Themed Book Recommendations: Library/Bookstore Romances

I recently finished a novella from Tiffany Reisz (which is in the list below) that sparked an idea. What are some romances (her’s is erotica and might not fully fix erotic romance? I’m not getting too picky on details…it was good!) with characters who work in libraries or bookstores? Books like that could open up the possibilities of book puns, references, and simply put me (and hopefully you) in a setting that I’m very comfortable in in real life.

You all should know by now that I’m a bookstore addict. I’ve also become a library addict since moving to Colorado. So much so that I now work in one of the local libraries.

While I know that there are many stereotypes of librarians out there that find their way into more erotic and entertainment-over-substance stories out there, I’m hoping the list I put together with the help of readers on Twitter avoids them. from my reading of the book descriptions they stay away from the stereotypes and instead include characters that just happen to live inside the categories I picked for today’s list.

So a big thank you to all of you from Twitter. This list, and my TBR would be much smaller without you. And for all those reading this right now, please comment with your own recommendations. I know there has to be more books out there for us to check out!

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Find something you might want to read? I hope so. Want to see another set of recommendations focused on a theme? Let me know what that theme is, and if you can help with some recs for it, include them in the message.

Happy reading!

Themed Recommendations: Random Poetry from my Shelves

I have a  very random list of poetry books for you today. And by random, I mean I literally pulled books off of my poetry bookcase without really looking at them. When I felt I had a good number, I stopped.

You’ll find a few that I’ve read in there. One’s one of my all-time favorites. One’s a more recent favorite (and the poet has a new collection coming out soon!) The rest I’ve skimmed through or more. I think you’ll find something you enjoy.

Also, now that poetry month is over(ish), I hope that doesn’t mean you’ll stop reading it. This is only the beginning of poetry appreciation. Try to keep exploring. There’s so much out there!

One last thing before the list: If you’re in need of some poetry and on a tight budget, you can get my chapbook Winter’s Homecoming and Other Poems for free until tomorrow. It’s been free all month, but I think two people took advantage of it. Maybe some of you missed the announcement. So there’s your reminder. Click the title to find the book. There’s a coupon code right there on the page to make it free.

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Find something you might want to read? I hope so. Want to see another set of recommendations focused on a theme? Let me know what that theme is, and if you can help with some recs for it, include them in the message.

Happy reading!

Themed Book Recommendations: Big List of Romance

I’ve been doing these Themed Book Recommendations posts for awhile now. I hope you enjoy them. I do. And I enjoy the reader input I get from making them. That’s why, again, I’ve enlisted the help of any reader who wanted to help expand this list. Turns out there’s a lot of romance readers out there (heavy on the sarcasm, we know it’s huge!)

In the past, I’ve posted lists of various Romance subgenre recommendations. Today’s list is a little different. I wanted to have books from Romance in general to give everyone a variety of genres, hopefully decades of publication, and authors. And also, Tuesday is Valentine’s Day!

So sit back, enjoy the list, and hopefully you’ll end up discovering a book you enjoy up loving. And please, please, PLEASE don’t hesitate to add to this list by commenting with your recommendations!

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Find something you might want to read? I hope so. Want to see another set of recommendations focused on a theme? Let me know what that theme is, and if you can help with some recs for it, include them in the message.

Happy reading!

Themed Book Recommendations: Bloggers’ Best of 2016

January is coming to a close, and with it, we can start looking forward to the rest of 2017…Ok, many of us probably aren’t looking forward to the year at all at this point, even after how 2016 went.

For today, I want to dwell on 2016 just a little longer. Sound like fun right? Don’t worry, it will be fun. I’ve gathered a list of best of 2016 books from other bloggers and I’d like to share them with you. You’ve already seen my two best of lists (books and stories) earlier in the month. I don’t think your TBR lists have expanded enough from them. That’s why I’ve asked bloggers to send in their lists to give you more recommendations.

If you have a blog with a best of 2016 list and would like to share it, please comment on this post with a link. If you don’t have a best of list, but have a blog you want to share, comment with a link to the blog. Today is all about spreading the love of books!

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Find something you might want to read? I hope so. Want to see another set of recommendations focused on a theme? Let me know what that theme is, and if you can help with some recs for it, include them in the message.

Happy reading!

Themed Book Recommendations: Men who write M/M Romance

Themed Book Recommendations is back! Yes, there was a holiday reading edition, but that was the first in a long time and then I skipped a week. Let’s hope it sticks this time.

For this list, I’ve put together (with a HUGE help from Twitter friends, new and old) a list of male authors who write M/M books. Why did I create this recommendations list? Well, while men dominate the publishing world still (big shock), the romance world is heavily populated by women. It always has been (to my knowledge), and it’s a great thing. But at the same time, I noticed something in my search for more diverse books.

Most of the M/M (that’s male/male if you’re new here) books I’ve read, seen promoted through my regular channels, had on this blog…they’re all written by women authors. Straight (to my knowledge, but I don’t go around asking) women authors. I’ve enjoyed MANY of these books. I have nothing against any of these books or authors. I’m friends with many. But I got to thinking, what are the guys writing about in their M/M books? Why don’t I see as much of these books in my timeline from those authors making the bestsellers lists? Why have I only read a handful of them, and probably only the random short stories I find?

I’m here to help shed more light on male written M/M books, today. It’s all part of making my own reading more diverse, and hopefully you’ll add some to your TBR, as well. In the end we just want to read ALL THE BOOKS! And that includes books from everyone from every walk of life. I can’t wait to dive in, and I hope you’re ready too!

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Special thanks for many of the names on this list go out to: Con Riley, Megan Erickson, KJ Charles, (Twitter) Jenny from Reading the End, Amy Jo Cousins, Chelsea M. Cameron, Dirty Book Chick, and anyone else I left out.

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Find something you might want to read? I hope so. Want to see another set of recommendations focused on a theme? Let me know what that theme is, and if you can help with some recs for it, include them in the message.

Happy reading!

Holiday Reading Recommendations!

First, Happy Chanukah. Second Merry Christmas. Third, Happy Everything and Anything Else.

I’m going to keep my message here short. I put together a list of almost 50 holiday themed book recommendations. The list may grow if anyone wants to comment with their own recommendations! I’ll add them in as I see them. Most of these are Christmas books/novellas/stories. There are a few Chanukah ones. There aren’t nearly as many Chanukah stories as Christmas ones. PLEASE tell me more if you know of them.

You’ll see a few have reviews linked with them. Those I have read/reviewed (obviously). Most of these are just on my radar and some made it to a holiday wishlist I made this year. They’re all linked to Amazon, so I’m sorry for those who need other store links. 99.99999% of all book links clicked on my blog is the Amazon link. We all know how they book world is.

And now that I’ve rambled on enough, here’s the list. I hope you find many great books to read!

Themed Book Recommendations: Romantic Comedies

It’s been a few week since I posted one of these. I’ve been trying to compile a few different recommendations lists and had to abandon some because I couldn’t fill them out enough. It’s a lot of work for one reader to do. No matter how diversely I’d like to think I read, I don’t read in as many different areas as I want to. Any help in the future would be great, whether it’s replying with recs on Twitter or Facebook, or messaging me through the blog with suggestions for themes and books.

This week, the theme is Romantic Comedies. We probably all know of a few. Probably enjoy them. We’ve probably laughed along with them each time. For the ones I’ve read, they’re always a good time and a good break from the heavier books I read. I hope that the books on this list can jump into your TBR to lighten up your reading.

Oh, and you’ll immediately notice this list is a little lopsided to a specific author. Well, she deserves all the mention, really. Tara Sivec has three Rom Com complete series out and I’ve read and loved all three. If you need proof, search the blog for my reviews of them (three books per series, plus a novella/story here and there).

I normally like to give equal attention to all on the list. It’s just hard to avoid that when Sivec is in the room. She’s a master of the genre. Plus, I haven’t read the other books…if you’d like me to be perfectly honest. Most are on my Kindle though. Most also come recommended by other readers. I can’t read everything I recommend 😉

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Find something you might want to read? I hope so. Want to see another set of recommendations focused on a theme? Let me know what that theme is, and if you can help with some recs for it, include them in the message.

Happy reading!