We were asked by Charlie at Stripes Publishing to be a part of the blog tour for Proud. Blog Tours are not something we get involved with a whole bunch anymore, but how could we pass up the opportunity to talk about one of our favourite books of the last year?
As most of you know we announced our LGBTQ+ Book Club a few months ago, and that it will now be held once a month in a cafe in Manchester. In March we had our first book club night (after a lot of snow fuss) and it went really well – you can see the post HERE. on the 4th of April we had our second evening after setting Every Day by David Levithan to read.
*I received a copy of Sam and Ilsa’s Last Hurrah in exchange for an honest review*
I’ve been excited for this book to be released for a while, as many of you may know, i absolutely adore David Levithan and his co-written books with Rachel Cohn are always an easy read with wonderful characters. I’m very happy to say that this one was no different.
In the last few years my goal has been to read the entirety of David Levithan’s work. As an author that i’ve been fond of for quite some time, i’d like to read everything he’s done to be firm in my love for him. Last year i read Dash and Lily’s Book Of Dares, co-written by Rachel Cohn in order to add to ,my read list.
After my absolutely shocking September reading month, i figured i should probably get my act together in October if i wanted to complete my end of year challenge. As it stands, i still have twelve books to read in the next two months, which is definitely do-able if i actually sit down and focus. Here’s what i read in October.
Title: Two Boys Kissing
Author: David Levithan
Genre: Contemporary, LGBTQ+
Publication Date: March 27th 2014
Summary: The two boys kissing are Craig and Harry. They’re hoping to set the world record for the longest kiss. They’re not a couple, but they used to be.
Peter and Neil are a couple. Their kisses are different. Avery and Ryan have only just met and are trying to figure out what happens next. Cooper is alone. He’s not sure how he feels.
As the marathon progresses, these boys, their friends and families evaluate the changing nature of feelings, behaviour and this crazy thing called love under the watchful eyes of a Greek chorus of a generation of men lost to AIDS. David Levithan connects recent history with the present moment in a novel that is both a celebration of equality and a memorial to a lost generation.
Our LGBTQ+ book club has been running for quite some time now, and we’re on our fourth book of the club! We’re all so happy with how well received all these books have been and how many people are getting involved. More so, me and Sophie have been managing to read the same books every month, which never happens and was the ultimate goal of this whole book club.