Goodreads Monday was hosted by Lauren’s Page Turners. It’s now hosted by Budget Tales Book Blog. All you have to do is show off a book from your TBR that you’re looking forward to reading.
In the spirit of Banned Books Week, I’m going to be showcasing some of the top ten banned books of last year throughout the month of September. I hope you decide to read these books and find a new favorite.
In 2014, Maia Kobabe, who uses e/em/eir pronouns, thought that a comic of reading statistics would be the last autobiographical comic e would ever write. At the time, it was the only thing e felt comfortable with strangers knowing about em. Now, Gender Queer is here. Maia’s intensely cathartic autobiography charts eir journey of self-identity, which includes the mortification and confusion of adolescent crushes, grappling with how to come out to family and society, bonding with friends over erotic gay fanfiction, and facing the trauma of pap smears. Started as a way to explain to eir family what it means to be nonbinary and asexual, Gender Queer is more than a personal story: it is a useful and touching guide on gender identity—what it means and how to think about it—for advocates, friends, and humans everywhere.