Alpha Recs: G

Recently, 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. Here is the most recent list.

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Six Good Books That Begin with G


  • Gridiron Heartbreaker by Melissa Blue (contemporary m/f romance novella) This romance between a chef and a football player was a great comfort read. I adored the heroine from the meet cute, especially because she’s not buying into the hero’s game and she gives him shit relentlessly. I loved their chemistry, enjoyed the way the hero was both cocky and vulnerable, and how he really honored her consent, and cared about her getting what she wanted and needed. My review.
  • Geometries of Belonging by Rose Lemberg (fantasy novelette) I wrote a lengthy blog post about this novelette because it had such a deep impact on me, in part because it goes at my pace, as an autistic reader. This story, at its core, challenges cure narratives about both disability and transness. Reading it changed me, as a writer. It unlocked something I didn’t even really know was locked down inside me.
  • Graham’s Delicacies by Em Ali (contemporary queer romance short stories) This collection is all the soft queer low-angst foodie goodness I needed on a hard day. It contains three adorable romances centered around queer characters who work in the same bakery cafe: a meet cute workplace f/enby romance, a coworkers in denial about their long term crush until they finally admit it m/m romance, and a second chance after the love interest disappeared in the middle of the night after a one night stand m/enby romance. My interview with the author.


  • Grumpy Fake Boyfriend by Jackie Lau (contemporary m/f romance novella) I loved this fake relationship brother’s best friend romance a lot. I especially fell for the grumpy introvert hero and how much he was gone over the heroine. Lau’s romances really hit the spot for me these days and this is my fave so far.
  • Growing Beyond Survival by Elizabeth Vermilyea (self help workbook) Hands down the most useful book for trauma survivors that I know. This has concrete tools for managing trauma symptoms that I find very useful and also a rather thorough tool to aid in self dx of PTSD. If you can only get one trauma book, this is the one I recommend for survivors.
  • Getting Home Alive by Aurora Levins Morales and Rosario Morales (poetry collection)  This is one of the books I carry with me, that has shaped my thinking and is a touchstone for what I know. These poems are so incisive, so brilliant, and they teach me something new every time I read them. They are by a mother/daughter pair of activists, and are of the activist poetry bent, more written for the page than the performance though they do well read aloud.

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