Tuesday, January 3, 2012

The Penelope Project

A long time ago, I decided to choose a name for my romance alter ego. I chose Penelope, after reading Julia Quinn's Romancing Mr. Bridgerton. Penelope Featherington was an invisible wallflower on the outside, but a passionate and talented woman on the inside. As Mrs. Whistledown, she had the chutzpah and courage to say things most people think, but never speak aloud. I adore the romance that develops between charming Colin and spinsterish Penelope.....he finally sees beyond the plain facade, and discovers the real woman Penelope is. Sigh. What a story!

Anyhoo, inspired by the rash of 2012 reading challenges that many readers/bloggers are jumping into with open hearts and positive attitudes, I decided to make up my own challenge. (Because most of the other ones are totally intimidating to me.)

And so, I give you.....The Penelope Project.

How many books do you think I can find with heroines named Penelope? I have no freakin' clue, but so far I have amassed a list of fourteen...including mysteries, children's books, historicals, light BDSM, and The Odyssey. I wonder what kind of qualities most of these Penelope heroines will have....will they be prissy and uptight, as the name suggests? Will they be rough and tumble, courageous and curious, passionate and inspiring? I would love some more recommendations, so if you have any favorite Penelope books, please let me know!

Here's my list so far....

  • In For A Penny by Rose Lerner
  • Something Reckless by Jess Michaels
  • Penelope and The Christmas Spirit by Ron Voigts
  • The Ghost and Mrs. McClure by Alice Kimberly
  • A Rather Remarkable Homecoming by CA Belmond
  • A Rather Charming Invitation by CA Belmond
  • A Rather Curious Engagement by CA Belmond
  • A Rather Lovely Inheritance by CA Belmond
  • The Odyssey by Homer
  • The Corinthian by Georgette Heyer
  • Penelope and Prince Charming by Jennifer Ashley
  • Where The Heart Leads by Stephanie Laurens (re-read)
  • Romancing Mr. Bridgerton by Julia Quinn (re-read)
  • A Penny For Your Thoughts by Jess McBride (TSTL heroine, almost DNF)
I'm hoping to read at least one Penelope book a month in 2012. That's my challenge, and I'm sticking to it!

Hope all of you had a wonderful new year's celebration, and are pumped and ready for 2012.

Here's to a year of excellent reading, writing and arithmetic,


Tales of Whimsy said...

What a fun idea!

Lydia Storm said...

I'm pretty sure one of the characters in the Pink Carnation series is named Penelope. I seem to recall her being very scandalous!

JenM said...

I loved In For a Penny and liked Penelope and Prince Charming, so hopefully those two will be good reads for you. I never remember characters' names so I don't have any other suggestions, but I would think there are other Regencies with characters with that name.

Penny Watson said...

Hi Juju! I'm not sure what to read first....maybe one of the mysteries? :^)

Penny Watson said...

Thanks, Lydia....I will go check those out...thanks for the tip!

Penny Watson said...

Hi Jen....I figured I would have the best luck w/ historicals, but surprisingly I've found contemporaries w/ the name Penny, too.

Penny Watson said...

Lydia....It's The Betrayal of the Blood Lily by Lauren Willig. Thanks!

Julia Rachel Barrett said...

Okay, guess I gotta write you a Penelope book. Sigh...
Add to to-do list. Write Penelope quickie. Give her many well-endowed beardy lovers.

Heidenkind said...

Weirdly, I was looking at Penelope and Prince Charming this afternoon.

Penny Watson said...

Julia....don't even tease me! You are so cruel!

Penny Watson said...

Heidenkind....that one looks good. I might read it first.

The MatchCut Kronicles said...

Would an Ian Fleming novel that includes Miss Moneypenny count? She does have a variation on 'Penelope' in her name and I believe she has the qualities you are looking for. Miss Moneypenny takes the back seat to a certain world class spy but does have memorable lines that expose her 'chutzpah'. Just a thought.

Penny Watson said...

Scott...OK, James Bond is probably stretching it, but.....since I've never read an Ian Fleming book, I'm going to add one on. Should I read the first one? Which one would you recommend? Thanks!

Kathy said...
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The MatchCut Kronicles said...

ok…Two blogs…one computer… I goofed. Kathy was logged on when I typed up the Ian Fleming 'Thunderball' suggestion. I apologize for that one. 'Thundeball' for gadgets and 'You Only Live Twice' for Miss Moneypenny lines. I have to re visit These classics.

Penny Watson said...

Ha! I have 3 different email addresses, with 3 different identities. (I could tell you what they are, but then I'd have to kill you.)<---- Spy joke since we're talking about 007.

Anyhow!!!!!! thanks for the rec. I am going to read You Only Live Twice. Just as a weird bit of trivia about me, Live and Let Die was the first movie I ever saw in a theater when I was a little kid. We just skipped the Disney movies and went straight to the inappropriate James Bond films. hee hee