Friday, October 8, 2010

GLBT Challenge completed!


I had no idea there were so many challenges out there when I first started signing up last fall. Each one I heard about sounded so interesting that I just couldn't turn them down. When I heard about a challenge called "The Challenge that Dare Not Speak its Name" I just couldn't resist! I don't even think I knew what type of books it was when I first saw the post about it.

I had never read any GLBT lit on purpose before so this was a great challenge for me. I feel like I've discovered a genre that is quite ignored by the mainstream. But, the best part is that I now have lots of great books to recommend to our LGBTQ students at the high school where I work. We have a Gay-Straight Alliance (well, we did last year) and I gave them a book list, we've now got an LGBTQ section in our "Books listed by genre" binder at the front desk, and LGBTQ book reviews are posted on my library blog. So, I feel like this challenge has had a really positive effect on my work place.

I initially signed up for the Lambda Level, which meant reading 4 books by GLBT authors or about GLBT characters. As you can see, I ended up reading twice as many.
  1. Debbie Harry Sings in French (Brothers)
  2. Freaks and Revelations (Hurwin)
  3. Pedro and Me (Winick)
  4. The God Box (Sanchez)
  5. The Perks of Being a Wallflower (Chbosky)
  6. Love is the Higher Law by David Levithan
  7. The Vast Fields of Ordinary by Nick Burd
  8. Angry Management by Chris Crutcher
  9. Boy Meets Boy by David Levithan
I can't even pick a favorite from all of these though The God Box, Boy Meets Boy, and Freaks and Revelations were probably my top ones. 

What are some of your favorite GLBT books/authors?

4 comments:

Stephanie said...

I finished this one too. I think I'll keep going though and see how many more books I add.

Aths said...

This is a challenge I plan to do next year, if it will still be there! I saw this one late this year, so I didn't jump in. COngratulations!!

Helen's Book Blog said...

Stephanie--I posted the "I'm done" post, but will probably read one more before the end of the year. It's such an interesting genre and I do think it helps my students at school

Aths--I hope the challenge is around next year!

Amanda said...

Yes, the challenge will still be around next year (though probably not the mini-challenges). :) Congrats on finishing! And twice your goal, too!