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Reader's Corner: Romance

Looking for a good book to read but don't know where to start? This guide covers popular, award-winning, and just plain great nonfiction and fiction genres and books.

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Romance fiction can cover nearly any setting or genre. There are Romance novels with contemporary dialogue, historical settings, mystery, paranormal thrillers, or any number of other themes.

Two basic elements are in every romance novel:

  • A central love story: The main plot centers around individuals falling in love and struggling to make the relationship work. A writer can include as many subplots as he/she wants as long as the love story is the main focus of the novel.
  • An emotionally-satisfying and optimistic ending: In a romance, the lovers who risk and struggle for each other and their relationship are rewarded with emotional justice and unconditional love. 

The Romance Writers of America is a national romance writers association. The association's Rita Awards, given each year for excellence in one of 13 categories of romantic fiction, is the most prestigious award given in the romance genre. Learn more about romance novels, and check out the latest Rita Award winners, at Romance Writers of America.

For more content on the Romance genre and its various subgenres take a look at this separate guide.

Romance Booklists in the BPL Online Catalog

Gone with the WindPride and Prejudice  Match Me If You CanBlack Hills