It’s that time of year again people. The time where we, the voracious and obsessive readers of LGBTQ 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 2018 “To Read” list, but first, let’s share some of our favourite books from the year just gone.
Over the next few days 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.
One commenter from each of these posts will win a $5 store credit with Dreamspinner Press.
How do you make an already great book better? Take Harper’s wonderful writing and give it to Gomez Pugh to narrate. This book barely beat out its top competitor (Empty Net by Avon Gale & Scott R. Smith) for my audiobook spot on this list, but there was something about this book that stuck with me. And I admit it is my not-so-secret desire to have as many people buy this so I can get book two eventually.
Granted there was not a lot of competition for the f/f slot, but even if there had been I think this would have come out on top. I picked this up after another reviewer had to drop it, and it was one of the best things to happen to me this year. I loved this book and the way it kept me glued to a kind of story that I normally would have passed over.
Think this is the only one on the list that didn’t get a review by me on the blog. JCP mentioned the release of the second edition on her newsletter and it intrigued me enough to give it a try even though vampires are not really my thing. And, yeah, it was awesome. Love the twist on the vampire lore and the fast pace kept me glued to my kindle.
My contemporary choice this year is split up between two books. The first is my favorite new author, Liz Jacobs with her wonderful book Abroad: Book One. This was just an amazing book, and even more impressive since it is her first published novel. I loved every single character here and it has me so excited to see what book two is like when it comes out in January.
(Note from the Future: Second book? Loved it!)
Going from a first to a last, this book is my second contemporary choice because it was the emotional and utterly fulfilling conclusion to one of first m/m series I got heavily interested in when I first started reading m/m books. This series has been a long strings of ups and downs (emotionally) but this book caped off the story of Bear, Otter, and the Ty in one of the most lovely and best ways possible.
Choosing top short story was a real tough one this year, but Patron pulled out ahead mostly just because of how well it used its short page numbers to tell a complete and completely compelling story. Every page was beautifully crafted and had me entranced.
I think this one made the list because it proved me so wrong about certain opinions I had about the first book in the series. It took all this things I thought were flaws, and showed me just what could be done with them. I was deeply impressed.
Yeah, this was a story I would never think to want, but now can’t live without. I fell absolutely in love with this trans retelling of Peter Pan. It is such an absolute pleasure. And it might also hold the title of best cover as well. This is an absolute must read story.
I came to the conclusion early on that picking between my top two favorite trans books was going to be impossible, so one of them was going to have to take the fantasy slot instead. A retelling of The Little Mermaid, this book was a complete joy to read in its new form. Not only did I love the trans angle, but it took a common story and brought new life to it. And honestly Metzger is by far one of my favorite authors out there, and if I could I’d probably fill half this top ten with his books alone. This one was just my favorite of the several wonderful stories he put out there this year.
This book easily won top sci-fi this year. I loved the Indiana Jones in Space! feel to the story. The technology used also had a more grounded feel than most sci-fi books I’ve read recently. I can’t wait till the story continues.