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This year I participated in the Bookish resolution Challenge and I challenged myself to read more historical romances and (cozy) mysteries. Both are genres where up till this year I read none to very little books in. It’s always a bit daunting to start a new genre, so I wanted to talk about my experiences with trying out two new genres. Always when starting a new genre it takes quite some books before you get a good feel for what you like in the genre. I think that I am not there yet with these genres, but I did learn a bit already and I do know that I will continue reading books in these genres.
New to me genre: Historical Romances
While I love romance novels of all kinds, I never read many books in the historical genre. I love history and find it very interesting to learn more about historical events, but for some reason it never appealed to me to actually read this genre. This year I finally decided to change that and give the historical romance genre a try. My first experience with this genre was pretty positive, I first read two 4 stars books. Both had enough of the historical aspect to give me a feel for the genre.
The Mine which was my first historical romance this year wasn’t set as far back which was great to get introduced to this genre. Things are different to the current time, but not too different. then I read In for a Penny which was a more traditional historical romance. I had a bit of trouble with some of the words used and it could be a bit confusing at times, but this gave me a good feel for historical romances. Then I read an erotic historical romance, which almost doesn’t feel like a historical book as there wasn’t much focus on the historical element. This gave me insight in how much it differences there are within this genre and how there aret historical romance do less with the actual historical setting and others that focus more on that. I think I prefer historical romances with more focus on the historical setting that make me feel like I am actually there.
After that I read A Lady’s Guide to Skirting Scandal which made me realize I would like to read more historical romances set in the early years of colonizing the america’s. I took a course in american history and that time period always appealed to me the whole going to the new world aspect of it and the exploring the new country. So another win. Then I read The Rogue You Know which was a DNF, so I also had a miss in this genre. I should’ve started with the first book in that series and this book didn’t really do it for me, I do have the first book in this series now so I will give that one a try eventually. Then I read Immersed which is probably my favourite historical romance so far as the setting was awesome and she intermingled steampunk, paranormal, historical and romance elements in one book and it worked. The setting of muddy chicago was fascinating and it was a total win for me. I also read the sequel and while I liked that less, I do think it’s a great series to try out. Ihave multiple mroe historical romances that I own and haven’t read yet, so enough to read more in this genre.
What I learned about what I like in Historical Romances
So what I learned this year is that historical romance is definitely a genre I want to read more books in, but it’s still a bit hard to find my way in this genre. I haven’t read a 5 star book in this genre yet, but I have read 3 books that I really enjoyed with a 4 star rating, then there also were two 3 stars and a DNF. Not a too good of a track record, but seeing as I am still finding my way I am okay with that. I know I probably enjoy books with more focus on the historical setting the best as I like learning more about the history of the place and see the story intermingle with actual events of that time. Learning interesting tidbits from that time is always a plus. I have a bit trouble with the slang or words in historical romance books, but I am hoping I’ll get used to that once I read more books in this genre.
Historical Romances I Read this year
- The Mine by John Heldt – 4 stars
- In for a Penny by Rose Lerner – 4 stars
- Palace Secrets by Ravyn Rayne – 3 stars
- A Lady’s Guide to Skirting Scandal (The Lords of Worth #2.5) by Kelly Bowen – 3 stars
- The Rogue You Know (Covent Garden Cubs #2) by Shana Galen – DNF at 38%
- Immersed (The Clockwork Siren #1) by Katie Hayoz – 4 stars
- Submerged (The Clockwork Siren #2) by Katie Hayoz – 3 stars
With Immersed being my favourite historical romance book I read this year.