Dispatches from Ladyblogland

Here’s our roundup of the best that ladyblogland had to offer.

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Totally Awesome Women in Fiction

It’s hard to find novels with female characters who read like actual women. In this list of some of my favourites, I’ve tried to present women who lead their own lives, who aren’t sidelined for men, whose stories don’t revolve around other people, and who have depth and complexity existing beyond the necessities of plot. That meant I had to cut some obvious candidates (sorry, Hermione). There may be spoilers ahead. Read More Totally Awesome Women in Fiction

Origin Stories: The Handmaid’s Tale

“I want to be held and told my name. I want to be valued, in ways that I am not; I want to be more than valuable. I repeat my former name; remind myself of what I once could do, how others saw me. I want to steal something.”

The Handmaid’s Tale, Margaret Atwood

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Book Club Slash Open Thread Extravaganza!

I feel like you can’t really type Extravaganza! without adding an exclamation point. It’s almost Friday! Let’s get the evening started with some bookishness, and some music for the OTers, shall we? Read More Book Club Slash Open Thread Extravaganza!

Book Clubbing Open Thread

Hello! Happy Thursday night!  We’re here to talk books while we share some space with the open threaders. Last week I asked for some suggestions, and you all really came through! Learn which book we’ll be tackling next, after the cut. Read More Book Clubbing Open Thread

Middlemarch Madness: Polyvore for Badasses

Meghan is starting a brand-new and exciting job this week, so she’s taken the week away from writing for us.  I miss her weekly forays into Polyvore, so like a good editor, I’m picking up the slack.  What could be more appropriate than creating stylish outfits for some of my favorite Middlemarch Madness contenders? Read More Middlemarch Madness: Polyvore for Badasses