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Fri
Jun 23 2017 8:08am

What Genre or Type of Book Do You Keep Trying to Make “Work”?

There's always that one genre or type of book or author that we know we should like... and yet something keeps holding us back. For example, when talking with a friend recently, she lamented that she knew she should like steampunk but just couldn't find the right book as her entry. Do you feel that way? Do you have a genre like that? Have you been able to find the book that made the genre click for you? 

Tell us about it in the comments!

 

Thu
Jun 22 2017 8:25am

How Many Books Can You Read at Once?

Juggling Briefcase and Baby by Jessica Hart

During the summer it's hard enough to juggle work, vacation, kids home from school, and all the other things that life throws our way. It may be even harder to get in that reading time. However, some still manage to read a book or two during these summer months—and sometimes even several books at the same time. Can you alternate between multiple books at the same time? If so, how many books are you reading at once? 

Tell us how you manage to juggle so many different books down in the comments! 

Wed
Jun 21 2017 8:01am

The Big, Real Love Behind The Big Sick

Meeting your girlfriend's parents is stressful. Meeting you girlfriend's parents after you've secretly been dating for a year because you can't tell your parents but then your girlfriend goes into a coma... yeah, that's a whole knew galaxy of stressful, but that's the premise of Kumail Nanjiani's autobiographical romantic comedy, The Big Sick. 

Watch the trailer and tell us what you think of this unconventional love story down in the comments!

 

Tue
Jun 20 2017 8:04am

How Do You Define “Old School Romance”?

“Old School Romance” is having a moment in the genre. Nostalgia is as well in the general zeitgeist of our country right now, so it comes as no surprise that this theme has permeated our genre too. However, the idea of old school romance can mean something different to each reader. Is it a certain decade that best encompasses old school romance? Is it a certain feeling? If you had to define “old school romance,” how would you? 

Tell us your definitions down in the comments!

Mon
Jun 19 2017 8:11am

What Is Your Squick Trope?

We talk about squick words all the time—words that gross us out in romance novels (I'm looking at you, moist). However, squick can apply to many things, so today I want to hear about the tropes that squick you out? What do you not like about them? Have you found exceptions? 

Tell us about it in the comments!

Fri
Jun 16 2017 8:02am

Do You Think You Could Ever Give Up Your TBR Pile?

Tuesdays and Fridays—two days of the week when we tend to load up our e-readers and bookshelves with new books and get ready to read! However, for some, the idea of this growing to-be-read pile can be very stressful. And so they give up the pile... and just read what comes up! 

Do you think you could give up the TBR pile? Is your TBR pile a list or do you have an actual pile? 

Tell us all your TBR angst down in the comments!

Thu
Jun 15 2017 8:08am

What Is Your Earliest Shipping Memory?

Shipping—the act of supporting two fictional characters in a romantic relationship—is something you may not even know you're doing when you're doing it. It can manifest in any way from simply watching a show just for your favorite couple to writing fanfic or creating fan art. As romance readers, it may be something we don't even realize we're doing, especially if we've been shipping for a long time. 

In true Throwback Thursday fashion, what is your earliest shipping memory? Did it start with a TV show where you could see the UST (unresolved sexual tension), but didn't know what it was called? Was it before you started reading romance, when you were reading a book and wanted the couples to get together with every fiber of your being? 

Tell us about your first shipping memory!

 

Wed
Jun 14 2017 8:08am

What Romance Cover Would You Add to This List?

The Care and Feeding of Pirates by Jennifer Ashley

Photographer Kathleen Kamphausen asked regular couples to recreate famous and/or passionate romance covers—many of which featured Fabio. These photosets have made the rounds before, however, yesterday we were reminded that the covers change a little bit when taken over by average couples. 

 The experiment is pretty hilarious, but only features 10 covers, so the question is: what covers would you love to see recreated? What are some of your favorite covers? 

Tell us about it in the comments!

 

Tue
Jun 13 2017 8:26am

What’s the Most Unique “Journey” You’ve Read?

Romance isn't about the ending—that's a guarantee—it's about the journey, and how the couple gets there. With so many possibilities, what story have you read that you felt was truly unique? 

Tell us about it in the comments!

Mon
Jun 12 2017 8:08am

Has an Author Written Both Your Favorite and Least Favorite Book?

 

Girl reading and drinking coffee

Not every book can be a home run, but it can be especially frustrating when that book belongs to the author of your favorite book. Has that ever happened, where an author has penned both your favorite and least favorite book? Which did you read first? Did you stick with this author? 

Tell us about it in the comments!

Hat tip to Megan Frampton for the Morning Coffee question. 

 

Fri
Jun 9 2017 8:05am

What Is the Oldest Historical Time Period You’ve Read?

We talk about “unusual historicals” (historicals that don't always feature dukes and ballrooms) every month, however it's the truly unusual historical to be set out of Anno Domini! And yet, we know that some are!

What is the furthest back time period you've read? Bragging rights go to the reader with the “oldest” book on their nightstand! 

Thu
Jun 8 2017 8:08am

Why Do You Think the Friends to Lovers Trope Is So Popular?

As listed by the RWA, the friends-to-lovers trope is the most popular trope in the genre. Why do you think we love it so much? Is it because of the slow build? The plausibility? 

Tell us your thoughts down in the comments!

 

Wed
Jun 7 2017 8:08am

What Book Is Going To Help You Get Over Hump Day?

Way Down Deep by Cara McKenna and Charlotte Stein

Today is Wednesday... otherwise known as Hump Day. After Monday, it can be the hardest day to get through, but once you do, you're on the backslide to Friday! Especially with the summer, getting to Friday can sometimes be the only goal we have! 

So with Hump-Day Survival in mind, what book is helping you get through the week? Lots of books came out yesterday, what one are you loving today? 

Tell us about it in the comments! 

Tue
Jun 6 2017 8:00am

Do You Have a Famous Bookstore or Library You’d Like to Visit?

Trinity College Library in Dublin

I think many bibliophiles can relate to trying to find a cute local bookstore or beautiful library while on vacation. Sometimes vacations are even built around a pilgrimage to that location. 

Are there any famous bookstores or libraries that you want to visit? Have you visited any iconic libraries or bookstores already? Do you plan trips specifically to go to these places, or do you prefer them to be more of a happy coincidence while you travel? 

Mon
Jun 5 2017 8:05am

Game: What Would Your Favorite Romance Be About If You Took the Title Literally?

Confessions of a Former Puck Bunny by Cindi Madsen

Happy Monday! To help you get through the start of the week, we have a fun game to play! Some romance titles are deliberately very literal and can give you a hint at the plot, while others are a little more abstract. If you were to take the title of your favorite romance novel—or your current read—literally, what would the plot be? Does it suddenly change the tone of the book? 

Tell us about it in the comments! 

Fri
Jun 2 2017 8:02am

Why Do You Reread?

Books on a benchRereading isn't for everyone. However, for those who do reread, it can be a chance to revisit some old favorites. If you are a rereader, why do you reread? Do you find yourself missing that author? Does something spark a memory of the book and make you want to revisit those characters? Is there a new book in the series coming out and you want to remind yourself of what's been happening? 

Tell us: when you reread, what sparks it? 

Let us know in the comments!

Thu
Jun 1 2017 8:08am

What’s the Most Underrated Adaptation?

Jonny Lee Miller and Romola Garai in Emma

One of the greatest pasttimes for readers is discussing the various adaptations that have popped up for their favorite books. Even if a book is not your favorite, there is great joy in seeing a book come to life on screen. While many can agree that one adaptation is the far superior one, others have a beloved movie or TV show that is not as loved as the more popular ones. 

After having a similar conversation over how underrated the Jonny Lee Miller and Romola Garai adaptation of Emma is, we just had to ask: what is the most underrated adaptation in your mind? What do you love about it? Why do you think it has flown under the radar? 

Tell us about it in the comments!

Wed
May 31 2017 8:01am

What Does Your Ideal Heroine Look Like?

Heroine Complex by Sarah Kuhn

We talk a lot about heroes—we're Heroes and Heartbreakers, after all! However, today we want to hear it for the ladies! 

What characteristics go into making your ideal heroine? Is she quiet and bookish? Brave and headstrong? What are her best qualities? What are her worst? What previous heroines shaped your ideal?

Tell us about it in the comments!

 

Tue
May 30 2017 8:05am

What’s Your Reading Goal this Summer?

Memorial Day weekend heralds in the start of summer in the United States. With the summer months comes summer reading (or at least one would hope). 

What are your reading goals this summer? Do you try to make a goal every year? 

Tell us about it in the comments! 

Fri
May 26 2017 8:07am

What Do You Think When a Book “Ends” at the Halfway Point?

Bear with me for just one moment. A recent “trend” in romance seems to be to include bonus content. That sounds great on the surface, but many times that means getting about halfway through a book you've recently purchased only to discover that the remaining four hours that your e-reader says is left in the book is actually “bonus content.” This can take several different forms: previously published books from the author, bonus stories from friends of the author, an excerpt from the next book. 

However, for some readers this “bonus” can be very frustrating. What are your thoughts? Do you like it when you get bonus content? How much bonus content do you like? Is there a point where there is too much? 

Tell us about it in the comments!