Until recently, I thought of reading as strictly for entertainment value. I’m a self-proclaimed book nerd. I love getting lost in stories, and use every available moment, even while on a street corner waiting to meet a friend, to power up my Kindle. I read on the subway, in line at the grocery store, while blow drying my hair. My friends have been known to mock me over it (out of love, course).
Over the last couple years, I’ve discovered that reading is not only fun, but educational. Studying great writers and noting what works so well in their novels motivates me to up my own game. I’ve recently started writing a new book—the first in what I hope will be a three-book standalone series. This book will focus more on the romance aspect than my others, but I intend for it to be funny—very funny. I’m counting on inspiration from some masters of true romantic comedy to keep me on my path. In that vein, I’ve stocked my Kindle with some of the best and will be reading back-to-back romantic comedies beginning…now!
Some authors don’t like to read books in the same genre they write, but I’m the opposite. Some of these authors write books with a little more steam (read: sex) than what I have planned. Some of the romances are a bit mushier than my style of writing. I don’t plan to change my own writing style/voice, but I do hope the funniest of the bunch will remind me not to waste even a line of dialogue or opportunity for conflict, the deepest of the crew will serve as a lesson to add depth to my couples’ connection, and the quirkiest of them will implore me to keep my voice and characters as distinctive as possible. By reading these authors, I will work harder to be funnier, to create fleshed out characters, and to make sure my couples have the chemistry required to keep readers turning the pages of my book just as I am flipping the pages of theirs.
Curious what books are on my TBR for the coming months. Here you go:
MY ONE AND ONLY – Kristan Higgins (Just Finished. LOVED.)
SUNSET IN CENTRAL PARK – Sarah Morgan
GOOD AT GAMES – Jill Mansell
UNTIL THERE WAS YOU – Kristan Higgins
MEET ME AT BEACHCOMBER BAY – Jill Mansell
NEW YORK, ACTUALLY – Sarah Morgan
YOU AND ME ALWAYS – Jill Mansell
AT THE HEART OF IT – Tawna Fenkse
BET ME – Jennifer Crusie
SIMPLY IRRESISTIBLE – Rachel Gibson
TRUST ME ON THIS – Jennifer Crusie
HOLIDAY IN THE HAMPTONS – Sarah Morgan
IRRESISTIBLE – Stephanie Bond
HOW I MET YOUR BROTHER – Janette Rallison
DAISY’S BACK IN TOWN – Rachel Gibson
NOTHING BUT TROUBLE – Rachel Gibson
AN EX FOR CHRISTMAS – Lauren Layne
DATING YOU, HATING YOU – Christina Lauren
HEAD OVER HEELS – Jill Mansell
TRUTH OR BEARD – Penny Reid
You’ve probably noticed several repeat authors. This is because they are tried-and-true masters of romantic comedy fiction and if I’m going to learn, I want it to be from the best. True confession: I’ve never actually read anything by Rachel Gibson, Christina Lauren, Lauren Lane, Janette Rallison, Stephanie Bond, or Tawne Fenske, but I’ve heard enough positive feedback to trust I will love them as much as I adore the others on the list.
But enough about me. Who are your go-to authors when you want a romantic yet hilarious story?