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Member: mabith

Book tastes

I read a bit of most genres, but non-fiction is my sweet spot, especially history. I have a great love for classic children's novels as well (Understood Betsy, Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm, Swallows and Amazons, etc...) and I'm always looking for new poetry books. In history any ancient civilization is a favorite subject of mine, as well as WWI. I've been trying to read a lot of authors from other countries, particularly outside the anglophone world (historical works especially prized). Be careful with or avoid science fiction or fantasy picks unless you read loads and loads of it, and be guided by the ratings in those sections of my accounts (I keep everything well tagged).

Don't get this!

Thrillers and spy novels, dedicated romance. While I read a lot of mysteries, I'm picky about them so avoid that.

Other notes

No mass market paperbacks!! I have chronic pain and just can't hold them open easily. There's a link in my profile for my reading so far this year, and the second or third post also lists my favorite reads from last year, which may be helpful.


United States

Santa: Select books from Amazon.com

Store: Amazon.com (http://www.amazon.com)

Amount to spend: $50 USD

amaranthe's picks so far.

978-1888375541https://www.amazon.com/First-Buddhist-Women-Stories-Awakening/dp/188837554X/ref=mt_paperback?_encoding=UTF8&me=&qid=First Buddhist Women: Poems and Stories of Awakening27.95
978-0802144041https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0802144047/ref=ox_sc_act_title_1_1_1?smid=ATVPDKIKX0DER&psc=1About my life and the kept woman9.93
978-0486292748https://www.amazon.com/Classic-Tradition-Haiku-Anthology-Editions/dp/0486292746/ref=tmm_pap_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=1544055559&sr=1-85The Classic Tradition of Haiku: An Anthology (Dover Thrift Editions)3.00

Secret Santa

mabith's Secret Santa is amaranthe. Help amaranthe pick the right book.


Rainforests: Classic children's

Where The Wild Things Are

The Secret Garden

Alice In Wonderland

There are lots and lots more!

Look for them online.

Nonfiction history

Have you read Lost Voices Martin King?

I never read it. This was found on google.

It's a World War I book.

(Tue, 20 Nov 2018 20:01:28 -0500)

amaranthe: From preliminary survey of their profile and library, I think mabith would most appreciate just now to receive books about queer people/topics and books by authors that aren't from traditionally privileged groups in "developed Western" society. mabith has a lot of interesting old children's books already, including many lesser-known ones as well as very famous classics. I have some ideas, but all suggestions are appreciated as I have similar interests but incomplete knowledge of what's available! (Fri, 30 Nov 2018 15:39:22 -0500)

amaranthe: Idea: John Rechy - About my life and the kept woman (memoir), or Beneath the skin (essay collection)? (Fri, 30 Nov 2018 15:41:02 -0500)

amaranthe: Here are some alternates in case there is a problem with any items above, or in case you (mabith) want to look them up yourself:

Bashō – The narrow road to the deep north (Penguin Classics). [978-0140441857]. Price: $12.19


John Rechy – Beneath the Skin: the collected essays. [978-0786714056]. Price: $9.99


Ginn Hale – Wicked Gentlemen. [978-0978986117] Price: $11.98


Barry Deutsch – Hereville: How Mirka got her sword. [978-1419706196] Price: $9.95


Cat Fitzpatrick & Casey Plett (eds.) – Meanwhile, Elsewhere: Science Fiction and Fantasy from Transgender Writers. [978-1627290180]. Price: $22.95


Max Wolf Valerio - The Testosterone Files: My Hormonal and Social Transformation from Female to Male [978-1580051736]. Price: $15.95


Kate Bornstein - A Queer and Pleasant Danger: The true story of a nice Jewish boy who joins the Church of Scientology, and leaves twelve years later to become the lovely lady she is today. [978-0807001837]. Price: 14.41


(Wed, 05 Dec 2018 20:40:19 -0500)

amaranthe: To mabith: I have made a list of suggested fiction, since fiction is what I usually read. I have picked one book by Alexis Hall, and an alternate by Ginn Hale, above, because I think you would like them. These others you may also like, but I thought you might rather look them up yourself first, and make your library buy them if possible.

Authors of queer fantasy/romance/SF – Ginn Hale, Nicole Kimberling, Astrid Amara, Langley Hyde (especially works published by Blind Eye Books, which Kimberling owns). Alexis Hall, KJ Charles, J. Tullos Hennig, Sunny Moraine, Harper Fox, Melissa Scott (Point of Hopes etc.). Sarah Monette/Katherine Addison is one of my top favorites but you have her already! Romantic elements/romances in these are mostly m/m, but some of the authors are branching out recently to other gender combos, or always did write them. 50% or more of these authors are queer themselves and all of them are good writers.

Mystery authors – Reginald Hill, Louise Penny (I am also picky about mysteries, but I have been really enjoying both of these lately; Louise Penny needs to be read in order but Reginald Hill doesn’t).

Authors of gay mysteries (mysteries with gay male protagonists) that I also liked when I read them – Lev Raphael, Michael Nava, Joseph Hansen, Richard Stevenson, Garry Ryan, Ralph Ashworth, Jack Dickson, Anthony Bidulka, John Morgan Wilson. Some of them are rather dark and/or explicit (sex). Authors are all gay men as far as I know.

There are A LOT of queer authors writing all sorts of things in the past few years because mainstream publishers are finally starting to print more than just the occasional queer book. Some of the small “gay book” publishers are closing, and many of their authors are moving to mainstream publishers or successfully self-publishing. I can’t recommend books I haven’t read yet on the grounds of having liked them, of course, but feel free to message me if you are interested, and I can look up more authors or resources.

I don’t read many comics, but if you do: http://queercomicsdatabase.com/

(Wed, 05 Dec 2018 20:41:31 -0500)

lorannen: Done. (Thu, 13 Dec 2018 15:25:22 -0500)

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