Sarah & Jen talk A Hunger Like No Other, why reading Alphas in 2018 is a tricky situation, how Kresley instantly changed the game with Lachlain MacRieve, and why Emma's bite sets the standard for the whole series.
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Our next read (in two weeks) will be No Rest for the Wicked — the story of Sebastian Wroth (vampire) and Kaderin the Cold-Hearted (valkyrie), and the beginning of the IAD Amazing Race mini-arc!
- Why do people hate the word moist?
- There really are catacombs below Paris, and they seem very creepy.
- Co-ed is a more dated word than you'd expect. According to the Oxford English dictionary, it's been in use since the 1880s. Game, set, and match to The Independent, which printed the following sentence in 1903: "Any college where the girls are commonly called ‘co-eds’ is not a truly co-educational institution."
- The TSTL trope in romance heroines.
- All about Mary Sues.
- The Fated Mates trope.
- Maybe you all missed the Kavanaugh hearings. I love myself, so we'll just stick to one informative infographic.
- Jen's romance book club at 57th Street Books in Chicago's Hyde Park neighborhood. If you're not in Chicago, bookstores and libraries across the country and online will be participating in The Great Big Romance Read in December 2018. Find your people!
- Romance isn't the only genre examining old favorites through the lens of #MeToo. Molly Ringwald looked back at John Hughes and The Breakfast Club in The New Yorker. This podcast from WNYC is about pop culture in the #MeToo era.
- The list of RITA award winners, sorted by year.
- A million articles have been written about Twilight, but I like this one that looks at the big themes that bubble up time and time again.
- Alisha Rai has said lots of smart things about toxic masculinity, as it turns out.
- Representation in BDSM matters.
- Take a crash course in modernity.
- A brief overview of Cassandra from Greek mythology.
- The Devil in Winter, because everyone loves to read about a sex deal.
- According to The Smart Bitches, a magic hoo-hah is "shorthand for the equally illustrious and many powers of the female sex organ, specifically the vagina. The Magic Hoo-Hoo tames the Mighty Wang, and becomes the magnetized true north for the hero’s trouser compass from the point of their first sexual coupling. The Magic Hoo-Hoo brings the hero to monogamous attachment, because after experiencing it, the hero will not be satisfied with anything or anyone else."
- I'm sure everyone wants to learn more about moon phases.
- Fury is an actual furie.
- When we say Lothaire was a big deal, we mean there was an actual Lothaire bus touring around America.
- Are you ready for No Rest for the Wicked?