Weekend Reads: “Dangerous Books for Girls”

Hi, everyone. I hope that my US readers enjoyed a peaceful Thanksgiving day. We had duck at our house since no one here cares much for turkey, along with the usual side dishes … and the subsequent going to bed early due to “food coma.”

This week’s review is for a non-fiction piece. If you’re interested in the history of literature, this is an important read. Enjoy!

Dangerous Books For Girls: The Bad Reputation of Romance Novels ExplainedDangerous Books For Girls: The Bad Reputation of Romance Novels Explained by Maya Rodale
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This book is an interesting look at the history of romance novels, and why they are devalued by both people who don’t read the genre and the literary establishment at large.

Narrator voice: Because they are primarily by and for women.

This is no shock or spoiler; it’s an open secret. However, what was most interesting about this book was its well-sourced examination of how empowering the books are for women — particularly successful women who might like to stop toting the proverbial weary load for an hour or two and escape.

While I didn’t find anything surprising in the analyses, I did recognize my own reluctance/shame over either reading or writing romantic tales — and now I have a better understanding of where it came from.

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