Crying, Fairy Fruit, & More

Workspace with computer, journal, books, coffee, and glasses.It’s Hump Day! I hope you all have been reading something great this week. If not, Rec It Wednesdays are back at the Smart Bitches Instagram account. Every Wednesday afternoon, we put up a question in our Instagram stories where you can submit whatever trope or genre you’re looking for. Throughout the week, we answer the requests, which are then saved in our highlights for you to revisit at your leisure!

If there are any aspiring historical romance authors in the Los Angeles area, The Ripped Bodice is hosting a workshop with author Rose Lerner on February 17th!

As someone who is obsessed with the fae in romance, I loved this piece on “fairy fruit” by author Roshani Chokshi:

There is something both blasphemous and sacred that comes to mind when I think about fairy fruit. The consumption of that which is sacred is a ritual that has always awed me. Growing up, I had a very eclectic upbringing. My father is a practicing Hindu, and my mother is a practicing Catholic, and so my siblings and I were exposed to both religions. One of my favorite things about accompanying my mom to church was watching the ceremony of the Eucharist. When I was little, I used to try and open her mouth, desperate to know what happened to that perfect, white circle of bread. I was convinced it must have tasted like a slice of moonlight.

If you haven’t read anything by Chokshi, I highly recommend that you do so. She writes some beautiful fairy tale and mythology inspired YA.

Is your TBR pile a lost cause at this point? Good, because check out these 2019 book recs from Black Nerd Problems.

Swoon Reads has an announcement! They’re partnered with A&E TV to bring YA romance adaptations to television. What do you think? I always want to support more romance in media, though sometimes I’m jealous that YA gets all the cool stuff.

When I’m on my period (which is now), I watch a lot of uplifting, talent reality TV clips. This one made me ugly cry, but it was worth it:

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Don’t forget to share what super cool things you’ve seen, read, or listened to this week! And if you have anything you think we’d like to post on a future Wednesday Links, send it my way!

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