I read a little of A Lady Awakened by Cecilia Grant last night. It's one of those where the sex is bad for the protagonists at first. Martha is very self-controlled, and Theo doesn't care much about his estate, but I expect that Martha will teach Theo about estate management, and that Theo will teach Martha that it's okay to show her feelings. I read some of "Big Moon Rising" during the day. I wonder if there's going to be another story in the Puppyverse. I'd read "Big Moon Rising" before.
I sat under the sunlight-effect lamp for half an hour this morning, and read more of "Big Moon Rising." After I was done with the lamp, I re-read "Tip-Tilt." If I wanted to feel less depressed, that was not the thing to read. I remembered the major events in it, though, so it wasn't raw to me.
I want to go to Giovanni's Room. The owner is retiring in the winter, and it's not clear if someone else will be buying the store. It's currently the oldest GLBT bookstore in the country, since the Oscar Wilde Memorial Bookstore closed a couple of years ago. It's hard for me to get there, since I don't drive in Philadelphia, but I do want to go there.
Saturday afternoon: I went to Giovanni's Room. I took the train and then a cab. I got four books. I would have liked to get more, but will have to come back another time in the fall. I got The Elephant of Surprise by Brent Hartinger. It's the fourth in the Russel Middlebrook series. I'd read the first three. Geography Club is a movie now. I got Queers Dig Time Lords. I knew about that because Racheline Maltese of Letters from Titan said she had an essay in it. The title of her essay is "Jack Harkness's Lessons on Memory and Hope for Cranky, Old Queers." Dad was a big Doctor Who fan. I remember watching episodes with the Doctor with the long, colorful scarf, and I think that was several Doctors ago. There were appearances from earlier Doctors, too.
I got Stonewall: The Riots That Sparked the Gay Revolution by David Carter. I had read it before, or at least an earlier edition. I already had Martin Duberman's book Stonewall. I got Nameless Offences: Homosexual Desire in the 19th Century. It's about the Victorians in Great Britain. I don't think I'd read that before, although the first story in it sounds familiar. If I had read it, I didn't own the book anymore, or at least it isn't in a place I could find it.
They had a number of books published by MLR and Dreamspinner. Dirty Kiss by Rhys Ford was one. I am good just having that in e-book format. They had books by Victor Banis, and Richard Stevenson. They had a couple by Ariel Tachna, and one in Andrew Grey's "Love Means..."/Farm series. There were a couple by Lee Rowan, Eye of the Storm and Walking Wounded. I had read those. There were a couple of Erastes' books. They had a mystery by Marshall Thornton. Some of the commenters on the Backlot Goodreads "Gay Books" forum, and before that AfterElton, are big fans. He came onto the m/m romance forum specifically to troll about m/m romances, so I'm not reading his books, but others were not put off by that.
I was nervous about getting transportation within Philadelphia, but that worked out after all. I think I'll try to get back to Giovanni's Room in November.
Saturday evening: I read The Elephant of Surprise. A lot of exciting things happened to Russel. I looked, and it's not in the local public library system, though the first three in the series are. I may donate it to the library. I'm not planning to keep Queers Dig Time Lords. I'll probably send it off to a Doctor Who and Torchwood fan once I'm done reading it. I may loan the Stonewall books to A., although he already wrote those three articles, the first on twentieth-century GLBT American history before Stonewall, then an article about those nights of rioting, and then one about the aftermath. I'll probably keep the Victorian history book.
J. said that K. hadn't been released from the hospital today, but maybe tomorrow she'd be released. They still haven't figured out why she's having such abdominal pains, though they'll do tests Thursday. They found she had a small gallstone, but they don't think that's it. Mom and I will send her a get-well card on Monday. I'd go visit if I thought it would be helpful. I hope they figure out what's wrong, and can do something about it.
Later in the evening: I talked with A. for about an hour and a half. He caught me up on the last couple of weeks for him, and I caught him up on my last couple of weeks. We talked about bookstores, books, TV, his clubbing adventures, my traveling adventures, and more. A. said he'd like to have a couple of books about the Stonewall riots around the house. I said I'd send him the Martin Duberman book on indefinite loan. He's interested in history in general, and LGBT history in particular.