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General

Keeper of the Molekine notebook. Voracious reader. A bookworm. Goof-ball. Seasoned traveller. Citizen of the world. An average guy who doesn’t belong to any scene. He just completed the graduate degree in comparative literature and is aspired to be a teacher and writer. Most likely be sighted at the local gym improving his physique if not buried in school work and the concomitant academic obligations. In short, eccentric, spontaneous, reticent, and bookaholic.

Why This Blog

I like to read—classics, historical fiction, contemporary literature, and literary fiction. Moleskine used to freelace for SparkNotes, TestMagic, and Amazon, and decides to launch book blog on his own. This is a reading history of a book worm who wants to say a few things about the book he reads.

100 Things [June 2008]

1. At the time of writing this post, this blog has 100,505 hits.
2. I believe in love at first sight.
3. I wear my heart on the sleeves easily.
4. Toilet paper: always over the top.
5. I have always traveled alone except for one trip.
6. Being gay is a life, not a lifestyle.
7. I despise loud cellphone users.
8. I take people too seriously.
9. I don’t believe in marriage.
10. More a thinker than a talker.
11. Extremely claustrophobic.
12. Compulsive obsessive syndrome.
13. Obsessed with interpreting language.
14. Bed-time is usually before 9:30 pm.
15. Always sleep on my stomach with hands under the pillow.
16. Despise those who don’t yield seats.
17. Fear of height. So absolutely no helicopter.
18. Atheist.
19. Believe in incarnation and karma.
20. Always prefer quiet and secluded places.
21. Fed on baby formula only until the age of 6.
22. Part-Han, part-Mongol.
23. I don’t mind going to movie alone.
24. Aspired to write and publish a book.
25. I’ve been using the same bag, a Timbuk, for 9 years.
26. Number Twelve.
27. I like my all-seed bagel double toasted.
28. God knows why I name my labrador after George Michael.
29. Stop by at least one bookstore a day.
30. Becoming addicted to crossword puzzles.
31. Always fly business for long-hauls.
32. Read 424 out of the 1001 Books You Must Read.
33. Best quality is a big heart.
34. Absolutely no rap and hip-hop.
35. Please be on-time.
36. Never order from the menu at Chinese restaurants.
37. I don’t wear cologne.
38. “Raindrops on roses and whiskers on kittens…”
39. Used to play piano.
40. Prefer dogs over people. Seriously.
41. Tailgating should be punishable by death.
42. Diva: Sandy Lam.
43. Always the one who gives more in a relationship.
44. Because of (43), that’s why it hurts so bad.
45. Prefer text messages over phone calls.
46. I do not like airport goodbyes.
47. Never leave the house without hand lotion.
48. Ideal job is one that doesn’t require suit and tie.
49. Music in the 80s makes up a huge chunk of my iPod.
50. Not materialistic.
51. Scorpio: highly passionate, imaginative, determined, persevering, inflexible.
52. Swimming, hiking, working out.
53. Like taking long walk at the beach.
54. I rather hear “I Need You” than “I Love You.”
55. I don’t abide anything mainstream: bestsellers and blockbusters.
56. I was due on Halloween, born 18 days later.
57. I don’t mind people smoke, but I do mind their being drunk.
58. Had two surgeries, both on knees.
59. I can have Thai and Japanese food everyday.
60. I’m allergic to hard-shell fish and pine nut.
61. Always take vacation in sunny, warm places.
62. Prefer shorts and sandals over layers.
63. I used to weigh 215 lbs about 8 years ago.
64. Cocktails and martinis, but no beer.
65. I keep a written diary, besides the blog.
66. I always get 8 hours of sleep.
67. Crew cut is the way to go now.
68. If I can have a power, I would like to be able to discern people’s thoughts.
69. I’m afraid to lose the ability to love.
70. I’ve been a Best Man 4 times.
71. Eccentric and spontaneous.
72. Experienced the tsunami in Thailand in 2004.
73. If I pick a different career, I’ll be a chef.
74. Don’t like to be greeted by salespersons. They overwhelm me.
75. A jealous person.
76. Why are Canadian customs and immigration so annoying?
77. “I’m so afraid to show my feelings. I have sailed a million ceilings in a solitary room…”
78. Photogenic memories.
79. This means it’s hard for me to let go of things.
80. Paradise is in the arm of someone you love. And Hawaii.
81. Hate the sounds high-heels make.
82. Indecisive in making choices of restaurants.
83. Delicate and tender heart, cry easily.
84. Usually pay by cash or debit.
85. Two cups of coffee everyday: a latte and an au lait.
86. Soy milk and no sugar, prefer steamy hot.
87. Prefer to listen and observe than to contribute.
88. Fare better in a small group of friends than a huge party.
89. Don’t like going to bars and clubs.
90. Average 1-2 books a week depending on the subject matter.
91. Always look at a guy’s legs first.
92. What attracts me the most are intelligence, kindness and sincerity.
93. Usually don’t walk into a store without any customers.
94. Have no patience for waiting in line, especially restaurants.
95. I don’t care for the presidential election any more.
96. Not very good with names.
97. Always finish a book I pick up, even if I hate it.
98. Still can’t get over my mother’s passing after 8 years.
99. Don’t have a sweet-tooth.
100. I can’t believe this takes so long.

Twenty Things About Matt (September 2007)

1. What’s the first thing(s) you read in the morning?
Hmmm…let see, that would be the label on my toothpaste. No!? My Email first, just to see who have written me. Then proceed on to CNN.com for domestic news and Yahoo! Hong Kong to see what’s happening over at home. I also check new comments on the blog.

2. What’s your favorite guilty pleasure website?
Sheesh…do you really want to know my dark secret? To spare you from the gory details, I say book sites where I usually spend my money to order books. I also find myself surfing Flickr pages of friends with whom I need to catch up.

3. What job do you fantasize about having?
Airport control tower dispatcher. I know it must be a stressful job which requires undivided, perspicacious attention, but the thought be being on top on the roof of an airfield directing air traffic just thrills me.

4. Last movie you saw?
Together directed by Kaige Chen (Farewell My Concubine) at the condo in Kauai. It’s about a 13-years-old violin prodigy and his father heading to Beijing seeking fame and fortune. Before they find it in a world of cut-throat competition, they re-discover something that is more precious.

5. Last book you read?
Shadow of a Man by May Sarton for the Outmoded Author Challenge.

6. Best show legendary biz/movie star encounter.
Most of you will not be familiar with her since she’s a pop diva from Hong Kong. Last year I drove up to Lake Tahoe for Sandy Lam in Concert. After the show, I ran into her not too far from the back stage access. So nervous was I that I forgot to ask for an autograph! I’ll see her live in Hong Kong this winter.

7. Proudest media moment?
I’m not really a celebrity…

8. Ever had a brush with the law? Describe.
I got a $104 ticket for stopping on a busy street in Oakland. That was back in 1995, when I dropped off a friend to the YMCA.

9. If you got a unicorn what would you name it?
I don’t know. Maybe Winnie (as in the Pooh).

10. What does your TiVo think about you?
It would probably feel lonely, alienated, uncared for and underappreciated since I hardly watch TV. I could even do without one these days with all the books I’ve got to read.

11. Character of fiction you most resemble?
I honestly don’t know because there are so many characters. But the first one that comes off my head is Maurice in E.M. Forster’s Maurice, for he was rewarded with true happiness after much unrequisited love. Hopefully that will be the case for me.

12. Who plays you in your bio-pic?
I simply don’t understand what this is getting at. Of course it’s me!

13. What’s your ringtone?
It’s the generic office dood-dood tone called provincial by Verizon. I’m not crazy about all the crazy, annoying, loud MP3 ringertones.

14. Favorite electronic device?
That would be my iPod nano, it’s a great travel companion and the solution to shutting off loud conversation that I don’t care for in public places.

15. What do your friends say is your best quality?
I’ve been told that I’m reliable, kind, patient, and compassionate.

16. What do your enemies say is your worst?
Probably stubbornness.

17.What natural talent do you wish you had?
To be less inept in sports, to be more able to play more musical instruments.

18. What’s your theme song?
Haydn Symphony #22 – The Philosopher.

19. Do you believe in love at first sight?
You bet, all the time. Maybe that’s why I’m cursed in love life! But I also believe that personality opens the door and character is what keeps it open.

20. When is the last time you volunteered? Where?
About two weeks ago at the Friends of the San Francisco Public Library annual book sale. It was a great experience to meet other book lovers and have the sneak preview of all the books that were on sale.

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115 Responses

  1. Hello VBW,

    Do you want more bound paper to devour? How about in Russian and Polish? My mom is moving out of her home into an assisted living facility. She can’t take most of her things – so they have to go. My dad was the only Russian reader in the family and he has passed away four years ago. I have a box full of Pushikn, Gogol, Gorki, Dostoyevsky, Tolstoy and more. Let me know if you want any of these. If not they will be recycled. All the Russian books are Soviet published and date from the 30s to the 50s. Most are in good condition. Plus there are many Polish books – however lot of these are on Religion and Philosophy. Let me know.

    VBW = Voracious BookWorm,

  2. Dear sir,
    I had read your journal, I would like to ask where did you stay when you said you walked from ni-chome gay bar to your hotel. Is it good my friends have big luggages, and we would like to walk back hotel after bars.
    Thank you so much for your valuable info.
    Tumn

  3. hello! i’d like to invite you to add your blog to the bookblogblog – a directory of book and reading blogs – at bookblogblog.blogspot.com … 🙂

  4. Hey Matt – good to meet you – I see you’re a May Sarton fan…

  5. Hi Matt,
    I just ended up on your site via another by complete “chance” and noticed your amazing photos of HK taken just recently. What captured my eye was the neighbourhood in SoHo…my neighbourhood and new home (since 9 months ago). Seeing my home through your lens confirms why I love it here so much. Thank you.

  6. hello matthew….would you mind giving me your last name so i can give you some credit on my critical analysis due in english class on monday morning..if its not a big deal..i swear im not trying to set you up or sue you or anything i just see that your review connects with my critical analysis and for me to use it i need to do a work cited page and i have to give your first and last name

    oh yeah it is for a separate peace…great book

  7. may i submit a query about Down to a Sunless Sea, a short story collection?

  8. […] Matt at A Guy’s Moleskine Notebook has a list “about” page that lists his interests and activities and 100 things about him. […]

  9. Wanting Russian literature, YES!

    I enjoyed reading your lists here, by the way. There is much to admire…

  10. Hi there Matt. First of all congrat. for this blog, It’s really great!

    Now I`m posting this comment asking you kindly to drop me an e-mail cause I would like to talk something with you but I just could not find any contact info. So please be kind 🙂

    Thanks in advance!

  11. Hi Matt!

    I can’t find an email address for you!

    Would you please email me at lisamunleyATcaDOTrrDOTcom. I have a book I’m hoping you’ll agree to review as part of a virtual book tour for Kim Powers.

    Thanks!
    ~Lisa
    http://www.tlcbooktours.wordpress.com

  12. Hi Matt,

    Like Lisa, I too have a book I would be interested in having you review. Please email me at amateurdelivre at gmail dot com for more details. Thanks!

    Tracee

  13. Matt-

    If you have a moment, drop me a line at

    peter AT flashlightworthy DOT com

    I’d love to discuss having our site feature a list of books that you compile.

    Peter
    http://www.flashlightworthybooks.com
    Books so good, they’ll keep you up past your bedtime. 😉

  14. Hi Matt,

    Just wanted to say thanks for your great comments over at Literary License (www.litlicense.blogspot.com). You always have something good to add to the discussion. You have a wonderful blog going here.

    Gwen

  15. Hi,
    Apologies for posting this as a comment – I couldn’t find an email address or contact form.

    This is just a quick courtesy note to let you know that your blog has been recommended as a Trusted Source on BookFizz:
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    This means that BookFizz will provide a direct link to every article you write from now on, including a brief snippet to get readers interested. You can keep track of all your articles here:
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  16. Hello Matt,

    Just want to thank you for all the effort you have put into our blog. It is Blogs like these, and Obama’s win, which keep me from despairing.

    Thanks again.

    John.

    P.S. Have your read Oblomov?

  17. Hi Matt! I wasn’t sure where to post a general comment. But I wanted to recommend a blog to you that you may like. It is my sister’s, so I am a little biased, but I think its great. She is the one that convinced me I had nothing to lose by starting a blog. Anyway, her blog focuses primarily on the off-road, artsy, indie movies. She also has a serious love for Asian movies, as she is fluent in Chinese and keeps up her skills this way. (She went to art school in China in a transfer program from the University of Minnesota.) She doesn’t read much, but I bet she watches over six movies a week…I can’t even hold a candle to her! It is at kathiesmith.blogspot.com.

    Love your blog! Keep up the good work!

  18. oooooh, these photos make me miss SLO so much. Now I live in Mexico, which has its own beauty. But SLO is still home…

  19. Could you please contact ken@1800blogger.com

  20. Hello, I would like to submit my book Rocket Man for review. Book dads just reviewed ihttp://www.bookdads.com/2008/12/rocket-man/t.
    I think it would appeal to your readers.
    Thank you.

  21. Loved the blog, Matt, and especially the reviews. Take a look at mine if you get a chance. If you approve, perhaps we could link?

  22. Hi there Matt! Just wondering if I could get your e-mail address to ask a question? Many thanks! Cheers

  23. Hi Matt! My name is Kathryn and I’m an intern at HarperStudio. I wanted to see if you would be interested in reviewing one of our books on your blog. It’s called “Who Is Mark Twain?” and more about it can be found at our website: http://theharperstudio.com/authorsandbooks/marktwain/
    Please email me if you have any questions! Thanks.

  24. I hopped over here from some review site. I realize that my comment is rather out of place, as it doesn’t involve any solicitation, so I will bid you a cordial good-day.

  25. #37, 45, and 53: Ditto! (cologne makes me sneeze, phone calls make me nervous, and walks on the beach make everything all better, every time.)

    I’m wondering if I might send you a copy of a book for possible review. The novel, NO ONE YOU KNOW, is about math and storytelling, and will be released in paperback in May. (My earlier novel is THE YEAR OF FOG).

  26. Hi Matt,
    Just found your site by searching for Southern Lit. Since you seem to really enjoy this genre, I thought I’d touch base with you about possibly reviewing Saints in Limbo by River Jordan. It’s a beautifully written story about a woman who thinks her “purposes are all dried up.” If it sounds like something that might interest you, I’d be happy to shoot you a free review copy. Looking forward to your thoughts.
    Liz

  27. Hi Matt,

    Just letting you know you are the first blog to go on my blogroll! Feel special, feel priveleged, blogroll me back! (if you want) It’s called With Extra Pulp and, is a little new – at gomez.com.au/elena

    love reading your reviews, inspired me to start putting more thought into my own

  28. Hello Matt,
    Did not know where to put this comment but I have given you an award so if you would like to please come pick it up at: http://thesocialfrog.com/?p=1601

    The Social Frog 🙂

  29. Hi Matt,

    Wondering if I could get your email address to offer a galley copy of an upcoming book…an awesome title.

    All the best,
    Erin R.

  30. Hi, I was wondering if it is possible for other bookworms to suggest their favorite books/authors to your reading or reviewing? Please reply, thanks.

  31. I apologize I haven’t kept up-to-date the comments on this page, if you like to contact me, please e-mail me at:

    mattviews@yahoo.com

  32. Super article! Hope to definitely come back again..

  33. Hi Matt,

    I know I’ve mentioned this before but I adore your blog. I haven’t had a lot of time for blogging in the last (seemingly very long) while but there are a few blogs I always try to get to at least once a week. I often find myself here reading your current posts and re-reading reviews and past posts. You impart a wealth of information, humour and just plain good content. I always enjoy your posts even if I don’t always have the time to write a quality comment.

    I wanted to write this comment to just say thank you for writing such a good blog and for inspiring me to be a better blogger. I hope someday to provide for any readers I might have, what you’ve provided for me.

  34. Hey Matt,
    I wanted to talk to you about your policy on reviewing products. If you could contact me via email I’d really appreciate it. Thanks.

  35. I love your banner image! I just came across your site today and given our mutual love of notebooks, I wanted to share my recent post on the power of a personal notebook over at my site OPTED Magazine. Take care!

    Title: A notebook: not just sheets of paper
    http://www.optedmagazine.com

  36. Hey, Matt! Can you email me? I’ve need to send you an email because you were nominated in the Best GLBT category for BBAW. Thanks!

  37. Hello!

    My name is Hannah, and I write to you from Regal Literary, where we are helping to publicize Audrey Niffenegger’s next novel, HER FEARFUL SYMMETRY. We would like to send you a galley and some information about two special offers we have for book bloggers and book clubs. What mailing address should we use?

    Best,
    Hannah

    PS – for more information about our special offers, check out HER FEARFUL SYMMETRY on facebook:

    http://tinyurl.com/facebookhfs

  38. Hey Matt,
    I loved your review for ‘Strings Attached’, and see that ‘Double Bound’ is on your TBR list. Why don’t you let me send you a copy? Just email me, and you can tell me where to send it.
    I was very touched by your estimation of my work, and I sincerely thank you.
    Best wishes,
    Nick Nolan
    Los Angeles

  39. It looks really good when a writer can’t spell his own last name, huh? DOH!
    Nick

  40. Hi Matt!

    I’m passing on the “Kreativ Blogger” Award to you. Come here if you’d like to accept it:

    http://amyreads.com/?p=494

    🙂

  41. Hi Matt

    Wonderful blog. It’s great reading your thoughts about books and I like your creative reading challenges.
    I linked to you from the Chroma books blog.

    Cheers
    Eric

  42. Dear Matt:

    The publisher has made a reviewer’s copy pdf of this available. If you’re interested, let me know and I’ll get it to you. Thanks so much for your attention to this.

    Best,

    Jeffrey

  43. Thanks for including me in your blogroll.

  44. Email me regarding promo copy. I have only a few left.

    Neil

  45. Dear Matt,

    Can I send you my book? You don’t have to review it but thought you might like to read it. It’s called Dirty White Boy: Tales of Soho.

    Best Regards,

    Clayton Littlewood
    Email: clayuk@aol.com
    http://www.myspace.com/dwbsoho

  46. Dear Matt,
    I would like to know whether you would be interested in reviewing the children’s novel The Green Bronze Mirror by Lynne Ellison, recently reprinted by my company Cnposner Books. A summary of the plot is given below.
    Karen is playing on the beach when she finds an ancient mirror buried in the sand. She looks into it, and is transported back in time to the Roman empire. Finding herself a slave, she faces many hair-raising adventures in her struggle to return to her own time.

    If you give me your postal address I will send a free copy immediately. Further details can be found at our company website http://cnposnerbooks.co.uk

    Yours sincerely

    Christopher Posner

  47. Hey Matt,

    Wondering if you might take a look at my new novel, WHOM GOD WOULD DESTROY? It’s the twisted tale of what happens when “God” returns to Earth to goof on humanity once more. Needless to say, things don’t go quite as He’d planned. The book has all the ingredients for a killer satire: insanity, a deity, space aliens and the quest for the Ultimate Orgasm.

    Thus far, WGWD has garnered 6 reviews – hey, you’ve got to start somewhere. Here are quotes from each:
    illiterarty :

    “A light-hearted romp through the big boys of serious topics – Whom God Would Destroy examines the subjects of religion, psychiatry, the mentally ill, and alien conspiracies in a sniggeringly hilarious meander through some cunning plot twists and a whole new understanding of the universe as it is.”

    readingforsanity :

    “Commander Pants has a gift for characterization and the rare ability to juggle and seamlessly interweave a series of largely-unrelated subplots. The book is ripe with florid fruits of an overactive imagination and a willingness to look at everyday events from bizarre angles.
    …The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Psyche, with an extra helping of blasphemy.”

    bookfetish :

    “WHOM GOD WOULD DESTROY is one of those books that has so many themes going on (a vengeful God, consumerism, mental illness, medication and aliens) it’s any wonder the story makes sense; however, the author did a great job of tying them all together using a velvet hammer disguised as a satirical storyline.”

    readersrespite:
    “…But funny hi-jinks aside, we found a rather poignant message embedded in the story: Happiness may well be found in making other people happy. Simple. Easy. Okay, okay…so that particular message was imparted by a returned-to-Earth-Jesus who is having fun manipulating us sheep-like mortals. But we liked it nonetheless.”

    readingbackwards

    “Commander Pants has written a novel that cleverly forces one to question human nature while making us laugh.”

    eclectic-eccentric

    “Thematically, not many books can tackle so many serious issues in such an absurd but meaningful way. Commander Pants touches on mental health, medication, religion, consumerism, selfishness, sexuality, reality, and Big Macs.”

    If I’ve peeked your interested, I’d love to send you a copy. To say that I’m looking forward to hearing from you is akin to saying that Michael Jackson was a bit weird.

    -CP

  48. Matt,
    I have a free promotional copy of my book, LOST LETTER that I can send you. Just email your address and I can get out this week. Happy New Year!

    Neil

  49. Hi,

    My name is Rebecca Kaplan, and I’m working on a media list for Random House. It would be really helpful if I had an e-mail address for this blog so I could add you to get mailings from Pantheon/Knopf.

    If you’re interested, please send me a contact e-mail.

    Thanks,
    Rebecca.

  50. how do we reach you? please email me.

    i’m the editor of homo-neurotic.com and the soon to launch online (www.lambdaliterary.org) LLF e-zine.

    would be nice to connect.

    • Hi,

      I just published a book on Amazon Kindle called “The Palisades.” It’s getting great response from the people who’ve read it, not just friends, but those it’s been passed on to.

      I hope you’ll take a look and download it. For those with gay literary blogs, please take a look. The book was workshopped with John Rechy in Los Angeles and is a literary work of fiction.

      Thanks!

  51. Hello, there,

    I have a book by a NYT bestselling author that I think you’d love to read/review. I’m able to send you an advance review copy quickly.

    Please let me know if you’re interested.

    Thanks!
    Sarah D.

  52. Hi Matt,
    I really enjoy your blog, I came to it from another book blog, which one I don’t remember. That is thing with blogs, one leads to another! If you have not read The Lacuna, I reccomend it highly. Having lived in Mexico for a number of years I had been many of the places mentioned in the book and understand the Mexican outlook perhaps better than most.
    Thanks,
    Tom

    • Thanks for the message, Tom. For a second I thought you are the same Tom who recommended Bachelor Brother’s Bed & Breakfast by Bill Richardson on another post. The return e-mail addresses help resolve the different identities. I have been introduced to book blogging through reading book blogs, and it’s wonderful to have found and negotiate through the endless world of book blogging. I have written down The Lacuna as I type here, and hope you’ll come back for visits.

  53. Matthew-

    “The Library at Night”, by Alberto Mangrel, is a “meditation on the meaning of libraries through history, from Alexandria through Google….” Mangrel also wrote “The History of Reading” which I haven’t read.

    And which translation of The Master and Margarita do you recommend?

    Please e mail. I consider these matters urgent!

    Lisa

  54. to Whom ever,
    i love your site. keep up the good work. dont ever give up. let me know where i can send a book.

    sincerely,

    Ryan Buynak

    http://www.ryanbuynak.com
    http://www.coyoteblood.blogspot.com

  55. just wanted to say- i absolutely love your blog- thank you!
    2nd year exams at cambridge killing me a little bit – key is not to engage with the books at the moment, which seems v.stupid. Reading Mrs Dalloway to find quotes for my supervisor termed ‘grab-bag’ is just wrong.
    brideshead also should not be read in a library. It should be outside. With strawberries. Xx

  56. I am happy to have discovered your Blog.

  57. Hello Matt,

    I have two new summer books I would like to pass on to you. One is entitled The Bradbury Report, and the other is The Ice Princess.

    If you could please email me your contact information, I would be more than delighted to email you a press packet and mail you the new releases.

    Thanks

  58. Hi Matt – phenomenal work you’ve done here. Just popping in to say hi and thanks for the inspiration.

  59. And can I recommend Roberto Bolano’s 2666. It’s quite a challenge but I’d be very interested to read what you think about it.

    J. P. R.
    http://spikedgrapevine.wordpress.com/

  60. Hi, Matt; this is the best blog by a gay man i have hitherto seen-gay stuff and “mainstream” lit- all together. I am genuinely interested in it and I like your literary voraciousness and enthusiasm!]So this is NOT just to give u the the following link to MY blog:
    decayetude.wordpress.com. Google finds it in general(not blog) search. Although I have,upto now, written(and photographed) the remains of a department store, I like
    Leavitt
    “Folding Star”
    “ready to Catch Him Should he Fall”(very voluptous!)
    All gay-themed, well-written(especially stylistically)classics.

    WG Sebald is VERY interesting(and wil be the theme of my next post): he deals with re-writing back into history invisibilised/marginalised groups: Jewish people, but also(interestingly, from a non-gay male writer) gay people

    If you feel like emailing me directly on literary tastes, it is stev_arts@yahoo.co.uk

    Best wishes

    Steve Benson

    • I’m a huge fan of Alan Hollinghurst. Does he have a new book release soon? I have never heard of Ready to Catch Him Should He Fall but I have a feeling it’s my cup of tea.

      I am really trying to blog about the literature that I enjoy: ethnic, historical, gay, classics and mainstream. I just happen to be a gay man who enjoys reading. 🙂

  61. Hi Matt,

    I work for a small independent publishing company based in Brighton UK and wondered if you’d be interested in a novel we are publishing in August called ‘London Triptych’ by Jonathan Kemp.

    ‘London Triptych’ explores the lives of three gay men living in three very different eras. Jack Rose, an apprentice to Alfred Taylor in the 1890s who becomes involved with Oscar Wilde – finally betraying Wilde at his trial. Colin Read, an artist in the politically sensitive 1950s is a man tentatively exploring his sexuality and David, a modern day character who is waiting to be released from prison and is addressing his story to the lover who betrayed him.

    I’d be happy to send you a copy with no obligations to review!

    With best wishes
    Emma
    Emma Dowson
    PR

  62. Hi Matt,

    I was wondering if you would read my first novel, The Palisades, about a man trying to figure out how to love his partner despite the pull and history of his family.

    I can send you a review copy, if you wish.

    Thanks,

    Tom

    • Tom,

      I was just reading all the comments left on this thread, in particular the message you left in Feb. I apologize I haven’t responded in a timely manner then, but I have included The Palisades on my reading list. I’m more than happy to read the book and review it. Coincidence has it that I stumbled upon The Palisades (your official website) while looking up a few other GLBT titles, including the recent release Insignificant Others. I wish you the best on the success of the novel.

      Best wishes,

      Matt

  63. Thanks Matt, I really appreciate it!

    • I’m still looking for a copy. I’m very surprised A Different Light (the GLBT bookstore) and the local chain Books Inc don’t carry the title. Once I find a copy, I’ll read it and write a review.

    • Hi Matt,

      I’d be happy to send you a review copy if you let me know where to send it.

      Thanks!

      T.

  64. Matt(hew). i have put a link to your blog on MY WordPress blog, Decayetude. Hope is ok. If not, I shall remove. Thanks. Steve

  65. thx, Matt. Re NEIL BARTLETT.”Ready to catch Him” is baroque and poetic. Very dissimilar in style to his pared-down style of “Skin Lane”(also a classic)

    yes, I lke a mixture of books too, gay-themed and not; but sometimes i just need a (gay male) character i can directly empathize with, rather than sublimate/do a double take; but same-sex subject matter sans being a good stylist doesnt interest me.

    take care, Steve Benson

  66. Hi Matt – I just discovered your blog and am an instant fan. I love your eclectic reading list. Your Moleskines are inspiring! How do you find the time to read so much and write so much insightful commentary? I thought I saw an FAQ a while back, but now can’t find it.

    Denise

  67. I’m so glad I stumbled over here. You’d think there’d be a ton of people doing what you do, but I’ve found very few individual reader-review blogs specifically for literary fiction. I’m putting this on my blogroll.

    Might I suggest checking out http//www.yearzerowriters.com? It’s a writer’s collective based in the UK with some US writers and the website is always interesting and includes links to some FREE ebooks.

    Of course I’d love for you to take a look at my book, Loisaida — A New York Story. What writer wouldn’t? The paperback won’t be out for a month, but you could find a free download coupon for the ebook at the Year Zero site.

  68. Hi Matt,

    I’d like to invite you to be on an award panel for Lit Fiction. If you have any interest at all in doing this, or truly do not… can you send me an email letting me know either way?

    If you are interested, I will send you the introduction email with some of the info.

    If not, I will go on loving your blog anyway. No hard feelings 🙂

  69. Hello,

    Do you mind if I link to your site from my fashion sites?

    Thanks.

    Kathy

  70. Matt — I am writing to request permission to excerpt your review of Purge in the November issue of digital-only Shelf Unbound indie book review magazine’s “Best of the Blogs” section (we will include a hotlink to your site). Please reply at margaret@shelfmediagroup.com … and I’d love to send you a free downloadable copy of our first issue, which came out in September. Regards — Margaret

    Margaret Brown
    Publisher
    Shelf Unbound
    http://www.shelfmediagroup.com
    972.375.4956

  71. Hi, nice to meet you !

  72. Matt,

    Just wondering if you’d be willing to review my debut novel, Cassie Draws the Universe. You can read the first few pages on my website http://www.cassiedrawstheuniverse.com. I’m very happy to send a review copy and any other materials you might want.

    Thanks for reading this. You’re blog is amazing.

  73. Hi!
    I had followed your blog intermittently in the past and remembered that you were closes Chinese contact I had. I was interested in a chinese citizen’s reaction to this year’s nobel peace prize announcement. It would be interesting to read your reactions on the same. This is a request.

  74. Matt,

    Kindly consider reviewing my new novel Trixie.

    http://www.torialexander.com

    If interested you can contact me at alexander (at) dactyl (dot) org

    Here are sample sample reviews from past works:

    “Alexander’s subtly threaded explorations of love and hope, her sensuous, distilled prose and her incisive wit make this a sophisticated, resonant debut.” –Publishers Weekly

    “A dark comedy with cunning observations.” –The Dallas Morning News

    “A stunning first novel.” –San Antonio Express-News

  75. I love your blog! definitely my absolute fav book blog! add me as well please!!

  76. came across your blog while searching for sandy lam’s songs – she is indeed a gay icon! i could not resist reading your blog, even though i should be working at the moment. you sound like an interesting person. anyway, i have read your list and particularly liked this:

    “69. I’m afraid to lose the ability to love.”

    keep it up!

  77. Hi Matt,

    Just wondering which is the best way to contact you for a feature request.

    Thanks,

  78. Hi Matt,
    I just finished Still Life with June by Darren Greer. A great read for me. If you happen across it…
    Tom

  79. Hi Matt,
    I’ve been following your blog for a while, but never got around to posting a comment. I really enjoy reading your blog posts every week! 🙂 You’ve reignited my passion to read which has waned because of my time consuming chemistry major :).
    Anyway, I just wanted to say I really love your blog!
    -Annie

  80. Matt: I can’t find a way to contact you on this site. So I’m trying it here. I am an author of a recently published book looking for reviews. My book is titled “Digging Deep: A Writer Uncovers His Marriages,” and is a memoir about my journey to understand my role in the destruction of my three marriages. I grew up on the cusp of the moralistic generation of the 1940’s and 50’s and the next generation that embraced sex, drugs and rock ‘n’ roll, as well as greater independence and equality for women. I struggled to bridge the gap between the two. I believe that my memoir will help others deal with issues in their own relationships in these times when couples and individuals grapple with the new order in relationships.

    Please let me know if you are interested in reviewing my book. My email address is Boyd@BoydLemon-Writer.com. Thank you.

    Best regards, Boyd Lemon

  81. Hi, sorry for intruding, I couldn’t find anywhere in your blog to send you an email so I guess I will just have to leave a reply here. I saw the comment you left in Wordy’s blog about RadioShack house brand headphones that come with a warranty for just extra two dollars. Do you know which model it is and how long the warranty will last? I too run through headphones like kleenex and I am in the middle of finding a reliable model with decent quality myself. Any suggestion will be most welcome. Thanks in advance

    Ben

  82. My name is Joe Rinaldo, and I have published an ebook entitled, A Spy At Home; it is available on Amazon. I would be most grateful if you would review it for your blog. I’ll provide a free copy for you to read in Word, pdf, or html format, whichever you prefer.

    Garrison’s story begins when he retires from the CIA. In retirement Garrison shares the pain he inflicted on his family during his life abroad. Noah, Garrison’s adult son with Down syndrome, a form of mental retardation, doesn’t trust dad when he returns home. Experience has taught Noah that dad always leaves again. Over time they grow closer.

    Louisa, Garrison’s wife, gradually accepts her husband back; however, accepting him as her husband and trusting him with her child present two separate obstacles.

    Tragedy strikes, and Louisa dies. Garrison becomes solely responsible for Noah, who has developed Alzheimer’s, common in aging people with Down syndrome. This disease tears at Garrison’s heart. Noah ceases to be himself and relives a life his dad knew nothing about.

    Thank you for considering A Spy At Home. If you are willing to review my book, please email me at rinald47@gmail.com. I look forward to hearing from you.

    Joe Rinaldo

  83. Love your blog and do use it as the inspiration for my to-read list. In fact, it was your review on Maurice that brought me here to your blog and I just got the book over the weekend. I did’t see “The Gift of Rain” in your review, you should pick it up. I enjoyed it.

    I love Sandy… her best albums are those produced by Dick Lee (Crazy & Wildflower) but still, I don’t think I will drive for an hour to see her live in concert. (Not Sandy’s fault but I just don’t like crowd)

    Thank you for sharing!

  84. I live in Spain, and if tailgating was punishable by death as you suggest – and I would vote for you – it would mean population would drop by 20% – and the rest of us would all be safer on the roads.

    National elections are next month so a bit late now for me to put you forward as a candidate, How’s your Spanish?

  85. P.S.

    If you’re interested in an eBook novel about Shangai and Hong Kong in 1936/7 then see more info on http://www.tony-henderson.com

    Don’t think tail-gating was a word then!

    Tony

  86. Hey Matt. It’s ray Voorheis from the Christmas fair. I like your blog. I think we have a lot in common.

    • Thanks for stopping by, Ray! I recall our conversation on books at the Christmas fair, I know at least we have one big thing in common! I mostly blog about books here, with occasional digression on travel. Hope you enjoy what I write. 🙂

  87. Just want to say hi! I have been reading through your reviews so I could get an idea as to what I would buy in my next trip to the book store. Thank you so much for writing these reviews. It helped.

    Random: I just have to say that you write flawlessly.

  88. As you know there are mucho book blogs on the web and it took me some time to separate the wheat from the chaff before stumbling upon your uber-cool, witty, insightful, well-written Notebook. I’m glad to list A Guy’s Moleskin Notebook as a favorite on my own blog. Keep doing what you do. Eve

  89. Hi Matt, I just wanted to let you know I nominated you for the ABC blogging award. Keep up the awesome bloggin’ 🙂
    http://bookspeakvolumes.wordpress.com/2012/04/23/in-which-i-play-catch-up-blogger-awards/

  90. Matt: I often come to your site to see what you are reading now and to get possibilities for myself. I noted your comment about having someone to discuss with and am glad that Eclectic?Trash?, my reading group continues to function after so long and so few active members. Also, nice to see that we have read many of the same books. Check us out on Facebook/EclecticTrash fans if you ever come to Sacramento.

  91. I have just read your old review on Arabian Nights and Days. Allow me to suggest Mahfouz’s The Journey of Ibn Fattouma as well. The atmosphere is similar.

  92. Hi, Matt. I just stumbled across your blog and am very impressed. I’m also a bookaholic, and I look forward to reading your thoughts!

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  97. Hi Matt,
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  98. Hi Matt,

    You’re blog is amazing! I work for a Not-for-Profit Publishing House in Manchester, UK called Comma Press, and we love your blog! We would love to send you some material for review, if you email us at commapress[@]gmail.com I would be more than happy to send you some material for review.

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