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Getting Lit S4EP8: Eleanor and Park

Getting Lit S4EP8: Eleanor and Park

By Rainbow Rowell. Ilana's kid sister Naomi joins us to read the first YA Romance of the podcast. Naomi and Wendy start the Youngest Sister Support Group, where we bemoan weird nicknames and getting punched for various reasons. Family dynamics are hilarious! We talk...

Getting Lit S4EP7: Texas Destiny

Getting Lit S4EP7: Texas Destiny

By Lorraine Heath. Wendy and Ilana take a pilgrimage to sort-of-historical post-Civil War Texas in this novel published in the 90's, but first Ilana tells us about her apple adventure with a truck driver that may or may not be a witch. Also, this book is 100% inspired...

Getting Lit S4EP5: A Bollywood Affair

Getting Lit S4EP5: A Bollywood Affair

Getting Lit goes Bollywood with this contemporary romance, a bacchanal of food, weddings, babies, and strangely enough, Michigan countryside. Still adjusting to COVID-19, Ilana makes two different drinks for the podcast.

Getting Lit S4EP02: MerLairds, Sweat Drugs, and Maggoty Finmen.

Getting Lit S4EP02: MerLairds, Sweat Drugs, and Maggoty Finmen.

Wendy and Ilana dive into (get it?) Mermaid Romance with The Selkie Bride by Melanie Jackson. Bonus subgenres: Highlander and Secret Prince! We discuss the high and low points of when an American human woman and a sexy Selkie Scottish Laird traverse the treacherous...

Getting Lit S4EP1: Deep Burn

Getting Lit S4EP1: Deep Burn

Ilana and Wendy turn up the heat with Deep Burn by Kimberly Kincaid, a firefighter themed romance novel. Ilana bemoans the lack of feelings talks, and Wendy turns in her book report for Stolen By an Alien. 

Getting Lit S3EP10: The (Alien) Nanny for Christmas

Getting Lit S3EP10: The (Alien) Nanny for Christmas

Things get weird when Ilana and Wendy read a novella from the Stolen By An Alien series by Amanda Milo. Our hero has horns, scales, and breathes fire...but he saves the heroine thousands in child care, so who cares!    Ilana's Drink: "Alien Cocktail for Christmas" 2...

Getting Lit S3EP09: Hard as it Gets

Getting Lit S3EP09: Hard as it Gets

Ilana and Wendy dip into Tattoo Parlor Romance with a torso on the cover, because that always goes well. Spoiler alert: it's not good. Weirdly heteronormative for the genre. But that's not the worst part of the novel...Ilana's Drink: "So We Meet Again"1.5 tablespoons...

Getting Lit S3EP08: The Kiss Quotient

Getting Lit S3EP08: The Kiss Quotient

Ilana and Wendy talk about the Kiss Quotient by Helen Huang, an interesting novel about an autistic heroine, written by an autistic woman. Also the hottest Disney character is...let's say it together...Robin Hood.What Michael Looks Like He groaned as suspicion dawned....

Getting Lit S3EP5: Him

Getting Lit S3EP5: Him

By Sarina Bowen and Elle Kennedy. This month's theme is Gay Hockey! Ilana, Wendy, and special guest Katharine talk The Sportz and a love affair between two hot dudes that love hockey.   Below is Ilana's drink, the Purple Skittle, and photos from Katharine's trip...

Getting Lit S3EP04: The Mister

Getting Lit S3EP04: The Mister

By E L James. Ilana and Wendy try out their first ever James novel, reading her latest novel that is completely outside of the Shades series. Ilana and Wendy have differing opinions, and spend most our time arguing about whether the other should or should not like...

Getting Lit S3EP03: Finders Keepers

Getting Lit S3EP03: Finders Keepers

Ilana’s Drink: The Careless Venture       1/4 cup white wine 1/4 cup seltzer 2 oz cranberry juice 2 oz whiskey Next Month's Book The Mister, by E.L. James The NYTimes article that inspired Ilana to choose this book: The Evolution of E L James. ...

Getting Lit S3EP02: A Princess in Theory

Getting Lit S3EP02: A Princess in Theory

by Alyssa Cole. This episode is a package of punching! Ilana and Wendy talk secret princes, cave sex, and the dubious infrastructure of a Wakanda-like country. We also dive deep into why career focused women like romances with princes and billionaires, and the dreaded...