Jul 27 2017 7:09am

Do You Like Your Reading to be Edutaining?

Author Beverly Jenkins has long discussed how she wants her books to be edutaining—educational entertainment. We can learn a lot from romance—not just how to love and form relationships, but also that a reticule is a type of purse, a gambling hell isn't something out of Dante's Inferno, and a whole host of other facts that expose us to new worlds, people, and experiences. 

Do you like your reading to be edutaining? What have you learned from romance?

Tell me about it in the comments!




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1. Mo
Hell yeah! I read certain authors specifically because I know I will learn something from their books. Lynne Connolly's Emperors of London series helped teach me tons about chocolate and the intersection of chocolate, wealth, and politics, not to mention that White's started as a chocolate place. It also inspired me to do more reading and research into it. Tess Bowery's "That Potent Alchemy" made me stop and think about the intersection of theatre and chemisry, something I think isn't considered much.
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2. bungluna
I too enjoy learning something new from the books I read, but I don't want to be clobered over the head with it. I love authors who are sly about slipping little tidbits of information into their narrative.
3. Althea Claire Duffy
Yes!! I'm constantly looking to learn new things. I'm also a big fan of books with a lot of setting detail and atmosphere, and the author's research is an important part of that.

In particular, I love historicals that go beyond the usual drawing rooms and Almack's circuit. I've only dipped a toe into Beverly Jenkins's work, but I love how she works in neglected aspects of American (especially African American) history, and I'm certainly planning to read more.
4. Laura001
Edutaining. Good word. I can't even begin to list all of the things I've learned while reading for entertainment. I amaze my kids, who have learned that almost any topic is fair game because who knows what little pieces of obscure knowledge I have picked up here and there over the years. Sometimes I Google my answers just to be sure and, yep, usually I've remembered whatever it is correctly. Thank heavens for authors who do solid research. Otherwise my kids might think that I'm a complete idiot.
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