i don’t believe you
I gave The Good Lord Bird the nod in the Tournament of Books but it wasn’t an easy choice and I’m really happy to see this warm, immensely open-hearted book getting recognition
this cover is really pretty so i googled it and it appears to be everything i like in a novel. (though the summary reminds me a bit of The Elegance of the Hedgehog, which ultimately aggravated me a lot.) has anyone read it? should i read it? or should i… write… my… papers…?
i laughed so hard at the “i don’t know” and “something is wrong”
the twilight one is like abstract poetry
They all kind of read like weird little stories in and of themselves. HG is about an amnesia victim trying to recall the facts people have told her about herself, but which she doesn’t remember. Twilight is a love story about two mimes. And Harry Potter is the tragic story of boy whom absolutely nothing happens to.
On the Barnes and Noble they do Free Fridays where they’ll highlight a book that’s available for free download on the Nook. Members will post lists of other Nook downloads that are free- typically romance, fantasy, religious fiction.
And sometimes, there’s some real gems in there. Like this one.
Editor’s note: This is amazing.
oh my god
If you loved:
Maybe you should try one of these!
- The Selection by Kiera Cass
- Matched by Ally Condie
- Delirium by Lauren Oliver
- Wither by Lauren DeStefano
- Uglies by Scott Westerfeld
- The Host by Stephanie Meyer
- Unwind by Neal Shusterman
- Legend by Marie Lu
- Cinder by Marissa Meyer
- Feed by M. T. Anderson
- The Maze Runner by James Dashner
- Gone by Michael Grant
- Across the Universe by Beth Revis
- Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card
- Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman
- The City of Ember by Jeannie DuPrau
- For the Win by Cory Doctorow
- Ready Player One by Ernest Cline
- Heir Apparent by Vivan Vande Velde
- V for Vendetta by Alan Moore
- Attack on Titan by Hajime Isayama
- X-Men: Days of Future Past by Chris Claremont and John Byrne
- The Handmaid’s Tale by Magaret Atwood
- Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
- 1984 by George Orwell
- Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
SO MUCH LOVE FOR THIS POST
I’ve read a majority of these, I highly recommend Matched, The Uglies Series, Heir Apparent and all the classics (but especially Brave New World).
The Host is actually really good but INCREDIBLY slow to start, and it’s not awful in terms of characters like Twilight.
I absolutely loved The Uglies series and I’m still waiting for that movie to happen.
vonnegut’s “harison bergeron” short story was so uncharacteristically awful that I refuse to believe that it wasn’t actually making fun of the communism-is-literally-a-weight-strapped-to-our-backs stories
i’ve read a paper arguing that that’s actually the intended interpretation, that vonnegut was trying to make fun of the ridiculously over-the-top dystopias depicted in ayn randian ubermensch fiction, but had to be subtle about it because otherwise none of the short-story publications of the time would accept it
fwiw thats always been my interpretation
wait i always kind of thought the same but i haven’t thought about it since 8th grade
Found from various places online:
Sister Outsider: Essays and Speeches by Audre Lorde
Critical Race Theory: An Introduction by Richard Delgado and Jean Stefancic
The Black Image in the White Mind: Media and Race in America- Robert M. Entman and Andrew Rojecki
Ain’t I a Woman: Black Women and Feminism - bell hooks
Feminism is for Everybody - bell hooks
outlaw culture - bell hooks
Faces at the Bottom of the Well - Derrick Bell
Sex, Power, and Consent - Anastasia Powell
I am Your Sister - Audre Lorde
Patricia Hill Collins - Black Feminist Thought
Gender Trouble - Judith Butler
Their Eyes Were Watching God - Zora Neale Hurston
Medical Apartheid - Harriet Washington
Fear of a Queer Planet: Queer Politics and Social Theory - edited by Michael Warner
Colonialism/Postcolonialism - Ania Loomba
Discipline and Punish - Michel Foucault
Capitalist Realism: Is There No Alternative? by Mark Fisher
Cultural Theory and Popular Culture - John Storey
Michel Foucault - The Archeology of Knowledge
That headline was a wild adventure from start to finish.
The picture just clinches it
can’t stop laughing
Oh my god male novelists are so fucking pretentious.
Bad sex award is hilarious. Bad authors just hate being called on their egomaniac rubbish.
HE’S SO MAD.
His book describes the title character, a voracious gourmet called Jean-Marie, sucking brie off the nipple of a wet nurse.
“I think the award is pretty idiotic, actually”, he said at The Independent Bath Literature Festival. “Of the people who get upset about brilliant sex, I slightly think: ‘Have you ever had sex?’”
Of the cheesy scene in question, he said: “I didn’t write it thinking it was erotic. That particular scene for me has very little to do with sex and a lot to do with memory. It’s about trying to recreate something that has already gone.”
“There are professional thrills and there are professional thrills, but I am extra especially thrilled to report that FSG is going to be publishing John Darnielle’s novel, Wolf in White Van, this fall. John is famous for his work with the Mountain Goats, and I suspect that none of the many fans who know his lyrics and have heard his stories will be surprised by the revelation that his is a genuinely literary mind. And it’s true—Wolf in White Van emphatically proves that his imagination and voice are at least as at home on the page as they are in song.
There are many things worth singling out for praise in Wolf in White Van:the unforgettable main character, Sean Phillips, who has been isolated by a disfiguring injury since age seventeen; Trace Italian, the intricate game within the novel that Sean created and runs; the interplay of real and imagined worlds, which is both complex and heartbreaking; the structure of the storytelling—audacious, brilliant, and never anything but convincing and unreasonably suspenseful; the prose itself, which is precise and beautiful and (forgive me) lyrical.”
Read more from editor Sean McDonald about Wolf in White Van here.
so here is a thing that is happening in my life that I am really incredibly excited about
aww this is so exciting :D
Protip: be wary of any romance novel (historical, contemporary, what have you) written pre-1990! This is not the case with every novel, but there is a general standard among romance novels prior to that year. Basically, you will find in those books some variation of this recipe: practically useless romance heroine is raped by hero, but winds up falling in love with him anyway; hero is never punished for said rape (after all, it’s usually a result of uncontrollable lust for attractive female characterTM). :/ I know. And you thought Twilight was bad. So. Be careful. In fact, don’t read a romance novel involving pirates unless it was written post-1989. Trust me, okay? There will be rape. No one needs that, especially because these novels are written by women. Women! If you really want to find something before a 1990 publishing date, I suggest starting with a dated Nora Roberts. She’s more wordy and flowery than I generally care for, but she at least is a stomachable pre-90s read. Roberts is generally a contemporary romance novelist, but she has a handful of historical stuff.
Okay. As I’ve stated before I rate every romance novel on a scale of 1 to Lisa Kleypas so basically read everything by Lisa Kleypas (protip: ignore her first two novels). But since Kleypas has written a ton, here are my personal favorites.
- Someone to Watch Over Me
- Mine Till Midnight
- Tempt Me at Twilight
- Where Dreams Begin
- The Wallflower Series (all of them)
Elizabeth Hoyt is more explicit than Lisa Kleypas and differs from hers in that her books rarely contain “virgin theatrics” (you won’t find blushing brides here; mostly widows who have some bedroom experience) but Hoyt also doesn’t try to romanticism her “anti-hero” characters, which is a nice change of pace.
- The Raven Prince
- To Beguile a Beast
- To Desire a Devil
- Wicked Intentions
- Scandalous Desires
Jade Lee is one of my favorites because she has a unique setting for her books. Victorian China during the height of the opium trade, or some involvement of Chinese cultural in her novels. Plus, all her books usually involve tantric sex practices. You know what that means.
- White Tigress
- Hungry Tigress
- Tempted Tigress
- The Dragon Earl
- Wedded in Scandal
I consider Quinn to be more in the style of Jane Austin than your standard romance novelists. You won’t find undo dramas (the duke has enemies! They’ll target his lady love!) but she grabs your attention through humor and nuanced characters.
- The Bridgertons
- The Bridgertons
- The Bridgertons
- The Bridgertons
- did I mention The Bridgertons?
Medeiros is quite eclectic in her work. You’ll find Regency, Victorian, and medieval novels. She also has a whole series of “reworked” fairytales so how can you pass that up?
- Thief of Hearts
- Fairest of Them All (Snow White!)
- The Bride and the Beast (Beauty and the Beast!)
- A Kiss to Remember (Sleeping Beauty!)
- One Night of Scandal
Okay. Martin is not going to be winning many awards for originality and historical accuracy. But let’s be honest. You’re reading historical romance. You’re not in it for the historical relevance. And Martin writes a good sex scene.
- The Bride’s Necklace
- The Devil’s Necklace
- Heart of Fire
- Rule’s Bride
STAND ALONE BOOKS
Either the authors’ other books aren’t worth reading or they were just trying out a genre not usually their typical.
- Dark Prince, Eve Silver
- The Pirate Bride, Shannon Drake (aka Heather Graham)
- Untamed, Elizabeth Lowell
- Bride for a Night, Rosemary Rogers (DON’T READ HER EARLIER WORK)
- Kismet, Monica Burns
now you can find most of these novels online for free through various sources (start with 4shared) but I didn’t give PDFs here because c’mon. Most of these books range from the 2 to 5 dollar mark.