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TWW fun stuff: day 0

By request, I’m going to post about fun stuff – namely whatever lesbian fiction novel I’m reading and maybe also crafty things if I get stir crazy enough to start crafting again – during this TWW. So hang on to your hats, folks.

Today’s BOTD (book of the day?) is Rulebreaker by Cathy Pegau.

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Don’t judge a book by it’s cover?

This is not a book that I would typically pick up (okay, lez be honest, download), but I read a review and that review told me that the book was only $1.74 for Kindle. It seemed interesting enough to give the old college try for less than the cost of a soda, so I went for it. It’s a sci fi romance and I don’t know why I’m writing about it because I’m only 2 chapters in. So far the writing is not terrible (you’d be surprised how many terribly written/edited lesbian romances are out there for the buying), and I’m getting pretty interested in the alternate universe that the author has created. It’s written from the perspective of a woman (Liv) who is a thief. Her ex-husband is also a thief and comes back into her life to rope her into a very big (much-bigger-than-anything-they’ve-done-before) job that Liv decides to do because then she can retire and get away from the ex husband and not have to continue to live the boring menial life she has now.

That’s about all I know so far but the blurb says that she is going to go undercover as the assistant to a woman who is the VP at a big company. Liv is supposed to steal secrets I think, but instead she falls in love with the VP I’m assuming. Honestly I’m much more invested than I expected to be given that it’s not typically a story I’d jump at reading, so hopefully that continues as I get further into the book. But also I’ve barely started it so this is most certainly not a review.

I do most of my reading on a Kindle. I was one of those people who, up until a year ago, was anti-Kindle because real books smell so good and technology is bad and what is this world coming to?! But then I started reading lesbian fiction which is hard to come by in actual hard copy at a bookstore, and there are no more gay bookstores anymore anyway, and oh, hey, look, Kindle books are also a lot cheaper than real books … so I gave in. And I’m a total 100% convert because it’s so light and it can hold hundreds of books and (honestly, this is the big one) instant gratification you guys.

So for about 6-9 months or so I’ve been reading on a Kindle. I’ve read upwards of 140 books, mostly lesbian fiction, in that time (yeesh, I know), and they all fit on my Kindle so I can re-read them whenever the hell I want and also there’s still TONS of room left for more. But the point of all of this rambling is that I recently organized my Kindle books into neat little folders and it makes me so so happy. It also makes me a little tiny bit embarrassed at how many queer romance novels (okay, they’re not all straight up romance novels but if we’re being honest they all have at least a little romance in them) I’ve read. But obviously not embarrassed enough to share this fact with the internet. So LOOK at all of my neat little folders! There are 3 pages of them! I put all of my unread books in one place! And I can find my favorite authors and series so easily! GUSH

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OMG so pretty

kindle 2

Can you even?

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I can’t even

What are y’all reading? (it doesn’t have to be lesfic for me to care)

Oh! If you are into lesfic though, you should definitely check out this website – I get the weekly e-mail and follow them on Twitter as well. When I run out of books that I know I want to read (favorite authors, etc), The Lesbian Review is my first stop to find something new to read. I also look at top sellers on Amazon and lists on Goodreads, but that can be too much info to sort through sometimes! And I think that the Amazon best sellers lists get kind of skewed by books that are eligible for Kindle Unlimited (you can pay monthly for free access to certain books) – there are some great lesfic books eligible for Kindle Unlimited but there are also a lot of under edited books on there that get “best seller” status because when lots of people download them because they’re free but not because they’re good. I have nothing to do with The Lesbian Review by the way, just passing along a resource that I like 🙂

So that’s my fun stuff for today. Let’s see if I can get my adult together enough to post something tomorrow too? A girl can dream!

Quick fertility update: I got my progesterone results back. The nurse said it was at 16, which is probably fine but they like to see it at 20 so I get to up my PIO dose to 2mL per day. She gave me the option of adding a second shot in the morning or just doubling the dose in my evening shot. Uhhhhh, why would I choose to get poked twice as much?! So tonight we will see how Em does when it takes twice as long. Oh joy.

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12 responses »

  1. This is a fantastic idea!

    I read a lot of fan fiction on my phone and I’ve often wondered if a Kindle would be worth it to get away from the harsh light but alas, I am married to The Queen who would have me actually beheaded if one ever made it’s way into the house.

    I just read 11/22/63 by Stephen King and it was fantastic. Highly recommend.

    (I’m currently reading a biography of Abigail Adams which I also highly recommend but am sure approximately zero people would be interested in except me.)

    Thanks for the link! I’ll let The Queen know. She’s always looking for good lesfiction. Have you read The Price of Salt? I only ask because Carol was pretty good and I might add it to my list to read for experience-sake.

    • You never know – The Queen might be a Kindle convert if she gets used to the instant gratification! I started reading on my iPad and that’s how I eventually ended up getting a Kindle – the light was killing me (and it pissed Em off at night lol).

      I have read the Price of Salt! It’s a great book. A little different than the movie but similarly descriptive. It’s a little longer than I wanted it to be for the story, but a must read in the genre.

      Em LOOVVED 11/22/63. Are you looking forward to the movie adaptation? And hey – an Abigail Adams bio doesn’t sound so bad. I’m really into Hamilton right now so that might be the appeal though …

      • I have outlined the benefits of the Kindle for her several times: instant reading, cheaper books, keeping a library with her always. She’s just not sold. Part of her experience with books is feeling and smelling the book. I get it. I’m used to her particular brand of crazy. 😉

        I did hear the movie adaptation was different and the book dragged a bit.

        I saw the advertisement for 11/22/63 on Hulu like a day into the book and I didn’t want to spoil myself but I think it’s definitely a book that lends itself to a fascinating screen adaptation. I’ll have to wait until my wife reads it first. It’s on her list. She just read All The Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr and it’s been her favorite book this year.

        I only just heard about this Hamilton a few days ago. Someone alluded to the influx of Founding Fathers stuff on Tumblr and it lead back to that. I think that’s great! I love the Revolutionary Era so anything that brings people in. It’s a short read: Abigail Adams: An American Woman by Charles W. Akers if you’re inclined.

  2. I am all about the audiobooks these days, but you’re kind of making me want a kindle. One of these days I’m going to have to take a picture of our lesbian fiction collection and share it with you. We don’t even have room for all of them in the house. I’ve been collecting these books since high school and I think Catch started around 20! We used to have an awesome GLBT bookstore out here that was like my mecca when I was a teenager. You’re one day closer, now. Hang in there!

    • Yessss take a pic! I think I only have like 10 “real” lesfic books. We have 1 LGBT bookstore in Boston but it’s not excellent and is also very male-focused. I wish I had anything like that growing up though. Maybe I would have figured things out sooner 🙂

  3. My entire life, I never read one whole book on purpose in my free time. Suddenly, I became interested in January. I read two damn books last month! And now my goal is to read one a month this year. I’m trying all different genres so I can see what I like. I’ve read Ready Player One and The Thirteenth Tale. I highly recommend both! I’m currently reading Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman. I’m loving it too! I really want to add lesfiction to the list! I think I shall. 🙂

    • Awesome! I hadn’t read anything start to finish for quite a while when I discovered lesfic. Highly recommend Radclyffe or Melissa Brayden as a first author to try! Let me know if you want suggestions 🙂

  4. You should look up Susan X Meager. Not only does she write stand alone lesbian novels, but she has an ongoing series that follows two women (which has something ridiculous like 18 already published and more in the pipeline!). I converted to a kindle a few years ago and now I wonder how I ever got along without it – the convenience alone makes it worth it for me. Plus the benefit of no one knowing what I may be reading in public!

    • I actually heard an interview of her recently – on some podcast, can’t remember which. I was amazed she’s written that long of a series! It takes place in San Francisco right?

      • Yes! Some of her books I wasn’t crazy about, but overall she is definitely worth the read.

        Also, I conceived both of my sons via IVF, with nearly the same drug protocols (maybe it’s a new England thing?) and my best friend got pregnant for the second time 3 months before I did (after starting to try after my wife and I). All of which is to say, I relate a lot to what you write!

      • Yeah I think I remember from the interview that her books are pretty long too – is that right? Which is maybe why I haven’t read her yet …

        I have noticed that protocols seem to be geographic! Yessss same situation – best friends have a 2 year old and are pregnant with their second. Here’s hoping this is my sticky month too and the jealousy only extends to next week?

  5. Some of her books are long, but generally I would say that they are quick reads.

    Fingers crossed that your baby blast is
    settling in for the long haul!


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