Some book group leaders I chat with are little apprehensive about including romance among the selections. There’s still some stigma about including this genre in those groups; the number one concern I hear is “there’s not very many discussable romance novels out there.”
I beg to differ. At least, now I can and do. Kristin Ramsdell has updated her extremely popular readers’ advisory tool, Romance Fiction: A Guide to the Genre, and while romance readers and the librarians who love to serve them are thrilled, book group facilitators will find this book a handy tool, too.
Read the link to the review for the aspects that will benefit RA staff, but for discussion leaders, start on page 15 with “A Brand New Century” segment of the chapter, “A Brief History of the Romance Novel.”
There are plenty of chapters of contemporary, historical, urban fantasy, alternative reality, ethnic and multicultural romance choices. The extensive awards list will surely lead to some good romances for discussion.
A good place to start if a book group wants to include a romance on the reading list.