Oh wow, too many great titles out this month!
I’m almost finished with Sherry Thomas’ second Charlotte Holmes/Sherlock Holmes book, A Conspiracy in Belgravia and it’s just fabulous (full disclosure, Sherry Thomas sent me the audio CDs because I couldn’t get them from the audio publisher, but anyone who knows me knows I love everything she writes and this one just underlines why she’s a fave).
Being shunned by society gives Charlotte Holmes the time and freedom to ...
Since last week’s post was about the miserable NYT “romance coverage,” I thought I’d let you know that Radhika Jones wrote a (tone deaf) response. You can read it here.
I’m not going to say anything about it other than to note that the *comments* are great.
So let’s talk great books!
I’ve had my eye on Emma Chase’s recent Royals series, so I was thrilled when I saw that my library had Royally Endowed on Overdrive.
The New York Times Book Review finally has a Romance piece.
Well, I should say, another romance piece. I had one once. You can read it here. It was short and actually reviewed the books on their merits, as opposed to filtering them through my own idea of their merits that hinged on my condescending attitude toward the genre, and a fundamental disrespect, apparently, toward women in general and especially toward women who read romance.
I really don’t ...
One of the great wonders of the Internet is meeting new friends and discovering people who love the same books you do. (This has been especially empowering for people who read romance, hasn’t it? Since so often the people in our everyday lives emphatically do not read romance and are only to happy to let us know this.)
For me, my love of romance has opened up a whole wide world of books, authors, and readers, and I have discovered ...
This has been a crazy month, hasn’t it?
Storms and floods and one thing after another for people across the country.
And yesterday, perhaps you heard that one of the sweetest, most darling romance fans lost her long battle with cancer. Lynne Wall was a Chicago-area librarian with the brightest smile in the world, and I can’t tell you how much I’ll miss running into her—at Chicago-area events, RT and Facebook. She was a huge romance advocate, especially for romance ...
Happy New Year!
Well, for me, anyway.
(This is a little long. If you just want my book recs for the week, scroll on down to the end. But if you’d like to know my plans for more joy in the coming year, read a little more slowly.) ;o)
My birthday was this past weekend and it was lovely. A little time with friends, a little time alone with husband—which was also a bit of pamper-me-time, because we went shopping ...
It’s August 31, which to me means, above all, the end of the 5th Read-A-Romance Month.
And I have to tell you, these posts on the theme of #ThePowerofRomance have been amazing.
People often ask me what my favorites were, and I find it a very difficult question—because they are all terrific representative essays on why romance is powerful, soul-affirming, life-changing, healing, educational, transformative, and all the other adjectives that people who read romance understand them to be, while so ...
Trying to keep up in August sometimes seems like a Herculean task but between reading all the amazing posts on #ThePowerofRomance at Read-A-Romance Month, keeping up with my big pile of review books (with some GREAT titles, yay!) and trying to stay on top of all the great authors with books coming out that I want to read, I have to say, I really do feel like a very lucky reader.
In the midst of all of that I’ve also ...