Lobster Hug

lob•ster hug

-noun 1. A variation of the bear hug: a) a stiff embrace performed by New Englanders whose inbred Puritanism makes physical affection awkward. b) a clingy, pincer like hug involving one or both legs that smacks of desperation.
-verb 2. To crush the things I love into a liquid the consistency of unicorn's blood so that I can absorb their essence.

Things that I lobster hug: books, movies, tv, food, knitting, Zelda, feminists, pro-choicers, progressives.


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It is fifth grade and I am taking the state reading test. I have taken so many of these tests. They all blur together. I turn the page.

The passage in this section is about a village experiencing movies for the first time. The thrill of adventure is quickly subsumed by profound betrayal as the villagers realize that what they are watching is fiction.

There is something so singular about the writing that I remember this passage for years. When I encounter the passage again in One Hundred Years of Solitude, it is like a homecoming.

Booknook complete.

I’m still slogging my way through Dragon Fly in Amber. Just passed the first hurdle (the whole duel and subsequent fall out) and now things are picking up. But I keep getting sidetracked by cowboy erotica. Oops.

I burned through 3 of Lorelei James’s Rough Riders series (1,2, and 5 because that was all that was available from the library). They are pretty smut-tastic.


My name is Lucy, and I write funny smut.  It’s action-packed and, if you click my linky above, you’ll see that other Kindle customers are sat-is-fied, which is what you should expect from smut.  So if you like hilarious, dorky, feminist heroines and the hot men who love them, maybe try me, why not?

Slight Outlander spoilers.

I just got back into rereading Dragonfly and I was struck by how recklessly impulsive Claire is. Oh let me just flaunt my weirdly extensive medical knowledge and make reference to things from the future in mixed company. At first it kind of bothered me, especially when it caused arguments with Jamie. After everything they went through, like being tried as a damn witch, wouldn’t she know better by now?

But then I realized it’s been barely a year since she went back and they have only been married 9 months. So actually their behavior makes sense. I’m back to liking her.

please make that list I want to read about spinsters
lobsterhug lobsterhug Said:



i am sadly not as well-read in this genre as i would like BUT THE RECLIST FOR NOW GOES:

1. the blue castle by l.m. montgomery, THIS IS ABSOLUTELY NECESSARY
2. romancing mr. bridgerton by julia quinn
3. soulless by gail carriger, elisabeth you especially need to read this, it is a VICTORIAN VAMPIRE SLAYER ROMANCE NOVEL
4. black sheep by georgette heyer, you have all ready some georgette heyer right? IF NOT, WHAT THE HELL ARE YOU DOING ON TUMBLR, READ SOME GEORGETTE HEYER
5. the entire wallflowers series by lisa kleypas
6. to sir phillip, with love by julia quinn, about the best friend of the main character in romancing mr. bridgerton (eloise bridgerton!)
7. nine rules to break when romancing a rake by sarah maclean


FOR FUTURE REFERENCE. Also, nessismore and lobsterhug, you’re my romance novel readin’ buddies - any further recommendations?

I haven’t read Black Sheep, but YES YES YESSSSSS to the rest. Especially The Devil in Winter from Lisa Kleypas’ Wallflower series.

My favs not mentioned:

To Seduce a Sinner by Elizabeth Hoyt - spinster proposes to the man she has been secretly in love with for years. The best!

Suddenly You by Lisa Kleypas - I love all her books but this one is especially good. Spinster wants to have sex, goes to a madam, meets sexy younger man. Rawr ensues.

One Dance with a Duke by Tessa Dare - another one where the spinster takes control of the situation much to everyone’s delight.

I finished The Republic of Thieves this morning and I’ve been wallowing in feels ever since.

The typical excuse for that exclusion is genre, not gender. But those two words have a common root, and are intertwined in many ways. Romance is seen as unserious and frivolous because women are seen as unserious and frivolous, and romance is written largely by women, for women, about concerns traditionally seen as feminine (Jennifer Weiner and Jodi Picoult have made a similar argument about commercial fiction by women).
Noah Berlatsky from Salon.com on Highbrow media’s sexist blind spot: Romance novels (via sarahmaclean)

"The point is that certain authors and certain perspectives are excluded before a conversation can even begin."

So. Much. Truth.

(via thebattleofwits)

(via thebattleofwits)

Because this whole thing started as a book blog ostensibly.

If you are not reading Scott Lynch’s Gentlemen Bastard series you are seriously missing out. Just started book 3, The Republic of Thieves. My heart is already in my throat.

Lucy Woodhull (aka missworded) writes the most delightful art heist caper romantic comedies that are just the thing to counteract the SADs. Get your dimple fix!

My Outlander series re-read is on hold for the moment since I want to finish the series as close to the release of the next book as possible. I figure if I start back up in March, I’ll be done by June.

I have not read any Indiespensable books yet. But the year is still young!

(Incoherent sobbing)


I would throw this book in the trash if it wasn’t an ebook. I’m going to finish it and delete it from my kindle with a comparable amount of rage.