Top 100 Romance Novels on Goodreads: Critical Linking, January 26, 2017

Today’s Critical Linking is sponsored by Perfect Little World by Kevin Wilson.

Romance Week is coming to Goodreads! From February 6 through Valentine’s Day, we’re celebrating the sweet and oh-so-sexy stories that make us believe in—what else?—happily ever after.

To whet your appetites, check out our list of the top 100 romances of all time. We narrowed the field by limiting our results to books aimed at adult audiences and books with at least a 4.0 average rating (sorry, Fifty Shades of Grey).

Now here’s a reading list I can get behind.

When the announcement about Milo’s book first came out, I was relieved because I thought I didn’t have a book with Simon & Schuster and tweeted something to that effect. Then I remembered my TED Book and that TED is an imprint of Simon & Schuster. I was supposed to turn the book in this month and I kept thinking about how egregious it is to give someone like Milo a platform for his blunt, inelegant hate and provocation. I just couldn’t bring myself to turn the book in. My editor emailed me last week and I kept staring at that email in my inbox and finally over the weekend I asked my agent to pull the book.

Roxane Gay pulled her next book from S&S because they gave a book deal to a Neo-Nazi, and I’m so proud of her.

This scene refers to an actual event in English history, writes Anne Quito at Quartz, when “feverish xenophobia swept through the population.” In a period between 1330 and 1550, “64,000 foreigners, from wealthy Lombard bankers to Flemish laborers, arrived on English shores… in search of better lives.”

Watch Ian McKellen read a Shakespeare speech in defense of immigrants.


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