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Have you always wanted to start reading romance, but feel intimidated by the number of romance books out there in the world? Has your eye been caught by the bright, fun covers, but you have no idea where to start or what kind of romance books you’d even like? Welcome! Romance readers are always happy to share their favorites with newbies. Use the tips in this post to help you find a romance novel, and you’ll be a romance reader in no time.
Sign up for TBR
Would you like personalized picks of the best modern romance novels? Who wouldn’t! Sign up for Book Riot’s Tailored Book Recommendations (TBR) and let a professional bibliologist find a romance novel for you. Here’s how it works: when you sign up, you tell us about what kind of books you like and what you’re looking to read. A bibliologist (aka reading expert) selects three books and sends those recommendations to you. You can even sign up to receive actual hardcovers instead of just recommendations.
Follow Romance Bookstores on Social Media or Visit in Person
If you don’t follow Los Angeles–based romance bookstore The Ripped Bodice on social, you’re missing out. They have a smart, lively Twitter feed and an Instagram account that goes into all kinds of detail about how they create their amazing window displays. And they also post about what’s new to the store, which should help you find a romance novel for your TBR. The Ripped Bodice is the only romance-focused bookstore in North America, but your local store may have its own romance section, with staff to help you find a great read—it never hurts to ask.
Follow Romance Writers on Social Media
Exploring the online romance community, aka Romancelandia, can be a great way to find a romance novel to read. Many romance writers are very active on Twitter and Instagram, where they'll post updates about their newest books or what they're working on. It can also be a really supportive community, with authors cheering each other on, as Beverly Jenkins did in a recent tweet.
Some of my other favorite romance authors to follow on social media: Jasmine Guillory, Penny Reid, Courtney Milan, Sarah MacLean, Rebekah Weatherspoon.