I’m not a writer, I’m a reader: Day 5

Today’s blog post is brought to you by a quote meme and written (typed? texted?) from my cellphone.

I browse social media regularly and I follow a lot of book loving sites. There’s one that posts memes on an daily (hourly) basis. So I came across this meme that says:

 

Read the books that make you happy even if they’re not classics or academic novels that won awards.

 

This got me thinking about my personal book reading preferences now in comparison to what I would read before. Romance novels used to be this taboo. It was that white elephant in the room that no one wanted to talk about. Whenever someone asked your book genre preferences it was always safe to say scif-fi or thrillers or fantasy. If you said romance people would instantly think of the Fabio covers and say you read those “trashy novels”.

Now it seems that you’re the weird one if you don’t read romance. It’s like the book reading world has suddenly embraced all things romance. Here I am thinking everybody is late to the party. I personally think that Twilight and Fifty Shades of Grey can’t hold a candle to a whole host of romance novels by amazing authors. I hate how these are now the basis for a good romance story. Read a good Judith McNaught historical romance or a Sandra Brown thriller or hell a good Anne Rice paranormal to see how it should really be done.

I have my opinions, obviously, and I certainly never want to cause drama. I love that people are embracing little things like romance novels more and more and, like the quote says, aren’t ashamed to say hell yeah I love these books and you should too!

Nel

Happily married, bookaholic, Netflix-a-holic sharing random experiences and interpretations of my world which is brutally honest most of the time.

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17 thoughts on “I’m not a writer, I’m a reader: Day 5

  1. There’s a different stigma now, an assumption that if you read/write romance it must be like 50 Shades or Twilight. I can’t name any good BDSM books because it’s not my reading preference, but if people want to read about vampires they should try JR Ward or Lara Adrian or, like you said, Anne Rice. There are so many amazing authors out there, I’m counting down to the next Nalini Singh, only three months to go!!

    • Omg I looove Nalini Singh! Please tell me you’ve read Psy Changeling and Guild Hunter?! I tried JR Ward and it was just a little too repetitive. I like a really good under story. Darynda Jones is amazing if you’ve never read her before.

      • Of course! Just don’t ask me to pick a favourite, not possible! Ward started well but I agree, got repetitive. I’ve read the first five Charley Davidson books but got annoyed by her doing dumb things all the time.

      • Double omg! I am also always counting the days to the next book! Nalini Singh writes about extraordinary beings in a way that allows us to somewhat identify, but still keeps them

        • She’s the best! I’ve read Guild Hunter and the earlier psy changeling books at least twice. They’re definitely my go to books when I’m stuck in a boook rut. 🙂

  2. I wish there were more contemporary, long romance series. I feel like we’re almost oversaturated by paranormal

  3. I don’t mind a good romance, but I hate those cheesy ones with dialog like “she gasped in rapture and uttered breathlessly, ‘Take me now, you beast!’ ” Who really talks like that? X D

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