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December 9, 2016

There’s undeniably a cultural stigma of ageism which compounds on the hinderance of women’s stories being told with as much honesty and dignity as their male counterparts. In many (most?) parts of the western world, there’s a cultural break where once a woman is no longer considered a sexually viable option, their importance is somehow diminished. It’s absurd,...

November 18, 2016

Ok. I have a somewhat complicated relationship and set of reactions to this book, but to start: it is ultimately about four friends who are professional, competent, awesome women by day, seeking romance by night. Very Sex and the City and similar to my thoughts on that show, there are moments that make my feminism cringe. But usually those moments are just hone...

September 25, 2016

On August 1, 2016 I tweeted: "I get pretty annoyed with female literary characters named Hope." I’m behind on updating this blog so despite it being September now, I am pretty sure that tweet was in reference to this book. And I stand by it: I think the same character with a less obvious metaphor for a name certainly would not diminish how great The Sudden Appe...

September 23, 2016

Welp, I’m behind on this blog. Not for lack of reading, just been super busy. One of the best additions to my life in the last two months is the Our Jane Austen Book Club I started (I know, I know, it’s a very creative name). Yes, this was inspired by reading The Jane Austen Book Club this summer but it’s not wholly that. I have never managed to find my way int...

August 1, 2016

The last time I walked through the Young Adult section of a bookstore, my heart fell into my stomach. Not to judge all books by their covers but it was just row after row of [trashy] romance novels disguised behind vampires, witches and various supernatural beings. OR, there's the hidden confessions of terrible people ala Gossip Girl. And not to categorica...

August 1, 2016

I am not someone who can separate my political views from the other aspects of my life because, among many other reasons, this country's politics at times dictate my life. I voted for Hillary in the primaries, and while I have deep respect for Senator Bernie Sanders, I've been on the Clinton bandwagon for quite some time now.

I also feel I should include that I...

July 13, 2016

If you've never picked up a Jane Austen novel in your life, I still believe you will enjoy this book. I can't say this for certain (since I have read them all) but I feel pretty confident in that diagnosis. 

The Jane Austen Book Club is about five women and one man, all at different points in their life but with a common appreciation of good literature...

June 21, 2016

I recently took a trip to Italy. (Don't worry, I'll include a small photo gallery below.) In the spirit of that vacation, I embarked on some "themed reading," and for this I looked no further than a book I had read while in college and was excited to read again: THE BIRTH OF VENUS by Sarah Dunant.

The first time I read this book, it was actually assigned reading...

June 21, 2016

There are all sorts of ways to write historical fiction (and, really, I love them all). But perhaps the one that is most rare, difficult and often leaves itself open to sweeping criticisms is this: when the time period and events are well documented, the historical figure is well known, but there are gaping holes in their story which the author tries to fill wi...

May 7, 2016

There's an entire generation of women who are pretty consistently attacked by the feminist movement for having been "content" to "just" be wives and mothers. It's an attack that is both unfair and untrue, and Elizabeth J. Church's debut novel, The Atomic Weight of Love, gives us the inside look into this, The Greatest Generation...of women. 

We first meet a youn...

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Favorite Book of 2020 So Far

This mailing list is ONLY to get updates on the latest books I've read. My promise to you is to never use this for promotional purposes. Just better female characters delivered to your inbox. 

Tales of a Female Nomad is the story of Rita Golden Gelman, an ordinary woman who is living an extraordinary existence. At the age of 48, on the verge of divorce, Rita left an elegant life in LA to follow her dream of connecting with people in cultures all over the world. This book encourages us to dust off our dreams and rediscover the joy so many of us bury when we become adults.

The Bookshop

 by Penelope Fitzgerald


The year is 1959 and the kind-hearted widow Florence Green risks everything to open the only bookshop in the seaside town of Hardborough. What follows can only be described as the quaint, strange, and often sad happenings of a small, isolated community. The plot is not filled with grand parties, unlikely lovers, or a shocking penultimate event. But somehow, because the world of this story seems to fit in a snow globe, each small shake builds on the one before until those same every day situations are riddled with dramatic tension. I was truly amazed at how invested I was in the life of Florence's small bookshop.

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