Putting aside a few hours this morning to write some blog posts I made the mistake of clicking on the banner at the top of my Goodreads feed titled “It’s romance week at Goodreads!”. Click HERE. Curious to see how many of these top romance novels I’ve read I quickly got sucked in by how many I have NOT read. What???!!! I read many genres but my top two are Romance and Fantasy and I really thought I would’ve read a LOT more on this list! There are some pretty popular novels but there are also some that just never got on my radar. How can I be a book blogger without having at least tried to read some of these? Well, to give myself a bit of a break, there is only so much time in a day and I do have a full time job.
I also noticed that some authors had multiple books on this list. Good for them, but seriously bad for me. Once you fall behind with an author who is that prolific, it’s hard to keep up! Christina Lauren and Jasmine Guillory I am talking to you!
Just to be fully transparent, I have read the Soulmate Equation and The Unhoneymooners which were both fantastic, but seriously, how do you keep up with all of this talent?
Ok, so you know I’m missed quite a few, but how many novels have I read on this list? 24! I think that’s pretty good! So, there are only 40 books left that I haven’t read. There are quite a few authors on this list that I’ve never heard of, which doesn’t scare me at all! I love finding new, talented authors and have done that quite a bit recently. There are 14 that I’ve never read, which explains my numbers a bit. Unless my fellow book bloggers have talked up an author or book, they may not hit my radar at all.
I’m going to confess something that I know many of you will find shocking. I have never read a Colleen Hoover book before and she has two books listed. I know, I know, they are excellent, blah, blah, blah. I’m a big chicken when it comes to sob story synopsis’! If it sounds like it will make me cry, I probably won’t read it. Shocking I know. So these two are out. Not gonna happen. Feel free to try to convince me.
There are some FANTASTIC books on this list. 5 star reads for sure. Which are my favorites? The two Mariana Zapata novels are really good.
I read Emily Henry’s Beach Read a year ago and fell in LOVE with the characters. I also read her novel People We Meet in Vacation and even though my visceral connection to the characters wasn’t the same as Beach Read, I still really liked that novel. I’ve read Ali Hazelwood’s The Love Hypothesis twice, and The Spanish Love Deception is devine. So many emotions.
There are a few novels that are on my TBR already. All the Christina Lauren’s and Jasmine Guillory’s obviously, but also these:
There are just too many! So how do I lessen this list.
I’ll admit to not liking a couple of the authors listed. I won’t name them, but one in particular has struck out for me a couple of times and I just don’t have the time to give her another shot. The synopsis’ always sounds great and try to pull me in but every time, I read the novel and find it wanting. So, no can do. Not going to go there again. Is that bad? Again, there are 40 books on this list of great novels that I haven’t read! Just trying to cull them down.
I think my best bet is to just do what I always do. Find a list like this and start adding them to my wishlist on my Overdrive app for my local library. Hopefully, I’ll be able to fit them in here and there, in between the new books coming out, the ARC’s I’m committed to, and you know, life. But, boy do they tempt me! I want to start a couple of them right now.
If you didn’t see the link at the top of this post, please scroll back up. Check out the books on this list and let me know, how many of these books have you read? How many have you missed? How many do you think you will read? Come on, don’t stress out, this was kind of fun.