In Defense of Fans of Romance Novels

It's Lily O.

Last week I was working on adding books I’ve read on my  eReader to my Goodreads library when I encountered an interesting dilemma. My Kindle library. My library is full of books that are deemed “less-than” by some and I didn’t want to expose my reading choices for fear of being that person. As a result, I have decided to fight against this feeling, woman up and expose myself to the world.

Hello, my name is [Redacted-I don’t trust the internet], and I love to read Romance novels.

Before you scoff at my choice of reading material, please allow me to explain my love for the genre. I enjoy seeing how the main characters will fall in love, their climatic breakup, epilogues, the fantasy and humor in romance novels.

Love, unlike any other subject, is an equalizer. Regardless of the class standing, age, gender or orientation of characters in a…

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Book Tag: Reader Problems

Several weeks ago, one of my favorite book bloggers (Romance Novels for the Beach) completed the Reader problems tag. I couldn’t help but try it out myself.

1. You have 20,000 books on your TBR. How in the world do you decide what to read next?

I read the one that I’ve been anticipating the most.

2. You’re halfway through a book and you’re just not loving it. Do you quit or are you committed?

It depends on why I don’t care for the book. If I only have an issue with the storyline, I’ll read to the end. If I have issues with grammar and spelling I will stop reading the book by page ten. If the storyline is okay and the editing is poor I will probably finish the book. One series I’ve been reading has notoriously poor editing, but the storyline is very interesting.

3. The end of the year is coming and you’re so close, but so far away on your Goodreads reading challenge. Do you try to catch up and how?

I have yet to encounter this problem. *Kanye Shrug*

4. The covers of a series you love do not match. How do you cope?

As long as the content matches and the storyline flows well, I do not care about the covers in a series matching.

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On Romantic Clichés

There are few things that I enjoy more than reading a good book, and one of my favorite genres to read is Romance. For many, the Romance genre is simply a vast wasteland of bodice-rippers. But for a frequent reader of Romance novels such as myself it is so much more; It is a vast wasteland of clichés. Clichés, or often used storylines, aren’t necessarily bad things. I’ve actually picked books solely for the clichés the author used for the storyline. For this reason, I have decided to rank five of the most common clichés found in Romance novels from worst to best.

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Thoreauback Book Thursday (Vol. 3): On the Duty of Civil Disobedience

Henry David Thoreau Civil Disbobedience

I have been a bit scarce lately. (I haven’t published a post since April 16th to be exact). I have several posts ready to go, but they all seem to fall flat in the current climate. I can’t help but feel like the string quartet playing on the sinking the Titanic as I write them. How frivolous is it to fawn over a book while Rome is burning? Don’t get me wrong. I am not a person who believes that to be aware, one must dedicate every waking hour to a tragedy. However, I think to soldier on without acknowledging it is far worse.

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