My to-be-read pile should NOT get any bigger, but that didn’t stop me from checking out best of links.
Goodreads Top 100 Romance Novels. It’s from 2015 so it’s missing some recent stories, but I was surprised by how many of these I haven’t read. I’ve only read 13 of these. And some I would argue aren’t romance, but fall under the women’s fiction genre. So my TBR pile is bigger now.
NPR’s Happy Ever After list is more comprehensive (of course it is) and I’ve read more of these. First book – Lord of Scoundrels. Loved that one. In fact, I’ve either read most of them or they are already on my TBR pile (like The Lotus Palace series by Jeannie Lin). The ones that I haven’t read or put on the TBR are sub-genre’s I don’t particularly like, like steampunk and paranormal.
The Traveling Book Junkie has a list of “classic romance” novels worth reading, but half of them aren’t romance. I see a difference between romance fiction and romantic fiction. Romeo and Juliet, in my opinion is more a romantic story (if I overlook two stupid teenagers killing themselves), and I put Gone with the wind in the same category, unless I make a hunk of land Scarlett’s love interest. Pride and Prejudice made that list so they got one right.
Did you find anything new on these lists?