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  • Posted on: Wednesday, April 12, 2017

    Mysterious bad boys feature prominently in Meg's New Adult romance recs this month. 

  • Posted on: Friday, February 17, 2017

    Meg launches a new blog about New Adult Romance today. Well, not adult. Or new. New Adult. Heck just check out her faves from this genre!

  • Arizona landscape
    Posted on: Thursday, November 03, 2016

    Like Mark Lindsay said, you should have another look at the world. Librarian Alexis has a set of romances that do just that.

  • Couple with dog
    Posted on: Thursday, July 21, 2016

    Any book with the line, “You may insult me, but leave my hedgehog alone!” is a must read, right? Librarian Alexis shares that book and a few more romances that have an animal as a central character in this month's Sizzle in the Stacks.

  • Group of Amish people
    Posted on: Monday, May 23, 2016

    Need to find a peaceful, easy feeling amid the world's chaos? Librarian Alexis has discovered the subgenre of Amish romances - light on religion but clean and free of the concerns of modern American culture. Or as Alexis says, like a nice big serving of mashed potatoes—comforting and easy to digest.

  • Two wolves
    Posted on: Tuesday, April 19, 2016

    Before doing this blog, Librarian Alexis had heard a bit about paranormal romance, which at first it sounded extremely goofy, and maybe a bit off-putting. People falling in love with ghosts, aliens, and werewolves? Shapeshifters, vampires and witches involved in the romantic lives of humans? Please. How ridiculous. But she found them more intricately plotted than other subgenres and the romantic element only one of many intriguing aspects of the stories. Read on for her list.

     

  • Hearts
    Posted on: Wednesday, February 24, 2016

    Yes, it’s February, the month of love, but don’t get too carried away. You’ve got the rest of the year to read dramatic love stories, so why don’t you take a break this month and keep it lighthearted and amusing? These titles are all what might be considered romantic comedies, with a hint of naughtiness thrown in.

  • Scottish thistle
    Posted on: Saturday, January 30, 2016

    Browsing the Romance section for this month’s topic, I noticed a great many plaid-clad hunks. Why is this? Think about Scotland and maybe these things come to mind: rugged heroes in kilts, strong willed heroines, vast fields of heather, craggy mountains, and everyone speaking in a vaguely indecipherable but fascinating accent—this could be a recipe for love, right? Come along, lads and lassies, for a brief exploration of Highland romances!

  • Rose in winter
    Posted on: Sunday, November 29, 2015

    The rise of eBooks and greater options for self-publishing means that the number of ethnically diverse Romances continues to increase as writers are calling for the publishing industry to get more in touch with what readers want, and to market diverse titles more broadly. It makes sense that readers would want to read about love in general without as much regard for the ethnicity of the characters, after all, love stories are the number one appeal of romance and love is a universal experience. Diversity in the Romance world is also a fun way to learn a little something about cultures that you might not be personally familiar with. Here are a few titles with multicultural characters.

  • Sizzle in the Stacks
    Posted on: Friday, October 23, 2015

    I thought about books I've read that stand out to me as romantic. Charlotte Bronte's Jane Eyre was the first book that came to mind. To me, "Reader, I married him." Is one of the most romantic lines in all of literature because of all the drama and intensity that came before it. Jane Eyre also contains a lot of the elements we still find in romances: a heroine with a strong sense of self who is in some kind of trouble, a wealthy hero with a tragic past and a lot of secrets, and a connection between the two main characters that seems magical, unusual, and inexplicable in its strength. Read on to find several more romances/romantic novels that owe something to Jane Eyre.

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