As you may know already, Facebook updated their user policy last week so everyone can chose their own specific gender and the pronoun they associate with. So much love for this, seriously. On the other hand, it’s going to take balls for some people who the world knows as male to suddenly change to Trans* female and can you please wish her a happy birthday rather than him. A lot of people will understand, a lot won’t care, but a lot will feel the need to kick up a stink. So to show support to anyone who feels they don’t conform to society’s expectations of gender expression, this week’s column is Transgender themed.[box_light]
Static by L.A. Witt
+ Favorite Quotes
“I’m not a gay man, but my girlfriend is. Weirder by the day.”
“Sometimes, when it’s really bad, I think the only reason I make it from one end of the day to the other is because it’s a ‘fuck you’ to all the people who wish I was dead.”
Heat Rating: Fire
Genre: Gay, Transgender, Sci-Fi
This is going to be a long one so please bear with me.
When I read the blurb of this book, I was wary. I was afraid the premise of the story would be an plot device to write a straight boy forced in gay relationship then discovers he likes the gay one after all, and I really didn’t want that.
Instead I got a book that blew my mind. It made me think about today’s society, it made me understand a lot about Transgender people, and it made me sympathize with them even more. Because even though I am all for people being who they are and loving who they want—not who society thinks they should—I am a cisgender straight white woman and I don’t know shit.
This is a romance, maybe one of the truest I’ve ever read because the issues these two people overcome are staggering, but it’s certainly not your every day read. It made me ache, it made me cry, it made me laugh, and it made me need a happy ending like I’ve never needed one before. It’s Sci-Fi, but in a way it’s one of the most relevant books to today’s society I’ve read in the LBGTQ genre. Highly, highly recommended. (I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for my honest opinion.)[/box_light] [box_light]
Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides
+ Favorite Quotes
“I was born twice: first, as a baby girl, on a remarkably smogless Detroit day in January of 1960; and then again, as a teenage boy, in an emergency room near Petoskey, Michigan, in August of 1974.”
“It was one of those humid days when the atmosphere gets confused. Sitting on the porch, you could feel it: the air wishing it was water.”
“Everyone struggles against despair, but it always wins in the end. It has to. It’s the thing that lets us say goodbye.”
Heat Rating: Feverish
Genre: Fiction, Transgender
Okay so I may be cheating. This isn’t a romance novel but there was just no way I could do a column on books with Transgender characters and not include this one. I read it a few years ago, and it’s one of those books that never, ever left me. I got it in a Kindle version and had to go back for the paperback, because this is a book I just had to be able to touch.
This is epic storytelling, so smooth you don’t even realize you’re reading. You’ll feel like you’ve lived an entire lifetime by the time you’re done with this, and you will have lived every single emotion a lifetime could possibly bring you. If you pick up one single book I ever recommend, let it be this one.[/box_light] [box_light]
Let’s Hear It for the Boy by T.A. Webb
“I think I grew up that night. It might have been Patrick that lost his virginity, but it was me that lost my innocence.”
Heat Rating: Feverish
Genre: Modern Romance, Gay, Transgender
Series: Standalone, Novella
I don’t think I’ve ever read a short story that told so much. This is an entire lifetime fit neatly into 46 pages, and by the end of it I felt like I’d read an entire book. Heartfelt storytelling, Auntie Social the drag queen one of the most memorable characters I’ve ever come across, but most of all this is a gripping tale of sadness and loss with a flicker of hope a the end. Just beautiful. Breathtakingly beautiful.[/box_light]
- It’s All Geek to Me by JL Merrow ★★★★
- Tailor Made by Josephine Myles ★★★★½
- Paradox Lost by Libby Drew ★★★★½
- The Apothecary’s Garden by Julie Bozza ★★★★★
- Monsters Under the Bed by Susan Laine ★★★★½
- Payoff by Aleksandr Voinov, LA Witt ★★★★½
- Infected: Prey by Andrea Speed ★★★★★
- My Heartache Cowboy by Z.A. Maxfield ★★★★★
- Dirty Deeds by S.E. Jakes ★★★★½
Solange reads and writes gay romance like it’s her job — because it is. She likes her heroes and heroines tortured and horny, her plots juicy and riddled with angst, and rarely passes up the opportunity to add in some hurt and comfort. When she’s not reading or writing, Solange rides horses, hikes around Michigan’s plentiful lakes or whizzes down mountains with a snowboard to her feet. She’s a speed-junky, a caffeine addict and a dog lover. If you’d like to get in touch, email her here. She doesn’t bite, unless that floats your boat.