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1melsbks
jun 13, 2010, 2:44pm

Has anyone read Battle Scars by (Meghan O'Brien)? I bought it because I wanted to see how O'Brien handled a Iraq war veteran with PTSD. She did a very good job of it. What did anyone else think?

2melsbks
jun 18, 2010, 11:01am

I just finished up The Intersection of Law and Desire, a Micky Knight Mystery by J. M. Redmann. Now I'm looking for her 2nd book in the series. Any one else enjoy the Micky Knight series?

3Danneeness
jun 18, 2010, 1:21pm

I haven't read either of those, but I've heard good things! They're on my vast wishlist.

I'm just re-reading Well of Loneliness to do a joint review on my book blog (the Lesbrary).

4charmella56
jun 22, 2010, 11:53am

I'm reading Arianna Franklin's The Maze of Death and enjoying it.

5ehough75
jun 24, 2010, 10:04am

I am reading Starting From Scratch by Georgia Beers. It is a nice easy summer read.

6charmella56
jul 10, 2010, 9:14pm

I'm really disappointed that more people don't post a message. What are we all reading ladies - must be some good books out there I don't know about. I'm reading George Mann 'The affinity bridge' etc.. I've just ordered Kim Harrison who has apparently a lesbian character called Ivy whom I want to read about to see whether she's well realised. But I really need some great books.

7Danneeness
jul 11, 2010, 12:05am

I'm reading Fire Logic, which is pretty good so far. I love how often lesbian fantasy or sci fi just doesn't make being gay an issue. It's refreshing.

8ehough75
jul 11, 2010, 11:22pm

I agree that we do not post enough messages. Me being just as much at fault. I even belong to a lesbian book group and I should be sharing those books here.

Right now I am reading The Road Home by Frankie J Jones.

9citylibr
jul 19, 2010, 12:14am

I absolutely love the Micky Knight series! I have just finished book 5 and am waiting for #6 in September.

10ehough75
jul 19, 2010, 2:03pm

Tanner,

I just looked up the Micky Knight series and have hadded it to my wish list. Thanks for the suggestion.

11charmella56
jul 25, 2010, 11:51am

I'm going to try to Fire Logic - am reading the Stephen Hunt books Court of the Air etc which are fab. Will have a look at Micky Knight too.

12dk21750
aug 11, 2010, 8:41pm

I am half way through fingersmith which i started from a recommendation here....I LOVE IT...it is Jane Austen for lesbians. I will now read everything from Sarah Waters.

13Danneeness
Redigerat: aug 12, 2010, 3:41am

Yes! A Sarah Waters convert! She is definitely amazing.

I'm re-reading Annie On My Mind for a joint review at the Lesbrary.

14dk21750
aug 17, 2010, 7:12pm

i just got to part 3 today, and I cannot stop reading....No other book in recent memory has fooled me with so many plot twists and surprises. I was late back to work from lunch today because I was right outside the office on a bench reading.

15LisaShapter
aug 19, 2010, 1:03am

I just started Jules Verne's Mysterious Island.

16twilight-goddess
sep 7, 2010, 11:25pm

I'm drinking up Firefly Lane by Kristin Hannah. So far it seems (to me, anyway) like a love story between two girls. I'm just about a quarter of the way through this book, and I really enjoy the intertwining of the two protagonists, as well as the blurring of their connection somewhere between friendship and something so much more than friendship.

"Tully felt an emotion open up inside her like some exotic flower. She could practically smell its honeyed scent in the air. For the first time in her life, she felt totally safe with someone."

YES. Wow, do I remember that feeling....

177sistersapphist
Redigerat: okt 5, 2010, 10:03pm

I just started Daughters of Jerusalem (Charlotte Mendelson), and am really enjoying it.

18twilight-goddess
sep 14, 2010, 11:08pm

Relishing a mystery with a sassy lesbian sleuth -- Hallowed Murder by Ellen Hart -- and I like everything about it, including the traipsing rhythm, the use of language, and the detective, Jane Lawless! This one is set partly in a sorority, which adds a surprising (and entertaining) facet!

19charmella56
sep 17, 2010, 8:25pm

I've just started Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert and am enjoying it more than I expected to.

20JimThomson
sep 17, 2010, 9:03pm

Picked a copy of TRACE ELEMENTS OF RANDOM TEA PARTIES (2003) BY Felicia L. Lemus at the remainders shop. It is described as a 'warm tale of "princess dyke" life in L.A.' 'A welcome addition to Chicana letters from the new generation', a debut novel.

21susanbooks
sep 17, 2010, 11:10pm

JimT, I tried her book "Like Son" & couldn't get into it. I'll be interested to hear what you think of "Trace Elements." I've read one short story of hers that I liked so it'd be nice to read something longer.

22dk21750
sep 23, 2010, 3:39pm

I am in the middle of odd girl out by ann Banon. I got a B&N Nook for my birthday and found the entire Beebo Brinker series available as ebook. It is a cute story in a nostalgic sort of way. Very easy reading and pretty simple plot lines and character development. It is pulp fiction but I recommended it, especially for anyone growing up in the 60's like me.

237sistersapphist
nov 1, 2010, 6:37pm

I've started All Passion Spent. So far I'm enjoying it. It's my second attempt at a Vita Sackville-West novel; the first try was Pepita, which I found too cloying to finish.

24schatzi
nov 6, 2010, 9:48pm

I'm reading She Looks Just Like You: A Memoir of (Nonbiological Lesbian) Motherhood by Amie Klempnauer Miller. It's a really good book so far; the author has an engaging writing style.

25Aussiewoman
dec 1, 2010, 11:00pm

I am reading With Every Breath by Alex Alexander in paperback & Chasing Carole by Barbara Washburn on the Kindle. Must admit am enjoying the latter more, but may be because I love old movies.

26txpam
dec 3, 2010, 11:13am

Lambda Literary website has a post of queer authors listing their favorite books of the year. Well worth checking out.

27starbuck75
dec 5, 2010, 10:27pm

Just picked up Bastard out of Carolina really enjoying it right now, but everyone keeps telling me how depressing it gets. Not really looking forward to that. Read Liliac Mines not to long ago and really enjoyed that one even if it was a bit predictable.

28melsbks
jan 14, 2011, 1:06pm

The Ann Bannon books were some of the first books I found when I was coming out. I still have the originals (a little beat up but their pretty aged). I'm glad Beebo got reprinted and introduced to another generation.

29ziziaaurea
jan 24, 2011, 7:27pm

yes, and I'm glad you mentioned her, because it's been a few years and I just went to her web site and saw she's been writing more books. She's great. Back to the library....

30ziziaaurea
jan 24, 2011, 7:30pm

I wish I liked Sarah Waters! I feel like I'm missing something.

317sistersapphist
feb 8, 2011, 8:33pm

I'm halfway through Violette's Embrace, a novel about a woman researching Violette Leduc's life. I'm really tired of hearing how ugly everyone said Leduc was, but that's a biographical fact, not this author's invention or fault.

32DeniseDeSio
jan 28, 2012, 11:43am

Read Rose's Will. Strong Lesbian character - 5-star reviews.

33DeniseDeSio
jan 28, 2012, 11:45am

Try listening to Waters audiobooks. Her readers are so amazing, I found myself back-tracking to listen to certain parts again. Do Affinity first. You'll be a fan after that.

34TinaV95
feb 15, 2012, 12:30pm

#6 What did you think of Ivy in the Harrison series Dead Witch Walking etc?

Not currently reading any lesbian authors, but I've heard so many great things about Sarah Waters she is up soon on my list!

35peajayar
feb 17, 2012, 9:05pm

I'm reading Jeannette Winterson's Why Be Happy When You Could Be Normal? JW has a passion for life and a determination to not be a victim of her upbringing. However, much of her writing refers back to events of her childhood and their impact. There are worse ways of dealing with your past than writing about it, directly or indirectly. It interested me that her novel, Written on the Body begins, "Why is the measure of love loss?"

36citylibr
feb 25, 2012, 8:13am

Has anyone read Gotta Find Me An Angel by Brenda Brooks? It's one of my favorite lesbian books of all time. It's funny and dark (not in an evil sense) and has interesting characters. Spelling Mississippi is another excellent book.

37peajayar
feb 27, 2012, 7:30pm

About to start a reread of Rita Mae Brown's Rubyfruit Jungle for a lesbian book group (a LILAC lesbian library group in Wellington, NZ). Expecting a blast from the past. My copy, which has sat on my shelf since I first read it in the eighties is brown around the edges of the pages. I hope I still like it.

38DeniseDeSio
mar 9, 2012, 5:38pm

Rose's Will by Denise DeSio. It's my book and it's gotten 20 out of 22 5-star reviews. Glory D'Orsi, a lesbian, is the protagonist who shares the stage with two equally strong main characters, a blue-collar family man and a wealthy Bulgarian Holocaust survivor. If you enjoy reading about families who are more dysfunctional than yours, you'll enjoy it.

39DeniseDeSio
mar 9, 2012, 5:39pm

If you haven't read Affinity by Waters yet, get the audiobook! The reader is amazing.

40DeniseDeSio
mar 9, 2012, 5:40pm

Depressing or not, it is a great work of fiction! Hope you enjoyed it.

41DeniseDeSio
mar 9, 2012, 6:09pm

Winterson is the closest thing we have to a literary lesbian author. There's a difference between being a "victim" of one's upbringing and acknowledging its impact. Your thoughts are interesting to me, though, because my novel in part, explores my past, so your comments hit home. Are you saying that writing about the past is among the less desirable ways to deal with it?

I agree that the question, "Why is the measure of love loss?" IS a very interesting statement. If I were to venture a guess at the answer, I would say that it's because real love is commodity, and we're used to settling for whatever we can get. It is one of the themes in my book.

By the way, I don't get to this site too often, but when I do, I enjoy participating.

All the best,
Denise DeSio
Author of Rose's Will

42DanieXJ
mar 11, 2012, 12:49pm

Uh.... Denise, have you read any of Emma Donoghue's books that aren't titled 'Room'? Some of her others are very 'literary' (I use it in quotes because I think that it is a word that has no real overarching cultural definition. That there are too many opinions on what 'literary' really means)

And I disagree that Winterson is our only 'literary' lesbian author. Of course, I also probably also see more value than some others of non-'literary' lesbian fiction. In fact, I love stuff by Karin Kallmaker, or Erin Dutton Josie Gordon, or KG MacGregor or even Peggy Herring and wish that my library/library system would get more of those instead of focusing on the lesbian fic that's 'literary'.

As an aside, holey moley that was a lotta touchstones... :)

43DeniseDeSio
Redigerat: mar 12, 2012, 4:27pm

I keep forgetting that Donoghue is a lesbian author. When I say literary, I have to admit that I've lowered my standards. I mostly mean work with a firm grasp of the English language, character driven instead of a formulaic overused plot, complex sentence structure where every sentence doesn't begin with I, She, or It and then a verb, and has enough depth to qualify for a book club discussion among intelligent people.

I'll check out the authors you mentioned. Thanks Daniel.

44therealdavidsmith
mar 12, 2012, 4:44pm

I cannot pass by here without mentioning Fernando Pessoa, particular emphasis on his Book of Disquiet, in which he brings the city and her tired charms to life in the way that joyce did for Dublin.

45DanieXJ
mar 12, 2012, 5:13pm

It's Danielle actually, but no worries....

Uh, but don't go out of your way to read Peggy Herring. They've gotten better, but some of her first ones were... harder to read....

And >44 therealdavidsmith:... sorry, don't like Joyce, and I looked up Pessoa, don't think that I'd like his stuff either. Honestly I don't want to read something that's all philosophical, and I think that you can get that sort of thing just as well from a very well written Margaret Maron (not a lesbian author or one who writes a lesbian character, just an awesome mystery writer) as from a 'I'm going to make my sentences twelve pages long' Henry James or whatever....

46LeeHaRobinson
mar 14, 2012, 5:43am

Just started After My Own Heart, Sophia Blackwell's debut. I've been looking forward to it for months (based on 2 short stories I read) and am now savouring it very slowly because, even though I only just started it, I never want it to end. I'll post a full review later.

47DanieXJ
mar 15, 2012, 5:37pm

I wish that I were reading some sorta lezfic right now, romance or 'literature', but, not so much. Though, I'm reading about a real Revolutionary woman who fought as a guy for eighteen months. But she was straight as far as the historians know.

48melsbks
jun 8, 2012, 12:29pm

Ann Bannon were the first lesbian novels I found -- excepting The Well of ..... While they seems light-weight today, they were a wonderful find when I was 16 and finally found novels I could identify with!

49Natasha.Holme
Redigerat: jun 23, 2012, 10:46pm

I'm reading the lesser known sequel to 'I Know My Own Heart'/'The Secret Diaries of Miss Anne Lister,' entitled 'No Priest But Love.' It's rather steamier than the first edition :-)

50MEGerman
nov 29, 2012, 1:51am

I am reading The Secret Diaries of Miss Anne Lister which is amusing with what >49 Natasha.Holme: is reading lol

51melsbks
jan 15, 2013, 11:49pm

Has anyone read Ellis Avery's second novel, THE LAST NUDE-- inspired by the Art Deco painter Tamara de Lempicka and the young woman who sat for her most famous painting, Beautiful Rafaela-- ? I've liked the reviews, just ordered the book.

52Danneeness
jan 16, 2013, 6:58pm

I adored that book! But my review isn't as good as Casey's: http://lesbrary.com/2013/01/07/casey-reviews-the-last-nude-by-ellis-avery/

537sistersapphist
jan 17, 2013, 3:33pm

It's definitely on my list. But I have to get through some of the TBR pile first, before it falls over.

54ziziaaurea
Redigerat: jan 24, 2013, 3:03pm

Det här meddelandet har tagits bort av dess författare.

55ziziaaurea
Redigerat: jan 24, 2013, 3:05pm

I just read Lucy Jane Bledsoe's The Big Bang Symphony, a fictional account of the communities of the American research stations in Antarctica. I have to say, I worked down there for 9 seasons, and I generally DON'T read Antarctic books, but hers is so fun and REAL. Except for the near death experiences, it's really just like being there. I loved it and wished it was longer.

I can't tell how it would read to someone who hasn't been there... has anyone read it?

56Danneeness
jan 24, 2013, 5:39pm

It's on my list! But I haven't read it yet.

I've just finished Starting from Here, which I really liked (made me cry!) And I'm about to start The Trouble with Emily Dickinson.

577sistersapphist
jan 24, 2013, 8:20pm

On my list, too. I love all things Antarctica. Nice to hear the book reads real to someone who would know!

58DanieXJ
jan 25, 2013, 9:03pm

Well, I'm not reading them today, but, woo! Soon (hopefully, if I catch up on my library reading) I will be cracking open the first three of Melissa Good's Dar and Kerry Series.

Right now I'm reading Betty Webb's Llama of Death

597sistersapphist
feb 1, 2013, 9:21pm

Reading Tanith Lee's Fatal Women. I even paid full price for it. I never do that!

60melsbks
apr 7, 2013, 9:19pm

I just started reading Deep South, an Anna Pigeon mystery by Nevada Barr. This one is set in the Natchez Trace in Mississippi. This is the eighth Anna Pigeon mystery, all of them set in National Parks.

61CandaceVan
apr 20, 2013, 2:14am

I just purchased a copy of Three by Annemarie Monahan, for the fairly inane reason that LibraryThing tells me that we have "similar libraries." Yeah, well, I'll bet my book isn't in hers!

What I am reading at the moment:
Laurie Edwards' In the Kingdom of the Sick: A Social History of Chronic Illness in America, and Kate Atkinson's first novel (published in 1996), Behind the Scenes at the Museum.

Neither are lesbian books, per se, but both are good books written by women. And since women who have chronic autoimmune diseases vastly outnumber men (ratios range from 2:1 to 9:1, depending on the disease), Edwards' book is as relevant to lesbians as to straight or bisexual women.

627sistersapphist
apr 20, 2013, 9:44am

Hope you enjoy my book, CandaceVan. And you're quite right... I don't have a copy of yours in my library. So I've remedied that by ordering one.

63CandaceVan
feb 6, 2014, 6:14pm

I enjoyed the books in the series that I read years ago, when they first came out. I wonder how many are in the series now? I think it was about 3, back then.

64CandaceVan
feb 6, 2014, 7:06pm

Is anybody else participating in the Challenge (reading 75 books in 2014)? I'm off to a pretty good start. So far all female authors (?!) but no real LGBTI works, so far.

-- Candace

65DanieXJ
feb 6, 2014, 7:29pm

I don't generally participate in any of the challenges on this (or other) sites. But, I do keep track of my books. So far I think I'm up to 21 or so (maybe a couple more since I still have to enter them and with my computer down for awhile I have a bit to catch up on).

66Lexxi
feb 7, 2014, 2:51pm

Yes, I'm in that 75 book challenge group. I've forgotten how many I've read now, 50+, but 13 of them have been lesbian fiction.

The 7 4+ star rating books read by me this year so far which fall into lesbian fiction:
Alexis Hall - Iron & Velvet - 5 stars
Robin Roseau - The Emergency Claus - 4.75
Barbara Ann Wright - The Pyramid Waltz - 5 & For Want of a Fiend - 4
K.E. Lane - And Playing the Role of Herself - 5
Cari Hunter - Snowbound - 4.65
Jae - True Nature - 4.65 stars

List is in order read except for the For Want of a Fiend, which I just finished.

67overlycriticalelisa
aug 30, 2014, 12:29am

thought i'd get this thread going again.

just finished letters never sent by sandra moran. was more predictable than i'd like, with less depth, but still was an alright read.

68DanieXJ
aug 30, 2014, 8:19am

I have about 6 BSB ARCs on my Nook that I want to read, but first I have to get through the non-lesbian Game of Thrones (although, go Arya and your 'dancing'!!), which, at this moment is taking longer than getting through Henry James' Portrait of a Lady... argh...

69LucindaLibri
aug 30, 2014, 1:51pm

I recently finished Lovers at the Chameleon Club, Paris 1932 by Francine Prose, a novel which centers around Lou Villars, a cross-dressing lesbian race car driver who collaborates with the Nazis . . . fascinating! The format is that the story is told through various (fictional) memoirs, letters, and newsclippings . . . which reveals how the different characters in the story interpret the mystery which is Lou Villars.

Has anyone else read this book? What did you think?

70DanieXJ
sep 15, 2014, 7:53pm

I am reading Making Time right now, and man oh man I just love, love, love it. More than I thought I would for sure!!

71overlycriticalelisa
sep 19, 2014, 8:05pm

starting a book of poetry by joanna hoffman. i don't read poetry much so we'll see. it's called running for trap doors. i knew her growing up but hopefully that won't influence my thoughts about it.

72overlycriticalelisa
sep 26, 2014, 12:34am

just finished annie on my mind. will review it tomorrow...

73Canadian_Down_Under
Redigerat: jan 6, 2015, 2:52am

I just finished Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe by Fannie Flagg. This was a re-read (read it when it was first released many years ago) and enjoyed it just as much this time. Fannie Flagg does a wonderful job of creating characters that you care about.

747sistersapphist
okt 15, 2014, 11:10pm

Couldn't finish Destination Alara... painfully bad. Did make myself finish Try Whistling Chopin, hoping for a twist at the end, but there wasn't one. The search for a self-published, undiscovered gem continues.

Read The Friendly Young Ladies. Parts were hilarious, but the ending is maddening. Anyone else read that one?

75lemontwist
okt 16, 2014, 5:39am

76overlycriticalelisa
okt 28, 2014, 12:34am

about to start carry the sky by kate gray, a local author. i'm super excited about this one and trying to tone it down so i won't be disappointed...

77nancyewhite
okt 28, 2014, 2:16pm

I'm curious if folks envision this thread for folks to list everything they are reading or only GLBTQ items?

78DanieXJ
okt 28, 2014, 3:41pm

>77 nancyewhite: I thought it was just the lesbian fic stuff since this is the lesbian bookworm group and it's not like there aren't 100 other places on this site where everything people are reading can be listed, but... whatever...

79overlycriticalelisa
okt 28, 2014, 11:32pm

>77 nancyewhite:

just the lgbtq stuff, i thought.

80nancyewhite
okt 29, 2014, 3:06pm

Excellent. Thanks.

81lemontwist
nov 3, 2014, 10:27pm

Just started Why Be Happy When You Could Be Normal?. Having a hard time putting it down.

82nancyewhite
nov 5, 2014, 1:11pm

>81 lemontwist: I loved, loved, loved it. I may have been the last queer woman to read Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit which I only got to after Why Be Happy When You Could Be Normal. I fell in love with it too.

Ahem. Seems like I should probably read more Winterson.

83overlycriticalelisa
nov 5, 2014, 7:03pm

>82 nancyewhite:

*everyone* should read more winterson.

i don't love everything i've read by her, but what i've loved, i've *loved* and will give everything a go.

(a literature t.a. in college that thought i had a crush on her - she was right but i didn't know it at the time - casually recommended that i read oranges are not the only fruit to give me the hint that i was queer. that was my introduction to that book and to winterson!)

847sistersapphist
nov 8, 2014, 7:21pm

> "*everyone* should read more winterson."

I second that! The Passion is still my favorite, though.

85overlycriticalelisa
nov 8, 2014, 8:05pm

>84 7sistersapphist:
written on the body for me, but i admit that i actually haven't read all that much by her. someone recently read a passage from the passion at an open mic thing and it was fantastic. need to read more of her soon...

86PaigeWhitmore
nov 9, 2014, 9:52pm

Im reading Sing you home by Jodi Picoult. I love her work

87overlycriticalelisa
nov 9, 2014, 10:45pm

>86 PaigeWhitmore:

i've never read her but eventually want to. does she have lesbian content? i had assumed she didn't...

88DanieXJ
nov 10, 2014, 8:11am

>87 overlycriticalelisa: Sing You Home does. I don't think that others of her do though. In Sing You Home they're the main characters, but, just be warned, there's also a lot of 'religious' content as well as 'husband' content as well.

To each their own of course, everyone loves different books, but, I didn't think that Sing You Home was one of Picoult's best books.

89overlycriticalelisa
nov 13, 2014, 4:09pm

>88 DanieXJ:

thanks for this!

90nancyewhite
nov 14, 2014, 10:05am

I finished The Coldest Girl in Coldtown. It is a YA Dystopian Vampire novel. The main character's ex-boyfriend is bisexual. This is never stated, but rather just mentioned. Things like, "Aidan was kissing a boy on the couch," or descriptions of him flirting with a boy in one scene and a girl in another.

Of course I've seen this before, but this time I was really struck by how we are no longer relegated to books specifically about being queer and that we are no longer a big deal.

This feels like a big victory to me.

91Danneeness
nov 15, 2014, 6:27pm

I really liked the trans girl character in The Coldest Girl In Coldtown! I was also impressed with it.

92lemontwist
nov 16, 2014, 12:43pm

Just started reading Tell Me Again How a Crush Should Feel, the new young adult novel by Sara Farizan. Enjoying it a lot so far!

93overlycriticalelisa
nov 17, 2014, 6:34pm

>92 lemontwist: i like that title. not reading it yet but thought i'd plug a local author's book who did a reading at my shop yesterday. forgive me if i've told you this before is by karelia stetz-waters and she is a really talented writer. i'm looking forward to reading this one. i'll read her others (thrillers) later because she's such a good writer, but this one is more up my alley, i think, even though it's young adult.

anyway, will be reading etched in shadows for book group once i finish the book i'm in right now...

95DanieXJ
nov 21, 2014, 6:07pm

I just got done reading Sunstone (and then I went to the DeviantArt associated with it and kept reading the story. I highly recommend it!

It's not my usual cup of tea, but, it was masterfully (or mistressly done? :)) done and it's awesome that it got published in print and not just on the web (now I just have to figure out how to write its review since I read an ARC of it...)

96overlycriticalelisa
nov 26, 2014, 1:09am

just finished etched in shadows for book group. not great, but easy and fast and pretty entertaining.

97nancyewhite
Redigerat: dec 15, 2014, 11:57am

I began Mean Little Deaf Queer last night. I meant to make sure it was downloaded and opened the book. I was so taken by Galloway's snarky, smart, insightful voice that I proceeded to read a part of it even though it was 1:00 AM and I was only up that late to finish Broken Monsters.

98lemontwist
dec 22, 2014, 7:25pm

I just devoured Far From You by Tess Sharpe. Not my usual genre; it's a murder mystery-ish YA lesbian novel. I really enjoyed it though. Very fast paced, and managed to keep me guessing to the end.

99nancyewhite
dec 26, 2014, 9:58am

>98 lemontwist: Far From You went directly onto my Wishlist.

100overlycriticalelisa
jan 1, 2015, 3:38pm

just started the price of salt by patricia highsmith for lesbian book group. only 30 or so pages in so all i can say so far is that she's definitely a good writer.

101nancyewhite
jan 5, 2015, 10:32pm

>100 overlycriticalelisa: I went and bought The Price of Salt after seeing the thread about it on Girlybooks. I hope I can read it soon.

I just finished Blue Horses Mary Oliver's new poetry collection. For the first time that I can recall, she includes a few love poems. In "I Woke", Oliver describes watching her new lover sleeping:

“thinking I was intruding, / yet wanting to see / the most beautiful thing // that has ever been in my house."

As always, I'm looking for lesbian voices that are outside of what is typically available. The brand new love-life of an elderly poet certainly qualifies and makes me happy to boot.

102Danneeness
jan 6, 2015, 12:11am

Just finished The Color Purple by Alice Walker and it's not at all what I was expecting, but it was a beautiful book that I will definitely be rereading in the future. Highly, highly recommended. For some reason I thought it just had lesbian subtext, but this is not at all subtextual.

103lemontwist
jan 6, 2015, 9:31am

>102 Danneeness: The Color Purple has been on my "I need to borrow this from the library and finally read it already" list for years... I guess I need to go to the library!

104Lexxi
jan 6, 2015, 12:34pm

Read my first lesbian fiction book of the year. Out on the Sound, the story of two women who find love at first sight. Dragged a little in places, but was quite interesting. Well written for a first novel. Slightly off putting that the author's name is exactly the same as the character in the book, down to the nickname of Decky. Don't know the back story there. It's the only R.E. Bradshaw book I've read wherein the main character (or any character) shares the author's name. And this is the sixth Bradshaw book I've read. I'd recommend the book.

Bradshaw has been nominated thrice for the Lambda Literary Awards.

105overlycriticalelisa
jan 6, 2015, 1:48pm

>101 nancyewhite:

oh that's nice, and makes me happy, too. thanks for that. and see you on the spoiler thread for the price of salt soon. =)

106overlycriticalelisa
jan 6, 2015, 2:22pm

>102 Danneeness:, >103 lemontwist:

as much as you all read i can't believe you hadn't gotten to this one yet! (no offense.) i think that the movie is more subtextual, with maybe a hint and nothing more, but the book is quite explicit in the relationship. it's wonderful. it's one that i've read a handful of times and would never mind reading again and again. (although not my favorite walker - by the light of my father's smile gets that nod from me, also with explicit lesbian content, although not a ton.)

107nancyewhite
jan 7, 2015, 2:56pm

As part of the Spec Fiction arm of the category challenge, I went searching for lesbian steampunk and found The Dark Victorian: Risen by Elizabeth Watasin. It was $4 for the Kindle and short so I took a chance. I started it yesterday, and am about halfway through. The premise is, "A lesbian ghost and a smart-mouthed skull are reanimated and team up to solve magical crimes in an alternate Victorian England."I'm finding it to be quite fun. Not earth shattering, but creative and just enjoyable.

For anyone interested, there is also an anthology of lesbian steampunk with the wonderful name, Steam-Powered. I haven't read it but heard positive things from a friend IRL.

108overlycriticalelisa
jan 8, 2015, 5:25pm

up next for our lesbian book group is nevada by imogen binnie but it'll be a little while before i get to it...

109Lexxi
jan 9, 2015, 11:36am

Just finished Clean Slate by Andrea Bramhall about a woman who is viciously attacked and can't remember anything after she was 19. Meaning she can't remember her wife of 15 years, or her children. Or why she had just walked out on her family three weeks before being attacked.

One of those books you start, and when you resurface it's many hours and you've completed the book. I'd recommend it.

110nancyewhite
jan 13, 2015, 9:42pm

I'm excited to have found this website and thought it might be useful to other folks here.

http://lesbrary.com/

111lemontwist
jan 16, 2015, 6:50pm

Just finished Everything Leads to You by Nina LaCour which I found to be almost impossible to put down. It's technically a YA book, but the characters are 18+, so it's not all about high school drama and stuff. Which I liked.

The story takes place in LA / Hollywood, the mystery surrounding the long lost granddaughter of a recently deceased movie star and how she comes into the lives of the two protagonist best friends. At times I thought the plot progressed just a little too conveniently, but I do enjoy books that come with pleasant surprises and happy endings.

112lemontwist
jan 16, 2015, 6:51pm

And, in honor of Julie Anne Peters' birthday today, I started reading It's Our Prom (So Deal With It). I'm really running out of books by her to read... I think after this there's Luna (which is next in line), then I'm done.

113lemontwist
jan 18, 2015, 7:05am

Reading Forgive me if i've told you this before which is really captivating. I'm almost done and can't wait to see where it goes before it's over.

114overlycriticalelisa
jan 18, 2015, 8:50am

>113 lemontwist:

i'm so glad that book is getting out there! i think that karelia stetz-waters is a really fantastic writer. we'll be reading this book for book group in april, i think.

115lemontwist
jan 18, 2015, 10:12am

>114 overlycriticalelisa: I'm definitely interested in reading her other books now. It was fantastic.

116overlycriticalelisa
jan 18, 2015, 10:42am

i haven't actually read any of her books yet, but she's done two readings in my bookshop (she launched forgive me at my shop), and i read her blog. from the first reading and the blogs i know that i'll read everything she writes, even her book that came out last week, which is a romance and i don't like romances. she's such an excellent writer, and happens to also be a very cool and genuine person...

117lemontwist
jan 18, 2015, 7:39pm

>116 overlycriticalelisa: Yeah, I intend to request her new book at my library. It's so exciting to discover fantastic new lesbian authors!!!

118overlycriticalelisa
jan 27, 2015, 8:31pm

>117 lemontwist: yes it is! i look forward to reading all of her stuff. i hope she's busy on the next one since i think she's done with this publishing blitz she's been on.

just starting nevada by imogen binnie for lesbian book group.

119overlycriticalelisa
jan 29, 2015, 8:37pm

finished nevada this morning. not for everyone, i don't think, but i took a lot out of it. i'm hoping for a really interesting discussion for book group next week...

120lemontwist
jan 30, 2015, 11:28am

Just started Ask the Passengers and am really enjoying it so far.

121nancyewhite
mar 9, 2015, 11:05pm

Just finished My Real Children by Jo Walton. A domestic alternate history/reality book where a woman vividly remembers having lived two completely lives. One in which she accepts a marriage proposal and another in which she does not. The story of each life is told in alternating chapters.

This one was a 2015 ALA Stonewall Book Award nominee in the literature category.

122overlycriticalelisa
mar 30, 2015, 6:30pm

just starting forgive me if i've told you this before. we'll see if i like it as much as you, lemontwist!
i've been looking forward to this since it came out so am trying to temper my excitement.

it's a book group read, so i'll also get to hear what a few others think about it next week.

123DanieXJ
mar 30, 2015, 7:50pm

I am reading Just Three Words and I am going to be so very bummed when I finish it. (It's coming out in a couple of weeks and is in the same SoHo Loft Romances series as Kiss the Girl, both by Melissa Brayden

124originalslicey
apr 22, 2019, 3:35pm

This is what I've been reading so far in 2019

1. Love in the Time of Global Warming.
So, I've only read one lesbian fiction title this year, this YA (or possible middle grade) book. It's a sort of retelling of the Odyssey, using a magical realism style. This story features multiple queer youth characters.

2. Irritable Hearts: A PTSD Love Story
I'm currently reading a memoir by a bisexual woman, but most relationships detailed in the book are with men.

3. Shameless: A Sexual Reformation by Nadia Bolz-Weber and Walking the Bridgeless Canyon by Kathy Baldock.
I've also read portions of two religion books that feature content and commentary on gay Christians.

I've already read the latter more than once, and it's the most well-researched book I've ever read on this subject and I highly recommend it for anyone struggling with how to talk to people about the history of "homosexuality" and the church. I think it can be completely eye-opening for straight readers, and I've found that even gay readers learn a lot about not just the church and our society, but also about queer history. It is a really thought-provoking book.

125DanieXJ
apr 26, 2019, 12:20pm

My 2019 LGBTQ+ reads so far (and this year I'm finally getting to quite a few of the ones I've bought but then didn't read right away, so, yay!):

(Definitely not putting all the covers in here ;))
Fated Love
LA Metro
The Origin of Heartbreak by Cara Malone
Heartland
Summer Winds
Take Me Home
Dawn of Change
Finding Home
Major Surgery
A Chapter on Love
Listen
Without Pretense
Safe Harbor
Beyond the Breakwater
Distant Shores, Silent Thunder
Storms of Change
Winds of Fortune
Returning Tides
Comrade Cowgirl
The Do-Over
Sheltering Dunes
Love on Lavender Lane
Dark Passions, Book 1
Dark Passions, Book 2
Love's Portrait
Pretending in Paradise
Recipe for Love
Bombshells United, Vol. 3: Taps
Love to the Rescue
Comfortable Distance
A Lover's Mercy by Fiona Zedde
Write Your Own Script by A.L. Brooks

Some of these were ARCs, some I've gotten over the years, some through the library. I love that I have so many ways to get books.

My current read as of this post is Not the Marrying Kind byJae, her newest I do believe, that just came out or is just coming out really soon?

(Here's hoping I don't break the Touchstones when I hit Post Message on this message... fingers crossed.... :) )

126overlycriticalelisa
apr 30, 2019, 11:19am

>125 DanieXJ:
any of those that you particularly recommend?

i just finished reading riding fury home and am trying to get my thoughts about it in order. it's a memoir and is definitely worth reading.

127DanieXJ
maj 4, 2019, 2:29pm

Love's Portrait is probably my favorite of them. It's about two women, one who works as a museum curator and the other who is a big donor. The latter's father has recently died, and she finds a piece of art that isn't in her father's will. She and the curator go on a fun journey finding out all about the woman in the painting and the woman who painted it.

Also, I always recommend Radclyffe. Not all her books are perfect, but, the series that starts with Safe Harbor and is set in Provincetown is pretty awesome. As someone who also has read a lot of thrillers/mysteries it has just enough of that in it to interest me.

I also just got done with Not the Marrying Kind by Jae, it's the sequel to Perfect Rhythm. And they're both pretty awesome.

128originalslicey
maj 6, 2019, 5:00pm

>125 DanieXJ: Dang, nice list!

I've been focusing on other genres, so I've hardly read any queer fiction this year, but I'm hoping to catch up in the latter half of 2019!

129DanieXJ
maj 7, 2019, 7:53pm

>128 originalslicey: I read a lot, especially a lot of lesfic (there's probably 10 or 15 other non-lesfic books scattered between those that I listed). Library, Netgalley, and thankfully this year, some of my own tomes that I had bought but not gotten to.

I love reading, I love TV, I love movies, and somehow I have a job too (librarian, but, alas, they don't let me read at work, although I did convince them to let me have a Tumblr Recommendation Blog (mwahahahahaha)

130literatefool
maj 18, 2019, 8:50pm

Sorry to be late to the game. I recently finished "Irrepressible: The Jazz Age Life of Henrietta Bingham". A pretty good read, and even though told by a family member it was reasonably well balanced.

131DanieXJ
maj 20, 2019, 3:18pm

I'm reading all the Melissa Good Dar and Kerry Series. Unfortunately, I just started reading Southern Stars which is the last currently published one. :(

But, it's been a fun ride reacquainting myself with Dar and Kerrsion.

132Aquila
maj 20, 2019, 9:50pm

I've recently finished The Priory of the Orange Tree a mainstream fantasy doorstop that's getting a bunch of comparisons to Game of Thrones in that it is about dragons and has a thousand year old evil rising again and lots of interesting political worldbuilding. It also includes a central relationship between two women that is beautifully done. Took me quite a while to get into it, but it is a stand alone volume with an actuall ending, unusual for epic fantasy!