Read Any Good Books Lately?

December 16, 2013
Category: The Arts
Read Any Good Books Lately?

If you've got some time off this holiday season, why not pick up a good book or two and get with the reading? Sure you could do some binge-watching on Netflix, but let's all take a page from these sexy fellas over Sexy Men Read and A Naked Bookself and try and look as good as they do while doing it. Queerty called these great Tumblr sites which collect all kinds of photos of gifs of men reading (the latter site is a bit more NSFW) and we can't get enough of them. There's something to be said about a man with a book in his hand. And best of all, it can often times set the stage for some great and engaging conversations. No pick up line needed, just hope that you're familiar with their book. That's one of the unfortunate things about reading off a kindle or iPad: while convenient, there's no cover.

And now that many of the Best of Lists of the year are being released, you'll have plenty to be inspired by. As always, we love hearing recommendations from the community, so new or old, let us know what we should be reading in the comments below.

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I absolutely love losing myself in a good book! Stephen King is one of my favorites, and I've recently read "10/22/63" and am almost finished with the new novel, Dr. Sleep. :-)

My latest novel:

Genuine and intellectual, "Nets of Wonder" sojourns into a refreshing, realistic gay love story. --Clarion Reviews

By all accounts, it's a good read and it has a very romantic Christmas sequence that takes place in New Orleans. You'll want to read that part out loud to your honey.

Available from Amazon in paperback and Kindle.

"The Green House" , Mario Vargas Llosa.
It's a great story and a great set of characters also.

I'm loving these blogs! Cool post today.

I'm finishing up Infinite Jest, but it has taken me much longer to read than the holidays typically afford ... Highly recommend nonetheless.

Does anyone enjoy Dennis Cooper on this site?

Congratulations on getting through Infinite Jest. I've probably started that book about five times, always determined to make it through…and, well, I don't. Ever.

I read a lot of classics, and Herman Melville's "Billy Budd,Sailor" is, intentionally or not, homoerotic in its way. Pretty obvious Melville liked his hot sailors! Who doesn't? He even calls his protagonist the Handsome Sailor and describes his physical beauty in rapturous terms. The cover of the book is to die for; I tried e-reader but it's like reading a book on a calculator, convenient but rather soulless to me. As fas as contemporary books, I much enjoyed ALL of Michael Cunningham's books, not just The Hours. Also, "My Strange Little Oasis" is a hot trilogy inwhich most of the characters are actually gay "daddies"; the story is a combination of humor and heart-wrenching drama and is unusual in that it is partially set in a sex club for older gay men called The Oh Aces; it's an addictive page-turner and unusual in that most gay novels, especially those with erotic content (and boy does this book have some erotic content!, esp. in Part Two,"Brotherhood of the Fire") feature younger men.

Re Billy Budd. Did you see the movie starring a young Terence Stamp? If not, you must!

I just finished the 3rd Mary Renault historical novel...all of which revolved around the life of Alexander the Great and his lover.
Read The PersianBoy
The Last of the Wine
Fire From Heaven
The King Must Die

You will not be disappointed

I really though I was last person on earth to read Mary Renault books. They are definitely good reading.
I wonder if anyone here remembers The Front Runner by Patricia Nell Warren.
Odd such great books about gays were written by women.
I can also recommend Tales of the City by Armistead Maupin. The books are much better than the movies.
Nice to know gay men do read something besides gossip rags.

Try almost anything from WILBUR SMITH. I have 30 of the 32 books he has written! He was born and raised in South Africa so many of them have to do with that area. The EGYPTIAN SERIES, 4 books, is my all time favorite, and is a must! The COURTNEY SERIES is also good, 13 books, and the BALLANTYNE SERIES, is 5 books You can go online and print out which books to read in the exact order written. If you are having any problem shoot me off a message and I will send you the list of each series and the order they should be read. Enjoy!

I love Steve Berry's writing, and have read every novel he's published. I also read a lot of sci-fi and fantasy, especially Mercedes Lackey and Ann/Todd McCaffree. Right now, I'm rereading one of my all-time favorites, "Atlas Shrugged." This book has such richness of detail that, every time I come back to it, I find something new. Another great Ayn Rand book is a very short one called "Anthem." It's about a collective society and what happens when someone rediscovers the word "I" (singular personal pronoun). This one is so short, it can be read in an afternoon. Nice to know there are still others out there who read.

Great read, "Gay Soul" interviews of the original makers, shakers and activists in the early years of the gay movement.
Another good read, "The Man Jesus Loved" a very scholarly work giving a much different light on the hidden messages within the four gospels, i.e. Christ was the ultimate liberal and lover of men whose role was against the conservative rulers at the time.
On the lighter side, " The Wolves of Midwinter" by Anne Rice, a sequel to her original book, "The Wolf Gift" her shifting from stories of vampires to werewolves.
Like minded here, something joyful of holding a real book in hand immersing into the wonderful rhythms created by an author.

You might like "The Testament of Mary," by Colm Toibin. It's Jesus' story, of course, told from a slightly bewildered Mary's point of view.

Nancy Drew ,Dr Seuss, Jacqueline Suzanne ,Herman Melville & Tolstoy.

I've been making my way through all the books that made this year's Man Booker Prize shortlist. All of the ones so far have been incredible and well-worth reading. Am almost done with the winner, Eleanor Catton's 'The Luminaries', but the other four I've read are equally good: "Harvest', 'A Tale for the Time Being', 'Testament of Mary' and 'The Lowland'.

I loved "Harvest," all the way the end when it just sorta stopped.

... currently loaded on the reader...

... _the pursuit of god_ by a.w. tozer...
... because sometimes...
... a good sermon is beneficial...

... _songs of innocence_ ...
... _songs of experience_ by william blake...
... because sometimes...
... a good sermon is not beneficial...

... _cosal use and maintenance manual_...
... because professional knowledge...
... can be personally rewarding...

blessings to you all.


- THE SONG OF ACHILLES, by Madeline Miller and, in honor of the holidays, 13 GHOSTS, a collection of short stories by Robertson Davies

"The Song of Achilles," is wonderful.

Personally, I like history, straight or gay. I am in the process of reading Alisdare Hickson's THE POISONED BOWL, Sex and the public school. These are first-hand accounts of former students of the UK's "public schools" (boarding schools for boys) and their participation and non-participation of homosexual escapades at Eton and other venerable institutions.

I read gay fiction. Mostly romance, but the Greg Herren mysteries are good as well. Favorite book so far is My Fair Captain, by JL Langley, a historical yet futuristic setting. Great book. The 3rd in the series is great also. #2 you can skip.

one of the best books i've read in a long time is Andrew Solomon's "Far from the Tree"--an incredible book to open your mind about all sorts of differences in people. His focus is on children parents wouldn't necessarily wish for--he starts by his own gayness--which is one of his stories--perhaps to some extent the least interesting. He moves into the deaf culture, schizophrenic, raising a prodigy, children or rape or [filtered word], and more, and explores in an amazing way all the facets of dealing with these--totally expanding our sensitivities to all the vagaries surrounding them. I had to read it in spurts as it just is so mind expanding--wonderfully so. He ends with his story of he and his partner's parenting of two children that have very different origins and definitions in their family. what a book!!!

I'm reading "Fingerprints of the Gods." This is a pretty amazing read. I take it with me everywhere, like when I'm on the bus, etc. So far three completely different people have come up to me and said something like, "That's a Great Book; you'll love it," and I've just started it.

It covers evidence of things like Antarctica being completely mapped thousands of years ago before it was covered with an ice cap, the complete Amazon basin being mapped before the white man a few hundred years ago even got there. There are massive, stone sculptures thousands of pounds each with faces of black and white people done many years ago in South America. Why is that? Black and white people only got to the New World very recently, right?

No answers are really given, but it really, really gets one thinking. Like, there is a whole bunch we don't know about the history of man on this earth. Pretty fascinating!

PS - Hi Laeth

Doesn't anyone read real non-fiction here? I would be a little leery about "Fingerprints of the Gods", as it has been compared to Erich von Däniken's earlier book, "Chariots of the Gods?", which examines much of the same archaeological, geological and historical evidence as Hancock's book, whilst reaching a far different conclusion as to the origin and significance of such evidence. Members of the scholarly and scientific community have described the proposals put forward in both books as pseudoscience and pseudoarchaeology.
I would like to recommend "Pale Blue Dot" by Dr. Carl Sagan for its poetic and reverential treatment of science and Jared Diamond's "Guns, Germs and Steel" for its expose of man's cultural development with REAL history, facts and a lusciously lucid look at man from a new perspective.
For those, like me who sometimes read non-fiction for its excitement and storytelling, I'd highly recommend "Unbroken" by Laura Hillenbrand, the author of "Seabiscuit." I've talked to people who seldom read non-fiction that said they were glued to this book and the message it sends about hope, resilience and redemption. The story has such appeal and impact that a film is being made by Universal Pictures with a December 2014 release date.
Books make wonderful Christmas presents and are valued and talked about long afterward. I give books frequently among my family and friends. It's sometimes a challenge finding the right book to give to the right person, but the rewards can be life changing.
Merry Christmas to all!

I say go for Richard Laymon's works. Gore fiction done in an unapologetic way and pretty much the opposite of what Stephen King does so that means there's sex and monster porn (which makes me think that King's aversion to it is because he's affraid someone still has some of the written smut he did when he was an up and coming anonimous ghost writer.)

Caught up with my reading some this year. My favorites were: The End of Your Life Book Club, by Will Schwalbe and The Orphan Master's Son, by Adam Johnson, Beyond The Beautiful Forevers by Katherine Boo. My two favorite authors are Gabriel Garcia Marquez and Cormac McCarthy.

memoirs of hadrian by marguerite yourcenar. re-reading it now for the second time. gives a window onto the past and his homosexual relationship with a younger man.

Just read "The Devil in the White City" by Erik Larson. Couldn't put it down. About the Chicago Worlds fair and a serial killer who lived near the fair. The amazing thing was that it was a true story. Also loved "The Son", by Philipp Meyer. Tells the story of several generations of a Texas family. Its a novel, but very well done as it paints a good history of a part of Texas through the generations of the family. Others were "The Orphan Maters Son, Enrique's Journey, The Distance Between Us, and Lone Survivor----Liked the story, hated the politics in this one.

Read the new Alan Gurganus.

Lonely Graves, by Britta Bolt - the first book of the Posthumus thriller trilogy set in Amsterdam.

Riveting, full of local and social details about the city I recognize as a resident, of topical details of currently relevant issues and events, and well-crafted character details that establish the universe of the ongoing trilogy. And reveals an Amsterdam most people don't know - it's like a virtual journey to and around the city.

The custom of "lonely funerals", dignified send-offs for Amsterdam's unclaimed dead - because no one should go to the grave alone - is real, by the way.

A very clever thriller plot, too, that makes you want to keep reading. And eagerly anticipate the second book (though written in English - Britta Bolt is a team of a German attorney and a South African writer, both having adopted Amsterdam as home for years - each book is first published in a Dutch translation (Dutch title of book 1 is the first word of the city's motto, Heldhaftig (valiant))).

Well I don't know what to write exactly. I love books and I have to say that most of my favorite authors happen to be women. Right now I am in the middle of an Isabel Allende marathon and I am about to start Running with Scissors. I like LGBT literature as well. Books like Annie on my mind, The Color Purple, Boy Meets Boy, and Call Me by Your Name were favorites in high school.
Also Amy Tans books I find hilarious!!!

I am a new gay novelist on the literary scene, with one book available to whoever might enjoy a colorful romantic suspense tale. The title of the book is KAZ, by Karldon Okruta (that's me) and it is available worldwide for download to your choice of reading device. I welcome you to check out my site, - where you will find more details about the novel, and links to whichever distributor you use to download your books. If you are price careful, the book is now on sale for a mere $2.99 US on Smashwords. I thank you all for your kind support, and may you enjoy the story should you acquire the book.

My best to you all, and I hope to gain you as a reader of my work

Karldon Okruta

I just finished "Gangplank!" by Kenneth Sean Campbell. Loved it! Also read another book by the same author, "Home." Both great reads for and about older gay men. Highly recommend both books. Saw on Amazon that he has a new one coming out called "Forever." Can't wait to read it.

This is a wonderful posting. Older gay lit. : Dancer From the Dance, Numbers,
All of Mary Renault, Lost Language of Cranes, Prater Violet, It's Like This Cat.
Too Many to mention. Right now I'm reading Virgil's Aeneid so the next will be, obviously. Homer.
Love books and own near a thousand. Have a serious Amazon addiction and books seem to follow me home. I try to be non- judgemental but I do divide the world up between those who read and those who don't.

I read some everyday; we have many good writers in the community; RFD is my favorite magazine- written by the community....and I use Amazon Prime to buy and read new writers...make for a pleasant day and portable entertainment. Love the writers and the writing juls

Just finished reading "Call me by your name" by Andre Aciman. Will b a movie coming out in the fall staring Armie Hammer as one of the main character's "Oliver". Very erotic and well written.
Story of a romance that blossoms between an adolescent boy and a summer guest (Oliver) on the Italian Rivieria.

"Fire & Fury" by Michael Wolff.
It confirms EVERYTHING we've seen on the news about Trump and his cronies since the election of 2016, wherein the Russian troll farms et al. helped Trump steal the election from Cllinton.
No, she wasn't perfect, neither was he.
For me it wasn't the lesser of two evils. It WAS fear of the unknown.
Her, we knew EVERYTHING about. Him, we still know very little.