Alpha Recs: C

A few weeks ago, the wonderful Dahlia Adler did a thread on Twitter where she recommended five good books for each letter in the alphabet. She suggested I might do a similar set of recs, and that sounded like a lot of fun to me, so I have decided to do a weekly series of alphabet-based book recommendations. (I did miss a couple weeks due to disability flares, but I’m picking it back up now. Here is the most recent list.

Six Good Books That Begin with C

  • Counterpoint by Anna Zabo (contemporary m/m romance novel) I absolutely loved this meet-cute BDSM romance between a programmer and a rock star who is really also a geek too. The kink was gorgeous, their arcs were so compelling, and I fell really hard for both heroes, was so grateful to see a careful, caring, vulnerable dominant character in particular.
  • Ceremonies by Essex Hemphill (poetry and essay collection) This queer poetry collection by one of my most favorite poets has had my heart for many years. It contains one of my most favorite love poems ever, “Black Beans“, and a bunch of other favorite Hemphill poems. (For those familiar, yes this is the poet I reference in my story “Falling for Essex”.)
  • The Coyote’s Cowboy by Holley Trent (paranormal m/f romance novella) This shifter romance packs an intense punch. Witnessing these two neuroatypical MCs (one with ADHD, one with PTSD) who both feel alienated from other people connecting and being sweet to each other as they try to extricate themselves from folks who were trying to control them gave me so many feelings. This is an intense whirlwind ride of a romance that I could not put down.
  • Cinnamon Blade: Knife In Shining Armor by Shira Glassman (superhero f/f romance novella) This high heat superhero/damsel in distress romance is one of my favorite recent f/f romances. I was especially charmed to see the fandom Glassman had her MCs bond over in Knit One, Girl Two come to life. I fell hard for both of these characters, and treasure this addition to Glassman’s wonderful f/f romances.
  • The Cancer Journals by Audre Lorde (memoir) This memoir is one of the books I carry with me, that has shaped my thinking and is a touchstone for what I know. These edited journal entries are mostly focused on the thoughts Lorde was having dealing with her initial cancer diagnosis and treatment. They are an account of acquiring disability, of making sense of mortality, of thinking about cancer, gender and race from her specific perspective as a Black lesbian mother and poet. This slim volume has had a huge impact on me.
  • Coffee Boy by Austin Chant (contemporary m/m romance novella with a trans man MC) This book really holds the reality of what it’s like to be a non-passing trans guy at the workplace. I enjoyed watching the romance build between the characters, and the way Chant established consent, and I fell really hard for Kieran. This is one of my top choices for trans comfort reads.
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