Michelle Ryan

50 Shades of…Greens???
50 Shades of…Greens???

I read a great article a few days ago about a transformation going on in women’s literature. As a foodie AND avid reader, I’m pretty excited to pass on the scoop to others who might be looking for something new – and fresh – in fiction. According to the article from The Atlantic, standard “chick lit” has seen its day, but something else has risen to take its place.


A quote from the article: In farm lit books, our heroines ditch the big cities beloved in chick lit—New York, Chicago, LA—in favor of slower, more rural existences, scrappily learning to raise goats on idyllic Vermont farms or healing their broken hearts by opening cupcake bakeries in their sweet Southern hometowns. Instead of sipping $16 appletinis with the girls, they’re mucking out barns and learning to knit. Instead of pining after Mr. Big, they’re falling for the hunky farmer next door.

As a small town Midwestern girl who was maybe a little too into the Little House books back in the day, I can’t wait to find some of the books listed at my beloved Champaign Public Library. I’m not really into romance novels (or whatever you call them), but I’m willing to give this genre a chance. Perhaps I can vicariously live my unrequited dream of growing up and moving to a farm through a good book. One “howdy, little lady”, though, and I might go screaming back to my Stephen King. :)

To read the article, click HERE.



About Michelle

FAVE MIX ARTISTS: Adele, P!nk, The Killers
FAVE MOVIE: When Harry Met Sally
FAVE LOCAL BARS: Boltini, Tumble Inn
CURRENTLY READING: Nightmares and Dreamscapes
PET PEEVE: People who feel sorry for themselves
I GET TEASED FOR: excessive ironing, being too frugal
ON MY BUCKET LIST: ziplining, going to Europe, whitewater rafting, running a 10k, getting a tattoo (maybe…)
WHEN I’M NOT AT WORK I’M: playing sports or working out at Refinery, doing stuff around my house, or reading