Romance Report
June 23-29, 2019


It’s time for our weekly roundup of tweets from BIPOC, LGBTQIAP+, and/or otherwise underrepresented writers, reviewers, and list curators. If you don’t already, please follow these accounts and be sure to always retweet the original post.

Here is Girl, Have You Read’s weekly new releases list.

WOC in Romance June book club meets tomorrow. They are reading THE PRINCE AND THE DRESSMAKER. See tweet for details on how to join.

Rhonda Merwarth has put together a mega giveaway for #ReadAoCRomance. We’re giving away five copies of LONG SHOT, and there are loads more great books to win!

This isn’t about romance, but since a lot of romance readers also read science fiction and fantasy, we thought you’d like to see this rec list of SFF by black authors.

CW transphobia and misrepresentations of trans folks. Taylor journaled their reading of Madness Blooms through a trans masc lens in this thread.

Adriana Herrera wrote a thoughtful thread inspired by Taylor’s reading about people writing outside of their identity and ended with recs for books by trans and enby writers.

Smart Bitches just posted a podcast on ace and aro representation in romance that you should all put in your queues.

For all you mood readers, Helen Kord put together an amazing list of queer titles for when you’re feeling soft or sad or magical or… Just check it out–it’s thorough and wonderful.

Book Riot has a list of queer novellas for when you want a quick read.

If your Royals square on the Ripped Bodice bingo square is still empty, check out Love In Panels list of queer royal romances.

Felicia Grossman’s APPETITE & VICES, a histrom with a Jewish MC, is on sale this weekend. Also be sure to preorder DALLIANCES & DEVOTION, in which both MCs are Jewish.

The Pink Heart Society is looking for reviewers with diverse perspectives, including those who identify as BIPOC, LGBTQIA+, neurodiverse, nonbinary, and disabled.

And if you don’t know what to read this weekend, check out Sil’s fun, inclusive reading challenge.

We hope you have a week filled with books and joy and all the good things! And if we have missed anything important, please let us know. You can submit anonymous feedback or DM us on Twitter at @sparkjoyromance

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