Some Things to Ponder

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Jess and Trisha are not surprised that romance sales are up, talk a little about romance book printing and supply decisions, and recommend books in which the geographic setting is integral to the story.

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Barnes & Noble is selling more romance (and the bestselling books are listed at that link).

Podcast high-five for all of the booksellers involved in Bookstore Romance Day!

The Great Big Romance Read caused a spike in sales for The Lady’s Guide to Celestial Mechanics – and don’t forget we’re discussing that next month!

Here are Esi Sogah’s threads on book availability and on romance covers and trade paperback.

And here’s the Book Riot piece on illustrated covers by Kelly Jensen.


The Big Burn by Timothy Egan

We Are Never Meeting In Real Life by Samantha Irby

Misadventures of a Curvy Girl by Sierra Simone

The Lady’s Guide to Celestial Mechanics by Olivia Waite

Once Ghosted, Twice Shy by Alyssa Cole

Virgin River by Robyn Carr

Three Part Harmony by Holley Trent

Pride by Ibi Zoboi

Wicked and the Wallflower by Sarah MacLean

Brazen and the Beast by Sarah MacLean

The World Turned Upside Down by Elyse Springer

Indigo by Beverly Jenkins

Rebel by Beverly Jenkins

I Think I Might Love You by Christina C. Jones

The Coincidence of Coconut Cake by Amy E. Reichart

Let us know your thoughtful thoughts on romance sales, supply, covers, and geography! As always, you can find Jess and Trisha at the WIR email address ( or you can still catch us at and You can also find us on Twitter (@jessisreading and @trishahaleybrwn), or Instagram (@jess_is_reading and @trishahaleybrown).