Red (Life) – A book with a spirited protagonist totally proud of who they are. Someone who gives you LIFE!
Jack of Hearts by L.C. Rosen. The main character, Jack, is just brilliant. I loved him. He is open about who he is, and has so much self love and self confidence. He goes through some rough times in this book, but he never stops being proud of who he is. I really envied him for it.
Orange (Healing) – A book that made you, as the reader, find a deeper meaning or catharsis in your own life.
Afterlove by Tanya Byrne. This is a really difficult question to answer. This book definitely made me reflect on a lot of things, appreciate the people in my life a little more, and think about those I have lost. It gave me so many emotions and I still think about it a lot many months after reading it, which is not a thing I often experience.
Yellow (Sunshine) – A book that fills you with so much joy it could brighten even your darkest day.
Me My Dad and the End of the Rainbow by Benjamin Dean. How could this book fail to put a smile on your face? Archie is a brilliant character and I loved how much he wanted to make his dad happy, and how his friends helped him. Not to mention the brilliant sense of community at the Pride parade.
Green (Nature) – A book that is set out of this world — a reality different to our own.
The Edge of the Ocean by L.D.Lapinski. I cannot get enough of this series. It’s set in a world where you can visit other worlds through suitcases (I wish I could do that) with some great characters. Jonathan, Flick and Avery are just the most wonderful little gang in this book. The ending broke me, but I loved it.
Blue (Peace) – A book where one of the characters finds peace with a difficult truth.
Felix Ever After by Kacen Callendar. I have just recently finished this one and it deserves all the hype. Felix definitely has to come to terms with his inability to let himself be loved for who he is in this book. He does a lot of soul searching and questioning his identity and his right to be loved. It’s a brilliant read.
Purple (Spirit) – A book that deals with LGBT+ themes and religion.
How We Fight For Our Lives by Saeed Jones. This memoir reflects on Saeed’s life growing up as a young, black, gay man in South America. Part of the book looks at the relationship between Saeed and his very religious grandmother when she finds out he is gay. It is not easy reading, but it is very well written and thought-provoking.
What books would you choose for these prompts? Can you recommend any other books that deal with LGBT+ themes and religion?