Top Ten Books That Would Be On Your Syllabus If You Taught Romance Novels 101

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. Each week they post a new Top Ten list and everyone is welcome to join. This week’s theme is”Top Ten Books That Would Be On Your Syllabus If You Taught Romance Novels 101″

  1. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

    Pride and Prejudice The most classic romance novel of all time and the one of the genre founders.

  2. These Old Shades by Georgette Heyer

    These Old Shades (Alastair, #1)
    To my everlasting shame, I’ve never read Georgette Heyer but this book of hers was recommended and her contributions to the genre are extremely important.

  3. Skye O’Malley by Bertrice Small (Bodice Ripper)
    Skye O'Malley (O'Malley Saga, #1)

    I thought about going with The Flame and the Flower but I never actually got through that book. Skye O’Malley, I did read, and can serve as both a representative for old school bodice ripper romances and as a contrast to the evolution of romance novels over the last 20 years.

  4. Dangerous Books for Girls: The Bad Reputation of Romance Novels Explained by Maya Rodale

    Dangerous Books For Girls: The Bad Reputation of Romance Novels Explained: Expanded Edition
    This book is excellent for the history of romance novels and the negative reputation they have.

  5. Lord of Scoundrels by Loretta Chase (Historical Romance)

    Lord of Scoundrels (Scoundrels, #3)
    Often viewed as the best romance novel, this book is a must!

  6. It Had To Be You by Susan Elizabeth Phillips (Contemporary Romance)

    It Had to Be You (Chicago Stars #1)
    Susan Elizabeth Phillips is the best of the best when it comes to contemporary romance!

  7. Slave to Sensation by Nalini Singh (Paranormal Romance)

    Slave to Sensation (Psy-Changeling, #1)
    Nalini Singh shows the beauty of paranormal romance.

  8. Romancing Mr. Bridgerton by Julia Quinn (Historical Romance)

    Romancing Mister Bridgerton (Bridgertons, #4)One of the best historical romances, and one with an older heroine, that I have ever read!

  9. Magic Bites by  Ilona Andrews (Urban Fantasy)

    Magic Bites (Kate Daniels, #1)
    Nothing can beat the world-building in the Kate Daniels series!

  10. The Professional by  Kresley Cole (Erotic Romance)

    The Professional (The Game Maker, #1)
    I wanted to included a well-written erotic romance to show that not every erotica is Fifty Shades of Grey.

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15 responses to “Top Ten Books That Would Be On Your Syllabus If You Taught Romance Novels 101

  1. Great list! I love all these authors. 😊 I think the only one I’d add is “The Flame and the Flower” by Kathleen Woodiwiss (1972). In the words of Wikipedia it was the first historical romance to feature physical intimacy and revolutionized the genre.

    • I was going to add it but I actually haven’t read it! I’ve read Woodiwiss’s The Wolf and the Dove but I couldn’t get through The Flame and The Flower. I did include a Bertrice Small book, especially since she passed away recently, as an example of bodice rippers.

  2. you’re speaking my language! I would enroll in this class just for an excuse to read the homework 🙂 My TTT

  3. Excellent list. I’d take this class, too. I was delighted to see Skye O’Malley, important to the genre for many reasons. I have not yet read Dangerous Books for Girls, but definitely need to.

  4. You should really read These Old Shades. It’s one of my favorite Georgette Heyer books. If you want one of her lighter ones, I recommend The Grand Sophy.

  5. otoolebridget

    I love It Had to Be You. SEP rocks! Definitely going to check out those I haven’t read. (:

    My TTT: http://bit.ly/1KLNWqg

  6. I just love the story of a Pride and Prejudice. One of my all time favourites. Mr Darcy, he may be a pompous windbag but boy oh boy does he set my imagination on fire 😉

    Love Kresley Cole. And got to love this sexy Russian men 😉

    • Pride and Prejudice is the best! It’s one of those books that I can read over and over again and still smile and sigh. Kresley Cole is one of my favorites! I was hesitant to start her contemporary series, since I knew her as a paranormal writer, but I’m so glad I did. Her erotic books… wow. *fans self*

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