It’s that time of year again people. The time where we, the voracious and obsessive readers of LGBT romance, look back and reflect on what an amazing year of books it’s been. If you’re anything like us then you’re already compiling your 2017 “To Read” list, but first, let’s share some of our favourite books from the year just gone.
Over the two weeks we’ll be posting our top reads of the year. Please feel free to tell us your own favourites, or simply comment on our choices.
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“Monsters aren’t born… they’re engineered.” Holy wow, did I love this book. It was one of my first reads of 2016 and instantly went on my Best of 2016 list. An all too real premise, with lots of current political and social discourse. I loved it. All 686 pages of it.
I had always been a huge fan of the Captive Prince books from this author. When this third and final book of the trilogy came out, I had already had it on pre-buy for months, and when it popped up on my Kindle, I abandoned whatever lesser work I was currently reading and devoured this one in one sitting. Great wrap-up to the trilogy.
“Two men who meet in a psychiatric institution couldn’t possibly find happiness together—could they?” As soon as I read that part of the blurb on this one, I knew I had to read it. This one was so well written and the characters seemed very real to me. The author took me inside their heads, and gave me alternating viewpoints so expertly that I felt I knew both the main characters equally well. There were also very well written and developed background characters, and the world building of the facility and the small town were perfectly meshed. Excellent job.
I’ll remember this one most as a book that made me cry in several spots. Anyone who knows me will tell you I’m not the weepy type, but wow, the characters and the storylines wrapped into this book were so well written, that I came to feel for the characters like they were friends. There was violence…some of it extreme, there was a character with terminal cancer, and there was hope and redemption. It was hard to read in spots, but damn, it was a fantastic book.
This one hit my list instantly, and primarily because of the first chapter of the book. The author did a fantastic job of drawing me in with his colorful descriptions of an author who had been writing for 3 days non-stop…and the story just got better from there. Here is a snippet. “Swearing under my breath through gritted teeth, I slammed down the phone with a bang, startling my cat, Clutch, who sailed off my lap with a screech of terror, leaving claw marks in my crotch and making me wail even louder than he did.” And then there was the line about the pond scum on the top of his coffee and on his unwashed body parts. Classic. I think of it whenever I’m writing myself.
This book kept me enthralled. I literally couldn’t put it down. Right from the beginning with the flashback to twenty years ago, with an abandoned, haunted, and creepy old southern Plantation. The author noted that 62 agents either rejected this manuscript or never responded to his query. I’m not sure what the heck those people were thinking. I loved this one. It is definitely on my to be re-read pile from 2016.
This one had it all for me. It made me smile, it made me teary eyed, it caused me anxiety, it caused me anger (for a little while but not long) and it left me feeling like I had just shared a young man’s painful journey. In addition, it is set in the area where I was born and raised, so it also made me homesick. It took me along on a young man’s journey from the depth of despair and wanting to die, to hope and redemption. I fell into the story, and didn’t want to come out. Great job.