Earth Hour | What to read when the lights are out

30 March 2019 – 8:30 – 9:30 p.m. your time

It’s time! Or it might already be too late.

Back in 2007 Earth Hour started on the initiative of WWF in Sydney as a one-hour lights out event. It’s a symbolic action where people shut off their lights to show their support for taking action against climate change and it’s an opportunity for us to reflect on the impact our way of living has on the environment.

You might not know it – though it might be hard to miss – but I’m one of those crazy eco-warriors. I’ll preach about all things environment, I’ll turn into a crazy bitch telling you to get your shit together and rattle off facts I’ve heard in a pod, read in an article, seen in a documentary – I overconsume them so little snippets of just about everything gets stuck in my brain.

But, I thought I’d spare you the lecture and instead give you a few book recommendations so you know what to read when the lights are out, though you’ll have to go to the library and borrow a paperback since you should turn off your phone/tablet/kindle during those sixty minutes LOL.

Earth Hour Sockeye Love by Sarah Black is about Grey, a wildlife photographer, who clings to the memory of his lover, and Sal, a law student who fights for the environment and hugs salmons. It’s funny and heartbreaking at the same time.

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Bear, Otter, and the Kid by T.J. Klune is a gripping story about two brothers who have to manage when their Mum ups and leaves them. It makes the list because the kid writes the best poems about why being a vegetarian is good. It’ll make you laugh and it’ll make you cry.

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The Boys and the Bees by Mari Donne is about Mark who’s stuck in life, at least until he runs into ecowarrior Jamie who turns it upside down. This is a cute love story between two guys who knew each other in high school and I love how Jamie refuses to use a cellphone.

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And last we have Clear Water by Amy Lane.  I love this so much I think I might have to make it my Earth Hour read. It’s been years since I read it last. Whiskey, a field biologist, saves Patrick from drowning and takes him to his houseboat. Together they study two-headed frogs and investigate the pollution in the water.

I absolutely love the Author’s Note Amy Lane wrote to this story. It’s been several years since I read it (though I did read it just now), but I remember that short little note.

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Happy reading, and lights out!


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Think of England

Why haven’t I read this before? Think of England by K.J. Charles is bloody brilliant! And, maybe, just maybe, I should stop saying I don’t like historical stories…awesome! LOL

Captain Archie Curtis was injured in a military accident – that’s usually when I stop reading, but not this time. He lost three fingers, banged up his knee, and perhaps more importantly, watched his fellow soldiers die.

He suspects foul play and his research takes him to a country house. He’s invited to a two-week stay and there he meets Daniel da Silva, a queer poet with a sharp tongue.

I loved Daniel! Not that I disliked Archie, but Daniel did it for me. Things aren’t always what they seem to be and it doesn’t take long before Archie and Daniel realise they have more in common than they thought and decide to work together to find out what’s going on behind the scenes…and the mirrors. And that is good because then Archie gets to think of England LOL.

I also have to say, I love caves. Not so much to be in, but to read about. I find them very frightening, the thought of being trapped underground is right up there with drowning on the list of ways of how I don’t want to leave this earth. And here we have caves…

If you haven’t read it, do! And when you have a hop over to K.J. Charles’s website and read Song for a Viking, it’s a free short story in Daniel’s POV.

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Think of EnglandLie back and think of England…

England, 1904. Two years ago, Captain Archie Curtis lost his friends, fingers, and future to a terrible military accident. Alone, purposeless and angry, Curtis is determined to discover if he and his comrades were the victims of fate, or of sabotage.

Curtis’s search takes him to an isolated, ultra-modern country house, where he meets and instantly clashes with fellow guest Daniel da Silva. Effete, decadent, foreign, and all-too-obviously queer, the sophisticated poet is everything the straightforward British officer fears and distrusts.

As events unfold, Curtis realizes that Daniel has his own secret intentions. And there’s something else they share—a mounting sexual tension that leaves Curtis reeling.

As the house party’s elegant facade cracks to reveal treachery, blackmail and murder, Curtis finds himself needing clever, dark-eyed Daniel as he has never needed a man before…


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Lost Along the Way

Lost Along the Way (Tales of the Curious Cookbook #3) by Marie Sexton.

So this is the third book in a series and I haven’t read the first two LOL. I don’t think it matters, though. Tales of the Curious Cookbook is a series of six books written by different authors. What they have in common is Granny B’s cookbook.

Danny has been with his man for the last fifteen years, he gave up his family to be with him. He’s just started to reconnect with his parents when they pass away in a car accident. His husband has no interest in helping Danny sort out his parents’ home, he has no interest in seeing Danny all that much either.

While dealing with his parents’ clutter, Danny gets to know Landon – neighbour and wind sculptor. A cookbook is sent to them and once a banana bread is created things turn a bit strange.

While this isn’t my favourite Marie Sexton story but a knot formed in my stomach right at the beginning at the mentioned on an oil stain on the driveway and then it didn’t really go anyway until Danny was where he was supposed to be.

And he’s a weatherman! How many main characters do you come across who are weathermen?

The concept of a somewhat magic cookbook was fun and I might try some of the other stories just to see their take on it.

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Lost Along the WayThree months after losing his parents in a car crash, Denver weatherman Daniel Whitaker returns to Laramie, Wyoming. It’s bad enough dealing with the death of his parents and his failing relationship of fifteen years, but when he finds his childhood home full of clutter, Daniel is at a loss. He enlists Landon, his parents’ sexy neighbor, to help him sort through the mess. Landon Kushner is a study in contradictions. He builds wind sculptures out of scrap metal and loves the outdoors, but he also rides a mint-green Vespa and has an affinity for knitting and fortune-telling. He’s been friends with Daniel’s parents for years, and he’s more than willing to lend a hand.

Their plan is simple: clean the house so Daniel can sell it and get back to his life in Denver. But when a strange cookbook comes into Landon’s possession, Daniel begins to realize that the universe–and Granny B–may have other plans.


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