The steamy month of August also happens to be Read a Romance Month. Yep, consider this a mid-month reminder or a call to read one for the very first time. 🙂
Was that an eye-roll I sensed from some of you readers? I’m sure it was. Why? Because romance is one of the most shat-upon genres.
Romance readers have had to deal with a lot of trash talk about their genre – especially those who are open about their reading preferences or proudly display those amusing covers in public. I’ve heard my share of trash talk in my day, some of my favorites:
- You read romance? I thought you were smarter than that…
- Oh…but, I thought you were a feminist?
Or when people find out that I write them:
- Oh..so are you writing the next 50 Shades of Grey?
- Can you write about me?
Let me just be clear – you can be smart, feminist, and of any sexual orientation and enjoy romance novels. As for the questions for authors…well, everyone has their own answers to those.
So, in honor of the steamy month of August, treat yourself or challenge yourself to try something new and pick up a romance novel. There’s a sub-genre for every interest you might have. Do you like art? There are tons of romances involving painters, appraisers, sculptors, etc. Do you like murder mysteries? There are all kinds of excellent romance murder mysteries (check out some of the darker stuff by Nora Roberts, Linda Howard, or Sandra Brown). Do you like holidays, cooking, or knitting? Friend, we’ve got you covered. Do you like history? Bitch please, you KNOW there are historical romances. Just check out your local library, Amazon, or bookstore and discover something new.
And hey, take a picture with you new romance novel find…then post it on Instagram to prove that loving some romance is no crime. 🙂
Here’s one I took with a bunch of free (FREEEEE!) used romance novels that someone gave me.
Clearly, I love romance novels and here are some of my personal favorites, if you’d like some recommendations:
- It happened one autumn – historical and sassy dialogue
- The hating game or Wallbanger – because I have a soft spot for heroes/heroines who start off not liking each other…
- Eligible – an update on Pride & Prejudice
- Just about anything written by my favorites Nora Roberts, Courtney Milan, Lisa Kleypas, and Julie James
Read one….or read like 5 in one week, because you’re gluttonous like me. Either way, enjoy!