Celebrate Bookstore Romance Day
Bookstore Romance Day is the brainchild of bookseller Billie Bloebaum of Third Street Books in McMinnville, Oregon. The annual event was launched in 2019 and is hosted on the third Saturday in August. “Bookstore Romance Day is a day designed to give independent bookstores an opportunity to celebrate Romance fiction—its books, readers, and writers—and to strengthen the relationships between bookstores and the Romance community.” The event organizers have a bunch of virtual events planned so you can join in on the fun.
To help you get in the spirit, we are sharing 16 of our favorite romance novels to celebrate Bookstore Romance Day!
The Proposal by Jasmine Guillory
When freelance writer Nikole Paterson goes to a Dodgers game with her actor boyfriend, his man bun, and his bros, the last thing she expects is a scoreboard proposal. Saying no isn’t the hard part–they’ve only been dating for five months, and he can’t even spell her name correctly. The hard part is having to face a stadium full of disappointed fans.
When Katie Met Cassidy by Camille Perri
From the acclaimed author of The Assistants comes a delightful romantic comedy about falling in love–and finding yourself–in the heart of New York City.
Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë
A novel of intense power and intrigue, Jane Eyre has dazzled generations of readers with its depiction of a woman’s quest for freedom. Having grown up an orphan in the home of her cruel aunt and at a harsh charity school, Jane Eyre becomes an independent and spirited survivor-qualities that serve her well as governess at Thornfield Hall. But when she finds love with her sardonic employer, Rochester, the discovery of his terrible secret forces her to make a choice.
The Time Traveler's Wife by Audrey Niffenegger
A MOST UNTRADITIONAL LOVE STORY, this is the celebrated tale of Henry DeTamble, a dashing, adventuresome librarian who inadvertently travels through time, and Clare Abshire, an artist whose life takes a natural sequential course. Henry and Clare’s passionate affair endures across a sea of time and captures them in an impossibly romantic trap that tests the strength of fate and basks in the bonds of love.
Call Me by Your Name by Andre Aciman
Andre Aciman’s Call Me by Your Name is the story of a sudden and powerful romance that blossoms between an adolescent boy and a summer guest at his parents’ cliffside mansion on the Italian Riviera. Each is unprepared for the consequences of their attraction, when, during the restless summer weeks, unrelenting currents of obsession, fascination, and desire intensify their passion and test the charged ground between them.
Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
Few have failed to be charmed by the witty and independent spirit of Elizabeth Bennet in Austen’s beloved classic Pride and Prejudice. When Elizabeth Bennet first meets eligible bachelor Fitzwilliam Darcy, she thinks him arrogant and conceited; he is indifferent to her good looks and lively mind. When she later discovers that Darcy has involved himself in the troubled relationship between his friend Bingley and her beloved sister Jane, she is determined to dislike him more than ever. In the sparkling comedy of manners that follows, Jane Austen shows us the folly of judging by first impressions and superbly evokes the friendships, gossip, and snobberies of provincial middle-class life.
Get a Life, Chloe Brown by Talia Hibbert
A witty, hilarious romantic comedy about a woman who’s tired of being “boring” and recruits her mysterious, sexy neighbor to help her experience new things.
Pride, Prejudice, and Other Flavors by Sonali Dev
Award-winning author Sonali Dev launches a new series about the Rajes, an immigrant Indian family descended from royalty, who have built their lives in San Francisco.
Red, White & Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston
What happens when America’s First Son falls in love with the Prince of Wales? Casey McQuiston’s Red, White & Royal Blue proves: true love isn’t always diplomatic.
To All the Boys I've Loved Before by Jenny Han
What if all the crushes you ever had found out how you felt about them…all at once?
Sixteen-year-old Lara Jean Song keeps her love letters in a hatbox her mother gave her. They aren’t love letters that anyone else wrote for her; these are ones she’s written. One for every boy she’s ever loved–five in all.
Bringing Down the Duke by Evie Dunmore
A stunning debut for author Evie Dunmore and her Oxford suffragists in which a fiercely independent vicar’s daughter takes on a powerful duke in a fiery love story that threatens to upend the British social order.
The Worst Best Man by Mia Sosa
Mia Sosa delivers a sassy, steamy #ownvoices enemies-to-lovers novel.
A wedding planner left at the altar? Yeah, the irony isn’t lost on Carolina Santos, either. But despite that embarrassing blip from her past, Lina’s offered an opportunity that could change her life. There’s just one hitch… she has to collaborate with the best (make that worst) man from her own failed nuptials.
One Day in December by Josie Silver
One Day in December is a joyous, heartwarming and immensely moving love story to escape into and a reminder that fate takes inexplicable turns along the route to happiness.
The Royal We by Heather Cocks & Jessica Morgan
American Bex Porter was never one for fairy tales. Her twin sister Lacey was always the romantic, the one who daydreamed of being a princess. But it’s adventure-seeking Bex who goes to Oxford and meets dreamy Nick across the hall – and Bex who finds herself accidentally in love with the heir to the British throne.
No Judgments by Meg Cabot
The storm of the century is about to hit Little Bridge Island, Florida–and it’s sending waves crashing through Sabrina “Bree” Beckham’s love life…
When a massive hurricane severs all power and cell service to Little Bridge Island–as well as its connection to the mainland–twenty-five-year-old Bree Beckham isn’t worried . . . at first. She’s already escaped one storm–her emotionally abusive ex–so a hurricane seems like it will be a piece of cake.
What do you think of these romance novels?
Have you read any of these books on our list? What are some of your favorite romance novels? Let me know your thoughts, ideas, and suggestions about romance novels in the comments below!