We’re well into Read a Romance Month now, and hopefully many of you have had a chance to read a romance novel. If not, you still have time! Check out our display on the main level of the main library building, see some recommendations by clicking here, and stop into the library and ask a staff member if you’re still having trouble finding a book to fall in love with.
But once you’ve been bitten by the romance bug, where do you go from there to find out more about your new favorite genre? We have a list of several sites to explore! (And, yes, we use these sites to help us choose what books to purchase for Eckhart Public Library’s romance collection!)
RT Book Reviews: Formerly Romantic Times, RT Book Reviews reviews and covers genre fiction with a strong focus on romance. To see all of their book reviews, you have to subscribe to the magazine, but their blog has a lot of great information, and they release their Top Picks every month.
Fiction Affliction: For those who are into paranormal romance, publisher Tor lists new releases each month in their Fiction Affliction column. (They also cover sci-fi, fantasy, urban fantasy, and genre-benders.) It doesn’t provide commentary on the books, but it is a helpful way to be sure you’re not missing a big release!
Smart B****es, Trashy Books: This site’s name may be off-putting to some, but it’s a great community of smart women who love romance novels, run by women who know a lot about the genre. In addition to smart, no-nonsense reviews of romance novels, books with romantic subplots, movies, and TV shows, the site also has features like Cover Snark, where they make fun of bad romance covers, and Help a B**** Out, where readers write in with half-remembered romance novel plots and commenters help them find the books.
Dear Author: Dear Author reviews books – mostly romance novels – written as letters to the author of the book. These are no-nonsense, sometimes snarky and always easy to read. They also feature news and sales on books.
NPR’s 100 Swoonworthy Romances: While it’s not a site that’s being continuously updated, NPR’s list of romances is a great resource. They also have a printable page, and if the library doesn’t have the book you’re looking for, let us know and we can work on getting it through interlibrary loan from another library.