Top 5 Wednesday – 19th April

Hi everyone and welcome to another Top 5 Wednesday. This weeks top 5 is your top 5 LGBTQ+ reads.

Honestly, until I found out this weeks topic, I had never thought to find out if any of the books I read were from LGBTQ+ authors or had LGBTQ+ characters. I can only think of three books that I have read that includes some of this (I am not including multiple books for the same character), so this will not be a top 5 but a top 3.

  1. The House Of Hades by Rick Riordan

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At the conclusion of The Mark of Athena, Annabeth and Percy tumble into a pit leading straight to the Underworld. The other five demigods have to put aside their grief and follow Percy’s instructions to find the mortal side of the Doors of Death. If they can fight their way through the Gaea’s forces, and Percy and Annabeth can survive the House of Hades, then the Seven will be able to seal the Doors both sides and prevent the giants from raising Gaea. But, Leo wonders, if the Doors are sealed, how will Percy and Annabeth be able to escape?

They have no choice. If the demigods don’t succeed, Gaea’s armies will never die. They have no time. In about a month, the Romans will march on Camp Half-Blood. The stakes are higher than ever in this adventure that dives into the depths of Tartarus.

Summary from Goodreads.

Nico is one of my favourite character in this mythology universe that Riordan has created. I was not really surprised that he was gay when he came out in House Of Hades, but the way that Riordan handled his going out was excused very well.

  1. The Long Way To A Small, Angry Planet by Becky Chambers

The Long Way To A Small Angry Planet

Somewhere within our crowded sky, a crew of wormhole builders hops from planet to planet, on their way to the job of a lifetime. To the galaxy at large, humanity is a minor species, and one patched-up construction vessel is a mere speck on the starchart. This is an everyday sort of ship, just trying to get from here to there.

But all voyages leave their mark, and even the most ordinary of people have stories worth telling. A young Martian woman, hoping the vastness of space will put some distance between herself and the life she‘s left behind. An alien pilot, navigating life without her own kind. A pacifist captain, awaiting the return of a loved one at war.

Set against a backdrop of curious cultures and distant worlds, this episodic tale weaves together the adventures of nine eclectic characters, each on a journey of their own.

Summary from Goodreads.

Chambers wrote once the main characters (I cannot remember who) as bisexual if I remember correctly, or at least open to both trying being with a women (who was an alien none the less). So maybe the fact that it was with an alien makes this not valid but the fact that she was curious with a womens makes it so in my book (haha book, bad pun I am sorry).

  1. Ash by Malinda Lo

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Cinderella retold

In the wake of her father’s death, Ash is left at the mercy of her cruel stepmother. Consumed with grief, her only joy comes by the light of the dying hearth fire, rereading the fairy tales her mother once told her. In her dreams, someday the fairies will steal her away, as they are said to do. When she meets the dark and dangerous fairy Sidhean, she believes that her wish may be granted.

The day that Ash meets Kaisa, the King’s Huntress, her heart begins to change. Instead of chasing fairies, Ash learns to hunt with Kaisa. Though their friendship is as delicate as a new bloom, it reawakens Ash’s capacity for love-and her desire to live. But Sidhean has already claimed Ash for his own, and she must make a choice between fairy tale dreams and true love.

Entrancing, empowering, and romantic, Ash is about the connection between life and love, and solitude and death, where transformation can come from even the deepest grief.

Summary from Goodreads.

I actually had to google this, as I struggled to remember any books that I had read that were either by LGBTQ+ authors or has LGBTQ+ characters and Ash came up. I cannot remember any of this book (a good reason as to why I review books now!) but I trust google.

So those are my top 3 books that are from LGBTQ+ authors or have LGBTQ+ characters in them! Are you doing Top 5 Wednesday? If so link to your post in the comments! It is always interesting how different everyone’s tastes are! Click here to go to the Goodreads page for Top 5 Wednesday and click here to go to my archive page for all of my Top 5 Wednesday posts.

Until next Wednesday, Danielle.

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