On a recent out-of-town trip, I met a new friend who was completely befuddled by her mother’s addiction to romance paperbacks. “I just don’t get it,” she confided, “my mother is an educated woman! Why is she reading this trash?”
Friends, it’s the month of love, and as your neighborhood librarian, I am telling you that romance novels are NOT trash.
I explained to my acquaintance that-- in today’s unpredictable world-- romance readers seek out the reassurance of a happy ending in what they read. For me, romance delivers. I can turn off my brain, cruise the plot, and trust that in the end, the main characters will (more-than-likely) make it out alive and together. It’s a feel-good thing. No matter what unpredictable or stressful events have cropped up during my day, I know what I’m getting from my book. My guard doesn’t have to be up, I can just relax and read.
If you’ve never given romance a try, February’s the time to do it! You might enjoy relaxing your brain with one of these romance titles.
Kendall Ryan’s Imperfect Love Trilogy
If you’re still jazzed over Fifty Shades and can’t get enough powerful-businessman book boyfriends, this series is for you. And the best news? With hoopla Digital, you can binge-read or listen to these books with NO. WAIT. It’s dangerous, friends, I was listening while I cooked, put on makeup, ran errands, and everything else. I think I finished these all in a few days. I especially loved Olivia, a protagonist who is smart, fiery, and independent.
Without Merit by Colleen Hoover
For fans of bestselling author Colleen Hoover, this new title delivers something a bit different. Want to read about a quirky and unusual family that lives in a repurposed church? Cool. Now that I have your attention, I’ll tell you this is an unconventional book. So if you like Hoover’s writing or are just looking for a book with some unique flavor, Without Merit is where it’s at.