Book Review: Memoirs of Emma Courtney by Mary Hays

Format: Paperback

Pages: 220 pages

Published: July 1, 2009 (First published 1796)

Publisher: Oxford University Press

Genre:  Fiction & Literature, Classics Continue reading “Book Review: Memoirs of Emma Courtney by Mary Hays”

Books By Women: Female Writers To Watch Out For

As much as we like to think much has changed, the literary world is still a male-dominated industry.  Women may buy more books than men but that doesn’t account for female writers being overlook in the book world, according to a survey done by VIDA, Women In Literary Arts.  But just because the publishing world refuses to progress, that doesn’t mean readers shouldn’t. So in honor of International Women’s Day, let us take the time recognize the female authors. 2018 looks like it is going to be another great year for book written by women. Just check out these ten books and see what great we can anticipate for the rest of the year: Continue reading “Books By Women: Female Writers To Watch Out For”

Top Ten Tuesday: Authors Joining Forces

Top Ten TuesdaysTop Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and Bookish. Today’s post is:

Top Ten Author Duos You’d LOVE To See Write A Book Together (aka my (Jamie’s) world would explode if Gayle Forman and Jandy Nelson wrote a book together) — might be hard to come up with 10 but still would be fun! Bonus points if you tell us what kind of book you’d like them to write!”

 

Meg Cabot & Emily Giffin

Two funny writers…an interesting combination

Jojo Moyes & Kate Morton

They both do such great emotional writing, it would just be so great to have them combined.

 

Joshilyn Jackson & Karen White

Jane Austen & Charlotte Bronte

I know that Bronte didn’t exactly like any of Austen writings, but it would be interesting to see these great minds work together.

Libba Bray & JK Rowling

They both done such a great job creating worlds…why not try to write one together?

I couldn’t really think of anymore right now but maybe during day I’ll think of others.  Who would be on your list?

Weekly Tea Discussion: Chick Lit

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Even just typing out that term makes me cringe.

I mean, what does it really mean? This is the definition according to Wikipedia:

Chick lit is genre fiction which addresses issues of modern womanhood, often humorously and lightheartedly.”

Okay…that can describe most books and they are generally not considered to be “chick lit”. When you hear that definition, you think to yourself “That doesn’t sound so bad”. But then you hear this definition of chick lit, from a publisher no less, who changes your whole perception of the genre.This is a definition from the Harlequin imprint Red Dress Ink:

Red Dress Ink is a literary collection created in 2001 in the United States and published by Harlequin Editions since June 2003 in France, of which gender is the chick lit ‘: contemporary and urban comedies with unmarried heroines and thirties.”

Granted, this definition came from a Wikipedia entry and was in French but the impact of the statement is just the same: the term “chick lit” is a bit degrading. Continue reading “Weekly Tea Discussion: Chick Lit”

BookCon 2015

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BookCon finally arrived this weekend and I had a great time! I met so many authors, attended interesting discussion panels, and received so many free books (a definite plus) that my mind is still trying to wrap around all the amazing things I saw and participated in this weekend. Take a look at the amazing pics I took over the weekend:

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And there ends a great weekend full of books! I would love to go again next year but I just found out that BookCon is going to be held in Chicago.So for anyone who is going to be in Chicago area on May 14, 2016, I suggest you check it out!

Top Ten Tuesday: Authors I Really Want To Meet

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by the blog, The Broke and the Bookish. Today’s topic:

Ten Authors I REALLY Want To Meet”

I’ve been fortunate enough to already meet Emily Giffin and Mary Higgins Clark but there is so, SO many more authors where I loved their books and was dying to meet them. Here there are:

Meg Cabot / Jojo Moyes / Toni Morrison / Karen White / Kate Morton

 

JK Rowling / Jaqueline Woodson / Caroline B. Cooney / Joshilyn Jackson / Libba Bray

(All photos and links come from Goodreads)

What authors would be on your list?

 

Joanna Trollope and the Austen Project

darcy The author, Joanna Trollope, stated in a recent Guardian and Daily Mail article that one of literature’s beloved characters, Mr. Darcy, most likely gained his fortune from profits of the slave trade. Here are the two articles if you like to read them:

Did Mr Darcy Make His Fortune From Slavery?

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2989062/Did-Mr-Darcy-make-fortune-slave-trade-Romantic-hero-profited-misery-says-author-modernised-Jane-Austen-s-classic-work.html

I’m not naive. There is a possibility that person of Mr. Darcy’s wealth could have benefited from slave trade, especially during that time period. But my question is what is the purpose of tarnishing an image of not only a romantic character, a fictional romantic character?  Continue reading “Joanna Trollope and the Austen Project”

Favorite Books by Women

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In honor of International Women’s Day, I thought I list my top ten favorite books that I found influential in my life:

10. Tuck Everlasting by Natalie Babbit–I read many books in my childhood but not many had a lasting effect as much as this one did. The first time I connected with an independent female character.

9. The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank–For what was going on around her, her optimism was empowering. She defines what International Women’s Day is all about.

8. The Awakening by Kate Chopin–A controversial book at its time and a revolutionary book to this day.

7.  To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee–What can you say about this classic American tale? This powerful plot just kept me asking for more.

6. Frankenstein by Mary Shelley–In my opinion, the first novel that started the horror genre.

5. Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte–Another gothic novel, but a more “deep passionate love but the whole world is against us” approach.

4. North and South by Elizabeth Gaskell–The same Austen style but a more descriptive depiction of Victorian times. Loved the relationship between Margaret and Mr. Thornton.

3. Me Before You by Jojo Moyes–This one is not any typical chick-lit book. This one makes you rethink all of life choices and really do something with your life. Moyes is on the path redefining the chick-lit genre.

2. Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte–An embodiment of a resilient, independent woman. A different take on a 19th century woman.

1. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen–Truthfully, I would put all of Austen’s novels in this category, but if I picked one this would be it. Austen’s wit and humor made fall in love with reading in the first place. Some she doesn’t show realism in her novels, but in my opinion she is the most realistic writer I have ever read.

Let us stand up and applaud these female authors who helped shape the literary world.