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Articles / May 9, 2020

A Study in Scarlet Women RECOMMENDED: A Study in Scarlet Women by Sherry Thomas is $2.99! Both Sarah and Carrie read this book and enjoyed it. Sarah gave it a B+:  I haven’t shut up about this book since I finished it. My outbound text messages are mostly hollering, squeeing, and long strings of vowels about this book. I’m so excited this book exists. I’m so excited that I got to read it. I’m so excited there will be more. Carrie gave it B: I can’t WAIT to find out what Charlotte, Livia, and Mrs. Watson are up to. I hope it involves them being protective of each other, empowering, and smart. The excitement is palpable! USA Today bestselling author Sherry Thomas turns the story of the renowned Sherlock Holmes upside down… With her inquisitive mind, Charlotte Holmes has never felt comfortable with the demureness expected of the fairer sex in upper class society.  But even she never thought that she would become a social pariah, an outcast fending for herself on the mean streets of London. When the city is struck by a trio of unexpected deaths and suspicion falls on her sister and her father, Charlotte is desperate to find…

Kickass Women in History: Manuela Sáenz y Aizpuru
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Articles / May 9, 2020

This month in Kickass Women in History, we celebrate the life of Manuela Sáenz y Aizpuru, “La Libertadora del Libertador.” This woman saved the life of Simón Bolívar and worked tirelessly to end Spanish colonial rule over South America. Sáenz was born in 1797 to an unwed mother. She was a tomboy and loved riding horses. Sent to a convent at one point, she got kicked out when she was seventeen after being seduced by and having an affair with an army officer. In 1817, her father arranged her marriage to James Thorpe, a wealthy Englishman twice her age. The marriage was not a success and Sáenz left Thorpe in 1822. Though they never divorced, they also never reconciled. However, the marriage did raise her social status and exposed her to politicians and leaders who introduced her to revolutionary ideals. Soon after leaving Thorpe, Sáenz met and fell in love with Simón Bolívar, who called her a “crazy, gentle woman”. Bolívar became famous as the military leader who expelled the Spanish rule from much of South America. While she’s often thought of as Bolívar’s lover, and they did have an intense romantic relationship, she was also a practical political and…

Whatcha Reading? May 2020 Edition, Part One
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Articles / May 9, 2020

It’s time for everyone’s favorite post! We want to hear about all your reading woes and accomplishments, the good and the bad. It’s a weird time and we’re so grateful for this community of readers. Aarya: I’m basking in a Susanna Kearsley post-reading glow. I first read her last year. The experience was so perfect that I did what any reasonable reader would do: 1) refuse to read another book in the fear that I would run out of them and 2) carefully acquire/hoard her backlist when they went on sale. I finally gave into temptation last week (if a pandemic isn’t a break-emergency-glass-if-necessary event, then I don’t know what is) and read The Winter Sea ( A | BN | K | G | AB | Au ). It’s an achingly beautiful book, and it broke me into a million pieces. Now I’m pining sadly at my self-inflicted refusal to read more of her backlist. A | K | AB I’m also in the middle of KJ Charles’s Slippery Creatures (out May 13) and am enjoying myself immensely. It’s the first book in a post-WWI m/m romantic trilogy (HEA after three books). So far, the book has all my…