Romance Reading Challenge

August 2020 Romance reading challenge

Maybe it’s because I’m a librarian. Or maybe it is because I am a highly competitive person. I’m not sure why I love a good challenge, but I do.

I hope you love a good reading challenge too.

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We need diverse romances

One of my goals for this blog was to highlight authors and stories from people of color. No matter what race or ethnicity, love is a universal story. For too long many voices have been marginalized in favor of the white experience.

I have enough mirrors in my reading experience, I do not have enough windows and 2020 is the year I have dedicated to changing this part of my reading life.

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Do you want your reading life to look different?

I have a challenge for you. A short one, but if you are an overachieving reader you are welcome to do more.

The challenge is this:

Read at least two romances by an author from a different race or ethnicity than your own.

That’s it. Simple, right?

Not so fast. It doesn’t matter if we only read the books, we need to promote them as well. After you read a book, review it on your platform of choice. Share on the Romance, Read, Repeat facebook page and in the comments below. Help readers find new to them books.

Do you need help finding books?

I’ve got you covered! This librarian loves to help readers find new books. Check back through archived posts or follow to receive bi-weekly suggestions.

I won’t leave you without a few suggestions, this librarian would be a failure if I allowed that to happen.

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If You Love Jane Austen try:

I am an Amazon Affiliate. If you click a link and make a purchase on Amazon, I receive a percentage of the sale. I was not paid to review or list books.

Ayesha at Last by Uzma Jalaluddin published by Berkely June 2019

A modern Pride and Prejudice told through the experiences of a single muslim woman. Great for Older YA through adult.

Unmarriageable by Soniah Kamal published by Ballantine Books January 2019

A mishmash of Jane Austen. Reminded me a lot of Sense and Sensibility. Takes place in modern-day Pakistan with old school marriage expectations.

If You Love Regency Romance try:

A Duke, The Lady and a Baby published by Zebra Books June 2020

This is the start of a great series you can read my review here.

If you love LGBTQI Romance

Red, White and Royal Blue published by St. Martin’s Griffin May 2019

This book is spicy and full of yearning. I ripped through the pages and as soon as I was finished, I wanted to start all over again.

There are a lot of books to choose from. Help other readers discover their new favorite books. Share in the comments below what you have enjoyed and what you plan to read.

Each Friday I will send a reading round-up and a new list of suggestions.

On your mark, get set, READ


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