As a librarian, I’ll read or watch just about anything if it features one of us as a central character. Sometimes, this works out well–Party Girl!–and other times I need to recover from the hours of my life I’ll never get back after watching something I’ll only reluctantly admit viewing (ahem, The Mummy). A librarian protagonist is no guarantee of quality, and yet I find myself reaching for book after movie after tv show in hopes that this time–THIS TIME!–I’ll meet Rupert Giles again. (more…)
Earlier this month I re-read Pride & Prejudice for the first time in over 10 years. I had a completely different experience reading it as a 30-something historical romance reader than as a college-aged English Literature major. Somehow it was wittier, more romantic and subtle, more sly and tongue-in-cheek than I remembered it being. Of course I fell in love with Darcy and Elizabeth all over again and vowed to never again let so much time pass before re-reading Pride & Prejudice. (more…)
Although the heart of historical romance lies in the regency period, some of my favorite romance novels of all time are Sherry Thomas’ late Victorian historicals. They, along with Tessa Dare’s Spindle Cove series, were my first introduction to historical romance, so of course they hold a special place in my heart. (more…)
I believe I’ve written about how I’m relatively new to romance novels, but that hasn’t stopped me from becoming a genre-vangelist, gifting unsuspecting friends and readers with surprise copies of my favorite historical romance novels and forcing recommending one favorite book after another. Not everyone has been convinced of the amazing writing to be found in romance, but of course, I can always count on my Book Sister, Heather, from True Stories & Make Believe to understand that good stories are everywhere. So I’ve asked Heather, as an even newer convert to historical romance, to write about one of her first historical romance loves, the swoon-worthy Nine Rules to Break When Romancing a Rake, by Sarah MacLean, as well as her burgeoning love affair with the genre overall. (more…)
STORY: Tim gets a new baby brother who wears a suit, secretly talks over the phone and draws up evil plans in the dead of the night.
REVIEW: Must animated movies border on the bizarre?
The Boss Baby will test your threshold for quirky stories. In the realm of animation, that can be streaming on free tv project online, nothing is too unreal: talking cars? Sure. Lost fish? Let’s give it a sequel. Emotions with their own emotions? Worthy of an Oscar. Add to that a baby who is a cunning corporate official, talks in pie-charts and is working relentlessly towards ridding the world of… puppies. See, bizarre! (more…)
All of us have a friend who is made to do great things. I first met my friend Michelle Boule on the very first day of my very first library job. She is the kind of colleague and friend who inspires you to do your best, encourages you to take risks, and motivates you with her infectious enthusiasm and passion for everything she does. It’s without hesitation that I say that she was one of my first library mentors. (more…)
Greetings, readers! I declare my review hiatus officially over!
*cue horns, confetti, and other festive items*
Although it was never official, work, home life, holidays and vacation got the better of me and I was forced to neglect this blog and my romance novel reviews for some time. That said, I never stopped reading, and I definitely never stopped reading romance. So now I have a series of books to review, which will likely help me fuel this blog for the next month or so. (more…)
I’m changing things up this week with a little Outlander action, which moves my love of historical romance from the Regency and Victorian era to Revolutionary War era America. To call A Breath of Snow and Ashes a romance is a generous statement, as you’ll quickly learn from this review, but given it’s inclusion in the Outlander series, which I consider to be one giant, multi-book romance saga, I think the classification is justified. (more…)
I stopped by my local branch of the St. Mary’s County Public Library yesterday to return a few books, CDs and DVDs. What should have been a quick in-and-out turned into me lingering over the paperback book sale cart and coming back with this:
That’s right. The librarians weeded out the romance section!!!!! WUT WUT!!! (more…)