I texted S., who was spending some time with his sister. He's going to get back to me "after dinner" about getting together.
I did a list of the books mentioned so far on the "Gay Books -- What We're Reading 2012" forum. It's two pages there, three handwritten pages and two pages in Word. I sent it to the usual suspects -- some of the people who post the most. I sent it to O., of course, because it's his forum.
Later: I did some book shopping and read a couple of the books I got. I read Drew Hunt's Rough Road to Happiness. It had some stereotypical phrases for describing African-American men, and the characters cried easily. Also, (*spoiler*), Bud was cheating on his wife with David for much of the book, with David not knowing. David was an emotional wreck. It was still more of a hit than a miss for me. There are some of Drew's stories I like quite a bit, like the Colin and Martin stories. I got two more of Drew's books in my shopping, Surface Tension and Trucker and Pup.
I got By Honor Betrayed by Alex Beecroft. I haven't read that yet. I also got L.A. Witt's Out of Focus and The Giver and the Taker. I got One Real Thing by Anah Crow and Dianne Fox. Dear Author had it in one of a reviewer's best of 2011 lists. Out of Focus was in that list as well. (Edited to add: The reviewer is Sarah F.) I got the Hidden Conflict anthology.
[Paragraph edited.] I saw a review Erastes did of Half a Man, by Scarlet Blackwell. She gave it three stars, but Erastes and I look for very different things in books. Erastes mentioned the characters crying frequently, which they did. That didn't bother me in this one. It wasn't a keeper for her, but she said, "However, it's well written, and thoroughly romantic with very little conflict so I'm sure that the readers of a more romantic brand of gay historicals will like it a lot." The book was set a year or two after the end of World War I, and Robert had been disabled in the war. Jack was a rent boy. I read a good number of romances with characters who are veterans.
I thought there was some conflict in the book. It's fair to say that I like more romantic books, though I read some that are really rather gritty. Erastes doesn't need a happy ending in order to like a book. I trust her to give an honest review, but in my opinion, she can enjoy a book in which the characters are completely put through the wringer. Again I fall far more to the happy fluffy side in my taste in books.