October Open Thread

October 1, 2014 Open Thread 3

Happy first of the month!

Here’s what we read in September:

Read a book with a marginalized character you want to recommend? Run across a terrible portrayal you want to warn others to avoid? Just want to rant about the general state of the genre?

Let ‘er rip in the comments. Nothing is off topic, but no promo, please.

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An ice hockey fan from north of Boston and the genre's most beloved troll, Ridley enjoys reading contemporary and historical romance, as well as the odd erotica novel. As someone who uses a wheelchair, she takes a particular interest in disability themes.

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3 Responses to “October Open Thread”

  1. Jill Sorenson

    I really enjoyed Mason Dixon’s Charm City, a lesbian romance about underground boxing in a tough neighborhood in Baltimore. Also loved Liliana Lee’s The Obsession, erotic historical set in China.

  2. Tina

    Really enjoyed 25 to Love by Joye Johnson. It is chick lit. The heroine is an AA woman who gets chosen to be on a dating reality show, She understands immediately that she is the token black girl, destined to be cannon fodder. And since her motives for going on the show are sketchy at best she’s ok with this. And once she gets there she starts to play around with her pre-ordained fate.

    First person POV and the heroine is smart and funny. The book plays around with race and racial assumptions. Also, her cousin Aram is a fun character. He’s a straight guy with a gayfabulous sense of style.

  3. cleo

    @Jill @Tina – those sound so good.

    I read and enjoyed The Year We Fell Down by Sarina Bowen – NA with a strong heroine who uses a wheelchair. (And then I inhaled the whole series, evrn though I don’t usually read NA).