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Sometimes Romance ends up being unfairly stereotyped - there's more to it than bodice rippers and covers with glistening pectorals (though those have their place). Romance as a genre is far-reaching, so in honor of Read a Romance Month, we're sharing a few of our favorite subcategories of Romance.

Be sure to check out our early posts on Romantic Classics, Proper Romance, and Historical Romance.

Fantastic Romance

Don’t forget all the great love stories that may be hiding in our Science Fiction/Fantasy section.  These will usually have a good helping of adventure along with their romance, so hold on tight and enjoy!

8.29 How to Stop TimeHOW TO STOP TIME
By Matt Haig
(2018)

Even though there is something extraordinary about Tom Hazard and his aging process the problems and insights he experiences as he goes through life, are universal. Love, memory, and time play tricks on us all as this novel illustrates so exquisitely.

 

8.29 The Night CircusTHE NIGHT CIRCUS
By Erin Morgenstern
(2011)

A fierce competition is underway, a contest between two young magicians, Celia and Marco, who have been trained since childhood to compete in "a game," in which each must use their powers of illusion to best the other. Unbeknownst to them, this game is a duel to the death, and the circus is but the stage for a remarkable battle of imagination and will.

 

8.29 The Golem and the JinniTHE GOLEM AND THE JINNI
By Helene Wecker
(2013)

Chava, a golem brought to life by a disgraced rabbi, and Ahmad, a jinni made of fire, form an unlikely friendship on the streets of New York until a fateful choice changes everything.

 

Romantic Humor

And don’t forget the funny side of romance with these witty novels that mix romance and humor in brilliant and entertaining ways. 

8.29 Eleanor OliphantELEANOR OLIPHANT IS COMPLETELY FINE
By Gail Honeyman
(2017)

Eleanor Oliphant -- despite her social isolation and the rules she sets to survive weekends -- insists that she is just fine. But is she really? The gentle overtures of a coworker who accepts her as she is gets things rolling and gives her the emotional support she needs when a horrific (and embarrassing) event forces her to reevaluate her life.

 

8.29 Can You Keep a SecretCAN YOU KEEP A SECRET?
By Sophie Kinsella
(2004)

This is my favorite of Kinsella’s standalone romantic comedies.  After the worst day of her life, Emma Corrigan spills her darkest secrets to a stranger on an airplane, but when he re-emerges in her life, she will have to face the things she said to him, and her growing feelings for him.

 

8.29 The Rosie ProjectTHE ROSIE PROJECT
By Graeme Simsion
(2013)

Don Tillman, a brilliant geneticist, thinks that having women fill out a six-page, double-sided questionnaire before a date is logical and reasonable. Rosie Jarman, an impetuous barmaid, thinks Don should loosen up and learn to live a little. Follow the unlikely pair in this laugh-out-loud, feel-good story of unexpected joys, discovery and love.

 

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