A reader’s perspective on what stories to read from this summer.
I promised that I would provide an update about spending time on Womyn’s land in New Mexico the last time I posted, but I’m going to hold that for a little longer. Not to build up suspense, I’m not that qualified of a writer, but more to let it sit for a bit and find out which pieces would express themselves the best. Instead I’m going to share what books have been in my life recently!
I guess I could say that I am an audiobook-a-holic now and I’m loving it. This concept really allows me to multi-task. I spend a lot of time in my car unfortunately but lately it is getting better when I have long stretches that allow me to listen uninterrupted. So to start, the last story I just finished was Paper Love by Jae, narrated by Abby Craden. I mean I already loved the story, but the narration really brought the characters to life and made me even more sad than usual when I knew the story was ending. I just wanted it to stay in Anja and Susanne’s lives and see what they were able to make of the store. Currently I am listening to Eliza Andrew’s To Have Loved & Lost narrated by Angela Rysk. Honestly the story has been sitting in my library for about a month due to the heaviness of the topic, but I am so glad that I finally downloaded and started listening. Ms. Rysk is doing an amazing job with the character voices and the story does capture grief in a very thoughtful and powerful way that allows me to feel it but not being overwhelmed in the story by it.
In the paper world, I just finished Susan X Meagher’s Cherry Grove which was the perfect read for summer time. I honestly have never been to New York City, but I’ve heard about various places there including Fire Island, which has an area called Cherry Grove. The story did an awesome job of showing how stereotypes and pre-conceptions can really be damaging to people and relationships. I enjoyed the twists and realizations that Hayden went through as she spent her summer in the sun. I’m currently reading Sands of Aggar the third in the series by Chris Anne Wolfe. I started this series when I was first discovering LesFic and am so glad that her work was recognized as being the powerful stories that they are. They capture a pride and awareness of women that resonates and I would strongly encourage everyone to pick up a copy.
I haven’t used my kindle in a bit just because my paperback pile was calling to me and there just really is something about holding a book in the hands. So I’m not going to share the stories from that device unless you really want to know. If so leave a comment and I’ll see what I remember!
And what about all you wonderful readers out there? What LesFic stories are in your world right now?