Tea and Biscuits Book Discussions: The Month of Romance Appreciation

Posted August 14, 2017 by Loverofromance in Tea and Biscuits Discussions / 12 Comments

August is the national celebration for celebrating the love of romance and that makes it my favorite month of the year, although I don’t know about y’all but every day of the year I celebrate my love of romance. However considering that I have loved romance for years…I just realized that August was the national month to celebrate my love of this genre especially in books.

What makes reading a wonderfully written romance so fantastic and well worth the read? What makes you fall in love right along with those characters?

What’s not to love about seeing our beloved men and women find their happy ever after and especially seeing them win after facing unbeatable odds or pressing conflicts and overcoming various struggles and circumstances. I love being able to escape reality and immersing myself into a story that I know will end up happy and positive. There is an assurance in reading a romance, you just know that it will end up happily, and who doesn’t love seeing a happy ending?

When I first started reading romance, what appealed to me the most and still appeals to me, is the journey. I have adored seeing the variety that we can find in the romance genre. We know that the ending will be great, and end on a happy note, but as for the journey….anything can and does happen. Authors can be as creative as they like in whatever genre they are writing whether its contemporary, historical, paranormal, fantasy, UF, or even sci fi and YA. We see a bunch of various themes, settings and circumstances and there is always something to attract anyone to a book. I love seeing so much availability in romance, and honestly many times I go into a story thinking I KNOW what is going to happen and it will be completely different from what I am expecting. I am always in for surprises and its fantastic to see that unpredictability of never knowing what will be happening.

Reading romance has given back to me in so many ways. I love seeing the way it empowers everyone both women and men, no matter the age. The way that it shows various components. I remember growing up, in Utah, reading romance novels was considered to be wrong and evil. But quite honestly, some of the best books I have ever read are romance novels…but why? What is it about reading a good romance that gives back to us? Some view it as porn for women (which to be honest I LOATHE that term) Because I so disagree with that. Considering that I read anything with a romantic element and happy ending. For me, romance is NOT about sex, its about intimacy. I just gravitate towards a story that has a strong emotional element to it, because I love romance for the love story. Of course other aspects are icing on the cake. I have learned not to be ashamed or feel guilty for what I love to read. I no longer hide covers, I proudly display them because I love what I read and I don’t care who knows about it.

So for this month, I plan on reading the first books that made me fall in love with romance and anyone is welcome to join me. So what books do I plan on reading? Well the first books I read were from a series “Avon True Romance”. So this can be for readers that love romance both adult or even YA.

What are your plans for celebration romance appreciation this month?

What do you love most about reading romance?

  • Tonya Lucas

    I love to read romance and feel the joy each character brings to thecither. The love compassion and warmth.

  • I didn’t realize that. I am a romantic at heart and celebrate it every month..but I am going to grab an HF to devour..I think Julia Quinn!

  • I remember when I first started getting into romance (I was a little older than I think a lot of people are when they start reading this genre – I was around 19 or 20). Anyway, when I remember most was that I could sooo relate to these books. Obviously some more than others, but the female characters I could so often see myself in. That’s what I love the most about romance. But I love the HEA, and I love seeing people figure out how to make a relationship work.

  • it looks like a nice plan there!

  • I had no clue it is Romance reading month. What an awesome tribute you wrote. You really are a great “ambassador” of all that is the romance genre!!! I can’t think of anyone else I know that reads as much as you!! And you don’t stick to one sub-genre, you hit them all. I love the books you’ve picked to read this month – what a time warp and it looks like fun. I hated reading growing up so my love of reading came late in life. I started with UF and PNR but I made my way of Romance eventually.

    You are so correct that we need Happy Ever Afters…. that’s why I changed my blog name 🙂 You’re my romance idol!!! tee, hee!!!

  • *gasp* I’ve not read a single one of those. They do look good. I don’t have any plans for the month other than just keeping on keeping on with my romance reading 😀

  • Ooh! How cool that it’s romance month. I had no idea that such a thing existed, but it’s perfect. I kinda wish I had known about it so I could come up with some fun romance-related posts.
    I love romances for the journey too. They provide such great escape, even though the escape is just temporary.
    And eep! I’ve actually read the Meg Cabot books from the list. I need to try out some of the others. Those covers are so old school.

  • Oh neat! I had no idea that there was a whole month dedicated to it. I’ve already got my review and personal reading list sorted, but there is a ton of romance represented on it so I’m good. I did make the decision to accept several new to me indie author’s books for review over the next few months so I guess that’s a good way to promote romance books.

    Love your idea to read your first ones, too.

  • Very cool idea to reread some books that got you hooked!! I was just talking to a friend (the one who got me into reading romance) about needing to have a Nora Roberts and Jude Deveraux reread binge!

  • I had no idea that this was romance month! I wish I knew what books hooked me. I used to take random books from my mom’s shelves but I had to put them back before she noticed. I don’t remember what authors I read. I do have some old favorites though like Linda Howard and Jude Deveraux.

  • Reading Jude Deveraux and Johanna Lindsey got me into reading romances, especially Historicals. Like you, every day is romance day for me LOL. Great post!

  • It’s funny, I used to never read romance, and hated the one I did read when I was much younger. That has definitely changed. It’s great, because there are so many different types of romance for any mood.