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″
Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
The most classic romance novel of all time and the one of the genre founders.
These Old Shades by Georgette Heyer
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.
Skye O’Malley by Bertrice Small (Bodice Ripper)
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.
This book is excellent for the history of romance novels and the negative reputation they have.
Lord of Scoundrels by Loretta Chase (Historical Romance)
Often viewed as the best romance novel, this book is a must!
It Had To Be You by Susan Elizabeth Phillips (Contemporary Romance)
Susan Elizabeth Phillips is the best of the best when it comes to contemporary romance!
Slave to Sensation by Nalini Singh (Paranormal Romance)
Nalini Singh shows the beauty of paranormal romance.
Romancing Mr. Bridgerton by Julia Quinn (Historical Romance)
One of the best historical romances, and one with an older heroine, that I have ever read!
Magic Bites by Ilona Andrews (Urban Fantasy)
Nothing can beat the world-building in the Kate Daniels series!
The Professional by Kresley Cole (Erotic Romance)
I wanted to included a well-written erotic romance to show that not every erotica is Fifty Shades of Grey.