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What have you been reading lately? Everything counts, from the user's manual to the back of the cereal box!

Date: 2017-04-06 10:29 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] chickenfeet
Ploughing through Lee Smolin's latest. As usual, thought provoking and quite difficult.

Date: 2017-04-06 11:48 am (UTC)
bonnefois: ghost_factory @ LJ (Default)
From: [personal profile] bonnefois
Since I last checked in, I read:

Kathleen O'Donald: A ,Novel by Penny Hayes
Mom, You Make A Difference (anthology)
The Long Trail by Penny Hayes
Grassy Flats by Penny Hayes
Yellowthroat by Penny Hayes
Stallion on a Frozen Lake: Love Poems of the Sixth Dalai Lama

Date: 2017-04-07 12:42 am (UTC)
bonnefois: ghost_factory @ LJ (Default)
From: [personal profile] bonnefois
More LGBT books to send to my friend. I just filled another box. :)

Date: 2017-04-07 02:48 am (UTC)
bonnefois: ghost_factory @ LJ (Default)
From: [personal profile] bonnefois
:D

Date: 2017-04-07 01:56 am (UTC)
fred_mouse: cross stitched image reading "do not feed the data scientists" (Default)
From: [personal profile] fred_mouse
Ooh. Are they good/happy/queers get to live at the end and have fulfilling lives books? Because I could do with more of those.

Date: 2017-04-07 02:48 am (UTC)
bonnefois: ghost_factory @ LJ (Default)
From: [personal profile] bonnefois
It depends on what you're looking for. They're historical lesbian romances. I'd say they're a bit dated and dry, but nobody dies and they end up together, happy end and all. It depends on what you want.

I've been cleaning out my lgbt+ books for a friend (She linked her amazon wishlist and I had some 90% of her wishlist, so I just started making an effort to finish all my LGBT books for her) so if you tell me what you're looking for, I can piece through my reading lists and tell what I enjoyed and didn't. :)

Date: 2017-04-11 02:16 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] fred_mouse
I'm looking for things that are relatively gentle and suitable to giving to teenagers. I personally only read fanfic romances, because I've made multiple attempts over the years to read commercially published ones and as a general rule they make me decidedly cranky. But for lesbian romance, I'd be willing to give it a go. So, I guess, what I'm looking for is 2-3 recommendations that I can go looking for, and see whether I get a positive response from the romance reader in the house (who is currently obsessively reading English historicals set around Anne Boleyn (sp?) and associates)

Date: 2017-04-11 02:48 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] bonnefois
If you "suitable for teenagers" means no/few sex scenes, then I wouldn't try the ones I listed above. They all have pretty detailed sex scenes, as would most of what I'd go through. The Long Trail even has a (TW!) rather graphic attempt at corrective rape.

Try S.E. Diemer/Sarah Diemer. She writes a lot of YA Lesbian stuff. You can sample her Project Unicorn stuff here to see if you want to check out her full-length novels.

If you meant it more like "reads like a YA novel stylistically" then maybe give others a try? I saw nothing against it in the rules (though I'll edit this out if a mod steps in) but you can find The Long Trail by Penny Hayes on en.bookfi.net. You can also find Julie Cannon, Karin Kallmaker, Georgia Beers, Gun Brooke etc there to see if you'd like their writing style.

My favorites of Karin Kallmaker were Just Like That (It was a Pride and Prejudice AU!) Love by the Numbers, and Making Up For Lost Time. These were the more tropey ones as well. I'd have to dig into my reading files for more recs than that. My reading has been documented since about 2008, so there's a lot of others I could add on that might not come to mind immediately.

Date: 2017-04-11 03:52 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] fred_mouse
This is really helpful - thank you! My guess is that I'm going to put a few in front of the teenager in question, they'll be all 'oh, good, this stuff exists, no, it isn't for me', and we'll then get back to working through the list of things that they might like to try (*sigh*. I'm not kidding about how niche their current genre is. Books about women who were married to England's King Henry VIII.)

If it turns out that this is in fact something they will read, I may well wander back and ask for more suggestions, but this should get us through for the next few months at least!

Date: 2017-04-11 04:18 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] bonnefois
Oh, just a note, all the ones I mentioned after the S.E. Diemer ones are adult lesbian romance, so they have sex scenes. S.E Diemer has at least one other free on her amazon page, if you're looking for something to go for. :)

Date: 2017-04-18 08:51 am (UTC)
fred_mouse: cross stitched image reading "do not feed the data scientists" (Default)
From: [personal profile] fred_mouse
Thanks!

Date: 2017-04-06 01:39 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] fred_mouse
More of 'Three men on the bummel'. I have set myself page reading goals, so that I can return it on Tuesday, and so far I'm meeting them (or better).

Also, more email.

Date: 2017-04-07 01:58 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] fred_mouse
I'm so stressed at the moment that I'm turning to online reading as reward, rather than paper, so the reading goals are also about 'make sure that I get some enjoyable down time'.

I'm intrigued about the Heidegger - if the reading was not the reward, what was it about it that was? I recognise that this is an overly nosy question, so please pretend I didn't ask it if you don't want to engage.

Date: 2017-04-07 02:05 am (UTC)
fred_mouse: cross stitched image reading "do not feed the data scientists" (Default)
From: [personal profile] fred_mouse
Ah, that makes sense. I had remembered about you and Kant, but didn't know how that fit in with Heidegger. 'Reading so I can comment with authority' as a goal seems perfectly reasonable.

Date: 2017-04-06 02:36 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] lapinlunaire
Texts by about Hölderlin for my seminar. While sipping my own tears.

Also: this article about how blind people can play roguelikes and this one about being a woman in programming in the soviet union.

EDIT: I thought this was just about today! Other than random articles, I've been reading Titus Groan.
Edited Date: 2017-04-06 02:37 pm (UTC)

Date: 2017-04-10 10:03 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] princessofburundi
Hi, I'm new here, my name is Allie.

I've been reading a book: A Tale for the Time Being by Ruth Ozeki; three issues of Hello Magazine (mostly looking at the pictures) in a doctor's waiting room, my Facebook feed, and the rather scary list of side effects on an insert of a package of pills for high blood pressure. :)

Date: 2017-04-11 04:26 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] princessofburundi
Thank you! No new medications - just a check in to see that I'm alive and not suffering from anything awful! I had to wait over an hour, which was frustrating, but the magazines helped, as did doing jigsaw puzzles on my phone (my latest addiction).

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