Hi dear friends,
Sorry if you had trouble reaching the site yesterday but it seemed a DDOS attack was happening on my host provider for one day. It’s a testimony to the provider that it still ran most of the time.
Anyway out with the technicalities! Today in our common challenge with Collector of Book Boyfriends the featured topic is LGBT.
About one year ago I had never read LGBT books. Or rather when the main characters were gay, lesbian, bi…. Side characters yes but main ones no.
I was witnessing many of my friends loving books like Him by Sarina Bowen and Elle Kennedy, books by Santino Hassell (not commenting on the “affair” here as my purpose is books only) and many other usually MM litterature. But I did not feel compelled to follow the hype. Or rather I was afraid I would not like them or even be disgusted by these books if you had sex in them. I was missing some fundamental body parts (these were my thoughts at the time) to really appreciate these stories.
Until one day Maria at Steamy Reads, my friend on Goodreads, was raving so much about Wolfsong by TJ Klune and how good it was and how we had to read the books and…
As Maria was the last of a long line of my friends who loved it I thought “OK, let’s see what all the fuss is about!”
Excerpt of my review that you can find on this blog: “
TJ Klune writing is exceptional.
With short sentences he says so much and can convey so many feelings. I never would have believed I would love a M/M romance so much and yet I consider this book one of the best books I’ve ever read.
I won’t lie though. The very few sex scenes were foreign to read. I could not relate. I now know that I could never read a book mostly written with sex scenes between men. Or between women I guess. But as they were few and that this book is so much bigger than that it remains an extraordinary read filled with very,very loveable and extraordinary characters. Full of vibrant colors and rich with the sounds and smell of the Oregon’s forest. Bursting with joy, love, loss, grief, courage and hope.
I want to thank my Goodreads friends for their wonderful reviews because they convinced me to take the risk. Now if only I could convince you as well to give this book a chance….”
So yes to me TJ Klune is an exceptional writer, LGBT or not period!
Now I’ve loved reading A Charm of Finches by Suanne Laqueur (bi and MM) and most recently I bored you out with my passion for The Silver Cage by Anonymous.
So even if he has not taken a pen name I would point Anonymous “the author of The Silver Cage” as an incredbile LGBT author.
Just to illustrate for one more my love for that book I wrote:”This book was the one to send me over the edge and see “LGBTQ” literature for what it is: love stories. Pure and simple. No gay no lesbian no…I don’t want to label them M/M or F/F or… anymore because it’s just love.
Gone my preconceived ideas about the genre.
They have been reduced to ashes by Red Feather Lakes lightning.”
A 180 turn from my thoughts “before” TJ Klune he? 😉
Now do tell me: do you read LGBT? What are your favorite authors?
Thanks for reading and happy Saturday!