We’re moving swiftly into autumn territory here in Madison, and the beautiful fall foliage always makes me smile.
I grew up in El Paso, TX—smack dab in the middle of the Chihuahua desert—where very few deciduous trees grow. There was one type in my neighborhood (not natural to the area, I would guess) that would turn a bright yellow and then fall, so for a few weeks we’d have an ocean of yellow leaves in the streets. I never experienced ...
Up in Wisconsin we’ve had our first taste of fall weather this week—crisp and cool, with the promise of coming frost—but now we’re headed back into a sunny seventy degree stretch.
Spring and fall are so fickle, aren’t they?
I was hoping to draw your attention to some great Halloween reads that release this year, but I confess I haven’t had much time to read many, and when I did a recent search, I found a number of ...
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 ...