Reading Rainbow


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Reading Rainbow is a monthly LGBT+ book club hosted and run by Amanda Wacker. We read everything from staples of activist literature to romance to sci-fi adventures. Typically, we alternate between fiction and non-fiction for each meeting and vote on what to read as a community. 

When? First Wednesday of the month, 6-7 pm

Where? As of April 2022, the Nest at Nuevo West in graduate student housing. 

Who? All grad students are welcome to join! This book club is very casual. Feel free to jump in for one meeting, then take a break and come back when the fancy strikes you. You will have more fun in the conversation if you read the whole book, but please feel free to attend even if you haven't finished the month's title.

Why? This book club was founded to foster community and give us all an excuse to read some fun LGBT+ lit, as well as serve as a space where we can all learn more about the history, philosophy, activism and art of our community.

Do you have LGBT+ lit recommendations or books you would love to discuss in a meeting? Please add it to our recommended books spreadsheet.

For questions or more info, please email

Previous Reads

November 2022: Queer, There, and Everywhere by Sarah Prager

October 2022: The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid

September 2022: The Celluloid Closet: Homosexuality in the Movies by Vito Russo

August 2022: Phoenix Extravagant by Yoon Ha Lee

July 2022: Queer Intentions: A (Personal) Journey Through LGBTQ+ Culture by Amelia Abraham

June 2022: The Starless Sea by Erin Morgenstern

May 2022: Ace: What Asexuality Reveals about Desire, Society, and the Meaning of Sex by Angela Chen

April 2022: Carry On by Rainbow Rowell

March 2022: We Have Always Been Here: A Queer Muslim Memoir by Samra Habib

February 2022: The Raven Tower by Ann Leckie

December 2021: Cinnamon Gardens by Shyam Selvadurai

November 2021: In the Dream House by Carmen Maria Machado

October 2021: Cemetary Boys by Aiden Thomas

September 2021: The Autobiography of a Transgender Scientist by Ben Barres

August 2021: Honey Girl by Morgan Rogers

July 2021: Sister Outsider by Audre Lorde

June 2021: This is How You Lose the Time War by Amal El-Mohtar and Max Gladstone

Directions to The Nest at Nuevo West

-If you are driving to grad housing, you can park in the One Miramar Street parking structure across the street from Nuevo West (3700 Miramar St, La Jolla, CA 92037)

-The Nest is on the 11th floor of Nuevo West Viento (3739 Miramar St, La Jolla, CA 92037). If you don’t live in grad housing, you can reach the 11th floor using the elevator in the middle of the building (it is accessible from outside the building).

- Once on the 11th floor, go past the stairs and continue down the hall to your left. The door is labeled “The Nest”.