Category Archives: Jean AAR

Romantic Comedies

So apparently, winter is the time when we especially want a nice snuggly romantic comedy.  To me, this makes heaps of sense (warm fuzzy feeling = warmth period), but being generally attracted to romance in general, I watch my rom … Continue reading

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Random House Fall Preview: Toronto

Ah, the perks of working at Chapters.  During the summer, our store manager told us that all Chapters employees were invited to the Random House Fall Preview at the Hyatt Regency.  Now, I don’t know about you, but this sounded … Continue reading

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Bed, Chair, Sofa, or Floor?

And no, I’m not talking about certain recreational activities.  I’m just wondering where you guys like to read. See, I used to have this image of a “proper” reader: Someone who sits straight-backed in a chair, or lounges with dignity … Continue reading

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A Reader Versus a Bibliophile

I like orange juice.  I really like orange juice.  But I sure don’t make a habit of learning about the properties of citric acid and optimal growth conditions for Tropicana Florida oranges.  And I’m cool with that. But I can’t … Continue reading

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Through the Stomach and Into the Heart

I really like food, but I think I’ve become a bit inured to most food scenes in romance novels.  All the dessert-cum-sex scenes have melded together, to the point where all I can think about is the mess.  I’m not … Continue reading

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“Nothing is Sacred – Even Libraries”

[youtube][/youtube] During university, I volunteered at the local library, shelf-reading and tidying books.  When I told a friend, she asked why I didn’t just volunteer at a food bank; then I’d do more good.  At the time, I wasn’t aware … Continue reading

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The Big “I”

I don’t remember much from Psych 101, but I do remember Sternberg’s Triangle of Love.  Sternberg sees Intimacy, Passion, and Commitment as the three corners of love.  Pick any one or two components and you have various kinds of relationships; … Continue reading

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Classic Romances

Well, I finally did it.  I’ve heard about it for years, and I’ve seen it online for lots of money.  I’ve read jealously about people who just happen to come across it for ten cents at book sales, and how … Continue reading

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Romance Novel Covers: A Rant

They’re like bad relatives.  You can’t avoid sleazy Uncle Bob or foul-mouthed Cousin Betty, because Uncle Bob married to Aunt Emily (the loveliest auntie in the world), and Cousin Betty is sister to Cousin Mark (who’s like a brother).  But … Continue reading

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Vampires, Jane Austen, and a Trend that Just Won’t Die

We see lots of weird things in fiction.  I don’t love it all, but who cares?  Authors write what they want, publishers publish what they choose, and readers bloody well read whatever piques their fancy. So this reader is going … Continue reading

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