Why I read M/M:
I love to read. Always have. I’ve gone through phases in my life where I’d devour every book I could get my hands on in a particular genre. Starting with children’s books when I was really little of course, to sci-fi/fantasy starting in about 3rd grade. I was that kid reading 1000 page sci-fi novels in 4th grade. Jr high it was mystery’s and high school it was romance. By the time I’d moved out on my own I’d devoured just about everything my favorite authors had written and then I discovered paranormal romance. I used to carry at least one book with me wherever I would go; usually more like two or three. Then, of course came my Kindle.
Heaven! That’s what a Kindle is, pure heaven. Suddenly my bag/purse/armload became much lighter and a whole new realm of books opened up to me. I started downloading pretty much anything. I started reading this romantic suspense series by Suzanne Brockman and fell in love with her world. The Troubleshooters were awesome! I mean really, who’s going to turn down hot Navy Seals. But see there was this amazing side character in her books. Jules was smart, funny, a total sweetheart, and a kick ass FBI agent…oh yeah, and he was gay. As we got to know more and more about Jules from book to book I kept hoping he’d get his own book eventually, because if anyone deserved a happily ever after it was Jules. Of course the amazing Ms. Brockman did actually come through for me in that regard and a new genre to read was discovered.
After reading about Jules’ love affair I wondered what else could possibly be out there. The idea that there weren’t other MM books seemed ludicrous, but honestly I wasn’t expecting to find much. Imagine my surprise when I discovered just how prolific the genre has become. I was just about as happy as a pig in mud for a nice country colloquialism. I started downloading book after book and once again my main genre shifted. I was reading mostly MM with very few others thrown in.
Now about a year ago I finally discovered Goodreads. I’d been looking for a way to catalogue all the 1000+ books I owned physically not to mention the hundreds more now on my Kindle. I joined the website, and then promptly ignored it because it wasn’t exactly what I wanted. Last summer though I found out about the MM Romance Group. That was the beginning of the end for me. I’m now hopelessly addicted to the website and the endless number of challenges provided there in. (As many people will tell you I’m a challenge junkie in massive need of an intervention.)
What’s the significance you might ask? Well for the first time I find a group of like minded people with whom to discuss books and who shared similar interests to me. As I became involved in the challenges I needed to start writing at least small reviews to show I’d read the books I said. Now if you’ve seen writing by me at all you quickly realize I have no ability to write something short and sweet. I’m incredibly verbose and tend to go on and on. But what I discovered was…I liked it. I liked writing the reviews and seeing that other people enjoyed my slant on things. Not to mention I read so much it’s often hard to remember what I did or didn’t like about a particular book. Finally, forcing myself to write a review before moving on to the next book had a purpose.
But why MM (have to admit I haven’t done a lot of FF reading, but I’m willing to try anything at least once)? It comes down to this. I realized it all doesn’t matter to me. Now granted I’m a pretty straight down the line heterosexual female who finds men attractive. Two men? What’s not to love? But that’s not really it either. I just love the romance of it. It doesn’t even occur to me really that there is any difference between MM and MF.
Remember when I said I read a ton of sci-fi fantasy as a kid? Well one day as I perusing one of the Best Gay Fantasy lists on Listopia I ended up sitting there and staring at my computer screen shocked at what I was seeing. I couldn’t get past it for a moment. You see, apparently I’d been reading MM since I was probably 14 or 15. Sitting right there in front of me was one of my all time favorite series’ by Mercedes Lackey. I adore her Valdemar books and her The Last Herald-Mage series is one of the best in that world. As a child it never even occurred to me that this was something I should look at differently. I never questioned that the leads were two men. It was just a beautiful story about two people finding love amidst great adversity. What’s not to love about that?
For me reading this genre and giving my support to the LGBT community isn’t about anything more than I don’t see a difference. It’s never occurred to me in my life to think there’s anything different about two men loving each other than a man and a woman, or two woman, or any variations therein you want to come up with. Love is love and that’s really all that’s important. Now I’m as red blooded as the next American and I admit, two men together (considering men are what I personally find attractive) is FREAKIN’ HOT! I have a bit of a dirty kinky side and I’m not ashamed to admit it. But, what really gets to me in a good story, is watching two people struggle through the adversity in their life to find what really matters with someone they want to spend the rest of their life with. And there are some DAMN good stories right here in the LGBT community. Every single person deserves to have love in their life, no matter who it is they find it with. Black, white, mixed race, gay or straight, I don’t care about your color, creed, sexuality, I care about the person you are underneath. Ultimately that’s what really matters.
Authors to Watch
So I’m supposed to recommend a few authors here now (jumping off the serious ship for a moment). This is extremely difficult for me. I have so many that I love. But we’ll go with a couple of auto buys that maybe aren’t as known as some others…
Sandrine Gasq-Dion: I adore her Assassin/Shifters series. It’s fantastic fun and doesn’t take itself too series. Sandy’s a wonderful woman and a fabulous writer. I’ll devour anything she puts out there.
J.L. Langley: I’ve loved everything of hers I’ve read and I can’t wait for her next book to come out. Her Sci-Fi Regency series is just such a fascinating take on a new world view.
A.B. Gayle: Amazing Australian author! She has a really fluid prose and such fantastic characters. I’ve enjoyed every book I’ve ever read of hers.
Taylor V. Donovan I read her Disasterology 101 and wanted to hug my Kindle for ages. As someone who deals with some OCD tendencies I identified with that book so much and it really touched something in my heart.
T.A. Chase She was one of the first MM authors I ever read and while most of her stories are on the lighter side I always leave each one with a smile on my face.
Kaje Harper: I have yet to meet a book by Kaje I didn’t like. She has such a beautiful style and even her shorts suck me in like non other.
I could go on and on, but those are the first few that come time mind…who knows maybe I’ll add more later. 😀
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