I wrote this as part of an assignment, a much longer assignment. In case you didn't know, well now you do. Enjoy!
I am a librarian. As a result people expect that I am very well read and enjoy reading classics in my off time. The true is often disappointing to people. I only read classics as required by courses and I enjoy chick-lit. I enjoy a lot of chick-lit. When I saw the novel requirement for the poetics of leadership assignment, I knew I would no longer be able to hide my passion for reading the equivalent of trash. Unlike my co-hort members, I could not turn to the respectable works of Shakespeare, Bronte, or Hemingway. I have no intimate knowledge of the words of Fitzgerald or Austen.
As a scholar-practitioner, I have to forgive my lack of passion for the classics and embrace my love of chick-lit. In loving my chick-lit loving soul, I realize there are probably more people like me, who are not well read and struggle to answer questions like what is your favorite William Faulkner book? Not being well read is not the sign of a frivolous mind but of a person who faces life all day so prefers to escape into fiction.
The result of the merging of my chick-lit loving soul and my scholar-practitioner metaphor is The Undomestic Goddess by Sophie Kinsella. Kinsella is known for her book series Shopaholic and I imagine she is not well known among those whom prefer Machiavelli with their tea. For me, Kinsella's work is the highest form of escapist reading. I am transported to London, where most of her books take place, and I live the life of women trying to find love and balance.
Anyway that is the introduction to the novel section of my Poetics of Leadership assignment. If you feel like watching the final product here is the link. Like I stated earlier this is part of much larger assignment.