, they come to realize that they’ve change over time and moved on without even realizing it.
4. The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller
This book is so beautiful. This is another friends-to-lovers, self-discovery, and character study type of book. This book is about Patroclus and Achilles’s relationship. It’s really slow build, just like Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe pace. When I read this book, it gave me the melancholic feel about 85% of the time, which is probably why I love it so much. According to Madeline Miller, the central inspiration behind the book is the terrible moment in the Iliad when Achilles hears about Patroclus’ death. And holy cow, that moment was written so so well, Achilles’s anguish, sadness and anger. Gosh!
5. The Raven King by Maggie Stiefvater
Okay, so because of comments from two of my best friends about the ending of this book put me off, and so I DNF-ed this book (although I will definitely try to finish it when I’m less busy and overwhelm with books to review). But anyways, despite DNF-ing this, there are two scenes that definitely make up for it. And those scenes is the reason this book managed to climb its way to my top 5.
Although, this would probably change when (or if) Maggie release that trilogy based on Ronan. 😀
So, what do you think? I hope you like the list! 😀
Until next time,