I'm a 30-something married lesbian with a thing for literary fiction and historical novels. But I'm also having a pretty torrid affair with gritty noir and some paranormal/supernatural fiction. I love interesting heroines, gorgeous prose, place as character, and the occasional werewolf.

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My #fridayreads/#weekendreads is The Miniaturist by Jessie Burton. I ought to be unpacking but only have a brief window before book is due…

My #fridayreads/#weekendreads is The Miniaturist by Jessie Burton. I ought to be unpacking but only have a brief window before book is due…

Wattpad! Give Homosexual Stories a Voice and Give Them Their Own Category - The Petition Site

(Source: bisexual-books)

Will Amazon Turn Twitch into Another Goodreads Failure


So Amazon is buying Twitch, the video-game livestreaming site, for $970 million in cash, apparently beating out Google’s YouTube unit in the process. That unites the e-commerce giant with the world’s largest site for the gaming community, on which users can upload or stream video of games or commentary.

Which raises an interesting question. Just what does Amazon know about managing a social-network community, anyway? The Seattle merchant isn’t merely a novice when it comes to the social space; it’s a novice whose preliminary forays in this area have received mixed reviews at best.

Sea Fever by John Masefield


I must down to the seas again, to the lonely sea and the sky,
And all I ask is a tall ship and a star to steer her by,
And the wheel’s kick and the wind’s song and the white sail’s shaking,
And a grey mist on the sea’s face, and a grey dawn breaking.
I must down to the seas again, for…

Anachronistic Girls (and How Not to Write Them)

Essay by novelist Jessica Spotswood

Reading the Past: Venturing into teen historical fiction: A guest essay by Deborah Swift

I’ve been writing novels set in the seventeenth century for adults for quite a few years. During my research, I’ve often come across young women aged between fourteen and eighteen, and yet expected to run a household, accept adult responsibilities, marry and bear children. That was the way of life back then. When writing for adults, these heroines of 14 or 15 years of age seem unlikely – far too young to have such maturity. Yet for today’s teen readers of that age, the same characters can appear too mature, too ensconced in an adult life.

As Eliza Graham points out in her excellent article on Historical Fiction Connection, teenagers were not a separate group with their own rules and identity until the twentieth century.

Waterproof e-reader launched for bathtime bookworms

I don’t like to read in the bath because I hate getting my books damp, so maybe this is the fix I didn’t know I needed?

Anna Karenina: A Woman’s Iliad? | OUPblog

Soon You Can Read Laura Ingalls Wilder's Original, Adults-Only Memoir