Romance Readers Starter Kit

Romance starter kit

The above linked article suggests some starter books for those readers who aren’t normally into romances. I am not a big fan of this list, since most of these are way too “romancy” for my tastes. I agree with some of the comments though. Start with “chick lit” or sports romances. I really dislike the historical romances, and I don’t think they should be on this list at all. The suspense books are more along my tastes, and I could probably deal with the contemporary ones, but I feel there are better books out there to start with.


An Extraordinary Union
by Alyssa Cole

The Lawrence Browne Affair
by Cat Sebastian

Bringing Down the Duke
by Evie Dunmore

A Daring Arrangement
by Joanna Shupe


by Rebekah Weatherspoon  

Take the Lead
by Alexis Daria

Luck of the Draw
by Kate Clayborn  

Mr. Hotshot CEO
by Jackie Lau  


Gift of Gold
by Jayne Ann Krentz  

The Darkest Night
by Gena Showalter  

Dark Lover
by J.R. Ward

Beyond the Highland Mist
by Karen Marie Moning  


Every Last Breath
by Juno Rushdan  

by Rebecca Zanetti  

Half Truths
by Claire Contreras  

Solace Island
by Meg Tilly

Must Read Bookclub Books, 2020

Must read bookclub reads 2020

The above linked article lists books that would be great for 2020 bookclubs.  I left the update for American Dirt in, because it has some interesting links associated with it.  The list is great, and I have heard of several of these.

Such a Fun Age by Kiley Reid

Followers by Megan Angelo

American Dirt by Jeanine Cummins

Update: when I first recommended American Dirt by Jeanine Cummins, I was not aware of the whole context behind the story. I urge you all to read this Buzzfeed article as it breaks down the controversy.

In Five Years by Rebecca Serle

The Happy Ever After Playlist by Abby Jimenez

The Lies That Bind by Emily Giffin


The God Game by Danny Tobey

The Other Mrs. by Mary Kubica

Follow Me by Kathleen Barber

You Are Not Alone by Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen

The Eighth Girl by Maxine Mei-Fung Chung

The Herd by Andrea Bartz

Historical Fiction

Lady Clementine by Marie Benedict

All The Ways We Said Goodbye by Beatriz Williams, Lauren Willig and Karen White

The Sun Down Motel by Simone St. James

The Girl In White Gloves by Kerri Maher

And They Called It Camelot by Stephanie Marie Thornton

The Queen’s Secret by Karen Harper

Best Romantic Comedy Audiobooks

Best romantic comedy audiobooks

Just in time for Valentines Day, this list comes out. I have read a lot of these books already, but not as audiobooks. Most of the others are books that I have heard of, or are on my TBR list. I would recommend the ones that I have read, so I can only assume that the others would be good, too? Not necessarily true, but maybe?

Harry Potter

Books we are glad that mom shared with us

I loved the list of books, but many of them, including Harry Potter, weren’t written when I was a child. I guess I am the mom who shared them with my kid, in this case.  My oldest daughter flew through the series when she was young, reading the last book when she was 7 years old.  It took her a little over a day.  She still loves them, and so do I.

Black History Month Books

Black history month books

The above linked article talks about books that celebrate Black History Month. Some of these are older than others, but I think this list is a great start.

Between the World and Me

The Water Dancer

We Cast a Shadow

American Spy

The Changeling

The Old Drift

I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings

The Girl Who Smiled Beads

Just Mercy (Movie Tie-In Edition)

Well-Read Black Girl

Democracy in Black

The Other Wes Moore

How to Be an Antiracist

Here for It

The Black Book

The Underground Railroad Records


Making Our Way Home

Born a Crime

Behold the Dreamers

Immigration Books

Immigration Books

The above linked article lists books about immigration, actually written by immigrants. None of these are involved in the American Dirt controversy.

My Time Among the Whites: Notes from an Unfinished Education by Jennine Capó Crucet

The Mariel Boatlift: A Cuban-American Journey by Victor Andres Triay

Here We Are: American Dreams, American Nightmares by Aarti Namdev Shahani

Border Wars: Inside Trump’s Assault on Immigration by Julie Hirschfeld Davis and Michael D. Shear

America for Americans: A History of Xenophobia in the United States by Erika Lee

Migrating to Prison: America’s Obsession with Locking Up Immigrants by César Cuauhtémoc García Hernández

Children of the Land by Marcelo Hernandéz Castillo (Jan. 28)

Illegal: How America’s Lawless Immigration Regime Threatens Us All by Elizabeth F. Cohen (Jan. 28)

Fencing in Democracy: Border Walls, Necrocitizenship, and the Security State by Miguel Díaz-Barriga and Margaret E. Dorsey (Jan. 31)

A Map Is Only One Story: Twenty Writers on Immigration, Family, and the Meaning of Home, edited by Nicole Chung and Mensah Demary (Feb. 11)

These Ghosts Are Family by Maisy Card (Mar. 3)

Afterlife by Julia Alvarez (Apr. 7)

How Much of These Hills Is Gold by C Pam Zhang (Apr. 7)

No Justice in the Shadows: How America Criminalizes Immigrants by Alina Das (Apr. 14)

Love After Love by Ingrid Persaud (Apr. 14)

Passage West by Rishi Reddi (Apr. 21)

Conditional Citizens: On Belonging in America by Laila Lalami (Apr. 28)

One Mighty and Irresistible Tide: The Epic Struggle over American Immigration, 1924-1965 by Jia Lynn Yang (May 19)

Ten best books of 2019

Ten best books of 2019

The above linked article notes the ten best books of 2019, according to the NY Times. I got to none of these books last year. Some of them sound interesting, though.