As a romance editor, I sometimes find myself mulling over my favorite heroes from 25 years of dating. I never did date the rock star, the mogul, or Jane Austen’s brainchild, but my top five dream heroes provided that extra boost:
I recently made a huge change in my career; I quit my traditional job to explore a life of freelance writing and entrepreneurship. This change has granted me a much more flexible schedule, which allows me to fit in more reading! In the past, my life has been so jam packed that I barely had time to pick up a book; so when I did, I always had such a deficit of books on my Recommended Books List that I always read one of those. Books that I put on that list are ones that not only have been recommended to me by someone whose literary opinion I trust, but have furthermore peaked my interest either through the person’s synopsis or through my research.
B.J. Novak’s One More Thing: Stories and Other Stories recently landed in stores. If this hilarious book trailer (complete with an appearance by Mindy Kaling – can we be friends with these two?) is any indication, it looks like he’s poised to be much more than just an Office temp.
February 5 celebrates National Girls and Women in Sports Day. But there is very little literature about women athletes, and women have written very few sports novels. The reason is simple: women have been largely excluded from athletics, and before Title IX passed in 1972, there wasn’t any way to change this.
The world of sports is considered to be masculine, and the literature surrounding it encompasses a cultural myth and ideology exclusive to men. Women are peripheral to these narratives—usually wives, girlfriends, mothers, and sisters to the main subjects.
In honor of National Girls and Women in Sports Day, here are four books I recommend:
Stay tuned for our next Shelf Pleasure book club announcement!
Snow day! Also known as stay in your pajamas with a book day (in our world, anyway). Here are the new releases we’ll be keeping on our nightstands.
Perfect Together by Carly Phillips
When Nicole Farnsworth calls off her wedding, she just wants alone time in Serendipity, New York, the place where she grew up—and fell in love with the one man she has never been able to forget.