I read a thread on twitter today from an author talking about how uncomfortable it can be to see books distilled down to the identities they represent and recommended on that basis. It reminded me of that idea that your sexuality is the least interesting thing about you: it’s objectively not fair to reduce a book (or even a person) down to an identity checklist, when there is often so much more going on there. But on the flip side, there are so many books I would not have picked up if they didn’t have LGBTQIA+ rep in them. The point of this account is to document the queer books I read. This year, with the exception of literally one or two books, I have managed to real entirely queer literature. With the wealth of it around these days, it’s possible to pretend that straight books don’t even exist.
THE SEVEN HUSBANDS OF EVELYN HUGO is a new favourite for me. Gorgeously written, highly emotional, with complex characters who aren’t necessarily likeable. I love it when characters are morally grey. This is the perfect example of a book that I wouldn’t have cared about if I hadn’t heard it had wlw rep in it... even my love of the Golden Era of Hollywood wouldn’t have enticed me in. I don’t think there’s anything wrong with only reading a book for the rep. But when we recommend those books, I think it is important to talk about the other qualities they have. What are they outside of their representation?