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This week’s theme is ‘Books I Enjoyed That Are Outside of My Comfort Zone’, so I’ve decided to talk about Romance! I mentioned last year that I was unkind to the romance genre for far too long, and I’ve been keen to explore more of it – particularly historical romance and romantasy.
Romance I’ve read
His Scandalous Lessons by Katrina Kendrick: This was my first foray into an all-out historical romance novel near the end of last year, and I really enjoyed it! If there’s something I’ve discovered about myself when it comes to reading romance, it’s that I love the ‘protagonist hires someone to teach them romance and then accidentally falls in love with them’ trope.
Entreat Me by Grace Draven: Draven is well-known as a romantasy author, and this was the first novel of hers that I read back in the spring. I had so much fun with it and she’s an author I’ll be keeping on my radar whenever I’m in the mood for a romantasy novel.
The Beautiful Ones by Silvia Moreno-Garcia: This is actually my least favourite of Moreno-Garcia’s novels, but if you’re in the mood for a Fantasy of Manners this is the novel you should turn to. It’s a good story, the writing’s lovely and the characters are people you really grow to care for.
Sofia Khan is Not Obliged by Ayisha Malik: This novel is so much fun, and I feel like I never really see it around the blogosphere! It’s often described as a Muslim Bridget Jones, but I think that does it a disservice. It’s very much it’s own thing, an own voices Muslim rom-com, and it’s brilliant.
The Upside of Unrequited by Becky Albertalli: It’s odd that ‘Romance’ is a genre we don’t want to assign to a lot of books because of the stigma, but what are Albertalli’s books if not a romance? I love this book a great deal and I wish it had been around when I was a teenager.
Romance on my TBR
Well Met by Jen DeLuca: Enemies-to-lovers set at a summer Renaissance Faire? Yes please! This sounds like so much fun.
Red, White & Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston: This book has been EVERYWHERE this year and I’ve yet to see a negative review of it. I’m not usually into modern day royal stories but I’ve seen so much glowing praise for this book that I need to check it out for myself.
The Princess and the Fangirl by Ashley Poston: I haven’t read Geekerella – do I need to read it to read this book? I’d love to know! – but I will always gobble up f/f stories and this novel sounds really cute.
The Lady’s Guide to Celestial Mechanics by Olivia Waite: This book ticks so many of my boxes: it’s sapphic historical fiction and it includes a heroine who’s trying to make a name for herself in a STEM field. I have a copy on my kindle, I just haven’t got to it yet!