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The Worst Books I Read This Year

Yesterday, I posted about the best books I read this year, so it seems only fair to write about the worst books I read as well.  As with yesterday’s list, these books weren’t necessarily published within the year.  These are mostly books that I DNF’ed for whatever reason or received 1 or 2 stars, and …

Going Through Another Dry Spell

Since finishing The Passion of the Purple Plumeria, I have been struggling to get through a single book.  First, there was Dukes to the Left of Me, Princes to the Right, which as anyone that has read this blog in the past week and a half knows, I absolutely hated it.  Then, I decided to re-read the …

Literature vs. Trash–An Annoyed Reader Wants to Know Why People Must Judge Literary Tastes

Author, Jennifer Weiner (In Her Shoes, Little Earthquakes), posted an article, 40 Trashy Novels You Must Read Before You Die, on her facebook page this evening.  As the title of the article implies, the article lists the 40 “trashy” novels that its author feels you must read before you die.  Okay.  I’m game–I could use …

My Favorite and Least Favorite Novel Tropes

During this last reading slump, I did a lot of thinking about the things that I like and the things that I don’t like when it comes to romance novels, and recently I posted about my hatred of all things vampire and were-related.  What I realized is that I am very picky when it comes …

Trying a New Author

Until recently, I pretty much stuck with the same authors, my bookshelves looking like an homage to Nora Roberts/J.D. Robb and Karen Rose.  I was loathe to try anyone new, and honestly I’m not sure why.  I didn’t start out only wanting to read one author (boy would my reading have been limited–7 books until Casual …

Reader Shaming–A Not-So-New Form of High Entertainment

I hadn’t planned on posting again today, but I was more than a little angered by an “article” I read earlier and I felt the need to come here to vent. One of my facebook friends posted the article, Descriptive Language: Nora Roberts vs. Vladimir Nabokov, to her timeline and having read both, I decided …

Why Are So Few Romance Novels Set in the 1920’s?

A few months back I read and reviewed The Gin Lovers by Jamie Brenner and despite not being in love with the book, I’ve been thinking a lot about books set in the 1920’s, which is a time period that I have always been enamored with (a couple of years ago I even went as a …

Telling Someone to “Grow Up” via the Internet is the Equivalent of Throwing a Temper Tantrum

That’s some title, isn’t it?  My old psych professors would shudder at its lack of brevity that’s for sure.  It does, however, get right to the point of this post, which is going to be a bit of a rant over an attack on a comment I made about why I do not like the Outlander …

My Favorite Romance Novel Heroes

I’ve been doing a lot of thinking about what i like and what I don’t like when it comes to romance novel heroes.  Figuring out what I don’t like is fairly easy.  I don’t like heroes that are assholes, who care more about themselves than about their heroines.  I especially don’t like heroes that believe …