Recommendation Roundup: May 2015

May was light on reading for the Clear Eyes, Full Shelves crew. Between BEA and just life stuff, the month got away from me, for sure. 

I did finally read a Katie McGarry book that worked for me. For whatever reason, her novels haven't clicked with me, and while I didn't love Nowhere But Here, I thought it was a really fun read, and sometimes that's exactly what you need. As has been the norm recently, most of the reading I enjoyed came in the form of comics--new issues of Saga, Ms. Marvel and Southern Cross (a new one you've got to check out!) all came out in May and they were so, so good. 

(FYI: Click on the cover image to learn more about the book.)

Sarah Recommends

Sandra Recommends

Laura Recommends

All We Have Is Now
By Lisa Schroeder
 
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Recommendation Tuesday: Skyscraping by Cordelia Jensen

Recommendation Tuesday: Skyscraping by Cordelia Jensen

Cordelia Jensen's debut novel first got on my radar thanks to Stasia Ward Kehoe's guest post for our Verse Week celebration this year.  While I don't read all the blogs, it seems like it's not received much attention and I'm here to remedy that, because folks, Skyscraping is a special book. 

I coined the term "nostalgia lit" on a podcast episode a couple years ago, and I'm generally a fairly reluctant about books set in near history, but Skyscraping is a wonderful example of this particular almost-contemporary setting.

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BEA, NYC & Falafel

BEA, NYC & Falafel

I really enjoyed my trip to Book Expo America and have so much to say, but, honestly, I just need to talk about falafel for a minute. Because, hot damn, I had a lot of awesome falafel in New York. Guys, I just really love falafel a whole lot. 

My source was Taim, which was conveniently located in the nifty West Village neighborhood I stayed in. (Seriously, guys, if you go to NYC, skip the hell that is Midtown and stay in the Village, it's so pleasant.) Here are some of my falafels. 

 

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Listorama: 11 Romance Novels for Clever Ladies

Listorama: 11 Romance Novels for Clever Ladies

Recently, The Mary Sue--a website I have deeply conflicted feelings about--posted a super-ignorant, click-bait-y piece about romance novels and romance readers.

Rather than rebut the silliness (because what's the point), I thought I'd offer some recommendations for clever ladies looking to try out the genre, want to try a new subgenre of Romance or who want to revisit it after an absence. I'm not an expert, but I've read reasonable widely in the genre and appreciate that it is, in many ways, a deeply feminist field of offerings, particularly in recent years. 

The following are 11 smart big-R romances (read: happy ending of a central love story, as defined by the Romance Writers Association) I recommend for Clever Ladies who are interested in the genre. Keep in mind that there's just about something for everyone in this genre, so if there's not something that's up your alley on this list, there's probably something out there--leave a note in the comments and I'll see what I can do. 

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