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Sun is Also a Star

People of Color Protagonists in Romance-ish Novels

Growing up, romance novels were not on my radar. At all. I thought they were cheesy and I had the image of Fabio associated with the genre. Additionally, I never found Young Adult romance books with characters that were not white or middle class. However! I have gotten older and wiser and now *love* cheesy romance and romance-ish novels (fiction books with a sprinkle of romance) and have found books with fulfilling diverse characters of different races and socioeconomic statuses.

Kushiel's Dart

Fantasy PRIDE

Fantasy Novels Featuring LGBTQ+ Characters

Nerd culture is all the rage these days, and it’s never been cooler to be into science fiction, horror, and fantasy than it is right now. Fans are diving deep into mythologies and histories of invented worlds, finding themselves in the sword-fighting, spell-casting, dragon-riding, and laser-shooting heroes that dominate our media. But what if you’re a queer lover of space opera and epic fantasy and superhero smackdowns?

Signature of All Things

Dream Faraway

Let your imagination have at it conjuring up the images and feelings from these novels. A wide range of emotions as well as personal, social and political experiences are explored giving the reader a window into other cultures and points of view. The signature of all things by Elizabeth Gilbert   

The Wedding Date by Jasmine Guillory

Going to the Chapel

Spring is here and along with rebirth, allergies and warmer weather, another wedding season is beginning.  From field settings to islands, dresses to cakes, and fake relationships to dead bodies, DC Public Library has books from a variety of genres that are set at or centered around weddings. The Wedding Date by Jasmine Guillory

HomeGoing

Ghanaian Authors

Ghana Ghana. The first country in Sub-Saharan Africa to gain independence, a regional power in West Africa, and home to 30 million people. Ghana like many other African countries has a rich oral literature history. For this post, I wanted to discover the writings of Ghanaians and I think this selection of books is a good introduction to Ghanaian authors and a peek into Ghanaian culture and history. Each one of these authors were either born and/or raised in Ghana or have a parent who is Ghanaian.

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Celebrate Valentine's Day with These DC Romances

Don't want to go out in the cold for Valentine's Day? Whether you love a good mystery, a romantic comedy or a throwback to the 80s, curl up with one of these hot reads showcasing romance in D.C.

Blame it on the Duke

Historical Romances to Distract You

More favorites

I've been increasingly reading only romance and speculative fiction recently, as general fiction ceases to distract me from the news of the day. I prefer to read books that allow me to escape into another time or place. I've written before about Regency-inspired romances I've enjoyed and also about some highlights of our e-book romance collection, so here are some more romances I've read recently that are set in another time and/or place.

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Fall in Love with a Rogue or a Noble (or Both)

Historical romance is one of the largest and most popular romance subgenres. Check out one of these novels to get your fix of rogues, dukes, princes and the women who capture their hearts.   

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Love and Murder in the Shelves

Romance and Mystery Novels about Bookshops

Bibliophiles and the darling subset of 'cozy readers' love books and bookshops, so why not set some novels in one of their favorite venues, quaint independent bookshops? Cozy readers of romance and suspenseful mystery will find each book here just the ticket to go with that warm cup of tea on a rainy night.   How to Find Love in a Bookshop by Veronica Henry

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Mansplaining

Well these certainly aged like avocados...

Books written by men who later found themselves in hot water about the very subject they claimed to be an expert on. Modern Romance by Aziz Ansari 

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