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It’s 2016 and I’m hella late with this but I need your HELP! As you know most bloggers and readers have some sort of challenge going on: finishing up that tbr, reading fantasy for the first time, reading more diverse books, etc… Which I think totally awesome. So I’ve been thinking long and hard on what type of challenge I wish to do. Something that is truly out of my comfort zone.

Naturally, the only thing that makes me uncomfortable when it comes to reading is ROMANCE. Ugh, I just can’t stand it. It’s too fluffy and pink. Well at least the YA version of romance. Most often than not I’m dealing with a triangle, square or trapezoid. Or the female is a Mary Sue and the boy she loves is a brooding asshole man slut. Like come on. Can we not have that in 2016.

I want a YA romance that feels natural and not so clichΓ©. That’s where your help is needed. I’m hoping that you can recommend me so YA romance as well as some NA books that you’ve enjoy and think that I might enjoy as well. It doesn’t matter if it’s straight, gay, bisexual, transgender….etc. I just want a really good YA/NA Romance book to read.

That is my challenge for 2016–to read and review at least 5 romance books. I was going for ten but I know myself and how I am so 5 it is.

So if you have any recommendations please, please leave a comment below with your choice. By the end of January I will post what you guys have suggested for me to read.

As always thank you for stopping by. You are the best!

-Sanovia <3


P.S. One book that I truly enjoyed in 2015 was The Summer of Chasing Mermaids by Sarah Ockler. So if you know of any similar like that pass them on. Thanks!

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  1. OH I GOT YOU! (hopefully. I’ll just shout a bunch at you and hope some of them stick πŸ˜› )

    FIRST & THEN by Emma Mills- WAS A REALLY GOOD READ! These characters completely shattered the expected cliche’d molds for me. And it was also just a relaxing read.Not stressful. No huge overarching lesson to learn. It’s just a nice love story infused with humor and wonderful characters (And Jane Austen and Football)

    EMMY & OLIVER by Robin Benway- This was a very cute read and I rated it as 5 stars, but if you want to get down and really critical, there might be some aspects of the relationship that are potentially annoying or lip curling. Overall, I thought it was a very sweet read, and I respected the friendships that developed.

    EVERY LAST WORD by Tamara Ireland Stone- I rated it a four because the beginning of it all made me think it WOULD just be a typical YA romance, but then halfway through the book it took a dive into the deep end. This story isn’t just about romance. It’s really just incredible what the author did with this story. The romance is nice too btw πŸ™‚

    SINCE YOU’VE BEEN GONE by Morgan Matson (along with her other book AMY &ROGER’S EPIC DETOUR)- these are the epitome of rom-com literature. But each character is unique and down to earth and fun to read about. No insta love. Everything develops as it would in real life (Sloane, from Since You’ve Been Gone is kind of not real life, but that’s kind of the point of her. She’s other wordly).

    FANGIRL by Rainbow Rowell- it’s been a while since I read this. I remember liking the general storyline and love interests, but the main character annoyed be because of her choices regarding school and what she deemed “fair”. BUT THE LOVE STORY WAS TOP NOTCH!

    ON THE JELLICOE ROAD by Melina Marchetta- it’s not a romance story, but it is a contemporary and there is romance in it aND IT IS A GLOB OF JUST REALLY AWESOME WRITING!

    I don’t read very fast xD and I typically stick to Fantasy,…and contemporary IS riddled with annoying romances SO MY RECOMMENDATION LIST IS SHORT! Anyways, these are the books I remember reading and loving πŸ™‚ Hope some of them work out for you.

    1. First & Then and On the Jellicoe Road sound like two books that I would enjoy. Going on the list. I’ve read Emmy & Oliver and it was good read. I truly enjoyed that on and Fangirl is like one of my favorite reads.

      And I have to agree with you on contemporary being riddle with annoying romance. One reason why I hardly read it. But what is worse is the romance that masked itself as fantasy I hate that so much. But let me stop before I go on a rant lol

      Thank you for all the awesome recommendations. My reading list is about to get much longer thanks to you.

  2. Ermmmm I literally do not have an answer for this- the best I could come up with was Everything Everything- because it’s more unusual, but some of the romance can be pretty standard and I’m not convinced it was so natural. I will have a think…

  3. Ack. Wish I could help you out here. If I go for romance I usually go for shojo manga haha. I’m a sucker for those. Also you’ve already read Emmy and Oliver which was going to be my choice. I personally don’t like reading YA that has romance as the forefront of the book because of the reasons you listed. So any book that has any kind of romance is usually as a subplot and I thought it was a nice addition rather than a shoe horn into the story. If you want those, I’m happy to oblige.

    1. I find that I like romance in manga and anime than I do in YA books. Although the last manga I read was Junjou Romantica. And I honestly don’t know if that counts lol.
      So if you have any suggestions bring them on. And thank you for stopping by and reading.

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