For our second Book Club read, we chose Call Me By Your Name by Andre Aciman – a slightly controversial book that has hit the media hard in the last year due to the movie release. It’s a book that has been popular and talked about, and something that me and Sophie have both been wanting to read for quite some time. Call Me By Your Name is not the love story that I think either of us expected.
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.
After a lot of preparation and a lot of promotion (I know you’re all probably so sick of us by now) we managed to finally have our first night of book club! It took a while to get it up and running and in the end we had to change the first night due to the mass amount of snow in Manchester, but it happened.
Title: If I Was Your Girl
Author: Meredith Russo
Genre: LGBTQ+, Contemporary, YA
Publication Date: May 3rd 2016
Publisher: Osborne Publishing
Summary: Amanda Hardy is the new girl at school. Like everyone, all she wants is to make friends and fit in. But Amanda is holding back. Even from Grant, the guy she’s falling in love with. Amanda has a secret. At her old school, she used to be called Andrew. And secrets always have a way of getting out.
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.
Title: The Miseducation of Cameron Post
Author: Emily M. Danforth
Genre: YA, LGBTQ+, Fiction
Publication Date: 7th February 2012
Publisher: Harper Collins
Summary: When Cameron Post’s parents die suddenly in a car crash, her shocking first thought is relief. Relief they’ll never know that, hours earlier, she had been kissing a girl.
But that relief doesn’t last, and Cam is soon forced to move in with her conservative aunt Ruth and her well-intentioned but hopelessly old-fashioned grandmother. She knows that from this point on, her life will forever be different. Survival in Miles City, Montana, means blending in and leaving well enough alone (as her grandmother might say), and Cam becomes an expert at both.
Then Coley Taylor moves to town. Beautiful, pickup-driving Coley is a perfect cowgirl with the perfect boyfriend to match. She and Cam forge an unexpected and intense friendship — one that seems to leave room for something more to emerge. But just as that starts to seem like a real possibility, ultra-religious Aunt Ruth takes drastic action to ‘fix’ her niece, bringing Cam face-to-face with the cost of denying her true self — even if she’s not exactly sure who that is. Continue reading