How was your week?
#5OnMyTBR is a bookish meme hosted by E. @ Local Bee Hunter’s Nook (me!) and you can learn more about it here or in the post announcing it. It occurs every Monday when we post about 5 books on our TBR.
This week’s prompt is Classics!
Fun fact (sarcasm): I had to delete two books from my TBR while making this post because classics are awful and full of romanticising pedophilia 🙂 Good riddance!
Anyway, autumn makes me think of classics so here we go. Hopefully, I’ll read some of them soon.
|| Maurice by E.M. Forster||
💛 boarding school
💛 happy ending!
Anyway, Forster said the gays deserve happy endings and had this story sit in his drawer for fifty-seven years so it can have one.
I’ve read Forster’s The Machine Stops and his technical book on writing, which I recommend, and the man has a big brain so I can’t wait to read his queer book full of gay yearning and set in a boarding school!! I’ve been reading lots of historical romances recently so a classic about gay love would fit in well into that.
|| Yellow Rose by Nobuko Yoshiya ||
💛 launched the genre of shōjo fiction
Ok, I don’t remember precisely now but when I read on this Nobuko’s short-story series Flower Stories started this movement of writings with sapphics being somewhat acceptable in Japan — they were mostly about young women who then moved on to straight relationships but sometimes they got a happy ending.
I think Yellow Rose is one of those happy endings because I hate sad endings and I doubt I would have this on my TBR if it had one.
|| The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde ||
💛 friends to lovers?
I feel like everyone and their mother read it but me lol.
Anyway, from what I know there are two versions — censured and not censured. I want to read both, of course. I want to see how much gay subtext was sneaked into the censored version but I also want to read about the gay.
Also, tw for antisemitism because we’re reading critically lads.
|| Notes of a Crocodile by Qiu Miaojin ||
💛 group of misfits
This is about five Taiwanese queer students, love, friendship, and art.
So, a lesbian Lazi is into this older woman who runs hot and cold. Not knowing what to do with that, she assigns help of her queer circle — two gay men and two gay women in established relationships.
It was published in the 90s but let’s call it a classic because, let’s be honest, that was nearly 30 years ago. And Adult Literary Fiction books are basically aspiring classics so whatever.
|| Giovanni’s Room by James Baldwin ||
💛 set in Paris
On one hand, I’m not into sad books. On the other hand, I want to read more of LGBTQ+ canon — and that means lots of sad books.
An American in Paris proposes to a young woman and then promptly falls into a love affair with an Italian bartender.
It’s an exploration of the choice between leading sad and heteronormative life and happiness with someone of your own sex.
As you can see, all classics I mentioned are LGBTQ+. Well, I have some other classics on my TBR but everyone heard about Shakespeare and I see no point mentioning I need to catch up on the Big Name books.
So, my question is — do you know of more queer classics that you would recommend to me?
- Do you participate in #5OnMyTBR?
- Do you have any of those on your TBR?
- Have you read them maybe? (Make me read them then!!)