The #readRchat community on Twitter just finished nominating their/our Best Reads of 2017, with voting beginning tomorrow, December 4, 2017. One of the founders of #readRchat, Ellie, graciously agreed to answer some questions about reading romance and building a community.
Ellie (@e_savova) is an avid reader and book blogger. She has been running her book blog Ellie Reads All the Books since 2013. She is also co-host of #readRchat – a monthly romance readers chat on Twitter which she started at the beginning of 2017. Scroll to the end for Ellie's book recommendations and make sure to follow @readrchat for updates on voting!
- Dear Mona Lisa by Claire Davis and Al Steward
It’s short, very moving (and painful at times) m/m romance with both MCs in their 40s, one has synesthesia. There is coming out to your adult kid and a fabulous wedding. CW for death of a newborn baby and strong homophobia. (Amazon)
- Handmade Holidays by Nathan Burgoine
A m/m Christmas romance following a group of queer friends over the period of 15 years with them becoming each other’s chosen family and going though good and bad times together. (Amazon, iBooks, Kobo)
- Beginner’s Luck by Kate Clayborn
A debut contemporary m/f romance with a wonderful scientist heroine and a hero (possibly with ADHD) who tries to recruit her for the company he works for. It’s a story about falling in love amidst personal and professional turmoil, the importance of family and friendship and sense of belonging (to a place and with the right person). (Amazon, iBooks, Kobo)
- Caroline’s Heart by Austin Chant
A trans historical Western with cowboys and witches and magic spells and bionic body parts, it’s just stunning, utterly mesmerizing. (Amazon, iBooks, Kobo)
- An Extraordinary Union by Alyssa Cole
Powerful and intriguing historical spy romance set during the Civil War. It’s a richly drawn story about slavery and freedom which explores issues of identity and hero/white savior complex and obligation and following your heart’s desires. (Amazon, iBooks, Kobo)
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