Historical Romance 101
Not an authority, but will gladly pose questions for those more experienced!
1. Historical – after WWII
2. Romance – main aspect of the plot romance between characters
3. Always ends in a happily ever after (HEA) or happy for now (HFN)
4. Classified according to time period or trope
Medieval time period, include highlander romances and viking romances
Regency period – most commonly written in (1811-1820)
Note: American romances are like another layer! Think of the side by side!
Civil war time period
Western Period in Canada, America, or Australia until WWI
4. Tropes – archetype & themes reported over time ❤️
5. Covers & stepbacks
Can help you identify the genre!
Illustrated = rom-com
6. Smut = intimate scenes
- Watch alone! 😂
7. Romance is legit!
– The romance genre grosses a lot for the book industry!
Monarch (Prince, King)
Diamond 💎 of the 1st Water
Lady of the night
Cinnamon roll hero
What are they talking about?
Saphic romance/ W/W romance – woman-woman
M/M romance- male-male
Steampunk – Story takes place within a specific period of time (early 1900s)
Harlequin – publisher
The YT videos reference below, contain recommendations! Still learning so unsure about recommending stuff…
Videos used for reference:
These videos were great at introducing you to historical romance (HR).
Breaking Down The Time Periods In Historical Romance by @bookswithsamantha – https://youtu.be/qLOnbFJwQwU
Historical Romance Terminology 101 @bookswithsamantha – https://youtu.be/VqvgrCVKQ68
Historical Romance 101: Genre Breakdown and Recommendations by @thebookrefuge https://youtu.be/OQ-SAjBsa3Q
Book Blogging Plans
A system… I don’t know if anyone noticed but I function better in systems… Lists, charts, tables are my jam! I’m new to blogging, especially book blogging… So I thought it’d be better for me to create a system and outline rules for myself…
- First 5 chapter check-in – Usually the groundwork is laid
- OMG moments – Update after the chapter following the event
- Book completion – Needs an explanation? 😋
So you can expect me to blog at these times. I reserve the right to enjoy my book as I wish though. More like guidelines than rules… I’m kind of just making this up as I go! Let me know if I should or how you’d like updates!
I feel like having a system in place might help me focus better (and read 😋)! So these posts are plentiful at first BUT there’ll will STILL be weekly life updates! Now I’m less anxious about them! 😂
Listen With Precious 🎧 Book Bundle
Realized I saw a trend in my bookish posts… With each book I can write a book blog, book review, and book event live reaction! Once I have a solid inventoty… I wouldn’t have to do a book blog for every book… Here’s how to distinguish between the three!
Book review – Written for every book 📖
Book blog – Shares my thoughts while reading the book! I enjoy writing ✍️ them! 🙌🏽 I write this with non-readers in mind 😉 Spoler-free! Enables me to keep reading 😀
Book event live – Always link a YT video! Can be for a book club, read-along, readathon, etc.
This thought just helped to calm me down 😂
Reading Goals: Diversify Authors
I mentioned this post in my April 2021 TBR. This post should come out in the beginning of April. Racial equity is something I grew more cognizant of at UC Berkeley. So it’s an important conversation to have, especially in the current American climate! I may not be able to storm the streets, but we can have these conversations.
Something I really wanted to do in my reading was feature and read authors who are people of color (POC). To help me do this I’d blog these titles. As I read a book from a POC, I’d list the book title here, along with my experience (along with my book reviews)! I just feel it’d be a cool way to chronicle what I pick up! 🤞🏽 hopefully IF you read, you might consider these titles!
Note: Will be updating as I go, please check back!
Right now have so much to read, I can only manage 1 title/month. WILL read more, you should too!
I also wanted to use this post to highlight videos I’ve seen about reading POC authors!
Took part in the Black Author Readathon and Lunar New Year Readathon. Too late to blog it, but still will be doing book reviews for what I’ve read!
Black Author Readathon Reads:
Sweet Talkin’ Lovers by Tracey Livesa
- Girls Trip Series
Like Lovers Do by Tracey Livesay
Indigo by Beverly Jenkins
My Darling Duke by Stacy Reid
Her Wicked Marquess by Stacy Reid
Note: Did not DnF cause it’s a bad book, just not in the right mind space right now! Will circle back!
Becoming by Michelle Obama (did not finish[DNF])
Lunar New Year Reads:
Pride, Prejudice, and Other Flavors by Sonali Dev
Accidentally Engaged by Farah Heron
Beguiling The Beauty by Sherry Thomas
His At Night by Sherry Thomas
A Hope Divided by Alyssa Cole
Rebel by Beverly Jenkins
Reading Goals: Read The Go-Tos
A go-to us a title that’s been mentioned time and again, like the Wallflower series and Uptown girl series. Trust, they’re on my to be read list (TBR)! Similar to the blog for my other goal, will still be doing a book review!
Note: Will be updating as I go, please check back!
All the booktube recs for beginners to historical romance (Hk) is Tessa Dare’s Girl Meets Duke series! So I’m reading it!
Girl Meets Duke
The Duchess Deal by Tessa Dare
The Governess Game by Tessa Dare
The Wallflower Wager by Tessa Dare
The Bride Betby Tessa Dare (unreleased)
Also recommend for new HR readers, Tessa Dare’s Castille Ever After series! Also plan to read to! 😂
Castle Ever After
Romancing The Duke by Tessa Dare
When The Scot Ties The Knot by Tessa Dare
Say Yes To The Marques by Tessa Dare
Do You Want To Start A Scandal by Tessa Dare