Readers’ Favourite Gay Books 2012

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Here it is – our newest update! Thank you for submitting your recommendations for the Readers’ Favourite Gay Books 2012 which are combined with the original 118 books. This time Wren Boudreau was not available to help out and no one volunteered to compile the revised list so I did the initial cut and Lynn worked her technology magic afterwards with Excel. Christian also got into the act by ensuring that I didn’t screw everything up. :) I love getting him excited when I mess with stuff. :) We grouped series books together wherever possible, so although the list is 550+ books there are probably another 200 or more if you count series books individually.

We have maintained the same categorization system to make it easy to sort the books and I hope that this list will continue to be an excellent reference source for you.

Like last time around, all paranormal and fantasy books have been grouped under Speculative Fiction, which should now be familiar to you.  A few books on the list are extremely violent and some have no HEAs so buyer beware and check the reviews! If there are any names misspelled or other errors, please leave a comment on the post. I’m sorry but no additions are permitted at this time.

Many of the books on the list have withstood the test of time and have been around as readers’ favourites for 25 or more years (Angels in America by Tony Kushner, The Dreyfus Affair by Peter Lefcourt, The Front Runner by Patricia Nell Warren, Dream Boy by Jim Grimsley are excellent examples).  Recent favourites include the PsyCop series by Jordan Castillo Price, Almost Like Being in Love by Steve Kluger, the Adrien English Mysteries by Josh Lanyon, The Coda series by Marie Sexton, the Cut & Run series by Madeleine Urban and Abigail Roux, and The Draegan Lords series by M.L. Rhodes, to name just a few. Enjoy and happy shopping. :)

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 LEGEND

C=Contemporary
H=Historical
M=Mystery/Suspense/Thriller
S=Speculative Fiction/Paranormal/Fantasy
W=Cowboy
MEM=Memoir
P=Play
Social History=SH

Favourite Gay Books

- – The Classics

(for this purpose books released more than 15 years ago i.e. 1996 and earlier)

 

Angels in America by Tony Kushner (P)
And the Band Played On by Randy Shilts (SH)
Becoming a Man: Half a Life Story by Paul Monette (SH)
The Best Little Boy in the World by Andrew Tobias (M)
The Catch Trap by Marion Zimmer Bradley (C)
The Charioteer by Mary Renault (H)
The City and the Pillar by Gore Vidal (C)
City of Night by John Rechy (C)
Dancer from the Dance by Andrew Holleran (SH) (C)
Dancers of Arun by Elizabeth A. Lynn (S)
David Blaize by E.F. Benson (H)
A Different Sin by Rochelle Hollander Schwab (H)
A Home at the End of the World by Michael Cunningham (H)
Dream Boy by Jim Grimsley (H) 
The Dreyfus Affair by Peter Lefcourt (C)
The Front Runner by Patricia Nell Warren (C)
Gaywyck by Vincent Varga (H)
Giovanni’s Room by James Baldwin (MEM)
Kiss Of The Spider Woman by Manuel Puig (SH)
The Last Herald-Mage Trilogy (series) Titles: Magic’s Pawn; Magic’s Promise; Magic’s Price; by Mercedes Lackey (S)
The Last of the Wine by Mary Renault (H)
The Line of Beauty by Alan Hollinghurst (C)
Maurice by E.M. Forster (H)
My Dearest Holmes by Rohase Piercy (H)
The Night G.A.A. Died by Jack Ricardo (M) (SH)
The Object Of My Affection by Stephen McCauley (C)
The Persian Boy (series) other books: Fire from Heaven; Funeral Games by Mary Renault (H)
The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde (S)
Social Disease by Paul Rudnick (SH)
A Queer Kind Of Death by George Baxt (M)
Swordspoint by Ellen Kushner (S)
A Single Man by Christopher Isherwood (C)
Tales of the City by Armistead Maupin (SH)
Teot’s War/Bloodstorm by Heather Gladney (S)
While England Sleeps by David Leavitt (H)
Vampires Anonymous by Jeffrey N. McMahan (S)

- - Current

(for this purpose books released 15 years ago or less i.e. 1997 or later)

9-1-1 by Chris Owen (C)
According to Hoyle by Abigail Roux (H)
The Administration (series) titles: Mind Fuck; Quid Pro Quo; Games & Players; Control; Quis Custodiet by Manna Francis (S)
Admit One by Jenna Hilary Sinclair (C)
The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay by Michael Chabon (S)
An Agreement Among Gentlemen by Chris Owen (H)
Always by M.L. Rhodes (includes Never Let Go and Hearts & Bones) (C)
The Angel of Thirteenth Street by Eden Winters (C)
The Archer’s Heart by Astrid Amara (S)
The Assignment by Evangeline Anderson (C)
Adagio by Chris Owen (C)
Adrien English Mysteries (series) Titles: Fatal Shadows; A Dangerous Thing; The Hell You Say; Death of A Pirate King; The Dark Tide by Josh Lanyon (M)
Almost Like Being in Love by Steve Kluger (C)
Aloes by Chris Quinton (C)
Amor En Retrogrado by A.M. Riley (C)
And Call Me In The Morning by Willa Okati (C)
And the Two Shall Become One by Mychael Black and Shayne Carmichael (S)
Angel 1089 by CC Bridges (SF)
Angel Land by Victor J. Banis (S)
Angel’s Evolution by T.A. Chase (H)
Angels of the Deep by Kirby Crow (S)
Any Excuse by Acer Adamson (C)
Any Kind of Luck by William Jack Sibley (C)
Apples and Regret and Wasted Time by Cornelia Grey (C)
As Meat Loves Salt by Maria McCann (H)
As You Are by Ethan Day (C)
 

 

B. Quick by C. S. Laurel (M)
The Back Passage by James Lear (H)
Back Where He Started by Jay Quinn (C)
Backtrack by Joseph Hansen (M)
Bad Boyfriend/Bad Company (series) by K.A. Mitchell (C)
Bad Case of Loving You by Lainey Cairo (C)
A Bar Tender Tale by Melanie Tushmore (C)
Bareback by Chris Owen (W)
Basic Training by Marquesate (C)
Bay City Paranormal Investigations (series) Titles: Oleander House; What Hides Inside; Twilight; Closer; An Inner Darkness; by Ally Blue (M,S)
Bear, Otter and the Kid by T.J. Klune (C)
Bellingham Mystery (series) titles: Primal Red, Baby It’s Cold Outside, Black Cat Ink, One Man’s Treasures by Nicole Kimberling (C)
Between Sinners and Saints by Marie Sexton (C)
Big Diehl: The Road Home by George Seaton (C)
A Bit of Rough by Laura Baumbach (C)
Blessed Isle (included in the Hidden Conflict anthology) by Alex Beecroft (H)
Blind Desire by I.D. Locke (S)
Blind Space by Marie Sexton (SF)
Blood Claim (anthology) Laura Baumbach, Angela Fiddler, Jet Mykles (S)
Bloodraven by P L Nunn (S)
Blue Ruin (series) Titles: Some Kind of Stranger; Close to Me; Chains of Love; Need You Tonight; by Katrina Strauss (C)
Boats in the Night by Josephine Myles (C)
Bonds of Earth by G.N. Chevalier (H)
The Bonds of Love by J. M. Snyder (S)
The Bones of Summer by Anne Brooke (C)
Border Roads by Sarah Black (C)
Bound and Determined by Jane Davitt and Alexa Snow (C)
Bound in Blood by J.P. Bowie (S)
Bound to Him by Ava March (H)
The Boy I Love by Marion Husband (H)
Boys of Summer/Taking You Home by Cooper Davis (C)
Boystown (series) by Marshall Thornton (M)
Breakfast at Tiffany’s by Lynn Lorenz (C)
Breakfast With Scot by Michael Downing (C)
Brokeback Mountain by Annie Proulx (W)
Broken Boundaries by Evangeline Anderson (S)
Broken by Dawn Kimberly Johnson (C)
Brook Street (series) titles: Thief, Rogues, Fortune Hunter by Ava March (H)
Buddha on the Road by Jeff Pearce (C)

 

Cambridge Fellows Mysteries (series) Titles:  Lessons in: Love; Desire; Discovery; Power; Temptation; Seduction; Trust; All Lessons Learned by Charlie Cochrane (H, M)
Captain Harding’s Six Day War by Elliott Mackle (H)
Camwolf by JL Merrow (S)
Captain’s Surrender by Alex Beecroft (H)
Casa Rodrigo by Johnny Miles (H)
Catch Me if You Can by L.B. Gregg (M)
Caught by Surprise by L.D. Madison (C)
Caught Running by Madeleine Urban & Abigail Roux (C)
Change of Heart (series) by Mary Calmes (C)
Channeling Morpheus (series) titles: Payback; Vertigo; Mannikin; Rebirth; Tainted;  by Jordan Castillo Price (S)
Chase In Shadow by Amy Lane (C)
Chip in His Shoulder by L.A. Witt (SF)
Clear Water by Amy Lane (C)
The Closer You Get by L.A. Witt (C)
Chrome by George Nadar (S)
Coda (series) Titles: (Promises; A – Z; Strawberries for Dessert; Paris A – Z; Letter Z; Putting Out Fires) by Marie Sexton (C)
Collision Course by K.A. Mitchell (C)
Come Onto These Yellow Sands by Josh Lanyon (C)
Comfort & Joy by Jim Grimsley (C)
The Commitment: Love, Sex, Marriage and My Family by Dan Savage (MEM)
Conquest by S.J. Frost (C)
Cop Out by K.C. Burn (C)
Counterpoint: Dylan’s Story by Ruth Sims (H)
Cowboy Blues by Steven Lewis (M)
Coyote’s Creed by Vaughn R. Demont (S)
The Cross of Sins/Riddle of the Sands (series) Geoff Knight
Crossing Borders by Z.A. Maxfield (C)
Cultivating Love by Addison Albright  (C)
The Curtis Reincarnation by Zathyn Priest (C)
Cut & Run (series) titles: Cut & Run, Sticks & Stones, Fish & Chips, Divide & Conquer by Madeleine Urban & Abigail Roux; Armed & Dangerous by Abigail Roux (M)

 

Dance With Me by Heidi Cullinan (C)
Dancer from the Dance by Andrew Holleran (C)
Dangerous Ground (series) titles: Dangerous Ground, Old Poison, Blood Heat, Dead Run by Josh Lanyon (M)
Dangerous Moonlight by Mel Keegan (H)
Dark Horse and Out of the Darkness by Kate Sherwood (C)
The Darkling Thrush by Josh Lanyon (S)
Dash & Dingo by Sean Kennedy and Catt Ford (H) (M)
Dave Brandstetter Mysteries – 12 books (Fadeout; Death Claims; Troublemaker; the Little Dog Laughed; The Man Everybody was Afraid of; The Boy Who was Buried Yesterday; A Country of Old Men; Gravedigger; Skinflick; Nightwork; Early Graves; Obedience by Joseph Hansen (M)
Dead Rock Stars by Wes Funk (C)
Dear Mister President by Adam Fitzroy (C)
Deadly (series) titles: Deadly Nightshade, Deadly Wrong, Deadly Dreams, Deadly Slumber, Deadly Silence, A Deadly Kind of Love by Victor J. Banis (M)
Death’s Head (series) Titles: Death’s Head; Equinox; Scorpio ; by Mel Keegan (S)
Details of the Hunt by Laura Baumbach (S)
Detective Lane Mysteries (series) by Garry Ryan (M)
Deviations (series) Titles:  Submission; Domination; Discipline; Bondage;  by Chris Owen and Jodi Payne (C)
Devlin and Garrick by Cameron Dane (C) 
The Dickens With Love by Josh Lanyon (C)
Diplomacy by Zahra Owens (C)
Dirty Kiss by Rhys Ford (M)
Discreet Young Gentleman by M J Pearson (H)
Diversion by Eden Winters (M)
Dominion of the Eth by J.C. Owens (S)
Donald Strachey Mysteries (series) by Richard Stevenson (M)
Double Blind by Heidi Cullinan (C)
Downtime by Tamara Allen (H)
The Draegan Lords (series) Titles: True of Heart; Lords of Kellesborne; Fires of Ballian; by M.L.Rhodes (S)
Dragon Streets by Jeff Pearce (S)
Drawn Together by Z.A. Maxfield (C)
Dreaming of Dragons/Here be Dragons by T.A. Chase (S)
Dreaming of You by Ethan Day (C)
Driftwood by Harper Fox (M)
Duck! by Kim Dare (S)
Duty and Devotion by Tere Michaels (C)
Duval’s Gold by Chris Hunt (H)

 

Easy by Ally Blue (C)
Edward Unconditionally by Lynn Lorenz (S)
The Elegant Corpse by A.M. Riley (C)
End of the Trail by Jane Elliot (H,W)
Enough to Let You Go by Willa Okati (C)
Errors and Omissions by Lee James (C)
Escape Velocity by Anah Crow and Dianne Fox (SF)
Esprit de Corps anthology (H)
Every Good Thing by Jules Aedin (S)
Every Minute by Acer Adamson (C)
Everything That You Are by Nikki McCoy (S)
Everything Under the Sun by Rachel West (C)
Exceptions To The Rule by Fae Sutherland (C)
Eye of the Storm by Lee Rowan (H)

 

A Face Without A Heart by Rick R. Reed (S)
Fair Game by Josh Lanyon (M)
Faith & Fidelity by Tere Michaels (C)
Falling by Cameron Dane (S)
Falling by M.L. Rhodes (S)
False Colors by Alex Beecroft (H)
False Start by Janey Chapel (C)
Faster Than the Speed of Light by Lucius Parhelion (H)
Finding Faith by Andrew Barriger (C)
Finding Zach by Rowan Speedwell (C)
Fingering the Family Jewels by Greg Lilly (M)
Fire Season by Lex Valentine (S)
The First Real Thing by Cat Grant (C)
First You Fall by Scott Sherman (M)
Flanders by Patricia Anthony (H)
Fly Up Into the Night Sky by John Houser (S)
Force of Law by Jez Morrow (C)
Foundation of Love by Scotty Cade and Z.B. Marshall
Forest of Corpses by P.A. Brown (M)
Forever in One Second by Finn Marlowe (S)
Found by Sean Michael (C)
Foxe Hunt by Haley Walsh  (M)
Freeman by Clare London (C)
Frost Fair by Erastes (H)
Fun With Dick and Shane; and More Fun With Dick and Shane by Gillibran Brown (C)

 

The Gentleman and the Rogue by Bonnie Dee and Summer Devon (H)
The Given & The Taken by L.A. Witt (S)
Glad Hands by Angelia Sparrow & Naomi Brooks (S)
The Gladiator’s Master by Fae Sutherland and Marguerite Labbe (H)
The God Eaters by Jesse Hajicek (S)
The God in Flight by Laura Argiri (H)
The Golden Age of Gay Fiction (H)
Golden Boy by Michael Nava (M)
Golden Boy/Golden Man by Claire Thompson (C)
The Good Thief by James Buchanan (M)
Gravitational Attraction by Angel Martinez (SF)
Great Restorations by Libby Drew (C)
Gym Dandy by Storm Grant (C)

 

Hard Fall by James Buchanan (C)
The Heart of Texas by RJ Scott (C)
Heat by Tory Temple (C)
Heaven Sent (series) Titles: Heaven; Purgatory; Hell; Faith; Genesis; by Jet Mykles (C)
Hell Cop (series) by Astrid Amara, Ginn Hale, Nicole Kimberling (S)
The Hell You Ride by Julia Talbot (H)
Hell’s Pawn by Jay Bell (S)
Hemovore by Jordan Castillo Price (SF)
Henry and Jim by J. M. Snyder (C)
Henry Rios Mysteries (series) by Michael Nava (M)
Her Majesty’s Men by Marquesate (C)
Heroes & Ghosts by S.A. Payne (S)
Hidden Force by Shayla Kersten (C)
A Hidden Magic by Angela Benedetti (S)
High Line by T.A. Chase (C)
His Client by Ava March (H)
His Convenient Husband by J.L. Langley (W)
Holmes & Moriarity (series): titles: Somebody Killed His Editor, All She Wrote by Josh Lanyon (M)
Home is the Sailor by Lee Rowan (H)
Hot Cargo by Nikki Bennett and Ariel Tachna (S)
Hot Head by Damon Suede (C)
House of Mirrors by Bonnie Dee and Summer Devon (H)
How Long has this been Going On? by Ethan Mordden (SH)

 

I Spy (series) titles: Something Bloody, Something Wicked by Josh Lanyon (M)
Ice Cream on the Side by Wren Boudreau (C)
If All the Sands Were Pearl by Pepper Espinoza (S)
If It Ain’t Love by Tamara Allen (H)
I’ll be your Drill, Soldier by Crystal Rose (C)
An Improper Holiday by K.A. Mitchell (H)
In The Company of Men (series) titles: Baymore’s Heir; Jackson’s Pride; The Mercenary’s Tale;  by Lynn Lorenz (H, S)
In The Flesh (series) titles: In the Flesh, Flesh and Blood, Blood and Tears by Ethan Stone (C)
In The Strangest Places by Willa Okati (C)
Infected (series) titles: Bloodlines by Andrea Speed (S)
Irregulars (anthology) by Nicole Kimberling, Josh Lanyon, Ginn Hale and Astrid Amara (S)
The Island by Lisa Henry (C))
It Gets Better by Dan Savage (SH)

 

Jock Dorm (series) Titles: Dar & Greg; Drew & Vince; David & Connor by Bobby Michaels (C)
Just Desserts/Second Helpings/The Last Supper series by Scarlet Blackwell (C)

 

Kamikaze Boys by Jay Bell
Keeping Promise Rock by Amy Lane (C)
Khyber Run by Amber Green (C)
The Kid: What Happened After My Boyfriend and I Decided to Go Get Pregnant by Dan Savage (MEM)
Kind Hearts by Evelyn Martin (C)
Kindred Hearts by Rowan Speedwell (H)
Kirith Kirin, by Jim Grimsley (S)

 

L.A. Heat by P.A. Brown (M)
L.A. Mischief by P.A. Brown (M)
Labryinth (series) Titles: Melusine; The Virtu; The Mirador; Corambis; by Sarah Monette (S)
A Land Fit for Heroes (series) by Richard Morgan (S)
The Larton Chronicles by James Anson (C)
The Last Bite by Evangeline Anderson (S)
Last Summer by Michael Thomas Ford  (C)
Latakia by JF Smith (C)
Life After Joe by Harper Fox (C)
Life Lessons by Kaje Harper (C)
Life Over Easy by K.A. Mitchell (C)
A Life Without You by Erica Pike (C)
Like Coffee and Donuts by Elle Parker (C)
Like Pizza and Beer by Elle Parker (M)
The Line of Beauty by Alan Hollinghurst (C)
The Lion of Kent by Aleksandr Voinov and Kate Cotoner (H)
The Locker Room by Amy Lane (C)
Lola Dances by Victor J. Banis (H)
Lone Star by Josh Lanyon (C)
The Lonely War by Alan Chin (H)
The Long Way Home by Z.A. Maxfield (S)
Long Tall Drink by LC Chase
Longhorns by Victor J. Banis (W)
Looking for It by Michael Thomas Ford (C)
Lord and Master (series) by Jules Jones (C)
Lord John Grey novels by Diana Gabaldon (H)
Lord of the White Hell by Ginn Hale, books 1 and 2 (S)
The Lost Language of Cranes by David Leavitt (C)
Love & Loyalty by Tere Michaels (C)
Love in an Elevator by Sean Michael (C)
Lover’s Knot by Donald Hardy (H)
Lover’s Knots by Katherine Cross (H)

 

Mahu (series) by Neil S. Plakcy (M)
The Making of a Man (series) by Diane Adams (C)
Making Promises by Amy Lane (C)
The Manituw by Lisbeth Jenkins (C)
Marathon Cowboys by Sarah Black (C)
The Married Man by Edmund White (C) (SH)
A Matter of Time (series) by Mary Calmes (C)
Me Talk Pretty One Day by David Sedaris (MEM)
Memories Erased by M.E. Reid (C)
Men of Smithfield (series) Titles: Happy Ending; Gobsmacked;  Cover Me; In and Out; by L.B. Gregg (C)
Mexican Heat by Josh Lanyon and Laura Baumbach (C)
Miracle of the Bellskis by Astrid Amara (C)
The Missing Butterfly by Megan Derr (C)
Mongrel by KZ Snow (S)
Moonlight Becomes You by Piper Vaughn and MJ O’ Shea (C)
More by Sloan Parker (C)
Mr. Clive and Mr. Page by Neil Bartlett (H)
Muscling Through by J.L. Merrow (C)
My Summer of Wes by Missy Welsh (C)

 

Naked by David Sedaris (MEM)
Neg UB2 by Rick R. Reed (C)
Nick Hoffman Mysteries (series) by Lev Raphael (M)
Nicky D’Amico (series)  Titles: Habit for Death; Ice in His Veins by Chuck Zito (M)
Nightrunner (series) by Lynn Flewelling (S)
No Fear in Love by Jamie Craig (C)
The Nobleman and the Spy by Bonnie Dee and Summer Devon H)
Nocturne by Mel Keegan (H)
Not Knowing Jack by K.A. Mitchell (C)
A Note In The Margin by Isabelle Rowan (C)
Nothing Ever Happens by Sue Brown (C)
Notturno by Z. A. Maxfield (S)
Nowhere Ranch by Heidi Cullinan (C)

 

Oil And Water by B.A. Tortuga (C)
On Fire by Drew Zachary (C)
Once Upon a Veterinarian by Drew Zachary (C)
One More Soldier by Marie Sexton (H)
One Real Thing by Anah Crow and Dianne Fox (C))
The One That Got Away by Madeleine Urban & Rhianne Aile (C)
The One That Broke Free by T.C. Blue (C)
The One That Stayed by T.C. Blue (C)
The Only Gold by Tamara Allen (H)
Only Words by Acer Adamson (C)
Orientation by Rick R. Reed (S)
Out of Focus by L.A. Witt (C)
Out of the Blue by Josh Lanyon (H)
Out of the Woods by Syd McGinley (S)
Out on the Net by Rick R. Reed (C)
Out There in the Night by Laura Baumbach (S)
Outcast Mine by Jamie Craig (S)
Overdrive by Ariel Tachna, (C)

 

Packing Heat by Kele Moon (C)
Pandora Project: Runaway Star by Anah Crow and Dianne Fox (SF)
Paper Planes by M. Jules Aedin (C)
Paul’s Dream by Rowan McBride (S)
Perfect by Julia Talbot (C)
Persistence of Memory by J.M. Snyder (S)
Personal Demons by James Buchanan (C)
Petit Morts (series) by Jordan Castillo Price, Josh Lanyon, Clare London, Sean Kennedy
The Phoenix by Ruth Sims (H)
Phoenix Rising by Kimberly Gardner (C)
Phoenix Rising: Strongman by Denise Rossetti (S)
Power Play by J.M. Snyder (C)
The Price of Temptation by M J Pearson (H)
Practical Purposes by Yeva Wiest (C)
Prisoner by Megan Derr (S)
Private Dicks by Katie Allen (M)
A Private Gentleman by Heidi Cullinan (H)
Probation by Tom Mendicino (C)
Protection by S A Reid (H)
The Protector by N.L. Gassert (C)
The Psychic and the Sleuth by Bonnie Dee and Summer Devon (H)
PsyCop (series) Titles: Among the Living; Criss Cross; Body & Soul; Secrets; Camp Hell; GhostTV by Jordan Castillo Price (S)
Purple Hearts by Jaye Valentine and Reno MacLeod (C)

 

Rag and Bone by Michael Nava (M)
Raised by Wolves (series) by W. A. Hoffman (H)
Ransom by Lee Rowan (H)
Red-Tainted Silence by Carolyn Gray (C)
Regularly Scheduled Life by K. A. Mitchell (C)
Resistance by L.M. Turner (C)
The Rest of Our Lives by Dan Stone (S)
The Retrieval by Lucius Parhelion (H)
Rifter (series) by Ginn Hale (S)
The Riddle of the Sands (series) by Geoff Knight (C)
Riot Boy by Katey Hawthorne (S)
Road Trip (series) Titles: Racing The Moon;  Steam And Sunshine; Under Pressure; by B.A. Tortuga (C)
Rough Canvas by Joey Hill (C)
Rough Draft  by Chris Owen and Jodi Payne (C)
Rules of Engagement by LA Witt (C)
Running with Scissors: A Memoir by Augusten Burroughs (MEM)
Russell Quant mysteries (series) by Anthony Bidulka (M)
Rust Belt by Jessica Freely (C)

 

Scarlet and the White Wolf series by Kirby Crow (S)
Sci-Regency (series) titles: My Fair Captain, The Englor Affair by J.L. Langley (S)
Scrap Metal by Harper Fox (C)
Sea Change by Chris Quinton (C)
Second You Sin by Scott Sherman (M)
Secondhand Heart by Scarlet Blackwell (C)
Secret Light by Z.A. Maxfield (H)
Seeing You by Dakota Flint (W)
Settling the Score by Eden Winters (C)
Shades of Gray by Brooke McKinley (M)
Shadow Hunt by L.M. Prieto and Jayson Taylor (S)
Shadow of a Wolf by Jez Morrow (S)
The Shadow of the Templar series by M Chandler (C)
Shattered Glass by Dani Alexander (C, M)
Sins of the Messiah by Jaye Valentine and Reno MacLeod (S)
Slave Boy by Evangeline Anderson (S)
The Slayer’s Apprentice by Zathyn Priest (M)
Sleepwalker by Jordan Castillo Price (M)
Sleight of Hand by Katrina Strauss (S)
Snowball in Hell by Josh Lanyon (H)
Soft Focus by Jaye Valentine and Reno MacLeod (C)
Something Like Summer by Jay Bell
Song of Oestend by Marie Sexton (S)
Songmaster by Orson Scott Card (SF)
Soothe the Burn by T.A. Chase (S)
Soul Mates (series)  Titles: Bound by Blood; Deceptions; Sacrifice; Secrets; by Jourdan Lane (S)
Speak Its Name (anthology) by Charlie Cochrane; Erastes; Lee Rowan (H)
Special Delivery by Heidi Cullinan (C)
Spin Out by James Buchanan (C)
Spoils of War by Kari Gregg (H)
St. Nacho’s (Series) titles: St. Nacho’s, Physical Therapy, Jacob’s Ladder, Book of Daniel by Z.A. Maxfield (C)
Standish by Erastes (H)
Star Crossed (series) by Jaye Valentine and Reno MacLeod (S)
The Starving Years by Jordan Castillo Price (S)
State of Mind by Libby Drew (M)
Static by L.A. Witt (C)
Stealing Life by T A Chase (C)
Stirring Up Trouble Z.A. Maxfield (C)
Stolen Summer by SA Meade (C)
Storms and Stars by Neena Jaydon (SF)
Stormy Weather (series) Titles: Rain and Whiskey; Tropical Depression; Hurricane; by B.A. Tortuga (C)
Strange Fortune by Josh Lanyon (S)
Strange Place In Time (series) Titles: The Recalling of John Arrowsmith; The White Palace Awakens; The Merry Executioner Returns by Alyx J. Shaw  (S)
A Strong Hand by Catt Ford (C)
Strongest Shape by Tessa Cardenas (C)
Summit City (series) titles: Sno Ho, Life in Fusion, A Summit City Christmas by Ethan Day (C)
Sutcliffe Cove by Madeleine Urban and Ariel Tachna (C)
Swan Songs by Tarn Swan (C)
Sweet Oblivion (series) Titles: Brazen; Snare; Fluid; Swarm; Elixir by Jordan Castillo Price (S)
Sweet Topping by Carol Lynne (C)

 

Take My Picture by Giselle Ellis (C)
Taking the Odds (series) titles: Cheating Chance; Inland Empire; All or Nothing by James Buchanan (M)
Taking You Home/Boys of Summer by Cooper Davis (C)
Talker by Amy Lane (C)
Tangle (anthology) by Astrid Amara, Ginn Hale etc. (S)
Tangled Web by Lee Rowan (H)
Thatcher Boys (series) Titles: Jumping Into Things; Adrenaline Junkies; Christmas Fire; Landing With Both Feet; Taking The Leap; by Julia Talbot (C)
That’s What Brothers Do by Derekica Snake (C)
A Thread of Deepest Black by Finn Marlowe (S)
The Tin Star by J.L. Langley (W)
Three Fortunes in One Cookie by Cochrane Lambert (C)
Tigers and Devils by Sean Kennedy (C)
Till Kingdom Come by Evangeline Anderson (S)
The Time of the Singing by Louise Blaydon (C)
Timeless by Patric Michael (C)
A Token of Time by Ethan Day (S)
Touching Evil by Rob Knight (M)
Transgressions by Erastes (H)
Transit by Aleksandr Voinov and Raev Gray (C)
Treachery by M.E. Reid (C)
True of Heart by M.L. Rhodes (S)
Truth in the Dark by Amy Lane (C)
Turnskin by Nicole Kimberling (S)
Two Gentlemen Sharing by William Corlett  (C)

 

Unacceptable Risk by Kaje Harper (S)
Uncommon Whore by Belinda McBride (S)
Uneven by Anah Crow (C)
Unspeakable Words by Sarah Madison (S)
Untamed Heart by Ally Blue (C)
Urban Shaman by Lyn Gala (S)
Utopia X (series) Titles: Looking For Some Touch; Seeking Something Wicked; Exploring Savage Places by K.Z. Snow (S)

 

VGL Male Seeks Same by Rick R. Reed (C)
The Vintner’s Luck by Elizabeth Knox (H, S)
The Violet and the Tom by Eve Octillo (S)
The Visionary: Welcome to the Fold by Jaye Valentine and Reno MacLeod (S)

 

Walk Among Us by Vivien Dean (S)
Want Me by Rowan McBride (S)
Warriors Cross by Madeleine Urban and Abigail Roux (M)
Well Traveled by Margaret Mills and Tedy Ward (H)
What Love Means to You People by Nancy Kay Shapiro (C)
A Wealth of Unsaid Words by R. Cooper (C)
When Love Is Not Enough by Wade Kelly (C)
Where Flows the Water by Sean Michael (S)
Where the Allegheny Meets the Monongahela by Felicia Watson (C)
Where the Boys Are by William J. Mann (C)
Where There’s Smoke by L.A. Witt (C)
Whistling in the Dark by Tamara Allen (H)
The Why Not by Victor J. Banis (C)
Wicked Gentlemen by Ginn Hale (S)
Windbrothers/Guardians of the Wind by Sean Michael (S)
Winds of Change by Lee Rowan (H)
Windows in Time by M. Jules Aedin (M)
The Wine-Dark Sea by A.J. Llewellyn (C)
The Winter Courting Rituals of Fur-Bearing Critters by Amy Lane (C)
Winter Nights by Harper Fox (S)
With the Band by L.A. Witt (C)
Without and Without (series) With Love/Without Reservations/With Caution/With Abandon by J.L. Langley (S)
Witness by Mike Shade (M)
Wolf’s Own (series) titles: Ghost, Weregild, Koan by Carole Cummings (S)
Wonder Boys by Michael Chabon (MEM)

 

Yakuza Pride by H.J. Brues (M)

 

Zero at the Bone by Jane Seville (C)
Zero Hour by Jordan Castillo Price (SF)
The Zero Knot by KZ Snow (C)

Young Adult

 

 

A Better Place by Mark A. Roeder (C)
A Boy’s Own Story by Edmund White (C)
A Really Nice Prom Mess by Brian Sloane (C)
A Strong and Sudden Thaw by R.W.Day (S)
All Lost Things Josh Aterovis (M)
At Swim, Two Boys by Jamie O’Neill (H)
Boy Meets Boy by David Levithan (C)
Bleeding Hearts by Josh Aterovis (M)
Call Me By Your Name by Andre Aciman (C)
Changing Jamie by Dakota Chase (C)
Common Sons by Ronald Donaghe (C)
Dream Boy by Jim Grimsley (C)
Little Boy Lost (series) titles: Enlightened, Abandoned, Vanished, Discovered, Escaped, Sacrificed by J.P. Barnaby (C)
Freshman Pledge: The Magic of Love by Larry Coles (C)
Hero by Perry Moore (S)
Leave Myself Behind by Bart Yates (C)
Masks (series) Titles: Rise of Heroes; Evolution; Ordinary Champions by Hayden Thorne (S)
My Most Excellent Year by Steve Kluger (C)
Now is the Hour by Tom Spanbauer (H)
Out of the Pocket by Bill Konigsberg (C)
Reap The Whirlwind by Josh Aterovis (M)
Strings Attached by Nick Nolan (M)
Thinking Straight by Robin Reardon  (C)
Two Steps Up by Sean Kennedy (C)
Uncle Sean by Ronald Donaghe  (C)
Vintage – A Ghost Story by Steve Berman (S)
Without Sin by J. Tomas (C)


Recommended YA Authors

 

Josh Aterovis
Jay Bell
Steve Berman
Peter Cameron
Brent Hartinger
David Levithan
Perry Moore
Alex Sanchez
Hayden Thorne
Martin Wilson

 


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124 thoughts on “Readers’ Favourite Gay Books 2012

  1. Quinn

    Oh, the comments for the Gay Favorites update are closed? :-(
    I’ve been so busy and stressed these last weeks and I remembered something about September and I thought it was end of September.

    Anyway.

    Some of my all time favorites (which are listed, among others I also like very much):

    The Charioteer by Mary Renault

    The Catch Trap by Marion Zimmer Bradley

    At Swim, Two Boys by Jamie O’Neill

    As Meat Loves Salt by Maria McCann

    Adrien English Series by Josh Lanyon

    NEW:

    Code of Conduct by Rich Merritt (C)

    Carried Away: An SM Romance by David Stein (C)

    Cut to the Bone by Robert Conner (C/Crime)

    It Takes Two by Elliott Mackle (C/Crime)

    Street Lavender by Chris Hunt (H) (published late 80s)

    The Gentleman and the Rogue – Bonnie Dee and Summer Devon (H)

    Tim and Pete by James Robert Baker (C) (1993)

    The Year of Ice by Brian Malloy (C / YA) (C)

    The World of Normal Boys by K.M. Soehnlein (C / YA)

    Those (C / YA) are about young adults, but I don’t think they are really adressed at young adults.

    Young Adult

    Ich, Adrian Mayfield by Floortje Zwigtman (H) (Dutch or German available)

    Eine Welt dazwischen / We Two Boys by Aline Sax (H) (the original is Belgian, available in German, should be available in English)

    Northridge High Football Camp (YA)

    Eight Seconds by Jean Ferris (YA)

    I didn’t have time to check my (incomplete / always WIP) list of books, so that’s it for now. I would have lots more books to recommend which I enjoyed and liked very much, but which is a little bit less than the “absolutely love” criteria.

  2. amy lane

    Wow–what a wonderful list! I especially love the classic and the YA sections, and I can not tell you how honored I am to see some of my work included:-)

  3. Patty

    Oh my gosh- what a list! Wren and Wave, thanks for your hard work. Will retirement and days of unapologetic, non-stop reading ever come? I will have to keep working in order to keep buying books!

    1. Wave Post author

      Patty
      No worries – I’m sure some of them will still be there when you retire. LOL make sure you retire to a desert island where you can’t buy any new books.

      1. Patty

        That’s just it, Wave. These terrific authors just don’t seem to slow down. I continue to add the new books to the existing list. I think my TBR pile will BE the island-LOL!

  4. ElaineG

    Holy reading batman! What a great list! Some of my absolute favorites and some new ones I. Must. Have. Soon! I think I know what I will be doing for the next however long it takes me lol! My thanks to you Wave and everyone that worked so hard to compile this list….and for all the hard work you all do every other day of the year too! Awesome! as always :)

    1. Wave Post author

      Elaine
      No more new books for you until you whittle down the TBR pile. LOL

      Glad you like the new list. Wren worked her butt off for you guys. :)

  5. RachelT

    This is a wonderful piece of work – thank you. I had been using the original list to find good reads and to make sure I was reading some of the classics. I’m really grateful to have it updated.

    I wondered if you have a downloadable file/spreadsheet as so many of us intend to use it as a reading list.

    Thank you once again.

    1. Wave Post author

      RachelT
      thank you. It was mostly other readers’ recs., mine and Wren’s hard work. :)

      I haven’t got as far as a making up a separate file/spreadsheet since this was hard enough. But that will be step 2.

      1. RachelT

        I’ve converted the article into 3 spreadsheets (claic, current and YA) and also exported it to a Word table. Happy to pass it on if anybody can make use of it.

  6. rdafan7

    great listing, I plan to take a look at many I haven’t seen before, I did not see one of my submissions “Aloes by Chris Quinton” on the list, will it be added to later?

    Thanks!

    1. Wave Post author

      rdafan7
      That was definitely an error because I, too, love Aloes. It has since been added to the list. :)

      There are other books that were left off for various reasons but this was not one of them.

  7. Mel

    Wow! Just in time to save me. Came on, after being overcommitted to the world for too long – to catch up and look for recommendations on a pile of reads to take me through the Summer – This should do and dave me a lot of time. Much appreciate it. :hug:

    1. Wave Post author

      Hi Mel

      Thanks for commenting. We will be updating this list soon since it’s been a while so check back in about 3 months or so when the revised list should be online.

    1. Jose Ramon

      ALSO THE HELLESPONT ON KINDLE – A GAY LOVE STORY ABOUT TWO SCHOOL FRIENDS – PERHAPS A TEAR JERKER BUT FULL OF INFO ABOUT GREEK MYTHS

  8. Javier Dominguez

    I also loved the Hellespont which I read on the beach off a friend’s kindle. But I couldn’t download the jacket… but still.

  9. luis

    I read both James Whaley’s books on Kindle and loved The Hellespont and Also Flying Lobsters… I discovered them on a blog called gayartz on google!

  10. ful

    I love your page, travel a lot and read what you recommend. Liked James Whaley’s books a lot and also Dry by Augustin Burroughs…

  11. s a meade

    Wow. I feel very honoured that ‘Stolen Summer’ is included in this list in such illustrious company. :shock:

    Thank you for putting this list together. It’s quite an undertaking.

    xxxx

    1. Wave Post author

      I was up until all hours this morning finishing the list and I’m still making corrections. :( You’re quite welcome – obviously the fans love Stolen Summer. :)

  12. Finn Marlowe

    I’m surprised at how many books are on the pre-1996 list – wow. I think I’ll start with The Catch Trap and/or Front Runner. Thanks for much for all the work compiling the lists. I don’t think I’ll ever catch up now!

    1. Wave Post author

      Hi Finn
      The Catch Trap was reviewed on the site by Erastes and The Front Runner was reviewed by someone who absolutely LOVED it (as do I). Just remember those were the days of “the dead ghey.” Like Brokeback Mountain, books about gay men in love were never allowed to have a positive ending, but I absolutely loved The Front Runner. If you do a search you should be able to find both reviews.

      It was a whole lot of work but I think it’s worth it.

    2. Gaycrow

      Sorry to butt in, but I wanted to say how much I enjoyed “The Catch Trap”.

      Each time I read it, I find new things that I missed during my first readings. There’s so much to take in.

      Here’s the link to Erastes’ review. Be sure to read the comments, as some of us thought there was quite a lot of circus life portrayed throughout the story, which Erastes may have missed.

      http://www.reviewsbyjessewave.com/2010/01/07/14466/

      1. Wave Post author

        Thanks Gaye
        I never got an opportunity to read The Catch Trap as I mailed my hard copy to Erastes – quite a journey for a book. When I bought the book from an Amazon re-seller it wasn’t available in Kindle format – it may be now. :)

  13. Karen Klink

    I’m curious why there are none of Christopher Rice’s novels here: A Density of Souls, The Snow Garden, Light Before Day, etc. They are all excellently written.

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