Readers’ Favourite Gay Books 2012 – Update

In September 2009 I posted my Favourite Gay Books and solicited reader input in order to come up with a combined list. Subsequently I published the Readers’ Favourite Gay Books which incorporated your recommendations with my original list and apparently everyone loves the new list, going by the number of hits.  It has become a handy reference for gay books for most of you especially those readers new to the genre.

The list has been updated twice since the first time it was published and I have been avoiding the job of another update because I knew it would be a horrendous task to incorporate your new favourite books, however I can’t procrastinate any longer and this update has to be done. Therefore, for the next 2 weeks I would appreciate it if you could submit the names of five of your favourite gay books in the comments on this post under the following categories for inclusion in the updated list.

The Classics – for this purpose books released 15 years ago i.e. 1997 or earlier
Current– recent releases should be categorized as follows

S=Speculative Fiction/Paranormal/Fantasy/
SF – Science Fiction
SP – Steampunk
Social History=SH

For ease of reference all paranormal books are listed as speculative fiction so please ensure you use this designation when you submit your favourite paranormal books. If you don’t follow the above categories we won’t be able to include your recommendations.

Since this is a male/male list, only gay books should be submitted but before you do PLEASE check the current list to ensure you’re not adding a book that’s already there, and follow the categories as this will make it a lot easier on the person who will have the actual job of adding to the master list.

Since I know that many of you read a lot I would ask that you use some restraint and only include your top 5 books so that there will be a wide range of books from all M/M readers, not just those of you who read 200+ books a year. I know this will be hard but I have every confidence that you can do it and you will probably find that other readers will submit some of your favourites. This is not a Top 50 or Top 100 or whatever, it’s supposed to be your favourite books and currently the list stands at over 400. I’m sure that by the time it’s updated we’ll be close to 1,000. If you’re an author please don’t recommend your own books even though it’s tempting to do so. 🙂 I’m sure your fans will include your books. If you notice that someone else has already recommended one of your favourites you can either choose another book or stick with your original recs. It’s up to you.

Now here is the kicker. Wren Boudreau who did a fantastic job compiling this list in the past is unable to do so this time around because she’s working on another important project, so I’m looking for a volunteer who can take up where Wren left off. If you’re interested and have the time to undertake this project please email me.

I will be closing this post on Friday, April 6 so please ensure you submit your recommendations before then.


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1. A Life Without You- Erica Pike (C)
2. A Matter Of Time- Mary Calmes (C)
3. Blood and Tears- Ethan Stone (C)
4. Stick & Stones- Abigail Roux (C)
5. Chase In Shadow- Amy Lane (C)


Ooooh, so hard to narrow it down to five, and I haven’t even been reading books from the M/M genre for more than a few months. ^^;

Okay, okay. Five of my very all-time favorites (so far):

Bonds of Earth – G.N. Chevalier (H)
Life Lessons – Kaje Harper (C)
The Zero Knot – K.Z. Snow (C)
Hot Head – Damon Suede (C)
The Time of the Singing – Louise Blaydon (C)


Several of your favourites have already been recommended (check the recs. from other readers) so you can choose to go with your current recommendations or substitute other books from your favourite list. It’s up to you. 🙂

Val Kovalin

According to Hoyle by Abigail Roux (H)
Dark Soul series books 1-5 by Aleksandr Voinov (M)
Hot Head by Damon Suede (C)
Mongrel by KZ Snow (S)
The Starving Years by Jordan Castillo Price (S)

Val Kovalin

Because Melissa — thank you, Melissa! 🙂 — has also nominated Hot Head, that allows me to change my fifth book to Faster Than the Speed of Light by Lucius Parhelion (H)

Val Kovalin

According to Hoyle by Abigail Roux (H)
Dark Soul series books 1-5 by Aleksandr Voinov (M)
Faster Than the Speed of Light by Lucius Parhelion (H)
Mongrel by KZ Snow (S)
The Starving Years by Jordan Castillo Price (S)


Thanks Val
I think I got it. 😆


1. Fand by Laney Cairo (S)
2. Force of Law by Jez Morrow (C)
3. Laying a Ghost, Giving up the Ghost, Waking the Dead by Jane Davitt and Alexa Snow (S)
4. Muscling Through by J L Merrow (C)
5. Slow Bloom by Anah Crow and Dianne Fox (C)

Joanne Perry

Here are my 5, I didn’t need to think about it as I have a top ten list of books to keep on my ereader forever!

The Heart of Texas by RJ Scott (C)
Nothing Ever Happens by Sue Brown (C)
Stolen Summer by SA Meade (C)
A Strong Hand by Catt Ford (C)
Dark Horse by Kate Sherwood (C)


Only five Wave? Only five?????? You are such hard task master, but okay, I will try my very very best. I will have to think and choose carefully, but one I can submit right now, no wait two. Definitely very memorable book’s of this year for me. Contemporary – Latakia by JF Smith and historical – Bonds of earth by GN c
Chevalier. I still have three left – yay.

Sorry Sirius but I want to accommodate everyone’s recommendations. 🙂 If, for example, you and many other readers submitted 25 recs, have you any idea how long the list would be? 😯 It would be meaningless as well as take months to compile. I know you can do this. 😆 BTW you don’t have to spell out the genre just use the letter so for example your rec. of Bonds of Earth should look like this: “Bonds of Earth by G.N. Chevalier (H)”. Also please make sure that the spelling of the name of the book and the author are… Read more »
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