Paperback Swap newsletter subscribers received a very spiffy missive in their inboxes today: Richard Pickering, Master at Arms of Paperback Swap, went the way of SBiT Patrick, and has read – and enjoyed – romance.
Another one succumbs to the sultry, turgid wonderment that is our favorite genre!
Seems Richard noticed his significant other sniffling over a book, and when he asked what was so great about the story, she said, “You wouldn’t understand.”
Oh, I hear you there.
He took the challenge. He read some of her romances, and said:
I actually enjoyed them! Yes, I am man enough to admit it. They were funny, they were sad…I got caught up in the stories and the characters. Definitely different. Engaging to a point. And I think I may have learned a thing or two about why this genre is so popular.
Way to go Richard! His newsletter goes on to recommend a selection of “Romance for Everyone,” though I have to have a bit of a pout at some of the titles, which include Deveraux’s The Summerhouse and Nicholas Sparks’ The Notebook. Yo Richard: Sparks is, in my estimation, the white Zinfandel of romance.
But big ups to you for taking the challenge.
Bitchery readers – any men you can bring to the challenge of romance reading this year? I think SBiT Patrick and Richard need some company.