I am a celebratory type of person. In my previous blog post I wrote about book club types and personalities. My book club personality I believe is, 'The Celebrator', sort of like 'The Terminator' but with less dystopia. I will usually come out book love a blazing to my reading group with much enthusiasm and shout out, "How can we make this the most awesome book club ever??" Yes, a bit annoying perhaps but that's The Celebrator for you and my group has reassured me many times over the years that it's okay, they love me anyway.
So when it came time to choosing our read for February I suggested a Valentine's Day type novel to celebrate the day of amore. To my amusement there were some collective gasps, laughs and silence. My suggestion went over like a lead heart shaped balloon.
Maybe in some reading groups that's a welcomed idea but for others romance novels can be seen as taboo and possibly for these reasons:
In the past our reading diet consisted mainly of the historical fiction type, set in WWII, American Civil War and the Victorian era. These plot lines included hardships of all sorts such as war, disease, death, and chaos but within every plot there was that ray of sunshine called love. By my groups standards these stories are not considered 'romance novels' but just historical fiction with a heaping side dish of passion.
We appear to be book smart and literature savvy but I bet my heart chocolate on it we are indulging in the real sweet stuff behind closed doors. Even so, bodice ripper romances may be out of the question for some but it's good to find that happy middle especially for Valentine's Day.
In the meantime, as I embrace my book type, The Celebrator, the hopeless romantic in me is truly hoping this month's book pick, The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah a story on WWII and survival will resemble something more like V-Day but so far it's reading more like D-Day. So far...
Past book club reads with love inside
A whisper of romance
Historical fiction: The Perfume Collector
More than a whisper
Modern/Contemporary: The Language of Flowers
1940's thriller suspense: Rebecca
A whisper to a scream
Historical fiction WWII: The House at Tyneford
Historical fiction: My Name is Resolute
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