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Subject: Favorite glbtq books?
Date Posted: 4/19/2008 1:51 AM ET
Member Since: 1/14/2008
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Because I am always looking for more books to request, thought I would ask here and see if I could manage to avoid some bad ones.

And here are a few of my favorites:

Almost Like Being in Love--From  the Description:

A high school jock and nerd fall in love senior year, only to part after an amazing summer of discovery to attend their respective colleges. They keep in touch at first, but then slowly drift apart.

Flash forward twenty years.

Travis and Craig both have great lives, careers, and loves. But something is missing .... Travis is the first to figure it out. He's still in love with Craig, and come what may, he's going after the boy who captured his heart, even if it means forsaking his job, making a fool of himself, and entering the great unknown. Told in narrative, letters, checklists, and more, this is the must-read novel for anyone who's wondered what ever happened to that first great love.

This book is told in a series of e-mails and letters. Truely a unique format that made it fun to read. Borrowed it from a friend to read, then ran out and bought myself a copy straight away/

Actor's Guide to Murder--Synopsis from jacket:

"Baby, don't even go there!" That was Jarrod Jarvis' catch phrase as the adorable, girl-crazy moppet on the eighties sitcom, Go to Your Room! It was a great ride until the tabloids caught the popular teen idol kissing another guy at the L.A. gay rodeo. "Gay" and "teen heartthrob" not exactly being career-making words at the time, Jarrod's star crashed harder than a Kathie Lee Gifford CD.

Flash forward: Now happily living with his cop boyfriend, Charlie, and their dog, Snickers, in the Hollywood Hills, Jarrod's ready to hit the comeback trail...but he never imagines how fame will strike this time. At a reading with his psychic, Jarrod is disturbed to hear that someone close to him will be murdered and even more shocked when it turns out to be his best friend, Willard Ray Hornsby, also a former child star. When Willard is found face down in his own lap pool, the cops call it an accident, but Jarrod's far from convinced, and he's ready to play the Sherlock Holmes of West Hollywood to prove his conspiracy theory right.

But what starts in curiosity soon becomes deadly serious. Willard was keeping some very weighty secrets and even more dangerous company. From a tattooed "body-work" specialist to Willard's formidable mother and her nefarious lover, everyone seems to have had a reason to want him out of the picture permanently. And when another body turns up, it's clear that in a town full of actors, somebody's playing the very convincing part of a killer. Now, among the hustlers and the wannabes, the boy toys, sadistic acting coaches, and the tabloid press, Jarrod's high-profile sleuthing is making him once more into a household name. Except this kind of publicity is a very bad thing, because Jarrod's newest fan is someone who doesn't want an autograph...he wants him dead.

This was a very fun and hilarious book. There are three books in the series. I was hoping there would be more, but doesn't look like it (yes, I e-mailed the author to see if there were, but he is working on parts to another series)

Anything by Brent Hartinger--A YA author who I love a lot.  His gltbq books are Geography Club, Order of the poison oak (sequel), Grand and Humble, and Split Screen. (And he writes cute dedications to his partner in each one)

I know there are more I have enjoyed, but these ones are the main picks for me.  Now, what about you all? :)

Date Posted: 4/27/2008 1:05 AM ET
Member Since: 5/19/2006
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Amy, what is glbtq?

I just finished Sue Grafton's "T" is for Trespass.  Very good story.

I am also reading The Outlander series by Diana Gabaldon.  I am reading The Fiery Cross by Gabaldon.  The 5th book in the series.

Date Posted: 4/27/2008 1:12 AM ET
Member Since: 1/14/2008
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Oh, it stands for Gay,  Lesbian, Bi, Transexual, and Questioning

I have one of Diana Gabaldon's books lying around here. Been meaning to read, but my stack of growing library books take top importance (joys of working at the library hehe)

Date Posted: 5/3/2008 10:00 AM ET
Member Since: 6/28/2007
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Try Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit   by Jeanette Winterson.  I'd post it but it's too good :)

Date Posted: 5/3/2008 3:27 PM ET
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Ooh, that one does sound interesting (had to hunt for a summary). I have a feeling I would be wanting to kill the mother very much.

 

I'll add to my reminder list :)

Date Posted: 5/3/2008 6:36 PM ET
Member Since: 5/21/2007
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I really enjoyed Some Girls by Kristin McCloy. 

Date Posted: 5/7/2008 1:55 PM ET
Member Since: 8/22/2007
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I'm reading a book right now..."Tell No One" by Harlan Coben, the book is a real thriller and I'm really enjoying it. The principal character's sister is in a long standing lesbian relationship with a high profile super model. She and her partner have a son.

Date Posted: 5/8/2008 8:16 AM ET
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I enjoyed Hood by Emma Donoghue. It's a very intense book, sad in parts, but such a good story.

Date Posted: 5/8/2008 10:37 AM ET
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Annie on My Mind by Nancy Bender. It's a wonderful lesbian coming-of-age story, and one of my favorite love stories, gay or straight.

Date Posted: 5/8/2008 11:55 AM ET
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Fingersmith by Sarah Waters