What I’ve Been Reading…

Ball & Chain

Ball & Chain by Abigail Roux Goodreads / Amazon

This is the 8th book in the Cut & Run series, and you guys – I’m not sure how to adequately express my obsession with these books. It’s a reading-fanfiction-stalking-the-author’s-tumblr-reread-the-books-a-crazy-number-of-times situation. I’m waaaay down the rabbit hole! If gay romance is a genre you’re interested in trying, these are the books you pick up. I long ago stopped worrying about issues I might have with the writing/plotting/whatever. The characterization is solid, and these characters? Yeah, they’re a pretty big deal to me. I have a freakin’ Ty & Zane playlist on my iPod with songs that remind me of them, okay? As for this book specifically – I absolutely loved it! One of my favorites of the series, definitely. (I’ll leave all my spoilery thoughts on Goodreads so that you can avoid them if you so desire.)

Geography of You & Me

 The Geography of You & Me by Jennifer E. Smith Goodreads / Amazon

I’ve been a little hot and cold with Jennifer’s books in the past, but in this case – I really enjoyed this one! For one thing, I am unabashedly a sucker for the whole stuck-in-the-elevator thing, so I love that the characters met  that way. For another thing: they actually seemed like teenagers. Lucy and Owen both keep living their lives when circumstances force them apart. They don’t forget about each other, but they certainly don’t go emo sitting alone in a dark room either. It makes the way their story eventually winds up even more meaningful. I definitely recommend this one if you’ve been unsure about the author in the past.

boy, snow, bird

 Boy, Snow, Bird by Helen Oyeyemi Goodreads / Amazon

This book did not end up how I expected at all! It was billed to me as a Snow White retelling, and I only agree with that in the loosest possible sense. The book deals with a lot of great issues – racism, loneliness, family, identity…seriously. There are some great, meaty things to be found here. Plus, the writing is full and gorgeous. I definitely recommend picking it up and getting lost in the weirdness and discomfort of the characters, but I don’t recommend expecting an easily recognizable retelling of a fairy tale.

tomato red

Tomato Red by Daniel Woodrell Goodreads / Amazon

You guys, I’m more than a little in love with Daniel Woodrell. This is only the second book I’ve read by him, but mark my words – I am greatly anticipating tackling his entire backlist. He writes what he knows, which is the Ozarks. His characters are flawed, to say the least. Even mostly decent people can end up in hopeless (and criminal) situations.  The real stand out of his books, though, is the writing. Seriously – this man uses the sentence as a weapon. His use of language, humor, irony? It’s ridiculous. I love it.

 

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