August is Read a Romance Month, which is perfect because it's hot outside aaaaaand hot inside the pages (HEYO!) Whether you're a regular reader or not, we've got some great insights for why romance matters and how you can find your steamy (or sweet) reads. Warning: there are some *terrible* romance-related puns in this one.
Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi is Lucasfilm's first non-Star Wars or Indiana Jones Film in a loooong time. The book’s sequel, Children of Virtue and Vengence is coming out this winter (and you can join the holds list now!)
Two Book Minimum:
- The Source of Self-regard by Toni Morrison (Rest in Power)
- Women Rowing North by Mary Pipher (author of Reviving Ophelia)
- For White Folks Who Teach in the Hood -- and the Rest of Y’all Too by Christopher Emdin
- Bringing Down the Duke by Evie Dunmore
- Hot Head by Damon Suede
August is Read a Romance Month, and we wanted to bring you a little guide that you can refer back to all year! To be a "true romance" it needs to have a central love story AND a Happily Ever After (HEA) or at least a "happy for now" (for younger audiences). Jury is still out on whether The Notebook counts... is dying together the ultimate "ever after"?? Moving along...
For LOTS of themes and tropes, check out the Novelist Romance Webinaropens a new window --- This is SUPER helpful if you want to learn more about Romance! (Polli is smart and sassy on it, as per usual.)
- "What does passion sound like? How five audiobook actors talk sexy"
- Lisa Kleypas'sopens a new window (bad-ass) response to Hillary's statement re: romance as a genre
- Polli's recent blog post with some great gifs and recs
News & Events:
Mid-Sept is gonna be EPIC. Check out these two events:
Sept 14: Battle of the Builders by Tenants to Homeowners
Sept 15: Keep Retirement Weird at LPL
2019 Book Squad Goals Reading Challenge can be found here: http://tinyurl.com/LPLBSG2019
Twice(-ish) a month, the librarians are in, with their favorite recommendations in Two Book Minimum, a toe-to-toe discussion on a book or topic, as well as news from the book world, updates from Lawrence Public Library, and beyond.
This episode was produced by Jim Barnes in the Sound & Vision studio. Our theme song is by Heidi Lynne Gluck. You can find the Book Squad Podcast on iTunesopens a new window, Stitcheropens a new window, or SoundCloudopens a new window. Please subscribe and leave us comments – we’d love to know what you think, and your comments make it easier for other people to find our podcast. Happy reading and listening! xo, Polli & Kate