reading challenge || The GLBT Challenge 2010

Welcome to the GLBT Challenge 2010! The Challenge that Dare Not Speak its Name. Rules/Guidelines: The basic idea of this challenge is to read books about GLBT topics and/or by GLBT authors.The challenge runs year-round, and there will be three levels of participation — Lambda Level: Read 4 books. Pink Triangle Level: Read 8 books. Rainbow Level: Read 12 or more books. You don’t need to choose your books right away, and they can change at any time. Overlaps with other challenges are fine.


I’m aiming for the Pink Triangle Level, but, well, 2010 has a lot of days in it, and a lot of opportunities to pick up books–I might just go for Rainbow Level. Who knows? I mean, I don’t even know what books I’m reading yet, except, maybe, for:

  1. Name All the Animals, a memoir by Alison Smith.
  2. Oranges Are Not The Only Fruit, by Jeanette Winterson, or maybe something else by her?
  3. To The Lighthouse, by Virginia Woolf. {and/or:}
  4. A Room Of One’s Own, by Virginia Woolf.
  5. The Hours, by Michael Cunningham.

Aaaaand I’m stumped. Would dearly appreciate it if you guys gave me some recs. :) [And drat, I can’t put Middlesex since I’ve read it about four times now. Augh.] A little help would be wunnerful. :)


  • And maybe Crush, poems by Richard Siken. I swear I’ll really read it, and not just highlight lines that make me want to wail.
  • Garbo: Her Story, by Antoni Grobowicz. Because I’m crazy about Garbo. And this is the only book on Garbo that’s available in the university library.
  • I might read Mrs. Dalloway, by Virginia Woolf.
  • I’m trying to look for copies of Alex Beecroft‘s novels–I’ve never actually encountered her before–as recommended by Courtney Milan.


UPDATE/HELP: I need recommendations of books by/about bisexual women. Please and thank you.

12 thoughts on “reading challenge || The GLBT Challenge 2010

  1. Awesome! Thanks for joining us! If you look at the homepage of the challenge, there is a page for resources which has a bunch of links to GLBT-reading lists. We also plan to do a mini-tour for more resources by genre in early December.

    1. Hi, Amanda. :) I’ve actually been browsing through the resources, and listing stuff down. Some of the titles and authors, I haven’t encountered–but I guess that’s one of the nice things about readign challenges. :)

      Thank you for this. It’s a challenge that’s close to my heart. :}

    1. I had no idea she was gay either. :) I only learned when everyone was putting her name on their lists, and I did a little Googling, and ta-da! :)

      Are you signing up for what’s left of this year? Or for 2010?

  2. I might sign up! I want to reach the rainbow level, haha. Anyway, here are some LGBT books you might want to try:

    Books by Sarah Waters- I personally love Tipping the Velvet and Fingersmith

    Books by Jeanette Winterson- My fave would have to be Written on the body, and there’s a bisexual angle there too!

    How about graphic novels/comics? Anything by Alison Bechdel, (Dykes to watch out for) or Ariel Schrag.

    For the ya genre, I like Keeping you a secret by Julie Ann Peters. She also wrote a lesbian anthology for teens, if you’re more into that sort of thing.

    There’s this anthology of essays about coming out that I love entitled “A Woman Like You”, which I LOVED. It made me have a crush on Leslea Newman, among others.

    Am excited about this challenge. :) Good luck!

    1. Thank you! I’ve read a lot of Jeanette Winterson, plus I’ve been hearing a lot about Sarah Waters. So yeah, Sarah Waters is definitely on my list!

      A request? If you have any recommendations of books by/about bisexual women, please let me know? Thanks!

  3. I was able to buy this from Booksale, the protagonist is bi, so you might want to look for it:

    Sarah Waters = <3 Especially if you love Victorian romps :)

    1. Oh Booksale. :) I banned myself from Booksale kasi it was just too much for me, hahaha. I’ll try to look for this. Thanks! :)


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