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You know how I posted the first book selection post five days early? Well, here's the next one about six days late. Next month will either be on time or one day early or late. It's a system. :D

For the month, we'll be reading romance. The romance genre started way back in 1740 with Samuel Richardson's Pamela and was expanded by Jane Austen with her novels like Pride and Prejudice. We got on and on with this and romance came back into the picture as a genre in 1972 with Kathleen Woodiwiss' The Flame and the Flower. There are tons of sub genres for this, including but not limited to, contemporary romance, historical romance, romantic suspense, paranormal romance, science fiction romance, fantasy romance, time travel romance, inspirational romance, multicultural romance, and erotic romance.

For the purpose of this month, we are ignoring the following sub genre: erotic romance. There are to be no bodice rippers suggested either - they will not be put in for the poll. This is due to the fact that we might have some younger members in the comm and/or people who just don't like that sort of thing.

Now, for this selection post, please put either a short synopsis or a link to Amazon to explain your title. Please remember with series to suggest the first book in the series. Happy suggesting!


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Jan. 17th, 2010 01:50 am (UTC)
Let's see...

Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen
Naked in Death by J.D. Robb

Edited at 2010-01-17 01:50 am (UTC)
Jan. 17th, 2010 02:02 am (UTC)
Here are my rec's.

I can't remember just how much the sex is described in this one, but I don't recall it being too terrible. Perhaps R instead of NC-17. All were found in the romance section and Barnes and Noble though =)

Mischief by Amanda Quick.

Lucky's Lady by Tami Hoag

And for the series one:

Sea Swept by Nora Roberts.

Jan. 20th, 2010 12:01 am (UTC)
Ah! I know this is like, romance month, but I figured I'd add this one. It's described as a steampunk romance:

Clockwork Heart by Dru Pagliassotti
Jan. 19th, 2010 01:24 am (UTC)
okay, so we have the Austen.

I say Diana Wynne Jones' Howl's Moving Castle with maybe a double deal like with Dragonsong and Dragonsinger and reading the sequel Castle in the Air.

Now we are getting into ones that I haven't read before. But, I am fairly sure that these are romances of one type or another.

I also suggest Neil Gaiman's Stardust

Then there are two by L.M. Montgomery: The Blue Castle and A Tangled Web.

And then finally, Vivian Vande Velde's Dragon's Bait.

Patricia C. Wrede and Caroline Stevermer's Sorcery and Cecelia or The Enchanted Chocolate Pot.

Eh, what the hell, I'll add in another double shot: Patricia C. Wrede's Dealing with Dragons and Searching for Dragons.

Yes, most of these are fantasy or close to it. But, they are all shiny.
Jan. 19th, 2010 03:22 am (UTC)
I'm worried about reccing actual Harlequin novels 'cos even if they're not bodice rippers, necessarily, they all [well, all of the ones I've read with decent plots] have incredibly graphic sex scenes that I would be uncomfortable having minors read.

So, I'm going to stick to traditional / general romance and go with two that everyone is going to recognize from movies [but the books are 15 thousand times better]:
Atonement by Ian McEwan and
P.S. - I Love You by Cecelia Ahern

and one YA romance that literally changed my life:
Looking for Alaska by John Green
Jan. 19th, 2010 03:52 am (UTC)
Oooo! I've meaning to read all of the books you just recced Erin. :) Mostly because I think I need to read some of the awesome that is John Green. I started P.S. I Love You but never finished it, so I'm glad that someone recommended it. :) And the other has a good movie attached to it, so we could talk movie vs book as well if we wanted to. Yays!
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