Resources For Readers

April 27, 2014 Opinion, Reading Guide 6

In light of recent discussions about romance lacking a literary canon and being a difficult genre for new readers to get started in, we’re attempting to compile a list of resources for readers fairly new to the genre. These are not necessarily endorsements. This is an ongoing project and obviously an incomplete sampling. If you think of a blog or a site that should be required reading before one writes that essay for Salon, let us know and we’ll add it.

Canon Fodder

Olivia Waite’s Intersectional Feminism A to Z series

Little Miss Crabby Pants Fires The Canon

The uses and misuses of canon

Boom Goes The Canon: romance, the canon problem, and iconic works

Best of Lists

2013 RONA Awards (PDF)

The RITA Awards

The RT Awards

All About Romance’s Top 100

All About Romance’s Yearly Reader Awards

Dear Author’s Top 100

SBTB’s A Reviews

DABWAHA Archives

2013 Goodreads Choice Awards

Goodreads Top 100

Goodreads Best M/M 2013

2013 LAMBDA Awards

Autostraddle Top Ten Lesbian

2013 Rainbow Awards 

Library Journal’s Best of 2013

Amazon’s Best of 2013

The Romance Reader Top 100

RomanceNovels.Me Top 1,000

Romance in Color Awards

Emma Award winners (Black romance)

Top 10 Indian Novels that Redefined Romance

“Must Read” Science Fiction Romance

Academic Papers and Blogs

Stephanie Moody

Sandra Schwab on Blindness (PDF)

Ria Cheyne on Disability (PDF)

Emily Baldys on Disability (PDF)

Laura Vivanco

Teach Me Tonight

Popular Romance Project

Journal of Popular Romance Studies

Review Blogs

Sistahs on the Shelf – Black lesbian fiction

Romance Novels in Color – Romance featuring people of color

Romance in Color – African-American romance

The Lesbrary – Lesbian fiction

Bisexual Books – Bisexual fiction

Interracial Romance Book Reviews – Self-explanatory

Aren’t I A Heroine? – African-American Historical Romance

Book Geeks – Indian romance

Indian Book Reviews – Self-explanatory

Loving Venus – Loving Mars – f/f and f/f/m erotic/romantic fiction

Sapphic Pages – LGBTQIA Fiction

The Galaxy Express – Science fiction romance (more SFR sites here.)

Fiction Vixen Book Reviews – Varied selection of romance

Smexy Books – Varied selection of romance

Smart Bitches, Trashy Books – Varied selection of romance

Dear Author – Varied selection of romance

The Misadventures Of Super Librarian – Varied selection of romance

Discussion Blogs

Vacuous Minx – Sunita/@sunita_p

Read React Review – Jessica/@RRRJessica

Something More – Liz McCausland/@Liz_Mc2

Badass Romance – Pamela/@badass_romance

Romance Novels for Feminists – Jackie Horne/@RNFF65

All About Romance – Group-run discussion blog

Industry Blogs

Heroes and Heartbreakers

Romance at Random


I (Heart) Presents

Unusual Historicals

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An ice hockey fan from north of Boston and the genre's most beloved troll, Ridley enjoys reading contemporary and historical romance, as well as the odd erotica novel. As someone who uses a wheelchair, she takes a particular interest in disability themes.

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6 Responses to “Resources For Readers”

  1. Ridley

    My name shows on the post, but this was a group effort, with Meoskop doing a lot of the work.

    Also, if you’re looking for multicultural romance, you should check out our partial list of multicultural romance.

  2. Merrian

    I love and appreciate what you are all doing with this blog. It is a wonderful gift to romancelandia and I’m always so impressed by the knowledge and thought you share with your readers

  3. Fiona McGier

    Even though I’ve never won an EPIC award, (used to be called the eppies), I’ve been a member of the Electronically Published Internet Coalition for the past 5 years…as long as I’ve been published. Their contest has been going on for at least 12 years…as long as eBooks have been available. They are another great resource. They don’t ONLY judge romance books, but romance is such a huge category of eBooks that most of the categories involve romance. Find out more at: