Queer Romance Month is winding to a close, and to celebrate the month, I’m following up on a post I wrote in celebration in October 2014. Take a look around the site to find posts by authors and readers of queer romance.
Last year, I shared how I came to read queer romance (primarily m/m), which was a fairly recent thing.
This year, as I thought about writing something to contribute to QRM, I wanted to figure out what more there was to say. I read queer romance, I like it, and I support it. Easy-peasy, right?
As I thought about what to write for this year, I realized that I was still pigeon-holing my queer romance reads. As being, you know, queer romance. And yet the theme of this month is love is love and, to paraphrase Charles Dickens, “”I will honor [Queer Romance Month] in my heart, and try to keep it all the year.” I feel that it’s doing the work a disservice by categorizing it even before I’ve read it, based on my preconceived notions of what it is. Not so much that it IS queer romance; I mean, I expect certain things from my historical reading as well, and would think less of the book if it had an anachronism (that I could identify) as much as if a m/m romance ended up being a m/f.
So my challenge to myself as I set forth on continuing to read stories where ‘love is love’ is not to segment them in my mind based on whose parts are on what character. It’s all romance, and I’m a romance reader, and I like to read stories where people fall in love.
Maybe it is easy-peasy. I just have to keep it in my heart.
What queer romance have you read, and would want to recommend? My recommendations for this year are below:
Amy Jo Cousins’s Off Campus from the Off Campus series
Alexis Hall’s Waiting for the Flood
Larissa Ione’s Base Instincts
Kate Rothwell’s The Gentleman and the Lamplighter
KJ Charles’s A Fashionable Indulgence