One of my bookish New Year’s Resolutions was to read outside of my normal genres and venture in to some areas of literature I’ve barely read. I’ve done a REALLY bad job about it so I decided to be proactive.
So I’m going to start a new series, called “Courting the X Genre”, in which:
1. I will get some recommendations from some trusted friends/experts in the genre and then…
2. YOU, my dear readers, will vote on which read I’ll be tackling first as I court this new genre.
3. I’ll update you on my progress after one book and let you know if I’ll be continue to court this genre!
First up, I’m courting Adult Romance!
How many adult romances have I read? NADA. Literally.
Why Am I Adverse To This Genre? The bodice ripper covers scare me and I just didn’t think I would ever get into them. I love romance IN my books (obviouslyyy you know me) BUT straight up romance novels have always scared the bejeezus out of me.
The Experts I Called On:
Ginger from GReads!: She’s always been my contemporary YA partner in crime and I trust her advice implicitly so I knew she’d have some great contemporary romance suggestions for me as she has been reading a good amount of them this year! She’s also one of my long time blogging bffs.
Anna from Anna Reads: Anna is one of my bffs as well and is my go to when it comes to good kissing book. She’s one of the most sparkly and awesome people I’ve ever met.
Tara from Fiction Folio: Tara is one of my longtime blogging bffs as well and she is a girl after my own heart with her eclectic reading tastes! She knows her stuff from many different genres so I know I’ll be getting the best of the best!
Julia from The Broke and the Bookish: Julia is one of my co-bloggers over at TBTB and I’ve known her for SO long — like before blogging. We met in a College Students Goodreads group I created in 2008 and she has been the resident romance expert over at TBTB! She also isn’t afraid to crack the whip when I’m being a slacker leader of the blog.
Exclusively Yours (Kowalski Family) by Shannon Stacey [the 3rd book in the series is actually my favorite, Yours to Keep -- & the great thing about these books, you can read them out of order & it doesn't ruin anything]
Goodreads | Tara’s Review
Goodreads | Tara’s Review
A Night To Surrender by Tessa Dare (Spindle Cove series) “Tessa Dare is also amazing. Lots of girl power and smart heroines in between all the doin’ it. Spindle Cove is a great series from her.”
The Duke and I by Julia Quinn (Bridgertons series) ” I really like reccing Julia Quinn to people new to romance. And usually I go with The Duke and I. It has some lighter stuff, but the main meat of the novel is two people falling in love while also having to deal with some personal issues of their own, especially the hero Simon.”
Final List Of Books To Vote For:
Ride with Me by Ruthie Knox
Sultry with a Twist by Macy Beckett
How to Kill a Rock Star by Tiffanie DeBartolo
Exclusively Yours (Kowalski Family) by Shannon Stacey
Star Crossed by Jennifer Echols
Simply Irresistible by Jill Shalvis ( The Lucky Harbor series)
Nine Rules To Break When Romancing A Rake by Sarah Maclean (Love by Numbers series)
A Night To Surrender by Tessa Dare
Wicked In Your Arms by Sophie Jordan
The Duke and I by Julia Quinn
When Beauty Tamed The Beast by Eloisa James
Firelight by Kristen Callihan
Other genres I’ll be courting this year:
-Fantasy (YA or adult)
-Science fiction (YA or adult)
- Graphic novels (YA or adult)
- Mystery (YA or Adult)
- New Adult (is this a genre…I don’t know…whateverr I’m still doing it)
Feel like you are an expert in one of these genres? (minus fantasy because I already know who I’m asking!) Email me at: jamie at perpetualpageturner (dot) com with 3-4 recommendations and I will randomly pick a few people to be featured. Put your blog link if you have one along with any reviews of the books you recommend!