My Favorite Book(ish) Romances

The following are my top four romances from the books I’ve read, everything from nonfiction history to fiction. They are: Continue reading

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What Jane Austen Novel Should You Read?

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Jane Austen is the queen of romance, so who better to pick up when you feel the need to celebrate the month of romance with a book. So if your looking for a Jane Austen book here’s what I would recommend. Continue reading

Does Every Story Need a Romance?

Welcome to Romaticuary! A series of blog posts I’m doing in honor of Valentine’s Day and this is my first post in the series. It’s not quite what you would expect from a blog post centered around Valentine’s Day but here it is anyway. Enjoy!

The Question

Lately, I’ve found myself asking the questions: do I need to have a romance in the book I’m reading and does a romance get me more invested in the characters? A few years ago I read primarily YA and as a result, pretty much every single book had some sort of romance in it. Even now that my reading tastes have changed. I still find that the majority of the books I read do have a romance in it. But are romances something essential to a novel? Do I need a romance in order to feel satisfied with the book? Lately, it seems romances only catch my attention when it is not particularly well done. The romances  I remember are the ones that left me annoyed and unsatisfied. Especially, when that romance is in a story I otherwise loved. So I had to ask myself would I have enjoyed the novel just as much if it hadn’t had the romance in it?

My Thoughts

Don’t get me wrong, I enjoy a good romance on occasion. I will, in fact, pick up the occasional romance novel. But to answer the question: does every story need a romance. My answer is no. The fact is that I find books that contain no romance strangely refreshing. Especially when that book is in the fantasy genre. I have been finding lately many of the romances in novels seem to just be an afterthought. That it’s just something the author threw in to pacify readers or to check it off their “what every novel needs list.” And because the romance felt like just an afterthought, I would have enjoyed the book just as well if the romance had been left out altogether. But maybe its just the books that I’ve been reading.

What do you think? Does every story need a romance?

Book Review: The Disappearance of Winter’s Daughter by Michael J Sullivan

I recently read and reviewed (link to review here) the first book in Michael J. Sullivan’s new series: Age of Myth and was left wanting more. So to fill the void I listened to the newest book in The Riyria Chronicles, The Disappearance of Winter’s Daughter. I have high expectations when it comes to Michael J Sullivan and this book did not disappoint. Continue reading

February TBR

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February is here! The following books are the books that I picked out to read this month. I’m planning to read some more fantasy this month (Age of Swords and Ruin) since I enjoyed the fantasy books I read last month, and in honor of Valentine’s Day I picked out a romance novel (The Awakening of Miss Prim).

 

1. Age of Swords (Book Two of the Legends of the First Empire Series) by Michael J Sullivan

2. Setting the World on Fire by Shelley Emling

3. Ruin by John Gwynne

4. The Awakening of Miss Prim by Natalie Sanmartin Fenollera

5. Johann Sebastian Bach by Christoph Wolff

6. Rules of Civility byAmor Towles

Book Review: Age of Myth by Michael J. Sullivan

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Have you ever put off reading a book because your afraid that it won’t measure up to the author’s previous works? No? Just me? Okay lol. In the case of Age of Myth, book one of the Legends of the First Empire series by Michael J. Sullivan, that’s what happened. I’d wanted to read this book since it was released but I put it off because I was afraid there was no way this series could be as good as the Riyria series’ (Riyria Revelations and Riyria Chronicles). But since I was in the mood for a good story I picked Age of Myth up while I was at the bookstore. My fears, however, proved groundless. I found this book just as compelling as the Riyria books. (although, Hadrian remains my favorite character and probably always will). Continue reading